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    • Day28

      Expect the Unexpected

      January 28 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Yesterday, we went to a highly recommended beach-side restaurant in Majahua called Un Pedacito de Ciel, a little piece of heaven. We had heard that their Red Snapper dish was delicious so that is what we ordered. The waitress also mentioned that a customer-favourite appetizer was the sashimi so we ordered that also, and two Coronas.

      The restaurant is close to the beach so it is breezy and it has a great view.

      Well, the food couldn’t have been better. It was presented beautifully and was delicious. The total bill for the two of us ended up being close to $50.

      It took a little while to get our bill but when the waitress gave it to us with an apology, she said that when you are in Mexico, you have to expect the unexpected. Now, how true is that! I wish I had known that expression earlier. It’s great!

      So … to prove that that statement is true, a funny thing happened this morning. In our kitchen, there is a burlap shopping bag with a few bags inside of it. I wanted to take a few beer cans to Andrea the baker, so I reached into the bag to get a plastic bag to put them into. I happened to look inside and I noticed the big boy that you will see in the photo below. Well, Chris, my hero, came to the rescue again. I did want a photo. Haha. He took the bag and tried to shake the critter out but he/she didn’t want to come out. And it looked like he was getting ready to jump. Chris finally got it out, took the photo and it ran away. Apparently, they can run fast!

      Expect the unexpected.

      A few minutes later, I saw a praying mantis on the handle of my pot, a moth/ butterfly on a spoon in my dish rack and another lime green moth/butterfly on the countertop. Chris scooped out a drowned chameleon from the pool and a bloated frog. And then we sat and watched a couple of large iguanas interact in the front yard.

      Yes, in Mexico, expect the unexpected.
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      Traveler

      Viva la Corona!

      1/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      Miam! Miam!!!

      1/28/22Reply
      Traveler

      Mante religieuse!

      1/28/22Reply
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    • Day11

      The Little Village of Majahua

      January 11 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Majahua can hardly be called a village. What’s smaller? A hamlet? It is tiny.

      We went for the 1.5 km walk from our house to the village to see if the lady who bakes bread, had fresh bread this morning. She didn’t but we were able to take some photos of the walk and the village itself.

      The road to town is a dirt road. At one point, we have to cross a small stream that runs across the road. A friendly burro lives on the other side of the stream and it may be nice to bring a carrot for him the next time we do this walk.

      Entering the village, one is greeted by lots of chickens and dogs. They all mind their own business and seem pretty friendly. You can tell that the dogs are mostly related. Haha.

      On one side of the road, there are little lanes that run to the ocean. Fishing boats with nets are parked there and there are a few little restaurants close by. Seabirds sit on the rocks waiting for their next meal. Houses are open to the sea breezes and as we passed them, we waved and said, hola. People here, in general, don’t speak English.

      We passed a two or three roomed school and a nursery school, both empty of kids. Kids can go online, if they have the money to afford to do this. I doubt if any elementary kids go online here.

      We think that there are 2 little variety stores but we have only see one that is open. The lady keeps it very clean and it has all the basics, including specialties like Magnum ice cream! Btw, they are much cheaper here.

      At the curve in the road, there is a condo development. We really don’t know anything about it but maybe later on we will visit it.

      At the end of the village, the dirt road changes to a paved road which goes to Troncones.

      We turned around and walked back to the house. When we got home, we realized that all of our power was out. Our handyman, Jaime, came to turn off the pool pump and we unplugged various appliances. Apparently, a line came down across the road in the area that we were just in. It was fixed by 5 p.m.
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      Traveler

      Nice TI Beckmann a nee Story in 2022.

      1/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Nixe to become News in 2022 👍 😉 .

      1/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      Greetings Dein Marianne ans Hermann in Switzerland (Ossingen Nest a Naturreservat)

      1/15/22Reply
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    • Day8

      The Mahajua Beach

      January 8 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      The beach, which is about a five minute walk from the house is lovely . The sand is golden and sparkles. Very few people use it and it is full of sea-life. Sea turtles lay their eggs there and in the distance whales swim by. The pelicans dive continuously and little sandpipers skitter across the beach dueling with the approaching waves for their food.

