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Published: February 4th 2012
Wowzie, by about 9 am yesterday morning it was getting pretty hot. How HOT was it you ask? HAHAHA, alright never mind how hot it was. I won't try and be a comedian again.
Al went to sign up for diving lessons. They will start him off in a pool and they will take him out for his first dive on the barrier reef. Yes, the Riviera Maya has the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world; attracting divers and snorkelers from all over the world. Including the soon-to-be-great diver "AL"...
I know I talk about food a lot; it is one of my passions (oh next to you Al 😉 There's just no shortage of great things to eat here. The freshness, the herbs and spices, the fish & seafood, the local foods - aye carumba. I love to share what we eat here for all those folks that plan on coming here. The world is your oyster food-wise here, even if you don't like Mexican. To be honest it's not my favorite; it's Al's so he indulges and I find a happy medium. I love seafood and they do shrimp and lobster particularly well here.
lunch yesterday, Al and I had delicious shredded pork on a soft panini bun with pickled onions from a pushcart. They are THE best; always eat where the locals eat they say. All for about $1.50 CDN. It was melt in your mouth tasty, and they included a side of spicy salsa which Al enjoyed. There (sadly) is a McDonald's here, and they've got a window on 5th. You can get a waffle cone (Oreo) of soft vanilla or chocolate ice cream for a whopping .45 cents. I grumbled about stopping at McDonald's but Ava was happier than a moth at a porch light. (Oreo cone, a kid's paradise).
Last night we went to Frida's for dinner. I remember seeing the movie of Frida Kahlo with Salma Hayek many years ago. Funny enough Al remembers ONLY that Salma Hayek was in it (of course -she's beautiful!). Frida was born in the early 1900's in Mexico. She was a talented artist but also an outspoken activist for women's rights. She was born with polio so she also was an activist for persons with disabilities as well. She married the painter Diego Rivera and they had a very tumultous relationship.
Anyhow, after that history lesson, back to dinner at Friday's which was was nice. Ray and Pat had a surf and turf platter. Al had mole chicken (spicy chocolate sauce), and I had a platter of butterflied shrimp and crisply fish fillet. Mom had burritos and Lara had a mile high nach platter. We all had free drinks on the house; the margaritas were light and tasty. They took a picture of us with Ray and Lara wearing sombreros! It was pretty cute to see grandfather and grand-daughter wearing the sombreros together!
Today we move from the first floor which has been a bonus, up to the 3rd level condo which has a roof/penthouse. Great views of the ocean, and the roof has table, chairs and loungers for dining. A lot more space to spread out and enjoy the quiet, of reading and the great views.
We will be here (Friday till Tuesday).
The ocean seems angry; windy, and crashing waves and not much sun. Maybe "mother nature" had a fight with her husban...We're hoping "she" gets it out of its system and we can feel the sun's warmth any minute. Any day in Playa is still
a fabulous day. If it rains Al and I are off to play a game of billiards.
How are things at home???
"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best". Frida Kahlo
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