HAPPY NEW YEAR! This photo actually wasn't from New Years Eve, but was taken at one of the dozens of fireworks shows we've seen over the illuminated cathedral in Morelia. Amazing to us, but the folks who have lived in the city all their lives don't even bother to look up, fireworks are so common. I think this (and the stiltwalkers below) was for Morelia's birthday celebration-- which is in May. Now, that's a street party. But every Saturday night they close Avenida Madero, the main street that fronts the cathedral, and put on an
illumination ceremony with fireworks.
A must-see, which I still love to do every time I am in town. I went during Semana Santa this past year, surrounded by the throngs of Mexican tourists who flock to Morelia during vacation weeks. It was amazing. I commented to my friend Ramses, who has lived in Morelia his whole life, except when he is traveling to Europe, how incredible it is to be at a free public event at night where people politely maneuver through such a huge crowd. No one shoves, no one gets out of a line, and there's not a cop in sight.
As we prepare to say good-bye to 2008, an incredible year, I recall my New Years five years ago, when the family and I left Morelia for a road trip all the way to Guatemala. We spent Jan. 1st, 2004 visiting some small Mayan villages near San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas. We also visited the ruins of Palenque that trip, and swam in the gorgeous waters of Agua Azul and the waterfalls at Misol-Ha which are nearby. Highly recommended.
So as I reminisce about adventures of past years, I look forward with great anticipation to future travels and discoveries. What will 2009 bring? Best wishes and happy trails.