Gran Hotel Diligencias
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... and their animosity towards the Aztecs, the Totonacs joined with Cortes to attack the Aztecs, The alliances that Cortes and his fellow conquistadors made with indigenous groups was one of the decisive factors in their defeat of a much larger Aztec army.
There were some very interesting features of the site. Before the Aztecs came along, the Totonac were a peaceful people. Under Aztec rule, the Totonac adopted their gods as well as their practices to please and pacify ...
... path beside the estuary, a woman pursued us trying to convince us to go another way, but of course I looked at Tiana who after 4 years of Spanish had no idea what she said. We followed Paul who had skirted around her like she had the plague. We are probably now being edited out of the tv novella *mexican soap opera = that was being filmed along the seashore of a cute little Mexican port.
... day and go along with a school group and listen for the whole explanation. Besides the navy students are very nice. After my visit I went to walk to the malecon and found a minibus that would take us to the Fort of San Juan de Ulua. As soon as we arrived we found a tour guide who took us along the entire Fort and told us storie full of mexican folklor.
After the tour we wereback in the malecon and as I ...
... standing ovation. How awesome is that!
I don't know what it was about that afternoon but it was one of my favorite community impact days so far. Maybe it was watching a group of young people dance with those who used to dance all the time. Maybe it was watching seeing a member of our cast make a connection with the 80+ year old woman in the wheelchair. Maybe it was the way that each person acted with compassion and joy as they spun around with their "grandparent". Whatever it ...
Set on the wide river Palpolapan, which brings a welcome breeze & respite from the mossies. UNESCO world heritage site, for it's blend of colonial & caribbean style architecture - brightly coloured houses, 95% with portales in front.
By chance, tonight is the last day of their carnaval, so it's blasting loud music everywhere & coachloads are here ready to have a good time - they started early! My hotel is right in the thick of it, ...