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Week Two

Settled in nicely

semi-overcast 27 °C

Another week here in our winter home. It is so nice to be where the weather is warmer than home. I have decided to avoid winters at home as much as possible and return when the weather is a bit warmer. Don't get me wrong I do love being in Ottawa when the weather is more to my liking.

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It is quite exciting to see more and more arrivals of our friends on the flight direct from Toronto to Merida. It feels like being at Uni when the return of your friends to residence!

A few newcomers joined our Wednesday Stitch and Bitch, that started back up this week; we discovered a new way to start "toe up socks". Since they are visual and couldn't understand the pattern; so I did a demo! Looks like another good year of crafting at my home got off well!

Monday's and Wednesday's our neighbour hosts an informal language class for an hour. Here the Mexicans are to speak in English and the expats are to speak in Spanish. Dara and I often pop in to help with the conversations. We especially like to go on Jan 6th for the Rosca De Reyes celebration. AKA Little Christmas; Three Kings Day. I am going to quote my friend Alexis here as she so eloquently explained this in her blog this week

"It is traditionally eaten on January 6 during the celebration of the Día de Reyes (literally "Kings' Day"), which commemorates the arrival of the three Magi or Wise Men. In most of Spain, Spanish America, and sometimes, Hispanic communities in the United States, this is the day when children traditionally get presents, which are attributed to the Three Wise Men (and not Santa Claus or Father Christmas). In Mexico before children go to bed, they leave their shoes outside filled with hay or dried grass for the animals the Wise Men ride, along with a note.
The tradition of placing a trinket (a figurine of the Christ child) in the cake is very old. The baby Jesus hidden in the bread represents the flight of the Holy Family, fleeing from King Herod's Massacre of the Innocents. Whoever finds the baby Jesus figurine is blessed and must take the figurine to the nearest church on February 2 (Candlemas Day, Día de la Candelaria). In the Mexican culture, this person has the responsibility of hosting a dinner and providing tamales and atole to the guests."

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I was one of the many lucky ones to find the baby Jesus. I will have to help host the party we will have back at her place. I plan to make the tamales as I did last year with a local lady in her home. Stay tuned in Feb.

Another start to the bi-monthly "Muelle Market" had a great turn out. A few years ago I used to have my own table but now I help out a bit at the Chicxulub food bank table.

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Here we can find all sorts of great crafts and homemade food from croissants to German Sausage and handmade bags to jewelry. Olga has returned with my favourite cotton clothing. I must resist as I have way too much of it already in my wardrobe. (Maybe just one more top!)

The international Women's Club has a beach sub-group called the Seaside Senoras. I offered my home for our meeting to discuss what we will be doing at the monthly meetings in Merida that we will host for the next three months; and the speakers we have found. Once a month there are also "Hi Tea" that are hosted in different people's homes and a monthly coffee meeting also held at someone's home. Stay tuned as I will attend this months today. Another event which I have so far never attended is the breakfasts at the Hyatt hotel, on the third Thursday of the month; and not sure I plan to do so. As a sub-group the GORRO Girls also meet at the Merida English Library every other Monday to knit chemo hats for the Children's hospital. If you think that there would be enough hats by now think again. This hospital serves all of the South Eastern Mexico and Belize. For some reason there are more boys than girls. Marianne and another person whose name escapes me at the moment go every Thursday to deliver the hats along with an activity book; crayons and a small toys. They also have a fundraiser of an afghan they have made and then raffle it off once a year to raise money for these items along with medicine they pay for them to take home with them for a few months.

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Seaside Senoras

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The hats many have made check out the motorcycle, the car and the soccer ball hat!

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Here is the afghan being raffled

Euchre has found a new location this year at Sol y Mar restaurant held on Fridays. I like how relaxed the group is as this is the only place I play the game. It is just a card game and nothing more you get to socialize with some people you don't see any other time.

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The new location is really nice and no dogs!

Here we are spontaneous and do what comes along and eat where and when we feel like. We tried out Barloventos Friday Fish Fry with our friends Ian and Sheila and then on Saturday we ventured on foot to the new India restaurant; "Saboreando Comida India" with the Gang at the Hums. This is a great addition to our culinary selection in Progreso. The menu is fixed for 16$ with an Appetizer; and two courses. they are open only three evenings a week and change the menus every week. We started Jalapeño and Cumin spiced paneer cakes with a wonderful homemade tamarin sauce followed by Curried lentils with Bell peppers; beef kebobs in Bengali curry ; Beth's with tropical flavours along with Basmati Rice. The second course was just as delicious as the first with grouper Fish filets with sour real curry (to die for) and Muttakos Kari, Cabbage with Mustard and Coconut and Nimboo Bhat rice.

There is a craft market on Cruiseship Day brings out what used to be great crafters. I ventured to check them out this week and was quite disappointed; so I am not sure I will venture there again. When you compare it to the one we have in Chicxulbu bimonthly and the one in Merida, this one isn't worth my time anymore!

The cruise ship is back in today. I hear there are three this week!

Posted by OhUiginn 07:44 Archived in Mexico

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That Indian food was delicious...and...we found out that the chef is a Canadian woman from Vancouver!!

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