|This was the spot for Wednesday's dinner|
The streets in my little part of SMA are starting to feel familiar and the days gaining a bit of rhythm: writing until mid afternoon, walking about town until dinner, dinner at a restaurant with friends and then a reasonably early night. Today, I will add a movie to the mix as I have a ticket to see "I'll See You in My Dreams", at the library. The movie is a mature audience (read grey hair) chick flick which premiered this year at TIFF.
I guess this routine will do for now. Next week is time enough to go a bit further from home base and to mix it up with some of the other events happening in San Miguel.
Last night we went to the Paprika Restaurant with 2 other couples that Marc and Sue know. One couple had retired here, but still go back to Saskatchewan to visit with their 2 daughters and grandson. The other couple sat on the far side of the table and so I didn't get their full story. Each lived in the same condo building high up in the Balcones section of town. This area is prime real estate, having a spectacular view of the city from the east. This was my first view of the city as I arrived via the airport transport from Querétaro. The Charco Del Ingenious Botanical Gardens are also up there. Marc and Sue have a piece of property in Balcones and will build a house there at some point. We will walk up and see the view and their building lot and the botanical gardens at sometime during the month.
For dinner most had salads, some had pizza but I had chicken mole enchiladas with rice. The house specialty was big salads and next time I think that is what I will have as my dish was just so so. There are different types of mole sauces and they all feature chilis. This Mole sauce was dark, almost black - you really couldn't see that were enchiladas under there. The mole was a overpowering with too much chocolate in the sauce for my taste and there was not enough chicken filling in the enchiladas. Lastly, they could have put some grated lettuce on top or tomato, just to add some interest. But enough of the culinary critique! Next time I order the Paprika Salad.
The draw on Thursday nights is the live music. The Paprika has a pretty good band band from 7-9ish and they have a dance floor. Catering to the mature Gringo dinner crowd, the place was packed and afterwards the tables emptied and everyone danced to some great tunes from our early years - rock and roll from the 70s and other dance music called us all to get up and work off our dinners! The couple sitting at the far side of the table headed out to a Salsa club for more dancing but the rest of us opted to head home for a reasonable bedtime.
In yesterday's blog I mentioned the Instituto and I showed the street facing display which is at the south end of the large complex. Above and below are some other pictures showing the rest of the facade and the inner courtyard where they have the Saturday organics market.
The coat of arms, I presume are that of the De la Canal family. In Spain, coat of arms are prominently displayed on the outsides of buildings - here that doesn't seem to be in evidence. The coat of arms above and below are on either side of the entranceway into the courtyard.
At dinner the conversation was all in a buzz about a shooting on the street just a few doors down from the Instituto. So the story goes, the Policia shot a 25 year old woman who was a senior operator in a drug gang. Apparently there were 3 bullets to the head, execution style, delivered at high noon, so maybe it was a gang to gang territory thing and maybe the Policia didn't shoot the person. Well at least the shooter was careful not to get any bystanders. As we in Toronto know, when gunfire erupts in a busy tourist and shopper filled street that is not always the case.
I was assured by my friends that this sort of thing does not happen often. I suspect there will be some report of the incident in the local English language weekly paper - The Atención.
My casita has a lemon tree in the courtyard and I have been picking the fruit and making lemonade!
Today I have to be at the Biblioteca by noon, and I want to get on with other writing projects, so I will bid you adios! Stay tuned for tomorrow's instalment.