In the late afternoons and evenings, in most Mexican towns, the locals and tourists gravitate towards the town square to spend time visiting and people watching. Families allow the younger children to play in the huge tiled area while the parents visit with friends and neighbours. Teens mill around, giggling and jostling each other the way they do everywhere in the world. It’s a time when the heat of the day eases and the cooler air invites relaxation. An easy-going attitude prevails.
Shadows are lengthening and soon the sun goes down. It’s a cool place to eat an ice cream cone or just watch people.
As the crowds gather in the square, various artists may make an appearance to sell their wares or entertain.
One fellow had many of his works of art on display and demonstrated how he made the pictures using his spray paints. It was fascinating to watch the images appear on the paper.
But when he lit the cans of spray paint, I began to worry about the safety of all the little kids who were watching him with eager faces.
After a while, the crowds thin and it’s time to wander back to our rented bungalows. We amble along the sidewalks through town and see that the swallows have already gone to bed.
Hundreds of swallows sleep here every night.
And what a foolish place for this amateur photographer to stand! My blue velour jacket needed a good wash by the time I got back to our bungalow.