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WEEK 4

CHICXULUB

Walking into Chicxulub with Alexis to the bingo at Mamma Mia restaurant we stumbled upon this flock of birds trying to get whatever they could from the local fishermen as they clean their fish!

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birds on the beach waiting for the bits the fishermen throw at them as they cut up their fish!

I am proud to say I won my second ever bingo game. My enthusiasm was heard throughout the hall; it was a fun way to spend the afternoon all the while 6000pesos ($500) was raise for the foodbank; which will be used for the students field trip to the Science Centre. I will also be contributing to this with the sale of my hats back in Canada. Once I got here I added some fishing line to the rim of my hats to hold it out more so that some of them aren't as floppy I hope will help them sell better at the "Muelle Market" this week. I don't understand why they aren't selling like crazy as I managed to sell several of them at home. Here everyone should be wearing a hat and they don't fly off when there is wind walking on the beach. Alexis and I are the only one wearing and loving them.

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My winning face!!

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sereral of these hats now have fishing line along the edge!

Awaking to another morning of fog has such a eery feeling to it. The not seeing what you normally see everyday! I guess it would be worse if I couldn't see my neighbours but that isn't the case.

I will be glad when my visits to the dentist are done. This last one was really tough having four instruments in my mouth at one time made me rather uncomfortable. It seems like they were drilling for gold. They were close but the gold is found on the two molars on bottom not the top!

Vanan and David are getting close to their departure from here. We gathered for dinner to prepare them for their journey home. They have thoroughly enjoyed discovering what it is we love so much about this area of Mexico. Having never been to Mexico they had a bit of an adjustment when the first arrived but this quickly changed as they relaxed in the pool or floated in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is fun to listen to them with their first experiences here in this lovely place. (Our first visit goes back a long way to 1981 and we have probably been here 15 times since plus a 3 year stay) I think we may be seeing them here again next year for a longer visit??? This place tends to grow on you.
Stories that flowed at this party will stay at this party!!

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Dara and Maggie having a chat about life.

I first started playing Euchre down here 4 years ago with John and Maggie and have continued to join the Canadians at Marmex most Fridays. I never play it at home so when I come down I am a bit rusty and make stupid mistakes; when I do that it helps to be playing with people who don't take it too seriously.

El Faro Restaurant is celebrating year two of being open with a pig roast. and music. It is a tribute to how Ron treats his staff to see the same meseros working here since he opened.

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the local saxaphone playing some lovely jazz

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quite the turn out for this party

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checking to make sure the pig is being prepared right!

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Diane and Andy sharing emails!

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I prefered my lay on my head!!

It was wonderful seeing my friend Catherine's mother Marie-Claire, as the last time I saw her was in Toronto when I was still nursing Sheena. She is still her classy self and able to kick up her heals on the dance floor at 82.

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Catherine's lovely mother Marie-Claire

When the door prizes were being drawn we asked Dara what names he put on our tickets (6 of them) there was a pretty good chance he would win as they were his name only! I guess since he picked up the tickets he should have his name!! Sure enough he won and the minute I saw that his prize was a pair of shorts I said to everyone: " watch he will put them on his head" He kept them there even when we left to take the bus home and serenaded this poor young Mexican girl when I mentioned that he was a "payaso" (clown) Not sure how many of you know the "Soy un Payaso" song!!

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Yes this is the man I am married to!!

Our social life while down here is so much busier than it ever is at home. Eating out here is not expensive and getting together with our friends here is such a delightful time.

I wasn't sure if I was going to attend the day of remembrance for Rena at Marmex hotel. I didn't know her all that well but always enjoyed myself when she was around. Her strong Scotish brogue always knew it was her talking nearby. Dressed always in white and smiling with us all was such a delight. She will be missed around here. The turn out for this classy lady was phenomenal! She would have been delighted. I as did many dressed in white in her honour!

Thats all for this week! Stay tuned to next week when the fashion show is on! And YES I am in it again this year. I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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Week Three

slowing down

sunny 29 °C

Week Three

The departure of the Frenchies was sad as they were such a lively bunch. I offered to help a friend go to Telcel and get a sim card for her ipad so now that I had no guests we met up after my dentist in the centro. It was a hot enough day now that they had left so a nice refreshing sorbet was in order. We headed to the Telcel only to discover when we got there that her ipad didn't have a slot for one. All this for nothing. Luckily I needed a few things from the Electronic Center across the street. We headed to Santa Lucia Square for lunch but I quickly remembered that there was a lovely little spot nearby that is not open on Sundays. I made a quick stop at the Teatro de Peon Contreras for tickets to a symphony. I only found one that interests me so bought three tickets with the hope Andy might like to go.

