|My favourite photo of the garbage truck|
“Basura, basura, basura!” A deep voice disrupts the early morning quiet - shouting garbage, garbage, garbage - reminding us that Christmas is coming. It’s time for the traditional propina for the garbage collection crews.
We slip a few pesos into envelopes and hand them out to the individual guys. Our first year on Isla we printed our own Christmas thank-you cards, but our attempts at creativity were quickly tossed into the trash as nimble fingers emptied the envelopes and folded the currency into secure pockets. Now we just use plain white envelopes to hold the money. The end result is the same. They smile. We smile. We get great service for another year. Everyone is happy.
|2012 Santa Claus parade|
Stop. Go. Stop. Go.
|Evan and Ethan - 2012 candy from Santa parade|
Last year the two grandkids, Ethan and Evan, were at street level and gathered up an armload of treats.
Yep, just what they needed to re-kindle their over-active energy for a few more hours.
|Restaurants and music on chaotic Hidalgo Avenue|
Walking through centro in the evening we notice the increase of visitors to the island. They are wisely escaping the chilly northern weather. Hidalgo Avenue is active and chaotic with music - from singers, performers, and instrumentalists - spilling from a number of restaurants. Hucksters call out, attracting your attention for a minute or two: “Check our menu. Here’s a coupon for a free Margarita. Come in. You’ll like our food.” We shake our heads: “No gracias. We’re not hungry right now.”
|Two unusually quiet students heading home from class|
|Algeria Y Pasion Carnavalesca|
The Christmas Season on Isla is always a noisy chaotic time and we enjoy every minute. But for us the very best sounds of Christmas are made by friends and family, sharing a meal, or snacks and drinks. It’s a time to reconnect, to remember why we love living here on Isla.
|Handmade New Year's Eve Pinatas - 2 blocks from our house|
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings,
Best Wishes to Everyone for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Lynda & Lawrie