The pictures taken here were taken on December 18th before the COLD weather arrived in town.
There is a direct correlation between bench occupancy and cold weather.
You would think that there would be less people if it is cold. However, the opposite is true.
Our houses are stone walls with no insulation. When I say NO, I'm not kidding. It seems counter-intuitive to go outside to warm up. That's exactly what we do!
If you look at the webcam and see the jardin benches and the wall in front of the jardin covered with people, there are three reasons that it would be that way.
(1) It's freezing inside our houses and we want sunshine (hopefully) and some warmth.
(2) Some houses are tiny and you HAVE to get out from time to time.
(3) There is going to be an event on the streets. A desfile (parade), procession or something that the Mexican population knows is going to happen and we gringoes are astonished about.
(4) It's a place to meet people and find someone to go to lunch with.
I laugh when I look at the webcam and see the same people on the benches at about 11:30 each day. I see them from the warmth of my house, which after many years, I have figured out how to keep warm.
Well, at least a few rooms!
Today is one of those days. It started out at 43F and is supposed to get up to 66F. IF the clouds went away, the intensity of the sun would feel wonderful.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like the clouds are going anywhere.
I will NOT be on the bench today!