Thursday, February 28, 2019

Out and about - La Martina for breakfast

Another pretty sunrise, but I almost waited too late, the sun is up but behind the palm tree.  Been sleeping in the last couple of mornings.  
One of our neighbors had a visitor, he is right next to their steps. He spent the night in the little palm tree right next to their rig. Came off the palm fond and is sunning himself on the rug. Guess he was really cold cause he sure wasn't going to move. Noticed how his belly, some toes and the under part of his tail is lime green. When he warmed up he finally left. 
 Our coleus are growing like crazy. All of them have new leaves. Sure hate to leave them behind, but Rafael will take them, pots and all. Going to try to get some in Vegas to see how they will grow there. Really like them. 
Our Internet line has been strung up along the wall while the bobcat was in here cleaning up the trash and dirt along the wall. Thank you guys.
They are guarding it. They are the guys who strung it up. They are shoveling all the dirt and trash in piles for the bobcat to pick up. Bill went out to thank them and gave them each 50 pesos. Minimum wage here is 102.68 pesos per day. At today's exchange rate of 19,11 US that equals 5.73. Yes that is five US dollars and 73 cents PER DAY.
 We both had cabin fever so had to get out for a while. Called Mark and talked him into going with us to La Martina Restaurant. The daises weren't there before.
When the owner (her back is to us) and the waitresses saw Bill they came running asking him how he was. What? Seems like some one was at the restaurant and told them Bill had had an accident with his belly. He got lots of hugs. Took a bit to straighten out the story. More hugs. We followed her out onto the patio to sit down and have breakfast. 
Esmeralda, our favorite waitress. She also was concerned about Bill. 
View from our table. Since we were here last the trees and the bushes have lost their leaves and the landscape is not quite brown. The exterior of this building is about done. 
This building too. Owner said she is going to use this as a boutique. They will see trinkets and some of the sauces etc from their recipes. 
They sure had a lot to talk about. Mark and I just listened - but didn't understand much. 
Looking out over the roof that was built over a pretty stage area.
Bill's breakfast was specially made. He still is having trouble digesting eggs, meat, fried or just plain greasy things. So salad and grilled chicken. Dressing doesn't seem to bother him. 
My chocolate waffle and fruit. 
Just the part of the restaurant I was looking at. Everywhere you look it is pretty. 
A new wrought iron fence and gate to keep people from picking the flowers and the vegetables. 
The bougainvilleas lining the driveway are so pretty. 
The next day we took a short drive out to Cerritos to watch the fishermen. I also was looking for a Carnaval t-shirt. Picture of it in previous post. A fishing boat was just in and unloading his catch. 
Some of the boats that had come in earlier.
Carrying a box full of the catch up the stairs to the truck where the buyer waits. 
For sale I guess - on a small table in front of one of the restaurants. Interesting but fragile. 
Fisherman watching his catch being sorted and weighed. 
Just an old truck that caught my eye. Liked the colors. 
What a face. Wonder how old he is?
Another truck, yes it is still being used. Just drove up.
Got my shirt and we went home to listen to the construction. Never ending it seems.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Back in Mazatlan

It was good to get "back home" to the RV by Thursday afternoon. But it was still pretty cool and windy here in Mazatlan too. But we have coffee, toaster , microwave and TV so don't mind it so much.
But first one more thing from San Blas. I bought a t-shirt at Juan Banana here is the front - the little store on the beach.
 And here is the back of it. No-see-ims and mosquitoes - San Blas is famous for them. Could not resist buying it.
Friday morning's sunrise. The birds and I were enjoying it. 
 And yesterday I got a Carnaval t-shirt. The only one I could find that wasn't black. It says "Equinox-the rebirth of the senses"
And speaking of Carnaval we drove along the Malecon again the other day [since we've been back] and some of the puppets/sculptures have titles on them. 
She doesn't have a title, still can't figure out how she fits into the theme. 
 This one is at the far north end of the Malecon, near the MAZATLAN sign and Valentinos. Simply has the theme of the festival for a title. Equinox.
Guess he has nothing to do with the fall equinox like we thought at first - It simply says Compassion. 
 Here this is without the title. 
And with the title ARMONIA HERMONIDAD which means Harmony Brotherhood
RENACER  means Reborn
ESPERANZA  means Hope
The Malecon was really busy with tourists and vendors on Friday. Hats and sunglasses. 
 A little bit of everything. At least they were sitting down, not walking back and forth carrying their wares. 
 Okay this one I get - Liberty. 
And that was the end of the ones with titles. I just think she is pretty. 
 Very colorful. 
Night to Day? Dark to Light? 
 Wish this one had a title. Something to do with history?
 Starting to put the gates up to close off the streets for Carnaval. 
Absolutely no idea. 
 Wings and his arms wrapped around his head. ???
Off the Malecon and on our way to the Plazuela Machado to see the sculpture there. This building was in total disrepair the first time we saw it. So glad it has been restored. 
 Driving down the narrow streets in old town.
 I wish I'd noticed the reflections before the car's mirror got in the way.

This is interactive. you can climb up the stairs and become part of the butterfly's body.  
Hum...saw this today it looks kind of like one of the Carnaval sculptures. But it is a long way from the Malecon or anywhere events will be taking place. It is on the corner near the grocery store we always go to. Interesting.
As you can tell by the girl walking by it is pretty big. Also has the same black base. 
Short video of driving in the older part of town. The streets are pretty narrow. The buildings pretty.

Finally the weather here is getting better - in to low 80's. construction continues in full force behind us. Lots of trucks dumping, graders moving the dirt around and compactors doing their thing. Wish that wall would go up.
Carnaval begins today, so town is full of tourists. Limits what we will do or where we will go. Watched soccer game this afternoon, good outcome. Now they are taking dirt away from behind us. Just wish they would finish and be quiet.