FROM WATER TO TEACHERS TO PLAN B

At our home in the Pacific North West water is rarely an issue, but I’m learning here it is a major issue. The town of Zihuatanejo has been out of water. We notified our land lord there was no water, he said “40

A" PIPA" OF WATER
A” PIPA” OF WATER

minutes I fix”. It was more than 40 minutes, but we soon had water. Then we began to notice water trucks all over town and we learn you can buy water by the “pipa” to fill your “tinacos” on your roof. but a pipa is a tank load and you buy the whole “pipa” so want to make sure your “tinacos” are empty before purchasing. We are seeing these water trucks all over town, almost as common as taxis. This happens when the city runs out of water. Water is in short supply here, but we are told the city is full of graft and corruption which is the cause for many of the problems here. This is true of much of Mexico.

A few days ago the teachers union staged a massive

Over 200 teachers marching in Zihuatanejo
Over 200 teachers marching in Zihuatanejo

protest march through town, a few day with well over 200 people chanting and carrying signs. A few days prior they had blocked the highway going to Acapulco. The teacher unions here in Mexico are very powerful and it appears very corrupt also. It sort of depends on who you talk to what the story is but it appears that it’s over who controls the funds for paychecks, the government or the union.

Our plan was to see they Archaeological site with pyramids and a museum, but we got off the bus at Los Achotes instead of LaChole. Had simply confused the names, but the Senor was OK with shifting to plan B and we headed for the “pasajara” that would take us to Barre de Potosi

where we would have lunch. Luck was with us as the ice cream man was going at the same time, His strawberry ice cream is so good it has real strawberries in it. So we had desert before lunch. A nice gentleman, a solo traveler, road with us so we invited him to share our table. Very enjoyable company. My fish tacos were excellent, but the Senor and I should have shared his fish soup as it was fantastic and enough for two. On the return trip we rode back with another very  interesting couple from the SF bay area. Our plan B day turned out to be an A+ day. PS I guess I failed my second blogging lesson as I was to add a tag line and as hard as I try, I can’t get my tagline to stick.   KO signing off

ALIENS GONE COMPUTER OK

The aliens have left since I  deleted every  program that got added on 2 27 14.  I have no idea where they all came from but the appear to be gone. As soon as we get home” Larry the computer guy” gets my net book as it is still very slow.

Guitar Fest
Guitar Fest

I attended Guitar fest last night and while I found it enjoyable and interesting, but I did  I leave before it was over as it was too long for me. During the first hour I sat at a restaurant next to the area and ordered dinner as all the seats inside were in the sun and I can’t sit an hour in the sun without burning.  While I know a lot of people sat there for most of the evening or just generally hung around, once the sun went down I paid my money and went inside.  It’s a benefit, it’s not expensive and I would have felt like a cheat if I had stayed there the whole evening.

Colorfful building in Barre de Potosi
Octopus cooking over an open fire at La Condessa

Today we went to Barre de Potosi with friends, Will and Sylvia and Charlie and Christine.  Charlie and Christine picked us all up at the very early hour of 8:00, we’ve made this trip a couple of times, but always on the bus and then the pasajara.  We found scenery we had never noticed before as the view from a car is much different and very enjoyable.  Christine and Charles brought us to their favorite, La Condessa and we found it most

Surfs up
Surfs up

enjoyable.  We spent the morning beach walking and watching the surfers.  Our lunch was delicious,  my oysters were done to perfection, the Senor’s fillet was great, but those who ordered shrimp were disappointed as they hadn’t been deveined adding a lot more work than just pealing. We topped it off with that wonderful ice cream you get from the galvanized tubs.  Nothing like strawberry ice cream where you can see that it was made with real berries

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The Senor and I walked thru the town so that I could photograph the flowers and church that we found there on our last trip when I was sans camera. It sometimes amazes me what beauty you find in these dusty little villages.

Beautiful Flower in the village Bbarre de Potosi
Beautiful Flower in the village Bbarre de Potosi

 

This evening we have a real conundrum, the Senor is dreaming of fried chicken, and I can’t eat chicken.  The place he wanted to go to only has chicken and potatoes.  Other places have chicken,

Simple but beautiful Church in Barre de Potosi
Simple but beautiful Church in Barre de Potosi

but not “fried”.  I suggested each of us getting what we wanted take out and bringing it back to eat here, but that was vetoed and we can’t fry it ourselves as the building has run out of gas, and like before when that happened it will probably manana before we have gas. Anyway I’m sure we won’t starve and will find something. It was another wonderful day in Mexico  Signing off KO

Shrine on a home Barre de Potosi
Shrine on a home Barre de Potosi

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BARRE DE POTOSI

Beach at Barre de Potosi
Beach at Barre de Potosi

Yesterday with friends Will and Sylvia we headed to catch the Pentalon  bus to Los Achotes where we will get off and take the” pasajara”,  which is a lovely word for an old pickup truck with benches in the bed and covered with a tarp for shade, to Barre de Potosi.  We have been there before, but were particularly interested in going this year as we had heard about how the hurricane had greatly changed the landscape.  Well Mother Nature may have made changes, but to us they were hardly noticeable as the water has begun to  recede and there maybe less beach but to us not very noticeable.  The beach is lovely and stretches as far as the eye can see.  We had a nice

Sylvia, Will and the Senor
Sylvia, Will and the Senor

lunch of fish, mine was fish stew.  While it is very tasty, I have to get the head and tail out of my bowl before I can start eating it  There was a very sweet and very pregnant beach dog who thoroughly enjoyed what I couldn’t eat as I always get served more than I can eat.

 

 

 

Fish stew,  tastes better than it looks
Fish stew, tastes better than it looks

could be used for weaving or a variety of other crafts as they are quite uniform in size an seemed strong yet flexible.  Later the Senor and I walked into the town, well not exactly a town, a dusty road with a variety of building houses everything from homes to hotels and tiny eating places. There is a beautiful, yet very simple church complete with bell. Of course my camera was back at the enmarada with Will and Sylvia.  After having taken a couple of walks it was time for desert, Sylvia and I went for neapolitan , the senor ordered a banana split and Will stuck with cervesa.  The senor’s banana split was a sliced banana with the 3 scoops of neopolitan  ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top and four wafer cookies on the side, he pronounced it delicious, but could have done with out the sprinkles.

Sylvia trying to decide what cleaver things could be done with the roots
Sylvia trying to decide what cleaver things could be done with the roots

No sooner did our ice cream arrive, that the ice cream man came by. This  is the ice cream that comes out of the galvanized tub. Now this is what I call real ice cream, I’m sure it is home-made, not commercially made.  He will have 2 or 3 flavors usually there will be coconut and vanilla, but I have also had lime or chocolate. Today he had vanilla and coconut,  so after polishing off our neopolitian  Sylvia and I each got a different flavor and shared 1/2 with each other.  We both think the vanilla is the best, it isn’t white, but more off a lite creamy beige. I truly believe the very best ice cream comes from the ice cream men with the galvanized tubs on

This what "real" vanilla ice cream looks like
This what “real” vanilla ice cream looks like

wheels.  We always enjoy a day trip to Barre de Potosi, but it is way to quiet and remote for us for any longer than a day.

Signing off KO