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WEEK 9

DARA'S LAST WEEK

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Just as we find a nicer spot to play euchre and have it on Wednesday we find out that Elly May is closing Quinta Progreso on the weekend; but we can continue to play only we will not be able to order drinks or food. We decide that it is nicer place and will continue to come on Wednesday.

We decide to go on a road trip to Campeche by the local bus ADOgel . Well talk of luxury and this isn't the top of the line. Platino is where the seats recline completely flat for sleeping. We shall be taking one of those for our trip to Chiapas and Oaxaca. I could not reach the foot rest in front of me. We are given a drink and headphones to listen to the movie or TV program. The very smooth ride took 2:30 hrs. Once we found our hotel we headed to the pedestrian street for lunch where Alexis, Linda and I enjoyed a fabulous salad last year. A small salad could feed a family! Dara opted for a baguette sandwich.

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This street is where some beautiful bronze statues are on display. I realized that they were different from last year so upon inquiring they told me they change them every year.

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We were able to check in to our lovely quaint 8 room hotel around 3pm in time for us to take a bit of a rest before heading out to explore more of this beautiful clean and colourful city

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We came upon the gate to the city and this kind gentleman asked if we wanted to go on the wall. It was still under renovations but very close to completion; all we had to do when we finished was ring the bell

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this guard I think has been here a bit too long!

views from the wall of the city were interesting. Some of the painted walls and doors had nothing behind them!

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We went looking for an interesting place for dinner and came upon this lovely little chocolate restaurant; for a change in food it was nice to share a ham and cheese crepe followed by a spicy mango one for dessert along with a mokaccino.

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Once we finished it was still quite early so I wasn't ready to retire so I suggested we look for a place to have a beer. We stumbled upon a new place that hasn't been open very long. The selection of beers is the largest I have ever seen in mexico. Check out just the Mexican artisan beer list.

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walking around town after dark was a whole different site. I just love the lite up cathedral

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The next morning I had to take a few photos of our hotel as the light displayed the beauty of this delightful little inn Socaire

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There are two forts that protected this walled city but only one has a museum which makes it more worthwhile. We could have easily taken a taxi but how boring is that; we ventured over to the market area and asked for a 'colectivo' to ride for a fraction of the cost.

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Check out this reflection of me taking the photo of this lovely mask!
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Before leaving I had to take a few more photos of this spectacular walled city. You can see why UNESCO chose it to their list.

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We only spent one night as we were heading back to join Andy and Alexis for a meal in Merida and take in the Paseo Montejo Fiesta Mexicana .
We found a great little restaurant Rescoldos. which apparently means. "burning ember". run by a Canadian for the past 6 years. Alexis ordered a pizza that was cooked in a pizza oven they created from an old water cistern and produce some of the best wood oven fired pizza she has had. My ravioli was unique as it was a crusty pasta and my desert must be repeated on another trip to Merida. I chose passion fruit gelato that was one for the memory stick! I think there is another visit to this place soon!

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To end the week we celebrated Dara's birthday with friends and a lovely meal in our home. Andy was in charge of the BBQ as that is his specialty. Dara could learn a few lessons from him. Everyone brought some food to share and we finished it off with probably the best "tres leches" cake we have eaten that we ate outside on our patio enjoying light evening breeze while our friend John played the guitar and we all sang along.

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our piggy BBQ is so adorable

Suddenly I remembered I had put two chicken breast on the BBQ pig to use up the coals that were there so as to have cold grilled chicken. I went out to find that someone has stolen one of the pieces; and it was the bigger of the two of course!

Dara will leave here tomorrow to head home before he starts his pilgrimage in Sukoku Japan for the next two months.

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WEEK 8

EMPTY NEST!

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Another week in Paradise! I am not sure what we shall do with ourselves now that it is so quiet. After the last departure of Sheena and Adam we got the news from Toronto that they were approved for the apartment they wanted and were moving right away.

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We are thrilled with her taking on her new life in Toronto with Adam but she will be missed as we can't just get together on the deck this summer as we did in the past few years! It was so nice having her back home after being out in Vancouver for years. I know that this is what she needs to do for herself and we wish her and Adam well in the big city!

It has been a quiet week. I didn't win at Bingo; The * "Muelle Market" was hopping but not quite as much as two weeks ago; and even Euchre had the smallest group only 3 tables compared to 5 or 6 in the past weeks. Maybe the cooler weather has kept people in their homes! (22C)

Finally another evening to sit outside with only a slight breeze and 22C in the evening. The moon is a sliver slightly larger than last night but too hard to take a photo. This is more like it.

Dara headed out the door to join Rainer and Catherine for a walk towards Chalem and I sat there wondering why I wasn't going with them just as Dara called to ask me the same. I headed out by bus to catch up with them in Progreso. I am a slow walker but I didn't do too badly and enjoyed the beach walk on the other side of the pier. I came across these pots on someones doorstep that I would love to have in my home.

