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... to eat before making our way over to Mon's to wish her a happy birthday.
Mon, as always, was very pleased to see us and really looking forward to opening her presents; gran's present especially made her laugh. Like most of the gifts from back home gran had chosen to give her dollars, however she had left the dollars in the travel agent's complimentary paper sleeve. Mon, being bedridden and on oxygen 24-7, was amused to read "enjoy your holiday" on the outside ...
... br> Heading inside mum was greeted by a friendly gas attendant, who clearly wasn't used to English people and there strange customs of paying for gas after you've put it in the vehicle!
Mum: "We'd like to get some gas"
Gas assistant: "how much would you like?"
Mum: "I don't know, we want to fill the tank"
Gas assistant: "You have to pre-pay"
Mum: "But we don't know how much we want, can't I just pay for it after?"
Gas assistant "No, its ...
... t just a holiday, it's also a food preference! Chile (it's actually a fruit) is served everywhere in the state with New Mexican cuisine and you choose either red chile, green chile with your meal, or if you can't decide/ want both then you ask for 'Christmas'!! Chelle feared this was a bit of a wind-up from our Route 66 guide, but no, once she got into a conversation with a local he confirmed that it is indeed true. New Mexican's take ...
... the ring while I waited so it is a perfect fit. We wandered around the downtown area admiring the statues and buildings. We headed for the Loreto Chapel which has inside an amazing circular staircase which doesn't appear to have any support. The chapel is now privately owned and operated as a small museum. We walked around to look at the San Miguel Mission - the oldest church in the United States, built on 1610, and then on to the Cathedral Basilica of St ...
... s feast was two slices of ham and Dolly whipped up some zucchini. We made two meals out of the ham/zucchini and so far Dolly has had no stomach issues and I've tightened a couple of notches on my belt. We've only "splurged" twice, which, for us is pretty good. We plan to keep it up.
All for tonight. Enjoy your day and we hope you can check in to see how we're doing tomorrow and down the line. Thank you.