—Blogpost written by Bob
In this blogpost, we continue our 6-month winter excursion in Mexico. We arrived by car in San Miguel de Allende (SMA) on October 15, traveling from near Annapolis, Maryland where we live on our sailboat. We then traveled 8 hours west by car to Bucerias where we are based for our last two months in Mexico. (We love the weather, the close proximity to the water, and the simplicity of life here in Bucerias!)
Friday, February 11
Yesterday, I answered a lot of boat questions (from the service manager in Galesville MD) about our ongoing boat maintenance. The issues involved corrosion of the engine mounts and the engine bell housing and the intrusion of salt water, in general. It seemed like we have had alignment problems ever since the engine was replaced back in 2017.
|This morning may have been the |
first time we had Bimbo-brand
bread. (Maggie made French
toast this morning.)
|Weather prediction for |
next several days.
Saturday, February 12
I was awake at 2:30 this morning because of some “yappy” neighborhood dogs and the monotony of a bass drum of a far-away (maybe 1/4-mile) band playing. Mexican neighborhoods are notoriously noisy but this seemed extreme to me, even if it was a Friday night. The windows tightly closed and our bedroom air conditioner (a mini split) running at 22 degrees C wasn’t enough to overcome the exterior noises.
While I was awake I looked up recipes online for steak marinades that would tenderize the steaks we just purchased. After a couple hours, I dozed off…
In the morning, I put together the a red wine marinade using the following ingredients: 3/4 cup red wine (Malbec), 1/2 cup (extra virgin) olive oil, juice from 1/2 of a small lime, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 minced shallot, 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, and a dash of cayenne. I placed the jar of marinade in the fridge so that it would be ready to marinate the steaks 24 hours ahead of cooking them. (I used the recipe from this online source while making some of my own minor adjustments.)
Today we had a leak between a 20-liter water bottle and the base reservoir. This was in our second and last water bottle. So, besides cleaning up the water that spilled all over the tiled kitchen floor, we had to go out and get two more bottles of water (which weigh about 44 pounds each).
|A 20-liter bottle of purified water |
weighs 44 pounds!
In carrying the 20-liter water bottle up the outside stairs to our apartment, I realized how my strength has deteriorated as I approach my 75th birthday. (When I was young working in home construction to pay for college, I remember being able to carry two cement blocks at a time, weighing 35 pounds each. However, that was probably 55 years ago!)
Sunday, February 13
Super Bowl Sunday
After a light breakfast in our apartment, we drove to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for a Sunday-morning Artisan's Market.
|Similar to flea markets in the U.S., there were |
many exhibitors with their own
tables and tents.
|Colorful ceramic fishies.|
|Jewelry was for sale everywhere in |
the market, particularly silver jewelry.
|These miniature wood carvings |
of faces were very unique.
|A carver finishing up a figurine constructed from |
ironwood obtained in the norther desert area.
(He used brown KIWI shoe polish to make
the color uniform and to provide a shine.
|We bought one red snapper and had it |
filleted for a dinner later in the week.
(The price was 150 Mexican pesos
or about $7.50 USD.)