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Day 5

By: Cindy in NC (View Profile)
Date: 7/14/2007

Monday, April 2, Day 5
Got up this morning and went to breakfast at Alex & Giovonnyís.

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I had a ham & cheese omelet and Lauren had French toast and we both had a big glass of OJ. The cost before tip was $940 pesos. It was all yummy!

Here is a look down toward the other loncherias from A & Gís:
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We went to the market next door and bought some fresh squeezed OJ to take back to our room. Lauren also got a huge slice of fresh watermelon there. Then we headed to the opposite side of the block for Hortensiaís shop. I brought the stuff from home to make what I call neck coolers. You have to feel one to really understand what I am talking about. They are bandanas with crystals (they are used in plants to absorb water then release the water as plants need it) sewn in them. When you dunk this neck wrap in a cup of water they expand. Then, I put them in the freezer for a couple of hours and then take it out and tie it around my neck to keep me cool. Hortensia was quite fascinated by these neck wraps. I left the remaining crystals for her to make some for herself. She told me mine would be ready by 4pm. We left and went back to PPII. We were inside, and heard some frantic knocking on the door. I was in the bathroom so Lauren answered the door. I heard her say OH MY GOSH! The Mexican lady that helps Amy out at Punta Piedra had seen our golf cart roll out into the street! We had not been able to get the brake to work properly but I never thought it would roll out into the street. So the lady and Lauren and some guy off the street got the cart back in the driveway and put rocks behind the wheels. When I came out of the bathroom Lauren told me what had happened. She was cracking up. We decided we better head back into town and get this fixed! It took them about 5 minutes and we were off again. We went back to Hortensiaís to see how she was doing.

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She had cut the bandanas but hadnít started to sew. Lauren found the cutest hat at one of the other stalls there. We ran into Al and Jeanette at Hortensiaís market. They had been wanting to see PPII so we all hoped in and went to take them for a tour. Amy also let us see the inside of Casa Punta Piedra. It was great! I really liked the size of the bathrooms in the house. There was one bathroom in each of the 2 bedrooms. Jeanette said that she was going to keep trying to book and of the Punta Piedra properties because she really liked them. They are very hard to get into and they book way in advance. After the tour we dropped them back off at the Roca Mar and headed over to Diga Me for Laurenís daily friend fix. An hour later we headed over to SergioísÖ.I wanted to make sure that we got our annual Isla button from Marianne and wanted to invite her to Sergioís on Sunday for my b-day celebration! I was so happy to get my button! Marianne is so generous to do those buttons for everyone. We cherish our little collection. We get back to PPII and I told Lauren to wake me up at 3pm, she said Mom that is only 30 minutes. I thought, my gosh, where has the day gone? By 3:15 we were heading to La Gloria English School to volunteer this week.
We got there by 3:30 and didnít want to interrupt the other class so we ran down to Punta Sur to see our favorite necklace DudeÖDaniel. He didnít have anything new so we looked at the stall next to his. This lady had a bracelet that matched the necklace that Lauren bought from Daniel yesterday. The lady asked $150 pesos and Lauren got her down to $80 pesos. And I found a pearl necklace that she wanted $250 pesos and I ended up paying $160 pesos for it. Lauren said Mom, Iíll get that for your birthday. What a sweet thing for her to do. This isnít a great picture but you get the idea.

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We headed back to the school and just in time for the first student to arrive.
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This was the girl and I wish I could remember her name. She was in Laurenís group.

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Lauren and I each sat with a different group of students. This is the group that I sat with.
From left to right Luce (12), Yeseti (13) and Lahandro (12)
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We had a lot of fun and the students were working so hard, especially when you consider it is their school break.
After the class we drove back to Hortensiaís to pick up the neck wraps. Lauren found 2 cute skirts that Hortensia had made and she got them both for $230 pesos. She had seen one of the exact same skirts on Hidalgo and they wanted $210 pesos for just 1 skirt. She was very happy.
Then we headed right around the corner to the Mayan Grille.

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I had been wanting to try this place and air conditioning sounded good to me!
Here are some pictures of the inside:
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A Mural that was painted on the wall:
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The adjoining lounge:
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They brought us chips and salsa.

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Lauren and the hamburger with cheese and bacon, $90 pesos

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and I had the rib eye steak for $220 pesos.

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Mine came with a little, hard, undercooked, buttered potato and a couple of vegetables. The meat had a good flavor but I had expected it to be a little thicker. I realize that I was in Mexico but I can get twice the food and quality at home that I got here for the price I paid. The service was good and it was not chewy but I expected more for the money that we paid. I took the baked potato back to PPII and cooked it and added some butter and it was edible.
We met a group from MN there that had just bought Sea Cliff. Very nice people. The hubby said that he lurks on this board. He also said that they were adding wireless computer connections at Sea Cliff. We finished up our dinner and visited a little more.
I am always that one in ten million! Be it good or bad. We were driving back to PPII after our dinner and we were on the side of the air strip when all of a sudden I feel something goopy splatter between my legs! I pull over, and of course, Lauren is about to die laughing, a bird! That sucker hit me with poop right in the crotch! That darn pigeon. It had to shoot through the window past the steering wheel the drop a bit to hit me there. I was so grossed out. One got us the other day, all over our back pack and on Laurenís shorts when we were waiting at the ferry. It ruined Laurenís white shorts. I think that pigeon crotch shot is about one in ten million, donít you?
The sun was setting and I decided as long as I was pulled over I would take a sunset picture.

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Back to PPII changed out of the poop pants and into the swimming pool and hit it for over an hour. Watched the full moon reflect off the ocean through the clouds. It was beautiful. These pictures donít do it justice at all but is the best I could do with a camera.

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A perfect ending to an almost perfect dayÖdarn pigeon. More wonderful memories to file away for awesome times with my daughter.


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