My “sweetard” (see previous post) and I went for an evening stroll to the plaza in the “centro” (center of town) this Sunday evening. It was cool enough for a light jacket. Many sanjuanenses (residents of San Juan del Rio) enjoy weekend evenings in the adjacent plazas eating street stand foods, watching the children play, talking, talking, and talking, and listening to any concert that the city may have sponsored, and also, talking. Tonight there was a jazz concert (in Spanish, of course). We’re not jazz fans, and it does sound a little odd in Spanish, but it is what it is. We only stopped in passing long enough to see if we could hear what language was being sung from a half-block away. I thought it was English at first. Beth said it could have been Chinese since the sound system was craftily concealing the words, but there was a “voy a…” and we knew it was Spanish. We would have been surprised had it been in English. Most sanjuanenses do not speak much English, if any.
The city has been digging up many of the streets downtown in order to redo some utilities that need upgraded or repaired or installed for the first time. I have no idea exactly what all went into the trenches which have mostly been covered up again. So, the photos I took of the food stands make it look a little dirty, but the streets are normally a bit nicer than with this current work-in-progress.
One photo I took with the flash (the darker photo), and the other photo was taken without flash. I took our little compact camera with us so the quality for the night photo is not very good, but at least you get the idea. I enjoy the evening strolls downtown which we do regularly about once a year. I don’t know why we don’t do this very often, but we typically are busy with things to do and boys to get ready for bed, and don’t always feel like a 1 to 2 mile roundtrip walk, etc.
Anyway…enjoy a still moment of our evening with us:
…and no, we didn’t try any of the food stands. Most of them look rather risky and most don’t offer any foods that we enjoy. It’s OK if you want to try something though. We won’t stop you. We might say “I told you so” later tonight though! 🙂