      At one end of the beach, surfers come from all over to try out its challenging waves. We have heard of two good surfing spots, La Saladita and The Ranch, but we haven’t seen them yet.

      At the other end of the beach, there are gentle waves and people can walk in quite a ways as it is shallow. It is a great beach for walking along but at this time, we are not sure if it is a good swimming beach. There are hardly any people on it and no one seems to be swimming.
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      Traveler

      Plage déserte!

      1/9/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      No one…

      1/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      La Dolce Vita!

      1/9/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      ;)

      1/9/22Reply

      Where the hell are you? When did you leave ? Etc. [Mike & H-J]

      1/11/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      Hi guys, we are just north of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo. Life is too short not to do what we love to do! We left a week ago Sunday. Our flight home in April was cancelled. Haha. We are not worried… How are you?

      1/11/22Reply
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    • Day37

      A Homemade Postcard from Majahua

      February 6 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Hi Everyone,

      Today is a Mexican holiday, Constitution Day.

      February 5th is the official date when the Mexican constitution was formed in 1917 after signing of a convention by Venustiano Carranza. Up until 2006, the day was celebrated in Mexico on the 5th of February itself. However, following the new labor law, the day is now celebrated on the first Monday of February, irrespective of the date. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of a new Mexican constitution.

      Workers are to be given the day off with pay. Those who work on this national holiday, will be paid for the day PLUS double time for hours worked.

      Banks and government offices will be closed.

      We are great. Being in the warmth of the sun and away from the constant news about covid and truck convoys works for us.

      Keep healthy and safe,
      C and C

      P.S. I had time and enjoyed making this little mixed media postcard, from Majahua. The beach huts are in my imagination though, as the beach here is just a lovely beach.
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      Traveler

      Jolies petites maisons!

      2/7/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      Thanks Diane, I have limited paint and paper so I have to be creative with materials! Fun and more to come.

      2/7/22Reply
       
    • Day26

      A Few Food Facts and the Price of Limes

      January 26 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      On most packaged foods, there are obvious labels created by the Secretary of Health notifying the shopper of food that has excessive sodium, sugar, salt, calories, saturated fats, or food colouring (not recommended for children). This is the first year that we have seen these labels and I think they are a good idea.

      As I have mentioned before, most of the meat, cheese or packaged foods that we buy cannot be bought in Troncones. We would have to go to a bigger grocery store in Zihua. But fruits, vegetables and seafood are readily available in little shops, close by, and are fresher and cheaper. Also, two or three times a week, a truck loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables arrives in town and you can buy these things from the driver who has a scale and weighs the items that you pick.

      Shopping in a grocery store is not inexpensive but it does offer a bigger variety of food and some familiar items. It looks like the price of foods have gone up here due to covid issues, just like in Ontario.

      Just for interest, I jotted down and converted the cost of some basic food items.

      30 Eggs - $4.20
      Hellman’s Mayo (960 gr) - $3.50
      Oscar Meyer Jumbo hot dogs - $8.00
      Alpura Natural unsweetened yogurt (900 gr) - $2.00
      Obela Hummus- $4.50
      Sliced ham - $10.00/kg
      Whole milk - $1.40 l
      White Wine Barefoot - $11.50
      9 rolls of Toilet Paper - $7.25
      Gouda slices (400gr) -$4.50
      Genoa salami (100 gr) -$5.00

      I just read this article about limes in a Mexican online paper.

      “Lime prices in particular have seen dizzying increases. This past week, they cost an average of 70 pesos nationally. Last January they cost 18 pesos. GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO

      Avocado, lime and chile see big spikes in prices
      Inflation, austerity and climate disasters are just a few factors pushing up prices

      Published on Friday, January 14, 2022

      In the midst of record inflation, prices are on the rise. One tragic victim of the increases is guacamole: avocado, lime and chile, three key ingredients of the beloved green dip, have become significantly more expensive.

