Culture shapes play — roadside shrines of Mexico

Where do children get their ideas for play?

The munchkin and her friend built an elaborate shrine in the garden for a couple of dead snails.


Why a shrine? Well, roadside shrines to the people who have died in accidents are a common sight when driving in Mexico.  They range from simple structures to elaborate monuments.



Here’s one at the site of a bus crash that resulted in multiple deaths.


Now we know what inspired the girls.



GEMA – Shelter for abused and abondoned women


GEMA Abused and Abandoned Women and Children Program – Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit, Mexico

Women from the Jaltemba Bay Area of Mexico (north of Puerto Vallarta) who have been abused or abandoned rely solely on this program as there is no other resource– private or government funded — available.

Current Shelter

GEMA provides a safe haven (in a secret location for safety) to learn the necessary skills that will lead to establishing a stable life for themselves and their children. Eighty-three women and well over 100 children have gone through the program since GEMA’s inception in May 2017 and 19 women and their children have been rescued from emergency situations and sheltered at GEMA.

The Mexican couple who established and run this program rely on donations and their own money (from the small salaries they earn) to cover all expenses.

At this time they are in desperate need of funding to finish construction on a proper shelter for the women and their children before the onset of the rainy season.

New shelter under construction

Any financial assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated. And please pass on this information. Help us spread the word.

Thank you! Gracias!

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La India Bonita – oldest restaurant in Cuernavaca, Mexico

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La India Bonita – learn more here

Posada – Christmas party Mexican style

Tonight (Dec. 19) we were honored to be invited to the neighbors’ Posada – a traditional Mexican party held at Christmas. We enjoyed Atole (a hot corn and chocolate drink) and ate tamales and of course had a piñata. See below for more information about Posadas.


How did posadas originate?
Posadas in Mexico began as a way for the Spaniards to teach native people about Christmas. During the nine days leading up to Christmas Day, masses would include representations of Mary and Joseph. Following mass was a party where people were blindfolded before hitting a piñata with a stick, a representation of faith defeating temptation with the help of virtue. The fruits and sweets that poured out of the piñata represented the joys of union with God.
In time, posadas started to be held in neighborhoods and people’s homes, becoming a more familiar and tightly-knit occasion, as well as preparation for Christmas. At the beginning of a posada, people are divided in two groups, the ones “outside” representing Mary and Joseph, and the ones “inside” representing innkeepers. Then everyone sings the posada litany together, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search, going back and forth until they are finally “admitted” to an inn. After this tradition, the party proper starts. Posadas have spread to other countries—such as Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela; the celebrations vary by location. Carlos Villamayor

Parking in Mexico


Found this fellow parked on the street in town the other day. When I approached he pulled back abruptly. His owner, a little old lady, told me that he only liked her, no one else. I’m guessing that these two have been together for years.

The owner changed from a baseball cap to the hat you see on the saddle, before mounting and riding away with her bags of groceries hanging from the saddle horn.