Published: July 16th 2002July 16th 2002
Had toast and coffee for breakfast - nice to have something this early in the day without Jalapenos. We were all running low on cash so headed off to El Banco. The bank was shut - it's Sunday. The ATM however was working fine, gave me cash but got so confused when I asked for a balance that it took my card. Damn. I have to queue tomorrow morning to try and get it back ... I have no idea how to explain it in Spanish - 9am though is when I'll be there, and I'll be back every hour until I have my card again... I don't have any other option. The 1000 pesos ($100) will have to last me until then - I think it will, though I won't get far without the card.
We headed out to the beach at Napolo after having negotiated with the taxi driver from $30 down to $23 for a round trip. The beach was really nice, no golden sand but lots of people, some playing football. We asked if we could join in and had a three a side match with some of the local kids, (Mano 9, Osma 13 and
Edgar 15 - see how useful my Spanish is) - we split us oldies up and ended up two goals apiece. Great fun, though running on sand was hard work - probably good for me. The cab driver kept his word and met us at 5:30pm - we had kept back $10.
I spent the early evening working on my website - this one, adding in some extra features and some bits and pieces that will let it scale better. Later we headed out for dinner. There is a great little place somewhere on the high street that serves beef tacos. Nothing else, just beef tacos. Though you do get a choice of either corn or flour taco. The meat is really good and there is big plate of cabbage, onions, salsa and guadamale that you can use to customise the taco. It was really popular with the locals which is why Matt tried it the previous day. Well worth a visit. They really should get round to giving the little shack in a yard a name, they could call it a cafe and people reading this might visit it.
We bumped into Edgar, bought him an ice
cream and told him about the website and said that his photo would be there. I don't know whether he understood or believed us but hopefully he will check. Talked about soccer some more, England is his second favorite team after Mexico - damned Americans - I mean football. He left to go sleep, and got into a pickup where his mum and sister had been waiting the whole time. Oh well, he can tell them lots about England and Canada now... well maybe a couple of sentences worth anyway. A herd of small children said hello on the way back to the motel, chased us down the street and pulled out cameras - "Can we have your picture? - you are very handsome". They didn't want to be in the photo with us - just wanted us handsome guys all by ourselves... how wierd.
Not much nightlife in Loreto - just as the guide books say, but its very very hot here, lots of sun and lots of relaxing. It must be about 35 through most of the day and 25 in the night - luckily we have the aircon.