• Glenn Wilson
    July 28, 2019:
    • What's Happening Today,
    • Mexico's Versatile Tianguis:The Place to Shop,
    • ‘Whose side are you on?’ San Miguel mayor reprimands reporters,
    • Elements of the SSPTMYPC will meet with the municipal authorities,
    • Why These American Women In Mexico Might Not Be Coming Back,
    • Dial 10 for Murmur,
    • Mexican Venice.

    What's Happening Today
    What's Happening Today Sunday July 28, 2019 in San Miguel de Allende via DiscoverSMA.

    Mexico's Versatile Tianguis: The Place to Shop
    Nearly twelve years ago, in August 2007, Mexico Cooks! featured every sort of produce, dairy product, and meat sold at a local tianguis (street market) near Guadalajara, Jalisco. For the entire month of August 2008, you read about seasonal availability of fruits and vegetables at the dozens of regularly scheduled tianguis (it's the same word in singular and plural: one tianguis, two or more tianguis, pronounced tee-AHN-geese) in Morelia, Michoacán. Mexico Cooks! would rather shop at a hot, crowded tianguis than at an air conditioned supermarket, would rather shop for supremely fresh foods at a tianguis than give a second glance to anything frozen, boxed, or canned that's offered for sale elsewhere.

    The tianguis, wherever in Mexico it's held, is a basic part of the culture of modern Mexico. Its name comes from the Náuhatl word tianquiztli, market. Although Nahuatl markets are centuries old, the present-day form of the tianguis is fairly recent, originating during the 1970-76 Mexican presidency of Luis Echeverría Alvarez. The author of the tianguis project in Mexico was José Iturriaga, Echeverría's former finance minister.

    Although Iturriaga was himself a wealthy, educated, and cultured man, he worried about the ability of Mexico's poor to feed their families. He was especially concerned about the availability of nutritious fresh foods sold at reasonable prices. The tianguis, otherwise known as a mercado sobre ruedas (market on wheels), was his idea. The government took charge of giving Mexico's working-class housewives and other food shoppers stupendous quality at the lowest possible prices.
    Mexico's Versatile Tianguis :: The Place to Shop to Find Almost Anything You Need at Our Outdoor Markets. More #MexicoCooks.

    ‘Whose side are you on?’ San Miguel mayor reprimands reporters
    The mayor of San Miguel de Allende rebuked and allegedly assaulted two reporters who were covering a protest by police officers on Friday at the municipal government offices.

    Reporters María Antonieta Herrera of the newspaper El Sol de Bajío and Ana Luz Solís of the digital news outlet News San Miguel were taking Facebook live video of a protest by local police after the deaths of two officers in a shooting last week.

    The officers were demanding better training and up-to-date equipment, including guns and bulletproof vests, as well as a change in policing strategy that would focus more on group work.
    ‘Whose side are you on?’ San Miguel mayor reprimands reporters
    See also: Mayor of San Miguel de Allende reprimands reporters (sp).

    Elements of the SSPTMYPC will meet with the municipal authorities
    San Miguel de Allende.- Elements of the Ministry of Public Security, Municipal Transit and Civil Protection, made public their petition. Among the requests are patrols with escort, increase in life insurance, payment of overtime during holidays and withdraw risk services.

    This Saturday, July 27, the elements of the SSPTMYPC will meet with the municipal authorities to present their request, the points are as follows:
    Elements of the SSPTMYPC will meet with the municipal authorities (sp)
    See also: Police and transits request support from the people of San Miguel to work 'safe and dignified treatment' (sp).

    Why These American Women In Mexico Might Not Be Coming Back
    The real Mexico sits beyond the boundaries of a tourist’s holiday resort. Many Americans don’t step beyond the protection of their 5-star gates. And it’s easy to see why. News reports say Mexico is dangerous. The country’s residents would do almost anything to flee to the United States. America, after all, has long been viewed as the land of opportunity. Mexico, in contrast, is full of danger and corruption.

    Janet Blaser’s new book doesn’t fuel that kind of fear. Nor does it claim Mexico is perfect. Unlike many of the “retire in Mexico” stories in popular magazines, Blaser’s accounts are multi-dimensional. That’s because Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats, offers experiences from 27 American women. Each lives in Mexico. A few of them are raising children, managing their own businesses or teaching at an international school. But most of the stories come from retirees.

    Some live in seaside havens. Virginia Saunders tells her story from Puerto Vallarta. Joanna Karlinsky reflects on the journey that brought her to Cozumel. Others, like Cat Calhoun and Gayla Jones, settled into high-altitude homes in San Miguel de Allende and Jocotepec. Many tried on several shoes before finding the perfect fit. The women all explain why they love Mexico. But they’re also honest about the challenges they face.
    Why These American Women In Mexico Might Not Be Coming Back

    Dial 10 for Murmur
    The good folks at Telcel have been repeatedly reminding me that the Mexican telephone system is making a giant leap into modernity on 3 August.

    The news is not new. (I suppose that makes it olds.) You read about the pending change here in in with the new, off with the old last month. But Telcel knows its customers. We need to be reminded periodically.

    When I moved to Mexico eleven years ago, using the telephone almost required a secondary major in engineering. You needed to know if you were calling someone on their land line or their mobile phone. Then, you had to figure out the options if you were calling from one or the other. That would result in placing different refiexes in front of the telephone number.
    dial 10 for murmur

    Mexican Venice
    Water has long been a problem in Mexico City. The city (and before it, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan) is located in a high basin surrounded by mountains. Originally, much of the basin was covered with a system of shallow lakes. From the Spanish colonial period onward, the lakes were drained off to avoid flooding... something which has destroyed the original ecosystem and has led to many other problems.

    The demand for water in this metropolis of over twenty million people is enormous. Although much of the city's water supply is piped in from beyond the valley, the aquifer beneath the old lake bottom continues to be exploited. As a result, much of the city is literally sinking as the spongy soil subsides. In the city's historic center, one can see many buildings which are tilting at crazy angles or which have sunk below street level.

    The summer rains should replenish the aquifer, but, because the valley has been paved over with construction, the rainwater has nowhere to go. The drainage system is inadequate, and the many of the city's streets become canals. I remember one evening when I went with Alejandro from my apartment to his family home. It had been raining heavily, and we did not realize until it was too late that the highway to get to his house was under water. By the time we found a way to get to his home it was the wee hours of the morning.
    Mexican Venice

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