close
Guadalajara, Jalisco: A Source of Energy

Guadalajara, Jalisco: A Source of Energy

It’s been more than ten years since I moved from Mexico to the United States. Over time, living in a new country, you start to forget things. The way your friends joke with each other. Family dinners. Hospitality, even from strangers. It’s the little things too: the pace of the lifestyle, the taste of the food.

Plaza Tapatia, Guadalajara

Plaza Tapatia

We’ve spent three months in Mexico trying to absorb and capture this vibrant culture as well as we can. It has been really important to me to capture the essence of this place because that essence is a vital part of who I am. Recently, however, one city resonated with me in a completely different manner. It was definitely Mexican, but reminded me a lot of the life I’ve left behind in Austin.

Guadalajara. It was a Sunday and everywhere I looked there were people.  Once a month, the city closes the main avenues through the Centro and thousands of people come out to enjoy them. Pretty soon we were part of the crowd, all around us people riding bicycles, rollerblading, walking dogs and cats, or just strolling along. Being a part of it was invigorating. So many people all doing different things and yet in doing so they became one.  A million moving parts becoming a community, working together, enjoying one another.  I found myself wishing I was not a fleeting nomad, but rather a solid part of this energetic and vibrant community.

Roller Blade Guys do Tricks

Roller Blade Guys do Tricks

There was Dozens of Skaters Doing Tricks

There was Dozens of Skaters Doing Tricks

BMX Bike Tricks

BMX Bike Tricks

I’ve been focusing so much on what makes Mexico unique, I had lost sight of what made Austin, and my life in it, so special. To find those same feelings a thousand miles and a lifetime of experiences away caught me off guard.  I thought of all the Sundays back in Austin spent tapping into similar sources of communal energy: Barton Springs, Zilker Park, Town Lake. I didn’t expect to find a Mexican city so similar. It made me a little homesick. It made me excited to find other places with such active citizens and so much energy.

Cyclists In The Streets

Cyclists In The Streets

Teaching Kids Through Art

Teaching Kids Through Art

Doing Crossfit

Doing Crossfit

Nurse Taking Care of an Elder

Nurse Taking Care of an Elder

I don’t know if cities like Austin and Guadalajara attract active people or if the city itself inspires people to get out and enjoy themselves; I’m sure it’s a little of both. I was compelled to think that the city has to have an influence on the people that live there. But at the same time, it felt like the people of Guadalajara had an undeniable urge to do things, to help and create. I still don’t totally understand where the energy comes from, but it definitely affected me. I am so grateful to have been able to take part in its energy and inspiration.

-Ricardo
Edited by Thomas Allison, Photos by Ricardo Palomares

4 Comments

  1. Leanne

    how beautiful! your writing and photos make me want to go! I guess that’s the magnetic force of energy at play :)

  2. gabriela

    Crossfit in the street! Art in the streets! Sunny summery warm streets! Thank you for reminding me of this… the collective energy, as you said – of people outside interacting, seeing each other, smiling, becoming ‘one’. I miss places where street life and cities… the beautiful urban landscape…draw people together.

  3. Brian

    Hey, Ricardo i relly like the pictures you took by my home town exactly what part of jalisco did you pass by i live 15 min away from the centro.

  4. abraham bisd

    I liked your story about gualaljara

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Be a part of our journey

Follow Us