Thursday, February 26, 2009
Walking and Daydreaming
Walking.....we do a lot of walking here in San Miguel. On Tuesday I walked from home across the centro and out to the Fabrica on Aurora. I'm guessing it is 1-1/2 to 2 miles distance. Then I walked back home with a few stops along the way.
I walked out there because I wanted to check out the shops in this old fabric factory which has become a kind of upscale design center. What is the recession doing to the businesses there? I couldn't see much difference except there are more of the expensive shops now. I think some of the prices exceed what you would pay for comparable merchandise in the USA. It is really interesting what happens to prices when things aren't selling in San Miguel. The shopkeepers raise their prices instead of lowering them. I've had one or two of them tell me that they had to raise their prices to earn the same dollars even if the merchandise is made in Mexico. Okay.....but they are living on the peso in Mexico and so far we haven't seen that much of an increase in peso prices. That may come but not yet. Of course if some of the raw materials are purchased in the USA or Europe they may be having to pay more pesos for the merchandise but not that much more.
There are so many beautiful decorative things at the Fabrica. I use to buy that "stuff." But when we moved we sold all that stuff. It was liberating. We no longer had to house it and take care of it. We live a really full life without being able to serve wine from the "appropriate" wine glass or have waterford crystal napkin rings. Still the beauty of many of these things makes me start to think, I could use this for.......and so I have to step back and say, "Billie, you don't really NEED this."
All that walking made me thirsty, so I sat for a while with a limonada at the bar in the Fabrica. I loved being surrounded by the soft pumpkin colored walls. The ceiling was painted in a silver metallic paint which reflected more of the pumpkin. Color is such an emotional force for me. This soft pumpkin wrapped me in calm and warmth.
I like to plan new nests....like if we ever go back to Texas and if we bought a high rise condo, would colors like this pumpkin work juxtaposed against a rust colored entry? It works in Mexico. But would it work there. Maybe a high rise condo should be more stark, contemporary and minimalist. More monochromatic. My imagination can just run off in any direction now because I'm not buying a high-rise condo. I guess you could call my time sipping the limonada, a daydream.
When I left the Fabrica I headed a little further East so I could see Jim's exhibition. It was in a tiny restaurant but my-oh-my how his images of the headdresses of some of the indian dancers lit up the space. You always met up with old friends when you go to an event and I met some new people. From there it was time to head back home....down the hill and then back up another one.
It is good to walk, both for the body and for the mind. And a little daydreaming is good for the soul.