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Musical Sunday Afternoon in Bernal
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A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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April 24, 2005 — As we were strolling across the plaza in Bernal, the small town in central Mexico where we are living, early this afternoon, the sound of an Andean flute was nearby. Under one of the trees, in deep shade, we saw that a three-person musical group had set up and was playing. We chose a spot in the shade of a nearby building — it’s in the upper 80s at midday, but not unpleasant as it’s quite dry — and stood and listened.

“The flutist is very good,” said Kelly, himself a saxophonist. Many people were enjoying the music.

I was transported. There is something about Andean music that really speaks to me. We used to speculate when we raised llamas that maybe we’d had past lives with llamas in the Andes, and hearing the music has a similar effect on me.

I was glad I was wearing sunglasses, as inexplicably my eyes were filling with tears. The music just went through me.

After a while, I went closer to watch the flutist and I bought one of the group’s CDs. Their name is “Bronce Latino” and they are Mexicans who have learned the music in South America. They are based in Mexico City. From what they said, they have played in Bernal before.

Eventually we went on about our business, and when we got home, I went upstairs to our office to catch up on some email. The group was still playing, the sweet notes wafting into the room. Later, Kelly went back down with the camera. I was as happy to listen from here.

He wandered around the little downtown area a while:

Don Quixote in front of a store

We’ve been meaning to eat at this little place, set up right in the street every weekend.

The dog was steadily growling at Kelly.

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