13 April, 2021

I was able to get an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine – in Seattle. Not sure which it is. Washington State hasn’t blocked using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine yet, so I’ll cross my fingers but won’t hold my breath.

So, today I grabbed a cab and ran to the airport for the antigen test. The airport is cheaper for the test alone than the clinics I could find in town, but when you add taxi fare to/from it grows a little bigger. I figured that it would be quick, that the airlines would be accepting the results without any problems, and that I could bounce upstairs to Carl’s Jr. and have a burger for breakfast. Not a total waste of a day! If you have a flight booked, the cost at the airport is $579 pesos. Slightly higher if you aren’t flying and just want the test. Thirty minutes for results. The three guys ahead of me all complained about the technician trying to remove their brains, but when it was my turn it was painless and quick. I think they just wanted an excuse to have a drink. I *would* have just taken the test before my flight, but I believe the testing station opens at 9:00 am and my flight is at 10:00 am. I just imagined a plane full of people trying to get tested and board within an hour. Nope.

Results were negative, so Thursday off I go. I’m kind of hoping the airline delays my flight from México City to Seattle so they put me up in a hotel and fly me out the next day. I would really like a few hours to wander around the city again. Actually, I’ve been thinking of taking a trip and visiting Teotihuacan, and Tula de Allende. The archaeology site in Tula is closed due to the pandemic (but Teotihuacan is open) so I’m going to wait it out! Never been to Tula before, so I’m really looking forward to it. Google it and see – it would really make a great day trip. Teotihuacan is more like a 3 or 4 day trip for me; so I could make it two weeks and just enjoy a nice relaxing time in CDMX, Teotihuacan, and Tula de Allende.

I combined two of my walks the other day – from my apartment to Juárez, then back on Ejercito Méxicano. I cut over to Insurgentes and had shrimp ceviche at Restaurante MiYeya. They confirmed that they are closed on Mondays now, not Tuesdays. And they told me that the breakfast buffet starts at 8:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. I really should have ordered something that was cooked to have something more to critique, but the ceviche was good. There was plenty of it too. And it wasn’t horribly expensive. So, going on my limited experience, I’d recommend them if you’re in the area (they’re just over the estero de infiernillo [the waterway], to the East of Insurgentes Soriana).

I took a lot of photos along the walk, but haven’t edited them all yet! I’ll try to get it done before I leave, and post a few here to show the sites to be seen! In the mean time, here’s the ceviche at MiYeya (yes, I dunked hot sauce on it before I took the photo) …

Ceviche at Restaurant MiYeya
Ceviche at Restaurant MiYeya

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6 April, 2021

The scale was not nice to me yesterday. It seems all of my diet cheating caught up all at once! I gained 3 lbs, so the walks are going to happen and whole pizzas will NOT be eaten for one, or even two, meals!

I did a short walk yesterday, over to the Embarcadero Playa Sur, then up to Paseo del Centenario, over to Olas Altas, to the Mercado Pino Suarez for a quick cocochata, then home. I hit my 10,000 steps – but just.

Today was a walk to the Mercado Municipal Miguel Hidalgo in Juárez, then down Av. Insurgentes to the Malecón where I hopped on the Sabalo-Centro bus. 15,000 steps and counting!

I enjoy grabbing a few photographs in the mercado … here are today’s:

That last photograph shows one of the cenadurias – there’s always someone eating there, so either they have a large family to feed, or their food is good.

During my trip to Acapulco in 2019 I saw an inflatable penguin. If you’re from my era you might remember the big clowns that were weighted at the bottom that I think kids used more as punching bags than anything else. Well, the penguins are like that. Only smaller. I didn’t buy one when I saw it, then I couldn’t find them again anywhere! Until today!!! Sr. Pinguino is now guarding my front door! Best is that he was $65 pesos – $3.25 USD! Here he is posing for a photo before I took him outside …

Sr. Pinguino
Sr. Pinguino

While walking down Av. Insurgentes I keep seeing restaurante MiYeya. As you can see by the photo of their exterior wall, it’s hard to miss. This time I walked over and checked them out. Seems that they also have a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday! It also looks like they’ve changed the day they close from Tuesday to Monday. They say that Uber Eats delivers from them, so I’ll have to see if I’m in range – or give the buffet a try!

