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Monday, June 18, 2007

Real del Monte

Just come back from a trip to a little town in the mountains called Real del Monte. We went there to celebrate my birthday and had a really relaxing time. There were plenty of places to go exploring, and the town's hilly streets made for good exercise. This was just as well, because the food was very filling!

It rained a bit, which wasn't surprising, seeing as it's one of the highest inhabited areas in Mexico. What was surprising was that this meant that the electricity got cut off whilst we were down in the Acosta Mine. Our guide was the only person who had a torch, but he wasn't scared in the least, because he used to be a miner. The rest of the tour group weren't so enthusiastic.

The English weather also seemed appropriate, as the Cornish played an important role in the town's development. English history runs throughout the town, including the Panteón Inglés (English Graveyard) which is full of the Cornish names of miners who lived there. To this day, pasties (or pastes) are sold all over the place, making it feel like a Cornish town in Mexico. The only thing missing is the sea.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Found your blog thanks to guardianabroad and the local news featuring Prince, who is giving away in the UK 3million copies of his most recent album along with today's newspaper . Where do you teach?
ROd

David said...

Thanks for the interest.

My school has contracts with several companies in Mexico City. Basically, I teach wherever they send me! It's a big city, so travelling takes up almost as much time as the teaching itself.