Today, we are celebrating Jake’s birthday in Acapulco at Villa Verde Resort with our ship mates. Word is that this was one of the many places that Elizabeth Taylor spent one of her many honeymoons. We’ll take lots of photos and post them here for you.
Traveling around Central America has been an eye opening experience for me. I have never been to the rain forest or spent any time out on the open ocean. I find the beaches amazing and the people are mostly friendly. I wish I would have decided to take some Spanish in high school. It really would have helped me out if I would have just sat in Mr. Mesa’s class and absorbed his native tongue. Alas, I cannot fix the past but only move forward for the future. So I’m starting with a little application on my iPad and hope that I can atleast order some food, hail a cab and get directions before we get off this ship. In either fashion, it does seem that English is the universal language and that many of the people we have come in contact with have a good handle on it. Phew, I’m grateful for that.
One of the strangest ports we have been to yet. Colon has a brightly colored square of building with many tourist shops selling sun dresses, native folk art and other small items. We poked our head in each shop just to see what was there. We really didn’t need anything that they were offering, so we just kept moving around the square. Best thing we found there was a grocery store called the Super 99 where they have alot of American products that reminded us of home. We bought a bunch of snacks for our room, laundry detergent, some wine and a bottle of champagne. Last night, we ate the best snack so far, a container of marinated canned octopus on some whole wheat crackers. It sounds funny, but it was just like eating a can of tuna or sardines. Since we like to eat alot of sushi and often have the octopus salad, the flavor of the canned Tora weren’t that far off what we were used to tasting at the Little Tree Sushi Bar in Royal Oak.
Mom, Don’t worry, I’m eating good. This was an amazing salad of avacado and cucumber with some light seasoning that I had at La Riena’s on the beach in Limon, Costa Rica. We really enjoyed our afternoon there. The waves were crashing into the shore and reminded me of a time when I swam in Lake Superior when I was about 11 years old. My drummer friend from Grooveline, Matt Jones, jumped into the surf with me and we had a great time body surfing in the waves. Grooveline is another band that performs on the ship in a room called the Wheelhouse. I’ll post some other photos of us with Matt in the future.