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Isla Mujeres 2020 Trip Reports-Day 5

April24

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Met Jane for sunrise. After a lovely visit she was going to have breakfast and go back to sleep.

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I also met Jean and Rich on the malecon and they reminded me that is was Ash Wednesday. When I am on vacation I don’t keep very good track of time but I often attend church on the island. On this morning, I loved the unusual rituals of following the priest outside so he could bless the symbols of the morning as well as bless the people who congregated. Even though the service was in Spanish the application of the cross from ashes on my forehead spoke in an universal language.

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After I met Sister #3 and Lorena at the bus stop, we took the short bus ride to the Little Yellow School House for lunch and passed this other beautiful church where another service was going on.

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LYSH is a beautiful program for children with intellectual disabilities on the island. This was the first time I had visited them. Their custom of making a lunch for sale every week on Wednesday, was a thoughtful way to get their students involved, bless the persons who came to knosh and make a little money at the same time.

Our next stop before getting back on the bus was at the Women’s Beading Co-operative where we enjoyed browsing and shopping.

I returned to Centro hot and sweaty so I walked to the beach where Jan and Bruce were sitting and had a quick swim and then a quick visit. Then I walked back home for a shower and to get ready for our dinner at Limon.

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Black clouds rolled in as I was returning a bottle of wine to Jan and Bruce at their apartment almost next door. I came home ahead of the anticipated rain and spent another hour or so before I made way to the taxi loop and there was still no rain! You never know on Isla, a shower could come up quite unexpectedly but could also brew up for a big deluge. That is what happened on this evening.

When we arrived at Limon, we sat under the new platform but had to move as the rain was able to penetrate our shelter. So we finished dinner inside.

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Lorena and L loved the cilantro chicken,

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Sister #3 loved the arrachea and Brother 3#’s shrimp were enormous (sorry no pic)!

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I really enjoyed the tortilla soup. Sergio treated us to dessert:

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Bananas foster

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and Sergio’s stuffed pineapple. Both were stellar!

Mean while the rain storm was building force, especially the wind. Power went off twice. Our taxi drove through flooded streets. The wind howled all night and I was continuously awakened by the lifting up of a big piece of sheet metal on the building site next door to my hotel.

Kath’s quote: “When it rains, look for the rainbows. When it is dark, look for the stars.” – Unknown

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Isla Mujeres 2020 Trip Report- Day 4

April23

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Do you see the outline of the cloud just above the horizon on the right? Doesn’t it mimic the outline of the coral right underneath it? I thought that was cool.

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Another beautiful sunrise. I could get used to this.

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No matter where you are, the colours of the island are breathtaking.

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I met Sister #3 and Lorena at one of the Centro bus stops. We were going to Chedrui but was rooted through Colonia’s first.

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My beautiful baby sister and look at the view out the window!

We didn’t mind, the return of bus service is very novel to us. I thought I had struck it rich at Chedrui finding no sugar, heart shaped cookies, lime and sea salt crunchie things, and cinnamon and pecan Special K. As I put the groceries away, I had a taste of everything and commended myself on the endeavour.

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Then it was time to hit the beach. I walked the beach route to Media Luna to see if friends Jane and Peter were out by the pool but no luck.

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So I continued around the tip of the island to visit Bro #3 and L on north beach.

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It was another scorcher so I enjoyed a refreshing dip and as I was walking home past Rueben’s I realised it was Tuesday and you know what that means?! Crunchy tacos were on sale!

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I was by myself so when I saw Penny also waiting for a table, we sat down at a table together. It was lovely to get acquainted and Ruben’s tacos were superb!

As I continued along I met Jane and Peter. They came up to check out XBulu Ha for future reference.

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L waiting to capture that perfect shot.

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Once again arrangements were made to connect with Brother #3 and L for sunset.

We were off to Ruben’s for supper! Think it sounds silly to return to a place for dinner, when you just enjoyed lunch there? That’s just how great Ruben’s is and so affordable you could eat each and every meal there.

