Saturday, March 01, 2008

6AM - Church bells.
I am awakened by the church bells playing "Las Manananitas", the birthday song. The sounds of people working and laughing drift toward me to hear.

The produce market.
Getting dressed quickly, I find that the produce market is going strong. A juice stand looks good, and I order a medium glass of fresh orange juice.

I ask the juice store owner, "The people here begin working very early. And they don't take siestas in the afternoon as they do to the north. Why is that?"

He replies, "The customs are different here. We start working at 5AM and work until 9PM. I don't know why they take siestas in the north, and here no. But it is fine with me."

A woman walks by carrying a load of baked goods in a basket balanced on her head. She is going to the stall where these goods are sold. I smell the fragrance as she passes me.

A man in his butcher shop has two customers. It is 6:30AM now. Outside of the market at a street fish market, a woman is cleaning fish. Her husband teases her to smile for the camera!
Butcher shop.

Woman cleaning fish and smiling.

8:30AM - Maria's roadside food.
Señorita Tioga and The Team stopped for a rest in a little pueblo, we don't remember its name. Across the road, a lady was cooking things, and Little Mavicito and I walked over to see what's what!

We met Maria de Carme, who was selling sopes. Have you ever eaten sopes? They are tortillas with the edges turned up. The tortilla is filled with meat, cheese and anything else. Because of the turned up edge, sopes are like a plate, a tortilla plate, and the filling does not drip out.

Sopes are then baked on a hot griddle, so that they are crispy. Then you are able to pick up your sope, and eat it. Isn't that a neat invention?

While I was talking with Maria, and eating my three sopes, Maria was always smiling. Little Mavicito and I do not know why she is so serious in the pic below?! Maria charged me only $13 pesos for my three sopes [$1.30US].
Maria de Carme, the sopes lady.

11AM - Acapulco.
We enter Acapulco, and the traffic is huge. There is a construction project going on. It takes almost an hour to get thru it.

When we get past the traffic, there is no place to park all the way to the east end of town. As we climb the hill across the bay, Little Mavicito goes out to capture a pic.

El Mirador Bay.

2PM - Internet store.
We find an internet store, and the lady tells me that the store is closing in 20 minutes. I do not have time to do things right in the blog. The Maps below are not right.

Fix them up next time!

4PM - Stuck in sand.
Señorita Tioga came to a place where we could drive from the highway, and get close to the beach. However, we got stuck in a small piece of very soft sand. We spotted the Hotel Casa Yal'maKa'an a short distance away. Hotel Manager Fernando, phoned for a truck to pull Señorita Tioga from the sand.

After we were free of the sand, Fernando invited us to stay next to the hotel! Isn't that the greatest thing? Hmmmmm?

Our Camp at the Hotel Casa Yal'maKa'an.

5:30PM - Dinner at hotel restaurant.
The Hotel Casa Yal'maKa'an is a ritzy place. Little Mavicito and I went over to take a peek at their outdoor restaurant which has a ramada roof. Looking toward the beach from the restaurant, is a gorgeously designed swimming pool.

The edge of the pool is like a lake, with a gently tapering edge. I've never seen a swimming pool like that, and liked the look of it!
Do you see how the pool has no edge?

I decided to order chips and guacamole to see what the food is like. At $8US, it is expensive, but good. So then I order skewered roast chicken for $18US. Wow! I am living the high life! While I am eating, a few guests are wandering around. This hotel must cater to people getting married or on vacation. Guests are mostly foreign people, only a few from Mexico.

After supper Little Mavicito and I wander out on the beach. The Sun is just setting, and only a small speck of the Sun may be seen. Little Mavicito's pic came out sort of artsy, don't you think?
The Sun is just a mere speck!


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