Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Hippie

In San Miguel my roomies and I went on a hike. There is a large hill that overlooks the whole city. I had heard that there was a market in that direction as well, so we took off to find it and catch a great view. It didn't take us long to get from the zócalo to the top of the hill. It was a fantastic view, and certainly it was worth the time. We never found the market, (we found it with the whole group later) so we decided to just walk back.

On the way down we saw a sign of sorts painted on the doorway of a house. It said something about an art gallery, so we walked in. Inside we met a man and a woman (husband and wife) and their godson whom they were taking care of for a time. He had grown up in Bermuda whereas his wife was from Germany. When we entered their house they showed us their "studios" which were simply their bedrooms and living room (and somewhat the kitchen). Claudia showed us how she makes glass beads and some other things. Bruce showed us some of his artwork from the past few years.

His art was fascinating because many of his older paintings represented some quality realism. His more recent stuff was a bit more of an oddity (but no less in quality) and something you would have expected from a guy with a bunch of old toys hanging in the tree by his house. He would construct different things out of toys and he had created ingesting collages from cereal boxes ( They showed us around and were very pleasant to talk to. He even walked with us down the rest of the hill since he had some errands to run.

Overall, it was nice to meet another random person in San Miguel. They also gave us their business card. If I continue to meet such fascinating people, I'll consider the trip to be quite successful.

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