Saturday, April 6, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Mary-Patricia Ryan

 Feliz Día del Santo Patricio

Yup, it's St. Paddy's Day and I'm wearing 'the green' - I have St. Pat's socks and a green Mazatlan tee shirt that I'll wear to Happy Hour this evening.   Don't think corned beef and cabbage will be on any menus in restaurants here; although along my adventure in Mexico people have told me they've brought special foods from the States - so maybe?

Now for my wonderful introduction to market day in Valle de Juarez, the little working class town only about 3 Km east of Hacienda Contreras.  I've fallen in love with this REAL Mexican town.  Everybody greets everybody on the street as they pass, "Buenos Días," "Que le vaya bien" [ which means "That you will go well" or kind of like "have a nice day."]                                
        Market Day, Saturday, Valle de Juarez:  Jerry and Paula Gale (Nova Scotia) and
                       Kevin and Ruth Read (Five+ year full-time RV-ers from Canada)

                                                   Valle de Juarez, Central Plaza

                 My first market day in Valle de Juarez with Kevin and Ruth - Thanks for the lift

               I bought a beautiful chicken, pork chops and a steak that were all delicious

Then, in the afternoon ..... Mazamitla, a “Pueblo Magico.”  I’m thinking the designation indicates that some Board of Tourism or something has given the town the title and has probably fed pesos to make it even more wonderful.  It is a spectacular locale and one of the things I like best is that, although it does have what looks like lots of ‘weekend tourists,’ they’re all Mexican, from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, etc.  I hitched a ride with Doug and Nancy and Doug’s visiting sister, Diane, from Alberta (Medicine Gap - I'd love to visit her there someday) and we spent about two hours exploring and visiting with shopkeepers, etc.
The pueblo is very charming, bustling with activity, a little noisy.  It’s a hilly town with some pretty narrow streets, a few are even constructed of various types of cobblestone.  But, it’s so clean, lots of ‘basura’ (trash) receptacles, public ‘baños,’ toilets that are spic and span, restaurants, lovely artisan shops, sweet shops (mmmmmm), nurseries and flower shops with gorgeous orchids and other indoor and outdoor plants for sale.  I bought a little 'bolsa' (zippered bag for knitting chotchkies) made of shades of pink suede with appliquéd suede flowers on it for 40 pesos ($3.20); the merchant asked if I’d like it to be engraved!  I gave him my name:  'María Patricia,' and a pretty young woman engraved it, freehand, on the reverse side of the little pouch bag for FREE.  I’d love to go back someday and buy several more– Alice, Kari, Barb, maybe even the ‘nietos,’ grandkids.

Of course, almost all Mexican pueblos / towns are built around the church and central plaza

I took lots of snapshots of Mazamitla but want to go and prowl around to get better acquainted and take some more pix.

Regional cheeses and sweets

Flower shop

Produce stall in an indoor market

Upstairs in the indoor market - restaurants and little shops also

                        Nancy heading by the sweets shop.  They have giant handmade 
                marshmallows.  One roasted marshmallow would make a 'smore large
                                           enough for four people!

Mazamitla has lots of vacation houses for rent - it's a very popular destination for Mexicans from all over the country.  Check out the carved columns on the porch.

On our way out of town, Nancy saw this gentleman who was selling these handmade leather chairs - she bought one for her new grandson, Gus, who is about 3 months old.

It will be custom made with his name "branded" on it

Mazamitla is about 6 miles southwest of Hacienda Contreras RV park, while Valle de Juarez is about a mile and a half east.  While Mazamitla is quite upscale, Mexican style, Valle de Juarez is a working-class town.  I love both of them and know I could live here very happily for quite a while.  I’ve talked with Barb about the possibility of laying a cement pad for my own 'yard' (the little patio yard and garden I mentioned earlier); she asked that I wait to see what the new Pemex station that's being constructed next door does to the ambience once it’s completed and in operation.  [As I said before, I’m not feeling at all negative about it, but Barb is!]


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