Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Moon Over Zacatecas

The moon came up over La Buffa, just shorty after sunset.

It was the day after Christmas.

It illuminated this city resting in the mountains of the Mexican altiplano

at an altitude of 8200 feet.

Perhaps one of the best secrets in Mexico is Zacatecas.

Zacatecas, Zacatecas.

It has perhaps the best collection of well preserved,

most beautifully lit cathedrals anywhere.

I mean anywhere.

And they are old.

Like 1575 old

Zacatecas has the cleanest air, and the cleanest streets of any large city.

Anywhere.

It is run by the socialist.

The museums are excellent.

The food is unique and of the highest quality.

There is a roadway around the old city that divides it from the countryside.

It is called the "anilla de preferencia".

The ring of preference

On one side is a dense pedestrian city.

On the other side is untouched mountain side.

It is some of the best urban planning I have ever seen.

Anywhere.

It is run by the socialist.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that there are more Zacatecans living in the US than there are in Zacatecas? It is relatively close to the US, it is underemployed, has endured a long depressed economy and is largely desert. It was built by Spanish mining monopolists who exploited the poor. And still it is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico and a great place to tourize. I met a young couple from Zacatecas when I was there who were living in Pasadena, CA. who said they would never move back. They are making alot of money and want to start a family. What a shame. The state of Zacatecas is very poor.

12:39 PM  
Blogger OZ said...

Thanks for your thoughts. Zacatecas is poor and clean and beautiful. Today when I drove around Monterrey, the air was essentially opaque.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anon:
Did you know there are more Yankees living in Texas than there are Texans?

9:14 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

According to my Italian friends, there area great deal more Italians living outside of Italy than inside.

10:40 AM  

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