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A trip into Merida was in order this Sunday and asked Alexis to join us for a stroll around without anything specific; leaving Andy at home to work. Catherine and Rainer joined us after mass and we showed them around some of our back streets and the market. Alexis and I had a terrific find of two stings of Mayan jade at quite the bargain; such a good deal that Alexis thought he was asking per bead and not. I also found a pendant I can use together with the beads to make a really lovely creation.

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The market is quite a bit quieter on a Sunday which was good when introducing your friends to it as it can be a little overwhelming.

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The obligatory stop to watch the locals dancing in Santa Lucia while sipping a cool beer was cut short today for some reason! Alexis and I abandoned Dara and the Wenzls as Alexis wanted to introduce me to the gelato shop she had found on a previous trip to town; but first we made a stop at the chocolate shop for some goodies to send home with Dara. I will have to load up as much as I can part with as I don't want too much while I am trekking around in the interior of Mexico. I need to have room for all the goodies I will be buying from all the wonderful markets we shall be seeing.

I did get back into Merida to knit more hats and get back to buy more hammock cotton for hats to send back in Dara's bags. I found some even nicer quality that I think will also make interesting garments.

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What a way to end my blog week, but with a lovely morning learning to make wire-wrap jewelry using the bits of glass and tiles found on the beach! A friend came over with all her equipment and copper wire to show us how it is done.

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While making our treasures we heard this loud noise and suddenly there they were; looks like fun! Not sure what you call one of these "parachute gliders??"
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  • Muelle Market: meaning pier market where we foreigners can sell our wares along side a few locals

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WEEK 7

KIDS IN FULL FORCE

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Wednesdays are jam session day at Faces Restaurant, and what a crowd there was today. I am glad we arrived early. We got a great table close to the front. The musicians were glad to see Adam but not enough to start with him right away. There was a bit of a territorial feeling going on; even when this great drummer arrived he wasn't even included. It was not quite happening the way we had hoped it would and ended up leaving early.

We made up for it with a jam night to remember with 23 people in attendance. I just love impromptu events; I think they are what make me the happiest, especially when they are such a big success as it was. To see the mix of generations enjoying themselves equally was such a delight. I am really really glad that Faces didn't take him away from this setting.

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I returned home after helping with the bagging of food for the foodbank, too late to say goodbye to Liam and Eric as they went off to a cenote before catching the bus to Cancun. I think they had a wonderful time but perhaps a bit too short. I think you need to stay at least 10 days but preferably 2 weeks.

We all expedited Sarah at the ADO bus station near the Fiesta Americana,
it was fun having her around with the rest of the gang. Once the bus got underway we made our way along the Paseo Montejo, a boulevard which is designed to look like the "Champs Elyssee", for a leisure stroll. We then topped the day off with a lovely leisure lunch in the terrace restaurant of Cafe Creme.

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Finally it was warm enough and not windy to sit outside and play a fun game of Rummykub. I didn't win this time, much to my chagrin! But at least I enjoyed my last bottle of Noche Buena (the mexican end of year Bock Beer) with our chilli dinner! Oh how I wish Dara had bought a couple of cases before the stores ran out of them! It is my favourite!

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As I sit here in the early morning with the sun rising behind the house and lighting up the wall a cruise ship is on the horizon approaching the port of Progreso. It will be crazy time in town today as there is the Mardi gras parade when all the locals come out to play, and with the cruise ship a shit load of passengers are to add to the mix. We have a table booked at our usual spot at Flamingos restaurant. Let the fun begin! It is always a fun time in Progreso during the parade.

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This is Sheena and Adam's last day here it will be an exciting one for sure! Next week will be so quiet I won't know what to do with myself!

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WEEK 6

THE LULL BEFORE THE STORM

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WEEK 6 The Lull before the storm.

It is hard to focus on happy thoughts when we get bad news. Hearing that my cousin's cancer has metastasized and there is nothing that can be done is so hard to take in. I say this is why I come down here and relax and enjoy life as much as I can. Working until you croak isn't for me.

I am so lost for words now and I just don't know what to say to her. We were chatting today and I said some stupid things to her wishing now I could take them back. I tend to speak without thinking all that well.

Watching a horse gallop by as the sun sets behind the neighbours house is so calming. Along with a gentle breeze and the slow sound of the rolling waves it is like meditation. I am so grateful to have the life I have. I didn't manage to capture the horses on the beach but did get one along the street as we were walking home in Progreso!

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I woke up and decided I wanted to go into Merida and asked Dara to join me. I needed some more hammock cotton to make some hats that are on order and get some heavier stuff for Delores to make baskets for me. I can't help taking photos of the colonial buildings as we walk along the historical centre.

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Liam and his friend Eric arrived a little later than they had hoped missing the sleeper bus by only 10 minutes! Delays like this are one of the frustrations of travel in the winter months. Arriving early morning has it's advantages, mainly that the travelling is done at night and you don't miss out on the day in the sun. (Maybe I will do that next year. Oh wait I am not coming from Canada.)

