Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In Memorandum - Don Raul Bernal

This is from a post I did on November 21 this year.
"We have been going to one clothing store in the market for years. I get a lot of my blouses there. The gentleman with Bill is the owner. Don't remember how it got started but Bill always buys him a pastry before we go to see him. Last winter we didn't see much of him as he was quite ill. Bill still bought the pastry and sent it home with his daughter. It was good to see him this year. Lots of hugging."

When I posted that picture I didn't mention that his illness was cancer and that it would eventually take him away. Since then we hadn't been back to the market. 
Bill was reading the Mazatlan newspaper the other day and he told me about a bus hitting and killing a man. Then the driver grabbed his keys and ran, never to be found. 
The next day while reading the paper he discovered it was our friend, Raul Bernal, this man from the market who had been hit.
In the next few days we learned many things about him we didn't know. He was loved and will be missed. So glad we got to see him at least once this year. Here is an article from the paper about him. Again the translation is a little weird. 

"Father Rafael Martínez officiated in San Carlos Borromeo body mass.       Julieta Lomeli Mazatlan, Sinaloa-tribute received Don Raul Bernal pulled, in market Pino Suarez, enclosure that was your second home during his lifetime, to be hard working and have your business the new glory in it. Family, friends, tenants, all with evident pain for the loss of a man who was kind, gentlemanly and very hardworking during its existence. His body arrived in the market where already expected it their loved ones, who gave him warm applause for his departure. Moments later, took his body to direct you to the parish of San Carlos Borromeo, where he accompanied him to receive the blessing of God, on the second Sunday of advent, a special day mentioned the priest Rafael Martinez Gallardo, who explained that who he dies in time of lent or advent, it has a special privilege. "Receives the tender and loving embrace of our father". 
With his wife and daughter in better time. Last year when he was home ill, Bill continued the tradition of bringing a sweet to the store. Either his wife or daughter would take it home to him. 
More from the newspaper
"Mazatlán, Sinaloa-a well deserved homage received Don Raul Bernal pulled, in the Market Pino Suarez, enclosure that was your second home during his lifetime, to be hard working and have your business the new glory in it.
Family, friends, business , all with evident pain for the loss of a man who was kind, gentlemanly and very hardworking during their existence.
His body arrived in the market where already expected it their loved ones, who gave him warm applause for his departure. Moments later, took his body to direct you to the parish of San Carlos Borromeo, where he accompanied him to receive the blessing of God, on the second Sunday of advent, a special day mentioned the priest Rafael Martinez Gallardo, who explained that who he dies in time of lent or advent, it has a special privilege. "Receives the tender and loving embrace of our father".
Part of the funeral procession
He will be missed. Our trips to the market will not be the same.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Saturday morning - clearing sky. Guess a jet had gone by. Lots of haze still in the air. Or as they called it in Indiana "air you can see."

 Looks like we might be losing one of our pretty plants. On closer check it was covered with little bugs. Got rid of the dead leaves and sprayed it good. We'll see if it makes it or not. All plants then got sprayed. 
Across the street for breakfast - lots of clouds over the ocean, but they were going away quickly. Ocean was pretty calm
Had a quiet visitor in the campground. Next time I looked he was gone. Wonder where? Surely not back to the construction work. 
 We went out in the evening to the Plazuela Machado wondering if the lighting of the Christmas lights had been postponed because of the rain the night before. Looks like we lucked out. First things we noticed there were no vendors in the plaza. They were set up along a couple of the streets leading from the plaza. At the front of the vehicles on the left there is a gray pick up truck. He decided he needed to leave. 
It was quite a production getting him out of there. Had about 1/4 of an inch on each side to work with. And he had to turn the corner to the left.
 All the decorations were up. I didn't take many pictures of them, just too many people around. And too much going on. 
 We ate at Pedro and Lola - first time we've eaten there in all the time we've been coming here. 

