Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Fork in the Trail Jan 2011

It's Christmas Day.

I have four invitations to share sumptuous feasts with four different groups of friends.
I will not be able to eat at any of them.
I can't take the chance.

But I will visit, hang out, laugh, have fun, and deliver presents.
And eat later.

I'm barely 4 months into a gluten-free life (Celiac Disease) and the doctor
says not to eat anything that was not prepared by me
in my own gluten-clean kitchen for the first YEAR!

The Mexican Trailrunner has come to a fork in the trail!

It's been nearly 7 years since I crossed the US - Mexican border to
live out the rest of my life in the warmth of the Mexican sun
and its people.

I've never looked back.

But, things have changed, I've changed, life paths have changed!

I no longer hit the brakes and stare stunned every time
I pass a burro with a load of firewood on it's back
led by an ancient man chatting on his cell phone.

Know why?
It's now just everyday life.

Twelve people on one scooter?
Nothing new.  So what?  I didn't even notice.
Well, except to try not to run 'em over!

I've been thinking I would shut down the blog at the first of the year.

Time to move on.
The Mexican Trailrunner has become stale.
Quit while I'm ahead.

I don't want to write about narcos and Mexican politics,
you can read that on the news - just don't believe everything you read.
I am safe here.
We are safe here. 

Blogging is too demanding to keep up!
Who cares anyway . . .

Then I thought. . .wait!   I'll miss it!
I'll  miss you readers and your comments and emails.
And I'm addicted to my fellow bloggers.
I'll feel left-out when I read their blogs with my morning coffee.
 This won't work! 

So, the Mexican Trailrunner will continue to meander.

But, like life, the Mexican Trailrunner will take some new paths.
A twist here, a turn there, an unexpected detour, who knows what we'll find.

I will write about what it's like to explore, shop, prepare, cook, and eat
glorious gluten-free foods in Mexico!
Did you know there are an estimated 2 million Mexicans
with Celiac Disease?

I'll tell you about the small - but growing! - Buddhist
meditation sangha I've joined in Ajijic!

And I will continue to tell you stories about exploring, living in
- and loving -
this wondrous, magical country.

We will have fun, we will laugh, and WE WILL EAT!

¡Buen Provecho Amigos!  
¡Prospero Año Nuevo!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays And Peace On Earth Dec 2010

I like this picture of the Noche Buena Christmas tree in
Guadalajara so much, I'm using it again this year!

  Stay tuned for changes in the path of the 
Mexican Trailrunner.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Done! Dec 2010

Big kids like 'em too!
Ok, now we can put these puppies to bed!
Aren't they cool.
¡Gracias, Presidente!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Jocotepec Gran Fiesta Schedule - El Señor del Monte Dec 2010

Come to Jocotepec and enjoy our famous
El Señor del Monte Fiesta!

Jan 3rd 2011 to Jan 16th 2011

If you can only come for one day
be sure and come for Sunday the 16th - the final day.
At around 4PM the huge splendorous statue of El Señor, 
depicted on this poster,
will be taken down from above the altar and carried in a procession
through town with thousands of faithful pilgrims leading the way.
Many pilgrims march on their knees, some are blindfolded
and carry candles.
Indian dancers and other acts will fill out the parade.
It's extremely moving and beautiful to witness.


Click to enlarge.

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Hundreds of puestos and impromptu restaurants will fill the town
and plaza of Jocotepec.
 Great shopping and great eating.
See you there!

Saturday, December 4, 2010