A day in Algodones, Mexico
First off, I need to say that I have the best community of followers to this little blog. You guys left THE best captions for my photo yesterday. I was smiling all day as I read them. So thanks so much for all of that.
As I mentioned the other day, one reason we came to Yuma this year was to go to Algodones. I called a dentist a friend referred me to for an appointment, we did that yesterday. But Tuesday we decided to go over as well. It’s only 20 minutes away, we wanted to find the dentist office, and we also wanted to shop.
I knew from past experience that shopping in Mexico can be…..different. Everyone wants the American dollar there. I don’t blame them, it’s just how it is. You can’t go 5 feet without someone trying to sell you something. And usually the same something the guy five feet behind you had. But the people are pleasant, funny and enjoyable.
When this guy tried to sell me a giant pot, I told him I was only there to take photos. So he grabbed the biggest pot he had, and posed for me.
People were very helpful too. We were trying to find the dentist office and asked a local if he knew where it was, He didn’t, but he asked a few more guys until someone knew the answer.
Everything that comes from Mexico is just more colorful. The pottery, the textiles, jewelry. All of it.
I did find a very nice table cloth just the right size for my table in the RV, and the colors are very nice earthy tones. We found a rug that Al can put on the floor under his easel. Yes, he has got a spot or two of oil paint on the carpet. I was very tempted to buy a wool hand loomed rug, they are beautiful and so cheap there. But, where to put it. I did buy a tiny one that hangs on my wall now.
We had a nice lunch too. The place was packed with snowbirds. We always feel like the young ones when we go places like this.
We stopped at the same place again on Wednesday after the dentist. The guys working there sure hustle, but they took a second to pose for me.
The saddest part is seeing the little kids, and the old ladies. The kids moms try to sell little trinkets to make some money to feed everyone. I gave this little cutie’s mom some money to take his photo, and him 2 quarters. His face lit up when I gave him the change. I’m sure he didn’t get to keep it though.
Both days were fun, and I would go back again for sure.
And I’m sure you are all wondering about the dentist. Like I said we talked to a friend and got a referral. He was polite, knowledgeable, and got right to what we needed doing. Al went first and had a chipped tooth ground smooth, he didn’t need a cleaning. The dentist said his teeth were fine. I was next. I did need a cleaning, which the dentist did, but everything looked great otherwise. $60 later and we were on our way. Can’t beat that.