      In Mexico City, chile prices ranged from 40 pesos (US $1.97) for a kilo of jalapeños to 125 pesos (US $6.15) per kilo for green chile de árbol, according to Mexico’s consumer protection agency Profeco. Avocados cost 67 pesos (US $3.30) per kilo on average, and a kilo of Colima limes cost an average of 62 pesos (US $3.05).

      Lime prices in particular have seen dizzying increases in the past several weeks, hitting 80 pesos (US $3.94) per kilo in many areas of the country. In the second week of January, limes cost an average of 70 pesos (US $3.44) per kilo nationally. During the same period in 2021, the same quantity cost 18 pesos (US $0.88).

      Grupo Consultor de Mercados Agrícolas (GCMA), an agricultural consulting group, blamed the price increase on low production. In some areas, limes are out of season, they said. In other places, like Michoacán, the fruit is in season but production is abnormally low this year due to a variety of problems, including unusual climate events and hurricane-damaged fruit.

      Lime prices have also taken a hit due to the removal of a government subsidy and a lack of natural disaster relief, the group said.

      In the case of avocados, prices could increase further as demand rises in early February, prior to the Super Bowl.

      The price spikes come in the midst of high inflation in Mexico and around the world. Nationally, annual inflation hit 7.37% in November, its highest level in more than 20 years. In December, the Bank of México forecast a 7.1% end-of-year inflation rate.”
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      Traveler

      Comme au Québec et en Ontario! Hihi! même les limes

      1/26/22Reply
      Traveler

      Les limes 🍈sont trop belles et les 🍅 tomates…Miam! Miam!

      1/26/22Reply
       
    • Day25

      $12 (Cdn) Chicken Dinner

      January 25 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Yesterday, our housekeeper asked us if we had a favourite Mexican food. I told her that we always loved buying the roast chicken that we have seen cooking on the streets, either on a wood bbq or on a rotating grill. Because we are staying in a coastal town, the main foods that we see here are seafoods.

      Sara told us that there is a good place in Zihua to buy chicken and she could pick it up for us when she goes.

      Well, we were pleasantly surprised when Sara and her husband dropped by in the early evening with a bag full of roast chicken and condiments. How nice was that!

      The photos show what was in the bag - a whole chicken cooked and cut up, rice, cole slaw and a special salsa for the chicken.
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      Traveler

      Sounds great!

      1/25/22Reply

      It was great! [C]

      1/25/22Reply

      Lucky you! [Donna McCaw]

      1/25/22Reply

      Looks tasty ! [Ginny]

      2/9/22Reply
       
    • Day48

      Happy Birthday Chris!

      February 17 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Because we usually travel during the winter months, and Chris’ birthday is in February, his birthday is a very simple affair. We don’t normally exchange gifts while travelling. What would he want in Mexico and what could I get him - a Speedo bathing suit, Mexican trinkets, tequila or mescal, a sombrero, a T-shirt, flowers? A good book would work …so we settle for a dinner out, in a recommended restaurant, and he can be a King for a Day. That works for us.

      So, how did his majesty spend his day in Troncones?

      At 7:15 a.m., the power went out, as it often does, but we were prepared with matches this time. We have a gas stove so we could light the burners to make coffee and a light breakfast.

      We read a bit and swam in the pool until we could use the internet again.

      By noon, the power came back on and we headed into Troncones. We had heard about a little shop that sold sarongs/pareo and we wanted to pick up a couple for our daughters. The store was tiny but the lady had a nice variety. We took photos and sent them to the girls to check out.

      While we were there, the lady told us that her grand daughter was celebrating her 6th birthday today. The little girl showed us her 3 piñatas (a burro, a mermaid and a girl) filled with candy that were going to be used at her birthday party. Since it was Chris’ birthday too, she shared a sucker with him and said Happy Birthday. What’s funny is that our car rental guy’s birthday is also on Feb 17, as well as our condo neighbours dad, and Chris twin sister Hilary. A popular day. May 17th must have been a busy day!

      We drove on to an Argentinian restaurant and bakery called Indigos for our early dinner. We had heard that it was a family restaurant with good service and they follow covid protocol. The tables were spaced out and hand sanitizer was available.

