|Concierto de Campanas|
It has been over a month now since I arrived in Cholula, and poco a poco things are falling into place.
|Nuestra Señora de los Remedios|
I have rented a casita in San Andrés Cholula, the home of the UDLA (Universidad de las Americas) and La Piramide, an archeological site of much historical significance. It was here that Hernán Cortez slaughtered over five thousand Cholultecas Indians, mostly unarmed civilians, in less than six hours. Of course, they built the miraculous "Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios" over the Cholulteca temple (La Piramide) that was there first. ¡Viven los cristianos!
San Andrés is a tranquil pueblo with a nice zocalo and beautiful old church. It is said that the city of Cholula has 365 churches, either one for each day of the year or one for each pre-Hispanic temple that used to be here.
|La Piramide - Cholulteca Temple|
In reality, there are only thirty seven churches; 159, if all the small chapels including those on local haciendas and ranches are counted. But that is still a lot of churches for a relatively small town. November 19th was the "The Concert of the Bells", a forty-five minute, all percussion concert, which incorporated some of the church bells. The concert was the finale of La Festival Vaniloquio, a six day music festival which was a mix of musics: classical, folklórico and jazz. All performances took place outdoors around the zocalo and were open to the public. As the poster says, "The Arts are alive in Cholula!"
|Iglesia de San Andrés Cholula|
|Enrique y Hortensia on duty|
|201-B 4 Norte, San Andrés Cholula|
As for mi casita, it is a newly finished, cement block house that is quite empty for the moment. I have the essentials, stove, fridge, bed, two tables with eight chairs (but no one to invite to eat with me!) and a work station for my computer. An added special service that I did not expect is the round the clock service of two very efficient Mexican guard turkeys! So far I have not been robbed, and the ducks, chickens, dog and cat that roam my front yard have not dared to enter the house when my door is open! All this for $300 a month. With the turkeys, it is well worth it.
|She did not stop being a woman because she had only one breast|
|Fernanda con su mamá|