Sights, Sounds and People of Mexico

Mexico is vibrant.

Even flat tires are colorful.

Even flat tires are colorful.

Everywhere you look color assaults you, buildings are painted in strong,  colors; bright blue beside brilliant yellow, green alongside red; it’s a feast for the eyes.

Mr. Boots

Mr. Boots

street scene from above

colorful street scene from above

busy street sceen

Down in the action-a street level sceen

People are busy and energetic; there is a living to be made. From an early age children are required to help support the family. You might see an old grandmother begging on the sidewalk  holding a sleeping baby while the mother is working her stall. A mother breast feeds her infant while seated on the sidewalk,  holding a cup,  always a good way to attract American dollars. If you don’t notice the children selling their gum or other wares they will tug your arm and press their goods into your face.

A boy taking a break from selling gum

A boy taking a break from selling gum.

Little girls playing while Mom or Dad work nearby. Someone is always watchful of the young ones

Little girls playing while Mom or Dad work nearby. Someone is always watchful of the young ones.

Every vendor wants to attract your attention, showing what they are selling, calling out to you so you will stop at their stall. I’m a compassionate  person, I’d love to be able to help them all, but it doesn’t take long to become hardened,  say no and keep moving.

The pie man

The pie man

Selling tablecloths without a stall. A tough way to earn money.

Selling tablecloths without a stall. A tough way to earn money.

During tourist season restaurants are filled with Winter Texans enjoying Mexican food.  Beer and margaritas are sold everywhere. It can be drunk on the street; some restaurants even offer margaritas two for the price of one.  There are cantinas, just little windows along the street, where you can get a beer, and some pharmacies will serve you a margarita while you shop for your medications.  I guess that’s why there are wheel chairs available to get the tourists back across the bridge to the US.

Piano Bar

Piano Bar

El Mariachi Bar. That looks like a huge cigarette, but , really it's a drain pipe.

El Mariachi Bar. That looks like a huge cigarette, but , really it’s a drain pipe directly above the sidewalk.

There is even one of these.

There is even one of these.

A man leaving the Men' s Club

A man leaving the Nuevo Senorial Men’ s Club

Mariachi groups stroll through restaurants serenading the patrons; be sure to negotiate the price first, otherwise you will be paying too much for a song. You can always enjoy them serenading other tables.

Mariachi band serenading in a restaurant.

Mariachi band serenading in a restaurant.

Yes, there is poverty in Mexico, but there is also a wealthy class. Many expensive cars with Mexican plates cross the border every day. The shopping in Texas is so much better for the prosperous professionals looking for quality product not available in their home country.

Girl waiting for customers at a barber shop.

Girl waiting to entice customers into a barber shop.

The barber shop

The barber shop

old house

old house on a main street

I'd have to be pretty desperate to use these facilities.

I’d have to be pretty desperate to use these facilities.

You can pick up bargains on leather goods, some of them made right there  in the shops; they will even take custom orders.

In the leather shop.

In the leather shop.

A base for a custom made saddle and a whip.

A base for a custom made saddle and a whip.

Silver and turquoise jewelry can be bought on the street, but you’re probably better off buying it from a shop. We found hand made Mexican wool rugs in a small shop back in from the street and plenty of colorful pottery was for sale, but it’s a long walk back across the bridge and the same pottery is available on the American side. And remember the cheap touristy stuff is always there if that’s what you want.we be partying

Remember, I didn't take these pictures.

Remember, I didn’t take these pictures.

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