Hotel Mexico Plaza Campestre
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... to expect and I had such great memories I kind of wanted to keep them pure, under glass and undisturbed by anything new. Admittedly, not everything that went down in SLP my first time there was great but even those few incidents can now be looked back at with a laugh and they do make for good storytelling.
I needn't have worried. Carlos, his friends (many with children now), his sister Lili, her husband (and now ...
... such beautiful people...oh dear.... I'm getting a little weepy just writing about it.
Anyway, I'll try to keep this shortish and move on... Carlos has been living in Barcelona for about 12 years with his most awesome girlfriend, Barbara. Chisa and I met up with them in Barcelona during our last trip, to Europe and the Middle East and we had so much fun. Carlos, Barbara, her parents(from Austria), Lily, her ...
... in Mexico are adorned with crosses and shrines for the many who have met their fate on the some of these sharp curves. I won't be one of them....that being said, I'm not above making the occasional, "ill advised" decision such as ignoring a Camino Cerrado sign. In my defense, thin as it is, it was a strange sign, stating that the road was closed from 6 am to 6 pm which didn't make sense. Why would a mountain road be closed in the day time but open at night when it's much more ...
... feature is the steel ball, imbedded in the road so that half of it projects above the surface. These are set in lines across the road. These lines start off widely spaced, then are set more closely together, as they try and force you to slow down. These steel balls are six or so inches across, and don't stick up too far, so they don't do too much damage. But there are other steel balls, maybe a foot or more in diameter, that are used to mark ...
... is very apparent as you approach the town, but even from the center of the picturesque setting, gazing out over the 17th century church and historical houses, the backdrop, or view of the mountains above the town, is one of total environmental degradation. Entire hills and mountain sides dug up. Open pit mining.
The local Mayor, after opposing the project, was assassinated.
I left the area with a new awareness of corruption in Mexico. People complain of corruption ...
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