Adventure

Nov 25 At Beach House

Friday night I went out to dinner at a place called Sharky’s. It was interesting to see so many people out for dinner after thursday’s feast. Of course it was Surf and Turf night; Steak and Lobster and from the looks of it and the way folks were eating it this is a big hit with the locals. I opted for something a little smaller breaded fillet of fish with rice and veggies. Well, I don’t like steak anymore and the lobster looked too big for me. The fish was good and filling especially because it came with corn soup.

I returned home to the Beach House and spent the evening on the computer while  listening to soft music and watching the fire in the fireplace. Yes the fireplace works and I have bought some artificial logs to burn in it, looks pretty.

This morning I awoke and I heard the fog horn in the distance and sure enough the fog was rolling in, welcome to the Pacific Coast! Now I’m trying to decide to stay one more day or leave. Isn’t there a song about “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” ? Oh, here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1WwnEDWAM

Here is a picture of the fireplace in action;

Here is a photo of the fog about to roll in;

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I’d post a Photo of the fog, but what’s the point?

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Up date on Beach House

I had to go to the US to my bank to transfer the money to purchase the house. I was concerned that somehow someway the money would go astray and cause me all kinds of grief. However my worries were all for naught as everything went smoothly the owners were paid the real estate agent was paid – I didn’t cry seeing my bank balance go tumbling down and now I own the house. Just have to pay the land lease and we’re good.

Of course I’ve been playing house in my head thinking of all the things I could do with the house. I’m sure once I have spent some time there I’ll find lots of things to spend money on. My next visit I’ll bring a note pad, and measuring tape to make notes and lists of things I want to do or have done.

New homes are like new clothes you feel good in them at least for a while they lift your spirits and give a little zip to your step. The feeling is short lived but enjoyable. I do want to spend the night sometime when the weather is clear to see the lights of the city and another time when it rains or storms to see where the water flows and if there are any issues with drainage. So, on to another adventure.

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View of the beach

 

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She’s home the Airstream that is :-)

The other night my friend brought my airstream trailer to my house and parked it for me.  It was almost dark when the trailer arrived. Since then I have been able to give it a good look-over and there are a lot of things to fix and replace. As I go through the rig I notice more and more things that have to be done. I found that the power cord is missing so for now I can’t use electricity and of course the house battery is long dead. A lot of the plastic handles and latches are disintegrating when touched so they will have to be replace as will a vent cover that is missing. The curtains, of course, are rotten and will have to be replaced. Some of the cabinet doors need repair or replacement and the couch will need to be reupholstered.

So the project begins and it will be interesting to see what happens when work is started and what other things will have to be repaired or replaced. I am happy that the trailer is now in my yard and I can get the renovation underway.

Here are some photos;

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Looking aft towards the Head (bathroom)

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Looking towards the lounge

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the lounge area

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front of the trailer

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Curbside of the trailer

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Ajijic

Some photos;

Outdoor entertainment area at the B&B

Outdoor entertainment area at the B&B

Grotto at the B&B

Grotto at the B&B

Garden at the B&B

Garden at the B&B

Garden at the B&B

Garden at the B&B

I am staying at this lovely B&B in Lake Chapala Mexico I have a very nice room and the hosts are very kind.  I like it here. Today the weather about 72 degrees with a very light breeze the Canaries are singing their hearts out to keep up with the easy listening music being played on the satellite TV. Lovely.

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Almost done

Tomorrow, friday, will be my last day of Spanish school today went by so fast it was over in a blink of an eye. I went to a different place for breakfast this morning. Here are some photos;

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Tomorrow I pack my stuff and get ready to go to Lake Chapala and more adventures 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Photo Tour Of My Neighborhood

I took some photos this morning of some of the businesses in my neighborhood there is more to follow later. It is a nice neighborhood even if it has graffiti. I found it interesting that most of the cars are newer cars not many old cars.

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The dark grey building is the hospital I went to for the Cardiologist appointment.

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This is the entrance and you can just see the plants inside it very nice inside
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This is a restaurant across from the hospital nice place to have dinner or treat
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The red building has restaurant upstairs with Oaxacan specialties

 

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These bikes are part of the city bike program

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Join the program for 365 pesos pay a peso a day drop it off at any of their sites.

These are local restaurants and cafe’s the El Gato is interesting in that all the decorations are cats but no live cats.

 

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Half Way Point

I have been in Guadalajara for two weeks now and nine days of school which comes out to 26 hours of face to face instruction as I’m still the only student! It looks as though that will continue for another week. In some ways it is good in others not so good. One doesn’t learn from the mistakes of others you have to learn from your own mistakes. This past week I had two hours a day of class with a teacher and spent an hour a day with other students in a conversation class; half in english and half in spanish. I wasn’t to sure about this conversation class as what would I say? Most of the students are very young and at least half are Korean. I did get to say something and what the class does is get you to speak on your own. Sure you make a lot of mistakes and so do the other students and yet we communicate. I also got to use the computer lab and in some ways that is helpful and in other ways frustrating as the information you’re looking for you are unable to find, at least for me.

