Monday, November 24, 2008

Vive La Revolution- and Papa's too!

Thursday Nov 22 we celebrated Revolution Day here in La Manzanilla. All the school kids participated in a parade and ended up in the central square (jardín), where they did various dances ranging from waltzing to hip hop.

As part of my PTA duties I got up at 6:30 am that day and walked over to Lupita's restaurant and started making taco's with 3 other moms to sell at the festival. All the money raised from the sale of tacos went to the kinderschool.

Bottom line is I need to get a Spanish tutor! One of varieties of tacos we were assembling was a mixture of chorizo and potatoes. So, potato in Spanish is papa and daddy is Spanish is papá. Imagine the laugh the other mothers hand when I asked how much we sell the chorizo and papá (chorizo and daddy) tacos for.

Here are some pictures of the kids on parade.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hey, I'm not on vacation!

My great friend of nearly 20 years just came to visit my here in lovely La Manzanilla.

Guess what? This is my life and I’m not on vacation. She asked me how much money she should bring. I told her she couldn’t possibly spend more then $25 a day. I buy a ¼ kilo of tortillas every other day, a few eggs, some cheese, fruits, and vegetables every day, eat out at the taco stands a couple nights a week, drink a beer or two every night, no more than $25 a day.

WRONG! When you’re on vacation you drink margaritas at the beach, snack on shrimp ceviche, and have eggs Benedict at Café Risa. - $25 a day ain’t gonna cut it. Who knew?

And, we have school, homework, oh and did I mention I work! It was a great visit but I have a lot of catching up to do.

Duh, when people come to visit they are coming for a vacation. Not sure why I didn’t get that…but now I do.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Presidential election from 2200 miles away

This is like an out of body experience.

I've been through enough elections in my life to understand what is happening on the US airways at this moment. The talking heads of CNN and Fox news are like rabid dogs in frenzy over exit and early return polling, commercials are full of negative ads and the candidates are running to every state with any electoral vote that might be sitting on the fence.

But I’m in La Manzanilla….and we don’t have a TV. It is so strange, it’s so quiet here.

I’ve already cast my vote, thanks to the mail in ballot and a husband who had to return to Denver for a few weeks.

I guess on Wednesday I’ll just fire up my computer and google the election results. Until then…did I mention it’s quiet here?