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Whales

February 9

A very low key day today. The men went down to the beach for a swim in the morning while I sat on the deck and watched the ocean. We watched some of the Olympics with Spanish commentary. Later in the afternoon, Margarita time, we saw a couple of whales going by. Of course, they had their entourage of little boats, but it was nice to see them out there. Pretty impossible to get any pictures at that distance. The men made a delicious fish supper and I did the clean up. Very relaxing day.

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Hot Sun and Hot Music

February 8

We got settled into our home for this week and said goodbye to the couple from Pender Island that were leaving. This is definitely the nicest place we have stayed in so far on this trip. Beautiful view, swimming pool, spacious rooms with fans and air conditioned bedrooms - just wonderful.
View of the ocean from the deck

View of the ocean from the deck

View of the house from the deck

View of the house from the deck

Swimming pool

Swimming pool


I sat in the shade on the deck looking out over the ocean, just enjoying the view and the breeze. Then my attention was attracted to what I thought were birds diving in the water. It actually turned out to be manta rays jumping out of the water. I had to check on Google to make sure that was what I was seeing - but it's true. I tried to get a movie of this, but they are often so far away and it's so hard to focus out in the sun, that I didn't get anything worth showing anyone. However, I will keep trying and hopefully succeed!
Rob arrived mid-morning and we sat and visited - exchanging travel stories. Ken (the man from Pender who will be sharing the house with the 3 of us) came back from his morning swim and we had some lunch. Then we all just cooled it for awhile - way too hot to be out in the sun. Later in the afternoon, Don and Ken went grocery shopping and when they got back, it was margarita time. We had decided to go to a concert, so we went out to eat on the way to the concert. We missed the first set, but caught the second set of a Canadian guitar player, Chris Caddell, and his backup band. He was good - more rock than blues. Then they had a second local group play, Grupo La Noche, a salsa band. They were very loud and very fast. Rob even had me up trying to dance a merengue with him, but salsa is not something I know how to do and I kept stepping on and out of my flip-flops. But we had fun and then back home to bed.

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Mexico City to Puerto Escondido

February 7

We did some exploring of historic downtown Mexico City this morning after breakfast. We walked past Diego Rivera's studio Museum, which was very close to our hotel. Unfortunately, Frida Kahlo's Museum is down in the south part of the city and we would have used up all the time we had just traveling to and from it, without even spending time there. We walked past the Palace of Fine Arts as the marble paving stones in front were being cleaned. One fellow throwing pails of water on the stones, and someone else using a electric floor scrubber to clean them. It is a huge building, but was not open when we went by. We had so little time we did the drive by version (on foot) to see the sights.
Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts

Large Spider Sculpture

Large Spider Sculpture


We walked to Constitution Plaza, where the National Palace (government building) and the Metropolitan Cathedral are on two sides of the square. The Cathedral is the largest on the North American continent and that is very large!! In fact, the majority of the old buildings are huge - maybe cuz they don't have to heat them they can make them bigger?? I don't know, but large is normal. The huge square was filled with army tents and helicopters and other machines. They were apparently celebrating the 100th birthday of the armed forces. So there were soldiers everywhere as well as the regular police.
Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral


After leaving the square, we walked back a different route, visiting the Gran Hotel Mexico City with an unbelievable chandelier in the entrance and a stained glass roof that is amazing. We also stopped in to see the inside of the post office, which is gorgeous and has dragon light fixtures on the outside.
Inside Post Office

