A friend came up to me the other day and said, “Hey I know you have your hands full with the kids and the house and service, but do you think you want to come shopping with us next week?”
Now, how can a girl refuse an offer like that? I almost said no (too tired) but Mikee said
“Go. Have fun. Spend money.”
That was even better than the first offer!
Off to… a place I can barely pronounce but excited at the prospect of some wonderful leather, pottery, embroidery, glassware, and, well, whatever else we might stumble upon.
Guadalajara. A big city. I mean big and sprawled out and spilling over into the little towns around. If you visit (or should I say WHEN you visit. hint hint) you will fly into Guad. We have not spent too much time there yet but I hear there is lots waiting for us to check out. (word is the zoo is a-maz-ing!)
Our first destination is Tlaquepaque. Yeah, I made that face the first time I saw it too. It’s actually fun to say, once you get the hang of it. (tla kee pa kee) See? Fun.
This is an area of artisan shops. One coffee shop was also an art gallery similar to the MFA in Boston -except this art is available at a fraction of what you would pay there. Hand tooled leather bags in another shop. Incredible embroidery that I am definitely going back for. Gorgeous! And, the girls I was shopping with were ready to SHOP!
(sorry not to have better photos. most places don’t allow them. plus, I was using all my energy just to keep up in the 90 degree heat)
We were laden down with bags and lunch but we were not finished yet. Now, onto Tonola. (that one is so easy that you don’t need help with pronounciation)
This little town is where you can buy A.N.Y. thing. Picture the shopping districts of NYC -only everything has the “Hecho en Mexico” (Made in Mexico) stamp on it. The shop owners are pretty friendly. They assume we are all tourists and it’s with a certain amount of satisfaction that I say (in kick-butt spanish), “Oh no. We live here. Over the mountain in San Juan Cosala.” Then the conversation is even more relaxed and friendly. I’m not bragging on my Spanish, just happy to be able to have such fun conversation. Plus, you get better deals. 😉
Whew! This was an exhausting –but fun– day. It was a chance to appreciate the wonderful talents of so many creative people, and to see pretty things, and be with some fun chicas, and just relax.
Thanks for the invite Faith.
Thanks for making me go Mikee. (with a full wallet, too) 😉