((((February 29 is my last day at work. The library called it "Retire" because I can begin collecting a pension after working part time for only 12 years. I called it "leaving the library" because I will probably be looking for a job when winter hits and Im bored being confined all day. Right now we are having a wonderful time. The freedom is exhilarating! I like "Retire"!))))
Thursday morning we walked down the road to Playa Indios where we asked about a room to rent. “No rooms for rent”. Okey dokey. The man we met said he found the place through friends on the island.
Back to La Joya to wait for friends who live on the island. We were all going to Seso Locos for dinner. We’ve had some great meals there. My octopus in garlic was really good. Denny had Bolognese which wasn’t as good as the last time. Jorge and Dianne shared a pizza and arrachera steak fajitas. The fajitas were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to photograph any till too late. Too busy talking and catching up on their lives. A woman walking by recognized our friends and stopped by our table to talk. Noticing Denny, she asked “is this your dad?” Jorge leaned toward Denny and said “oh sure! Can’t you see the family resemblance?” Whenever we’re out with young people, someone will invariably ask if one of us is a parent. I wouldn’t mind taking credit for either of these two young people.
We head back to their house to check on their dogs. A Burmese Mountain Dog/shepherd mix and a Chihuahua who were really sweet and entertained us with their playful antics. Back to La Joya where we sat on the porch, gazing at the dark water and talking. They are fun people and a real pleasure to be around.
Friday morning Jorge picked us up and took us to see the boat that he is outfitting for fishing, snorkeling and whale-shark tours. We’ve been out fishing with him on several occasions and once I caught a barracuda, very exciting. He is from a long line of fishermen on the island and lives to fish.
After running errands around the colonias, we ended up in Central. I’ve been wanting Bobos fish and chips so we stopped there, and had a great meal of fish and chips for me and burger for Denny. Brian is an interesting young man and we had a good time talking.
After so much food, we started walking back the road heading South. By the time we were near Soggy Peso, we hailed a cab. Hot! Back to La Joya, change into swimsuits and down to the pool. Boy that feels good! We had dinner at La Joya with six shrimp in mild seasoning with rice ($170p) for me and grilled chicken with grilled sweet peppers ($120p) for Denny. Since this was our last night in this lovely hotel, we were glad to stay in for the night. We met a couple from Germany and heard their stories of world travel, living in different countries while he was employed as an engineer. Our last morning at La Joya is beautiful. The bay is the calmest it’s been all week! Breakfast of hot tea, orange juice and peach yogurt, on the porch watching the boats in the bay. I could reinsert the previous photo here as it was the same!
We haul our stuff down the road till a taxi stops (traveling light makes easier walking). A taxi stops and we have a good time talking with him on the way to Luna d’Miel. The room won’t be ready for three hours so we figure we have plenty of time to walk into town for a well-deserved lunch at Picus. Isabelle stows our bags in the office and we’re on our way. It’s hot and we’re ready for a couple of cold XX.
As usual, we watch the day trippers file onto catamarans and think how lucky we are to be staying on the island.
My feet are hot from the long walk so I take my XX and walk knee deep into the water. Oh my, this is heaven! Clear cool water, cold XX……..life is good! I think I like “retire”. I know I don’t miss work! The “mean bug” bit me and made me send this photo to my former workmates at the library.
My filet of fish in herb butter and garlic are the best I’ve had all week. I will never stop asking Denny to try my fish dinners. He agrees that this is really good.
Denny gets nachos with cheese, refried beans and beef. The beef is real chewy………shoulda gotten chicken instead.
A vendor displays his wares. When I tell him "no" he keeps lowering the price till finally he says "one dollar!". Still "no".
We walk out to Playa Sol. Construction has begun on a wood walkway from the ‘road’ by Nautibeach to what had been the swing bar. We see Rogelio (former waiter ) and he tell us that the Moon Palace will be renting the area for day trippers. Oh well, that’s how it goes. What did we expect?
Walking back through town we pass the old Mirtitas, a grocery store that we really liked. The previous owners have set up shop a few doors up on Juarez to sell the last of the inventory. I bought club soda and tonic water there, tough to find those two.
Luna dMiel is another place weve walked by many times when we stayed at Punta Piedra and often thought of staying there because it is so close to town. They are now on the Lost Oasis site so booking is easy. The room was $85 US per day.
The walk back to Luna d’Miel is a long hot walk. When we arrive, I sit on the edge of the dipping pool to cool my feet. That feels good!
Here are some photos of the inside of Luna dMiel.
I know the photo is a bit dark and fuzzy (getting used to that yet?) but there is a sort of safe: a lock box screwed to the closet floor. Plenty of room for my netbook and the rest of the stuff we lock away.
The wind is still blowing making the back a great place to sit when you are really hot. The dipping pool is too cold for me to get into except for my feet and then its wonderful.
We like sitting by the road, watching the variety of traffic and the view of the bay.
At 730pm we meet a friend for dinner at Limon, Sergios new place at his house in La Gloria. We had gotten a tour several days earlier (forgot to take pictures both times!) and were looking forward to this meal. The night was clear and warm and we were able to sit outside in the garden, very nice.
Our friend had the “Trilogy of rosemary kebabs” ($160p), three kabobs, one each of beef, chicken and shrimp marinated in rosemary and thyme, served on a bed of Sergios special ‘fried rice’. My marinated arrachera ($180p) was marinated and grilled, served with “frijoles charros” (really good beans!) and grilled chilis. Beware of the chilis: hot! Sitting beside me, Sergio says “try the chilis”. He and the staff had a good laugh over my reaction. Whew! Denny had pork tenderloin ($150p) that had been marinated in a red pipian chili sauce and served with the frijoles and rice. The food was very good and because it was a slow night, Sergio sat with us. He had spent the day resting after a really busy night before, closing finally at 2am. The conversation was lively as he told stories of his beginning on the island. He is very happy in his new place, more settled and glad to be with his wife and son. He has even more plans for the roof. I can only imagine where he will go next, he’s full of enthusiasm for his place. The location is very good and I’m sure he will do well.
We had planned on getting ice from the Super Express before returning to the room but we had stayed so long at Sergios talking that it was closed. He had one of the guys pack me a big bag of ice. I like this guy.