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!
My Neighborhood in Tepoztlan
July 25, 2020
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. Right across the street is this friendly frog who dispenses drinking water directly from the mountains. Photo by author
This is a personal description of my neighborhood in Mexico. It is not just any neighborhood, or an average one. Tepoztlan, a "Magic City," is in the central volcanic region, an hour south of Mexico City and half and hour east of Cuernavaca. Most of the residents are descendants of indigenous, but unlike most tribal people, they are middle class. They own property, and cater to tourists.
I live in a section (colonia) called Xilotepetl, a Nahuat word meaning "ear of corn," because of the shape of the hill it's on. It's a half hour walk from the center of town, and suits me well.
In this part (part one), we will cover what my apartment is like, including some views and sounds. Part two will take us beyond that and deeper into the neighborhood.
In my last blog, on gardens, I showed you my terrace garden. In case you didn't get to see it, here it is again.
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. My terrace garden. Upper left: foreground is mint, followed by several pots with ungerminated seeds and with lavender at the end. Upper right: sprouted arugula. Lower left: leaf lettuce. Lower middle: mimosa, sensitive fern. Lower right: a flowering plant in a hanging pot. Photos by author
I love watching the skies from the terrace. They are different every day, and dramatically so when it changes to the rainy season. Below is a very unusual cloud formation at sunset.
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. A whimsical cloud formation at sunset as the rainy season starts, viewed from my apartment terrace. Photo by author
Below I share two videos. One is a collection of cloud formations during the rainy season. The second is of sunsets.
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. Cloud formations during the rainy season. Video by author
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. Sunsets over Tepoztlan, intensified during rainy season. Video by author
If you are an audiophile, you might want to check out my blog on the sounds of Tepoztlan, most of which was recorded from my terrace and front window.
From the Terrace
My guest room has been frequented by many friends traveling to visit from the US. I've also hosted CouchSurfers from around the world. If you are interested in staying in my guest room, let me know.
I hope you liked my apartment tour, and the sights from the terrace plus the cows in front. Please check next month, August 29, for part two, where I'll go deeper into the neighborhood.