Mexican Sunday

LOCATION: Housesitting in Jocotepec, Mexico

WEATHER: 85 and sunny (as usual)

We have one English channel on TV, and it is not very good, so we rely on the internet. We were able to pull up “CBS Sunday Morning” which is one of our favorite shows.

Slow, chill day….reading and doing things on computer.

When it cooled off around 5:00, we (along with the rest of the town, it seemed) walked down to the Malecon (lakeside boardwalk). How different from our last visit! When we were here before, on a weekday morning, we were about the only ones here. Today, all of Jocotepec and half of Guadalajara was here!

Families were picnicking, couples smooching, and kids were flying kites. Some families had a little drink party while fishing with their cane poles, and Coke bottle floaters….

Shops had popped up everywhere, selling lots of food, drink, and souvenirs. We walked along the waterfront with our dog Frida. She was SO excited with all the people, smells, and other dogs.

Mini-restaurants popped up overnight, crowded with large families.

Some musicians were even serenading a couple…

On our way home, we spotted this beautiful tree. It is a jacaranda tree. Right now it is at its peak. Lucky us – cherry blossom time while we were in Seattle; jacarandas here in Mexico

As we walked home along the street, we observed lots of tail-gaiting parties from people’s cars and pickups. Small groups were drinking tequila and beer, and munching on bags of chips with bottles of hot sauce. All having a great time!

DINNER: Our homeowner had kindly left some eggplant parmesan for us. I served that over pasta. Side was a salad with avocado and tomato slices.

BOOK: I thought I would start sharing book reviews as I finish up ones as we travel. I’ve discovered that many people are interested in finding good reads. Today, I finished “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah.. I would rate it 8 out of 10. Our book club in Texas had read another of her books “The Great Alone”. In her books, the author does a very good job pulling the reader into the time and location of the book. For this one, it was Seattle, which was particularly interesting since we were just there. The “Great Alone” takes place in brutally cold, rugged Alaska, and she did an excellent job making the reader understand the environment. Parts of the book dragged a bit, but the ending was great and emotional, as demonstrated by a very large pile of wet tissues in front of me.

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