Mexico won after all!

Trip Start Nov 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Eagle Pass lies on the border, part of the territory that the U.S. robbed from Mexico some years back. But it is 95% Hispanic, Spanish is spoken everywhere--looks to me like Mexico has won the battle in the end by gradually and silently reassimilating it.

We fortunately connected here with one of the Catholic sisters who work day jobs to make money and spend all their free time helping the poor. Sr. Ursula invited us to live in her home where she houses volunteer groups and operates a food and clothing distribution center out of her garage. We enjoyed re-organizing the garage one day; it had been well-used by a food and Xmas gift donation caravan from San Antonio a few days earlier.

We landed in Eagle Pass in time for the big Mexican feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I discovered the colorful Mexican tradition of marachini dancing. These kids are lined up for a performance :

Marta, a retired Mexican nurse in Piedras Negras (just across the river) received us in her home where she and Sr. Ursula plotted Christmas surprises for the neighborhood kids in the Mexican neighborhood. The poor come to Marta for medicine and medical help all the time. Check the thumbnail photos above to see Paul and Sr. Marta in action--as we brought items to donate to her. Also, don't miss the traditional Mexican Nativity scene photo! If you click on the thumbnail, you'll see an explanation written beneath the enlarged photo.
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