From Taxco to Durango

Although only 3.5 hours away, the city of Durango is a world apart from neighboring Zacatecas. A Durango resident once told me that (heading north) “Civilization ends in Zacatecas and carne asada begins.” Now, well-done carne asada is a wonderful thing, don't get me wrong, but there is some truth to this statement. For some … Continue reading From Taxco to Durango

Taming emotions with alebrijes

Unlike the cute creatures featured in Disney’s Coco, the original alebrijes have inspired a range of emotions. Amalgams of various creatures, both real and imagined, decorated in bright colors, alebrijes originated not in Oaxaca, but in Mexico City. The creation of these creatures are correctly credited to a cartonero (paper mache artisan) named Pedro Linares, … Continue reading Taming emotions with alebrijes