The senor and I went to the Comercial Mexican to pick up a few items and then back to the apartment to put them away. That seemed to occupy the whole morning so it was siesta time for the senor and I headed out to the mercado for fruit & eggs. I’ve selected on booth where we purchase most of our fruit and veggies. The young gal doesn’t seem to mind that I’m an idiot with Mexican money. But today I think I have actually mastered the coins and I am able to give her exact change correctly the first time. This brings a big grin, from both of us! Then it’s on to my egg man where he counts out 12 eggs and puts them in a plastic sack for me to put in my shopping bag. Next I find my cheese man who unrolls a yard of cheese for me, probably should say a meter here. Then to the bank atm to withdraw cash, the atms give better rates, are quick and easy, especially the one we go to as it is also in english. That eliminates the fear factor of banking in a foreign language. On my return I ask Javier who manages the apartments and has a scooter rental and liquor store (unique combination) under our apartments how I get a new garrofon of water I give him 20 pesos and I mind his store while he goes around the corner to the water store, returns with the garrofon hauls it up stairs and puts it in the port.
Now all my housewifely duties completed I can start what I think is book #7 and then on to my dive class.
I walk to Adventure Divers in La Madera neighborhood at 4, and arrive just ahead of my instructor Paco. He speaks perfect english and he teaches me the hand signals and the safety theories of diving and then we cross the road to a small hotel that has a small pool. For the next hour I am either laying on the bottom of the pool, or kneeling on the bottom of the pool while “Paco” teaches me how to find my respirator should it fall out of my mouth, or get pulled out and how to get in back in my mouth. This is not to difficult. How to “clear your ears” to help with the under water pressure, this is not to difficult. Next came clearing your mask of water should any leak in. This sounded easy enough, but it wasn’t. When there is water up over my nose inside the mask I just really want to surface, but I did learn to do it, most of the time. I learned to swim in the superman position and how to inflate and deflate the air in my vest. So I’ve passed the class and am ready to dive. I will meet Paco art the pier on Tuesday at 2 for my undersea adventure. The senor is so happy that his health issues, asthma, sinus, high blood pressure,
keep him from going, this way he can simply say “I can’t” instead of” no way in hell are you getting me down there”. He will come along and take pictures.
After swimming I’m starving and we decide to eat a a beach front restaurant called Daniels as Jimi Mamou is playing there. Great dinner, great music another great day in paradise. Signing off KO