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Another Year in Paradise Begins!

WEEK ONE

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Here we go again on another winter in the Yucatan,
Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy reading about my stay.

It started with a 6 hour delay out of Ottawa due to weather; I am so glad we found out the night before as a 4am departure from home would not have been nice. As it was we left in a winter storm to the airport at 9:30am.

I have never seen such an empty Ottawa airport; there were only two flights departing this morning Westjet and a Sunwing. With just a little further delay due to de-icing we were on our way. Our plane was full and I would say about 25 people were heading to Merida after we landed; I did try and bribe the pilot with chocolates, to make a quick stop over in Merida to let us off but he was not convinced. I had arranged for a driver to pick up 10 of us at the airport. The others were having to take the bus and god knows when they were going to get away ( as it turned out they didn't get to their place until 3:00am). We arrived to our home at 10:30, our friends Austin and Lorraine were too late for their agent and so spent the one night with us.

Now if there is one thing I always try to remember and that is my key to the cupboard we store our things here. I have two of these damn things and do you think I brought either of them!! No such luck. I was sure I had packed one early on in my packing! I also had a dentist appointment at 10amthat I had to get to Merida for. So after throwing all I had out of their bags and strewn everywhere I ran out the door to get my bus. Luck have it a car stopped and offered me a ride to Progreso but since they were going all the way to the Casino in Merida I was fortunate to get all the way in to town.

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The fun begins at the dentist. At home my dentist revealed that I had cavities under my crowns and one being my nice new one from last year! I also pulled out my other crown eating a tough toffee. A few more visits to Peniche will have me all fixed up for a fraction of the cost at home. I can fly and rent my house for three months for the cost of my dental work at home! Which would you choose to do?

A big trip to Costco is always a must when you arrive for the essentials and a few other items the other stores don't carry or charge way more. I buy local for most of the stuff I like. The new Costco has a 'cenote' (sink hole) in the parking lot

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We decided as a group of 6 we would join our friend Linda and celebrate the New Year at Lizard Joes in Chalem ( Little Texas) just west of where we are! (Last year I said I was going to go to Barlovento, but I went with the flow). Well we had included in our VIP tickets transportation to and from the place. Our delightful jovial driver mentioned his son works there as a waiter! There was a bit of a confusion as we had two tables booked one in VIP and one not. After sorting this out we were brought our drinks in plastic cups and asked to choose from chicken pasta or 3 chicken tacos for dinner. This arrived on paper plates and plastic forks. I tell you this was not a good sign. The band was mediocre despite Linda's friend Bev' husband singing with some known singer from Texas who now lives in Puerto Vallarta. He should have stayed at his restaurant and performed there. I saw lovely pictures of proper dishes and cutlery at Barlovento: We did have unlimited drinks and champagne at new year for 68$ each. The party I would have preferred had a fantastic buffet with real plates for 24$ each with drinks at half price. I go with the flow and wish now I had spoken up. I have to let it go and enjoy the rest of my stay!

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We ended our week with a trip to El Patrullero Fish Restaurant in Chicxulub

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It didn't fail us again! After trying Dara's shrimp shish kabobs I think I will order them next time as they were very tender and had a lovely smoky flavour.

Posted by OhUiginn 12:16 Archived in Mexico Tagged yucatan chicxulub

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