Thursday, July 28, 2016

Strange Tales of Magic and Miracles: Michael de Meng in San Cristobal, Mexico, October-November, 2015: Day Ten and Eleven

Strange Tales of Magic and Miracles:  Michael deMeng in San Cristobal, Mexico, October, 2016

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Today is the day to experience Dia de los Muertos in Chiapas.  Our first stop is Romerillo, a cemetery in San Juan Chamula.

Colleen with our local guides.

The van driver's St. Christoper equivalent.

I believe these colorful holy men were called The Monkey Men but don't quote me on that.  We were told not to take their picture--but everyone else was so it might have been a don't take their picture if  you are not from San Juan Chamula.  Of course, I took these two photos surreptitiously to get it out of my system and then obeyed the customs.

The celebration of Dia does have a carnival atmosphere about it in some places.  Chamula was crowed, noisy and festive.

Our next stop was a completely different cemetery and it was virtually deserted.

We then moved on and toured a city cemetery--where it rained on us.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow--nor a lack of cash stops Senior deMeng.

Possible translation issues. 

Dinner that night was at Praga Restaurant with musical entertainment.

Then it was time to hit the streets for Dia de Los Muertos.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Today we are visiting San Juan Chamula Cemetery.

As we walked through town our guide introduced us to this woman who proved very photogenic.

While we were mingling with the residents our guide was on her cell phone.  Somethings are the same the world over.

Inexplicable local wildlife.  Amazing travel fact:  dozens of assemblage artists discover roached taxidermy in garbage can--and leave it there.  

On to Zinacatan.

We meet the local mall guide--always something to sell the tourists.

Visit to the home of a family of weavers.

We closed out our trip at the Plaza Real Restaurante for the farewell dinner.

Thanks to event organizer Colleen Darling and artist Michael deMeng for another amazing, unique and very educational art adventure in Mexico.