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One of the great things about being in Mexico is that the celebrations of the holidays can be different than we are used to. The most recent example of this was Halloween. You can see from the photo how we celebrated it here aboard Scott Free. There weren't even any kids here to go trick or treating which was fine since we had no candy.
In Mexico they celebrate De Dia De Muertos, The Day of the Dead. For two days they honor those that have died. We went to a festival they had at one of the local centers and got a first hand look at this celebration. They had booths set up with decorated Alters for people or an individual that had died. They had different categories such as Traditional, Modern, or Rustic and they were judged based on the decorations. Then, they had this freaky thing, these woman ghouls dressed up with a common theme of them being decked out to the nines, carrying a fan and with skeleton makeup on their faces, hands, arms and such to make sure they looked dead. They were called Catrinas. We didn't understand until we asked a local about it and they described it as in the Mexican culture, the Catrina is who comes and gets you when you die, their version of the Grim Reaper.
My sister Mona arrived on Monday and we are doing our best to show her our town and what we do to fill up the days. Today we walked about 7 miles as we had to renew our fishing licenses. Of course it was the warmest day in the past 3 weeks so this was in a toasty 92 degrees. We just made several stops for lunch, drinks, and shade and it just managed to fill up about 6 hours of the day. Tomorrow I think we're going to make her do the hike to the cross on the mountain across from the marina. Since we are back here Scott and I are trying to do it every other day. It isn't that long of a hike but you gain pretty good elevation in a short distance so it can be a huff and a puff trip.
Yesterday, the town of La Paz set the world record for the longest Burrito for the Guinness book of World Records. They closed down the Malecon and for about 2.5miles had tables set up down the center of the road while first a tortilla machine rolled out and cooked one continuous tortilla and then they had different cook stations set up along the route and they cooked the filling and made the burrito then filled it and rolled it up. They then made sure it was in one piece for the record books and measured and then cut up and served to the people of the town. This was quite an accomplishment and had taken over a year of prep and participation to set it up. Below you can see John from Sea Raven and Scott doing their part!