Mexico Dave in San Miguel, Mexico

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Thursday, December 20, 2012





I am finally starting to get the feeling that I am getting on top of things here in San Miguel
and am getting settled in and organized....






I got my boots a shoe shine (by the shoe shine man for 10 peso's - 80 cents), my laundry to the laundria (cost 30 peso's - $2.40), getting my dental work done, got my library card at/for the biblioteca (library), have opened a bank account, have got maid service for my place, it is included in the rent for my place, which also includes everything else - cable TV, wireless internet, electrical power and water, everything....  .




I have already been to a number of Xmas parties and/or socials and will be going to a Xmas party this Friday and on Xmas Eve (Dec.24) and on Xmas Day - the afternoon.... Although it is a good way of getting back into the swing of things in San Miguel and back into the groove - I will be glad when the Xmas holidays are over - I am getting peopled out and stressed out - I am not used to this much socializing.... 




Streets are decorated with pinata's and pinata reindeers....
I think that there is suppose to be candies and chocolates and things in the pinata's..
I am wondering if all of the pinata's are going to get smashed open on Xmas day...
It will be a pretty messy place if all of the pinata's get smashed open on Xmas day or on any day..
In some ways Xmas is not as big a celebration in Mexico as Easter is, and the Day of the Dead is, and as New Year's eve is....




Mexican cities do not have a main street - they have a central plaza..
Traditionally, the central plaza, is the centre of the city.
And the commercial retail businesses, restaurants, stores, etc. are in the area around the central plaza.....
San Miguel has a central plaza - called variously the Jardin (the garden), the Central Plaza,
the Principal Plaza - in most Mexican cities the central plaza is referred to as the Zocolo..
The central plaza is a place for fiesta's, celebrations, entertainment, official ceremonies, speeches, announcements, socializing and a meeting place, a place for socializing and/or for just sitting there watching the world go by.....
Traditionally the main city church is on one side of the plaza, the City Hall, or State Governor's place or Presidential Palace is on another side of the plaza, a bank or residence of the most powerful and influential family in the city is on another side of the plaza.and on the fourth side of the plaza it can be the most prominent hotel or other commercial establishments....




In San Miguel, the Central Plaza (the Jardin), is shaded by many manicured and trimmed trees...
The trees are in straight lines along the sidewalks and are trimmed into square cubes - flat on the bottom, sides and tops..--- there are many benches to sit on in the shade - maybe 50 benches, arranged and spaced to give an element of privacy. There is a grid system of sidewalks through the central plaza with flower gardens in the squares formed by the grid system of sidewalks, with the benches for sitting and relaxing spread out along the sidewalks... 




There is a bandstand in the centre of the plaza,
where bands play and kids put on spontaneous entertainment
or performance shows of one sort or another..
There is about 6 shoe shine men stationed in the central plaza
- a shoe shine is 10 peso's (80 cents)...Street vendors selling souvenirs to tourists,
and balloons and stuff like that to the kids...
- there is a big fat Mexican selling newspapers at one end, who periodically yells out papers, papers, papers in Mexican/Spanish... A large long assortment of papers, all in Spanish, are laid out on a low wall (about 2 ft. high) at one end of the plaza...The Mexican, the big fat one, has a big black beard and a lot of hair.... He does not look Mexican - if he was on a street corner in Ottawa/Canada you would not recognize him as being a Mexican - he is dressed in blue jeans, a  sports shirt and sometimes a large sweater - it can be chilly in San Miguel in the morning...and no sombrero or poncho... I think that it is the big black beard that gives him a non-Mexican look - Mexicans do not usually have beards - beards here in Mexico and San Miguel seem to be more of a North American thing - American or Canadian...not Mexican...





On the weekends - Friday, Saturday and Sunday nites..a 10 man Mariachi band walks around the plaza playing Mariachi music, of course - they do not play on the bandstand - they go around playing for specific people and expect to be compensated with donations - a very sophisticated form of busking. The band members are all dressed in Black Mariachi outfits with lots of silver studs and silver decorations - they look very sharp and very Mexican. The instruments in the band include trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets and of course a few guitars - not drums - it is hard to stroll around with a set of drums...Mexicans seem to be much bigger on wind, musical instruments than bands in Canada or the USA...... There is one trumpet player in the band that I really, really, really like - I think that he is really, really good.   I am not a music aficionado or expert but I think that he is really good... Unfortunately, like most Mexicans - he does not speak any English - I wanted to find out where they get their very snazzy Black, Silver Studded Mariachi outfits - I wouldn't mind having one - I think that I would look pretty sharp in one of those black, silver studded outfits - I know that they sure do - of course they are younger than me, thinner and have a darker complexion - but hey - I can just see myself going around in one of those black, silver studded outfits - it would be a lot of fun...
They seem to be the main weekend band - but often there are other smaller, Mariachi Bands in the plaza on the weekends too - the plaza is big enough that there can be two or three bands playing at the same time with out the music of the bands interfering with each other. The other Mariachi Bands are in Mariachi outfits also - usually White or some other non black colour.
But none of them look as sharp as the guys in the Black, Silver Studded outfits....




The Central Plaza in San Miguel is a fun place to be - even during the day when there is not as much going on - just a bunch of people sitting around on the benches outside enjoying life - when I go to the central plaza, I usually see people there that I know.....




Adios
Hasta Luego
Mexico Dave
Viva La Mexico
Viva La San Miguel 




















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