First off... hmmm hurricane Rina, or not....
We were scared that we were going to experience our first hurricane here. And to make the stress level even more intense, Rina was projected to be a category 3, considered a major hurricane. My students and friends of ours told us horror stories of the last hurricane. Stories of no electricity in some places for months. We live outside the city so we felt pretty sure our little pueblo wouldn't be high on the priority list to get the utilities back up after a hurricane. We were also worried about power poles and light poles coming down on our house. The following pictures are of a light pole that just fell over during the rains a few weeks ago (just normal rain and no wind). The pole was buried so shallow it just fell over when the ground became too saturated.
Luckily, and as some of our wise friends who have been here along time assured us, the storm was nothing. Actually we hardly received any rain at all... PHEW!!
This year the big convention center Siglo XXI (Convention Center 21st Century) had a nice celebration for Oktoberfest. It was $25 pesos to get in (about $2 usd). There were booths with artisans, schools, and pastries. They also had german meals I only recognized the brats... the other dishes I did not recognize. I ordered a brat with sauerkraut Ed had ... ummm ... something... it was a meat something.. we think pork.. but it was very fatty and he didn't care for it much. My bratwurst was very yummy. The meals ranged from $25.00 pesos to $90.00 ($2 -$8 usd). There was a lot of german beer being served and people enjoyed the sounds of a band of young oompa players.
Whoever thought we would see lederhosen in the Yucatan
Cases and Cases of German Beer
The young bandmembers getting ready to go on stage.
The band played on..
One booth had such incredible yummiesssss
I couldn't resist and brought home some :)
The Convention Center is a great place. They have several beautiful fish tanks.
I never realized they also have a beautiful movie theater inside.
As we were leaving we saw someone had arrived to Oktoberfest in style. An old german motorcycle was parked out front.
Always something fun going on in the Yucatan :)