We got up early to go to the beach with Roberto and Bianca and their dogs. The other Canadians staying here, Bernie, Valerie, and Jason, came along as well in their rental car. We drove along the coast to Copalita and visited Bocana Beach. This beach is a big sandbar between the river and the ocean. During the rainy season, the beach disappears because there is so much water coming down the river. It’s a lovely spot and early in the morning there weren’t many people around. There were an amazing number of black vultures congregated there. We also saw 2 women collecting tiny shrimp from the edge of the river. They used strainers and scooped up rocks and sand under the water. Then they picked out the rocks and washed out the sand and were left with tiny translucent shrimp to put in their pails. Bianca told us they cook them up with rice.
After we got back to the hotel, Don and I walked over to the Super Che (like Walmart) and bought some fruit. We sat in the shade and ate a couple of mangos before continuing on to downtown. We visited a market and ran into the Canadians from our hotel again. We had an Oaxacan lunch in a nice is variations on corn tortillas, bean sauce, and eggs. Very yummy!
We visited a second hand clothing store and actually bought a couple of things! I think these are probably second hand clothing from some other country that are shipped to Mexico. They weren’t as cheap as they would be in Canada, which is interesting.
We also had to test out the ice cream here and found it OK, if not as good as Italian gelato. We’ve been trying to figure out the bus system here, it doesn’t seem as frequent as other places we’ve been and no collectivos in town, apparently. We finally got on a bus to ride down to the traffic circle by our hotel, so we could walk the last couple of blocks. By then it was so hot, we had to go in the pool to cool off for awhile.
Roberto invited us to the Oscar party they hosted tonight, so later in the afternoon we went back to Super Che to buy food for the party. It was bring your own thing to grill and whatever else you wanted to eat and drink. So we got some stuff and then prepared it in our room. Our course, the Oscars had Spanish voice over, so we didn’t get a lot of it, but you can always tell what’s happening. All the guests staying here were at the party and lots of Roberto and Bianca’s friends came as well. They even made a red carpet out of paper to lead up to the TV.
This is a little Mexican family run hotel, which is cheap and missing a few amenities. But where can you stay for more money and get invited to the beach and the Oscar party and given a free tour? Very friendly and kind people!