Spent some time just walking around town today. They have finished paving Calle Adelita, what a difference from last year when you couldn’t walk with out tripping over the construction project. Stopped to feed my flock of chickens our kitchen scraps. I guess once a chicken farmer always a chicken farmer. Stopped along the Malecon for iced coffee and to watch the fisherman sell their catch. I never get tired of this scene, watching the haggling, the weighing, and happy customers carrying their fish home some in plastic bags, others in buckets, others load them on 3 wheel bicycle carts.
Street vendors, are really mobile stores and just about anything you might want or need will be bicycled around town on these carts or on a push cart. There is the distinctive whistle of the knife sharpener as he pushes his wheel through town, the clown horn sound of the ice cream vendors, my favorite ice ream vendors have their product in a large galvanized tub vs the square box cooler. Other vendors call out their product by name and there is always a coconut vendor who will whack open the coconut with a machete, some of the best freshest fruit will come to you.
Last night we finally got to see the M-Dock band. They come here from Missouri to do a couple of benefit concerts for Sail Fest which supports education for the poorest of the poor children here. It’s always been too crowded at Pacalo’s to get a seat and it would be standing room only clear into the street. This year they played at El Pueblito’s, a lovely large outdoor restaurant, really a court yard with a very high palapa roof. There were 8 of us in our party so we went early to make sure we got a decent seat. The food was great, the drinks were good and the band was fantastic. And the place was packed, I’m sure the temperature rose at least 10 degrees by the time the band started just because of the number of folks there. But the nice thing was you weren’t crowed against each other. The band played everything from the Beetles to Neil Diamond to the Stones. By the end of the evening everyone was dancing. The Senor and I opted to walk back to our apartment as it is only about 6-8 blocks. the streets were quiet, but not empty another beautiful evening. Signing off KO