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Jan 27, 2012 - Day 7

By: JoeRocket2 (View Profile)
Date: 4/8/2012

We wake up to an overcast day and are hoping that the clouds will move past us quickly. Because it is Joe’s birthday today, it shouldn’t be rainy…. well, what can you do, we cannot control the weather. Even the iguana outside our room is second guessing his decision to be out on the grass today.

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We are all hungry and decide to go for it despite the rain, so we make our way into town headed for Alexia y Geovanny for breakfast. We didn’t make it there last year as it seemed every time we were going to eat there, the tables were packed. We thought today might be a better day to find a table, since it is overcast and might rain. Joe decides to try eggs Sunnyside up with bacon. The rest of us get versions of scrambled eggs… Butch gets an order with chorizo, Kay with cheese and I get mine with bacon, and all of our orders also come with toast. They are filling meals that taste pretty good, especially considering the reasonable pricing. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures for some reason that morning.

Since it looks like it could rain at any moment, we quickly make our way back to the hotel so we can gather the items that we need to bring to the laundry. We decided years ago that it was much easier to bring one week’s worth of clothes down with us and then get them washed for the second week… plus, you’ve got to love the smell of the laundry soap used on Isla. Just as we are driving by the Poc-Na youth hostel, we are hit with a sudden downpour. Since we are in the cart with a roof it isn’t as bad as it could be, but this rain is coming at us sideways. We stop under a tree for a few minutes and consider whether we want to continue to Tim Pho laundry or head back to the hotel… we decide we might as well continue on since we are already wet. The laundry is dropped off and we quickly return to the hotel… we end up running back to the room as another burst of rain arrives with impeccable timing!

After that adventure, we hang out in the room relaxing and playing a little tortilla toss until the rain lets up. Several hours later, the rain is letting up and we are now getting hungry for lunch. Butch and Kay are slightly jealous of the pizza that Joe and I had in Puerto Juarez yesterday and want a take-out pizza, but Joe is hungry for fish and chips from Bobo’s… so Joe and I make a run into town and get a little bit of both. We ordered a pizza at Aqui Estoy with pepperoni, mushroom and onion and while waiting for it to cook, we stop over at Bobo’s and place an order for fish and chips. After the Bobo’s order is ready we swing back by Aqui Estoy, pick up the pizza and head back to the hotel to eat. The pizza is pretty filling since it has a thicker crust so we end up with a couple leftover pieces for later… Joe’s wolfs down his fish and chips leaving nothing but plate.

We spend the drizzly afternoon playing 500 in the room and then take a short siesta before getting ready for the evening. Just when we are about ready to leave for dinner, the rain really starts coming down again. Luckily, Butch had the foresight to bring along make your own rain ponchos in the form of garbage bags. We just had to cut out head and arm holes. Butch and Joe make quick work out of the project and we are set to go. There is no way that the cart is going to work for this evening and we end up all cramming into a cab on our way to Brisa Mexicana. One really nice thing about Brisa Mexicana is they have plenty of the room in the dining area, we usually don’t sit in there because we like sitting at a table out on the street, but it comes in handy on a rainy night like tonight. The rain is not letting up at all while we are drinking our 2 x 1’s so we decide to stay put and eat dinner at Brisa.

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Butch and Joe both place orders for the arrachera steak with fries and Kay and I both order the Chile Relleno stuffed with chicken and cheese. The arrachera steaks are seasoned well and very tasty… they are rarely disappointed with their steaks from Brisa. This is the first time that Kay has ever had a Chile Relleno, and she is pleased with her choice. I still think that I prefer the Chile Relleno at La Lomita as the chile is a little more tender, but this one is quite good. By the time we have finished eating the rain has stopped and we take a cab back to the hotel so Butch and Kay can turn in for the night while Joe and I head back out to celebrate his birthday with some cocktails at Miguels.

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The action is starting to ramp up at Miguels now that the rain has passed, but we end up finding a good spot to listen to the band and enjoy watching the action taking place on the dance floor. During the evening, an artistic tourist took the time to sketch drawings on the wall at Miguels of the band members Jorge and Alfredo that are quite good representations. Once the band has finished for the night and Alfredo has run to catch the last ferry, we leave Miguels and make a stop at our longtime favorite late night food stop, Tacqueria Medina, for a snack before heading home. We each devour two tacos al pastor on flour tortillas… a delicious end to the evening!

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