At the market in Malinalco, Mexico II

I really love strolling through the market and eat tacos, sweats and whatnot. We bought some really delicious fish from this lady, fresh from the local river. She gutted them right there.

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Friday night in Malinalco, Mexico II

I went for a walk with my friend, the poet.

He showed me his favourite street, which is this one, overhung with trees that are in bloom right now. The street lights illuminated the colours beautifully in the dusk.

I tried to do a more watercoloury drawing style, but I think the paper is not really suitable for it. I still like how it turned out though.

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On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico IV

There is this absolutely lovely tiny old lady in my street. She must be 75+ and is half my size. She is there every day all day, sitting in the sun with her two dogs, selling whatever they have straight from the garden. Sometimes her friend, man about the same age, joins her for a chat.

I go almost daily to buy mangos, avocados or granadillas which I had never tasted before but now love.

1804 Malinalco street seller by Melanie Franz

Friday night in Malinalco, Mexico

I heard some commotion outside of the gate and after a while I got curious and looked outside. This is what I saw. White horse in the car lights that were passing by. He seemed rather bored and unhappy being parked on the sidewalk.

Means of transportation for the cool kids at the weekend.

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At the market in Malinalco, Mexico

Every Wednesday is market day. There are plenty of street dogs around, either patiently waiting for leftovers or simply using the shade to take a nap.

Nice to see that the people and dogs at the market are very polite to each other.

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Colour confusion in Malinalco, Mexico

Surprisingly no beetle in sight on this street. Also the green house is a bit too bright for my taste. But it certainly caught my attention. I prefer the other one.  Well, or I should rather say, the formerly green house.

I went for a walk this morning when I passed the house again and first I didn´t realize that it is it, and then I thought wtf am I colour blind or is my memory failing me completely!?

They have started to paint it dark red and in order to paint over the green they have smeared some yellow over it in the front… so it looks rather wild right now. I will try to capture the process maybe tomorrow.

1804 Malinalco street 2 by Melanie Franz

Same thing happened just yesterday. There is this gift shop here in my street. I took this picture last weekend.

Donkey in Malinalco

And this was when I passed the place yesterday and I thought my eyes are playing tricks on me…. wow, I felt confused.

Gift shop Malinalco

Another beetle from Malinalco, Mexico

So turns out my favourite things to draw while in Mexico are apparently beetles and dogs. Who would have thought.

This one was a real beauty in perfect condition, despite its rather odd egg shell colour.

1804 Malinalco beetle 2 by Mel Franz

beetle Malinalco

Beetles! Beetles everywhere in Malinalco!

More impressions from Malinalco, Mexico, where I am currently hanging out. I would call it the town of beetles. There is one in every street I pass. I don´t know why but they always make me smile.

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Did you own a beetle? Do you want one? I certainly would like to have a red one if given the opportunity.

On the streets of Malinalco, Mexico

These guys napping in the shadow during the afternoon heat. There are plenty of street dogs around here but most of them look well fed and they are very friendly towards people and vice versa.

They didn´t even blink once when I passed and watched them.

1804 Malinalco Siesta by MelFranz

In Malinalco, State of Mexico

Moving on from Tulum.

After a week in La Ciudad de México (CDMX) I got to Malinalco. I had no idea what this place was about before I arrived here. 115 km south west of CDMX in the State of Mexico. Elevation 1740m, population 8000, very rural and it is considered a Pueblo Mágico…

And most importantly it has way less air pollution than CDMX which I highly appreciate and approve of.

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It is certainly very colourful. During my first walk around town.

On the beach in Tulum, Mexico II

I had to draw “bike girl”. That’s how I call her. She was part of a group of spring breakers.

I’m also trying to work on my style. What do you think?

1803 Tulum beach bike girl by Melanie Franz

On the beach in Tulum, Mexico

I feel like I should mention the beach at least once. Although I was too busy just lying there, doing absolutely nothing and loving it.

There were two big palm trees on the public beach that provided a good amount of shade. So a lot of people gathered under them.

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It was also the time of spring break when I arrived there, towards the end of March. I had no idea. Luckily this public beach was relatively empty as it is rather “far off” from the resort area.