I decided on the spur of the moment to head to Celaya (45 minutes away) today with the main purpose of seeing if Home Depot had "paper whites" - narcissus - which I plant every year to fill the house with fragrance for the holidays. Nada, no bulbs to be found anywhere.......oh well, maybe I can twist someone's arm to bring some back from the USA. So on to Walmart, a store that has only been open about 6 months. The store was full of little munchkins (children) dressed in red and green along with a slightly larger person dressed as Santa. They were singing Christmas songs in Spanish and having a snack at the snack bar. Then the kids followed Santa through the store singing - I'm not sure what that was all about! I must admit the music was fun to hear in Spanish and at Home Depot they had a HUGE Christmas tree lot. Now, 7 years ago when I came here, you couldn't find but a very few scruffy trees for sale. Very few people put up a tree..........but now, Christmas is coming to Mexico instead of Feliz Navidad. Costco was stocked with all kinds of gift items and food items for the holidays also!
On the way home however, I returned to reality watching all the little stands set up along the road with blue tarps to protect those selling jicimas. Bags and bags of jicimas! Stand after stand.....Since Green Giant owns most of the farmland outside of Celaya, I assume that they grow the jicimas for export and these are the leftovers. Jicimas are very much part of the Mexican diet.........and I love their crunchiness.
A fun and funny day!