A Quiet Day at El Dorado

Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
Trip End May 26, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, May 14, 2012

Today's been a quiet day in El Dorado.   We went down to the organic market with John to pickup a few things - gourmet chocolate chip cookies and some paella for lunch - homemade by one local lady who's here with her husband from Columbia.  After that we walked down to Wal-Mart to get some basic supplies that needed to be replenished.  While we were there we bumped into Terry and Bernadette who offered us a ride back up the hill, which was great considering we had some heavy jugs of water.

We decided we'd go back to Tango Ajijic for dinner.  Unfortunately Deb missed this spot the first time so I thought it would be a great spot to take Deb back considering the quality of the steak that I had the first time.  I went with the FLAP steak again and Deb opted for the chicken kabobs. Before dinner they bring you these little rolls and some local condiments.  Deb fell in love with this Argentinian condiment that included 13 different (kinda like KFC as this apparently is a secret recipe) kinds of spices which included garlic, parsley, basil, onion, olive oil, bay leaf, and others the waitress couldn't say.  It supposedly used on all the foods, such as the steak, chicken, potatoes and the like.  She tried to get the recipe out of our waitress, but nada.  Again a great meal at a total cost of dinner of $277P or $24US with tip - McDonald's you better watch out.  

We've got a dedicated cab driver now - Francisco.  He's an old guy and drives very, very slow in his little yellow and white car - but he always seems to be available to us when I call him on his cell.  The cost of a cab from El Dorado down to the main square in Ajijic is $50P or $4US - they don't have meters, so as long as it's within the general vicinity, the price is the same.   

We've hooked up with a lady who's been recommended for a trip into Tlaquepaque (pronounced Te-lock-a-pock-eh).  Ana runs a concierge service, so she'll come directly to us here at El Dorado, to pick us up - drive the 45 minutes or so to Tlaquepaque - give us about 4 hours to shop in town, have some lunch and then bring us back home.   This little town is a suburb to GUAD and it's where the gringo's go to buy their furniture and art, so we thought we'd check this out and get an idea as to what we could get if we need it in the future.   

The key's stuck in the front door again.  Looks like that will be my morning project to get this removed and back down to a locksmith for repair.   Last time this cost $4 to have the guy open it up and make the repair.  

The redness (sunburn) from the last pool visit has started to dissipate so it's likely pool time tomorrow to get a recharge of sun.  It is simply incredible that every day since we've been here has been exactly the same weather wise.  The rain birds continue to sing their songs so we're told that the rainy season is not that far off.   

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Candice on

It was 32ºC in the Okanagan today. The past 3 days here and at the Coast have been superb, so we are not as jealous now. Plus Brian opened the pool and heated it, so we've been in all three days for lengthy times, which include floating in our lounge chairs. Can't say that our Mother's Day brunch was economical, though. You definitely have us on the food costs. Hope Deborah enjoyed the restaurant as much as you did. :)

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