Monday, March 22, 2010
Seven things you'd never see in Canada
As we get ready to leave Mexico we're looking at it again with fresh eyes. I've been collecting a list of things that you would never see in Canada and thought I'd share it with you.
1. People in face paint juggling at an intersection for a few coins. There are lots of these acts, including young women standing on a big guy's hand, and even fire breathing. The juggling and acrobatics are fine, but the tragafuegos, the guys who take accelerant into their mouths and then light it on fire, are really courting danger--like mouth ulcers and brain damage. (It shows how desperate some people are to earn a few pesos.)
2. A guy jack-hammering the pavement wearing flip-flops. This is probably the most extreme but we've seen people sand blasting without eye protection and nobody every wears any kind of ear protection while working. (The attitude towards personal safety here is very different from Canada.)
3. Unmarked open manholes in a main lane of a busy street. (This takes the need for defensive driving to a new level.)
4. A nine year old girl dressed in a bridal gown and veil at a pool party. (I'm thinking it's her first communion celebration.)
5. Guards with machine guns outside the bank. (Too many bank robberies I guess.)
6. A young man and his wife and a baby and six bags of groceries on a motor scooter. (At least they have transportation. No helmets though. See #2)
7. City workers sweeping the public basketball court with palm fronds. (In Canada we'd have noisy battery powered blowers; I like the soft sweeping sound of the palm fronds much better.)
I could have listed more, but these are what came to mind in the last few days as we were out and about.