Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The quiet before the storm.........

Then the people will descend on Patzcuaro starting next week and through the first week of November.

The streets are quiet.....there are even parking spaces to be found .....
I noticed that there has been a new profit center created for the property owners that was not as prolific in the years past.
The Parking Lot.

When I got tired of driving around before, therewas a little lot, next to a bakery that I used.
It started out at 5 pesos an hour, it is now 8, and during DOD it will be at least 10 or more....... Gotta love capitalism!

Especially since they can cram about 25 cars into the space that before only harbored weeds and garbage....

The weather is perfect, high to mid 70's as my senora and I walked around the perimeter of the plaza after having a nice long breakfast at one of the restaurants under the arches adjacent to the world famous ice cream vendors.
Our meal was only interrupted a few times by a balling child but worse was the wafting smoke from two elderly short haired women who chain smoked their Marlboros downwind from our table.

As they left, both of them left empty packs of red and white boxed Marlboro man smokes........
Gotta wonder their real age, since smoking has been proven to make you look a lot older.

The shops are gearing up for the hoards of locust like tourists, that will grab and haggle with each artisan and shopkeeper.
I did notice a few new shops this time which have opened up in the last few months, just in time for the pot of gold. I fully expect that someone else will take their place the following year, as business models do not have much credence here south of the border.

After all how many store fronts can sell the same crap, cheaply made wood chairs and furniture and Katrina dolls with various outfits ranging from 10 to 1500 dollars, yes I said dollars.......

The rot your teeth molded Day of the Dead candy vendors are already out and in the next few days, the annual pilgrimage of both ticky tack crap and hand made artisan stuff like guitars from Paracho will fill the now empty plaza..

Last year the sales were down about 15  to 20 %, it will be interesting what this year brings. Many of the vendors rely on this event to sustain them for the next year....Maybe they can ask for a bailout of some sort?   
We will usually try and make it down at least once before the big night, just to see the commercialization of a Religious holy day...... Hopefully it will not rain, the first and last time I visited one of the cemeteries was about 10 or 12 years ago.
 It rained......that was an interesting experience.
You walk, and when you lift your foot up your shoe stays in the wet slurpy soil......nice, real nice.

Now I will listen to fond experiences of other people, and will be in bed by about 10........

8 comments:

Felipe said...

In order nine years of living in P√°tzcuaro, I have never parked in a parking lot. I know secret spots.

We live walking distance from a cemetery, so we go there on the Big Night. It´s very dicey. It can be wonderful, or it can be dismal.

Mexico: Anything can happen.

Don Cuevas said...

Back in the Arkansas Ozarks town where I had a bakery for a number of years, there are two major and several minor fiestas each year. The really big one takes place during the last days of October. The small and generally quiet (pop ~2500) town of Mountain View fills up with tourists and the Plaza (Courthouse Square) is packed with junk food stands. There was pickin' 'n grinnin' all around, from breakfast to the wee hours.

I almost never had time to enjoy any of that, as I was working my buns off, up to 14 hours on one festival day. (Could have been 17 hours.) I had to. I kneaded the dough.
(You may groan now.)

Saludos,
Don Cuevas

PS: After we moved into town from out in the "sticks", I'd leave my vehicle parked at home and walked the 7 blocks to work at midnight.)

Constantino said...

Yes I know there are spaces 3 or 4 blocks away somewhere, but usually they are for small cars and not the pickup I would be driving.
Now I should be lucky, the small Tracker will fit in places I use to pass....
And I don't do well toting bags of Mercado purchases more than a block or two.

Constantino said...

And Don Cuevas, I figured you would get your buns into the picture somehow.....

paula said...

hi everyone.....leaving SMA for patzcuaro....with 26 foot travel trailer....and wondered if anyone could advise the best route to get to you......the roads look good on the map....but just want to make sure...also any comment on the best trailer park? i found two on line....but would appreciate a word from someone who is there and might know the best one....thank paula

Constantino said...

There are two, the first one is on the entrance to town on the right, close after the Pemex on the left. It is EL Pozo, it has about 20 spaces that you will probably need to back into or if no one else is there, pull in. If you plan to go to lots of cemeteries it is good because it is out of the traffic problems in town. It also is on a large lawn and is in the open towards the lake. It would be my first choice because of better access. Theres an OXOX store within walking distance. Also the propane distributor is .25km away.
The second one is going to be one block off one of the main drags, so it will be a little quieter than EL Pozo.
Hope that helps.
The second one is about 2 km up the road into town on the left past the glorietta. It has tighter spaces and

Constantino said...

Also, the roads on the map should be ok, if you follow the most direct route. When you get to Morelia, go to your right as you come up to the top of the little hill by the fairgrounds, it is the easiest way, then just follow the signs.
Have fun!

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