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Oct 25, 2007


I lived in Zacatecas, Mexico for four years when I was in my early 30's. Zacatecas is not a popular Foreign tourist's stop. I can't remember why my husband and I decided to go there in the first place. I think we wanted to see a Colonial city that was off the beaten path.

Our first visit to Zacatecas was during our month long tour of Mexico when I was in my early-20's. This city is the capital of the State by the same name. If I recall correctly, Zacatecas is the name of a tall grass that grows in that area. The city is located at an altitude of 8000 feet, so summers are hot but dry.... Just perfect for me. I have never been able to adjust to Japan's hot and humid summers.

Zacatecas is a colonial, hilly city with a rich history in silver mining. The center of the city has stone-paved roads and beautiful colonial buildings. Since it is the capital and also has a University, there are many festivities throughout the year. I loved living there when we did. In the last several years, it has grown wildly in business and population. The center of the city is not so quiet anymore but still beautiful to look at if you ever want to visit.

Zacatecas has some beautiful blue skies and sunsets. I completed a couple of oil paintings while living in our first rented house. I gave up on painting with oils because I can't stand the turpentine or all the clean-up that is involved.

My Grandfathers and my paternal Grandmother are from Mexico. That has always fueled my curiosity in Mexico.

Halloween is coming up. I am not sure how many cultures have a similar custom. I imagine most cultures honor the Deceased in some way. In Mexico, it is Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd. In Japan, it is Obon in August.


Neda said...

When I moved to Texas, I knew nothing of the Mexican culture and more specifically about the Day of the Dead until we visited San Antonio and really got to understand what it all meant...Is that one of your beautiful paintings??

Gallery Juana said...

Hi Neda,

It is one of the few oil paintings that I have done. I have family in Texas but have never been.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Juana,

Thank you for the story - and this oil painting is STUNNING!!

~ Diane Clancy

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