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Moving to Mazunte

February 22

We took the Sur bus from the depot in Puerto Escondido to San Antonio, which is where the road to Mazunte starts. Rob continued on to Huatulco, where he flies out tomorrow night. We got a taxi which took us to our rental in Mazunte. David, our host, met us and gave us our orientation. Our casa is high up on the hill above their place. We think there is something like 60 or more vertical steps from street level to our door, and that's not counting the parts that are sloped but not so steep as to need steps. It is a nice place and we do have a small view of the ocean from our patio/palapa.
Our casa

Our casa

Our bedroom

Our bedroom


We went down to town and had lunch at Tania's Restaurant, which was good. They have a big screen TV so Don's thinking it might come in handy for the last day of the Oympics. Then we bought some groceries and headed back up the steps.
David had told us that one of their neighbours were having a birthday party for their 3 year old. These neighbours play loud music, which is irritating to David and Tiki. So they have planned an excursion at 4:00 to Zipolita, one of the beach towns just down the coast. They invited us to go along so of course, we said yes. There were also 3 other guests of theirs, who came along. We drove over in their vehicle, which just fit 7, and sat on the beach for awhile, enjoying the ocean. This beach is clothing optional, so sometimes the view was enhanced! Then we went to a restaurant on the beach for supper. After supper we walked along the beach and then up on the street to get to their favourite dessert spot. Brownies and tira-misu, yum! They still thought it was too early to go home because the music would likely still be blasting. So they took us to a theatre of sorts. Lawn chairs in rows in front of a big screen and a movie played off a laptop! Very different, but OK. You could also have beer or pop as you watched. We saw "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", which we enjoyed. Then we all came home and it was quiet! So to bed.
Resident iguana

Resident iguana

Supper on the beach

Supper on the beach

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Last Two Days in Puerto Escondido

February 20 & 21

These last two days have been very relaxing. The guys have done some snorkeling and we've managed to figure out how to watch the Olympics on the laptop. So we could watch the gold medal curling games and the hockey games. It's a little trickier when you are in a different country without satellite TV.
Last night after supper, we walked up to the Italian gelato place and had ice cream. They have tables out on the sidewalk and a TV out there, so we could sit and eat our ice cream and watch soccer. We had no clue who was playing, but we watched about the last 20 minutes of a game, just cooling it in the tropical evening.
Squirrel in the palm tree in our garden

Squirrel in the palm tree in our garden

Chickens in the courtyard of a high end condo down the street

Chickens in the courtyard of a high end condo down the street


We collected a few more photos of this place today and Don found out some info from the gardener about some of the plants we have been wondering about. Luckily, the gardener speaks English quite well. Every afternoon ends with a swim in the pool and margaritas while sitting around the pool. Just lovely! Tonight we went out for supper, since it was out last night here and tomorrow Rob goes off to start his trip back home, while we go on to Mazunte, which is a small town on the coast. We ate at Pascale Restaurant, which was down on the main beach. So we sat out under the stars on the beach, listening to the waves and had a very nice meal. There was a parade that went by - Don had to run up to the street to watch it go by - we have no idea what that was about - but lots of noise, music and lights.

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Birds, Birds, Birds

February 19

We got up early this morning and were picked up at 6:30 am by Eve, a young guide with Lalo Ecotours. He drove us out to Manialtepec Lagoon, which is the same one Don and Rob went kayaking on last week. We all went out in their motor launch and had a great tour with Eve. He is very knowledgeable about the birds and gave us lots of time to take photos and use the provided binoculars. We investigated several channels thru the mangroves and also traveled up the freshwater river which feeds the lagoon. There were lots of birds to see and we saw 54 different species! And we saw a couple we have never seen anywhere else.
Boat-billed Heron

Boat-billed Heron

Great Blue Heron sunning its wings

Great Blue Heron sunning its wings

Black-necked Stilts

Black-necked Stilts


At the end of the tour, we went to a palapa restaurant on the ocean side of the lagoon. There we had a little brunch - quesadillas, sopas, etc. The woman who ran it cooked on a stove which was a metal plate placed on two large rocks, with the fire between. No road in, they have to walk or boat out to get supplies!
Beach restaurant

Beach restaurant

Stove

Stove


We were dropped off at home around noon. The guys went out to try and watch the Olympics, cuz no TV at our place, but they had no luck. We just cooled it the rest of the day.

