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Mango on a Stick

sunny 30 °C

We walked downtown this morning as we had to go to a travel agent to buy our bus tickets for our trip to Guanajuato on Monday. We like to walk on the Carratera as there is a bike lane provided for walkers and cyclists . . . no vehicles are allowed in this lane. We have used this successfully since we got here and it makes walking easy as it is well shaded and there are no cobblestones to trip on.

We are approaching a traffic light when I hear a horn blasting behind us and I turn and some uptight American asshole (I saw the license plate) wants us to get out of his way so he can beat the line up at the light. We ignored him and as he passed he flips us the bird and yells some nasties. It is hard to believe that anyone can be uptight here but there must be one or two everywhere.

We got our tickets and walked down to the lake to enjoy the sights and the cooling breezes. It is surprising how quiet it is there during the week . . . just a few of us gringos and how busy it gets on the weekend. This week is different though as Easter is the biggest holiday in Mexico and not only the churches are getting ready but vendors of every kind are getting set up now in the best places on the beach and in the square. We are really looking forward to all the festivities; we plan to follow one of the passion plays put on in the area . . . problem now is, which one?

We finished up the morning at the town square and enjoyed a coffee. When we first arrived in Ajijic we were surprised at how few smokers we encountered in the coffee houses but now there seems to be a lot. We moved tables twice just to get away from the second hand smoke. My thoughts on smokers would probably be that they are not dying off fast enough however that would make me an uptight asshole myself so I won't say anything about that.

While we are having coffee Nellie spots a vendor peeling mangoes and making flowers out of them so we wandered over to watch. He peels them and shapes them and sells them with some spices added. I bought one, first he squirts line juice on it then he sprinkles salt and puts a sweet sauce on as well. He follows that up with some hot sauce and a spice that makes the taste tart. It was delicious however it is messy to eat so when we came home I headed to the shower and Nellie did some laundry. lol

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Posted by cnmcgeehan 08:45 Archived in Mexico

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