Last year was our first full year in Vallarta, and at the start of the winter season, it was interesting watching as returning snowbirds renewed acquaintances with locals as well as other migratory returnees.
The reunion process would start when people viewed each other from a distance. Immediately, they would throw their hands in the air, loudly yell someone’s name, and then would rush to each other, arms wide open above their shoulders, embrace each other, jump up and down and proceed to block the way as they laughed and giggled and exchanged greetings.
It was hard to not get caught up in the excitement!
The summer procedure for greeting someone is similar but with a few twists. It is very hot and humid this time of year. Any movement causes you to sweat. Typically, there is no jumping, throwing your hands in the air, or making a mad dash for the other person.
Indeed, summer has returned, and while the crowds are not as plentiful, there is still live rock music in and around Puerto Vallarta, you just have to look a little harder to find it. On that note, there are several Facebook groups with live music notifications, and the Vallarta Tribune maintains an online and print version. BUT, unless the venue owners and the bands notify the publishers of these groups…
When you step into a live music venue in the summer, your first thought is, where are the ceiling fans? An unrestricted view of the band is nice, but where are the fans located, and are they fixed or do they rotate and how long before they rotate back your way?
Casually, people arise from their chairs, usually when the fans swing cycle is the farthest away from them, they will extend their arms to waist level, and then shuffle their way towards a greeting, somewhat resembling a zombie walk. There is no spring to the step, the arms are extended stiffly out front and there is a stumble to the walk as both parties move towards “the hug.” The exchanges are brief, usually only one cheek kiss, not both.
Be careful though, musicians are usually sweaty by the time they finish setting up. Quick hugs upon entering are ok, but by the end of the evening, after leaving it all on stage, the musicians have worked up a sweat and I would advise a hand slap/fist pump adios, forget the hug.
Speaking of musicians, many of their winter/spring season gigs have run out, but musicians like to eat all year, so many of the smaller venues in Puerto Vallarta will step in and hire some of the bands. This provides a great opportunity to see new bands and try new restaurants and their menus. As these venues are usually smaller, this also provides an opportunity to get to know the musicians and your fellow “summer” people better. Don’t forget the tip bucket!
This summer, we have visited two new places that we would never have gone to except for the music, Casa Del Hugo in Versailles and AMA VWV located in Los Delfines. Both offered great experiences.
The one constant in town is, we always have fun year round!