Exploring Mexico

Images of Mexico Part I

Photographs and Text by John Todd, Jr.

Mexico is a big country. It can only be described as a sensual mosaic of different scenes of people and landscapes. Soft pastels and hard colors are seen and felt in the emotions of the people. Beautiful as the soft music of a romantic trio in the evening or a hard ranchera. The laughter of a people who love their children and celebrate life in the streets and their homes. If you look at a map of Mexico and the US, you might describe the US as the mind and logic, and Mexico is the heart.

The Hat
Un Sombrero Ranchero
Amatepec, Estado de Mexico
Un Sombrero Ranchero
In Mexico, things are not always what they seem.

While the man wearing the hat appears to be someone from the country, he is really visiting from Mexico City. He drives a taxi there.

He bought the hat wanting to blend in with the local population.
To Serve and Protect
Mexico, D.F.
Mexico City Freeways
Freeways in Mexico City are frightening. Narrow lanes, fast drivers, and signs that come at you so fast that you need a copilot who knows where heīs going.

Added to that are the barracudas who weave in and out of traffic looking for infractors to "bite".

Maybe you noticed.

They donīt have legible license plates.
A Town Celebrates
Amatepec, Estado de Mexico
A Celebration of Thanksgiving
Alcoholism is a serious problem in Mexico, and in the small towns and villages the problem is often more acute.

In Mexico, AA rehabilitation groups are everywhere, and many are open 24 hours a day. These services are free to those who are sick and suffer from the incurable disease.

Each year, in many towns and cities in Mexico, these AA Groups openly celebrate anniversaries of sobriety of the townspeople with a public information meeting, along with a free dinner and live local music and a dancing.

It is a celebration of thanksgiving for one more year without a drink and a life that is rich and new.

If you know someone who has a problem with alcoholism and wants help you might check with AA 24 Horas. They have locations not only in Mexico, but in parts of the US, Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia.
Orizaba Road
El Pico de Orizaba
Orizaba, Veracruz
Orizaba Sunrise
Just after sunrise on the toll road near Orizaba. With the Pico de Orizaba in the background.

We look forward to a great breakfast at one of the street stands in Orizaba.

Fresh fried picadas and fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast is a great way to start the day.
El Pico de Orizaba
Orizaba, Veracruz
El Pico de Orizaba from Tehuacan
Standing here in the cool damp weeds, listening in silence to the early morning crickets in the grass.

In the distance your can hear the faint sounds of the people waking up on the old Spanish hacienda and smell the smoke of the firewood preparing breakfast for the people.

Just south of Tehuacan on the toll road to Oaxaca, the Pico de Orizaba looks even more majestic.

Just the way it looked to the Indians before the arrival of the Spaniards.
Earthquake Proof Bridge
Mexico, D.F.
Earthquake Proof Bridge
Earthquakes in Mexico City are a serious problem.

It looks like an engineering class at the University took on the project to make an earthquake proof bridge.

Thatīs civilization off in the background to the right.
Health Food Store
Amatepec, Estado de Mexico
A Rolling Health Food Pharmacy
Some people still donīt entirely trust patent medicines.

On market day there are all kinds of things to buy.
The Plaza
Tehuacan, Puebla
Balloons on the Sidewalk
On the plaza in most towns in the state of Puebla thereīs something in the air that makes you want to buy a balloon.

The weather is always cool here, even in the summertime.
The Office
Alvarado, Veracruz
The Office
There are days when I think I need to clean up my office and donīt have time.

The seafood market in Alvarado, Veracruz does a high volume business out small offices like this one.
Small Businesses Have More Fun
Alvarado, Veracruz
Small Businesses Have More Fun
Ever had a day at work when you would like to trade places with this guy?

He seems like he has everything he needs to be happy.
The Beach!
Ixtapa, Guerrero
The Beach
Sometimes, there are days when I would like to be back to Iztapa-Zihuatenejo.
Torreon, Coahuila
I took this picture early on a cool Sunday morning in Torreon.

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