      Indigo’s Argentinian steak is what people go there for so that’s what we ordered. Actually we ordered a single meal that we asked if we could share and what a meal we got!

      The restaurant has a small onsite bakery so while we waited for our dinner we checked it out - sourdough and whole wheat breads as well as rolls, baguettes, cakes and squares. We bought some baguettes to try out at home.

      We ordered a grapefruit juice and limonada which came with a basket of an assortment of buns from the bakery and a dip. This was followed by a big arugula, blue cheese, pear and walnut salad that had a delicious dressing on it. Then came a New York steak, home fries and more sauces. We could not believe that we were sharing a meal that was meant for one person. We were stuffed! But even with all that food, we couldn’t resist their chocolate mousse dessert. It was a pleasant ending to a fantastic meal in little, dusty Troncones.

      As usual, the late afternoon was hot (33C) so when we came home, into the pool we went and followed that by a short siesta.

      Dinner was light. We found our favourite series at the moment about Jack Reacher, and watched it using the projector on the wall while being serenaded by crickets and geckos.

      All in all, a fine day for the birthday boy!
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      Traveler

      Bon anniversaire Chris! 🌞🏝🌅🎼

      2/20/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      Gracias, Diane

      2/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Feliz cumpleaños tarde, Chris. Disfruta tus jovenes años en el sol con tu novia !!! Besos.

      2/20/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      Muchas gracias, Michelle!

      2/21/22Reply
       
    • Day22

      Goats and then Coconut Shrimp at Emilios

      January 22 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      We kept hearing about a new restaurant in Majahua called Emilios. People raved about their coconut shrimp and we were ready to try them out.

      But first…A herd of 15+ goats had invaded the yard and were headed for the newly planted bougainvillea plants! Chris, the hero in most of my stories, rushed out to shoo them away. He used his most ferocious ‘shoo-the-Canada- Geese’ voice that he uses at the cottage. The goats scampered away from the flowers but occasionally grabbed at the green weeds, which was okay.

      Most of the goats stuck together in their herd but two of them ran in the other direction. So while Chris went to get them, the others went to the back of the yard and pooped all over. Once again, I was laughing at the herding technique Chris was using. A good dog would have done better, I think, but whatever technique he used, he got the goats to run through the broken fence that they had come through and back into the jungle.

      The photos that I took weren’t great as I was taking them using my iPad on the run, this way and that. Goats move quickly when threatened.

      After that episode, it was time to find Emilios. That was easy. In Majahua, there is a clear sign advertising the restaurant. We were the only people there so we had a wonderful experience.

      Chickens, yes those Majahua chickens again, were running around the sand floor of the restaurant pecking at any bugs that were there. A young teenager showed us his new fishing boat and motor. He was fishing on the beach using a long fishing rod. People were swimming and the waitress rested in a hammock while she waited for our food to be done.

      Chris had the best Margarita that he has ever had. Small but mighty! I enjoyed a refreshing Limonada while we waited.

      The meal was excellent. We had six giant coconut shrimp, French fries, rice and a salad. I think that our meal with the drinks and tips cost us $40. We intend to go back, sometime during our stay.

      From chasing goats to eating coconut shrimp with chickens. What a good day!
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      Traveler

      Looks soo delicious!!

      1/25/22Reply

      The seafood here is fresh and tasty. [C]

      1/25/22Reply
      Traveler

      So much for a restful stay, chasing goats and going on an expedition to find lost glasses. Never a dull moment!

      1/25/22Reply

      Keeps us busy, that’s for sure! [C.]

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    • Day9

      Walk to Boca de Lagunillas

      January 9 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Three weeks ago, I sprained my back. The doctor suggested that I see a physiotherapist who kindly saw me on an almost daily basis for the 2 weeks before travelling. She used a variety of methods to relax the muscle including dry needling and she gave me a belt to wear when walking. At the end of the two weeks, I was feeling that I could handle the flight and it all went well. Today, we went for a 6 km walk and it wasn’t too bad! Thank you Hilary for your care. It worked!

