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The Jones Gang, (aka hogfamily), Isla de la Mujeres Adventures # 10.

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Date: 8/29/2010

Looks like it might be time for a haircut!


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Daniel, another wonderful person that we met, is a teacher on Isla. He had a pool party for his students and invited the hoglets. I wish I had teachers like him when I was in school!

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Meanwhile, back at the Casa…..Antonia gets her hair braided by Ana, Fredy’s wife. She was amazing. She braded Antonia’s hair in less then an hour!

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The hogboys decided that their hair needed to be braided into Padawan braids you know, Padawan braids….

A Padawan braid was a type of braid worn by Jedi Padawans that were of species that grew hair on their heads, although some Padawans of species that dont have hair created similar braids. An example of this was Ahsoka Tanos Padawan braid, which was made up of silka beads. When a Padawan was declared a Knight, the braid was shorn off with a lightsaber.

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That night we were invited to Sr. Plu’s home to celibrate his son Josua’s birthday.

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Colonia la Gloria and Casa Porlamar.

We completely enjoyed our stay in Colonia la Gloria. There are local restaurants, bakery, juice store, tortilla factory, the Super Express, and many small family run shops. If you look closely there are several small family owned carts and restaurants that don’t make it to the guide books that serve great simple inexpensive local meals.

There are beaches that are safe to swim at if you use a little common sense and follow the local’s advice about what areas to avoid. The shell and sea glass hunting is great on the beaches. We brought home about 10 pounds of shells and sea glass from the local beaches.

It was wonderful to visit the local people when we would walk around in the evening. Even though we speak poco Espańol a HOLA!, smile, and hand gestures go a long way. The hoglets did not have any trouble making friends.

I was a little concerned that being away from downtown would be a problem. It was not. We really like staying away from downtown as it was much quieter, slower paced, and more “local” . It is only a few minute taxi ride downtown. You can flag down a taxi easily at any time or we would call our favorite taxi driver Sr. Plu.



Casa Porlamar is located very near the La Gloria English School. I spent hours checking out the neighborhood on Google Maps Street View, (I think it’s called that), that and our MapChick Map and we knew our way around the neighborhood before we even arrived.

The house is in an incredible location just across the street from the Caribbean. We spent hours on the front porch watching the sun rise and just hanging out watching the locals go by all with a friendly smile and “HOLA!”

The house is older and extremely well built, the main floor that we were on is large with two bedrooms and a bathroom. The kitchen, dining area, and living room are all open with that great view out a screened door and windows. The house is simply furnished with the normal things you would expect, and did I mention the awesome front porch?

There are two apartments upstairs. The roof top is a great place to hang out, relax, get some sun, and enjoy the Caribbean breezes.

In a guide book Casa Porlamar may not be a five star accommodation, for us it was better, it felt like home.

There is no air conditioning and I was a little worried that might be a problem for us, it wasn’t. There was almost always a nice Caribbean breeze and when there wasn’t a breeze the ceiling fans and floor fans provided enough “breeze”.

Would we stay at Casa Porlamar again? In a heartbeat!

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View from the front porch.

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There is a small area in the back of the house that has an area to hose the sand off when you get back from the beach.

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Views from the roof.

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We had the pleasure of meeting the owners Larry and Riasa. It was great to get to know them.


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