In San Cristóbal de las Casas, there are marimba concerts almost every night. A large white gazebo-like structure in the Zócalo is the center for Marimba music. It's a two story building with a restaurant on the bottom floor and a large covered performance space above. Last night the door to the upper part was open and a 5-man band, 3 guys on the Marimba, were playing. A few people were standing around so I went up to listen. It's odd that after almost 9 months of living in this town, I'd never gone upstairs in the gazebo!
|Always lots of activity in the Zócalo area|
As I watched them, I was unconsciously jiving to the music myself, and got noticed by a different handsome man, closer to my own age, who asked me to dance. He was good and once I figured out his signals we made a good couple. We were swinging and swaying, having a great time. Pretty soon more people came up the stairs and started dancing. "Me encanta" he told me. I headed for home after promising to come again tomorrow night. And I will, it's been awfully hard to find men who are free to dance. Those who can, bring their wives. Those who can't stand around wishing they could.