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4 April, 2021

No walking lately because there are WAY too many people in town for Semana Santa! Most of them will be leaving today or tomorrow, so I don’t have long to wait. I think I’ll take my next walk to Juárez and maybe grab some lunch there.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a timeshare in Puerto Vallarta. I usually use it in October or November, and often make another trip sometime during the year (just seven hours by comfortable bus – pretty easy to do). I’ve been traveling there for over ten years now – it’s a place I really enjoy, but it’s a smaller town than I want for a place to live.

Since I have an interest in Puerto Vallarta I belong to several Puerto Vallarta Facebook groups. I thought I’d mention one of them here as it often applies to México in general. It’s called ‘Coffee & Headlines’ and is maintained by a gentleman named Paco Ojeda. Every day he produces a video for English speaking people living in Puerto Vallarta. As I said, a lot of his information translates to other cities in México. You can watch the live broadcast on Facebook every day at 10:30 am Puerto Vallarta time/9:30 am Mazatlán time here: https://www.facebook.com/pacoojedalivehttps://www.facebook.com/pacoojedalive. If you miss the live broadcast, you can pop over to YouTube and see the show here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ojedapaco/videos.

Today’s show featured a woman he knows who spent some time talking about what she calls ‘Mexicution’. Her definition isn’t in the list of meanings from what you’ll get Googling, but more about the buildup of things that happen to change your attitude about living in México. Over time I have seen several people who live in México a year or two, then return to where they came from. They all have one thing in common – they always refer to the place they came from as ‘home’, and not where they’re living in México. Living in another country requires a shift in perspective and you won’t be happy there until you learn how to do it. If you’ve made the move and are having trouble, or not – and just want some good advice, I recommend giving the interview a watch. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/AUTJH3AMeEw?t=1060. In case it doesn’t start at the right place, you want to watch from the 17:40 mark.

And here are a few photos from my last walk. Fog was rolling in and eventually engulfed El Faro!

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30 March, 2021

Today’s walk. No bus. 17,000+ steps (just for the walk). A little lying prone and an 800 mg Advil and I’m feeling much better now, thank you! I’m having difficulty in sticking to my diet, so the walking is offsetting the extra calories … so far holding me at a steady weight of 141 lbs. 16 lbs. from my goal weight, but better than 20!

Today's walk along Av. Ejercito Méxicano and the malecón
Today’s walk along Av. Ejercito Méxicano and the malecón

This walk goes down a major street in Mazatlán (Av. Ejercito Méxicano), but one that people usually travel by automobile or bus. It takes me a few minutes to get to the street from my apartment, but once I do there are a good dozen buses I can grab whose destination is a complete and total mystery! A mystery to be addressed in the near future perhaps?

It’s termite swarming time again! I looked out my kitchen window last night, and my porch light had a swarm around it. So it’s staying off for the next few days. Neighbors can just be more careful on our very narrow and steep cement stairs that are now shrouded in shadow. If I leave the light on I find them inside around my windows. I have very old windows that don’t shut tightly. They let the geckos in as well – so I’m not eager to replace them soon.

I had my roof sealed. Happy enough to pay them, but the coating wasn’t evenly applied, and they told me that it’d be dry in 2 hours. I let it sit from about 4 pm until 8 am the next day and I now have shoe prints on my roof from where I stepped to inspect it. I’m giving it a few more days before I attempt to walk on it again. It’s supposed to be the 7 year material, so I’m planning on having to re-do the application in 5. We’ll see. I had a small façade repair that they took care of as well … they did an excellent job there.

Ok, off for more Modern Family binge watching (while laying prone on the couch)!

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27 March, 2021

I’ve still been doing my extended walks. Monday I decided that I’d walk down Ejercito México and make my way to Soriana just up from Valentino’s (the old Mega location). I missed a zig and I zagged instead, which added a few steps to my count – but it was an interesting walk and I now know where Walmart is! I don’t frequent them, but like they say, knowledge is power! Lol. Red is where I walked, black where I took the bus!

Oops! Forgot to turn on Av. Insurgentes!

Today I decided to do a shorter walk, from Ángel Flores I turned on Teniente José Azueta and made my way to the fisherman’s monument. Then back along the malecón past Playa Los Pinitos and Olas Altas where I turned on Ángel Flores and made my way home. Added to a previous run to the bank, and I’m over my 10,000 steps for the day; something I missed a couple of times this week!

