By Lilianne Fuller
In Mexico people work very hard to earn their daily bread. They are also innovative and if you are a vendor, an expert at the art of persuasion. These are a few photos of the hardworking people who labour in the tourists towns of Jaltemba and Banderas Bay.
1. Every Market Day in La Peñita, this young lady plays guitar and sings while on her back her baby sleeps.
2. This enterprising young fellow dresses up like Captain Jack Sparrow for photo seeking tourists.
3. Enrique runs a beach bar called David’s Place, and it’s a damn good one! Drop by and order one of his special frosty drinks, a Pinguino or Penguin! Try one of his signature shrimp dishes too, Rarebit del Oro.
4. Roberto Curiel. He sings like an angel as he performs in various bar restaurant in the Jaltemba Bay area. A native of Guadalajara, he is a true Mariachi singer.
5. We took a whale watching/sightseeing/fishing trip this year. Aboard was Capitan Tony. In his late 70’s he’s a true Marinero! We felt incredibly safe on the water with this fine gentleman at the helm.
6. Anything sports related, jerseys, ponchos, Umberto has it all, he travels from Bucerias three times a week to set up in the markets at San Pancho, Guayabitos, and La Peñita.
7. This young man travels from Acapulco to Riñcon de Guayabitos for the North American tourist season from November to March. He will write your name on a grain of rice for a small fee. From this trade he supports four little boys and a wife!
8. Some hard working vendors sell umbrellas….
9. Other vendors sell inflatable beach toys. In the past, they rode a bike that carried their product along the sand. But a couple of years ago the road access was cut off, so now they carry the hole load on their backs.
10. This woman, whom I have nicknamed the bead lady, sits and works daily in the San Pancho square down by the beach. She beads beautifully and sells it to earn her daily bread.
11. Every town needs a good butcher and this gentleman is one of the best! We happened upon him on sausage making day.
12. Making juice the old fashioned way is one of the duties of this young waitress. Previously she worked at the old location of Abel’s Restaurant. The lady in the background is Marisela another hardworking waitress. This photo was taken at Abel’s location but you can find both ladies and Senior Abel at his new location on the back street of Guayabitos.
13. This is one of the many Ostion vendors who sell their delicacies up and down the beach. Selling Oysters and clams on the beach to the tourists eating in restaurants must be a pretty hard sell. This man must be able to handle a lot of rejection.
14. You can see by this man’s smile that he loves his work. He grills at Mr. Ribs in San Pancho. Right on the main street, he handles a grill with perfection. Say Mr. Ribs!