Our first time at Natasha's restaurant Pantaleones found us this week. The whole table chose to share a plate of fish and chips between each couple it was rather amusing. The soup starter was lovely.

Second week of bitch and stitch saw only 5 people. Two lovely ladies who were there last week didn't come but two different ones showed up instead. We decided to make it 9-12 and extra hour of bitchen seems to be in order along with that much more stitchen!! Another cruise ship day brought me in to town to check things out but really have no need of anything from there this year! I picked up another of the Indian tie dye dresses that I love to wear in the morning on my way home on Tuesday at the second market beside the bus depot. I am all set!

I awoke this morning early to a cool morning at 5:15 tried to get back to sleep for an hour and gave up once the light was there; came outside to find the calm seas since our arrival and fog. I can only see two houses away. The pier has disappeared. Last night my temporary crown fell out and so I need to get back into town to get that glued back. So much for seeing the families I sponsor; Dara will have to give them their bags of goodies. I made it back in time to hand out two of the bags to my families but Dara missed one early on but so did all the others. It is quite different at Mamma Mias but still very good. I have to say their pizzas are very good and I will eat there again. Sharon likes to encourage us to stay after to give back to their generosity of allowing the Food bank to sort and distribute from their premises.

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Dara buying the tortillas

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giving of the bags to one of our families

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Jackie handing out vitamins (she took my job)

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another family getting a gift from us

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Dara waiting to give a gift bag to the last family but we missed them!

Sundays are family day and the evidence is quite apparent on the beach many venture from the big city to spend it on the beach. Very few tourists or gringos are evident. So Dara and I checked out the new Mayan restaurant with friends before we headed for a walk along the malecon and the pier the runs beside the big shipping one. It is a mere fraction of it's mate.

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The Municipal Police gathered us at the Cultural centre this morning to talk to us about safety in the area. There had been a few break ins recently and they wanted to reasure us they were doing everything they can to stop this One they arrested the person yesterday in Merida trying to sell the TVs he has stolen last week. Dara felt he got more out of the last 10 min of talking directly to the head of the Police after everyone had left. Wandered around the streets of Progreso eating a "lechon torta" and checking out the local second hand store where I scored a lovely linen pair of shorts for 4$ But in reality they cost me 125$ as on this walk i lost my new christmas present of the Garmin fitness watch. I will see if I actually lost it in the store tomorrow and if so I will be happy.

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looking back at who arrived later at the meeting. Quite the turn out

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Met up with our friends Catherine and Rainer for a wonderful evening at Eladios. It was supposed to be just a drink but with the botanas (tapas) they brought us filled us up so that we didn't need dinner. They really are famous for them, all the way to my Mexican friends in Cabo, but not on cruise-ship day! It was a bit disappointing when we went to this little cafe for coffee that we had discovered last year with Alexis. They were only able to bring one coffee at a time and so by the time it was for my red velvet cappuccino I gave up. So our night continued with drinks at Sol y Mar

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With the hopes of finding my Garmin watch I ventured into town; but at 10am they were not open so I thought I would go for a nice hot cappuccino and watch the boat people come in off the buses! The local restaurants clamour their way to try and entice the tourists to come and drink their 1$ mini coronas and free tequila! It is amusing to hear them calling out to them to choose their restaurant over another one right beside one another! I took another gander over to the shop via a juice bar for the delicious fresh squeezed carrot and orange juice for 2$. But their was still no one to be found at the store. I then thought I would take this opportunity to go begging to a few local restaurants for gift certificates for the Food bank raffle. I managed to get three to commit but have to return for them later. One more try after walking 10 blocks to return only to find out that they have gone on vacation for two weeks but someone might be there later tonight.

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Week Three

slowing down

sunny 29 °C

Week Three

The departure of the Frenchies was sad as they were such a lively bunch. I offered to help a friend go to Telcel and get a sim card for her ipad so now that I had no guests we met up after my dentist in the centro. It was a hot enough day now that they had left so a nice refreshing sorbet was in order. We headed to the Telcel only to discover when we got there that her ipad didn't have a slot for one. All this for nothing. Luckily I needed a few things from the Electronic Center across the street. We headed to Santa Lucia Square for lunch but I quickly remembered that there was a lovely little spot nearby that is not open on Sundays. I made a quick stop at the Teatro de Peon Contreras for tickets to a symphony. I only found one that interests me so bought three tickets with the hope Andy might like to go.

