We spent over a month in Mexico. After a couple of weeks in the Yucatan peninsula we flew over to Guadalajara for almost four weeks. Our first week was in the Centro Historico, or the old city with many historical buildings and churches. After that, we moved down to Tlaquepaque. Not exactly Tlaquepaque, but a little neighborhood called Santa Maria about a fifteen minute walk south. Tlaquepaque (officially known as San Pedro de Tlaquepaque) is famous for pottery, crafts, and art galleries along with pubs, restaurants, and live mariachi. In contrast, Santa Maria is a thriving little village with lots of community spirit along with energetic neighborhood festivals.
I have many wonderful photos that capture different aspects of this contrast. Instead of a pictorial essay for a freshman writing course, I only include a few that made this experience special. A few facts for a presentation follow.
- Guadalajara Centro Historico is undergoing a lot of renovation. Some by government, some by businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Tlaquepaque is the home to many ceramic workshops and galleries.
- The artist, Sergio Bustamente, formed his workshop in Tlaquepaque in 1975.
- Cat spotting in his gallery at Independencia 238
- In Barrio de Santa Maria, el Dia de la Santa Cruz (May 3) is celebrated much more than Cinco de Mayo (May 5).