But we figured, why leave when there's extra traffic on the road. So we'll stay put for a few more days. Besides, we had been invited to the local celebrations at the nearby community college.
Oh yeah, never really told you about our wild potatoes. They don't really have a particular flavour...sort of like a cucumber maybe? And the consistency is very strange, it actually gets kind of slimey the more you chew it! But, it's edible, and Ruth has used the balance of it in a chicken curry that she made for tonight.
Monday afternoon, we had new campers show up! People don't normally start to arrive in this area until mid-November, so we were excited to see someone pull in. Toni and Felix are originally from Germany, but have spent the last four years working in Vancouver. Now, they are taking their specialty rig all the way to Argentina. What a great adventure for this young couple!
Toni and Felix and their 1994 Mitsubishi diesel 4x4
They only stayed one night because they were on their way to the popular Day of the Dead celebrations in Patzcuaro. But we enjoyed spending a couple of hours talking with them yesterday morning as we had breakfast together.
So last night around 6:00pm Sal took us over to the local college where they were having a Day of the Dead fundraiser. The students had made shrines to celebrate popular Mexican figures from days long ago. And then, there was a costume show and contest. It was a lot of fun and there were a ton of people. And you bought coupons to use towards food and drink with money going to the fundraiser. They made a hot fruit drink, almost like a tea, and then added a shot of sugar cane alcohol to it. Each drink was 5 pesos (39 cents!). And for 20 pesos ($1.56) you got 4 chicken tamales, which was enough for dinner for the two of us.
Three of the better shrines they built
Notice the boots sticking out the end!
And some of the better contestants
Some of the costumes and makeup were really well done! We love experiencing the Mexican culture this way!