Our first time at Natasha's restaurant Pantaleones found us this week. The whole table chose to share a plate of fish and chips between each couple it was rather amusing. The soup starter was lovely.

Second week of bitch and stitch saw only 5 people. Two lovely ladies who were there last week didn't come but two different ones showed up instead. We decided to make it 9-12 and extra hour of bitchen seems to be in order along with that much more stitchen!! Another cruise ship day brought me in to town to check things out but really have no need of anything from there this year! I picked up another of the Indian tie dye dresses that I love to wear in the morning on my way home on Tuesday at the second market beside the bus depot. I am all set!

I awoke this morning early to a cool morning at 5:15 tried to get back to sleep for an hour and gave up once the light was there; came outside to find the calm seas since our arrival and fog. I can only see two houses away. The pier has disappeared. Last night my temporary crown fell out and so I need to get back into town to get that glued back. So much for seeing the families I sponsor; Dara will have to give them their bags of goodies. I made it back in time to hand out two of the bags to my families but Dara missed one early on but so did all the others. It is quite different at Mamma Mias but still very good. I have to say their pizzas are very good and I will eat there again. Sharon likes to encourage us to stay after to give back to their generosity of allowing the Food bank to sort and distribute from their premises.

Sundays are family day and the evidence is quite apparent on the beach many venture from the big city to spend it on the beach. Very few tourists or gringos are evident. So Dara and I checked out the new Mayan restaurant with friends before we headed for a walk along the malecon and the pier the runs beside the big shipping one. It is a mere fraction of it's mate.

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The Municipal Police gathered us at the Cultural centre this morning to talk to us about safety in the area. There had been a few break ins recently and they wanted to reasure us they were doing everything they can to stop this One they arrested the person yesterday in Merida trying to sell the TVs he has stolen last week. Dara felt he got more out of the last 10 min of talking directly to the head of the Police after everyone had left. Wandered around the streets of Progreso eating a "lechon torta" and checking out the local second hand store where I scored a lovely linen pair of shorts for 4$ But in reality they cost me 125$ as on this walk i lost my new christmas present of the Garmin fitness watch. I will see if I actually lost it in the store tomorrow and if so I will be happy.

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looking back at who arrived later at the meeting. Quite the turn out

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Met up with our friends Catherine and Rainer for a wonderful evening at Eladios. It was supposed to be just a drink but with the botanas (tapas) they brought us filled us up so that we didn't need dinner. They really are famous for them, all the way to my Mexican friends in Cabo, but not on cruise-ship day! It was a bit disappointing when we went to this little cafe for coffee that we had discovered last year with Alexis. They were only able to bring one coffee at a time and so by the time it was for my red velvet cappuccino I gave up. So our night continued with drinks at Sol y Mar

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With the hopes of finding my Garmin watch I ventured into town; but at 10am they were not open so I thought I would go for a nice hot cappuccino and watch the boat people come in off the buses! The local restaurants clamour their way to try and entice the tourists to come and drink their 1$ mini coronas and free tequila! It is amusing to hear them calling out to them to choose their restaurant over another one right beside one another! I took another gander over to the shop via a juice bar for the delicious fresh squeezed carrot and orange juice for 2$. But their was still no one to be found at the store. I then thought I would take this opportunity to go begging to a few local restaurants for gift certificates for the Food bank raffle. I managed to get three to commit but have to return for them later. One more try after walking 10 blocks to return only to find out that they have gone on vacation for two weeks but someone might be there later tonight.

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Mexico 2015

French Invasion!

sunny 25 °C

How time flies when you you are having fun and entertaining friends from France. But all good things must come to an end. Today is their departure from us to a hotel near the airport as they have an early 6am flight in the morning. They started their visit with a stay in Merida and are ending it there as well.

We have had a great time trying not to be too busy with activities but the weather didn't cooperate too well for just sunning ourselves by the pool but was great for touring as it wasn't quite so hot.

