Several years ago while driving the back roads to Chinqua, one of the nine butterfly sanctuaries, we passed through the village of Tlalpgahua, Mexico. It's the village that makes bazillions of Christmas ornaments for
export to the USA and beyond.
Stopping briefly, it has always been in the back of my mind that I wanted to go back and take time in the town.
Then a couple of weeks ago, this is the sight that greeted me in the aisles of Bodega Aurrerea, the downscale Walmart in San Miguel.
It brought back that yearning to go there. In addition to the ornaments, there is one of the two ancient feather artist left working there. Also cantera is carved and sold there.
Then I remembered that Todd of www.life-in-el-corzon.com published an article about this village.
Here's the site. www.life-in-el-corazon.com/2008/08/tlalpgahua-say-that-fast-five-times.html. He
goes into depth about the town and even places to stay.
The gypsy in me is stirring. However, in the mean time I think I'm going back to buy some loose ornaments. All the other stores that sell things have them boxed in beautiful packaging. I like the idea of buying and touching each one I want......for less then a penny each!