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!
Letters from Mexico
August 29, 2020
My Neighborhood in Tepoztlan
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. A family business that operates on weekends in my neighborhood. Photo by Don Karp
I’m sharing what my neighborhood is like in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. This is the second part, where we explore the streets away from the my apartment. To see my apartment, views from there and etc., go here.
Mostly, I use short narrated videos, with some photos. I hope you don't mind the bumpiness of the videos. The use of text is sparse here.
Some Common Scenes
Although these sites are common in a lot of neighborhoods in Tepoztlan, they may or may not be so common in other Mexican towns.
Everyone loves plants, and the climate is right for it here. As covered in this article, here are some plants in my immediate vicinity.
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. My next door neighbors have a nice array of potted plants lining their steps. Photo by Don Karp
A maze of overhead wires is common in many neighborhoods. Because Tepoztlan gets funding as a "Magic City," they have started substituting underground cables for the unsightly overhead ones. Tourists can't take nice photos with all of the wires. This is a very slow and expensive project. The photo below is one of the worst overhead collections I've seen.
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. Overhead wires--a real mess! Photo by Don Karp
Murals are on buildings all over town. They are very colorful and intriguing. A nice offset to the wires (above photo), trash, and dog excrement. Here is one of my favorites.
Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico. One mural among many. On the way to Centro from my place. Photo by Don Karp
My apartment is in Colonia Xilotepec (pronounced "she-low-tep-eck"). It's a word in the native indigenous Nahuat language meaning "ear of corn." That's because the hill it's on is shaped like that. A "colonia" is a section of the town, similar to the word "barrio." Actually, Xilotepec is a subdivision of the larger Colonia, Santo Domingo. Every colonia has its own governance, church, saint, and fiestas for that saint.
With narrated videos I've produced, I am going to take you on tours of my neighborhood, first downhill and then uphill from my apartment. Each walk has two parts--one within a block or two, and another extending out from there.