La Passeggiata is easily my favorite part of the day here. (Followed closely by visiting the grower’s market, photos of which are plastered all over my blog!) This ritual has been so well-defined by others (read here) that I’ll leave that and try to tell you what I love about it.
The evening amble is a new experience each night. Sometimes it is eating gelato and watching the people go by. Sometimes it is meeting new friends. Always, it is my favorite thing to do here.
I love watching the fashions of the area being paraded as if on a runway.
I love the companionship. Aging couples are hand in hand. Women friends stroll arm in arm. Men walk along, stopping for animated conversation. Young people hang in large groups, shoving, laughing, primping and playing off one another.
I love the occasional recognition and greetings exchanged with people we have met (or seen) before.
I love meeting new people. One night Sharon, Carlieta, and I were sitting at a table when we noticed a man walking in an affectionate embrace with a young boy. We each popped up to take a photo (tourists that we are). They were happy to pose and began talking with us.
The normal question of where we live elicited conversation about the father’s visit to Florida on a cruise. The young man tried to interpret until the man mentioned speaking Spanish. After that, Carlieta and I were able to discuss a few more things.
Soon the wife and a niece arrived. Then a nephew who spoke English joined us for a bit more translation. By the time we left, we were friends and all agreed that we would meet again at La Passeggiata.
Even walking home is a special treat when the food kiosks are open below the bridge.
It might be Karaoke singing, or a DJ, or a musical group performing for the crowds of people who sit at tables set up around the dancing area. Kids romp around in groups then split and run to their parents for food or hugs.
I love it!