Down the mountain

I OFTEN refer to the capital city that sits down the mountain, about 40 minutes from here on a smooth four-laner.

We drive there at least once a week, almost exclusively for shopping. My mountaintop’s shopping is restricted mostly to tacos, tires and rebozos.

My first eight months in Mexico were spent in the capital city where I studied Spanish at a language school while living two months over a garage. I then spent another six months just walking around and living in a rented house.

I didn’t much like the town. Before moving there I read online that it was similar to the American Midwest, sorta dull. It was to Mexico what Topeka or Omaha are to America.

One day I took at bus up the mountain to visit the ancient and very different town where I’ve been a long time now. I liked it. I moved here. Been here ever since. Gonna die here.

However, in the past 17 years, the capital city has improved immensely. I would not mind living there now. I might even prefer it, but I’m not going to move.

Recently, an online piece from two years ago was brought to my attention by the inimitable Jennifer Rose. It describes our capital city in an admirable and accurate way.

Take a look. There are also great photos. The author, Stephenie Harris, claims it’s the most beautiful city in Mexico that nobody visits. And she says why she thinks that is the case.

Downtown at dusk

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I’VE SPENT 34 years of my life in tourist towns. The first was New Orleans — 18 years — and now here on my colonial Mexican mountaintop — 16 years.

My heart goes out to people who pass their lives in Topeka or Barefoot Bottom, Georgia. Yes, there is such a place.

There are different styles of tourist towns. Some may not look like much themselves, but their location makes them tourist attractions. Beach locales are one example.

If you count beach locations as tourist towns, and I am, then we have to add my childhood decade in Florida to the aforementioned 34 years, making a total of 44 years.

But let’s stick to tourist towns that are tourist draws simply because they’re beautiful. And where I am right now certainly qualifies. Look at those photos.

Late yesterday afternoon, I was sitting on one of the cement benches that surround our plaza, just watching folks, enjoying the view, the cool breeze, stuff like that.

I had my camera in my man bag with my Kindle, so I whipped the camera out and took these photos.

I’m a sharing kind of guy. I hope you don’t live in Topeka or Barefoot Bottom, Georgia, either.

That would be so sad.