Monday, April 20, 2009
Bike week made me realize that I am quite happy living here in Centro, within walking distance of the beach, but away from all the hustle and bustle. The beaches and the Malecon have been thronged with people for the past 2 weeks as it has been Semana Santa, which is a huge holiday period for the Mexican people, tied into Easter and their Spring Break. Then, just as Semana Santa ended, Bike Week started. Now, we're not talking bicycles here. Nope, these are the big bikes, every shape, size and colour, and all very very loud. We decided not to venture out too much as we have just moved into the Casita and didn't want to leave Abi alone for too long until she was settled, but every night as as sat out on the patio we looked over the city and admired the clouds of exhaust fumes and the rumble of bike engines. Actually, the rumble we could hear all day - I kept thinking it was Abi fussing over something!
However, on Saturday, we met friends and sat at Canucks, a restaurant on the Malecon, to watch the wind up Bike Parade. The regulars who have been here for years told us that it was a disappointment as it was not nearly as large and loud as previous years races, and I had to agree that we were expecting a bit more. However, it was a lot of fun, and to be honest, quite loud enough! And then, we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset, so all in all, it was a most satisfying evening out.