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Mazamitla…The Rest of The Story
May 18th, 2010 by Les

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”  St. Augustine, theologian.

“We eat a lot on trips because we feel our bodies are less likely to become bored if they can pass the time converting food into fat.”  Dave Barry, American Best Selling Author and Humorist.

There are so many things to see no matter where you go in Mexico.  Mazamitla is no exception.  No surprise there.

As Dave Barry says, food is an essential part of traveling and we whole heartedly agree – so much so that we pack a snack to get us from point A to point B…even if it will only take a couple of hours.  With water and iced tea in hand, as well as our “traveling pretzel sticks” we headed up the mountain to Mazamitla.

Our first post showed the beautiful church in the plaza and the surrounding gardens.  This post will give you a glimpse at the buildings and people visiting and living in this lovely village.  It will also give a look at where we ate.  We could not justify eating more than once so we walked around looking at everything as well as keeping an eye out for the best choice in restaurants.

Mexico has many interesting restaurants and Mazamitla is no exception.  Because of the piney woods theme, you will find (and notice by looking at the pictures herein contained) the village fathers carried this theme into the structures that circle the plaza…including the restaurants.

However, the menus were not of the piney woods variety.  Understandable as Mexico has its own wonderfully Hispanic foods.  Oddly, however you will notice – though the theme was piney woods, and the place was decidedly Mexican (as was the food) the name on the restaurant is “Vito’s Bar”.

Throwing caution to the wind and since David was driving, I decided instead of my usual lemonade I would go with a screwdriver.  However, I did not know how to say “screwdriver” in Spanish.  I’m only on Lesson Two of Rosetta Stone…sorry.  The waiter, who spoke no English and me, with my questionable Spanish, did this little dance of words and hand gestures trying to figure out what each of us might be trying to communicate.  I ended up with three glasses….one with ice and two tiny straws…..one brandy sifter with a lot of vodka and one long cool glass of orange flavored drink.  I now know the word for screwdriver is destornillador.  I have been cautioned to realize that I might not receive a drink using this terminology.  I might, with good cause, get an even more confused look from the waiter and could possibly receive a gentile suggestion that I would perhaps want to go to a ferreteria (hardware store) for said screwdriver.  I’ll keep you abreast of what happens in the future.

Getting back to the story at hand, David and I had a lovely lunch on the balcony of Vito’s overlooking all the action in the plaza.  We then walked the streets seeing the places of business, the people enjoying the lovely weather and the sights and the sounds of yet another wonderful adventure in old Mexico.

[Note: We did not make it to the waterfall in the Los Cazos neighborhood in Mazamitla nor did we stop to take pictures of the cabins nestled in the pines on the mountainside on this trip.  Our next trip will take us to those places.  Driving at night can be treacherous on the mountain roads after nightfall – even though well-paved.  Further adventures await us!]

Vito's Bar

Vito's Bar

David enjoying the screwdriver debacle.

David enjoying the screwdriver debacle.

Lovely buildings with Alpine exteriors.

Lovely buildings with Alpine exteriors.

Lots to choose from.

Lots to choose from.

Potted flowers line the porches.

Potted flowers line the porches.

The fountain on the plaza.

The fountain on the plaza.

The creative fence blends in so wel with the building.

The creative fence blends in so wel with the building.

A street full of activity.

A street full of activity.

A sidewalk eatery.

A sidewalk eatery.

Event room at a hotel.  What is unique about this is the open ceiling and how it blends with the outdoors.

Event room at a hotel. What is unique about this is the open ceiling and how it blends with the outdoors.

A blend of planters and children's toys.

A blend of planters and children's toys.

Flowers and unique pottery.

Flowers and unique pottery.

An entrance to a hotel with open ceiling and welcoming design.

An entrance to a hotel with open ceiling and welcoming design.


7 Responses  
  • Laurel Williams writes:
    May 19th, 20106:22 pmat

    Your screwdriver story reminds me of many years ago when I was Japan trying to buy balloons for a surprise birthday party. I thought I was very effective and communicative with my gestures until the store owner brought out bubblegum.

    I’m greatly looking forward to more travel stories and photos of the surrounding Guadalajara areas.

  • Les writes:
    May 19th, 20103:43 pmat

    They’re not so much mystery drinks and delightful (for the most part) surprises. And, of course, you know me….I love surprises! One must immerse oneself into the culture of the world they’ve chosen to live it, mustn’t they? Perhaps I should ask this question prior to cocktail hour!

    Les

  • Sandy Gregory writes:
    May 19th, 20102:30 pmat

    So, how many mystery drinks are you drinking these days??? Again I can’t wait to visit and try some of those mystery drinks. Everything looks so beautiful.

    Sandy

  • Les writes:
    May 18th, 20105:26 pmat

    Hi Everyone,

    I simply love the comments! As far as cleaning up the town goes….quite the contrary, I sometimes think they feel like fleeing when they see us coming!!

    The drink stories are hilarious. And thanks for the helpful hints. I’ve actually found several drinks I really like by not having a clue as to what I’m ordering.

    Les

  • Jane Holdren writes:
    May 18th, 20105:01 pmat

    LOVE your photos & stories!
    Try saying “jugo de naranja con vodka”. That one’s fairly easy — I’d hate to try & translate a name like “Harvey Wallbanger”!

    I was at a French restaurant in Manhattan once and ordered a Lillet on the rocks — well, the (Spanish-speaking) waiter brought me a glass of milk over ice. All I could think was, he must have thought that I said “leche”. 🙂

  • Mary Ann Borman writes:
    May 18th, 20104:57 pmat

    I am really enjoy and appreciate hearing of your adventures out of Ajijic into the outlying areas. As newcomers as well, it is very helpful to experience these new areas through your eyes before we venture out on our own. We are now living your adventures vicariously until we get up the nerve to venture out on our own.

  • Frank Simon writes:
    May 18th, 20104:48 pmat

    I find the “screwdriver” comments to be hilarious.

    In March we were at the Ritz in Key Biscayne, Florida (just before coming to Ajijic).

    At the bar, my wife asked for a vodka & orange, as she couldn’t remember the term “screwdriver” at the time.

    You can imagine her surprise when she received a tumbler with 4 ozs of vodka with a slice of orange on the rim!


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