THINGS I HAVE LEARNED AND THINGS I AM LEARNING OR NEED TO LEARN

Since the Senor and I have been coming to Zihuatanejo for several years we begin to think we know the lay of the land, much of the customs and culture, and many friends and acquaintances. We know when to greet someone with Buenos Dias, Buenos Tardes and when it changes to Buenos Noches. I am steadily improving my pronunciation, but am far from skilled. But every day we learn more.

Casa del Mar where we call home in Zihuatanejo
Casa del Mar where we call home in Zihuatanejo

We know a smile is always returned, I know if I get confused on money at the Mercado and hold out a hand full of change they will take exactly what they have charged and no more. We have learned our way around the Commercial and no longer have to hunt for specific items. We have learned that we can buy almost anything we do at home here, but not  red and white peppermint candies, and no “jimmy Dean” type sausage.

We know where our Doctor is and can find a Dentist we like, and an optician. We know where many of the popular

Fishing boats and pier in the background
Fishing boats and pier in the background

restaurants are, and which are our favorites.

We have learned that we do not want dinner until after dark, 7 has become our dinner time as it has cooled down to perfect. We know we prefer to eat breakfast and dinner outside. We have learned to walk slowly as there is no need to hurry as we might miss something like a beautiful flower that only blooms at night

We know where to get our pedicures and manicures, we have learned what the price of a taxi to different locations is. We have learned that taxi drivers aren’t tipped. We have learned where to hail a taxi (anywhere you see one). We have learned to state the location we are going and the price we are willing to pay before we get in the cab. If they say no and give a different price we know it’s our choice to send him on his way, negotiate further or accept it, get in and pay his price.

We have learned to ride the bus when possible over a taxi as it is only 10 pesos or less to most places. We also know walking is a great way to get around too.  We have learned the value of a siesta each day.

Fisherman using a hand line
Fisherman using a hand line

We know that you can’t count on any business being open between 2 and 5. Most nearly anything is negotiable, and in some locations you have spoiled the fun of the sale if you don’t haggle a little. We’ve learned the first sale of the day is considered lucky as is the last and some say you might be able to swing the best deal then.

We know the streets will be swept each morning by a person, not a machine, and the beach will be raked just after sun up. We know everyone works hard in Mexico as most work is done by hand.  We know Mexican time is approximate, we have learned that manana doesn’t necessarily mean tomorrow, it just means not today. Few

Fruit, veggies and eggs bought at the mercado
Fruit, veggies and eggs bought at the mercado

Mexicans smoke, and family and extended family are very important.

Everyone seems to have a cell phone, but not teenagers. Mexican people text because it is part of the plan, voice calls are expensive and are billed to the caller only. So you never ask a Mexican friend to call you.  You make the call to them.

We have learned to love Zihuatanejo, with its quirks, differences and sameness.  Signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like as I'm semi retired. I prefer that phrase to working part time. I would travel to new places, my husband Doyle, not as adventurous as I is more comfortable with the tried and true. Thus we have fallen into a routine (not a rut) of going to Zihuatanejo for 3 months January and February, March. Pendleton Oregon for the Round Up. Plus numerous short trips. We are "RVers". For hobbies I make and sell stone & shell bird houses, garden and read my new kindle. I'm a Wedding Officiant and officiate at about 40 weddings a year, and also operate a small delivery service. Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency, In 2016 My husband began chemo for Chronic lymphoma Leukemia, while doing well this has changed some of our travel habits. Relaxing in Mexico suits him well, for that I am thankful. KO

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