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Into Isla, Days 3 and 4

By: Diane in IA
Date: 6/15/2005


Sunday, June 5, 2005

Today was much the same as yesterday as the wheel of time continues its circle. We ate lunch at the lonchería again. I had the huevos rancheros and Mike dined on an homlet con jamon y queso. Many patrons were enjoying pancita, a type of beef soup. It looked good with big chunks of carrots.

We bought a 20 liter bottle of water, 25p, for the room. With the many amenities at Los Arcos, bubblers for the guests are lacking. They do loan the water pumps and will sell water in several sizes. The room includes a king bed, large shower, quiet A/C with remote, TV, phone, safe, closet with shelves, and balcony. The balconies in the back are larger and hold two loungers. The kitchenette has table, sink, small fridge, microwave, coffee pot, and a set of dishes for two.

We spent the morning on the beach at Playa Sol. The wind continued to blow briskly from the south. The waves called for a boogie board at times. On the way home we picked up an order of ribs. The sultry breeze was liquored with their smoky scent. As we ate, we watched the neighboring cats go about their business of sleeping, grooming, prowling, and more sleeping. Forget the dog’s life; these cats have it sussed.

We read and napped during the heat of the afternoon. On a post-siesta stroll we bumped into Javier. He said they would be playing later at Sunset Grill and also Bamboo. Around sunset we walked down for a listen. They varied their set but played many of the same songs again including “Margaritaville” and “Calypso.” They did more rock/blues at Bamboo where the band was drums, congas, bass and lead guitars. The sax would have been a nice addition to the mix.

El baño is a big advantage of having a room on Hidalgo. As we walked by, we could pop in for a quick break. No more mystery of what’s behind door #2.

After the evening church service, we watched a dance group perform on the basketball court in the zócalo. They walked around the court in formation holding a wooden placard which was then placed on a small table against a silver helmet to prop it up. The dancers continued to walk around and pause reverently by the placard. The wind was picking up, and the placard was blown across the court a few times. Some of the cowboy hats worn by the men also got tossed, but in the tradition of Broadway, the show went on. They performed several dances with much stomping and intricate steps.

Supper was at Sancochos Grill across from Chile Locos. Service was very attentive. Mike chose the filet with flowers and special herbs 70p. It was supposed to be flamed in brandy, but that must have taken place in the cocina. I had molé enchilada which was good with the creamy cheese. The sauce had a little kick.


Monday, June 6, 2005

During the night I could hear rain pelting the balcony. The electricity went off around 7 AM. We dashed through the rain and puddles to Los Amigos for breakfast. Mike ordered eggs with chaya while I tried the chiliquilles 38p for the first time. Some might find them heavy for breakfast, but they were just the meal for a rainy morning. Coffee was 13p and they are now charging for refills.

The rain continued, but we got bored in the room, so we decided swimming in the rain might be fun. The rain puttered out, and we had the beach to ourselves. We were near Buho’s and there seemed to be more waves than I remember. We walked the beach and smelled lots of rotting seaweed in front of NaBalam. Stinky.

We returned home to find the room smelling fresh and clean and the floors glistening from the nice smelling wash solution they use. The electricity had come on, so we turned on the A/C to dry off the damp floors and walked straight into the shower to rinse away the salt and sand.

El Paisano is open again on Juarez across from Poc Chuc. The El Paisano sign says it is the original Poc Chuc. Mike had pescado ceviche 55p. The fish was tough but tasted good. It came with a big basket of fried tortilla chips. The comida del dia was cazon. We heard this was shark, so Mike thought maybe some of his ceviche was shark. I had chicken with verde sauce 40p. Also a little tough but tasty.

The A/C was off again, but the room was relatively cool. After siestas, we took a walk down the Caribbean side till we reached the airport strip then circled back along Rueda Medina. The malecón was pretty busy. Lots of people whizzing by on golf carts. Many wearing wristbands, so I’d guess some tour groups from Cancun were in town.

Supper was at Angelo’s. Yeah, yeah. All we do is eat and sleep and prowl around listening to music. It’s the cat’s life for sure. Anyway, the pizza was delicious with a very thin crust for only 80p. They offered an olive oil infused with pepper seeds that was caliente for dipping, and the small bowl of oregano for sprinkling added additional flavors.

We prowled around; then stopped at Bamboo for music by Javier. He had a good set going. We saw a repeat of the ‘pole’ dance from Sunset Grill. The pouty girl from Sunset Grill was also there and turned out to be the pole dancer’s daughter. Perhaps not so easy to realize that mom is not just mom, but a person living life. But tonight everyone was having a good time. Aah yes, the human condition is muy interesante. Very illuminating. Wonder what people think of us...



Windswept, jagged coasts,
Waters of crystaline blue,
Where my dreams arise.




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