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My Cousin Valerie's Arrival

Week 11

sunny 26 °C

The airport was like old home week. I met up with so many people I knew taking their love ones to fly home or waiting for others coming on the same flight. With it being Valentine's Day the airport authority was handing out some lovely chocolate cake to everyone! It is more of a friendship day than one for couples!

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I arrived home to find these lovely bouquet of flowers from my honey! It is such a rare occurrence I am always surprised when it happens!

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We went to "El Gran Trumpo" restaurant for our Valentine's dinner with my cousin Val. We were very happy with our usual tacos al pastor either plain or mestizos. I always like the later as there is cheese added and everything tastes better with cheese. We didn't have the "Mexican Putine" as we need more people to eat a plateful.

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Dara took Val to see the Chicxulub food bank handing out the dispensa to the needy of this small fishing village. They are currently feeding 54 families once a month. I stayed home with my knitting buddies and enjoyed the natter.

Every year in February the International Woman's Club Merida, have High Tea on the beach and I volunteered to host it this year. Last year only two people showed up from Merida and six who live on the beach leaving a bad taste in us Beach Gals. This year the turn out was incredible with 18 people of which 12 were from Merida.

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I have took a photo of everyone in front of the Progreso sign on the Malecon

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Every year Manuel and his family hosts a Noche Mexicana. They entertain us with folkloric dancing and Mariachis while we eat cochinita pibil. Pulled pork cooked in a pit!

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I have taken a photo every time I have gone of Manuel's youngest son who is now 13. He was 8 when we first met him.

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Every two weeks Dona Mary makes wonderful Chile Rellenos and so I thought I would introduce this wonderful dish to Val and invited the lovely Murrays to join us at home. They are so tedious to make yourself that it doesn't make sense to even try when you can buy two for $4 and you can only eat one each!

With the wind having slowed down we have managed to get a few days swimming in the ocean much to Val's delight. The heat certainly gets to her! So a day in Merida will be interesting to see how she does.

For the past two years they have had An Art Walk in Merida and I have missed it so I wasn't going to this year making sure of it by putting it in my calendar. The wonderful thing was this happened to be when Val was here too. We Met the artists in their studios and Saw their lovely homes at the same time. I was able to purchase a few items to add to my collection including a piece by Steve Lemire , but I didn't get to bring my one tableau home yet. A lovely Vancouver couple were looking to sell their home and move to San Miguel de Allende, when Alexis and I went on a house tour. With a short time there and not having sold their home they returned to Merida where they plan to stay permanently. SMDA was not their scene. The other piece is by the sculptor Jorge Guerra. Here is the list of galleries
http://www.meridaenglishlibrary.com/artist-studio-tour-merida/
We successfully went to 12 galleries out of 22 over the course of the whole day. Without a car it would be hard to manage any more. Some of these artists are already world renowned such as Kreso Cavlovic
http://www.sohogalleriesmx.com/kreso-clavovic.
He is off to Hong Kong for an exhibition. I'll make sure this is on my calendar for next year!

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The Symphony Orchestra of the Yucatan this week was one of the best so far this season; and I like the Rossini piece the best. https://www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/recursos/00temporadas/7/sonatas/7_14_45_hg3WY0.mp3.
The guest conductor, Lanfranco Marcelletiti, from Brazil was so exciting to watch. This being Valerie's first ever had orchestra concert, how lucky she was to experience such a great performance! We are so blessed to have access to so much culture here in Merida.
I stole these two photos from a friend as he was sitting up on the upper levels and you can see me in the second row on the left in yellow!

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I never tire walking around Merida and enjoying the beautiful buildings majestic and small; coloured and worn down. I hope you enjoy my obsession with these photos.
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Conversation chairs are scattered around the city in squares and on this lovely boulevard
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The same routine was repeated with Val in taking her from Santa LucĂ­a park to the beginning of the Paseo Montejo where we stoped for pastries and croissants at Pistache followed by a coffee on the patio at Starbucks. Who could ask for a better day!

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I try to make Mondays a do nothing day as much as possible and with the cooperation of the weather, we had a relaxing float in the ocean twice; followed by an hour massage before dinner. With there being no wind the little "no see um" bugs were irritating us enough to have to move indoors.

Posted by OhUiginn 04:57 Archived in Mexico

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Lovely to see Manuels son Alexis, he is looking so gown up! The Art Walk looks fun, like the one we do in our neighbourhood.

by hermanita

Great blog again! I really miss this area so reading this feels good. I especially like your pictures! Thanks

by Bonnie

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