Caja del Aqua, San Luis Potosi

This water reservoir (caja de aqua) is also called La Conserva. It is supplied by an undergrowund aqueduct that runs along the Calzada de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Road). It was designed in a neoclassical style and built in stone. There are many fountains in SLP, but there used to be many, many more.

“Caja del Auga” translates loosely as “The Water Box” but it’s really a very fancy cistern, once used to keep the city in water and the fountains flowing. It’s become one of the symbols of San Luis Potosi. Continue reading “Caja del Aqua, San Luis Potosi” »

The alley of fondness

Entrance from Carranza Avenue

I’ve used El Callejon del Carino dozens of times. It’s a narrow pedestrian path, not more than 4 meters wide. I like it because of the evocative name and as a shaded respite on hot days. It’s only a block long, located¬†between Francisco Madero Avenue and Venustiano Carranza Avenue, two major thoroughfares. But it was only recently that I noticed a sign at one end with an English translation. I translated the name as “the alley of the dear one” and an online translation called it the “alley of caring.” The sign called it the “alley of fondness.” I like them all. Continue reading “The alley of fondness” »

Christmas in San Luis Potosi

A tree in one of the small Malls downtown.

As the year winds to a close, it’s time to celebrate Christmas! Last year I was in a predominately Muslim country, so I saw few Christmas decorations. This year, I’m in Mexico and it’s overwhelmingly Christian, so lots of holiday cheer. On the other hand, it’s a nice warm mid-70’s F each afternoon, so it doesn’t really feel like winter. Personally, I love the weather, but it’s like there’s two seasons. Warm and a bit cooler. With no chance of snow or even frost, the flowers are in bloom and the leaves never change color.

Plaza Fundadores (Founder’s square) has turned into a winter wonderland, minus the snow.
Winter Festival entrance.
Santa’s house
The big tree–obviously sponsored by Coca Cola, as was the winter parade.
Even ice skating!
One of the lovely old homes is lit up at night. It’s much prettier than this photo.
Plaza Del Carmen is still packed–a place to rest between shopping.
The main branch of the school where I teach has un arbol de Navidad (a Christmas tree). We were even given a very nice Christmas dinner–paella!
In the mild weather, flowers continue to bloom.
…even some flowers I don’t recognize.
This is the tree at the downtown branch, where I’ve been teaching for the last 8 weeks. It’s near my flat, but I’m the only teacher most days, so it’s a tad isolating.
The churches are always ready for Christmas, right?