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Dara's birthday and the Carnival parade and Cara's arrival

Week 13

semi-overcast 28 °C

The week started with the annual Mardi Gras parade which we delighted in watching at La Antigua with a few friends.

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Dara did turn 65 this week and we celebrated it with a few friends and some who were unable to join us even sent a little gift LOL. (Hair elastics for his long hair). thank you Lorraine for the thoughtful gift! LOL.
It was an interesting combination of people. Some of our usuals were absent at this event but it was an interesting evening. We put the two rectangular tables together and created a big square with three on either side less one where Dara was seated! He had the king of the castle chair and was overwhelmed a bit at the numbers that joined us in celebrating his big day. This milestone was reached with as little fan fair as we could but recognized itall the same. It was nice to have old and new friends sharing in this lovely meal at Faces. I must say that the steak I usually get is the better of all three we have tried. The tenderloin by far is the best there is! It is like butter! Not that the newyork wasn't good and tasty but not as tender! (Hence the name I guess!) With it being his birthday I ordered a cake that came out with the usual fanfair of the fireworks and I was so taken in by it that I never got a photo of it until it was all over. The cake was big enough to share with six other friends at another table and the rest went to the staff to have each a piece. I must also mention that the music was wonderful but not overpowering which allowed us to enjoy our conversations. I am amiss to not know who was playing the saxophone.

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A trip into Progreso for a stroll along the Malecon ended with at Eladios for botanas and beer. The food kept coming!

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Construction continues next door but the noise isn't so bad now that the bulldozer and generator are gone. There is this incredible interior stone wall going up that will be a focal piece on this lovely new home.

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Louisette discovered this nest in her place and we are waiting for the hatching. Yes our friend Louisette and Denis arrived for a month of relaxation and recouperation

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At the end of the week we welcomed the arrival of our niece Cara, Dara's brothers daughter, whom we had not seen in quite some time. After a few days of relaxing at home we took her on our usual tour of Merida on Sunday with the accompanying friend Carole here for a week. There was a huge change to the Plaza Grande Sunday Market, there was a sophisticated design with the two rows back to back with the park benches on the edge in the shade with the addition of a canopy well above your head; gone are the times of walking into the string from the blue tarp being too low for tall people!
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The only part missing was the Symphony Orchestra which was not playing this week so the morning was spent walking around the market. On our way in we dropped off Cara's bag at the Nomad hostel in Centro where she is staying for a couple of nights to take in the action in town and take some organized tours to ruins and diving in cenotes. We are looking forward to her return to update us on her adventures.

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The last night of our neighbour Herb's visit was spent sharing a happy hour over at Leones. It was also the farewell to closer neighbours Bev and Kevin are heading back to Manitoba to get the farm going for another year. The New York boys had spent a couple of evenings with us enjoying the lovely chile rellenos so wonderfully prepared every two weeks by Dona Marie; and a meal at the Indian restaurant finally took place after postponing it so many times. The food was as delightful as it was last year. They made a change from a fixed menu to a choice of dishes that we were able to share with each other. With William's ability to work remotely he will be staying on a bit longer. I still remember fondly the evening spent at our place two years ago with 22 people in our living room with John and Adam playing guitar; Herb and Will performing broadway hits and our little Sheenster on the ukulele! Maybe we will have a repeat next year.

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Posted by OhUiginn 20:45 Archived in Mexico

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Looks like you've been enjoying fab weather, food and friends!
xox

by Bonnie

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