Mexico is not the U.S. Things are more relaxed, including some of the regulations and government services that we are accustomed to. It leads to some interesting sights around town, some that make you scratch your head and some that make you just smile and say, “Well, it’s Mexico”.
Photos are worth any number of words, and as you gaze upon the following keep this in mind:
Amazingly, people are not hauled off to the hospital every day with injuries or illness.
Captain Garfio’s Sports Bar – closed now, but one book I read said that on Friday and Saturday nights it turned into a strip club.
Conch shell faucet.
Dinghy dock – this is where we park when we dinghy in from the anchorage.
Lunch one day. On the beach. Our toes in the sand. It’s wind chill of -20 at my mom’s house as I type this.
Comin’ down the road – your local gift store – hammocks and more.
He lives in the center of town.
Ice cream vendor on the beach. Low overhead on this shop!
Iguana – these guys are 4-5 feet long and live in the trees. He came down for the sole purpose of scaring the crap out of me as I walked past.
La Cruz Marina has a very active kids’ club. Here they are running a smoothie station to earn money for a local orphanage.
Meat delivery. Yes, those are hides and heads along with the edible portions.
The next three photos are of pangas, the small boats that 2-4 men take out to sea for fishing. Once a year, the next town over – Bucerias – has a week-long festival that culminates in the annual blessing of the pangas. The families decorate the boats, and drive them down the coast a couple miles to the beach. Then they go to the church there to receive a blessing and pray for a good year on the water.
Panga blessing day.
Note the crowd in the blue and white panga. Just a reminder of how many people these small fishing boats support.
Decorated with balloons.
Public works – water pipe repair, hole dug by hand, and at the end of the workday, tree branches hold the official government tape warning us to be careful.
In the neighboring town of Bucerias there is a spice/dry goods store. Near my mom’s house is an Amish store that is similar – the difference being the Amish pre-measure the bulk goods and that’s how much you get. In Bucerias, some things are pre-measured and for others you tell the nice girls who work there what you want, and how much and they bag it up for you. So the challenges are (1) knowing the Spanish for what you want and (2) knowing how many grams you want.
The first group of photos I took in December when my friend Jessica from s/v Hajime took me there while she shopped. I went on my own a couple weeks ago with my shopping list and a new friend, Lynne from s/v Bella Luna, to show her the ropes (hover your mouse over each image to see the caption).
One whole wall is jars
Bulk items – beans, dog food, oatmeal…..
Green and black tea
Raisins, white and wheat flour, chia seeds, curry powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and sesame seeds. Grand total: 70.70 pesos – about $4.50.
Multiple days a week, the guys sweep the plaza with these palm frond brooms.
The La Cruz Wednesday Market. Vendors have kitchen stuff, adult and childrens’ clothing, toys, one produce vendor, multiple hair/nail accessories – sort of like WalMart out of the backs of trucks and trailers.
“You be here”. It just made me laugh.
Zoning laws? We don’t need no stinkin’ zoning laws!