Bill and the other couple with us had fajitas - I had salmon with asparagus and a salad. I even sopped up the sauce from the plate, it was delicious. 
Just as we finished eating the whole plaza went dark - then the fireworks started. Right above our heads.
When the fire works finished all the Christmas decorations lit up. And the festivities began. 
There was a ceremony not far from us - Seemed like an introduction of the hopefuls for the Carnaval queen and king. Beautiful women and good looking men all dressed up in formal attire. Also a couple of children in fancy dress. Too many people between us and them to really see.
Then across the plaza from us a children's dance group was preforming. Could not get my camera high enough to get a picture over the crowd. 
This I did get a poor photo of. A children's orchestra. They were very good. 
 Too much going on to get any good pictures.
 These light twinkle.
Now we know what this is. A giant snow globe. Air jets blow white flakes of something in the air so it looks like it is snowing. A long line of children waiting to get in and have their pictures taken.
We made one lap of the plaza and then headed for home. Just too crowded and we left before "dinner time."
As we passed the Continuity of Life statue we noticed the lights were on. Bill mad a U-turn and got a parking place right in front of it. Was surprised the water jets were not working though. But with the lights it was beautiful. The lighting kept changing colors.
 Tried to get the whole monument in. 
 Notice the difference in the colors on the dolphins. 

 I couldn't stop taking pictures. I think this was the best part of the evening, well except for my salmon dinner. 

Seems like I get further behind in posting, but we've been busy. Yesterday, Sunday we had surprise visitors in the morning. Our friend Roberto and his family. Then we went to La Noria for the afternoon. And this morning we are grabbing a couple of neighbors and returning to the La Martina restaurant for breakfast. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A night of music in the Plazuela Machado

Thursday night we went to listen to the music in the Plazuela Machado. 
The sunset as we left the campground.
We got more music than we bargained for. One of the restaurants - Gala - was having a special Tango Night. Reservations needed and pay in advance was required. They couldn't tell us what the menu would be when we asked - just Argentine food. Price 650 pesos per person. Sounded interesting.
But we cheated. We went to the Italian restaurant right next door and had Italian dinner and watched the "show." Here are the two restaurants. The red line divides them. We sat at the table under the arrow. 
 The stage where the dancing took place. Again the arrow shows our table. When we go to the plaza we usually eat at the Italian restaurant. We have eaten at Gala but prefer Italian. All these pictures were taken at night without flash so there is some color weirdness. Bill again asking the waiter what the menu would be. Still not sure. One hour before show time. 
Some of the Christmas decorations going up. The lights were supposed to be turned on Friday and we were going to be there. BUT a nasty rain storm hit Mazatlan about 5:00 Friday night. Lots of heavy rain, thunder and strong wind. So needless to say - if they turned them on we missed it. When we left Thursday night they still had a lot of work to finish. 
 Several of these LED light trees were going in at different corners of the planted areas. 
 A couple of trees being decorated at the Theater. 
 No idea how this will end up looking. Or what it will be used for. 
 I hope he can get out.

As we were walking back to the restaurant we noticed this band setting up on the other corner. It looked like they might be making a video. They were supposed to be done before the tango show started at 7:00.




Poor dog, she looked humiliated. Spent most of her time hiding under the table.  
One of the tables all set up at the Gala Restaurant. 650 pesos per person. Found out the menu and watched it being served. Oh, my! First course two little empanadas each about the size of a silver dollar, second course - beef steak with lots of weird sauce on it. Steak was about 2" by 2". Final course was flan. A custard with caramel sauce on it and pistachio ice cream on top. Bill was just shaking his head. Not what one would be served in Argentina. 
 A roaming troubadour - we've know him for years. 
 The music started up next door. Two tangos then pop music. 

Tables starting to fill up. Food being served. 
 And this is what we were listening to. The drums, the troubadour and tango music. Luckily two of them stopped playing just after 7. 
After the first two courses were served the dancers came out. One couple. one dance ??? Eventually through out the evening they danced four tangos. The red and blue lights that gave the dance ambivalence made it hard to film...Man in hat was providing the music, man in vest one of the dancers as was the woman in blue dress.
Hard to take good photos but I did get a few. 

With all the background noise it is hard to hear the music. 


During a break in the dancing Bill and the roving singer. Bill and he are always visiting and laughing. We see him every time we go to the plaza. Bill teases him about paying him not to sing. 

Dancing started up again. 
Altogether a very fun evening. We returned last night, Saturday, and got to experience the lighting ceremony.