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Café Arté, Tepoztlán

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. Inside Café Arté. Photo by author In 2003, when I moved to Tepoztlán, a "Magic City" in Mexico, there was only one café, Buenos Tiempos (Good Times). I can't remember when the second one, Tepoz Café, was added. Buenos Tiempos started in a booth at the entrance to the open air market before moving to a regular shop....

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Places, Beaches

Laguna Bacalar

Bacalar is the second largest inland body of water in Mexico. Located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan, it is about two hours south of Tulum, and attracts tourists for many reasons. The lagoon is purported to have seven different colors in its clear waters. It is 37 by 1.2 miles, having an average depth of 49-59

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Nature, hiking

Tepoztlán's Mushrooms

The natural environment of Tepoztlán has a wide variety of mushrooms. Many varieties of  edible and medicinal ones are harvested by locals and sold in the markets. I met Sivan, a man originally from Australia, who moved here five years ago. He recently set up a table selling wild crafted mushrooms in our Friday natural and organic market.  I...

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Culture

Religious Icons: Part One

Catholicism is the major religion south of the US border. But it is different here. Within a ten- minute, three-block radius from where I live, in Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico, there are many altars, along with a church and a chapel that show this difference. Join me by looking at the photos and video I took while walking

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Culture

Murals in Tepoztlán

Part of the magic of the "Magic City" of Tepoztlán comes from its many colorful murals adorning buildings. Some are quite imaginative and whimsical, like the one above. I was strolling in my neighborhood when I noticed a new mural's creation (see the slide show at the end of this article). Sara was the painter. Five years ago I had interviewed...

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Places

The Santiago Trails in Tepoztlán

Santiago, Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico. A balanced rock on the trail. Photo by author Tepoztlán, where I live, is a "magic city" in the central Mexico volcanic region. It is in the state of Morelos. Santiago is a small village that's part of the Tepoztlán municipality on the outskirts of the city. I've explored the trails of Santiago with my...

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Places

Chalcatzingo-Morelos Archeological Site

Chalcatzingo, Morelos, Mexico. Photo by author Chalcatzingo is an ancient Olmec site (1,500 BC) an hour's drive from Tepoztlán, where I live. The Olmecs are the oldest known Mesoamerican civilization. A group of us went on an excursion there. Here is a link to a YouTube video about Olmec

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People

In the Time of Nick

Nick Kruser's talents are multifaceted and highly developed. He introduced himself to me after I played in a blues performance with my music partner at the organic market at EKKO Hostel. He had recently arrived in Tepoztlán and told me that he likes to meet with community leaders when he comes to a new

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Places, Culture

Guadalajara

This is the story of my experiences living as an ex-pat in Mexico since 2003. It's to culminate in a published book. With your help, I'll be editing, selecting a title, and cover art: a participatory project. Your comments encouraged! The main cathedral in Guadalajara...

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Nature, Culture

Sacred Plant Medicine

This is the story of my experiences living as an ex-pat in Mexico since 2003. It's to culminate in a published book. With your help, I'll be editing, selecting a title, and cover art: a participatory project. Your comments encouraged! In Mexico, where law enforcement is more relaxed than elsewhere, one finds numerous ceremonies using psychoactive...

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