Then as we walked out of Restaurant, right in front was this blue-eyed little bombshell!
They were nice, and compliant with my nosy request.
An art gallery from street, we passed. Elaine said she could shop, look at 1 block on a saturday, and probably never finish San Miguel. Many Many shops of all kinds. The wealth there from the snow birds from USA, Canada, England is seemingly unlimited. And the prices reflect it mostly. But the good thing is the town shops cater to wealthy, and you can find the things we don't have in Dolores/La Paz. But its at a premium usually.
Another Blanco lady, approaching Bonanza. You can just lean on the wall, and see all kinds of americans and others coming into the health food store. Only place we have found our stevia, and quinoa, walnuts, and many other healthier foods.
Tho the first time there we saw what looked like quinoa, bought 2 small bags, and when we went to cook it, it never got soft! Just stayed hard as pellets.
So learned to ask the clerks.
|Native senior citizen, maybe, she could just be 45, sun ages women here big time.|
Saw this little cutie walking with Mom, and her green umbrella. Couldn't resist.
Then we came upon a scene right out of the 1600's on the streets of San Miguel. As they approached we knew it was some kind of parade, festival.
The men are dressed up so colorfully, with the masks.
We knew it was some pagan/christian festival, and we were stuck in the road as they passed. Didn't pay $$ to watch.
Here is the Guadalupe picture that represents her, the Awake has article on it 2 yrs(?) ago. and just about was dead(pun) on the mark. This celebration comes from some story a man(was he a merchant)
said that this dark skinned angel(Gaudalupe or Mary) appeared to him, and somehow told him to make a temple to her, which strangely was on an ancient temple site near Mexico City, so the festival began.
Notice only women are allowed to carry the idol, casket/representation. Don't know what started that, probably a man.
There was gyrating/dancing/ music being played.
Just amazing how these rituals, pagan customs in these 3rd world countries exist with the church endorsement. How backwards of them! Sure glad europe, and North Americans are so much more enlightened. Ha.
So there was much diversity here in San Miguel to enjoy. Gives us a taste of the opulence that you/we have back in states. even in Dolores it can get devastatingly depressing seeing the needy and poor, work so hard to scrape buy, if they do.
Made an RV on my architect man, we met last week. He was leaving for his work site to pay the men. He wants us to come back in the evening. His wife met us at door, and I introduced Elaine, and we had a quick conversation. Arranged to come back in evening next week. He is an interesting man. His friend who he talked with, for 2 years, then the brother had to move away, and since died, couldn't get him to go forward with a commitment to the truth. But he was friendly, and desires conversation. He was saddened to hear of his friends death. But who knows, there have been great changes in his life, and circumstances, and as the "slave class" tells us, to allow time for the people to adapt and absorb the monumental changes the truth requires of these people here in Mexico. The friends here remind me of that. It is a process. The tentacles the family/church has on individuals here are very strong and pervasive. So one must let the truth work on the hearts, and by being friendly, supportive and patient, we may reap a person who has the truth sprout, and take root.
Many things to get used to here. But the ministry is our refuge, and the meetings. Very high level of spirituality here in Dolores. With 85-90% in FT work, the comments are deep. well thought out, and hands are plentiful. You better not come to meeting w/o having studied! And you can't get just a easy answer in. So there are perks here we enjoy & benefit from.
Love Tom & Elaine