Hasta la Vista, Amigos!


Well, today’s the day. After using up our first six month Mexican visa and spending the past four months in the US it’s time to (finally) cross the border once again. We are Mexico bound and we couldn’t be happier about it. The food! The friends! The freedom! The fiesta!

For any nervous Nellies out there we are officially NOT worried about Swine Flu or Drug Violence. Why? We wash our hands. With soap. Also, we have no plans of either a) becoming the chief of police of Juarez OR b) attempting to encroach on a dealer’s turf.

Our first stop in Mexico has us doubly excited (if that’s possible). We’ll be spending a couple of weeks in the Copper Canyon with Dave Hensleigh from Authentic Copper Canyon. The three of us will be on a totally flexible schedule (the very best kind) with an emphasis on finding people and places in and around the Copper Canyon that tourists on the usual Copper Canyon train trips never get to see or meet. We think of ourselves as guinea pigs on this exploratory trip and we can’t wait.

This means we’ll be out of touch for a little while but expect some worth-it stories and pictures and information about what to eat, where to sleep and what to do both on the rim and deep inside the canyon that’s seven times a grand as our Grand Canyon. We may even start calling it the “Grander Canyon.”

To keep you busy while we’re gone, check out this newspaper story we did about Zacatecas, our last major stop in Mexico before our visa ran out. This town’s got what just might be the most unusual disco, most shocking sandwich and most breathtaking catherdral view from a hotel room in all of Mexico, and that’s just for starters.

Here are some shots from Zacatecas:

The cathedral in Zacatecas was begun in 1730.

Construction of the cathedral in Zacatecas began in 1730.

Zacatecas is filled with small streets, alleys and plazas. That along with the architecture reminded us of Europe.

Zacatecas is filled with small streets, alleys and plazas. That, along with the architecture, reminded us of Europe.

The European-like streets of downtown Zacatecs

The European-like streets of downtown Zacatecs.

The view of the cathedral from our balcony at the hotel Santa Rita was spectacular.

The view of the cathedral from our balcony at the Santa Rita Hotel was spectacular.

A pedestrian callejon, or alley, in Zacatecas.

A pedestrian callejon, or alley, in Zacatecas.

The Museo Rafael Colonel aka the Mask Museum has a collection of over 2,000 masks.

The Museo Rafael Colonel has a collection that includes thousands of masks.

Two nuns walk into a jewlery store....

Two nuns walk into a jewelery store....Zacatecas was built on silver mines and the stuff is now made into everything from key chains to religious items.

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