05.03.2013 - 11.03.2013 27 °C
Last night I had company over for dinner. I had made a big batch of chili and needed to share it with people or I would be eating it for the rest of my stay here. Sharon brought over her company: her best friend and husband. Jean and Don came too with a lovely batch of oatmeal cookies. Jean loves to bake and we have had the pleasure of her cinnamon buns, luckily I don't live too close or I would not be losing the weight I am. The lovely dinner had to end early as my language class was coming here at 7pm. We worked on the differences between the uses of the verb ser and estar. I found that this was one of the best explanations I had ever seen. I too get them mixed up!
As I look over my emails on this lovely sunny but cool morning I spot a large flock of flamingoes overhead What a beautiful sight. The sun was catching the lovely colour as it rose up. I am so delighted the winds have left and the ocean is calm there are just small ripples of waves keeping it from being totally silent.
Wednesday is you know what day!!!
We had a good turn out today; Diane with her adventures to Palenque and Chiapas; along with Jenny and her news of soon to be a great grandmother; Jackie brought along her friend from home Sharon and Sharon of the Food Bank came to chat and last but not least Sheila with her one slipper that she started on a month ago!!! I got all my stuff together for Jean to sell for me tomorrow. Maybe with her lovely disposition she will sell loads!
Once a month Beach Gals have a Breakfast at the Yacunah Hotel and so I thought I would go this month as I missed it in February. I think I might join next year as they do inform you of what is happening around town and do use your dues for a worthwhile cause: Red Cross. After Sheila and I accompanied Maggie to the hospital for a treatment and walked around town. Maggie is doing better but not cured!
The best Botanas (snacks) are had at the first beach front restaurant in Progreso; they give you enough free food that you don't need to order a lunch!
Off to Merida with Jackie and Sharon to seek out this new cafe and shoe store.
Well what a lovely little new discovery. Quiche with spinach and goat cheese was had by all and a lovely mille feuilles was devoured along with a capuccino. It was a great choice for cheating with!
after walking around in circles taking pictures and showing everyone where the yarn shops and craft shops are we hopped on a bus to Hennessy's Pub where we had tickets to the Murder Mystery. We made our way to the courtyard of this pub which had been set up with their lovely leather high back chairs in a rectangular fashion. This was my first Murder Mystery Dinner so I have none to compare it to. This is the 2nd annual Mérida Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre “Murder in Mérida: Love Hacienda Style”.
It is a dark and sinister evening in Mérida, and a group of travelers have found themselves drawn together in a strange and mysterious hacienda. Suddenly, there is a scream! Murder! Without warning, our travelers find themselves in the middle of a Murder Mystery.
The mayhem escalates when our brilliant Inspector Gustavo (Gary DeRose) along with Criminal F.B.I Profiler Marilyn Weatherbean (Andrea Fears) are called to task to solve the murder. All murder suspects must be detained and questioned.
Between acts a different course of the meal is served and the suspects mingle with the audience helping to make sense of the clues provided.
The cast was: a couple on their honeymoon; a Gustavo the mexican police detective disguised as a tourist; a pro golfer who was full of himself; an FBI agent who thought she had jurisdiction anywhere; and a Dolly Parton look alike country singer!!! In between acts we had a course from our meal and the characters mingled at the table answering the questions we had from our clue list. This went on throughout the evening and from this we were finally asked to figure out whodunit. Our meal consisted of a mushroom and onion soup followed by either chicken curry; lasagna; or chili con carne. Our final course was a wonderful brownie topped off with a scoop of icecream. I had figured out the correct murderer but not the correct weapon. At one point to really confuse us every person wanted to kill the victim but all claimed someone beat them to it. I don't know if this is how all of these Murder Mystery Dinners are presented or not? I had such a good time that I will be back next year!
