San Miguel - Art, La Fiesta Brava, EngliSpanish...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013




I have bought a couple thousand peso's of Mexican art work, which I have put up around my place
A couple thousand peso's sounds like a lot of money, its about $160.00...
That is a lot of money for me to spend on art work....
Anyway, I have put these Mexican pieces of art up on my walls,
and it has made me feel good having Mexican art that I like,
and that I have bought, and that is mine, up on the walls of my rented casita..
I didn't think that it would have that effect on me because I am really not an art lover.
But obviously I pickout and bought stuff that I particularly liked..
And in someways, it seems to have established in me a sense of ownership.
By having my art work up on my walls it has made this place my place.........
And established my ownership of my casita......
When I get a camera, I will take some pictures of my Mexican Art work on my walls
and include the pictures in my travelogue blog so that people can see my artistic side..
There are no paintings - they are all art objects..



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To clarify the language situation here in San Miguel.
There is an English speaking enclave here of about 10,000 English speaking people.
Less than 25% (2,500) of them can speak some Spanish.
Which means that more than 75% cannot and do not speak Spanish...
It is possible to live in San Miguel, Mexico quite comfortably
without being able to speak any Spanish - which obviously
the great majority of English speaking people do here in San Miguel.
There is no need to speak Spanish in San Miguel...
The bug that I have gotten, to learn to be able to speak Spanish,
is not a must do or have to do thing here in San Miguel..
It is just that suddenly I have gotten the bug to want to learn
to be able to speak Spanish.
It will be a new experience for me in my life to be able to speak another language...






More comments on the La Fiesta Brava" - the Bull Fight..

Go to the following link to see some great "La Fiesta Brava" pictures..

https://www.google.ca/search?q=mexican+bullfighting&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=d1vcUIG5O7H62AWe9YDYBw&sqi=2&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1525&bih=693

Click on individual pictures to see even more.
You will see a number of pictures of "La Fiesta Brava" moves
made by Matadors that score a lot of points with the "La Fiesta Brava" judges
and the audience that we did not see at the "La Fiesta Brava" the other nite. It is a little bit like figure skating - difficult moves score more points...The "La Fiesta Brava"
that I saw here in San Miguel last Easter was a great "La Fiesta Brava"
with many of the great moves being made. After seeing a great "La Fiesta Brava"
I can recognize and appreciate a good "La Fiesta Brava" better and more now..

Some pictures of "La Fiesta Brava" taken by John Dimon,
 my La Fiesta Brava companion, are included in this blog.....





I drink a lot of diet coke. I will buy a bottle of diet coke here and there
at little Mom & Pop stores all over San Miguel,
when I am on my daily travels and out and about.
Some people have commented that they can always spot and recognize me on the street,
because I have a bottle of diet coke in one hand...There may be other reasons
that they can spot and recognize me on the streets of San Miguel...
I went into on one Mom & Pop store for the third time one day to get a bottle of diet coke.
The elderly woman had a look of disapproval and shook her head
when I bought my third coke of the day from her.....
Note: Coco Cola and the Roman Catholic Church are very big in Mexico.
Mexico is supposedly the most Catholic country in the world...
Mexico is also the biggest coke consuming country in the world
(biggest consumer of coke on an absolute basis - not a per capita basis)....
More coke is consumed in Mexico than in the USA..
The previous President of Mexico - Vincent Fox - was the president of Coca Cola in Mexico,
before becoming the president of Mexico....
Is there a connection between Mexico being the most Catholic country in the world,
and.the biggest consumer of Coca Cola in the world - I do not think so...
Note: at one time one of the ingredients of Coca Cola was cocaine...
Coca Cola was really popular at that time....... 






I have already told you that their are no traffic lites, traffic signs, or parking meters in San Miguel.
A lot of the streets are so narrow that cars have to park within 1 or 2 inches of the sidewalk curb...
When a car door is open it completely blocks off the sidewalk. That is how narrow the sidewalks are in San Miguel - the width of a car door.. I was going to say the passenger's car door - but the cars are parked going in both directions on the same side of the street. - big deal. But what is interesting is that the cars are parked going in different directions on the same side of the street
on one way streets - figure that one out Amigos..... Mexicans hang out on the streets and when you park, they ask if you want a car wash.. For 30 or 40 peso ($2.40/$3.20) - you pay in advance
and they wash your car while you are gone..Could they do that in Ottawa... Maybe, maybe not.
it would involve work and the Ottawa people might not be up to that - - the people in Ottawa would charge more of course, maybe $5.....but there are no parking time restrictions in San Miguel..
and in Ottawa, parking time restrictions are what it is all about - maybe in the parking lots in Ottawa they could do that - but than maybe it would be illegal - Ottawa is a highly regulated society unlike the unregulated society of San Miguel...
I see cars that have license plates that have expired 5 or 10 or 15 years ago ..I see cars that do not have license plates. If you park in a no parking zone - they do have those in San Miguel - sometimes they will take your license plates off of the car and keep them until you pay the fine..
off course if you do not pay the fine and get your license plates back - it does not really matter because it is not a problem to drive around with out license plates...
The only time license plates are really required, is when you want to register a change in the legal ownership of a car - it is called legalizing the ownership of the car - many people do not bother to legalize the ownership of a car that they have bought (second hand, of course) - so in fact, they are driving around in a car that they do not have legal ownership to......
Mexico is quite a place - it is a different world...
It is possible to buy a new car in Mexico for $10,000.00(taxes included).. That would probably be a bare bones car that has been made in Brazil and can not be sold in Canada because it does not meet Canadian standards - safety standards, pollution standards, etc......






Adios
Mis Amigos
Y
Mis Compadres
Mexico Dave





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