Being an early morning riser, before dawn, give me time for personal contemplation, sorting of pictures, and making new plans.
Yesterday as we went to the Comercial Mexican, the local super market, we stoped by the bus station to plan our side trip to Acapulco. We want to see the cliff divers. While my Spanish is quite limited I’m not so intimidated attempting to use it as I used to be. Our clerk spoke about as much English as I speak Spanish and when spoken words failed, the pen was sucessful. We sucessfully booked a round trip on a first class bus to Acapulco on the 28th of January, we will stay 2 nights. So this morning the task was to book our hotel. As we had been there once before we knew we wanted to stay at Hotel Los Flamingos. It’s the hotel that John Wayne, Johnny Weismuller and other Hollywood types used as their private club in their heyday. It isn’t fancy, but has lovely gardens, a great restaurant and you are right on the cliff overlooking the bay and speaks of old Hollywood elegance. I don’t know how else to describe it. Of course the website is in Spanish but I managed to make our reservation, with the help of my “dictionario.” For 2 nights it is $140 American which I thought was quite reasonable.
One early morning while walking to the Zocolo, I discovered that not every one books a hotel room as these travelers had set up camp right in the zocolo.
We have a shopping bag on wheels and have learned to shop more frequently so that everything we buy will fit in the one bag. As our apartment is on a pedestrian street and the taxi can only get us to a point a block away it’s a long haul with a dozen bags and then 2 flights of stairs. We have learned to buy all our fruit and veggies at the Mercado, it’s much fresher. I also like to buy my cheese and eggs there. Here again the rolling cart is a god send, especially if you buy a watermelon as the Mercado is about 4-6 blocks from us, to short a trip for a taxi.
We usually eat breakfast and lunch in our apartment, well breakfast is always on the balcony and luch is usually inside as sit is quite warm by then. Our little kitchen is quite adequate for the cooking we do and I do have a crock pot for cooking an evening meal. One oddity of our kitchen is the ceiling fan does so good a job that you have to turn it off while using the stove or it blows the flame out. Does make for a warm kitchen.
We have been eating dinner out more this year and try to go to a variety of restaurants. We did choose Galeana’s again as we wanted to see Jimmi Mamou again and the 2 of us soon became 6 as friends arrived and then it was 8 as Lori and Rick stopped by. Staff is always willing to move another table around to accommodate. Nothing like a great fish dinner, sitting at tables on the sand, hearing the waves lap at the beach and enjoying some great music with friends new and old.
Our next stop after ambling through town was at an odd little bar Pura Vida where Scotty and the harmonica man were playing the Blues. We listened to their last set had a night cap with Lori and Rick and called it a night. Signing off KO