11.27.08 Fun in Merida
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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.
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.
I did some research about our future travels. Mimi suggested I skip
I also emailed Henry, who runs an RV park in northern
Mimi and Jonna took us out to dinner at a wonderful Palestinian-Mexicn restaurant. Paula, from
Anyway, she kept us laughing with her tales of adventure- I hope she writes a book about it all. Paula’s husband returns to
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).