Five Senses: Mexico

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An Asian Canadian traveller’s photo diary

by BEATRICE S. PAEZ

Touch

A fundraiser for the firemen in San Miguel de Allende lets donors add chips of glass to this public mosaic.

Beware of sticking your fingers on these prickly cactus needles when you hit the local market.

Smell

Mysterious herbal remedies at the market promise to relieve stomach issues, menstrual pains and bronchitis.

Fresh grilled red and green peppers will remind you of summer barbecues.

Taste

There’s nothing better than fresh corn tortillas to partner with beef steak tacos.

Welcome to candyland.

Hear

Pass an organ player grinding the pavement with sound as people tread through the Zocalo, the city’s nucleus.

The gospel has spoken. Listen to the impassioned responses of churchgoers proclaiming their faith.

See

Friendly vendors selling cloth dolls dressed in vibrant Mexican handwoven fabric.

Colourful banderitas (small flags) with intrically-etched designs depicting local culture, which are set against small buildings painted in terracotta, deep ochre, warm yellow and old rose palettes.

Majestic and colonial-era churches, including Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel, with its pink limestone facade.

 

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