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Brother #3 enjoyed a burrito and L this Enchilada Suisa with both green and red sauce. She loved it!

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I tucked into Ruben’s garlic shrimp which were aa-mm-aa-zz-ing!

Home for me was just down the block but my brother and his wife insisted on walking me-one of the fringe benefits of travelling with your little brother!

Covid Note: Ruben’s generosity is legendary. He raises money and toys so that no child is left out on King’s Day in January. Since Covid hit, he has rallied the troups to feed Isla. Why wouldn’t you want to support a restaurant owner who makes delicious, affordable food and give and gives and gives? I hope Ruben knows how much I love and appreciate him.

Kath’s quote: “Today, give yourself permission to be outrageously kind, irrationally warm, improbably generous. I promise it will be a blast.” Sasha Dicter

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Photo credit-Anne. A talented lady I have actually never met in person but we have a great cyber friendship.

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Isla Mujeres 2020 Trip Report-Day 3

April22

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That morning’s glorious sunrise made up for the one I missed the day prior.

I met Jan and Bruce as I walked to the taxi stand to meet Sister #3. Since I had not had a real visit with them yet, I had lots of things to ask about. Sister #3 and I stopped at Luna d’Miel en route to Coco Jaguar to pick up my kitchen supplies that were stored from the previous year. We may not need them in 2021 as we are looking at some other alternatives.

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We were to meet Maria, the manager at Coco Jaguar but unfortunately her phone had been stolen so she couldn’t let her staff know the circumstances.

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The good news was that we spotted our long time friend Jean from the 2nd floor of Coco Jaguar. She was out on her daily walk but had been caught in a shower so we asked her to join us from our perch. It was so lovely to get caught up with her as she shared what the future might hold.

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Since I missed out on breakfast I enjoyed a bowl of coconut pineapple yoghurt from a shared balcony on the front of the hotel when I got home. Later I sat up my little kitchen and then I hung out at the hotel before meeting some new friends. I have heard my bestie Melinda (who doesn’t live in the same city as me), speak of Jane for a number of years. It turned out that Jane and her husband Peter happened to be on the island at that time.

We met for bevvies at Esquina and to introduce ourselves to one another. As I was on my way to visit Hortencia, they walked with me and I was able to introduce them to Hortencia’s entire family. Jane indicated that she was going to return when it was cooler to select a pareo for a dress. They then walked with me to the beach so I was able to introduce the rest of our gang. Uncharacteristic of me, I went right in the ocean for a swim and then enjoyed a nice visit with Bro #3 and his wife L.

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Later that same day I met Bro #3 and L outside of their hotel as we were going to catch the sunset together. Another sudden rain shower came up, so we continued our visit in their room at Los Arcos. I captured this from their little balcony.

Next up was dinner at Fredy’s. It was a bit delayed as a party of 20 that was supposed to show up at 6, didn’t arrive until 8 and then plugged up the kitchen.

We met Fredy’s new server Penny also from Canada.

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Lorena and L loved Fredy’s fajitas,

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Sister #3 her Mex plate

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and Bro #3 his pork chop.

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I took the opportunity to try Fredy’s tortilla soup-delish!

Covid comment: I see Fredy posting on Facebook so I assume all is well for he and his family. We love Fredy and Ana dearly and pray that they continue to be safe and well. Boy wouldn’t you love to be on Isla and greeted by Fredy’s sarcasm right about now?

Kath’s quote: “Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.”— Unknown

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Isla Mujeres Trip Report 2020-Day 2

April20

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When I awoke and hurried to see the sunrise, I managed to catch only a glimpse. As I walked across the parking lot to the malecon, I realised I had left my camera phone behind. When I turned around to fetch it, my key fob wouldn’t work in the front door. Once I had found another guest enjoying his morning smoke to let me in, it had clouded over. I did sneakily go up to the roof though and caught it from there.

My only other task was visiting Aki for bread, cucumber, cilantro and lime mayonnaise to prepare my lunch. I had already eaten the left over 1/2 torta from the night before.

