Scenes from Mexico

15 Feb

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Since we’ve been in Mexico for almost 3 months, we figured we should share more pictures of daily life in Mexico.

Baja was a lot of immaculate beaches.

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La Bufadora

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San Isidro

San Quintin

San Quintin

Bahia de Los Angeles

Bahia de Los Angeles

Once you stepped off the sand, there were rocks, mountains, sand dunes, fields of farmland, desert, and even a date oasis.

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Punta Santa Rosalilita

Steve Zissou in Punta Santa Rosalilita

San Ignacio

San Ignacio

Mainland Mexico has been quite different. Driving is a complete trip! No one can give proper directions, even the Americans-turned-Mexican. Everything is “just up there.” There are vendors set up on the side of a major highway so not only is it super dangerous for them to be there, you’d be insane to stop to buy something (though we have). And it’s not just one stupid person trying to sell something. It’s a looooong line of 25 vendors all selling frescas con crema or mamey. Solid lines mean nothing, blinkers don’t exist and stop signs– they might as well not even be there.

“Topes” or speed bumps appear in the middle of a steep declining turn without warning and occur throughout entire cities. Actually, wherever there’s a road, there are 5 topes, half of which are unmarked. Because you have to slow down at a tope, people stand at them selling goods (usually crap) or ask for donations.

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tope!

tope!

Maps are deceiving and the GPS is semi worthless. You think you’re arriving at a major city because the map shows a big bolded name but really it’s a village of a few hundred with a market and maybe a gas station. And since the market is really just a corner store or temporary set up, the GPS doesn’t recognize it exists.

The coast has been beautiful and the mountains quite dramatic as towns appear in the valleys.San Blas 

San Blas

San Blas

The markets are fantastically packed with any item you could dream of–lots of food (prepared and raw) but also clothing and household goods. But you don’t even have to go to a market to shop. Food vendors are often set up on the streets and in town squares. Ladies push carts of produce and homemade treats for under a dollar and guys pedal garafones of water through the streets. It costs a dollar for a 5 gallon jug of water. It’s impossible to go hungry here.

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delicious gorditas in San Miguel

delicious gorditas in San Miguel

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Patzcuaro market

Patzcuaro market

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live birds for sale

live birds for sale

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nothing beats a fresh churro!

Street performers are everywhere! Some, literally, in the middle of the street juggling fire, breathing fire, or doing acrobatics with a missing arm as you wait at a stoplight.

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mariachi men
mariachi men

 And then you just see this happening on a random Tuesday…

quience photo shoot

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We’ve started to see a lot more balloon vendors, especially in the main squares of big cities. There will be like 10 separate people each with dozens of filled balloons all lined up right next to each other. The only people carrying the balloons, however, are the vendors. I have yet to see a child, or anyone else for that matter, carrying a balloon.

One Response to “Scenes from Mexico”

  1. Joaquin Suave February 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Hey Guys,

    Gosh, we are FINALLY leaving to go down to the ranch on tuesday, hopefully further south! I’ve done a buttload of work on Casa that makes her WAY more plush than she already was.
    It has been such a gas to live your trip vicariously. How about a post for us other “4×4 condominium” owners on what you would have done differently to Skyhorse now that you have 10 months experience of living in her?

    Debi and the pups say hi, too

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