Things I will miss and things I won’t

Our time in sunny Mexico is drawing to a close,  sadly we are on our last day. I love Mexico and Zihuatanejo with all it’s quirks and interesting culture.  There is so much I will miss, but there are somethings that you just have to say “Ah it’s mexico” and overlook. I will miss all the friendly faces that speak to you on the streets and greet you with a quick Hola! or Buen Dia even when they don’t know you at all. I will miss warm days at the beach with

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View of sail boats from the beach

the breeze blowing, I will miss nights without ever needing  a sweater, I will miss 25 peso cab rides,  and riding water taxis, I will miss the pigeon who lives in our balcony planter and the iguanas that entertain us during dinner on the balcony at night.  Let’s face it I will miss my balcony!

I will not miss  toilets  with no seats in public facilities. Where do they all disappear to?  I won’t miss needing to discard TP in the waste basket instead of the bowl. I will miss daily fresh fruit. I will miss fresh fish cooked to perfection.  I will not miss Mexican bars that play music until 6 am, but I will miss yummy drinks expertly prepared. I will miss mercado shopping, but not  barking roof dogs, but I will miss the sweet, gentle street dogs.I will miss swimming long course at 8 am at the “Alberca Olympica.” I will miss walking all over town and taking 10 peso bus trips for longer distances. I will miss our Zihuatanejo friends new and old.

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Faye  and I at Saifest

I will miss always seeing folks I know where ever I go in town. I will miss taking my camera every where as there is always something interesting to see.  I will miss the time I have here to read book after book with out guilt.  I will miss having time to blog about simple daily events. I won’t miss washing dishes by hand.I will miss coconut palms, flowers and greenery all winter long.

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                                Saturday morning Market

I will miss my trips with Sylvia to the the little Saturday morning market, where everything is home grown, or made or recycled and hand made or organic. I will miss lovely sunny mornings as we return to gray rainy weather, but all good things must come to a close. So this is my final blog of the season Signing off until December 30 2016.  KO

La Playa, Street Market and Sailfest

Friday morning arrived and we decided, it’s beach time! We headed out to Playa Las Gatas with our friends Will and Sylvia even though the day was overcast. None of us  were worried about “working on our tans”, just wanted a relaxing day, eating, drinking and people watching and enjoying the friendship.

Our favorites pot is Gloria Del Mar, the tide was way up so the Senor and I hit the water right away as it is easier to get in to swim. The Senor likes to bob in the water and I went out for a swim. A few drinks, some good seafood and suddenly the day is gone. We always come back from the beach tired and worn out, like we had really done something. Somehow a day in the sun does that to you even when it is hid behind the clouds. It’s a good kind of tired.

I love Saturday mornings at the street market in front of the school. It was pleasantly cool yesterday morning by Zihuatanejo standards which made the market extra enjoyable. As usual I bought the Senor his mushroom tamales for his breakfast some tofu taquitos, more of the delicious pasta salad for lunch later and a grapefruit for tomorrow. Visited with the folks from the turtle preserve and other friends and headed back to the apartment as I will have a busy day as I’m working the t-shirt table for Sailfest today.

Did a brisk business in T-shirt sales, koozies and a few caps. And I get to do it again Sunday afternoon. Signing off KO

PLAYA LAS GATAS

 

Playa Las Gattas
Playa Las Gattas

Playa Las Gatas is the favorite beach for the Senor and I. It’s a short walk to the pier, 2 40 peso tickets and we are on the water taxi and on our way. We did find our favorite waiter Jose at Gloria Del Mar, at least I think that’s the correct name of the restaurant. As they are side by side all along the beach it can be hard to distinguish one from another at first glance. This day we got the right one we were looking for. Will and Sylvia accompanied us and we staked out our lounge chairs and table. I seem to be the only swimmer in the group, everyone else comes to eat, drink and enjoy the ambiance of the beach, shop and people watch.