New Years Eve and day were celebrated both at David's restaurant for a lovely meal and the first of the year we entertained our friends from France with a few of our local friends. One French tradition is to have foie gras and champagne and they so graciously brought this all the way over here Ann had made the foie gras herself. It is served on a piece of toast. The other hit of the evening is my favourite cheese from Quebec "Pleine Lune" which I had brought it down in my bag!
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On Saturday a walk along the beach into Chicxulub was in order upon the arrival of our friends we made it to the Pescado del Portullero in time to get a table for 10. We love this place for it's wonderful deep fried whole fish and the coconut shrimp we also discovered they make very good shrimp kebabs and garlic shrimp.

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It was a bit on the hot side for walking home so while the rest went to Xcambo I took a bus home. With the weather being nice I sat outside knitting on a sweater for Helene. I have to finish it by the 12th I hope I have enough time..

The finished 'amiga' cardigan
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Sunday in Merida is a must for all visitors as the Historical centro comes alive with the cycling on Paseo Montejo; the main square fills with artisans and food stalls and a few more blocks away we find the Santa Lucia square with the live bands and locals dancing away. A traditional Yucatecan meal can be found closeby at another one of our favourite "Chaya Maya"

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While our friends headed on a day trip to Becal to see the making of Panama hats and the chocolate museum near Uxmal I had a Dentist appt with Dr Ricardo Peniche who specializes in dental implants and travels around Latin America representing the procedure; I was only preparing for two crowns with the impressions taken and then the fun begins next week with 1 1/2 in the chair. It costs a fraction of the cost at home. So anyone needing work make it a dental holiday and come on down. Your flight and dental work will still be cheaper than at home.

Every Tuesday the Merida English Library (MEL) have a tour of three houses in the neigbourhood so I thought this might be something interesting for my visitors; but I forgot to take into account there would be a 30 min discussion in English that some would not understand. By the time we visited one home they were ready to quit. I managed to convince them to stay for at least one more; which did the trick; we even got to sneak in an extra house that has an open house from noon to one as the lady of the house is selling it as her husband just passed away. MEL is also known as the english community center since very few use libraries anymore, where there are small lectures and music gatherings on a weekly basis. A great place to catch up with friends. Upon our return home Catherine and Rainer were here when we arrive. Catherine and I have known each other since elementary school and lived on the same street on Ile Verte. We have lost touch every so often but have managed to reconnect recently when we saw them in their new home in New Brunswick. I had told them about how lovely it was here and found them an apt to rent for three months. Unfortunately upon their arrival here they found the building was under going major repairs and the noise would be. They have found another place but will have to wait until friday in the meantime they are staying at the new hostel that had been under renovations since Alexis and I first came here.

Various houses we saw on our tour

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Wednesday saw my first Stitch and Bitch at the house again. People forgot the time and showed up here at 9am but that was fine as I was already outside knitting away to get the Amiga cardigan done. We had two days on our own while our friends were away in Valladolid and Chichen-itza. We found the house so quiet and missed them. We walked into Progreso to check out Faces afternoon jam session and there was quite the crowd. We hopped to get them excited about the return of Adam but they were just a bit blaze about it. He will have to contact them himself.

A trip to the Yucatan isn't complete without a day at the Cenotes and what better place to go than one where a mule takes you to three of them from the village of Cuzama.

Cenotes are out of this world

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Later that evening we ventured into Chicxulub to see the annual 'Roscas de Reyes" put on by the local bakery for the whole town.

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I have always wanted to go into town on a Saturday to see the Noche Mexicana at the top of Paseo Montejo. So we took the bus into Merida and met up with those who took a trip to Sotuta de Peon Henequen Plantation. I thought it would be nice to walk along the Paseo at night with all the lights on the trees and the houses. We were invited to a lovely meal at a new La Recova restaurant on our favourite dancing square. I love it when their beach one opens right before Easter only 2 blocks from my house. We strolled back to the Montejo for the Folklore dancing and the artisans market. What a lovely evening ending our stroll back to the car whereby we stumble upon a little cluster of Frenchmen selling their wares. We took home a lovely bottle of wine. How could the French resist such a delight. Squeezing four into the back seat of the car was quite interesting as I was comfy in the passenger seat in the front. It sometimes helps to have a big backside!!

Another meal at the Patrullero in Chicxulub was the Frenchies choice as their last Mexican meal, how can you go wrong with fried fish or coconut shrimp! Rainer and Catherine joined us and were very delighted with this little treasure.

