Saturday, November 22, 2014

TRIP TO EL CENTRO

Thursday we decided to head into Zihuatanejo to the central market. There isn't much you can't find there but today we were looking for produce.

Another day we'll probably spend more time looking around at the stalls and I'll show you those photos too.

We find that with the heat we need to keep our shopping trips quite short or we all get a bit frazzled.


Here are the combis that replaced the buses we were traveling on two years ago. We'll be very used to this form of travel by the time we leave here. 


Off to El Centro Zihuatanejo - looks like I caught Derek in a yawn.


Cas came and sat back with me to get the breeze off the open window.



Before long we were walking around town. We only walked around downtown Zihuatanejo a few times last time so we are still quite unfamiliar with it.



It's actually fairly large and busy. 


Although some streets are quiet - this is a pedestrian street. Lots to look at and buy. Eventually I would like to pick up another bathing suit, a few dresses and probably some tank tops. Motivation is low when it's so hot.


The town plaza by the Playa Principal. You'll be seeing this area again in a few posts but it'll be a bit busier - this is where and the photo below -  the Sunday night Family entertainment happens. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!



Just north of the plaza is a strip of restaurants and shops on the right with the fishing boats on the left.


 The previous nights catch…


A little further down - a park.


And at the end a visitor centre. We didn't go in - I think the next time we go by I'm going to see if they have a map of the downtown. We need it.



We quickly walked out to the end of the pier but our hearts really weren't into it - we were melting. We'll probably come back during a Sunday evening. Last time we noticed it was a bit of a lovers lane.


Walking back to the central market. By this point we had pretty much decided that it was too hot to be wandering around. Much better to do that when we come in the late afternoon for the family entertainment. This is Zihuatanejo's movie theatre.


We were at the market for produce - I only took a few pictures - couldn't resist the fish….


or this years photo of yellow chickens. 


We stopped for some fresh squeezed orange juice - jugo de naranja.


 We were thrilled to find our friend Bernie in his usual spot. We buy the most delicious Oaxaca string cheese from him. I'll show photos again - once it gets busier he comes to the RV Park to sell his cheese.


With our shopping complete we decided to find some nieve or helado before we headed home. 


Cassia and I got the same - she's finally figured out that the Limon mom almost always gets is the most refreshing. I missed getting a picture of Derek's, but he got a large cup of three kinds of ice cream.

After that we FINALLY found the combi back to Playa La Ropa. The only real blunder of the day - we didn't know where to get the bus back. After walking to and fro we finally found one and jumped in - it looked like he had just finished lunch. Anyway - we did make a mental note where we stopped along the way so hopefully it goes better for us next time.


We bought almost all of our produce from one lady at the market - she threw three star fruit into our bag at the end. Can't say they are our favourite.


Sometime in the next few weeks I'll let you know what we eat while in Mexico. Although we would LOVE to - we don't eat out often. Just when we are in town or want a treat - although this year we do have our eye on a few restaurants we want to try in Zihuatanejo.
The rest of the time we eat home cooked meals. This has been our breakfast for the last week. I imagine that eventually we'll get sick of avocados, cilantro and beans!

So, another day here in Zihuatanejo.

We find that we love our beach days but it's also nice to get out for a bit. BUT once we got back our suits were on as fast as can be and we were back to the beach to cool off! 

Last night we headed over to Jungle Pizza for dinner - one of our favourite restaurant finds from last time - it's also nice that it is within walking distance from El Manglar. Those pictures and some more beach shots next post.

Teresa


Thursday, November 20, 2014

OUR HOME IN ZIHUATANEJO

As promised, over the last few days, Derek and I have collected some pictures from our immediate area for you.

Our home and neighbourhood until the end of February.

Nice that we already have a sense of community from the Owners and waiters at the restaurant, to our fellow RVers, to the ladies at the local store. 

As the days go on I'll take more pictures a little further a field. Tomorrow night we are heading over to Jungle Pizza for dinner which is about a ten minute walk away - I'll get shots along the way for you.

