Hope you enjoyed these brief photos and videos of our morning walk.
Then you cross the Rio Cuale, and the next stretch of Malecon up the Plaza in front of the Guadalupe church is storefronts and restaurants on the east side of the boardwalk, and trees and the bay all along the west side.
As we proceed farther north, we get to the area in front of the Guadalupe Church, and farther takes you to the northern edge of El Centro, the old center part of town. Along this strip of the Malecon there are many statues and artworks, as well as performers. Two "sand men" playing chess, a "bronze" soldier, and four guys who fly high above the Malecon hanging only by their legs.
Eventually we arrived at the north end of the malecon, at the north edge of El Centro. At that end is the "American Embassy"...a McDonalds. There are many other flashes of the U.S., like Walmart, Sams, Costco, and Starbucks.
Across the street from the McDonald's is a fish market with a restaurant next door. The fish market displays fresh fish caught that morning. You pick the fish you want, and they'll take it next door and for 50 pesos (about $2.50) they'll cook the fish for you and plate it with rice and beans. Drinks are extra!
At this point, we've reached the usual northernmost tip of our walk, and we turn around and head back southward, usually moving eastward one block and walking on the sidewalks along Calle Morelos, heading back to Zona Romantica. This is a busy street, as it is the main southbound road from the Airport to Zona Romantica, then southward to Boca de Tomatlan. It is also know as Highway 200. Along the way, there are many cross streets that head to the Malecon, where we were just walking. We passed a nightclub called "Zoo", subtitled "Where the wild things are". We haven't attended that club!
Just to the north of the church, we stopped and ate breakfast at one of our favorite locations, La Tostaderia, owned by Javier. Small and quaint, and sitting on the side of the hill, we have a view of the bay and the highway 200 crossing to the west, and to the east a view up the hill towards the mountains. A quick breakfast of omelettes for Cyndi and French toast for me, with coffee and water, then we're back on the walk back to the house.
As we get to the Cuale River, again, we detour slightly eastward on the northside to cross the river on one of the several suspension bridges. There is a small island that sits in the middle of the river, running from east of Gringo Gulch westward to the mouth of the river at the Bay. The first crossing takes you from the flea market area in El Centro to the island, and the second bridge takes you from the island to the northern edge of Zona Romantica.
From there, it's a walk through Zona Romatica, and then to Amapas, back to the condo in the hills.
Hope you enjoyed these brief photos and videos of our morning walk.
Thursday, November 1, we left our Airbnb on Careterra Costera 200 and moved about half of a mile closer to Zona Romantica, up the hill from Careterra Costera 200. We are also closer to the beach from this new location. The photo above shows the view from the living room. We were able to pack most of our belongings into the six suitcases we moved with to PV, plus a few extra bags and boxes of recently acquired items. We hired a man named Gustavo to help us move. We thought he had a small van, from our reference person. Turns out he had a car (he drives Uber too). But, since we didn't have that much, we were able to handle the move in two trips. The weather cooperated, since there's a threat of brief showers almost every day, still. This should go away soon, as the dry season starts. We have three keys. One key works each gate at the top of the complex and the bottom. The second key works the gate at the hallway. This allows us to keep our residence door open to allow a breeze to flow through the condo without sacrificing security. From the inside gate to our door is about 25 feet.
After we got all the bags moved in, we took inventory of what we would need. Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and food. And took a trip to the WalMart in the Marina. We were able to get most of what we needed, but since we Uber back we were limited, so it meant another trip on Friday. That handled most of the list. On Sunday afternoon, we'll take a trip to the Home Depot out by the airport. I was spoiled in Dallas, as the Home Depot was almost within walking distance. Now it's almost 30 miles away. Oh well.
It is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, about 1,400 square feet. We have rented it for a year. Once we get about 2 months from the end of the lease, we'll have to make a decision if we want to stay here, or move elsewhere. Cyndi mentioned this morning how interesting it is to live in a "modern" condo like this, yet, in the morning, sitting on the patio drinking a cup of coffee, we here a rooster crowing.
Below is a video of the condo and how to get to it. It's not of the specific move. No way could I video and move at the same time. So that morning I did a quick walkthrough with the maintenance guy, Alfredo, and got the keys. This video gives you and idea of what we have.
Let me know your thoughts and comments, would love to hear them.
Wednesday night, Nacho Daddy's had a Halloween Party celebration, and a 10 years anniversary celebration. In conjunction with Mexico's Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Sean Moore and Tammy Proust, the co-owners, threw a great party upstairs, with several bands playing. One was Sean's band, The Texas Embassy Blues Band. The other was a band called The Jokers, who do a kind of Rock-a-billy sound like The Stray Cats. I'm amazed at the quality of fun music there is in Puerto Vallarta. I've attached some picture and videos below for your entertainment.
We decided to go full blown Dia de Los Muertos. Cyndi had her face "professionally" done at Cassandra Shaw's Jewelers, across the street from Nacho Daddy's, where the proceeds of the cost of the face painting went to support a local dog shelter. Mine, well, I did it myself, and Cyndi added some final touches. The toughest part is having to scratch an itch on your nose, but you can't because you'll smear your greasepaint, and get it all over your fingers.
Our good friends Rosa and Bill. Married for 39 years. She's from Guadalajara and he's originally from Nova Scotia. They live south of Zona Romantica, about a kilometer north of Boca de Tomatlan. Really nice people.
A stray cat hanging around at the front door.
Hanging around at the bar downstairs.
The dance floor got busy!!!
Sean, dressed as Where's Waldo, helping The Jokers get set up for their set. A couple of videos of his band's performance is below.
The Jokers, playing their set. Yes, we were close to the stage upstairs. A couple of short videos of their performance is below.
Sean Moore and the Texas Embassy Blues Band
AND THEN THE RAINS CAME!!!! It didn't damper the fun we had that night. Looking forward to next year's party.