“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” J.R.R. Tolkien, English Writer – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
It was a day like any other day. Birds singing, as if on stage, with heart held open and voices rising to the rafters trying to out do each other in jest and merriment.
The “gas guy” (Beano has nothing to do with it) letting everyone know he has tanks for purchase. Kids heading off to school laughing, kidding, teasing and running – like any other town across the world.
Only this day had another unplanned, unexpected adventure in store for David and me. After doing the necessary things each day demands…like getting out of bed, visiting the loo, starting the coffee, David suggested we take a walk up to the Chapala/Jocotepec Carretera corridor and visit the artist shop, a frame shop and Farmacia Guadalajara. We set out.
Since we have arrived in Ajijic, our waking skills have vastly improved. Though we still need to learn to stop walking when we see something – lest we end up on our respective cans, our leg muscles are stronger then ever (thank you cobblestones) and both of us have lost significant weight (another good reason for retirement in the Chapala region!). To be honest, we haven’t quite mastered the “stop, look, continue walking” thingy yet as there is just so much to see our minds have trouble taking it all in and our feet don’t readily respond to this type of stimuli. Walking into walls, branches, taking sudden dips into holes from missing cobblestones or trying to get out the way of errant taxi drivers is part and parcel of the walking experience.
Heck, we find ourselves stumbling up the steps to our own mirador frequently because our minds have been distracted by something or the other. Ain’t life grand?!
As we walked further down the road we were stopped by a gentleman handing out enticements to eat at a café. The lure – a free beverage with purchase of lunch. Needless to say, we stopped and enjoyed the busy scenery and a great meal.
Heading off again we decided to take the road toward the lake which led to La Nueva Posada (The New Inn) http://hotelnuevaposada-ajijic.com/. David has joined the artist club which meets on the first Monday of the month at La Nueva Posada and he wanted me to see it first hand.
The inn is lovely, old, set right on the lake with elegant stairway, beautiful architecture and exquisite gardens and attractive in-house and café style restaurants. As we wondered out into the garden area we came upon a huge cage with two of the most gorgeous parrots either of us had ever seen (pictures below).
David began taking pictures and our two friends began posing for the camera. Both of us, like we do with dogs, cats and children, began saying “hola” to these lovely creatures. When, suddenly, out of the blue, the character closest to his camera says “Buenos tardes” in a voice so low it reminded us of Jeff Dunham’s Senior Jose Jalapeño on a Stick. He had this look of….oh for goodness sake, I’d better set these people straight or there’s no telling how long they’ll keep up the photo session. It was fantastically funny, endearing and totally unexpected. David took a few quick pictures of the Bird of Paradise blossoms and we were off.
As we headed home, believe me a long way off, we kept laughing about the delightful parrots at La Nueva Posada. We passed the “Hotel Casa Blanca” …picture necessary because Casablanca is one of my favorite movies. Many more photographs will follow in future blogs.
One aside, as we neared the turn off for our street, after winding through wonderful new neighborhoods, sites and sounds – like the xylophone street musician (I didn’t even know xylophones made good street instruments, one would think they’d be hard to carry), David hit a “bump”. He was in front of me one moment and then spiraling down the street, heading straight for an electric pole at warp speed. I ran after him thinking, oh my gosh, what happens if he hits the pole? The next thing I knew he had wrapped his arm around the pole, spun as if in a choreographed dance movement and ended up facing me with a big grin on his face.
William James, pioneering American psychologist once said to change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. I can state unequivocally – David has commandeered flamboyant and immediately. Viva Mexico!
A character and a half!
Maybe if I ignore them they'll go away.
Another view of the Bird of Paradise
Xylophone Street Musician
The sign is cool.
I think you can pick out Senior Jose Jalapeño on a Stick