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Fri AM @ Guayabito

Friday, January 8th, 2010
Agave Fields, Nayarit

Agave Fields, Nayarit

Wow, what a beautiful trip yesterday. At one (or several points) we were on the tequila route, flanked by fields of blue agave plants.

The soil & vegetation kept changing, and it was more than a bit disconcerting to know that I really couldn’t name much of the crops or orchards or any of the trees. Not too much wildlife, although I did see a big lizard (like dachsund size) sitting on a rock & once thought I saw a ground squirrel.

I don’t think I’ve taken a bus trip since college, and this was quite different. Very nice bus, very nice folks, and what was a 6 hr drive passed very easily.

Yes, pretty much everyone is older than I am; that’s what I get for impersonating a retired person. But most of their attitudes (and frankly their physical conditions, b/c  they live in SMA) are “younger” than mine. So I’ll be plying them w/margaritas & trying to get the secret out of them. (Then I’ll write an ebook about it, sell it on my blog- complete with testimonials- for $19.95 & retire for real. Problem solved.)

Gosh, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to wake up with NO BLANKETS and hear the ocean just outside. It may be overcast, but it’s WARM & that’s fine with me.

Only problems Mexican staff does not take coffee seriously.  When we say have the coffee ready at 8m we don’t mean almost 9. Oh, and I need to get some bug spray muy pronto.

I thought I had screwed up & forgotten my camera to computer tether, but just found a place where the little card thing goes in. (Yes, I’m talking techie again.) Anyway, I’ll be able to share photos as I go, so that will be a good thing. Here’s the first batch.

Today is a free day in Guayabitos, which is nice b/c it’ll allow me to find all the seafood restaurants & surfer shops in town. And please please let there be an espresso stand. Tomorrow is Sayulita, and later on will be PV & San Blas, but those are all optional & there’s quite a bit of lazing around @ the hotel (We stay in this hotel the whole time, no packing up until we leave!)

Found a really good restaurant next door that serves excellent margaritas & seafood that’s crazy-good. Last night I had coconut shrimp. MMM…. I shared some, brought home leftovers (I totally scored & have a little kitchen in my room instead of just a fridge.) But then woke up @ 4 AM & ate the rest of them!

I need a vacation!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

So I’m heading to the coast for a week. It’s turned cold & overcast here (the cognoscenti say that’s normal for Jan, but I didn’t get the memo), so it’s the perfect time for a road trip.

This really is last minute (I just found out about it @ yoga this AM, & didn’t get back here to the casita until 9:30 PM. I leave @ 7AM, and most of my clothes are at the laundry…)

Will get to see Guaybitos (where we’re staying ) w/side trips to Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta & San Blas. A whole new part of MX to explore! And it  looks like whale watching season!!

They say we’ll have internet in the lobby, so I’m bringing the computer… We’ll see. Will try to keep you all posted. Have the camera & charger packed already, never fear.

Now need to pack…  Hmm… I’ll bet they have clothes over there, too.

Happy 3 Kings Day!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Rosca de Reyes- 3 Kings Cake

If you follow the church calendar, this is Epiphany (the day the 3 wise guys showed up.) It’s a big holiday here, celebrated w/rosca de reyes, tamales & hot chocolate.

In Mexico, this is the primary gift-giving day & the last of the winter fiestas. Which means that my main street is now a mercado zone- there are little stores covered with tarps selling all manner of things, but mostly toys for kids.

OK, follow-up from yesterday:

I skipped the Tues Market… yesterday’s yoga left me sore in places I didn’t know I had. And I can do w/out sweats for another wk. (BTW, remind me to tell you about Tues Market. It’s not the usual shopping expedition!)

Went to the Feldenkrais lecture/demo. No, I was not the sample patient. But I was very impressed w/the non-exercises we did. Yes, they did actually make a difference. Really liked Richard Adelman, our Feldenkrais guy here. (Former long-term Berkeley resident & bongo drum teacher. Sounds like PT, doesn’t it?)  He made the theory understandable, and the non-exercises bore out his assertions.  As he says, it’s counter-intuitive, but it works. I may check into having a session or two with him.

A Wooly Kabis is a fancy restaurant with a fancy bar. Lots of women; the only men present were waiters & the occasional itinerant mariachi band. National drinks are: cerveza, margaritas (rocks or frozen), tequila, rum or vodka. (I guess if you’re Russian, vodka is a nat’l drink. I did not see any Russians in Wooly Kabis.) Botanas (snacks) are: popcorn with the first round, nachos w/the 2nd round, & who knows what for round 3. Having never been to a ladies’ night @ a bar, it was an interesting experience.

Had a fun talk w/my cab driver on the way home. NO, he did not offer to teach me to make national drinks. I’m starting to think of the cab rides as cheap Spanish conversation classes.

Monday…

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Let’s see… I left the casita @ 9 for yoga & didn’t get back until 6. I did yoga (very cute Mexican guy… lots of shoulder stuff, which I thought was my good point. Guess not.) Then went to brunch w/amiga P .  Lots of papaya & a sweet tamale? All for $10.

Then, to the Bonanza mini mart. You really CAN get anything there. It just goes on & on.

Then to the library, where Kathleen caught me & put me to work (I’d skipped out 2 wks running, so I owed her.)

Then rushed to LifePath Center for an Intro to Enneagrams class.

Then to the dentist, to find out he had some sort of emergency & can’t see me for 2 wks??? (Ayyy!)

Then to Mega, to get some wine, cheese & coffee filters…

Then home w/a crazy cab driver who gave me his cell # so he can come teach me to make Margaritas. (He doesn’t speak English, I don’t speak Spanish, but we both speak Margarita.) He’s #1 son’s  age, so no worries.

Tomorrow: Tues market, where I really need to find some sweatpants. Then a class in “How not to fall down & break your ankle.” by a Feldenkrais practitioner (seriously) Then, Women’s night out @ Wooly Kabis (whatever that is) with 2 for 1 national drinks (whatever those are.) and free botanas (don’t even ask.)