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Monday morning trailed as they got their bags packed up to leave. A quick run over to inflate a tire was in order before loading up the car too much; wouldn't want to have a flat on their way in to Merida. It was really sad to see them go as I had become accustomed to having them around. No more French to confuse myself with Spanish!!

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my dear friend Helene and her husband Willy.
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the four of them Ann, Jean-Michel, Willy and Helene

They will be thoroughly missed. I am not sure who will do the clean up after meals!

PAST HERE ARE MY ENTRIES FOR 2013

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Week 12

Last week in the Yucatan and flight home!

semi-overcast 22 °C

As I begin my last week here I wonder what is it that draws me back home. I have to say it is mostly being back with my kids. They really inspire me and I love their company. They have grown up so fast and are leading their own lives but still include Dara and me in so much of it. We are very fortunate to have that and I would not want it any other way! Spending more time here and having them come to visit us here would be great. However, I would still go back to our lovely home in Ottawa. If the snow were all gone right now I might be a little more excited!

I started off with a relaxing knitting morning with Linda again and getting to know her even better. As we sat on her porch taking in the lovely breeze on this extremely hot day, I discovered we not only have the knitting interest but also the jewelry! At the end of our session she took me inside to see her collection of beads and pieces ! WOW! Years of collecting really interesting. I thought I had lots of inventory but nothing at all compared to her. It has been a passion of hers for so many more years. adorning her work/room, bedroom and whatever space she can fill in her home. one finds containers, bowls and baskets.of her collections of yarn, beads and whatever else needed for her crafts.Like the Mexicans, she sleeps in a hammock that hangs in the corner when not in use. I have to say it is a wonderful use of space. I left her home feeling really great about this new friendship I am developing with Linda. It has been so nice to have this opportunity alone with her to get to know her better. Regretfully, we hadn't done it sooner. It all happens for a reason and we have time next year to...................................???///

As we try to use up what food we have left gatherings of friends in their homes is happening more than in restaurants! I had 4 beautiful steaks from Costco that I shared with my dear friends the Wheeler's and the Murray's, as the latter have a little barbecue. On our list to purchase for next year.

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Wednesday evening I was entertaining the language class for "cena" ( dinner) Again it was an opportunity to use up some of my food and enjoy the whole group around my big table which accommodates 14, a small round table was needed for the three kids. I had spent the day preparing for this meal, (at lunch time I wanted to make a sandwich but didn't want to stop; suddenly Maria arrives with 1 1/2 fried fish for me!!!) for using the rest of my homemade spaghetti sauce with the addition of some more Perego sauce added to the half a kilo of fusilli; with half a kilo of grated cheddar cheese on top made for two great casseroles waiting to be put in the oven!. Needless to say no one went short of food. For desert I made the Pumpkin Ginger cookie mix I had brought down here with me.

I so enjoyed having mexicans participating in our dinner and not just the expats. The stories they told us were so delightful.

My set table

My set table

The language class for dinner

The language class for dinner

Packing didn't go as I hoped since there was no way I could get all I wanted to bring home in one bag even with by leaving a whole suitcase of things here for next year. Once a fair chunk completed, I went into town to get a few items at the Artisan's market, cruiseship day, always a good day to go. From there I headed to the "Muelle market" where I was to have a meeting with a few artisans for the posting on the globein website. It was busier than I thought it might be; I guess more people who live down here are taking advantage of there being so many great vendors from " Slow foods" etc.

We went ahead and decided that we would meet on Saturday morning at Nola's house to do the videoing of them individually. When we all showed up at Nola's she could not find her video recorder cord and her worker was chipping away at concrete that was not very conducive to us and a video so we packed up and moved over to Bamboo beach. They were very accommodating and let us in early. We did them on in one take, along with the few products we were going to sell for each person. Surprisingly, we were completely finished by 10am so I thought it best to go into Merida and buy the cotton for hammocks as promised.

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The gift I received for helping these lovely ladies: Socorro and Doris!.

Hammocks for sale

Hammocks for sale

Hammock yarn I bought

Hammock yarn I bought

Oh my god was it ever hot and crowded in town. This area is the market area and with the holidays starting you know how that is at home too!! I was happy to quickly buy this stuff and head home; not without a quick stop in the leather shop for a little red wallet I had been eyeing. The collectivos- combie bus back to Progreso was a block closer and I was not walking that extra block in 42C full midday sun weather. Thank goodness I left when I did as the line trippled in size.

