Monday, November 21, 2005

Parades and Birthday Fiesta

Parades and Birthday Fiesta
On Friday we met with a couple that we are going to take some spanish lessons from. It was the first time that we had met them. He is an American who has been living in Guaymas for 5 years, and teaches in a school here. His wife, Rosa, is mexican and she will practise her english on us as we parctise our spanish. They were having a birthday fiesta for their daughters 9 th birthday on Saturday and invited us to come. We then took the bus to San Carlos to get some more books for me, walked around the marina and returned to Guaymas to shop for a birthday gift for the next day. Childrens toys are fairly expensive here; but there was a large selection as the stores all have their Christmas stuff out now. On the other hand, finding a card was more difficult. We couldn't find any suitable downtown so we came home with intentions of making one. When we got home I decided to check a couple of the stationary shops in the neighborhood, the first one didn´t carry any, but directed me to the next one down the road. They did have a selection of maybe 20 cards of all sorts. I eventually chose one, it wasn,t the greatest but did the trick.
On Saturday we checked our emails and then went to the birthday fiesta. The Fiesta: happy children jumping on a trampoline, pinata, balloons, snacks, drinks and on our parts some stilted conversation, as everyone else was mexican. We wandered our way home on some new streets. In the evening we watched the landlord put up some more Christmas lights. He laughed because Roy was as alto (tall) on the ground as he was on the ladder. He had to show us the lights his wife had twined around the door of their house. Red chili pepper lights! He has lots more lights to put up he said and only one more month to do it. He asked if we would mind if he put some around our place also, no problemo. You can tell that he retired from the electric company! I took a couple of pictures of his lights and will take more when he finishes and put them on his computer for him if we can.
Sunday was "Revolution Day" a big celebration. We took the bus downtown to watch the parade. The parade started shortly after 9 a.m. and continued for over 2 hours!! I have never seen a parade last that long. There were only a couple of "floats" as we know them, but I am sure that every school, maybe even every class, was in the parade, all dressed in their uniforms. Karate groups, sports groups, Aztec dancers, children dressed in regional costumes, fancy spanish type dresses. Very colorful. After the parade, we along with several thousand others, wandered around the square and parks. Lots of food stands, fire trucks giving rides to the children, balloon sellers, candy floss, fair type rides for the kids, etc.. While we were sitting on a park bench, a man with his family, on the next bench asked where we were from. When he found out we are from Canada he wanted to know what area and the next question was whether we have bears there. He told us how smart his son is in school and tried to get Sergio to demonstrate his english for us. Needless to say, Sergio (grade 3), was quite shy about doing that. When I asked him if learing english was hard work, he said yes, I told him that for us learning spanish is VERY hard work and got a huge grin in response. His father went on to explain some of the revolution to us and also some of Guaymas' history. He thought it to be much like Canada, as because of the seaport, many of the original settlers came from many countries. Settlers arrived from Spain, Germany, China, and France for example. He said that there is one house that was oriinally owned by a french family that everyone says is haunted. He thought that the park kiosk had been shipped in from China and assembled here, which explains the dragons on the lamp fixtures. He and his family hope to come and vacation in Canada some day, so we strongly suggested that they visit in the summer. An interesting and enjoyable conversation.
Lots of photos of the parade here: http://community.webshots.com/user/brendamaa1

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