Have you ever been invited to a traditional Mexican wedding because you thought you were entering a restaurant rather than a private home? Or asked to stay for a birthday party because you admired a pinata?
Those are the types of adventures that happen to my husband and me who are frequent travelers to Mexico. We prefer small towns, not an all-inclusive resort or over-built beach towns. We found that in a little town called Melaque. We have discovered many hidden treasures. I love the “hunt” and meeting people who will kindly show me even more treasures.
The wedding? While we were driving back to Melaque after bringing a friend to the Manzanillo airport, we noticed that there were a lot of vehicles in front of these billboards. We never paid attention to them before but because of the vehicles, we assumed it was a restaurant. We drove over to take a look. Upon entering the “restaurant”, it was apparent that it was a private home and a wedding reception was taking place. We turned quickly to leave hoping no one noticed but this gentleman, Abraham came over to us. We apologized profusely but he insisted we stay for a drink and enjoy the festivities. We had a drink and enjoyed a mariachi band hired from Guadalajara for the reception. We had a great time and enoyed talking to Abraham and learning about the area. Thank you Abraham.
Our adventures also involve finding places to eat that are frequented by the locals. We found one such place just off the highway towards Melaque. The tables are made of rough hewn wood, the chairs are white plastic and you may have to share a table. The waitress didn’t speak English and our Spanish is limited to we pointed to a shrimp dish that was being enjoyed by another customer. We were not disappointed. I am not sure what the dish was called but it was a large bowl of shrimps, which were more the size of prawns, with vegetables and an unknown sauce. It was exquisite. The total cost for the shrimp dish and a beverage was approximately $3.50 cdn.
Mexican people are warm, friendly, happy people. They appreciate your attempts to speak their lanquage and will try to help you improve your Spanish. Learning a few words will go a long way in Mexico. I was trying to say one word but mispronounced it and apparently said “bum”. That got quite a laugh at a store but the clerk corrected me and we had a good laugh over my “splangish”.
I must go now as another adventure awaits me.