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” »

More photos from Sunday’s adventure around SLP

The poinsettia were particularly lovely. They are native to Mexico! In Mexico, the poinsettia is known as Flor de Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve Flower.
The poinsettia were particularly lovely. They are native to Mexico! In Mexico, the poinsettia is known as Flor de Nochebuena, or Christmas Eve Flower.

I had such a great day Sunday. Not a lot of info here, just photos from Sunday with Meliza and her family, plus Marc, another teacher.

We stopped by a large shop that sold plants and flowers. Though we didn’t get the yellow marigolds Meliza wanted for the Dia de Los Muertos alter, there was plenty to see. And Marc got an aloe plant.

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Next we drove through Parque Tangmanga, the largest in San Luis Potosi, and one of the largest parks in all of Mexico. It has everything. slp-mexico-october-2016-155-copy slp-mexico-october-2016-156 slp-mexico-october-2016-158-copy

Not sure you can see it, but this is human bowling–a person climbs into a large plastic ball and rolls to knock over pins. I must try this!slp-mexico-october-2016-159 slp-mexico-october-2016-160-copy slp-mexico-october-2016-163

Another unique sport–knock ball. It’s soccer, but the players all have a huge balloon around them. Hilarious!

Mostly, it's a peaceful place to spend a day.
Mostly, it’s a peaceful place to spend a day.

Elections and private student conundrums

This photo was taken in the lobby of the school. The kids were asked to help decorate for Halloween with drawings of monsters. One of them drew a picture of Donald Trump, in the center!
This photo was taken in the lobby of the school. The kids were asked to help decorate for Halloween with drawings of monsters and creepy things. One of them drew a picture of Donald Trump, in the center!

10/21/16

Tomorrow is the new schedule. I dread this day every 4 weeks. I start waking up extra early and have trouble sleeping a few days before it. Some of it is the feeling of zero control, but some of it is simply that it is completely last minute. If you give a new schedule to people that late, you aren’t interested in discussion or compromise. It’s take-it-or-leave-it. I’m pretty sure one of these days I’ll just hand in my locker key and walk out. Good thing we are always paid just before we are handed the schedule, though that also makes it look as though someone is welcome to walk out.

I’m concerned, also, about the long term health of the school. There are fewer students than this summer when I started. The teacher coordinator positions at either branch have not been replaced. Though there is a new calendar schedule for next year, it simply doesn’t look like the school is growing. Can it keep me gainfully employed through July? I had a conversation with a couple other established teachers about possible ways to find private students, if it comes to that. It’s not what I’d like. I don’t find private students to be reliable and getting paid is a constant hassle, but it’s good to be prepared, just in case. I’m meeting with Erika, my landlord’s boyfriend on Saturday as a possible 1st private student. We are meeting at Starbucks near the school. (I was right about the reliability of private students. He canceled about an hour before the meeting.)

I keep mentioning it, but the flowers here are just lovely. Often they are cascading over walls or supported by wrought iron fences. No idea what this flower is.
I keep mentioning it, but the flowers here are spectacular. Often they are cascading over walls or supported by wrought iron fences. No idea what this flower is.
The roses get a second season here. While summer is still pretty warm here, it's not as hot as Atlanta was, nor as humid.
The roses get a second season here, too. While summer is pretty warm here, it’s not as hot as Atlanta was, nor as humid.

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A typical meal for me. The drink is the "Popeye," with spinach and pineapple juice (espinacas y piña). On the plate are gorditias--two corn tortillas form a pocket and can be filled with anything. I ordered nopal (cactus) and simply chose a second at random from the items I couldn't translate, moronga. It was surprisingly tasty, even after I found out it's pig's blood.
A typical meal for me. The drink is the “Popeye,” with spinach and pineapple juice (espinacas y piña). On the plate are gorditias–two corn tortillas form a pocket and can be filled with anything. I ordered nopal (cactus) and simply chose a second at random from the items I couldn’t translate, moronga. It was surprisingly tasty, even after I found out it’s pig’s blood. BTW, this meal is at Fruity Fiesta, which has been a favorite place for me until recently. They keep getting my orders wrong–somehow I end up with double what I requested, and of course, I end up paying double. I though it was my poor Spanish, but I was really, REALLY careful this time and it happened again. I think they just want more money out of the gringa. This doesn’t happen at other restaurants.
Can anyone identify this?
Can anyone identify this?
Typical side street in my neighborhood.
Typical side street in my neighborhood.
Bad photo, but Marc found a new lunch spot. I'll be coming here a lot because you get to make a huge build-your-own salad. This will make it even easier to get veggies in my diet.
Bad photo, but Marc found a new lunch spot and we went there. I’ll be coming here a lot because you get to make a huge build-your-own salad. This will make it even easier to get veggies in my diet.
The restaurant is very small--a true hole in the wall. It'd never pass inspection in the USA--no bathroom, not even running water! The "kitchen" is a stove, fridge and a few assorted shelves, like this one, that holds a steamer, waffle maker (they use it to make "pannini" sandwiches) and blender. But things look clean, the food is fresh and the price is low.
The restaurant is very small–a true hole in the wall. It’d never pass inspection in the USA–no bathroom, not even running water or sink! They have a large bottle of water for use in the kitchen. The “kitchen” is a stove, fridge and a few assorted shelves, like this one, that holds a steamer, waffle maker (they use it to make “pannini” sandwiches) and blender. But things look clean, the food is fresh and the price is low. Also, the staff are lovely.
Here's the salad selection.
Here’s the salad selection.
She steamed a cheese-stuffed zucchini for each of us, no charge.
She steamed a cheese-stuffed zucchini for each of us, no charge.
Here's my salad with sandwich--bacon, cheese and mushrooms (tocino, queso y championes).
Here’s my salad with sandwich–bacon, cheese and mushrooms (tocino, queso y championes).
Here's Marc with his salad and a large piece of fish. We got the order to-go since there's only a couple tables.
Here’s Marc with his salad and a large piece of fish. We got the order to-go since there’s only a couple tables.

An evening stroll through El Centro

Alameda park is located on one edge of the old town area in SLP. It's lovely. This is the duck pond.
Alameda park is located on one edge of the old town area in San Luis Potosi. It’s lovely, large and well used. This is the duck pond. Many of it’s features could use some attention, particularly fountains, but it’s still a beautiful park and I’m impressed how the Potosinos use their parks and plazas.

After our exciting adventure in Cerro de San Pedro, Alex left Marc and I off on the far side of the old town in San Luis Potosi. It allowed us to walk through El Centro to get home and enjoy the perfect weather and hunter’s moon out that night.

This is the huge church across the street from Alameda park. There was a wedding going on, so we just stepped inside.
This is the huge church across the street from Alameda park. There was a wedding going on, so we just stepped inside.
We stopped at one of the many Costanzo candy stores. It's a local candy and chocolate factory. Tasty stuff. Looks like they are ready for Halloween! http://www.chocolatescostanzo.com/2014/
We stopped at one of the many Costanzo candy stores. It’s a local candy and chocolate factory. Tasty stuff. Looks like they are ready for Halloween! the locals are very proud of this local business.

I love street performers, like this clown in Plaza del Carmen.
I love street performers, like this clown in Plaza del Carmen.
So many lovely churches
So many lovely churches
There's a king Tut exhibit that I really must catch in the old town.
There’s a king Tut exhibit that I really must catch in the old town. This exhibit is just off the Plaza Del Armas.
Wish I knew what this play was about, but there was a lot of laughter. Seemed a bit bawdy.
Wish I knew what this play was about, but there was a lot of laughter. Seemed a bit bawdy. Plaza Del Armas.