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Xalapa Veracruz

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

About 5 miles from Cuatapec, Charly and I caught the annual Xalapa (pronounced halapa) Fair the night before we took the comfortable 1st class bus back to Oaxaca. A small nino was earnestly helping his mom set up her display of toys.
Some friendly guys from Puebla were helping set up the fair.
Young guy preparing a sweet bread.
A bar.

Cuatepec Veracruz

Monday, April 16th, 2007

A designated “Magic City” the signs say. About 5 miles from Xalapa Veracruz NE of Oaxaca on the east coast of Mexico, I wouldn’t say it was exactly “magic” but this pueblo of about 4000 people was certainly charming. About 6 hours by bus from Oaxaca, Cuatepec is the center of Veracruz’s coffee growing area and Charly and I visited here to check out the coffee roaster factories…and the coffee. “Not as good as Oaxaca Pluma,” Charly loyally decides. But he finds a cute little 5 pound roaster he will have made and shipped to his home in a small town in B.C. Canada where he is in the coffee business. Charly’s just a friend…don’t get excited!

One morning, waiting for the coffee shops to open, we found this shoe shine man in the zocalo. Having made friends with the squirrels, he shows off a trick during which he lets a squirrel snatch a peanut from his mouth.
As he held up his hands about a foot and a half apart, he says he shined the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.