On the other side of the mountain from Chapala we spent a toasty Sunday afternoon, just Everette, Gaelyn and I, while the rest of the family stayed cool in our hotel suite, watching the Olympics and playing, and probably using the computer until their eyes bugged out. They often seem to choose that-which-they-know over we-don’t-know-what-we’ll-find-there. Comforts. Hasn’t changed a whole lot for this large traveling family. Sometimes we make them go, but usually we let them decide for themselves, as long as there are some teens left in the mixture.
So we explore on our own, and of course give ourselves refreshing treats since it’s much cheaper to buy treats for 3 of us then 9!
Everette had been wondering aloud to me, ‘What is this town known for?” Shortly afterwards the vendor who sold us the ‘snow’ gave us a bit of an explanation in Spanish (we had to do a little bit of guessing) We came to understand that the name of the town, Ixtlahuacan de Los Membrillos, is all about the fruit, membrillos. You might know them as quince. We had a sampling of it as a sauce to pour over the shaved ice, and it is commonly made into dulce de membrillo.
Sundays are family days, and you’ll always see families around the plazas, playing with their children, having treats at the vendors. This day most of the families seemed to be working at the market we stumbled upon a few blocks away, where you can get electrical things, beauty products, undergarments, produce, fish. A typical market with huge variety.
This is the town where I found beautiful historical murals in the town square. Murals are in many Mexican towns, usually professionally done.
I don’t know what all is said in the audio/subtitles on this youtube video but it gives you a bit of a tour around this town, and an indication of what its like to drive on the cobblestone roads. A tad bit tiring, to tell you the least, all that endless jiggling. But hey, it’s Mexico. Get used to it.