Sinaloa is still ‘yellow’ on México’s corona-19 virus stoplight list, yet there’s an article in México News Daily telling us how they hope Mazatlán will be full for Semana Santa (https://bit.ly/3udZHV1). Personally I think they’re crazy. The article says restaurants are increasing their capacity from 40% to 65% – but I had lunch at a popular cenaduria today and by the time I was finished, the dining room had gone from 4 tables to FULL. There was enough room in the dining area to accommodate another 2 tables that had possibly been previously removed, but that wouldn’t get them to 65% capacity. Nowhere near it. I’m sure everyone is getting tired of masks and social distancing – I know I am, but we really need to hold on just a bit more.

Also in México News Daily was an article about M Experience updating their immigration guide for 2021. If you don’t have residency and are thinking about getting it, it is well worth the read. You can find the guide here: https://www.mexperience.com/ebook/mexico-immigration-guide/.

I’m having my roof re-sealed. If you live in a place that has a roof (edit: yes, I know most buildings have a roof – I mean those of you not in a condo or apartment who aren’t on the top floor!), this is an every-few-years task that needs to be done to prevent rain from finding its way through the cement ceilings. I believe it’s been 4 years since I did mine last – a year past the date. This time I’m having them use the 7 year materials. If you have a tinaco, cleaning it would also be a recurring task, but needs to be done every 6 to 12 months. Cleaning your air conditioners should be an annual event too (not the filters, those need cleaned every 4 to 6 weeks). I will admit that I had slacked – I cleaned the filters regularly, but it wasn’t until the drip tube in my mini split clogged that I had the units serviced. My living room unit is one of the old style window units that’s been mounted in a cut-out in the wall. It sounded like a jet plane from the time I bought the apartment and frankly was just something I put up with. I’m fairly certain the previous owner never had it serviced, and I was expecting to have to replace it asap. After cleaning, it has a tenth of the noise, and I might be able to make it live for as long as the roof sealing!

Ok, it’s time to relax and watch a few more episodes of Modern Family in my binge-a-thon. I was never a regular viewer, so now I’m enjoying the fun. Oh, if you haven’t seen Netflix’s ‘Queens Gambit’, you should add it to your watch list. The first episode sets the foundation, so if it’s not to your liking, please give the second one a watch too. The tone changes and it really becomes engaging!

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17 March, 2021

No. I am not wearing green, my DNA is 1/3 Irish – that will have to suffice! Lol.

Uber Eats said La Rustica was having a special – 2-for-one pizzas, so I had to go off my diet. And believe me, I went WAY off my diet. And now both of the pizzas are gone. The beef I smoked, added bacon to, and ground into hamburger is back in the freezer. Tomorrow I resume the diet and will attempt to stick to it until I can fit into the new jeans I bought with a size 31 waist.

In penance, I went on an extra long walk today. It started to be a walk through centro, then on the malecón from the fisherman’s monument to Valentino’s, but then I thought about the pizza, and decided to make it a little further. So I walked to the mercado in Juárez. Coming up Insurgentes I forgot to turn at the bend, so I added a bit more. All in all, 1500 steps + 2 hours. I was going to walk all the way home as well, then I realized that with the construction to slow me down the coffee making its way through my system would likely come in conflict with the idea. So I grabbed a bus.

And once again, I learned a bus lesson. It was a nice bus. The window said ‘C.F.E.’ on it. It was heading in my direction. I gave the driver 10 pesos and started to sit down when he barked at me that it was ELEVEN pesos. He barked at the next three people to board as well, because they handed him 10 pesos too. Then he tells the last one on that the air conditioning costs more. Yes, it was nice. BUT the days are not yet at the point where AC is needed and we really could have just opened a window. I do recall reading something about the Sabalo-Centro buses doing this several years ago before the whole line had consistently nice buses. I think then it was 8 pesos for the old bus, and nine or ten for the new ones (now the Sabalo-Centro is eleven pesos). So, another thing to stick in my head … if the bus has AC ask if the fare is 11 pesos!

So I’m back home. Lunch has been taken care of. Nap time is coming up soon. For reference, here’s a map of my walk. Red is walking and black is the bus. There are just a couple of places where you have to deal with busy traffic – so if you want to take a nice walk, think about a jaunt to Juárez! You can always take a bus home!

Walk to Juárez
Walk to Juárez
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15 March, 2021

I’ve noticed recently that there are a few new YouTubers vlogging about Mazatlán. Generally I think this is great, as I love the city and think people who haven’t had the opportunity to visit Mazatlán yet, or those who can’t visit and miss coming here, will benefit from getting to see the Pearl of the Pacific (that’s Mazatlán, for those who don’t know).

