Busy Day - Spanish, Mexican History, Potluck Diner

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Flag of Mexico  , Guanajuato,
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos, Amigas, Compañeros and Compañeras:

Yesterday was a busy day.
Spanish lessons from 9:00am to 12:00/Noon..
Mexican History Lesson (Cortez's conquest of Mexico 1519/21) - 1:00pm to 4:00pm....
I love history......
Potluck diner at a friends - a get together - 6:00pm to 10:00pm...

I am starting to like days when I have nothing to do - which are few and far between...
And even on the few, occassional days that I have nothing to do - I have things to do,
doing my Spanish lesson's homework, housework household chores (yes I do have house work and household chores to do), writing a travellogue blog (which I would rather be doing than studying Spanish or doing my Spanish lesson homework), catching up on my email corrspondence, etc.
So there are never days when I have nothing to do - only days where I do not have commitments
to do things, and therefore less pressure and stress - more relaxing days..

One of the persons at the pot luck diner ask me what I did with myself all day
- sort of like I must be sitting around all day wondering what I am going to do with myself..
I did not try to explain - she would never have understood.
I told her that I was bored to death and I was just sitting around waiting to die
and that waiting to die was very borrrrring........
She told me that I shouldn't be doing that
- that there was lots of things to be doing in San Miguel, and
that I should be doing them...
That's what I really like
- people who do not know what they are talking about telling me what to do...
There are some people that I am just not interested in talking to.........

We got an interesting talk on Mexico at our Spanish Lesson yesterday,
which I am going to share some of it with you, my gentle and loyal readers,
along with my perceptive and insightful thoughts on the matter.

Mexico:

- Mexico has the 13th largest economy in the world
- Mexico economy is larger than the Canadian economy
- of course Mexico has a population of over 100 million,
more than 3 times the population of Canada...
- and the wealth of Mexico is not spread as evenly as it is in Canada

The interesting part of the talk was about the Drug Cartels and the Drug Wars...
But I will share that part of the talk with you in a later travelogue blog...

The former President of Mexico, Senor Calderon, has bought a house in San Miguel,
in my neighborhood, close to where I live..... Since he has bought a house in San Miguel,
in my neighborhood, a Mexican Army base has been setup in San Miguel, and the police force has been significantly beefed up - 24 new police patrol cars - security cameras being installed.
San Miguel is a safe city and it is going to become a lot safer with the former Mexican President,
Calderon living here in San Miguel.... .
I have told you before that San Miguel is a special place..
There is 5 economies in San Miguel:.  

1. The economy of the poor in San Miguel (the underclass)
2. The economy of the Mexican Middle Class in San Miguel
3. The tourist economy.
4. The English Speaking Community living in San Miguel (I am in this economy)..
5. The Mexican Elitist economy - Millionnaire and Billionnaire Mexicans 
    from Mexico City and elsewhere and Drug Cartel leaders, etc.
    who have places in San Miguel that they like to come and stay at.
You can be sure that former Mexican President Calderon is bringing his own elitist
entourage with him to San Miguel, plus his own private security force
- that is how they do things in Mexico..
Also another previous President of Mexico, Vincent Fox, is from this area
and he also has a house in San Miguel...
Is there a secret Mexican ruling elite (cartel) which meets in San Miguel - maybe?????
and which includes the Drug Cartel leaders???? - maybe...
If you do not hear from me again - it means that the secret Mexican ruling elite Cartel has been monitoring my travelogue blog......and has shut me down - permanently........

Mexican Holidays This Week:

February 24 - Flag Day. Another patriotic holiday with parades and civic events around the Jardín.
At 10 am, a patriotic ceremony was held at the Plaza de los Héroes on the Salida a Querétaro
(el "Mirador").

First Friday in March
- The Festival of Our Lord of the Conquest. The faithful come to the Parroquia to recite 33 prayers, one for every year of Jesus' life on earth. Indian conchero dancers dance in front of the Parroquia on this day, arriving shortly after dawn and dancing till dusk. They dance in honor of "Christ of the Conquest," one of the most revered statues in San Miguel's Parroquia church. Fashioned of cornstalks and orchid bulbs, the statue was brought from Pátzcuaro and represents the acceptance of Christ by Mexico's indigenous people.This is the most colorful of all the March events in San Miguel de Allende, and one of the best of the entire year.

Converting the native population to the Roman Catholic Faith is often referred to in Mexico
as being the second Conquest.
The first conquest, was the military conquest of Mexico in 1519/21 by Cortez....
There is not one city, town or street in Mexico named  after Cortez - they really hate that guy.....

I am going to a talk later today on the "Camino de Santiago" - a 1,000 kilometer pilgrimage across Northern Spain that pilgrims (peregrinos) have been doing for numberous centuries..- I do not think that you have to be a piligrim to do it.. I have know about this piligrimage across Northern Spain for many years and in the past have not been the least bit interested in it....Now, suddenly, I am very interested in it.... It is funny how my mind works - what is happening to me????????;
Maybe it has to do with me being on the last lap of my life,and I want to sprint to the finish line...

Walking the "Camino" (Spanish for walkway) - the whole length of it - reduces the time that you have to spend in purgotory. If you go to Hell - you are finished - there is no hope for you....

Viva La Mexico

Adios
Mis Compadres
Y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compañeros and Compañeras:

Senor Mexico Dave
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