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Friday, March 30 Our first full day on Isla!

By: Cindy in NC (View Profile)
Date: 5/12/2007

Friday, March 30 - Our first full day on Isla. We woke up at 6am and the sun was already up! We looked at each other and said….let’s sleep in!

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We finally crawled out of bed at 10 am. We are both night owls and not morning people at all. We headed out to our favorite breakfast spot….M&J Casuelas. You just can’t go wrong here. They have great food. We arrived around 11 so we decided this was brunch. Lauren had the ham & cheese Casuelas $52 pesos with orange juice $18 pesos and I had ham, cheese, mushroom & green pepper Casuelas also $52 pesos with OJ, carrot & chaya juice for $24 pesos. It was all delicious as usual! I do have to admit when Pedro brought out the glass of green sludge, I was a little leery. I am not a carrot fan and I had never had chaya but to my surprise, I really liked it. It tasted like pulpy orange juice. Very tasty and very healthy! We used our 20% off coupon from the board here. I just gave Pedro a bigger tip. He is always friendly and works very hard.
Here are a few pictures out front:
The view

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The front of M&J's

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And Lauren enjoying the view and the Isla sun:
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Next we were off to Diga Me to let everyone know that we arrived safely and of course, check the message board. Then on to get a golf cart. I had a particular shop in mind but a guy stopped us before we got there and said he could get me a “good deal”. I had my coupon for Pepe’s from the board so I knew I could get a golf cart for $50 a day without even having to work at it. But, I am big on a bargain because I am a single Mom and money is tight. Because of my knee replacement I really need a golf cart so we were definitely getting one. Today is the start of the Mexican holiday for Easter so I knew they wouldn’t bargain too much. So we follow this guy to the cart shop and I said that I bet he couldn’t get me as good of a deal as I was going to get at Pepe’s. Well, long story short, it took us an hour and a half and we did this with 2 different guys and 3 different shops, I knew what I was willing to pay. I stuck to my guns and we got it until 1pm of the next Friday and we paid (after the conversion rate that we got on pesos at the bank) we ended up paying $43.50 USD per day!!!! They were speaking back and forth in Spanish and Lauren was quietly translating for me. We knew everything that they were saying. So, happy with our cart we head off to the Super Express for drinks and fruit. We went the wrong way down a one way street and while turning around got stopped by a timeshare shark from the Mayan Palace…at the time I was thinking, perfect. We will need a golf cart for Friday and Saturday and they can pay for it. More on that tomorrow. And so they said we could get a cart for Sat & Sun and return it on Monday morning before we leave next week. And, they threw in a beach bag too. And we could use the facilities there at the resort and get free lunch. I know that some of you are saying this is a nightmare but, I have been in sales and I have probably sat through over 25 timeshare pitches before. We own 3. I am a single Mom and not making a lot of money now so for me this was a good way to stretch my dollars. We set our tour up for tomorrow. Then we pick up our stuff at Super Express (they have some awesome fruit) and head to Mirtita Grocery on the corner of Bravo and Juarez (A51 on the Can do Map). This little grocery has a lot of things that we have here in the USA that you won’t find any place else on Isla. Also they have a nice selection of pure vanilla in clear and regular which I like to take back as gifts for friends and family. They also carry Dr Pepper! I am an all or nothing when it comes to soda- I either drink Dr Pepper or water. I don’t like any other soda except occasional Sprite, but I have to be in the mood. They didn’t have Dr Pepper out in the cooler so I gave it a shot and ask the lady at the register. She went in the back and came out with an arm full of cans! I was doing the “happy dance”! She said “only the tourists like this so I don’t keep it in the cooler, the Islenos don’t like”, so they keep it in the back unless someone asks. They also carried “I can’t believe it’s not butter” and milk like we have in the states. We headed back to our room for a siesta then headed out to Sergio’s for sunset.

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Lauren is so photogenic but she hates having her picture taken thus, no smile

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And being a typical teenager:

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We ran into Juan Carlos from the board and he sat and had a drink with us. Then we headed over to Miguel’s Moonlite for dinner. We ask a few locals in shops where it was and they had no idea. I think they must call it something else there. We got the cutest little visitors there.
Our little friends at Miguel’s

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We just sat down and a woman at the next table said, are you Cindy in NC? I said yes and she said I am Jeanette of Al & Jeanette on the Isla board and their two friends Ed & Nancy. I can’t believe I didn’t take their picture! We had a nice visit with them while we waited for our dinner and during it too.
I got Miguel’s Moonlight special, $150 pesos:

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Miguel’s pork chop $90 pesos:

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Both were awesome! Then a couple of guys came in and set up to play music. This sign was great that the band put up at Miguel’s

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One lady at a back yelled out that she was out of money and the two guys looked at each other and smiled. Then her husband piped in and said, me too! And everyone started laughing at the expression on the musician’s faces.
Now, if you remember, yesterday right after our arrival I got my hair braided with black and gold beads. Just as our waiter arrived with our check, one of my black beads decided to fall out of my hair and roll down the front of my shirt when I turned my head…..all I saw was something black go flying in my shirt and I thought it was some kind of BUG! So, I am whacking at my chest and jumping out of my chair and the “bug” continues to move down in my bra. I won’t lie, I was freaking! I am practically ripping my shirt off trying to get this “bug” out. I finally got it out of my bra only to realize it was only a bead. Lauren was in stitches and almost wet herself laughing so hard. The waiter didn’t know what to do but he was smirking and I was beside myself with embarrassment! I felt so stupid when I realized it was only a bead. Talk about a blond moment. After all that excitement we headed back to PPII and I jogged in the pool for about 30 minutes and then journaled and listed to the beautiful music of the Caribbean Ocean on the patio.
A perfect ending to a perfect day in paradise.



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