I also think that when giving information that the presenter has an obligation to make their story as factually accurate as possible. Here on my blog, I title my entries with the date I write them. This keeps all the clickbait and misleading attention grabbing out of the picture. While my information is based on my experience, I will rarely state something as a definitive fact unless I’ve researched it AND verified the research. I have opinions, which I try to let you know are opinions when I put them in a post.

Take the buses for example. The other day I said I was taking a bus to the tianguis in Juárez on Sunday. I said I’d been told any of the buses marked Juárez will take you there, but I wasn’t sure – and to ask the driver. I also said I didn’t take any of the buses marked ‘directo’. Well – it’s good that I didn’t because I purposely took a ‘directo’ bus the other day just to see where it went. It BYPASSED the area where the Sunday tianguis is. I also didn’t say which of the buses to take to get back, because I wasn’t sure. I *thought* that seeing the word ‘centro’ in the window of the bus meant it would take me back to centro, but when I got on a bus that said both ‘Parque Bonfil’ AND ‘centro’ its last stop was near a tuna packing plant nowhere near centro. So now I’m going with taking buses that say ‘C.F.E.’ on the window as the C.F.E. offices are two blocks from my apartment … but I’m NOT telling you definitively that they’ll take you where you want – ASK the driver! There really aren’t that many dangerous places in Mazatlán, but there ARE some, and you don’t want to be stranded in one without a way home.

Shrimp Capital of the World. No, I don’t think so. Sounds nice and makes good tourism material, but China and Thailand are the largest producers of shrimp. Followed by a few places that still aren’t México. I will tell you that my source for information on this was google – but several articles provided gave the same results.

Malecón. The length is highly debated and I haven’t made any statements in any of my posts about what the actual length is because it’s not of much concern to me, and I haven’t asked either the tourism office nor the mayors office to explain how they determined the length. What I do, personally, is rely on reputable posters who have done research. Gustavo Osuna from Mazatleco.com has a video about the malecón that seems to be fairly comprehensive; but I haven’t verified his information with a government entity. I can say that I agree with him that the section along Paseo del Centenario is part of the malecón. It even fits the dictionary definition of malecón.

Height of El Faro. Changes all the time. I tell people it’s about 515 feet to the top. I always say ‘about’, or ‘I’ve been told’, because there are so many different claims, but frankly – my feet tell me it’s been at least 515 feet by the time I get up there!

Isla de la Piedra / Stone Island – not an island. Nope. It’s an isthmus. Google map it and see for yourself.

Shrimp Ladies / Las Changueras – Here’s a good post for a little information on this topic from a Trip Advisor post 13 years ago:

“… The shrimp season actually starts in early September, but the boats don’t return for 4-6 weeks depending on the size of the catch. Almost all of the boats will then make a second trip out and return just before Christmas. After that, its up to the owners. Last year most boats didn’t go out after Christmas.

The larger “azul” shrimp – slightly blue in color – are mostly exported to the US and Japan, so prices don’t change that much. Even with the record catches last year, the prices didn’t change all that much. Maybe 10 pesos a kilo for the medium size shrimp. The shrimp boat owners have access to large frozen storage facilities here in Mazatlán and so they can afford to hold the product and distribute it as it is needed which stabilizes the price.

It’s really amazing to see one of these shrimp boats from the inside out. I’ve spent some time on the boats and even though the voyage is relatively short and the pay is good, the work is very difficult. Much like the Alaskan seafood industry.

One of the big myths about shrimp in Mazatlan is that during the season, the shrimp is “fresh” because its not frozen. Sorry, its all frozen as soon as it leaves the water to preserve the quality. During the summer months, much of the shrimp you find comes from the local shrimp farms. Some of this shrimp is not frozen, but there is quite a bit of controversy about the quality of farm shrimp (similar to the issues surrounding farm raised salmon in the US). Two years ago, more than 1200 people (me included) were sickened by a bacterial infection in one of the farms, so I’m quite a bit more careful during the summer months. …”

Crime / Violence. Yes, there is crime and violence here in Mazatlán, and in México in general. There is also crime and violence wherever you originally came from. In México most of the violence is targeted from one cartel to another. In the USA most violence is random. There isn’t much you can do about either.

Those are just a few of the common things I see misreported in blogs and vlogs on the internet. One recent vlogger even called Playa Norte the Hotel Zone – repeatedly.

