Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Not Going Nowhere

Being that Guaymas is a port city, fishing and shrimping are a big industry here. You can always see some shrimp boats in the harbor and sometimes you see ones that will never leave again. Seeing things like this makes me feel a bit sad, I always wonder what stories these boats could tell.

There were a couple of sinking shrimp boats on the other side of the bay where they did a lot of filling. They gradually filled around them and then men came in and cut them up into pieces and they were hauled away. History and stories gone, into a truck heading for the scrapyard. They were eyesores and yes, it looks better with them gone; but for some reason I really liked those old boats.
Before the filling.
After the filling; but before being cut up.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ex-Pat Interview Questions

Mark at Mexico 501 has asked some ex-pats living in Mexico some interesting questions. The people answering the questions are also bloggers and are living in many different and diverse areas of the country. If you are thinking of making the move, I suggest you read these interview questions to get an idea of what you will be facing in your new home.
The First question in the interview was "What prompted you to move to Mexico".
The Second question in the interview is up on his site today. The question was, "What was the biggest thing you had to adjust to in Mexico".
There are some interesting answers to his questions. Watch his site for more questions/answers in his series.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Random Scenes

Random Scenes
Here are a few random photos that I took the day we were downtown for the Calamari Festival.
The little lighthouse by the new marina.

View from the new marina towards Avenida Serdan.

I just like the look of this yard. This house is on Avenida Serdan, across from the new marina. The house needs some work; but I like the yard.

I liked the look of this old hallway. The hallway leads only to rubble and memories.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Views From The Beach At Miramar

Views From The Beach At Miramar
Just some shots I took the other day from the beach at Miramar.

Below: Looking toward the Pearl Farm.

Below: Looking toward San Carlos.

Below: Houses close to the Pearl Farm.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Beach At Miramar

The Beach At Miramar
The other day we went to the beach at Miramar, which is an area of Guaymas. It has a lovely beach and we walked from one end of it to the other. A nice, relaxing walk. It was a nice day with a bit of a breeze so it wasn't too hot. A good day for a walk.

There wasn't too much exciting going on that day; but we did see something kind of interesting. A dead squid had washed up on the beach and a little crab was having his lunch.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Lunching With A Turtle

Lunching With A Turtle

Yesterday we went for lunch at La Barca restaurant on Calle 9. We were just sitting and talking waiting for our lunch when I heard a scraping sound. I looked over to the double doors that lead to their inside room and there was a turtle just making his way outside into the sun. We just laughed. The owner came over and told us that he appears every 15 days to eat. He comes out and goes straight to the kitchen to be fed. They brought out his lettuce and a dish of milk and he began to eat. He sure gobbled it down quickly. A strange lunchtime companion.

Here's a couple of pictures of him and a little video.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Across The Bay

Across The Bay
Here are a few photos taken from the malecón downtown in Guaymas across the bay. It was an unusually cloudy day, so the pictures are not as good as they could be; but it gives you an idea of the terrain here.
They have been doing lots of filling in the bay and re-doing the malecón. The railing in the first picture gives an indication of this, previously where the railing ended, the water began. Lots of changes going on there and in centro, hopefully for the better. All of course because, the cruisers are coming.

Below, the white looking rock in the foreground of the picture is a small island in the bay.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Coming--New Shops For The Cruisers

Coming--New Shops For The Cruisers
There are lots of projects going on to welcome the expected cruise ship tourists. This building below is supposed to be filled with little shops to get the first dollars from them as they get off the ships. Or I think it is, with my spanish translation abilities it is possible that I have gotten this wrong. Anyway, the other day when we wandered over there to look, there was a new coffee shop open and some work was being done in one of the stores to get it ready for use. There was a lady washing the bird poo off of the railings and a couple of fellows on high, washing the bird poo off of the lights also. Job creation at its finest!
The landscaping looks complete and also looks good, it looks like they have mainly planted low maintenance stuff which is good. A couple of months and the stores should be open by the looks of things. Bring on the cruisers.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pleasure Craft Moorings

Pleasure Craft Moorings
The other day when we were downtown we wandered around to where they are fixing things up for the boaters.
They have had the new slips for quite awhile now; but I have never seen anyone tied up to them. Everything looks like it is in place for usage; but are they open for business or not? I have no idea.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Still Snowing

Still Snowing
Yesterday evening we went out to San Carlos to have dinner at a friends house. It was nice outside and after dinner, we sat out on the patio visiting. There was no wind, no mosquitoes, it was warm, the full moon was sparkling on the sea and it was just a lovely evening.
On the other hand during the day we had been watching the weather reports and looking at the road cameras at the weather that they are/were having in Alberta, Canada. My sister lives in a border city, on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan. They were having a late spring blizzard and the weather was ugly, windy, cold and snowy.
Here are some photos that my sister emailed to me this morning of her city. Lovely, isn't it? If I needed any reinforcement of why we moved, and I don't, this would be it!

This is what it looks like here this morning, now which would you prefer?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times :: ::

Like most bloggers every once in awhile I look at where people come from to the blog. Sometimes it is interesting. I hadn't looked at the stats for a few days so went this morning. Someone from Virginia had come to visit from clicking on a link from the Chicago Sun Times. Huh?? Chicago Sun Times?? I clicked on the link and one of my posts from the blog was there. Interesting what you find sometimes.
Just click on the title if you want to have a look.

Feria de Calamari-Calamari Fair

Feria de Calamari-Calamari Fair
This weekend they are holding the Festival or Fair of Calamari downtown at the Plaza de Pescador.
We decided to go down yesterday and check it out. We arrived around 1 PM, hoping that we would get to see some entertainment. It was set up/organised very well. At the beginning of the line of booths they had a table set up with all the food plates, listing what they were and at what booth you could get them. Very good idea. We wandered down the row of booths and tried some deditos of calamari, they were alright I guess if you like calamari. Personally it is not one of my favorite things. There didn't seem to be any entertainment going on and I read later that it was changed to the evening this year. Oh well.
I had read that they had restored the statue of the fisherman back to his original bronze so we went and had a look at him. He looks much better with the black paint all off of him and is very handsome now.
Now, restored to his former glory. Much better.

I took a few pictures and of course had to include one of the Iglesia de San Fernando. The smoke in the center of the picture is coming from the stack of a Pollo Feliz restaurant.
We walked over to the 13 de Julio Plaza that is right beside the church and sat and did some people watching. A wedding had just finished at the church and the little flowergirl was relaxing on a park bench with a snack. Isn't she just the cutest little thing?

Saturday, April 19, 2008

More Paintings From The Art Exhibit

More Paintings From The Art Exhibit
Well, if you weren't bored to death yesterday by all the pictures of the paintings from our art class exhibit, here are some more. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Painting Class Art Exhibit

Painting Class Art Exhibit
The painting class that I am in is having an exhibit right now at the Casa de la Cultura here in Guaymas. I am not sure that calling it a painting "class" is really accurate though. There are no structured lessons given. Everyone just kind of works on their own and if they need help they call on the teacher. It is not what I thought it would be when I signed up for it. I was looking for a true beginners class where I would be taught the fundamentals. This is not what I got; but it has been fun anyway in a frustrating sort of a way. The majority of the "students" are definately not beginners, there are a few like me; but they seem to come and go and are not regular attendees. It seems more like people come to use the space rather than for lessons. Oh well, I have gotten some pointers and will continue going for awhile longer anyway.

Here are photos of some of the pictures in the exhibit.
This is the only painting that has a price tag next to it. The price is 5000 pesos.