First of all here is a link to an excellent post on the La Gloria-Granjas Carroll connecton on an excellent blog called Intersections by a Mexican-American-Mexican(?), Daniel Hernandez, in Mexico City. You'll find links within it to more information about the La Gloria-Granjas Carroll connection.
Jim and I took a trip to La Gloria last week going by way of Ixhuacán de los Reyes and Los Altos. Before I write about that, here are some segments sometimes loosely translated (sometimes just paraphrased) from an article in La Jornada which I found via a link on Intersections which describes La Gloria's fifteen minutes of fame:
By Andrés Timoteo Morales, correspondent.
In only eight days, La Gloria was transformed from a neglected, semidesert pueblo into a community allive with streets being paved, the little parke being rehabbed with paint and decorative plants, and even a cafe....
In fact...a week ago Wikipedia opened a site on La Gloria and had thousands of hits from all over the world....
The bonanza arrived at the puebla with the national international press....more than fifty representatives from, among other places, the US, France, Qatar, China, Brasil, Corea, Japan, the UK, Germany, Spain and Venezuela, attracted by the reports of the origin of ...A/H1N1 and because it was the home of Edgar Hernandez, "patient zero" of the infection.....
Dozens of state and municipal workers made La Gloria the center of their rehab operations starting on April 29....and they hung a huge map marking the location of the pueblo.
They smoothed the road whic led to Perote, the center of the municipality. The government of the state, according to Silvia Dominguez, the secretary of Social Development and the Environment of the state, said they invested five million pesos in public works in addition to resources for health and food.
The communities which benefited from the fame of La gloria are Xaltepec, El Carmen, Totalco, Guadalupe Victoria and Zayaleta. At all the towns, trucs loaded with construction materials, provisions, and mobile health units from the Secretary of Health.
"We have more than thirty people who come daily to work at La Gloria, said Dominguez, the secreatary, and he continued, adding that all this sudden activity was not due to the flu outrage, but because all the works were pat of the progam of public works for the state for 2009. Not a peso nor an action have been improvized." (This last is a direct translation)
To this figure, is added the personnel of the community kitchens, three mobile health units, and pollsters/interviewers who enroll the inhabitants in various social programs of the state.
We are from La Gloria, nthing more, and now the whole world knows us, said some of the oldest. Some of them told anecdotes about interviews they gave to CNN, Televisión Española and even Al-Jazeera
The first sign posted for the media to see was this one (taken from La Jornada):
However, it seems that the mayor of Perote ordered more signs to hang at the main accesses to La Gloria. These are what we saw:
Next: Our visit to La Gloria, after the fifteen minutes of fame.