Monday, November 20, 2017

Cheddar Cheese and Pueblos Magicos

We´re on a three-day weekend here in Mexico celebrating the Revolution and it happens to be Buen Fin.  I won´t go into the Mexican Revolution.  It was over 100 years ago, and as I have written in the past a complete failure responsible for the current condition of Mexico.  Buen fin though, is an idea that was generated around five years ago to combat Black Friday in the U.S. and help the economy here not there.  Well, it´s been such a success that this year has surpassed previous years by over 20% and not all the data has been collected as the sales continue at this moment.  We even participated and the savings are overwhelming. 

Yesterday we attended a grand event at the Cintermex Convention Center in downtown Monterrey.  Pueblos Magicos, with more than 110 towns represented marketing their artesanal goods, tourism and business investments.  We took advantage of it to plan our Christmas vacation.  Several good spots for boondocking as well as formalized camping.  

Here are two spots in particular that interest me:

San Joaquín, Queretaro  located about an hour and a half from San Miguel de Allende and another hour and a half to the Natl Park Campo Alegre.

The other is here in the north in Guerrero, Coahuila close to the border an hour from Piedras Negras.  A bit warmer weather than San Joaquín which says it is the coldest spot in Queretaro. 

We know that many foreigners have a penchant for their native treats and cheddar cheese is one of them.  Mexican cheddar does exist and one particular producer insists that his cheddar can stand next to any Canadian or American if not better.  Cheddar is a good cheese but I usually don´t buy it or eat it.  Mexican cheese is my favorite and I prefer it.  We bought a half pound after trying it and it is, well, very cheddar.  He says there are many producers but they are not marketed nationally.  Located in Aculco, Edomex.

The palapa now has its floor and tile and light waiting for the ceiling fan.  The next step is the sheet rock in the ceiling and the columns.  That´s next.


  1. I love cheddar. Maybe it is a Canadian thing! I also love Mexican cheeses!

    About the Revolution. I assume you are speaking of the revolution of 1910 and not the one back in 1810. I thought so. You know me, a little redistribution of wealth is never a bad thing. The USA could use that any time now. When the rich accumulate the same in a day as the poor earn in a year it is time for a re-evaluation. A discussion best had over a bottle of single malt. LOL

    1. Croft, I have no problem with accumulation of wealth (as much as one wants) by the "sweat of one's brow" or ingenuity of their brain; that is the carrot stick for taking risks, working hard, and using your brain. However, I do have a problem with children "born with a silver spoon in their mouth" inheriting the same wealth produced by their fathers and mothers without having to pay a hefty inheritance (or death) tax upon their parents' passing. No risk, no sweat, and no analytical thinking there. Thus, this is the thorn in my side regarding the new US Tax Bill in Congress.

    2. Unfortunately, the redistribution of wealth that followed the Revolucion Mexicana was very insignificant. Porfirio Diaz had opposition but many of those were wealthy people who were able to maintain their land, businesses and money. The land distribution was made up of such small parcels that it was truly sustenancefarming versus making a living. Banks, oil companies, mining, and many other industries such as glass, cement, etc. were nationalized. When private industry falls into the hands of the government, it is all downhill after that. Pemex, the largest of them all, has depleted the country with its unión and now we are headed for bankruptcy, or would have had it not been for the privitazation reform. We are digging ourselves out of a 90 year hole and it may take the rest of my life to see those changes. Wonder why so many Mexicans live in poverty? Ask the revolutionaries, their cronies, and what they themselves got out of it. Studies have been done on revolutions. Of the 200 or so in the last 300 years, only three served a purpose for the people. Imagine, one family still owns 90% of all the land in Monterrey and the surrounding área. They date back to their arrival in 1541. Croft, as you stated, this can only be resolved with a special bottle of scotch of which I am more than willing to share the cost of just to get this resolved. :)