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.......
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........