I had plans to return home and eat a tamale I had purchased in Progreso when the Wheelers insisted I join them for dinner at Barloventos so since they were treating how could I refuse my last evening with such good friends.
Upon my return home our caretakers arrived at my door with a beautiful present for me; a shell handcrafted lamp, which they had made So kind!
I then returned to packing the rest of the stuff.

moving day:
On my last day here in the house I am taking the time to relax a bit and enjoy the peacefulness of the clear day with just a slight wind from the south and the sun rising! There is a cargo ship leaving the port and there are just a few seagulls flying around and stopping by the neighbours freshly filled pool; since our is chlorinated, they prefer that one to ours. All my neighbours are gone as well.
However, this peaceful, quiet place is about to be transformed, again, tonight, once the Meridians arrive for their two weeks Easter vacation! I certainly see why people choose to live here full time! There is a simplicity to your life!
The caretakers said they would help me move my bags and food over to my new digs with their trike but I thought he rode this thing. It turned out the pedals didn't work so he and his daughter Arisela walked it the three blocks in this sweltering heat, while I took the bus since it was hot and sweaty, packing. Seeing them walking that distance, made me feel terrible. Had I known I would have ordered a taxi.

I dropped off all my stuff as Jackie offered to unpack the food and I returned home along the beach to take a swim and shower before the owners arrive at 2pm. I felt so relaxed with all taken care of and not rushing to catch a flight right away. We loaded up the closet with all the items I was leaving behind and they gave me the key. They were fine with me not giving them a deposit right away for next year and just asked I send it some time in September. This of course was very fine with me.
They dropped me off with my last bag to Jackie's and we parted our ways for another year!

The view from Jackie's apt for my last four days

The view from Jackie's apt for my last four days


After a lovely dinner with Flora and Jackie we headed into Progreso for a free concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan in the cathedral. What an evening! The church was filled with 95% Mexicans all there to enjoy a wonderful free performance. Since this church was so huge, the ceiling must have been two stories high, the acoustics were great. What a surprise! The conductor sang the last piece. Oh! could he sing despite telling us he was not Placido Domingo.This orchestra has played with the likes of him; Sarah Brightman and Elton John. What a lovely way to end my busy day!

I could not get a response from Brin about dinner as her phone was not working; so I set off with a pound of shrimp some butter and garlic; beer and wine, to her house. How could she turn me down? She finished up her laundry which consist of using a spinner and then hangs it outside. The later part is fine but with such cheap laundry service I prefer to get someone to do the whole thing. I have managed to only pay 66 pesos (5$)each week .

Our lovely dinner consisted of my camarones al mojo de ajo - garlic butter shrimp a potato salad she prepared and an excuisite bottle of Castillo del diablo. Once we finished this delightful meal and conversation I left to go and bring the hammock cotton to Doris. I headed out in the dark night only just missing a bus. The frequency isn't as good in the evening. I stumbled upon some friends walking towards me on the street; they were worried about me walking alone at nigh. I am not concerned here. I feel very safe. Of course as soon as I started walking a bus came along so I flagged him although I was not at a corner. Wanted to get my cotton to this young lady and not have to deal with it anymore.
Walking home from Calle 6 to 44 was an interesting experience; this end of town is the poorest part of Chicxulub; with the lights on you get to see into peoples homes and so I did. It is the beginning of Semana Santa - holly week,the biggest family holiday.They get two weeks holiday and families usually gather at the beach. I came across one home with a huge gathering; someone playing the guitar and all were singing, I didn't hear a single correct note.
Interesting, peeking into everyone's home felt as though I was intruding into their lives. You see all sorts of decorations and levels of homes side by side. Everyone greets you as you walk along. I even stopped by Lupita 's, watched her cross stitching away while watching TV with her mother!

I came up to the town square that has been transformed into a fairgound; merry-go-round delighted kids everywhere. There is one ride shaped like a tea cup with this guy running along side and spinning the kids even more. Seeing this simple fair with kids having so much fun. No different from ours in our elaborate fairs .Couldn't wipe the smile from my face.