The gates of El Manglar. Nice that they are locked when the restaurant is closed - an added bit of security. After speaking with Owner Edmundo - we chose site #1. We were hoping for the area across from it because there is more shade - but it is a large site and is reserved - which makes sense. We had put us in Site #2 but since he still had #1 we chose it instead - it's where we were last time - that way we always have one side open. Actually, it's not really open - it's where one of the companies store their parasails and banana boat. We know them from last time - nice guys.


A closer look. I took this today just as we were arriving home from our trip to the market. Cassia has only one thing in mind - the beach. 


Edmundo mowed the lawn yesterday just as the newest RV arrived - from Quebec. Although there are a few exceptions - the group here tends to either be from BC or Quebec. 



The 5th wheel in place - can you imagine driving that through Mexico???!!!! - and I get stressed with the van. Across from them is Keith, also from BC.


The 'inside' of our site. Ok - not so tidy. Out door living at it's finest. We ended up going with a canopy and tarps because we could not - and I mean could not - from one end of the USA to the other - find a screen tent. This will have to do. We'll probably look for some mosquito netting in town sometime. 


And at night - now only messier with Cas's toys here and there. We brought a rope light which is quite nice.


The new look for El Manglar! The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays - a nice time for us to be able to sit here. We don't get much of a breeze at our site whereas here there is one off the ocean. 


The bridge to the beach from the restaurant.



The way back to our site.



A quick stop to see the restroom. The restaurant has restrooms but the RV park has it's own. Behind the door is the shower. I don't mind the cold water so much - because why - yes, because it is so hot here! But I sure wish it was a bit more than a drip. Not sure how I will wash my hair here….



And Derek demonstrating the outdoor shower - also cold and also not much more than a slight stream. Oh so nice to rinse off the sand and salt water though.


We are surrounded by wildlife here. Yes, there are crocodiles just over yonder from us - and no there is no fence to keep them from eating us! No need to fret - they appear to be well fed and not so interested in us. Fun to watch though!


Lots of birds - they are VERY talkative in the mornings - kind of like our alarm clock. At night - like now - we enjoy the song of the cicada.


Tree roots!




The hotels across the cul de sac from El Manglar. The one on the right also has an RV Park. Only one large A Class right now that I can see - last time we were here they were packed in there like sardines.


This is the path that we take to the beach. About a two minute - if that! walk from our site. It's quiet now - busy on weekends because it is a hotel and restaurant area.


A hibiscus plant along our walk.


Today we went to El Centro to the market - I'll show you those pictures next post. We were so hot when we returned that we went straight to the beach. The two black spots in the ocean are Derek and Cas. I brought the camera today - in a plastic zip lock bag - am I the only one that does that!? Since we only have the one camera I'm pretty nervous about it breaking or getting sand in it. 


To my right…


to my left. Pretty quiet during the week right now - the beach was packed when we arrived on Sunday. Guess it will be like this until closer to Christmas.




And a selfie - I was going to show you how my tan burn is doing - it actually doesn't look so bad in the picture. I was trying to tan slowly - thus I spend my day under the umbrella. Forgot about while I'm in the water however.


I just love this couple - he's a musician and his wife comes along - they are fully dressed but come with their umbrella. I felt a bit weird taking their picture so I used Cas as a decoy.



Now mom and Cas in the water. I'm not terribly comfortable in the ocean. Although it's fairly calm, last time Cas and I got knocked over by a wave and became separated. Scared the @#%^^&*$ out of me!


When we returned from the beach I headed to the outdoor shower. I then headed quickly back to the van for the camera upon seeing this iguana standing near by. This was as close as I dared go.


Four others standing guard - it appears. Not sure if they are females and he's the male or what.


 Pretty neat - they are fun to watch. 
I can see that they are going to be one of my muses over the next few months.


My last shot as I headed back to the van.

So, that's how it is around here. 

Not bad. 

Oh - have I mentioned the cost yet? Don't think I have.

Well, for full hookups - with 30 amp electricity I might add, great wifi, showers and restroom we are paying $12.50 per night. Pretty good - right?! It fits pretty well into our frugal budget. I'm not sure what the price would be for a large rig. We get a deal because we are small and more importantly because we don't have air conditioning. 

As mentioned - we headed down to the central market today with the combi - that's what they call the vans here. We melted. But - we picked up some great produce and found Bernie - our Oaxacan cheese guy.

That adventure next post.

Teresa








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