As Sharon (foodbank) was going to be away on cruise ship day and a couple were wishing to do the humanitarian tour I was asked to do it for her. The tour starts with taking them on a local bus to the school. This can be an experience in itself if you get a doozie!! but this one was not so bad yet Pam still took a picture! Upon arrival at the school we come to a locked gate and a notice on the gate with names of those kids who have paid for the milk being crossed off and those still no out there for humiliation. This struck these baptist church goers heartstrings; so they asked if there was a way to pay for these kids. When I broached the subject with the principal he said that the gentleman from the "Comisaria" was coming by for the money collected at 11am (this was in 15 min) so we walked around to each classroom to say hello and take pictures. When I entered the classroom I would give them a big hello in English to get them to reply to us in English. Then I would speak to them in Spanish. I am sure they were disappointed we had no candy as most have a huge box with them to hand out!! They still had lovely smiles on their faces and were happy to have their photo taken by Pam. She will be presenting this to her church group when she gets home. Once Eric from the "comisaria" arrived we discussed with them the milk program. As it turns out 50 kids are part of this in grades 1 and 2 as mandated by the government to provide milk and cookies as a meal for the younger ones. The families are supposed to contribute part of the cost of this but many aren't able to even come up with the 7 pesos (60cents) a month needed. So the Edge family have paid for the month of April for these kids; 350 pesos ($30) They were shocked at how little this was. They were very moved by what they saw in the small library and are going to look into what they can do to help expand this library from their group at home. In Texas they have access to plenty of spanish books for kids and so will look into shipping some to them. I think Sr Slim should take this on himself. He has just been declared the richest man in the world beating out Bill Gates
Walking along the road from the school we passed stores selling construction materials and hardware stores that interested Don. I took them to see the Bamboo Beach Restaurant where the food bank distributes the food once a month and on this day it was Muelle Market day. I showed them around the different vendors and they bought one of the food bank bags that are made with can tabs and a hat! then the wood carver showed them the jaguar head he had completed; two weeks ago he was carving it at the market and I was admiring it. He was asking 2000 pesos for it ($166) Don didn't have enough to buy it yet he really liked it. So Miguel came to us and said he would take $60 for it. I was floored but he said to me that it isn't selling and he had not sold anything today so he wanted this sale and had made a connection with Don. So they bought it along with a bone carved crucifix. They would have bought more if they had known to bring more money. Left with only $6 we had a lemonade and headed on out. We wondered down to the pier in Chicxulub that is used mostly for strolling and fishing! It was 1pm when we arrived at the market so I was not hopeful for a lunch at my favourite spot but I was wrong! They had salbutes and I had a flauta! Oh they are good They sell salbutes and panuches that look the same but with a closer examination they aren't; salbutes are soft corn tortilla with shredded chicken and lettuce with a piece of tomato and avocado on top; panuches are a fried corn tortilla with black bean spread either on top or in the middle of the tortilla depending on if they make them by hand or buy them. A flauta is made with two tortillas (corn or flour) and then stuffed with chicken, rolled up and then deep fried, topped with cream, lettuce and grated cheese. YUMMIE! I had not had one since I arrived yet!
We parted our ways at the Artesan Market where I found the lovely Maggie and Sheila shopping. Thursdays is two for one cocktails at Barlovento; so I couldn't pass up having a couple of margaritas! Here the place was packed with expats that live here. It was quite amusing as new shirts had arrived and half the customers were wearing them making them blend in with the staff! I will get Dara one of them.
I received an invitation from John Wheeler a few days ago for a turkey dinner at their home on Friday.
We were 14 people at two tables. I ended up at a table with people I know and did not get the chance to get to know the newer people. I had spoken to one of the guests who had recently done an ironman and had the tattoo on the back of his leg. One of the ones he had done was Tremblant. It surely was a lovely dinner topped off by a game of bridge at one table and another of Farkle where i won both games !!! Yeah!!
A free lance reporter named Suzanne asked me to interview two Mexican ladies today I thought that this day was turning into a disaster when we got there and she too wasn't home; she had gone to check on her mother around the corner. We were given seats to sit on outside on there front patio and found out that two of her three daughters helped her make the bags. One daughter had decided to take initiative and add a flower to the pattern and so I asked that my bag be made as such. Upon asking the questions I discovered that she used to have quite a lucrative business going with her two girls churning out 40 bags a week. Then the woman who was buying them from her was in a car accident and stopped. The Food-bank decided to sell them after so many people asked Sharon where she got her large black bag. I then thought of a way I could get her bags out there. I recently found this new site called GlobeIn:" they created it to make a difference in the lives of local artisans by connecting them with the global economy.
They wanted to be a different kind of online marketplace. One with a focus on creating opportunities for all artisans. One that is not limited by technology but expanded by it. One that values not only the artisans’ crafts, but also their passion, their history and their culture." I have posted a couple of my new items there to see what kind of response I get. I will go around next week and see what I can put together for her. `
Sunday is Symphony day in Merida! This week they had the Latinamerica Quatet that won the Grammy Award in 2012. I was not impressed with the first piece but luckily it was short. The composer was in the audience. Luckily the next piece made it all worthwhile. I had heard this tango piece before by Astor Piazzolla; the four seasons. I had heard part of this piece before and really liked it so I made sure I bought it in the lobby during intermission; I also purchased a DVD of the quartet for Dara! (his birthday present!!!)
After intermission we were entertained with the delightful Beethoven's 5th ! Need I say more. The Symphony did an impeccable job with it
A group of us went out for lunch at the Chaya Maya before heading back to Progreso; where we had a "Partie's of Party" to go to at the Barlovento Restaurant. The Mayor's brother and the Head of the Tourism office here in Progreso were also in attendance. (The new mayor is a wonderful change from the useless one before) The proprietor, Francisco, is the most gracious and accommodating person. Whatever you want or need, Francisco has got an app for that. He wanted to gather everyone before they returned home to thank them so much for their custom and hand out prizes to those who practically live there!! Not my idea of a way to live while down here! I do enjoy the place but not everyday! The evening was delightful and laughs were frequent. The entertainment was really good and several people got up and danced!