      We decided to follow the dirt road that we live on, to the end. It turned out to be a pleasant and Interesting walk in the country. At first, we saw hotels, El Munro was one. The little houses with dogs, chickens and pigs. Mango orchards and areas with tall coconut palm trees . Most of our walk was in the shade.

      Then we were surprised when we came to a large and beautiful river. Across the river was a village, Boca de Lagunillas. The birds here were plentiful! We happened to see a couple of hanging cacique nests and the beautiful bird himself. At a later time, I will do a bird blog with our friend Pat’s help. We may need our real camera to take those photos.

      Walking along the river, we heard a big splash and then saw a truck fording the river to cross to the other side. The water came up to its floorboards! On the other side of the river are kayaks that belong to a eco travel company in Troncones. Birding trips down the river with a guide can be arranged.

      Walking a little further upriver, we encountered an elderly man who was digging something in the river. We said, hi, and he was happy to talk to us when he realized we spoke and understood Spanish.

      He told us that there had been a concrete bridge at one time (we saw the remains of it) but floods during rainy season had destroyed it. Now, to cross the river, vehicles had to drive through it to the other side. He showed us a place that we could cross that was much shallower. The other options are to take a horse across or a little boat.

      Walking home, we saw several little houses with kids, dogs, chickens and pigs playing outside. Motorcycles seemed to be the main mode of transportation here.. We even saw a tiny ‘corner store’ with cold drinks and a few necessities.

      We will definitely do this walk again, early in the morning. It was lovely and mostly in the shade.
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      Traveler

      Je trouvais Connie que tu semblais triste sur les photos. J’avais dit à Claude que tu étais peut-être insécure. Alors, je comprends peut-être que c’est l’inquiétude en lien avec le mal de dos. Je n’étais pas au courant de ceci.

      1/12/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      Absolutely not!!!!!! We love it here. It is an awesome place!!! I’ll try to smile more in the photos. One of our favourite places.

      1/12/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      Btw, more photos coming. Chris is putting them in.

      1/12/22Reply
       
    • Day10

      Sara and the Iguana

      January 10 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      There are big, medium and small iguanas here. The smaller ones move too fast to take a photo of them. The medium ones are pretty fast too but the big ones are slow and lazy.

      Today, was our first day with Sara, our housekeeper, even though, Chris and I are pretty tidy people. We really appreciate the help we get in Mexico. Things are done differently here and it is great to give hard working and dependable people work. Sara is that type of person. She knows how to clean thoroughly and she does it with a smile.

      Our house has 2 bedrooms at the front and 2 bedrooms at the back. Sara was cleaning one of the back bedrooms when she was surprised by a medium sized iguana. He quickly hid and the two of us armed with brooms tried to shoo him outside. But he kept running and hiding, under the beds and behind a bedside table. When Sara moved a table, the iguana got caught and his tail broke off! The tail was about 15” long and it started to wiggle like crazy for at least 15 minutes. Ugh.

      Who knew where the lizard went. I called for Chris to come and help so he grabbed another broom while the tailless lizard scurried around frantically and we shouted, “There he is. There!”, in Spanish, English and sign language. At one point, Sara jumped up on the bed when it ran towards her. Chris followed! Haha. What a sight we were!

      Finally he was swept out and went scurrying away.. And the wiggling wormlike tail? Sara bravely picked it up and threw it as far as she could, into the bush. Apparently, shedding a tail is a lizard’s defence mechanism that enables them to escape the clutches of a predator. The tail will grow back.

      I didn’t get a photo of our encounter, but we certainly would have looked funny!

      A little later in the day, I got a photo of a bigger iguana seen while we were eating lunch in Troncones. Still not the biggest one we have seen.
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      Traveler

      Est-ce qu’il y a des portes?🦎

      1/11/22Reply
      Ladyandtramp

      In the main living area of the house, no. In the bedrooms, there are screen doors and windows. but there are spaces under the doors. It is like camping or glamping...

      1/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ohhhhh!😳🙀

      1/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Après ton texte, il est écrit: Voir la traduction…. Alors, c’est parfait. 👌

      1/11/22Reply
       

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