all the noise on the street?
A wide variety of sales people will travel around in your neigbourhood.
All of them make standard noises as they go by. I have never seen a woman
doing these jobs so don’t grill me for saying “Guy”.
Clapping Hands: The bread guy. He has sweet rolls. Almost always
heard in the evening.
Flute: The scissors, knife, and machette sharpener.
Banging on cans: Propane cylinders for your hot water tank. Lately they
have been playing a song over a loudspeaker (the novelty rapidly wears out).
Guy yelling “Agua”: Purified water in 18L (5 Gallon)
jugs. Cost is 18 pesos but you need to buy the container if you don’t
have an empty one for exchange (around 65 pesos).
Whistle (like an old steam train): Smoke flavored sweet potatoes
and hot bananas.
Guy yelling “Tamales”: Hot tamales. Always at night.
Guy yelling “Elote”: Corn on the cob.
Bicycle bell: Ice cream and popsicles.
Guy yelling “Cocos Frios”: Cold Coconuts. Don’t
get nervous when he chops them up with a giant knife.
Guy yelling “Plomero?”: Traveling plumber.
Whistling or beeping car horn: Somebody is trying to visit you.
Since quite often there are no doorbells they resort to whistling, calling out
your name, or beeping their car horn to get attention. This is necessary
particularly when visiting someone on the 2nd or 3rd floor as there is
usually a locked gate that prevents them from using the stairs.