So please take what you read and hear (even from me) with a grain of salt. Question everything. Ask bus drivers if they’re going where you want to go. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or help when you need to. And if you’re going to write a blog or produce a vlog, please don’t make crazy statements of fact when they’re just opinion.

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11 March, 2021

The first, and only other time I’ve done this I said it would be the last time. I was wrong. I did it again. I don’t know why; perhaps it was watching YouTube videos of other people doing it. So today I did it. I put my backpack on, grabbed two bottles of water, and headed out.

My walk took me past the gate to the Embarcadero Playa Sur where you can catch a panga to La Isla de la Piedra (Stone Island) for 30 pesos. I snuck over there on Tuesday, and noticed that the inflatable water equipment that had been off Playa Norte for a while was now over by Restaurant Cerro los Chivos. It’s called ‘AWAX’ and their website is here: awax.mx. Looks like they want $200 pesos per hour to play on the equipment. Probably not a bad idea when the adults want a little adult beverage time while the kids are distracted.

La Isla de la Piedra
AWAX.MX Sign

My feet kept walking. Past the embarcadero. Past the ferry to La Paz. Then I didn’t turn on Paseo del Centenario like I typically would. Walking. Past the vendors trying to get me to buy a sombrero (there’s one on my backpack, but thanks). Past the tour guys selling trips to Stone Island. Past the sewage treatment plant.

There’s a new setup at the gate to El Faro. There are baños to the right, and a ticket booth to the left. Admission is $20 pesos now. If they actually use the money to maintain things it’s worth it. No discount for INAPAM card holders. And now the workout begins. From what I understand, it’s 515 feet from the bottom to the top. The first half is a steep gravel and cement path with multiple vantage points where you can stop, get your breath, then have it taken away by the view. There are quite a few feral cats that live here, and people leave them food and water. You can usually see a few kitties on the trip, so if you need to take another break you can pretend you’re talking to a cat, or taking a picture of one!

The second part of the journey is made up of slate steps. There are 336 of them, and someone has painted the number on every 30th step! From the bottom to the top, it took me just under half an hour. And that included stopping at all the viewpoints, and talking to a few cats along the way! It wasn’t as steep as I remembered, and I wasn’t nearly as winded when I got to the top. I think just knowing what’s in store made it easier, as well as slowing down and not treating it as a marathon. The glass lookout point was either included in the admission price, or another $20 pesos. I didn’t find out – I just asked how much, and handed the guy $20 pesos to go in. Remember – no shoes!!! Take them off! Last time they gave me booties, but this time they had a storage setup for the shoes.

Here are enough photos to give you an idea of what you’re in for if you decide to take the hike – or just to admire the view if you decide you’ll live vicariously through others!

I decided that after the climb, I needed a treat. In all the time I’ve been coming to Mazatlán I’ve never been to La Puntilla. I have heard the food is good, but they’re next to the Embarcadero Playa Sur – so it’s either too early to go when I’m on my way over to Stone Island, or I’ve already eaten when I come back. Today I treated myself to a little ceviche de camarón y pulpo – and the obligatory Negra Modelo. Both the food and service were good, and the beer was cold. I’m not burping from the cucumbers, so they must have removed the seeds. Ceviche and beer came to $225 pesos (a little over $11 usd), so fairly typical as far as prices for mariscos go. Yes, I did eat it all! And then I took a 2 hour nap when I got home!

La Puntilla
La Puntilla

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8 March, 2021

During the pandemic I decided I’d throw a little extra support to Rick Bayless on his YouTube channel and do the paid membership thing. He’s supporting his staff by thinking outside the box – something I applaud. Membership includes access to videos that are just for members, and one of them dealt with a salsa made with a particular type of chile – Pasilla de Oaxaca or Pasilla de Oaxaqueño. Think smoky chipotle, but bigger and with a slightly more robust flavor. I was in the USA when I first saw the video so I searched online, found a store that sells them (https://www.thechileguy.com/product/pasilla-de-oaxaca-1lb-whole-pods/) and bought a pound. If you like smoky things, and you enjoy a chipotle now and again, these are something you should consider tracking down!

When I came home, I thought long and hard about bringing my stash of them with me, but by the time I’d packed my suitcase there was literally no room left. Plus, there’s always that chance the customs person likes them as much as I do and would confiscate them on arrival! And I thought, “I’ll be in México! How hard will it be to find them when I have a huge mercado just a 15 minute walk away!”. Ha ha ha ha ha! It’s hard. The main mercado in Mazatlán has a big chile stall with lots of chiles – but not these. When I asked for them, all they had were something that looked similar, but not smoked. When I asked about the smoked ones, nope – this is what they had. No offer to order some for me or point me to another source.

