Last night we had a wonderful and leisurely dinner with friends at Molika (Belisario Domínguez at Constitución) and then decided to walk over one block to the Plazuela Machado. We strolled the perimeter, looking at the booths of hand made items and people watching. We settled ourselves on a bench close to the music and settled in, like so many Mazatlecos, to enjoy a relaxing evening chatting with friends outdoors.
Here are a few things we noticed that make Mazatlán (and México) so wonderful:
Family love. Moms and teen daughters arm in arm. Large family groups laughing at restaurant tables.
People in love. Couples on benches sitting close together, talking and kissing, oblivious of their surroundings.
Kids. But no sullen kids with hand held video games. Laughing kids chasing each other around the kiosko or walking arm in arm with their families, or painting ceramics with a group of other kids.
Dogs. Last night we fell in love with the black pitbull puppy named Negro (black) who was perfectly behaved off leash and intensely focused on his owners.
Music. The music last night was a wonderful group – about 7-8 people with drums and guitars singing wonderful romantic music in Spanish. The stage is set up on the weekends at the corner by Café Pacifico and took the evening from wonderful to fantastic.
Dancing. Several couples danced in the street in front of the stage, people smiled their direction. Across from us, a couple walking by friends spun together for an impromptu dance on the sidewalk. She passed her purse to her friend and danced several songs, clearly loving the music and each other.
People sitting on benches. Like us, all the benches were occupied by people relaxing after a meal or a stroll. If you are on a budget and can’t afford to eat out, you can still enjoy the music and the social environment and never spend a cent.
The Air. Last night was so perfect. We sat there in our sleeveless dresses and bare legs enjoying the perfection. A bit of humidity to make the air feel smooth, the temperature absolutely perfect. A nice breeze rippled through now and then.
Smiles. I’ll end with this one, people smiled and smiled. And not just us, although I did my share. People here are happy, really know how to be happy. And usually all it takes is to be sharing a meal or a conversation with friends and family outdoors while enjoying some excellent music. It’s contagious, too. I’m still smiling from such a wonderful night.