I’ve been here in Aguascalientes for 8 months now, with the exception of a few days in Culiacán back in December. I haven’t stayed in one place that long in the past 10 years without traveling on holidays and weekends. The term ” nomad” when describing my lifestyle is apparently no longer appropriate at this time.
COVID-19 has quite effectively grounded me for the time being. I’ll just have to wait and see what transpires. In the meantime there is still new territory to explore right in my barrio.
Pets are different down here in Mexico. They’re not the usual dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles or fish. The other day my neighbor posed for me with his pet rooster.
I was out for a walk the other evening when the clouds began to roll in. I captured this shot of an apartment building. The church I attend occupies the main floor. No elevator and the apartments are on the second to sixth floors.
One of my neighbors sells candy, frozen chocolate bananas and chips. Here is a new colorful sign on their house.
This friendly little one sleeps on the sidewalk or in doorways in an attempt to find shade during the day. Temperatures have been hovering in the 90s for weeks now.
I always enjoy looking at the artwork on buildings around here.
The flowers are blooming everywhere.
This nomad will continue to roam only in Aguascalientes for another month.
I go out for longer walks every day now. I have a variety of masks in my wardrobe and I am careful about physical distancing.
Seeing as traveling outside of the city is not a possibility, I have decided to venture down new streets to explore instead.
Vibrant colors of flowers are everywhere. This photo was taken on a nearby boulevard.
There are lots of street vendors in my neighborhood. It’s mainly juice and fruit during the daytime but this one was different and intrigued me.
Cafes and bars are open and tables are well spaced, even outdoors.
The car wash is open again and costs 30 pesos. The American dollar currently has a value of about 25 pesos.
Sculpted greenery is everywhere.
This doorway has its unique charm.
As I passed by the Fiesta Americana, there was a ceremony going on where hotel employees were being presented with hampers.
I wonder what I will find on my next walk.
It’s hot out there. The 90s have arrived. Days like this I miss the ocean in Mazatlan.
Thursday morning there is an outdoor market in my neighborhood.
Restaurants are closed. Take out and delivery only.
Bars are closed here although my friend told me they’re still open in Leavenworth, Washington. Go figure.
Schools are closed. I haven’t heard anything about the indoor malls yet.
A friend in Zacatecas told me this morning that she couldn’t find chicken or eggs. So far we have no shortages here in Ags.
Corner tiendas are open. Note in my pics that these are not completely enclosed. Lots of fresh air gets in and social distancing is easy as there are seldom more than 2 or 3 people in them at the same time.
My saving grace are my daily coloring sessions in the park. The flowers are beginning to bloom again.
I really miss all the time I used to spend walking in and out of shops and engaging in conversation. It was a great way to socialize as well as practice my Spanish. Now most of my socializing is over the internet or on the phone.
A silver lining to every cloud……more time for writing!
2020 has arrived. A new year. A new decade. And a hot topic here in Mexico is “propósitos” or what we call in English “resolutions.”
When I lived in Canada, popular resolutions included losing weight, exercising regularly and working harder to earn more money. But what I’m hearing here in Mexico from friends and students is very different.
The common propósitos here are more spiritual in nature. Students tell me they want to study and be more successful at school. Friends tell me they want to spend more time with family and attend church more often.
As for me, I want to preserve that inner calm that I have worked so hard to find. Inevitably it will change some of the relationships I have with others in my life; some for the better and some for the worse. But that can’t be avoided.
I’m also determined to spend less time in front of a computer screen. I have bid farewell to many of the games I used to play online. I apologize to those I no longer send lives to. But I want to commune with nature a little more this year.
On that note, I went for a long walk this afternoon around my neighborhood. One of the first things I noticed was the oranges growing on a neighbor’s tree.
Further on down the street I noticed the beautiful red blossoms on a poinsettia tree.
I then meandered through the park where I regularly color. But this time I left my gel pens and coloring book at home.
I admired the blossoms emerging on bushes and trees.
I gazed solemnly at the lovely cacti.
And I felt at peace.