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Feb 2, 2012 - Day 13

By: JoeRocket2 (View Profile)
Date: 5/1/2012

On Thursday we are up and ready to go to breakfast without discussion since we had previously decided that we were going to the French Bistro for one last breakfast before our vacation is over. We all hop in the cart and drive into town… arriving at the French Bistro we are warmly greeted by Victor and Max and get seated. Butch and Kay each decide to order the surprise breakfast, which comes with one banana crepe and one piece of French toast. Kay hasn’t ordered this menu item before, so it will be interesting to see if she likes it. Joe chooses the beach special with his eggs Sunnyside up and I order the apple crepes. I normally do not like sweet things for breakfast, but the apple crepes are one of my exceptions that I tend to order once per trip. We all savor our last breakfast this year at the French Bistro. Kay was even happy with the surprise breakfast, but still prefers her favorite, the beach special. After finishing breakfast we say our goodbyes to Victor and Max and make our way back to the hotel.

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Back at the hotel, Butch and Kay decide to head down to the beach while Joe and I want to go snorkeling in the Kings pool. We get suited up, grab our gear and start walking down the path to the Kings pool. The snorkeling is amazing today and we see a ton of fish… Joe decides it might be a good time to grab some tortilla leftovers to feed to the fish and get some pictures. Once Joe is back, I take some great pictures of him feeding the fish… in some shots he is even able to entice fish to come right out of the water for a piece of tortilla. What a blast!

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In the early afternoon, we head in to take showers and touch base with Butch and Kay to see if they are hungry for lunch. They are hungry, but as it turns out Joe wants the chicken wings from Bobo’s and the rest of us want to try the restaurant Poc Chuc. So, we all drive in to town and get seated at Poc Chuc. Kay chooses the chicken tostadas and Butch and I both place an order for cubano tortas. Half way through our meal, Joe runs over to Bobo’s and orders his BBQ chicken wings to go. We finish eating and are very pleased with our meals… the price is very reasonable and food was really good.

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I start walking towards Bobo’s to see where Joe is and meet him on the way… at that moment we see a dog walking by that we nicknamed “Pugsley” years ago. We thought for sure that something had happened to him since we haven’t seen him hanging out by Brisa Mexicana for a while. Then we notice that he eyes aren’t looking as good, we wonder if he is going partially blind and that is why he is not wandering that far from where we suspect his home is located. We also notice that he happens to be holding onto a piece of steel rebar in his mouth like a bone, and it looks like he is smoking a cigar… he is so adorable!

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We then get back to the cart to meet up with Butch and Kay and head back to the hotel so Joe can eat his wings. When we get back, we find the maid has left us a towel animal that is really cute!

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Joe polishes off his wings and thinks they are just as good as yesterday.

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After lunch, Butch and Kay hang out on their balcony while Joe and I decide to go shopping. We drive into town and stop at the Mercado across from Poc Na youth hostel, where I am able to find a couple cute bracelets and an adorable little purse for a friend’s daughter… all at very reasonable prices compared to shopping on Hidalgo.

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We continue shopping and make our way to Hidalgo where we hear the very unique call of the Queso Oaxaca guy…… Que-So Oa-Xa-Ca (sounds like wa-ha-ka). I had recently read on the chat board that you can buy the cheese directly from him, and that it is similar to string cheese… and I have been wanting to try it ever since. So we get half a slab to take back to the hotel with us. Once at the hotel we all try some of the cheese, and I have to say, that the smell is a little bit like sweaty feet… but it does taste mellow and very similar to string cheese.

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Joe and I hang out and relax in the room for a while since the snorkeling and sun took a lot out of us today. A siesta is good insurance since we hope to stay up late at Miguels tonight. After resting, we get ready for the evening and make our way to the cart to head into Brisa Mexicana for 2x1’s. On the way into town, I get a picture of this guy with a strange furry hat…

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Once seated at Brisa Mexicana, we proceed to discuss dinner options. This is a difficult decision as we have to weigh our options for both tonight and tomorrow night (since it will be our last). We finally decide on Victor’s Cuba Libre, and after finishing our drinks, mosey down the block. I stop along the way to make one more necklace purchase at Magia’s cart, which is now located between Brisa Mexicana and Cuba Libre. I just love all of her jewelry and usually check back a couple times during our trip to see what new offerings she has available.

After getting settled at Cuba Libre, we place our orders. Tonight Butch says he is craving the liver and onions that he loved last year. Kay orders half of a Cuban sandwich, and Joe chooses the breaded grouper. I have to try something new and decide on the pan fried steak with Cuban sauce. We are all very happy with our choices, and as usual for Victor’s, the meals are very filling.

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After dinner, we bring Butch and Kay back to the hotel and Joe and I head straight back into town to Miguels. Since our longer siesta today put us a bit behind our normal dinner time, by the time we get to Miguel’s the band is already playing and party the going strong. We are able to still find a good spot and get our drinks ordered. Our excellent waiter, Joe, brings us a snack we haven’t had before….spicy hot, wormy looking, crunchy little corn type snacks. Despite the heat we quickly down the first bowl, and before you know it, our waiter has a second bowl at our table. Great service as always! During Alfredo and Jorge’s set break, a tourist we remember from last year gets up to play guitar and sing a couple songs… he is pretty entertaining. We enjoy listening to the band until they finish, and then decide we should call it an evening.

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On the way back to the hotel, we notice police lights flashing outside Sea Hawk Divers and wondered what is going on. Once we get closer, we see there is a Police car and a truck on the scene with about several police questioning a couple tourists trying to figure out what happened. It looks as if the tourist drove the cart all the way across to the wrong side of the street, jumped a 14 inch curb, and plowed into one of the two 2” square metal posts holding up the awning outside Sea Hawk. In all the years we have been coming to Isla, we can’t recall any incidents such as this.

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