A walk in the park


TRUTH BE TOLD, it was a walk in the plaza yesterday, not a park.

But first I sat a spell on a concrete bench drinking an agua de frutas and watching lots of children playing with toys they received Saturday morning, Three Kings Day, which is the big deal for kids in Latin America, not Christmas, which is a white folks’ fiesta.

Mostly, the children were enjoying new bicycles, scooters and roller blades, and everyone had a smile on their faces.

An exception to smiley faces were the two women in the photo above. They were sitting on the concrete bench facing me across the way.


In the other direction, a pretty girl was selling corn on the cob and potatoes.

After finishing the agua de frutas, I took a walk around the entire, humongous square, and in so doing, I noticed the final scene, which I’ve left in color. What makes it remarkable is that it’s free of power lines. I couldn’t resist that rare photographic opportunity.

It was a beautiful afternoon.


17 thoughts on “A walk in the park

  1. Love it!! You captured the essence of Mexico in two black and white photos and unadulterated beauty in the color photo. Your words are few and I thank you.

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    1. Peggy: You just won the Best Person of the Year Award, a much-coveted prize that is far more weighty and important than Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Congratulations, and keep up the fine work!


  2. Perhaps they are contemplating how bad the traffic is around the new bidirectionally challenged streets bordering the big plaza. I wonder how long this so-called beautification is going to take, and if with the loss of hundreds of parking spaces will life ever be the same downtown. I see there is an ambulance in the background for the drivers or residents who are having modernization issues, like myself.

    Your photographic talents are being honed as time goes by. Nice work!


    1. Tancho: O ye of faint faith. Have you seen what the plaza will look like when the work is done? There’s a video on Facebook. It’s gonna be fantastic, but it’s going take a long time. My guess is that it will last at least through this year due to the hand labor involved. Will parking be reduced? On Doctor Coss for sure. Around the plaza? I don’t know. All parking will be nose in, the way it was before just on the south side. No more parallel parking. I’ve never had a problem finding a parking spot downtown. You just gotta know where to look.

      Thanks for the positive feedback on the photos.


  3. Nice color picture. Good light and sky blue sky! The little lady with protruding teeth appears to have ill-fitting dentures.


    1. Kris: Excellent and correct point. One does not notice the absence of wires. There are lots of other areas of life where the absence of something goes unnoticed, but the presence of something is immediately obvious. Funny, huh?

      But I noticed immediately the absence of wires, which is why I took that shot. It is pretty.


  4. With the possible exception of litter and graffiti, electric wires are maybe the biggest eyesore in most environments.


    1. Creigh: Quite true, which is why so many towns in the United States have begun burying services. It’s a great idea, of course. More and more often Mexico is burying services too. Kudos to us.

      Oddly, here on my mountaintop town, graffiti is not a common thing. Maybe all the graffiti-crazed Mexicans have climbed over the border walls, leaving us with a better class of citizen. We do need to do more about litter, however.


      1. I live in an older neighborhood (1930s) with overhead utilities (ever hear of knob-and-tube wiring?). About the only thing that attracts me in newer neighborhoods is underground utilities.


        1. Creigh: Knob and tube? Of course. You’re talking (kinda) to a guy who used to work as an electrician.

          I like old neighborhoods, but I like new houses. I sort of live like that. Our house is just 15 years old, and we moved into it new, but our neighborhood is likely a couple of hundred years old.


  5. I like the pictures, especially of the plaza. Three Kings isn’t very important in Honduras. I wonder which countries celebrate it with gifts? In Honduras, gifts are a big deal for Children’s Day in September. Christmas is THE DAY to wear new clothes. Even the poorest will go into debt so that the children have new clothes. Of course here in the New Orleans area, we start a new season of cuisine, with the ever-increasing interest in King Cake.


    1. Well, dang, YaYa Girl, I assumed that Three Kings Day was the big deal in all of Latin America. Live and learn. Thanks. Children’s Day is not the biggie in Mexico.

      As for King Cake, I bought a nice one on the sidewalk downtown Friday evening and shared it with some of my kin and a couple of other folks. It was fun and tasty.


  6. Lovely photos, but the last one has a big bundle of wires in the lower right hand corner. I’m not sure how I’m the only one to see them.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we live in a boring subdivision of boringly similar ranch houses. But the wires are all underground. Our neighborhood in Boston is just the opposite: charming, but wires everywhere.


    1. Kim: Oh, I know those wires are there, Mr. Smarty-Pants. But you do have to pay close attention to notice them. There are no wires flagrantly messing up the blue skies or the pretty parts of the upper buildings, and that’s what’s important … and rare around here.

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