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Winter Vacation!!

There comes a day in the lives of many Canadians where they either yearn for or discover the WINTER VACATION.  I was in my late teens when I first started going on trips to Florida and Mexico.  For a period of time when I was raising my children and involved in other aspects of life this activity was curtailed.  When my girls were in their teens this blessed (I use the term loosely) activity was resurrected.  Since then we have managed to sneak off to Florida, Mexico (numerous times), Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, St. Martin (twice), Saba and Costa Rica.  Mexico is definitely my ‘go to’ place when looking for a quick get away.  I love Mexico and still haven’t found another country that presents the vitality and beauty this country has to offer.

Pictured below – the reason I travel.  Today is the last day of a 3 day POLAR VORTEX.  A Polar Vortex freezes your nose hairs, hurts your lungs when you breath and the moment you walk outside it makes you feel like you’ve been popped into one of those freeze dry machines.  Over this past weekend our ‘low’ was around -28 c with wind chills between -38 to -40c.  Click here for the real definition of Polar Vortex.

This is the reason Canadians go on Winter Vacation.  This is the reason that Canadians can live happily through daily temps ranging from zero c to -20 c for months at a time because one 3 day weekend of Polar Vortex weather makes ya strong, builds character and generally numbs you into the realization that we shall survive whatever Mother Nature has to offer.

Saturday (Feb 20th, we head off for 17 days in Mexico & Belize.  Heeee Hawwwww!  Let the warmth begin!


Isla Marietas

On Tuesday we ran into a gal from Montreal who winters here and she recommended a restaurant, giving us some directions to get there. By the time we we went out for dinner the directions and the name of the restaurant both seemed to have disappeared from our minds. We happened upon a local who didn’t speak english and attempted to figure it out, but alas, nada! So, we wandered a bit and came across Eclipse Cafe, another courtyard setting, nice music in the background where we both selected Enchiladas con Pollo (Chicken). It was very tasty and followed nicely by a creamy Pina Colada!

Wednesday we headed to Isla Marietas for a few hours of snorkelling. There were 6 of us on the tour and the trip to Isla Marietas is about 40 minutes by panga. The seas were calm, the trip uneventful! Isla Marietas is a couple of miles out from the shores of Banderos Bay and the area is protected land and a bird sanctuary. There was some nice snorkeling and a couple of great beaches, one of which is a lagoon accessed by swimming through a rock archway! The birds were amazing and in particular the blue foot boobies and the yellow foot boobies (need to research these a bit more). I’m typing this in notepad right now, the internet connection is down, and no access to my beloved google!

We are starting to have conversations with some of the expats here and they seem to come from all over. The gal from Montreal has been coming here for 14 years, and they now stay 8 weeks. We ran into a fellow from southern California, he speaks fluent spanish and seems to be quite established as a seasonal local. They rent a place all year round (for use only half the year), it’s brand new and they have exclusive rights to the rental, even doing some renovations themselves. As a reminder, only indigenous people can own land, so expats only rent, although they do build on land that they must have long term leases on.

On our return trip home from Isla Marietas we were served fresh ceviches with tortillas and guacamole and it was delicious! Once back, we had a wee siesta! The internet WAS working last night and I found the restaurant we were looking for on trip advisor (what DID we do before the net??). Once again, we headed out to find Los Abuellos, which means the grandparents. It was a lovely 2nd story restaurant (all open air) with partial views of Yelapa Cove, the food was excellent, I had a salad and chimichangas and they were the best chimis I’ve ever had! We again had an early night, as you know vacationing takes a lot out of you! Today, it’s relax day, Johnny has dragged me around long enough and it’s time to sit back!


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