So when I was in the mercado in Colonia Juárez I found the biggest chile vendor and asked. After some discussion, this vendor told me they call them ‘Pasilla Mixe’ chiles. Come back Tuesday was the response. Tuesday I got a, “Come back Friday”. Friday they sold me FOUR of the chiles and if I wanted more I was told, “Come back Monday”. Ok, so now I know that we are talking about the same chile so I told myself ‘one more time’, and if they don’t have them I’ll just give up (or go to Oaxaca and buy some myself)! I also have been asking them about caraway seeds. You would think (incorrectly, as it turns out) that with the German influence here there would be caraway seeds for sale. Nope. Nope. Nope. Friday I got the same ‘come back Monday’ response.

Today is Monday. I hopped on a bus that said Juárez, and it took me to the mercado (get off the bus when you see the big head – the mercado is across the street!). Wound my way to the chile vendor. She looked at me and said there were no caraway seeds. Then she pulled a giant bag of chile’s out and asked me how much I wanted! Woooo!!! She had a kilo of them, and I bought half. Together with a big piece of ginger my total was $216 pesos, or about $11 usd. I did a happy dance as I walked home (about 8,000 steps according to my fitbit)! I was so happy that I stopped at the suaves factory and bought a bag! Still sad no caraway, but I have enough chiles to last me 6 to 12 months! If you’re in Mazatlán and want some, you need to hurry to the mercado in Juárez and snag them!

** if you are a member on Rick Bayless’s YouTube channel, the title of the video with the salsa is: Essential Salsa: Oaxacan Pasilla Salsa.

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28 February, 2021

Before moving here, I’d been coming to Mazatlán since 2010, usually two or three times a year. I’ve been to a lot of places around the area. I’ve done most of the ‘tourist’ things. I have saved a few local things to do ‘later’ though … you have to have things to plan for and look forward to!

One of the things I hadn’t done, well two actually, was to take the bus to Colonia Juárez on Sunday for the tianguis (flea market). I think ALL of the buses to Juárez go past my apartment. They start just a bit before 6 am, and end just after 9 pm. Every five to fifteen minutes. One, and often two or three at a time. None of them have a working muffler! Anyway …. I’ve asked about the tianguis before and every time I do people tell me to take ‘The Juárez Bus’. It is evident that the people I spoke to don’t know that there are a good half-dozen Juárez bus lines.

At the beginning of the month I posted about following the buses on foot. I actually repeated the walk last week just to get a little exercise. All of the Juárez buses I saw were headed to the same spot, so I’m going out on a limb and saying that most, if not all, buses that say ‘Juárez’ will take you where you need to be to enjoy the Sunday shopping – but ASK the driver first, before you pay for a ride and find yourself somehow in Cerritos!

So this morning I hopped on the first Juárez bus that didn’t say ‘directo’ on it (I figured, ‘direct’ to someplace I didn’t want to be would put a crimp in my day). I took out my phone and loaded Google Maps and watched as we made our way towards the Colonia. There’s road construction, so the trip took about 15 to 20 minutes. Not bad for $9.50 pesos (around .50 cents USD)! If you’re taking a Juárez bus to the Sunday tianguis, you’ll want to get off at the Iglesia del Carmen. It’s right across the street from the Mercado Municipal Miguel Hidalgo.

You can’t miss the tianguis. There are a ton of vendors, and they sprawl up and down the side streets too. EVERYTHING imaginable was for sale, and then some! There was a spot that had car mirrors! Side mirrors. Rearview mirrors. Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors!!!! I spotted a bathroom sink and thought I’d post a picture of it making fun of the tianguis having a bathroom, but not a kitchen sink. Then I spotted a kitchen sink a little further back! Most of the items for sale seemed to be clothing and food. Fresh produce and lots of street food. Things were very busy when I was there, and there wasn’t a single spot to sit at any of the street food stands. I’d suggest getting there before 10 am, or going later.

I actually did take a lot of pictures, but later noticed I’d forgotten to check my camera at the beginning of the day. My camera has a little mode dial that often gets jostled and it was pointing between two settings. Some of the photos just never got saved. But – I did have a few, so here you go. These are both the tianguis and the mercado. Via bus, Uber, taxi, or pulmonia – this is an excursion you should do at least once!

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