Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Another walk

Saturday morning was a perfect day for walking. Did 2.6 miles again. Seemed easier than last time. So maybe I'm getting my walking mojo back again. Though I should have walked yesterday and didn't. Need to make a commitment and stick to it. Especially with all the pastries I'm eating. One of the big succulents I passed by. 

Here they are called "shade tree mechanics."
This building was started before covid, nothing going on here for three years - lot of this here in Mazatlan. edit - there was a load of cinder blocks delivered today and some workers around the building.
 
Oh, oh, the walking path had an accident. Hope it gets patched before it gets worse. 
Another new building going to be built here. The depiction of what it will look like.
A small hotel I passed. 
Now that is my kind of paint job!
Strange decoration on the roof of a home. 
One type of tope. They do slow you down. Except as time passes and cars go over them the bumps go missing and can bet the cars go through where there are no bumps.
I walked all the way down to where there is an inlet from the ocean. 
I used to go through this area out to the breakwater to the small light house. Maybe next time I'll go that far, if it is still possible to go through. 
Lots of coconuts on the trees. All the palm trees in the RV park were being trimmed as I left the park. 
Lots of undeveloped land in this area. Probably not for long. 
Another look at the home with the colorful whatevers on the roof. 
Wow, two buses had pulled into the colorful red hotel while I was walking. That should fill it up. 
A new addition to this building in the last year or so. 
Just thought this was pretty. A high rise behind it right on the ocean. 
This arch has been here for years, but nothing ever got built behind it. The high rise you see on the loeft is the one that goes with the picture above. Took this picture through a chain link fence.
This building looks so out of place. It is a known chain hotel. But BLUE???
A pretty hibiscus flower. 
Like these reddish plants.
And this one too. So many different kinds of plants grow here. 
This is what the land all around the RV park used to look like. Miss it.
My tablecloth on the table. I really like it. 
One nice things is we had to buy the whole piece so I cut it in the middle and now have an extra table cloth when this one wears off. 
Went to Centro again this morning. Busy two cruise ships in. 

Monday, November 28, 2022

More errands in Centro

On Friday we made another trip into Centro. Mainly to pick up Bill's last pair of glasses and then go to the fabric store to see if we could find the oil cloth I wanted for a table cloth. 

When driving here Bill always says to "expect the unexpected." Like something  obstructing your lane. Every one is zipping along when all of a sudden every one is changing lanes in front of you. Oh! A pick up stopped so they can unload what ever they are going to be selling on the Malecon. 

Or maybe there is a big garbage truck doing its job. 
We got parked and first went to the optometrist and got his glasses. Then headed towards the fabric store. Passing through the big plaza. The birds took off just as we were in the midst of them. Surprised none of them hit us. Spooky feeling. 
Two women police officers. While walking we saw an unusual number of women officers. Bill finally stopped and asked one of them why there were so many women officers near the plaza and government building. It was a class that had just graduated. The police force in Mazatlan will eventually be 50% men and 50% women. Interesting. 
All around this plaza are men with shoe shine stands. They also do shoe repairs. And they are almost always busy. 
Walking past the Cathedral. The old tile sidewalk. Another street cleaner. No cruise ships in town that day so traffic was it normal chaotic self. 
A shoe store window. Little girls bling shoes. Like gold lame.
Finally Parisina the fabric store. Since we were here in the spring they have added a full basement - doubled the size of the store. Finding the oilcloth I wanted didn't take long. Buying it was an adventure. We found a store employee and showed him what we wanted expecting him to take it to the cutting table. Our first misconception. No he couldn't do that. We had to go to the cutting table and stand in line to wait for some one who would go with us to the material and take out name. Then we had to go stand in this line to pay for it. This line was long - everyone was buying Christmas decorations which were on sale. Finally reached the clerk. Bill gave her his name. She looked on her computer and couldn't find him. Couldn't help us. Go back to cutting table. So back we went - another line, but Bill went right to clerk cutting material for some one. Asked where our material was. No idea. Clerk went looking for person we showed it too. Found her oops, hadn't turned it in to be cut. Picked it up and carried to cutting table. We were told to go back to paying line. So off we went. Yes she had our name. Paid. Then had to go back to area near cutting and stand in line to pick up material. It wasn't there...finally clerk found it and we got it and left. An adventure of about 45 minutes. 

This is a huge store all kinds of material and craft stuff. This is nice cotton for about US$2,50 a yard. Oh our tablecloth oil cloth cost us US19, But it is enough for two tablecloths. I cut it in half and have one for now and the other for when this one wears out. A huge piece.

The clerk who finally helped us. 
Some of the Christmas decorations that were very, very cheap on sale. 
Upstairs, aisles and aisles of Christmas material. I didn't buy any. 
From there we walked up to the bakery. It is back open. To the left of the picture is the semi replaced floor that had to be dug up to replace some major plumbing. 
Back outside heading towards the plaza for lunch. See the front of the tall building. Looks nice but the back of it needs some repair work. It was built before the whole center of town started to protect the old buildings. 
Around the municipal building they have planted the area between the street and the sidewalk with luscious foliage. It is very pretty. 
An antique shop across the street. Ever since we've been coming here the two coats of armor have been in front of it. Either they are very expensive, no one wants them or they are just decoration, no idea. 
One of the restaurants in the Plaza. It is also an art gallery and a boutique hotel. 

We again ate at Gaia in the plaza. Bill had the Caesar salad again, but a bigger portion that came in a bowl instead of the tortilla bowl. 
I had a hamburger and fries. It was good, but the bun was too big for me. Too much bread. 
A fifteenth birthday girl. Her family was in the ban. 
A neat little cafĂ©, need to try it out sometime. I think they just have sweet things. 
He was sitting there playing and in his own little world. 
Asked if I could take a picture. Her parents were so proud of her. Of course Bill talked to them. 
Back to the parking lot. It used to be several buildings. Here is where one ended and another began. Look how thick the walls were. All very old hand made bricks. 
The roof line of one of the buildings. At some time a taller building was built right next to it. 
Then home. I forgot to take my camera with me - I know - how did that happen? So I was using my phone. I will never forget my camera again! The phone and I do not get along. It is way smarter than me. And it won most of the battles we had.