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

Advertisements

Rainy day at the mercado in Malinalco

Just as the title says, it rained that day. The rainy season started slowly at the beginning of May, so the sunny days were interrupted by several showers. I loved going there because of the amazing variety of tasty fruit and vegetables.

What´s your favourite thing about markets?

1806 Malinalco Mercado rain_Melanie Franz

And the outlined sketch.

1806 Malinalco mercado rain draft

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.

Saturday night in Malinalco, Mexico

This is what the cool kids do on a weekend night in Malinalco. You get on your horse, and ride to the next Taqueria to hang out at. My friend told me that they are pretty much the local equivalent of a Harley Davidson Gang.

Love their hats.

1805 Malinalco Friday night_Melanie Franz

And the work in progress. Like day and night.

1804 Friday night in Malinalco draft II

 

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

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico VI

That huge pavillon is on the central square of Malinalco with the mercado spreading around it.

I cannot remember what they were serving at the stand. Tacos maybe? Would love to have one right now with salsa picante!

1804 Malinalco Mercado 2

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico V

Another one from the mercado. I miss my daily dose of avocados.

The big light brown fruits on the table are mameys. I tried them several times and never was sure if I actually like them or not. They are a bit too sweet for my taste.

This one did not quite turn out as I wanted it to. I think I was too tired and forgot all about leaving white spaces. And then it was too late to change it.

1804 Malinalco mercado_Melanie Franz

In addition, the view from my balcony. Yes, you can see plenty of fresh snow up in the mountains…

Malinalco mercado

 

 

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico IV

Another one from the mercado in Malinalco. The bigger market always takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where you find a vast amount of stands with all kind of goods.

During the other days it is a bit smaller and limited to the central square and one long street.

1804 Malinalco Street seller_Melanie Franz

And the in between picture.

1804 Malinalco street seller draft

I still have about 1/3 of my sketch book left to fill. So a few more will follow… Also this way I keep remembering the sun and amazing food while being under the blanket back home in Iceland.

At the market in Malinalco, Mexico III

200+ followers! Thank you so much and I’m very happy that others seem to enjoy my “Mexican snap shots”!

Mexico gave me so much, beside the sun and amazing food. It is a fascinating inspirational place and I am planning to make another series of drawings once I am done with Malinalco. I also have other projects planned, so keep following. And with friends we started working on a children´s book inspired by Iceland. Yes, I am back in Iceland and it is snowing….

Meanwhile one of the street sellers at the mercado in Malinalco where I went almost daily to get my dose of vegetables, fruits and tacos. I love the colours and liveliness of the place.

1840 Malinalco street seller

 

 

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.

1804 Malinalco street by Melanie Franz

 

 

 

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.

1804 Malinalco Market 2

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.

1804 Malinalco the poet 1

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.

1804-malinalco-market.jpg

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