Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 4: Todo Santos

In order to really soak up some Mexican culture, we decided to do a guided walking tour through an old town, somewhat off the beaten path, called Todo Santos. 

Just in case you all wanted a little bit more information about the town: Todo Santos is a desert oasis.  Thus, the town gains most of it's capital via farming.  In it's hay day it was one of the major producers of sugar cane.  Now it's mostly filled with artists, farmers, and retired hippies. 

Our first stop was the town's cultural museum.

The interesting thing about the museum was that it wasn't run by the government like many of our museums are, it was run by the people of the town.  Each person gets to bring something that they find interesting about their culture to put on display in the museum.  Kind of a blessing and a curse at the same time because you got to see some really cool things and some just crazy weird things.

The corridor of the museum.
A replica of a traditional Mexican farm home.
Spurs and other farming tools.
Cave drawing.  Told you there was lots of diversity in the displayed items!
The inside of the museum.

This museum was, if I am speaking honestly, was the strangest thing I saw while in Mexico.  It was great that everyone in the town brought something to share, but none of it really made sense together.  Also, they took all that time to bring their treasured items in, but no one bothered to paint or upkeep the museum.  The window screens were tattered and torn, bugs were eating holes in photos and maps, the light bulbs were flickering or burnt out, pictures were hung haphazardly, and the list goes on and on.  It really made me appreciate all of our wonderfully kept museums back home.  I will never look at a museum the same again.  (If you are a museum employee, just know that I totally appreciate all that you do!  Thank you!)

Next we walked through the town.  Our tour guide was great, though he didn't really have much to work with seeing that it was such a small, laid-back town.
Everything in Mexico either says "Se Vende" (For Sale) or "No Se Vende" (Not For Sale).  Check out the super thick walls on this building.  They don't make 'em like that any more!
Me in town square.
The town church.
"Am I done holding your purse yet, honey?"
One of the various stores that sold handcrafted items.
The strange note on the side of the phone reads, "JOC group is also against the toxic mining."  I'm not sure what they are talking about, but it doesn't sound good.
A typical family home in Mexico.  This one looks like it's a one bedroom.  (Most of the homes there are.)  The black container on the roof of the house holds their tap water.  The container both heats and provides added water pressure since it sits up on the roof.  The rebar sticking out of the roof is for when they decide to remodel and build upwards.  (Pretty much every house and building had rebar sticking up out of the roof.)  
One of our tour guides told us that his family of four lives in a one bedroom home and that it is the norm.  I couldn't get over that!  I love my family, but if we all had to squeeze into a one bedroom home...let's just say that there probably wouldn't be many of us

Last stop, lunch at the famed Hotel California.

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