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Here in our area we've been working to get Barack Obama elected. A lovely man from Canada -- a duel Canadian-American citizen happened to come down accompanied by his wife to direct two versions of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at the Universidad Veracruzana. As many of us do, he feels the urgency of this election. An active and knowledgeable member of Democrats Abroad in Canada he donated much time, inspiration and information to helping us get some voting efforts going. Here in Veracruz we have a paucity of Americans so we are kind of a meager crowd when Democrats Abroad has to work with hundreds of thousands of Americans in the state of Jalisco and in and around San Miguel, in Cabo San Lucas, etc. He held a voting registration event in his hotel in El Centro de Xalapa, his wife, I and another friend held one at The School for Foreigners of UV, we put up posters and we had a Debate Watching Party at a local bar/pool hall/ in Coatepec. About thirty Americans turned up to cheer Barack on. I don't think we've been with so many Americans at once here since we arrived. We also had a Sarah Palin-Joe Biden party at our house, but this time for just a few people who lived near us.
Last week was the Fiesta Patronal of Coatepec, the Feast of San Geronimo. We were in town to try to find my driver's license and to have lunch with some friends and got to see the fiesta's the sawdust carpet leading down the street to the church finished. By far the best carpet is in Xico. I took a couple of snaps of turtles in this one. I think the carpet was meant to represent el Golfo, but I could be completely wrong.
A small band played outside La Iglesia de San Jeronimo, the main church in Coatepec.
On the way back to the car, I took snaps of a truck full of bananas and a florist shop.
The fiesta always has a lot of music going on. This year as last, we went to the guitar concert. It's held in the back room of the coffee shop called El Cofino. Calling it the back room is a bit misleading. The coffee shop is in the front of a grand old Coatepec house. You can sit and drink your coffee and eat your pastries as you look out over a beautiful old garden. You walk alongside the garden through a hall, across a patio and into a gorgeous reception area. The concert is in the grand, beamed room past that. For the concert, everything has been spruced up beautifully.
At the back of this photo you can see down the arched walkway to the restaurant. The people are about to cross the patio. You can see drops of rain in front of my camera.
Here is the patio. We are looking towards the back of the house. It was raining, which as you may have guessed by now is not unusual here.
Some details of the reception area.
The owner is at the right in this picture of the reception area. You can see, through the doorway, people waiting for the concert to begin.
In the concert room.
The motif of the wall and window trim is coffee
And here are the audience and the Orquesta de Guitarras.
My connection here isn't quite dependable enough to upload some video of the concert so you can here how a guitar orchestra sounds (impressive) but I will try to do it when I am in Boston over the next couple of weeks.