One of my favorite archeological pieces, which dates back about 800 years, was found near the Cacaxtla Archeological Zone, When you see the name you´ll know why it´s my favorite.
Known as Coxcox , (Maybe it was an ancestor?) , the god who gave humans speech, sometimes called teocipactli the lizard lord who along with his wife Xochiquetzal (feathered flower) were the originators of humanity.
This statue is located in the Regional Museum of Tlaxcala.
In this same museum we find other pieces such as Ehecatl, the god of wind, with an elongated mouth that looks like he is blowing out candles.
There is also a Chaac mool, several chaac mools have been uncovered in Mexico , some of Mayan Origen and others of Mexica or Aztec Indian tribes. Mayan Chaac mools can be distinguished by the fact they are looking over their right shoulder where as Mexica Chaac mools are looking over their left shoulder. This one was found in the town of Nativitas, Tlaxcala. The first one was discovered by accident at the Chichen Itza Archeological zone.
As it was covered with a red dust the natives called it the red warrior. It is considered to be a divine messenger, my friend Carlos says it was the equivalent of UPS . However the packages they delivered back then were usually human hearts.
We’re planning an excursion to an old hacienda that raises fighting bulls next October. It was in it’s prime in the late 1800’s with the advent of the railroad. Now it has been restored and it’s one of the best renovated haciendas in the state of Tlaxcala.
Mr. Rojas...Hacienda owner
Here are some photos of our last visit with a group……
A great place to have a wedding or a special party…. they treated us all like family.
While out wandering around the countryside, we went to a town known for its dairy farms looking for cream and cheese. The owner of the dairy store told us there was an old hacienda about a mile away that had been recently renovated so we went to check it out. And he was right, it has been restored to its former glory and is now used for parties, wedding receptions and occasionaly they rent out rooms for overnight visitors. Its really a beautiful place and reminiscent of times that make you think of Zorro.
The dairy store also had flavored wines and canned flavored
pulque (cactus juice).
canned pulquecream of capuchino licor
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cream of capuchino
The State Fair is in full swing and its always a good idea to check Fairs out to see what’s new and innovative. My wife and I went to check it out and it really got crowded. But it was worth going to see the new things, colorful sites, the smells of food cooking on the midway, the animal and art exhibits.
Something different was ostrich meat hamburgers and tacos… it wasn’t exactly my favorite cuisine but it wasnt bad,,presumably its healthier than pork or beef. After eating them I had a strange urge to go hide my head in the sand.
We stopped to see the art exhibit in the Convention Center located on the Fairgrounds, very colorful and interesting.
Artist Carlos Adrian Fernandez
Ostrich meat tacos
Brahma Bull Ride
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It looks like I’m back on line so I’ll briefly mention a tour we gave last week to a Pulque Plantation where we saw how cactus juice was extracted from Agave Plants
my new mode of transport
after cutting into the plant and extracting the “honey water” we took it to the brewing vats.
the tlachicuero or extracter
the brewing vats
Everyone got to sample the brew
a large nopal cactus plant
Afterwards we went on a hayride around the bullfight ranch.
Then back to the hotel in Tlaxcala…..
5 star hotel
In August there will be a running of the Bulls in Huamantla , just like in Pamplona, Spain. The Bulls will have a chance at goring drunken tourists before some matador sticks a sword in them. Interesting to watch from a distance, Dangerous to watch if you’re running in front of the bulls.
Huamantla is famous for other things also…know as the “Heroic Town of Huamantla” for repulsing the American Invasion in 1847. A young lady living in the town wheeled a cannon out of her house and fired it at the Invaders killing the leader of the Group, Captain Samuel Walker. Why she had the cannon in her house I don’t know. Maybe the Mexican troops went over for tacos and forgot it. Anyway, Captain Walkers pistol and several other guns or on view in the local museum. Walker invented a revolver, guess he didnt get to enjoy any profits from it .
Also in August along with the fair is the Night when no one sleeps, local arts and crafts workers make over ten miles of carpets from flowers and colored sawdust through the city streets of which they are destryed the next day by the running of the bulls, theres a museum of bull fighters and a puppet museum in town also.
Another feature of the museum is parts of a telescope that was used to make one of the first photos of the moon in 1885.
Moon photo 1885
House from where canon was fired
Capt. Walkers pistol
National Puppet Museum
Telescope parts from 1885
Lots of new things happening, Since the swine flu panic started, the Gov’t. put up a thermal scanner at the Bus Station here in Tlaxcala to see if anybodies trying to sneak in with the boogie-woogie fever.
check out my scan with the camera…a cool 37 degrees, neither myself or the camera had a fever.
If my image had been red or yellow I would have been detained and dowsed with ice water or forced to drink a pitcher of frozen margaritas (I would hope).
So the hot item these days are face masks, I use a Generic Blue myself as does my daughter & granddaughter, but I see they are starting to sell them in all shades & colors. I want one with a pirate skull & crossbones on it.
Despite all this flu nonsense, ( I don’t know a single person with the flu), the municipal Government has started a new tourist trolley excursion of the City, a more expanded version than the tourist departments.
New Tourist Trolley
Also there’s free internet service in the park for anyone with wireless internet. I see people with laptops quite often at the Zocalo now, mostly students doing homework or chatting.
The ATAH Bus Companies Direct to the Airport Bus seems to be doing well. They have an Office at the Chalet Hotel on Revolution Boulevard.
Tlaxcala-Mexico City Airport Bus Office
Well, hope I get to see you soon, although I doubt it…it takes a brave person to come to Mexico. Adios Amigos!!