Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they celebrate good times with good friends!
After a direct flight from Seattle (wonder what those are like) Phil and Di meet us at the Sea Monkey, right on the beach, here in Old Town, Puerto Vallarta. Phil and Di laugh at us as we feel a little chilled by the sea breeze. Maybe we have gone native.
The next day we welcome our good friends Reg and Larry. They are fresh in from DF and spending a week before heading back to their home in Progreso, Yucatan. We’d also invited our PV friends Pablo and Scott to this little happy hour as tomorrow they are leaving their beautiful casa across the street and journeying back to their home in VA.
Mary’s Pasta el Pesto. Mary loves all the pasta dishes here. BTW: Reg and Larry fell in love with this place.After our meals at Miel Fusion we are relaxing with cocktails on our deck. I think you can tell that I just got busted for a tall one.
We’re busing our way to La Caipirinha near Pitillal and Reg and Larry are telling us of their day trip into Mismaloya yesterday. These wild and crazy guys, on the spur of the moment, did a zip line tour taking them over 100m above the jungle floor!
We’re at La Caipirinha and we’d invited Phil and Di to join us. Coincidentally they are staying at Hotel Posada Roger in a room adjacent to Reg and Larry. They all soon become good friends.
Mary and Larry are playing with his new Samsung smart phone. Their pic is on FB before our food arrives. Larry tells us that he used to be critical of people who are always fiddling with their smart phones but now, he says, “I’m one of them!”
Starting with a huge plate of sides, this Brazilian buffet continues with skewer after skewer of meat, chicken, and sausage until you say, “No mas!” Which takes a while as Di has one of those metabolisms that allows her to pack it away and still remain very slender. I wish I had one of those.
On our way back to the bus stop we come across this sterilization clinic at Los Mangos, the English Library in PV. BTW: Reg was spotted on the street here in PV by someone who recognized him from his Merida English Library Admin days. Small world, Reg, eh?
We’re gathered at Cafe Bohemio, it is Reg and Larry’s getaway night and we won’t let them leave without experiencing this wonderfully eclectic Bistro.
Larry is impressed not only with the preparation of these mussels but also the sheer number of them.
After completing our meals we linger getting up to speed with all the latest in Merida and Progreso. Then we all walk the few blocks back to Hotel Posada Roger to say goodbye to our good friends. Thanks for visiting Reg and Larry, it was great getting caught up with you guys!
We are in pueblo Mismaloya. In the future Phil and Di are going to start splitting their time between Seattle and Mexico. They have checked out Merida and we have convinced them that their due diligence of PV would not be complete without checking out the southern portion of the Bay of Banderas. BTW: These kids insisted upon being in a pic and then demanded to be paid for it! But they are so cute Mary anted up a peso apiece.
Now we’re on the beach. I have just taken a dip and the water is warming up!
Di’s meatloaf arrives and not only is it tasty the portion is huge! But don’t worry, Di makes short work of it.
We have finished our meals and we are lingering, wanting to extend our time with our good friends when Di surprises us with a gift package of Tajin. When we were at Toños, Di had laughed when Mary dug a Tajin shaker out of her purse to season our botanas. Di wants to make sure Mary never runs out. Also, more directed at me, they got us a bunch of cigars from our man Rogelio, only these are a definite upgrade from the cheap ones I usually buy. Thanks a lot Phil and Di!
We settle our bills and leisurely walk Olas Altas back to Hotel Posada Roger (and on the way we see, at a sidewalk cafe, a small Pug standing on a table eating off a plate next to his owners’, I really don’t know what to say about that!) and finally we part with hugs and kisses and hopes that they will decide on PV for their Mx part-time home. Cheers!
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. If you’re curious, it was this blog that helped influence Phil and Di to visit Merida where we first met them and instantly bonded and also why they decided to check out PV. Bruce and Mary have found that one of the unexpected joys of writing this blog is the opportunity to make such good friends with such fine people. Hasta proxima Domingo!