I met Trish and Scott, also from Winnipeg. They were staying in the room across the hall. I was having a tricky time connecting to the hotel’s wifi so I visited with them outside our rooms on a number of occasions.

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I returned to the sea wall to catch some sun and update my journal when I witnessed something funny. A bunch of locals were trying to put together a float for that day’s Carnavale parade. In fact they may have even been working on the “official” float for the parade. The funny part was that by then, I think the parade had already started.

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The day turned out to be one of waiting (for family to arrive on the ferry) and it did my heart good, because of how “instant” life is in 2020. Sometimes it is good to stop and take stock. Especially ironic now in the time of Covid.

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There was one Mom who had a complete melt down when she couldn’t find her return ferry tickets. Then when she finally did (they were with her friends who were already on the ferry), she was livid with everyone -her kids, her boyfriend and the ferry staff!

When my family arrived, they allowed one kiss and then were off! Oh well, I thought, I guess I will see them on the beach.

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I wandered down the west beach at twilight to enjoy the soft light against the white sand. These local boys swimming were a hoot to watch.

Sister #3 and Lorena joined me at Sesso Loco’s for the evening.

Covid Note: I am not currently posting my restaurant blogs to the Isla Mujeres Food Group page as restaurants on the island are currently closed except for take out. My goal with IM Food is to promote restaurants at peak times that will most benefit the restaurant.

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After dinner Sister #3 wanted to take a walk down Hidalgo but as I was tired, I went “home” to read a new book. I had to wear earplugs as Carnival was going strong!

Kath’s quote:

And the people stayed home

And read books, and listened and rested

And exercised and made art

And played games and learned new ways of being.

And were still.

And listened more deeply.

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.

Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed”. -Kitty O’Meara

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Isla Mujeres Trip Report 2020-Day 1

April17

For Elaine.

Even though I had left home more than 24 hours previously, I hadn’t felt like I had arrived until I woke up early that first morning-even before my alarm went off! I was in a familiar hotel even if it was in a new bed. I am not always fortunate enough to have a first good sleep.

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As I crept downstairs, I knew that I could likely get a cup of coffee in the lobby but drat, I had to have my first cup with coffee mate instead of the milk that kind Bruce fetched me on my arrival day. As a matter of fact he also bought me a bottle of wine which I was able to return (and drink with them) a number of days later.

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Bruce and Jan offered to meet me at the ferry. Thank heavens they did as it was chaotic and I was pooped, stressed and thirsty. So much so, that the Corona I had ordered from CARM and planned to drink on the ferry to enhance the crossing, I gulped down as I stared at the long line waiting for the next ferry to come along.

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Accidental selfie on the ferry

I might have made the 2:30 ferry except that there was a new security/screening system and I had to hit a green button which made my unopened Corona an explosive canister waiting to go off.

It was a hectic day and yet, except for waiting for the ferry and CARM, it went as per usual. When I first had a chance once I was unpacked, I looked at the time and Jacki (a friend from back home) was scheduled to meet me in ½ an hour!

It took us no time to get caught up and we spent a lovely supper together. 1000 Tacos was a little hike from my hotel so we stopped a couple of times for Jacki to rest (and my knees appreciated the respite too). I was so glad to be “home”.

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Funny thing about my arthritic knees. Although they cause me no end of pain and subsequent disappointment-they were pretty terrific on the island. Good thing, as I was staying on the third floor of XBulu Ha.

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The food at 100 Tacos was A+: a shrimp taco, a crunchy shrimp torta and a chile relleno taco. With 2 beer we were wonderfully content. Jacki was concerned about catching a cab back to Colonias so I walked her to the taxi loop as I caught a glimpse of my first sunset.

Covid Comment: At this moment with travel suspended to Isla, it is hard to imagine the empty airport, ferry and terminal. I miss the Islanders and the island itself and I wish them all safety and health.

Kath’s Quote: “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller

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