January 6th, Three Kings Day

The last couple of days I saw the construction of all the temporary booths being erected along the main drag of Juan Alvarez to house an enormous amount of what appears to be cheap plastic toys.

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Blue tarp booths along the side walk selling toys and 3 Kings Day cakes

Since I’m told the Mexican children receive gifts on 3 Kings day I guess parents wait util the last minute to shop. Sure solves the problem of hiding gifts from snooping kids. There are also tables and tables of the special cake that has the little figures baked in it. They come in every size imaginable depending on the size of your family gathering. And if I remember correctly who ever gets the baby Jesus in their piece gets to host the whole group to a tamale

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Blue tarp booths along the side walk selling toys and 3 Kings Day cakes

feast on Candelmas  Day. Then there is the “Bike Market” along the canal.

Last night from my balcony I watched the fire dancer perform,  not the best view as the palm tree gets in the way a bit, entertaining none the less.  This was followed by a brief but hard rain shower, all done in minutes

 

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Fire dancer as seen from my balcony

There also has been a mass exodus of Mexican tourists as their holidays ends, the foot traffic around town is manageable again and hopefully the music from the Zocolo won’t be blasting down our street nightly. I’m forever amazed at how folks can party all night until six am. It’s 5:00 am and the bar down the street is still playing music, this morning the music is pleasant and not just the “thump thump” type and not so loud to be heard inside the apartment but surprising pleasant out here on my balcony.

The Senor just suggested going to the beach today. I’m so excited!  Getting him out and about has been a real chore this year. Sometimes I feel a little “trapped” up in our room.  Signing off KO

 

 

 

 

 

LOST A DAY

Tarps hung st edge of sidewalk
Tarps hung st edge of sidewalk
On the afternoon of the 6th, Tree Kings Day here in Mexico, I set out to buy some trim at the fabric store and instead discovered that for 5 blocks and maybe more a whole new bazar of temporary shops had been set up. Tarps had been hung street-side and on the side-walk between the tarps and the shops are a myriad little booths of toys, clothing , mandarin oranges, and Rosca Cakes all for Three Kings Day.
Between the tarp and the shops a whole new bazaar sprung up on the side-walks
Between the tarp and the shops a whole new bazaar sprung up on the side-walks
 Evidently they started on the 5th and I guess will be gone on the 7th and disappears like a circus leaving town.  Evidently the Mexicans  don’t believe in shopping early, and this looked like a bit of a shopping frenzy to me.  The Rosca Cakes are a wreath type pastry cake within it is a small baby Jesus figurine.  I’m told that whom ever receives the piece with the baby Jesus in it is to host the same guests to a fiesta on February 2nd, Candlemas Day, the 2nd of February.   I’ve also been told that it’s tamales that are to be fixed for the fiesta on Candlemas Day. Later that evening our
Rosca Cakes
Rosca Cakes
2015-01-06 17.29.06balcony neighbors brought us a slice of the Rosca cake and I got a lamb in my piece ,  Lynn got a shepard in hers. I didn’t realize there were many little figurines in the cake. The cake was a little on the dry side, but should be great with strawberries or ice cream on it.

Since I didn’t find any suitable trim to make straps for my new pant/jumpsuit I decided the sewing ladies would be able to  put straps on it for me.  They are so sweet and agreeable,  I will pick it up from them this afternoon.  It was a good decision because I was wanting black straps but out in good light I discover I really need navy blue straps. That was the whole extent of my yesterday as I really wasn’t feeling up to par and found it necessary to keep close to home and slept or read most of the day.

Work up this morning feeling like my old self, scratch that, my normal self again. After my morning swim  my street dogs  found me, they were in luck, I had  bones  left over from our ham hock soup last night.  As I walked by the Plaza, a pick up game of soccer was happening at the basketball court. Just another Zihuatanejo day.

Morning soccer game
Morning soccer game

The rest of the day will be spent with an excursion to the Comercial.  Signing off KO