From a day doing some chores in Coátepec. Don't forget you can click on the thumbnails to see them bigger.
A doorway across from the post office. Soon I'll send a picture of the post office. A sort of home-made sign saying "Correos" hangs outside the storefront that is the post office. Inside, there are a couple of piles of post office boxes -- apartados postales (ours is no. 47), some with doors missing. Between them, a scarred wooden counter. Behind the counter, heaps and heaps of packages and unsorted mail. We are in the process of switching to the much tidier and more organized post office in Xico.
The arco over the front of Iglesia Guadalupe. The arco was put up during the fiesta de San Jeronimo, the patron saint of Coatepec. The Fiesta was quite wonderful, and it is on my list of posts I should write (or should have written). And will some day. And I'll write about the incredible visit to the underground bat cave, the trip up to Tembladeras on the slopes of Cofre de Perote, and I don't remember what else.
And found just behind the sign for the dentist, the sign for El Menu, a cocina ligera, or lunch place with light foods, that we eat at with some frequency:
El Menu advertises itself as having food for people who want to eat healthily and it does, but it's also good and quite popular with all kinds of people. It is on the second floor, and the owner-manager-cooks live there, too. So you pass a bedroom on the way to the washroom and can look through a door and see their living room. Some Amurricans who used to live here stopped going to El Menu because they heard that the rooms around the courtyard below were rented, a la auto-hotel, to lovers. Horrors! I really don't know if they are or not, but I know that the two street-level places are a doctor's office and a grocery store.
Jim took the following pictures pretty early in the lunch hour so the restaurant isn't crowded. But it gets crowded pretty quickly. This one looks out a window and into the kitchen. The kitchen is actually open to the outside. For thirty pesos each, or less than three dollars, you get soup or a pasta dish, a lovely salad, a main course, a dessert and a pitcher of agua de fruta. You get a choice of the main dish ... usually either chicken or beef/pork with a veggie. And beans and tortillas. And rolls with the soup. And lovely salsa.
A door knocker
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They were filming a telenovela in Coatepec at the main church. Here are some of the many trucks of all sorts that Televisa, the production company, rolled into town with. The telenovela is called Tormenta en el Paraiso and it starts I think on Univision in los estados unidos later than here. But it starts here on Nov 17 at 700 pm and we will be watching.