Beautiful margaritas
Beautiful margaritas

Juanita, my favorite beach vendor always has beautiful and interesting bead and shell necklaces, bracelets. I always find something I like and this day was no different. I would love to shop the silver vendor, but silver

Juanita changing the length on my necklace while Sylvia looks on
Juanita changing the length on my necklace while Sylvia looks on

makes me itch. The candy lady comes by, as does the lady who hauls a huge load of beach wear around, it must weigh 50 lbs. I am always impressed with how hard these people work, long hours, physically demanding work and then hear they earn very little. I love lying on a beach lounge soaking up vitamin D and having the stores come to you. I know some folks find all the vendors annoying, but I enjoy them. The Silver salesman even carries a visa swipe machine with him.

I choose to swim out to the point of Owen Lee’s beach property. Swimming against incoming swells at times, I

Point I'm swimming to
Point I’m swimming to

 

could feel the rise and fall of the swells, kind of fun. It was a much easier swim on the return as the waves

give you a push. I’m so directionally challenged when I swim that I had to walk back past a dozen or so restaurants to get to our location

The senor, Kathleen, Will Sylvia
The senor, Kathleen, Will Sylvia

Our fish was cooked to perfection, our drinks were perfect (not the killer kind) it was anther great Zihuatanejo day, with enough of a breeze to keep one cooled off. Signing off KO

ON THE BEACH

ImageYesterday the Senor and I went to Las Gatas Beach. We take a water taxi to get there, while it is not an island it is most easily accessed  by water. Now that my knee has completely healed it is much easier getting on and off the boat. Last year it was a bit of a challenge. I’m always thankful for the young men who are there to help and we tip generously.  We went to the same beach restaurant we did last year, but the Senor’s favorite waiter wasn’t there, the food wasn’t very good.  But they did make killer margarita’s.

Chips with guacamole best part of lunch
Chips with guacamole best part of lunch
This is a killer maragrita
This is a killer maragrita

More on that later. My snorkel mask’s frame broke, but the senor said he thinks he can glue it back together so I rented one for the day. No sooner than we got there than I realized not only had I forgotten my mango drink powder that I have become addicted to but also I had not packed my swim scarf.  I can’t swim with out something on my head or I would burn to a crisp. So I had to buy a big scarf and fold it up

Improvised swim scarf
Improvised swim scarf

many times before I could tie it on, but it worked.  I was just out of luck with my powered drink mix.  I’ve learned if I drink 3-4 bottles of water each day I don’t get leg cramps at night. But I hate plain water, so I flavor it with a non calorie drink mix. I brought some from home, but have found a great mango flavor here that  I’ve also acquired a swim shirt.  I swam out past the reef which was teeming with fish some in large schools that you swim right through. We ordered fish fillet in garlic which we share and fortunately it came with chips and guacamole as the fish was dry. I had a margarita with my lunch, went out for another swim came back and had another margarita while we watched this young man shoot up out of the

Walking on water

Higher
Higher

water on this jet pack until he was 20ft in the air.  It is powered by a hose from the jet ski behind him. Looks interesting, but I’m sure it would take more balance than I have.

 

 

And higher
And higher

I’ll be content to be a spectator. One more Margarita and back to the apartment where I have a crock pot of ribs waiting for the Senor.

I had a bit of trouble navigating back to the apartment, but once there safe and sound, well you know the old saying one tequila, two tequila, three tequila floor.  Well that is exactly what happened I fell flat on the floor, slit my lip and woke up to a black eye.  I will look lovely at the M-Dock concert tonight.  Lessons learned, don’t go the beach with out making sure the bag is fully packed, head scarf and mango powder included.  Never more than 2 margaritas.

El doctor en Zihuatanejo

1 31 11 Yesterday while at a beach side restaurant this young girl about 6 plopped one of the items she was selling on the cover of my Kindle and began to fiddle with the buttons like she was invited.  She was about 6 years old and found the numbers and poked them and counted to 10 for me.  This little girl,with her mother not far away, will sell these little bobble head animals until the bars close for 20 pesos  each (about $2 ) and unless she gets more that an a basic education she will do that for the rest of her life. She has probably been doing this for 2 or 3 years already.  Want to talk about child labor laws ??  She was very sweet and of course I bought.