Inside Post Office

Dragon Lights

Dragon Lights


After checking out of our hotel we took a taxi to the airport, seeing a religious procession with a marching band going toward the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Band, flags, banners, lots of people... At the airport we had lunch and watched some of the Sochi opening ceremony on TV before getting on the plane to Huatulco. It was a quick flight on a very comfortable plane - lots of empty seats - free beer. We met a woman who was also going to Puerto Escondido and she was asking how we were getting from the airport to PE. So we told her about our plan to walk out to the main road and catch a bus. She decided to join us. Taxis from the airport to PE are very expensive - 600 pesos - and although we had to wait awhile for the bus, when it came, it was only 52 pesos each. It took about 2 hours to make the trip - lots of stops for people to get on and off. It was just getting dark when we arrived in PE and we took a taxi to our rented house. Ken was there to let us in and show us around. Then we went out to a restaurant, Rincon de los Almendros, which is just a couple of blocks away. There was a jazz saxophonist playing with recorded background music, which was very enjoyable with a good meal as well. Then we walked back and had a little visit with Ken and met Susan and Frank, who are leaving in the morning.
A very busy day.

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Travel to Mexico City

February 6

We got packed up and out of our place in San Miguel about 10 am. We got a taxi to the bus depot and within 10 minutes we were on the bus to Queretaro, where we had to pick up Don's camera from the service centre. When we arrived, I stayed at the bus depot with the luggage, and Don took a taxi over to the service centre and back. It didn't take very long and after we had a bite to eat, we got on the bus for Mexico City. On the first class bus, they even supply a lunch - a juice, a ham and cheese sandwich, and a cookie. Sort of like airplane food!
The bus is very comfortable and the trip was uneventful. You know you have reached the city when the vendors start appearing between the lanes of traffic at any traffic light.
Selling pop from the back of his motorcycle

Selling pop from the back of his motorcycle

Vendors between the lanes of traffic

Vendors between the lanes of traffic


When we arrived in Mexico City, we got a taxi to our hotel. The driver didn't seem to be able to read the map we had, and had to stop a couple of times to ask other people for help. Finally we got close enough, that we could read the map and tell him where to turn. So we made it -- a very bare bones basic hotel room in downtown, but very cheap. We went out for supper to an Argentinian restaurant, Gotan, and had a nice meal, if a little expensive. I guess lots of things are more expensive in the big city.
On our way to supper, we passed the big central square with this huge monument in it. They also have huge outdoor sculptures in downtown.
Monument to the Revolution

Monument to the Revolution

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Last Day in San Miguel

February 5

First thing when we went out today, we went back to the metal workshop which we can see from the roof of our house. We had stopped in there yesterday and seen what they were working on, but I forgot to take any pictures. So this morning, I went back up the steep no-railing stairs to take a couple of pictures. There seem to be 3 men who work at making metal stars and stained glass stars and metal frames for mirrors. They are very quick at their work.
The scary stairs

The scary stairs

Working on a stained glass star

Working on a stained glass star


We set off on a mission. Don had an accident with a plastic flipper this morning and it was wrecked. So we searched for a replacement. We went thru the markets that are very close to us and didn't find anything. However, Don did get his haircut for the grand sum of 25 pesos ($2.50) and it looked pretty good. So we went to investigate a market called the Artisan's Alleyway. This is about a 3 block long line of little shops of handmade goods. Lots of lovely stuff. We did buy a small metal star to bring home, but it may be a problem fitting it in our luggage.
A Large Star

A Large Star


After the Artisan's Alleyway, it changes into a more regular market. Here we tasted deep fried cricket - I actually ate a cricket! Very spicy but not bad. And we managed to find a replacement flipper at one of the plastic shops in the market. We celebrated our success by having an ice cream cone and a sit in the park.
We decided to search out the bull ring that we had seen on the map. We knew it was no longer in use, but thought we would have a look. We did find it, but we had to peer thru the cracks in the gate to make sure we were at the right place. There was a big banner of a bull and matador. We also visited the Bellas Artes, which is the first art school established in San Miguel in the 1930s. It is in a huge old convent, with a lovely courtyard in the middle. There were several different art exhibitions on display - one of weaving, one room filled with murals that had been painted back in 1949, and a more modern exhibition called Jardin Interior by Ana Thiel, which was made with broken glass and rock and the garden path was car windshields. Sounds weird, but it was quite beautiful.
Interior Garden

Interior Garden

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