End of this road…

It’s been a few weeks since I returned north to the U.S.  I’ve been hesitant about posting because I was unsure of exactly what to write.  I didn’t know whether to post some grand observation on Mexican life or a whole series of comments on various topics from tacos to Tepalcates.  After more than 150 posts, 10,000 hits (now 12), and enough tongue-in-cheek comments to leave me scratching my head wondering “what exactly did I mean by that?” for years, I didn’t know the next step.  Instead, following the somewhat unexpected timing of the trip home, I left the blog to its silence.

Mikesnotes was never intended to be about my life, just a collection of observations and experiences on life in Mexico, some of which may have involved me.  Thus, perhaps it’s better if there is no capstone, no summary, no set of grand conclusions; any and all of which would be entirely about and by me.  My comments and posts are already inherently biased, but the final synthesis should be up to each and every one of us.  At the very least… understanding Mexico is a conversation meant for a cantina and not this blog.

One thing is for certain: that as my road in Mexico ends and I move on to the next path, the blog will stay behind.  To let mikesnotes return down the path back to Mexico City, I’ll occasionally re-post some of my favorite pictures until even these comments are washed away.

…que les vaya bien…

Boston, MA

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In Pictures: Coyoacan

During the city-wide shut down for piggy flu, I had taken a few long walks, including this one to Coyoacan.  These pictures were taken along Calle Sosa, on the way from Plaza San Jacinto to the center of Coyoacan.

and one road...

The streets of Mexico City were quiet... a unique experience.

México, D.F.

Desert Life

Outside Oaxaca, the desert has more than just cacti….

Precipitated mineral salts cascade over a cliff face.

Precipitated mineral salts cascade over a cliff face.

Most of these pictures are from Hierve el Agua, a bubbling (but cold) mineral spring in the hills outside of the city.

México, D.F.

Another Random Picture

From the gardens at the Castillo de Bosque Chapultepec….

Can anyone identify this species of butterfly?

Can anyone identify this species of butterfly?

México, D.F.

Driving the High Mexican Desert

The trip down to Oaxaca brought us through the high southern Mexican desert, a land of arid, thin soils and spectacular color contrasts.  Despite the desolation, one is never alone when there are so many cacti….

...and vistas of cacti-laden valleys

The tall cacti keep silent in the late afternoon sun.

These pictures are all taken from the toll road, highway 150, which leads from Tehuacán to Oaxaca… definitely worth a peek if you’re into desert pictures.

México, D.F.

In Pictures: Oaxaca

A month ago, mikesnotes took a trip to Oaxaca.  Closing in on a final month in Mexico, I wanted to post a few pictures from the archives….

View over the roofs of Oaxaca

A view over the roofs of Oaxaca

 

México, D.F.

(Yet Another) Creepy Clown

I’m not sure why, but clowns are really popular in Mexico.  (And on this blog, too, given how many people seem to search for pictures of clowns on the internet.)  On a Sunday afternoon in Xalapa, Veracruz, this one had attracted quite an audience.  

What would Octavio Paz have to say about Mexico's love of clowns?

What would Octavio Paz have to say about Mexico's love of clowns?

 

México, D.F.