The Senor paid a visit to El Doctor Grayeb today as he has a “wimpy” digestive system.  This seems to be an annual event, but this year caught it quicker so just pills no need for a shot.  Already he is better.  Me being the wonderful nurse that I am abandoned him to go swimming at La Madera Beach this afternoon.  I had some of the best nachos I’ve ever had.  definitely my style, chips refried beans and chopped tomatoes and grated cheese.  Super yummy and of course dos margaritas.  After a brief siesta we watched a movie supplied by my daughter April.  While sitting on the balcony this evening listening to the evening sounds of Zihua I noticed a crowd  of folks about a 1/2 block up the street.  So I went to investigate, it was definitely a private Mexican party, and I think maybe wedding, but across the street at Rafa’s bar I heard  the most haunting music in the vein of Peggie Lee  and Julie London.  Her name is Josie Kuhn, a true blues singer I caught just the last songs of her act ,Fever and Moonglow.  But let me tell you I will be back tomorrow night.  The Senor spent most of his day with the news of Egypt.  I hate to say it , but I’m on vacation and a modicum of news is welcome, not hours of it.  But he likes it and his old westerns.  Thankfully our sling box has worked great and has kept him happy with American TV.  Our neighbors have invited me to go to Las Gatas beach with them tomorrow.  I will surely take them up on this invite, maybe the Senor will be well enough to go also. 

It’s 10:30 here, but still lots of street activity, not noisy, but sounds coming up from several different areas, some music, some the clang of the “garage” doors being rolled down to close up their business as almost all of them are only walls on 3 sides with the street side being wide open untill the doors roll down, there is a roof dog barking a couple of buildings away, children calling out, happy conversations as people head for home.  Somewhere a game is being played, either on TV or a field as a cheering crowd in the distance can be heard.  Night time in Zihuatanejo.  Signing off KO

Beach life & Zihua Saturday night

1 22 11 Saturday night in Zihuatanejo is a unique experience. Sort of a cacophony of sounds. From our balcony I can hear about 3 different bands, and a couple of radios. Some of the music is pleasant, one is just a loud band with very repetitious drum beat. 

Earlier this morning as I returned from my walk, they were setting up enormous speakers, with huge banners hanging from tall scaffolding. Guerrero state elections are at the end of this month. In the late afternoon and early evening there was a huge political rally at the zocolo.  Looked like everyone in town and more were there.  We could view the scene from the balcony, which was as close as I would want to get involved in Mexican politics.

Sort of started at the end of my day working backwards.  After my morning walk, we headed to Las Gatas beach to swim and snorkle.  Since it was Saturday the beach restaurants were busy with many Mexican families.  Not many tourists.  We tried a new place, Mesa de Pescador and had good beach chairs with umbrellas, plenty of beer and margaritas and a nice fish fillet for lunch.  While I snorkled “The Senor” was picking up little pieces of coral for my bird houses.  A little girl about 3 or 4 watched him and then started picking up coral and bringing it to him.  She was soon joined by her sister and brother all bringing him coral.  It was really quite sweet, but had a little trouble telling them enough. We met up with “my jeweler” Juanita.  I’ve purchased necklaces from her every year we go to Las Gatas.  She greets me like an old friend. And of course I bought 2 beaded necklaces and a pair of earings. It’s always a bit of an adventure riding the boat out to the beach, well the adventure isn’t in the ride it’s the getting on and off. The pier and the boat are not quite at the same level, but for a few coins there are young men to assist.  Still can’t do it gracefully!

I’ve been unable to send any email for the last couple of days, receive yes, but no able to send, with the help of my neighbor nI fixed the problem or more correctly was able get around it.  So if any of you recieve a Help message from me, ignor as the problem is corrected.

Friday night we went out to dinner with our Canadian friends Dwight & Lynn at a courtyard restaurant.  The waiter was very entertaining and renamed the gentlemen in our party El Rey and El Guapo, said it was easier than trying to pronounce their names.  Had a good dinner, good company, all is well and right with the world. Life is Zihuatanejo is most enjoyable.

 I’ve tried to post several pictures to illustrate much of the above, I’ll give it one last try.  I wanted the pictures in the appropriate places, but I guess I don’t know how to figure that out yet.