Nightlife Adventures – Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Sunday evenings the community of Zihuatanejo gets together at the basketball courts by the beach and have a weekly festival! Nate and I were thrilled when we heard about the event and couldn’t wait to check it out for ourselves!
As we walked toward the court we were amazed by the number of people packed into a little area. There were food vendors, booths selling homemade trinkets, painting areas for kiddos, a few bouncy houses, and dance performances on the court. The best thing about it (in our opinion) was that the event was mostly attended by the Mexican people! This event was not being put on for tourists – it was something that the people who live in Zihuatanejo take part in every week. We felt so fortunate to be invited in to take part in something that was a part of these people’s weekly lives.
Since everything was in Spanish, Nate and I still aren’t sure exactly what the reason behind the dancing was. It might have been a competition, it might have been a recital, it might have been any number of things but all we know was that it was fabulous to watch! Young boys and girls preformed all sorts of dances ranging from classical ballet (the little fairies were adorable!) to regional Mexican dances and from break dancing to flamenco dancing.
After watching for over an hour Nate and I walked around the rest of the festival. We knew we had to try out the food at the food carts and went from one to another purchasing tasty morels and absolutely loving the street food as we scarfed them down.
As the evening dwindled down we contentedly walked back to our hotel, thankful for the time we shared with people we couldn’t even talk to. It’s special how a festival like this can bring people from all over the globe together for an evening.
Check out the rest of our Zihuatanejo trip!
Have you experienced a festival overseas?
What’s your favorite type of dance?