Favorite Pictures: Xalapa

A fern grows in a park in Xalapa, Veracruz

A fern grows in a park in Xalapa, Veracruz

Location: Xalapa, Veracruz

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In Pictures: Xalapa, Veracruz (part 2)

Yesterday’s post had a few pictures of Xalapa’s zocalo… and here are a few more taken from other spots in town.

Art in a shop window

mikesnotes has an affinity for bright colors....

 

México, D.F.

In Pictures: Xalapa, Veracruz

Xalapa, or Jalapa, is a city of several hundred thousand and the seat of government of the State of Veracruz.  At 4000′ above sea level, Xalapa doesn’t have the obscene heat of many cities along the Gulf of Mexico, but it still has a green, lush feel and a photogenic hillside setting.  Xalapan culture runs strong, with several universities, a definitive regional cuisine, and popular venues for live, local music.  

Up the Hill

This is the first of two posts pictures of Xalapa… these happen to be taken from the zocalo, or adjacent buildings.

 

México, D.F.

This bus SUX

Public transport in Xalapa (or Jalapa?) Mexico, is branded “SUX,” which stands for the local bus-drivers union, or the Sociedad Cooperativa de Camioneros del Servicio Urbano de Xalapa, Veracruz.

Would you ride in this bus?

Would you ride in this bus?

Some things just don’t translate well.

 

México, D.F.

Full time Job

If anyone’s looking for a full-time job in Jalapa:

Solicitation: // Youths 16-21 years old to // cut material in // a workshop located in the city center and // 4 young guys to deliver it. // Offering $600 pesos (~$50 USD) weekly.  Work // is full-time.

Solicitation: // Youths 16-21 years old to // cut material in // a workshop located in the city center and // 4 young guys to deliver it. // Offering $600 pesos (~$50 USD) weekly. Work // is full-time.

One one hand, seeing this job posting for $50/week reminded me how little many jobs in Mexico can pay, especially if they are unskilled.  In its defense, the cost of living outside of Mexico City, even in cities with modern infrastructure such as Jalapa, are quite low.  On the other hand, Mexico has more millionaires than Germany… there’s wealth here, it’s just highly concentrated.  But I’ll leave the commentary on how that hurts development to the economists.

 

 

México, D.F.

12-cent tacos

Mexico specializes in many things, but nothing may be better than then promotion, especially when it comes to cheap eats.  These tacos in Jalapa work out to a nearly-infinitesimal 1.5 pesos each… about 12 cents.  Oh my!  (They were so-so.)

10 tacos al pastor for the grand price of 15 pesos... less than a buck-twenty.

10 tacos al pastor for the grand price of 15 pesos... less than a buck-twenty.

The record for cheapest taco (that I’ve seen) is 1 peso, albeit for a pre-made taco de canasta at La Merced, here in the D.F.

 

México, D.F.