Inktober Day 13 – Guarded

Who is guarding what?

I guess you can figure out my two favourite things by now – food & dogs.

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Inktober Day 6 – Drooling

Prompt number 6 for #Inktober. First thing that came to mind was of course dogs!

181005 Drooling _ Inktober _ Melanie Franz

Inktober Day 2 – Tranquil

Drew this last night but did not have time to post it.

Tranquility…. to be destroyed.

What I would like to do right now: perfect picnic with a glass of very dark and heavy red wine and giant pieces of Gruyere, Manchego and Comté.

181002 Inktober _Tranquil_Melanie Franz

My favourite Mezcal place in Malinalco

This small corner shop not only sells essential food items but also their own Mezcal (like probably all the other places) over the counter. I would either go with my own bottle or just ask for a Mezcalito (1/4 litre) which they would fill into a small Coke bottle.

That stuff is delicious. Maybe good that I didn´t stay in Malinalco for more than 3 weeks…

1806 Malinalco Street Mezcalito_Melanie Franz

The gardener and his Bobtail

I saw this curious pair one afternoon in Malinalco while strolling around. They seemed to be on their way home from the park where the gardener had been working. The Bobtail lazily trotted along beside him, stopping to sniff every corner along the way.

1805 Malinalco bobtail gardener_Melanie Franz

The street dog got curious and came to say hello.

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico VII

It feels like it has been a while since I drew the last siesta-dog. That´s what I call them. This guy was snoozing in front of my favourite taco stand at the mercado. I loved their tacos because they made them with blue corn tortillas and some papas fritas on top. The best!

Of the three different kinds of salsa on the table, I could only have one of them – the mildest – which was still super hot for my taste and I actually like spicy… Can you handle spicy salsa?

1804 Malinalco Mercado 3_Melanie Franz

Cute dogs on the streets of Malinalco, Mexico

This little guy was roaming the streets around the house I stayed at in Malinalco. The street dogs all have their areas that they stick to, and this one has his close to the center of town.

Just like all the dogs I met here, he was polite and friendly. Same dog that was watching the girl walking up the street.

I would have loved to adopt him and call him Batman because of his ears.

1804 Malinalco dog by Melanie Franz

Yes, I love dogs.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The girl & the dog in Malinalco, Mexico

“What have you got in that bag?” the dog must have thought when the girl passed by.

Or what do you think?

1804 Malinalcoo girl and dog_Melannie Franz

Actually I love how this one turned out. I did not expect it.

On the streets of Malinalco and CDMX

My time in Malinalco sadly has come to an end and I am back in La ciudad de México (CDMX). I still have several unfinished drawings that I am working on, so you will still get  to see some more of my impressions of that little Pueblo Mágico. 

I feel so much better this time around in CDMX than 3 weeks ago, as I am now able to converse somewhat in Spanish after studying every day, and I am also better used to the altitude and air pollution. So I spend my days walking around enjoying the sun, eating a lot of street food, and I have been visiting one art museum per day.

I have already planned a whole series of drawings inspired by the capital, but those have to wait until I am back in Iceland next week . Unfortunately I’ll be leaving Mexico earlier than planned as a job opportunity came up, so it will be back to grown up life for now. But I will most certainly be back in this fascinating and inspiring country.  Until then I am looking forward to my 4 day stopover in NYC next week. Never been, don´t know what to expect.

Meanwhile on the streets of Malinalco during one of my late afternoon walks.

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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

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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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

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico XI

What can I say, I took a lot of photos of dogs. This one just stood there for a while not sure what to do next. Then he started to wander off.

1803 Tulum dog 2 by Mel Franz

 

On the streets of Tulum, Mexico IX

One thing that struck me while wandering around was, how clean the streets are. Saw this guy doing his business on the palm tree with a can dedicated to chicle – chewing gum. On the tree beside it was a can for cigarette butts.

1803 Tulum dog by mel