This day started off rainy but quickly changed in time for us to walk into Chicxulub for our favourite fish restaurant. Yes we ate there again. A must with all our visiting friends.

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I love the walk back along the beach is always a nice way to end your afternoon plus margaritas on our patio; what could be better than this?

As the winds pick up in the afternoon it is the best time to fly Dara's kite that Liam brought down for him. The noise it makes is quite unnerving when it comes down so close.

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Not having to cook dinner is also good and with David's restaurant nearby; offering a special meal of pork in tamarind sauce and lamb Andalusian style. Unfortunately I had no appetite so just enjoyed half a bottle of wine!! So I had fruit right??

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The anticipation of Sheena and Adam's arrival had be waking up early this morning even though they don't get here until 5:00pm. They would be arriving with the help of lovely Claudia picking them up and driving them out to our place from Merida. Upon Sheena's arrival I just grabbed her in my arms and gave her a big kiss. I had prepared them one of her favourite meals of spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread! She claimed it was one of my bests ever!

Last one to arrive in the young blood was Sarah. Dara and Sheena went into Merida to get the car from Claudia who has graciously lent it to them for the 5 days this week. Her late arrival of 1:45 am allowed Dara to spend some one on one time with his princess, at a restaurant across from the bus station. I am sure she talked the hind legs off any burros that might have been around. This is a turning point in her life where she is looking to start her career in Toronto and has found a lovely apartment with a terrific view and the anticipation of hearing if she gets this job she would be fantastic at!

A must for all who visit is a day in town when there is a cruise ship in port. You get to have a good laugh at the tourists around town. Market Panuchos and fresh orange juice are a must for a Mexican breakfast in Progreso; it as good as the ones in Chicxulub but bigger! While the kids went to the beach for dollar beers I had coffee and a teary goodbye with Marie-Claire. She told me to cherrish the time I still have with my parents as you never know how long it is going to be,

A perfect meal at the end of a day is often one I have not had to prepare! Adam presented to us a lovely pork-tenderloin which we all devoured before I thought of taking a photo!

Posted by OhUiginn 06:38 Archived in Mexico Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises beaches buildings people night Comments (0)

WEEK 6

THE LULL BEFORE THE STORM

sunny 26 °C

WEEK 6 The Lull before the storm.

It is hard to focus on happy thoughts when we get bad news. Hearing that my cousin's cancer has metastasized and there is nothing that can be done is so hard to take in. I say this is why I come down here and relax and enjoy life as much as I can. Working until you croak isn't for me.

I am so lost for words now and I just don't know what to say to her. We were chatting today and I said some stupid things to her wishing now I could take them back. I tend to speak without thinking all that well.

Watching a horse gallop by as the sun sets behind the neighbours house is so calming. Along with a gentle breeze and the slow sound of the rolling waves it is like meditation. I am so grateful to have the life I have. I didn't manage to capture the horses on the beach but did get one along the street as we were walking home in Progreso!

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I woke up and decided I wanted to go into Merida and asked Dara to join me. I needed some more hammock cotton to make some hats that are on order and get some heavier stuff for Delores to make baskets for me. I can't help taking photos of the colonial buildings as we walk along the historical centre.

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Not having to cook dinner is also good and with David's restaurant nearby; offering a special meal of pork in tamarind sauce and lamb Andalusian style. Unfortunately I had no appetite so just enjoyed half a bottle of wine!! So I had fruit right??

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The anticipation of Sheena and Adam's arrival had be waking up early this morning even though they don't get here until 5:00pm. They would be arriving with the help of lovely Claudia picking them up and driving them out to our place from Merida. Upon Sheena's arrival I just grabbed her in my arms and gave her a big kiss. I had prepared them one of her favourite meals of spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread! She claimed it was one of my bests ever!

Last one to arrive in the young blood was Sarah. Dara and Sheena went into Merida to get the car from Claudia who has graciously lent it to them for the 5 days this week. Her late arrival of 1:45 am allowed Dara to spend some one on one time with his princess, at a restaurant across from the bus station. I am sure she talked the hind legs off any burros that might have been around. This is a turning point in her life where she is looking to start her career in Toronto and has found a lovely apartment with a terrific view and the anticipation of hearing if she gets this job she would be fantastic at!

A must for all who visit is a day in town when there is a cruise ship in port. You get to have a good laugh at the tourists around town. Market Panuchos and fresh orange juice are a must for a Mexican breakfast in Progreso; it as good as the ones in Chicxulub but bigger! While the kids went to the beach for dollar beers I had coffee and a teary goodbye with Marie-Claire. She told me to cherrish the time I still have with my parents as you never know how long it is going to be,

A perfect meal at the end of a day is often one I have not had to prepare! Adam presented to us a lovely pork-tenderloin which we all devoured before I thought of taking a photo!

Posted by OhUiginn 06:38 Archived in Mexico Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises beaches buildings people night Comments (0)

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