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Lazing around Puerto Escondido

February 17 & 18

We have had a very relaxed couple of days. The heat of the day promotes lots of shade sitting and cold drinks. Yesterday morning Don and I both went for walks about town, while it was cool. But because I woke up first, I was gone when he got up and then he went out and when I came back for breakfast he was gone. All was well and eventually we met up again. Don did an early morning walk today and got this great video on the main beach.

The fisherman go out very early and get their catch. When they come in, they run their boats up on the beach and then use the boat as a marketing table. Very efficient!
Today we needed to go to the market for some more groceries, so we all set out together. I wanted to ride the bus up to the market, so Don came with me and Rob decided to walk to the market. We found him again after we had been in the market for about 5 minutes! The bus ride was kind of interesting because it took me on streets I hadn't seen before. We had a good look around the market at all the other merchandise before we did our food buying. Then we walked home - it's downhill all the way - stopping in little stores along the way. I got this shot of the fish for sale. These women go to the beach and buy from the fisherman and then bring the fish to the market to sell.
Fresh fish for sale

Fresh fish for sale


We've discovered that this place we are staying is for sale. Here is the description from Remax:
$599,000 us -or- $7,462,000 mx) Welcome to an Exclusive Hidden Gem in the middle of the city, located in one of the most desirable residential areas in Puerto Escondido. Only minutes to town centre, Zicatela & Manzanillo beaches and the lighthouse. Consisting of an entire city block surrounded by a handsome, decorated exterior wall provides complete privacy with 5 secure entrance points. Inside you will find a carefully manicured oasis of plants, trees and a flower paradise, cared for daily by full time staff. This private retreat is home to 1 Large Principal Residence and 5 separate bungalow residences. The principal home has a huge open living area design with 2 bedrooms and a large 6 piece bath; the gourmet kitchen & dining area provides seating for up to 20 people. The 5 remaining residences each consist of 1 Bedroom & Bath, with their own special theme & d├ęcor. Three of the bungalows feature large patios. Two of the bungalows are 2 story homes with balcony / terraces. There is also a third level area, used as a meditation & yoga room which could be further developed. This is the ultimate purchase for a large family with regular visitors, OR could be operated as a very special vacation rental business and Spa. The property also features staff quarters & 3 hammock areas. The unique swimming pool is spacious and inviting with all areas conveniently connected by handcrafted natural stone walkways. A hidden garage is also available from the street. This is a must see for the buyer looking for something unique!

Any takers??

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Quiet Day

February 16

I think the big day yesterday wore everyone out. As well, there was a Mexican wedding happening at a facility next to us, so there was loud music until late in the night. Nice music and amazingly it didn't keep me awake. But I didn't wake up until 8:00, which is late for me.
We had a very relaxed day. After breakfast, I walked down the street to the lookout over the ocean, but there was no shade left there by that time of day, so I didn't stay. On the way there, I saw many different kinds of birds in the trees along the street. I tried to get a picture of the White-throated Maggie-Jay, but it's a very poor one. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Calocitta_formosa_%28group%29.jpg. They are very loud, like a magpie or a jay, but very beautiful.
We had a very quiet afternoon, reading in the shade, and later Don went to the store for a couple of essentials - one being the ingredient for the Margaritas - Controy. We had our Margaritas at the table beside the pool. Very pleasant as dusk is falling.
Margarita time

Margarita time


Here are a few more photos of our place and the main beach here. Our place is so full of art and crafts, it's hard to take it all in.
Our bathroom

Our bathroom

Sink 1

Sink 1

Sink 2

Sink 2

Main beach

Main beach

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