Christmas tree in the Zocolo
Christmas tree in the Zocolo

I’m fascinated with the differences of culture here, true they are small differences, but differences just the same. An therefore I  usually carry a camera with me where ever I go. I wish I were more brazen about taking pictures, but sometimes it feels rude to take some of the pictures of people doing things that I find so different.  I don’t want to be an “ugly American” to quote an old phrase.  I’m very cautious about taking pictures of the police. I’m always concerned that they will confiscate my camera.  But the police around here are very different and very interesting.  There are several types here, Tourista, Municipal and Federales.  Also we have both Army and Navy base here with their police.  They all carry rifles with them plus side arms and ride around  4-8 of them in pickup trucks with a manned gun mounted on the roof of the cab. You feel very safe with enormous amount of armament traveling all around the town. All this fascinates me mostly because you sure don’t see it in Port Orchard.

Military helo that flies over our ap from time to time
Military helo that flies over our ap from time to time

I went to use the ATM at the Commercial yesterday and they were refilling one of the 4 machines.  Two bank guards with rifles and side arms kept the crowd at bay while one filled one of the machines. No one could use any of the other machines during this process. At other times you will see a whole contingent of police types surrounding a bank.  No not a robbery, just restocking.

This afternoon we went to La Madera, me for swimming the Senor for a massage. On the walk down I noticed a cute teen couple in front of us. Both in school uniforms, he with a back back on and carrying her pink back pack under his arm. Chivalry is not dead. I reached for my camera to take their picture, but the memory stick was back in the computer. No picture!  A little further on we came upon some pictures drawn in the sand.  Some were just detailed designs but there were also mermaids and fishes.  We waved to the young artist to let him know we liked his pictures, he smiled back, but no camera to record the art work.

Wood faced apt. expected a surfer dude here
Wood faced apt. expected a surfer dude here

On my morning quest for a watermelon and a news paper I did see this most unusually second story abode.  Everything here is usually concrete and stucco as the humidity here creates an environment for insects that love wood. But there it was a rustic wood faced apartment. It looked more3 northwest than Mexico.  I have expected a blonde surfer dude to emerge, but it was a handsome young man who briefly opened the door.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Tonight we are going to the movies, it’s just across the street, in an old and not very comfortable seats. But the price is right. less than  4 bucks. Several years ago they served guacamole and chips,I thought that was better than pop corn, but not any more .  We will eat popcorn.


Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like , but I plan on doing more. After working full time at Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 22 I have decided to retire completely and forever. Prior to that I was semi retired as a Wedding Officiant I officiated at about 20 weddings a season, and with my small delivery service I handled the distribution of a local high-quality Home and Garden magazine . Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. I now plan to travel to new places and exciting places, getting ready to do that as a solo as the Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that. For hobbies I'm a reader and love my kindle. And I enjoy writing.

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