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One of my favorite little pleasures living in Mexico is riding in the back of pick-up trucks. There is something romantic about watching the countryside pass by with the sun overhead and a breeze threatening to knock off my sombrero. So, when my host dad told me we were headed to the mountains, I jumped in the back of the pick-up truck with the rest of the kids, ready to learn more about Huimilpan.

Kicking up sand as we pulled up onto the dry earth, we arrived in a cloud of dust. Hopping down from the pick-up truck, I set out to explore this foreign territory of sun-bleached grass. After side-stepping piles of cow-dung, I came across rocks – magnificently huge rocks. Spotted with lichen, they looked as though a painter had splashed lime green, orange, yellow, white and blue on the natural sculptural forms.

the twigster,

Josephine

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Well hello you watery delight. Oh, and you too. Well look at you all with your magnificent colors. I might just have to take some photographs, and study your existence. Don’t mind me, I just want to propagate you have a roof full of your friends soon.

the twigster,

Josephine

PS: Anyone with knowledge on how to care for these guys, share please.

Rosettes

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Corn surrounds me. On my walk to work I pass cornfield after cornfield. In my backyard, chickens peck for their snacks in the cornfield. The soothing natural music beckoning me to sit in the fields comes from the rustle of leaves in the cornfield. Corn is life here, and in order for life to continue, the harvest must take place. And so, it is the time of year that house after house is drying cobs in the patio, on the roof, or right in the field. There is corn of every color, – purple, red, orange, yellow, black – shape and size. The true meaning of Huimilpan, “the place of the biggest cornfields,” is truly being realized.

the twigster,

Josephine

PS: I recently learned that “forty percent of the calories a Mexican eats a day comes directly from corn, most in the form of tortillas” (Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma). I can’t help but think of this when my host mom places a stack of steaming tortillas on the table for comida.

As Far As the Eye Can See

Corn Galore

Elote - Grilled over a wood stove and topped with lime and chili

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