11.27.08 Fun in Merida

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Kids buy pastries

11.27.08

 

Grocery store field trip!  I missed the nearby Chaudraui store that was just after a round-about and we went 3 miles down the busy boulevard to the Mega Store.  Amazing!  First, you stop by the cash machine, since we’re basically in a “cash economy” around here.  Then you ride the flat sidewalk (like an escalator, but you can take a grocery cart on it) up to the 2nd floor.  There, the store is like a Super-Walmart.  We tried to find some traditional Thanksgiving food.  However, things like pumpkin pie weren’t available- only queso (cheese) pie.  We did get what we think was cooked turkey slices and some cans of corn.  In this enormous store, they only had about 15 feet of canned vegetables.  Certainly there was a larger selection of hot dogs than veggie cans.  The bread and pastry sections are really large and delicious with very inexpensive fresh breads.

Dinner out with Jonna, Mimi, and Paula- wonderful!
  All-in-all, it was a grand store.

 

We were able to park outside the store with the help of the lot attendant.  We have learned to pull in and just sit there until the attendant comes over.  We flubbed up and didn’t know to tip him, but next time we will know better.  He also takes the cart and tells us when it is safe to back up- really nice and I feel terrible that I missed the tip.  We did tip each of the grocery baggers- apparently that is their only salary so we gave them each 5 pesos, which Jonna said was the right thing so that’s good.

 

Mimi drove me to the Mechanico where they kindly followed us the mile up the road to the RV park.  Ciao Baby had a squealing belt that I was sure was from the new alternator, but no.  She was out of Power Steering Fluid and as soon as that was added (which I had), all was well.  200 pesos ($15) later including tip and problem was solved.

Yucatan avocado makes big bowl of guacamole!
  Gold star to the mechanical dummie.  <sigh>  You have got to check those fluids every year!

 

I did some research about our future travels.  Mimi suggested I skip Cancun because there’s not much there for RV’ers.  Having enjoyed the hotel district before, I had to agree that in an RV, heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tulum directly with some neat villages along the way sounded like a better idea.  So that’s the new plan!

 

I also emailed Henry, who runs an RV park in northern Belize and was mentioned in the Church’s book as someone who will escort us across the border for a small fee.  The caravans use his services all the time.

Merida sunset- ahhh
  I thought that sounded like a grand idea.  I’m going to write the book:  Adventure RVing for Chickens.  I hope he emails me back- otherwise I’ll call him next week before we cross.

 

Mimi and Jonna took us out to dinner at a wonderful Palestinian-Mexicn restaurant.  Paula, from Canada, came along.  Really she’s from England, then Canada, and now moving to Merida.  She is hilarious and fearless!  Paula and her husband made plans to move here prior to arrival and were fortunately pleased upon laying eyes on Merida.  However, she’s not overly fond of RVing as they had no experience when they left Canada 2 months ago with the RV and explored Mexico’s West Coast prior to heading through the interior.

Escalator to 2nd floor of Mega grocery store in Merida
  Having sold everything they owned in Canada, bought the RV, and traversed the continent was stressful enough without having to learn Spanish, driving in Mexico, and being a bit early in the season for many RV parks to open. 

 

Anyway, she kept us laughing with her tales of adventure- I hope she writes a book about it all.  Paula’s husband returns to Merida tonight since he had to fly back to Canada to sign *in person* at the Canadian bank to allow wiring of funds so they can buy a property here in Mexico.  That was a long journey for a technicality in our day of technological conveniences! 

 

So we had a terrific time at our non-traditional, but delicious Thanksgiving Feast.  (We did eat some of the “turkey” from the store before we went so Jazy could have traditional food).

 

 

 

 

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