One guy invited me to try his game of small balls you throw in the hopes hopes of winning a large screen TV. If you get a number adding up to 100 you win. There were several choices of winnings.Had I tried it and paid the 50 pesos, I would have won a coffeemaker. Thank goodness I was running out of money or I might have been tempted try!
I have never seen so many cars several blocks of them lining both sides of the street. I continued my walk home saying hello to everyone as I passed them on the street.
My roommates certainly aren't party animals so when I came home at 10pm, I found them all asleep.

Sunday a day of rest and not too much else.
A full english breakfast and sitting on the terrace watching the comings and goings at the condo with my iPad while sipping a viva caramel ice coffee with Jackie, on her laptop, was a pure relaxing delight.

Not only has there been an increase in police and military presence but even the pelicans are seen in larger groups confirming all along that they are the Mexican Air Force.

It was wonderful to relax and do nothing all day just watch the ocean from the apt. balcony and take in the scenery. In the afternoon,Jackie and I ventured out for a walk along the beach so that we could say we got out. It was wonderful to see the beach houses filled with people and not so abandoned as we have over the past three months. Many were swimming in their clothes and happy kids making sandcastles .

Reservation is made for our dinner at La Recova Restaurant, for my last evening. I can't wait to try this place, in Merida, as it has a great reputation for Argentinian food It. only opens this weekend, here in Chicxulub due to Easter Week!
Monday last day!

Headed into Progreso to get a few last minute things and get in to see a dentist for a cleaning. Can you believe a cleaning is only 412 pesos - 32$ But before I headed to the dentist appt., I went all over town. I was on the bus at one point and saw a friend so I hopped off and walked all along a street I so rarely go on checking out some of the stores. One second hand furniture store (mostly junk) We found a rocking chair for Linda. We continued along till we came to a store that was at the front of their home, as so many are! This woman makes hand lotion with aloe vera and almond oil. I headed over to the market to see one of the English students and she gave me some food made with garbanzo beans and shredded chicken like a salbute but not made with tortillas; very tasty!

My second to last day view

My second to last day view

Building on my last walk in Progreso

Building on my last walk in Progreso

Malecon in Progreso!

Malecon in Progreso!

I could not believe my eyes on the bus there was this man in his twenties sucking his thumb?

As my last day draws to an end I start to feel better about going home to see my family. The day was not very nice spitting rain and cloudy along with a Norte. I guess it is time to go!

Our dinner at La Recova was unbelievable! Flora and I walked over to the restaurant to join Brin there and have drinks and appetizers while waiting for Jackie to arrive after her meditation class. As it was Happy Hour we of course were served doubles. We devoured the botanas that are free but the waiter said he had something we should try that was not on the menu yet; tuna fireball. Well this was delicious, cubes of raw tuna mixed with soya sauce shredded nori and sesame seeds. We devoured this in no time. The drinks kept coming as we waited for Jackie who was later than she had hoped. We were not the least bit concerned and continued to chat and eat. The waiter then suggested a salmon carpaccio. Unbelievably delicious; it had chopped capers and lemon on top. We thought we had died and gone to heaven. Luckily for Jackie there was some of this when she showed up. We then ordered our 300g filet of beef either blue; rare or med rare? By this time we were on our 4th round of gin and tonics so we didn't bother with wine!! We could not believe this beef; it was like eating butter. They had tried to convince us to order the rib eye but at 35$, it was not in the budget plus it was 500g and I could never eat that much. As it was I couldn't finish my piece! As we sat finishing our 8th gin and tonic we decided to try their famous chocolate tornado.

Missing my photo!

It took awhile to come as I do believe it was baked fresh to order! Thank god we shared one between the two of us.
It is one of the best deserts I have ever had; a brownie with molten chocolate in the centre. How decadent can you get? We made our way home around 10:30. We could not believe our bill only came to 60$ a head.
This was the best meal we had all eaten in ages. I hope I am around next year at the start of the Semana Santa - Holy Week!!!!

The return home was long but would have been easy if the last leg had not been delayed for an hour! It is a long way especially when you have a four hour bus ride to the airport, but luckily it is a very comfortable seating and I managed to sleep.

Sunset on my flight home

Sunset on my flight home

Liam and Marianna picked me up at the airport and brought me home to a house that was left in disarray! There is one thing that really pleased me and that was I was not cold with just the sweater I had on.

Waking up this morning was hard because I knew the big job that was ahead of me. I didn't want to face the mess. I have to tidy up the house just to make it untidy again when I unpack. Home sweet home! Time to get settled back!

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