I get to school everyday early and work in the computer lab and review my homework. Yes, there is homework assigned. It isn’t a lot but it does reenforce the lessons. Some of the topics such the Cinema I have no knowledge about; they talk of European Cinema; directors and actors and I don’t know anything about who is who in this field and what is more I don’t care. To play along with the program I look up on the internet as to who is who and what awards they have won to at least look compliant with the program. Aren’t I such a nice person? I still don’t give hoot if they won Oscars or BAFs or what ever. By the way this is mostly in Spanish with some subtle help from the teacher so sometimes I’m not sure why we are talking about these people, other than it give us something to talk about in Spanish.

I have been enjoying the neighborhood I live in it is the “Old Town” of Guadalajara very close to the U. of Guadalajara. There are lots of restaurants a few bars and a real middle-class neighborhood. I went into a local bistro the other night and the theme in this place was Cats! There were ceramic cats, photos of cats and everything cat, but a live cat! The place was almost full of people, it didn’t look like it from the outside but inside there were lots of small rooms with tables and chairs and sofas and folks eating and drinking and what appeared to me to be a meeting of a book club. These people all had the same book in their hands and each one would discuss something and another would put in their bit in turn. This town is very book oriented. There are bookstores both new and old some right next to each other all over this district and it isn’t unusual to see folks carry a book or enjoying a read in a restaurant or park bench.

Today being saturday I had off from class and I went shopping (imagine that) and so did the whole city ! The streets and sidewalks were crowded with people and traffic the plazas and restaurants, stores were full of people coming and going carrying bags and stuff. I got right into it with them and found a place with my size and the stuff I bought was on sale! I got four new tops for three hundred pesos at 19×1 you figure it out it was a deal! In short I had a wonderful day shopping and having lunch out with the rest of Guadalajara  and best of all using my Spanish 🙂

Next week is the start of my third week and I just know things are going to get more complicated as we head into parts of Spanish I have no idea about, oh well that’s why I’m here.

 

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Sunday 070216

About three blocks from the hotel is a church and plaza and across from the church are several restaurants I had an omelet in one on the second floor this morning. The coffee was a little unusual as it had cinnamon in it and with milk and sugar it was good with breakfast this morning.

After breakfast I went for a walk around the church plaza and got see the vendors there and there are quite a few. I have some photos of them.

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This the church and being Sunday there were a lot of Masses being said and the music was nice. In the foreground there are vendors

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More vendors selling different stuff some sell Indian crafts others food.

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Book venders book selling in Guadalajara is popular and I see folks with real books in their hands reading.

Later in the day I made another tour of a nearby neighborhood and found a new, to me, restaurant that piqued my interest its claim to fame was roasted Cabrito. Around the corner from this restaurant was a little place where there were three small cafe’s I decided to enjoy a Latte and a crape with nuts and cream sauce it was delicious. I went back to that restaurant for dinner.

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first shot of a restaurant I was curious about.

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Restaurant Nuevo Leon where I had dinner it was Cabrito and it was delicious

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This is were I had lates and a crepe yes those are lovers in the corner

I did some study today and I’m sure it wasn’t enough so I’ll get scolded when I get to school tomorrow, oh well 😦

 

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So ends the first week of Spanish School

This was a short week in Spanish class because of the holiday and I had it made because I was the only one in class, that came to end. Next week I’ll be the only one in class but the class day will be shorter. The school was only going to give me an hour and half a day with an instructor, but I didn’t think that was enough so I bought more time with the instructor so I’ll have two hours of personal instruction for everyday next week and I’ll attend a group conversation class for an hour a day; half of the time in english and half in Spanish as well as an hour or more in the language lab using their computers to practice things like verb conjugations and grammar. I will have a different instructor the one I had was very nice. I also had an exam today and I was told I did very well. As for the instruction so far has been excellent I enjoyed it and got to us Spanish a lot everyday, just what I wanted.

After class today I did a little browsing in the neighborhood of the school and there are so many bookstores some sell new books others sell used books and they are reasonably priced, I thought. I bought a Spanish version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin to try out one day when I know more Spanish. I also found a Chinese restaurant for lunch and it was inexpensive and good I had the buffet and a soda for 80 pesos. I was full after lunch and needed to rest when I got back to the hotel.

I took some photos of the school. This school has a lot of students learning English or Spanish most are foreign youngsters this term they are from Korea; a lively group of youngsters enjoying their experience living in Guadalajara Mexico.

Here are the photos;

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I am going to do some review this weekend and a couple of walking tours around the neighborhood and take some photos of things I find interesting here in this part of Guadalajara.

 

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Trip to Guadalajara (Spanish School)

This is my first of many posts about my trip to Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico to learn Spanish. My, dear neighbor, with very good humor drove me to Mexicali where we stayed the night at the Colonial Hotel. This was a recommendation from another good neighbor and he was right on. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the price was very good.

My flight was very early in the morning and for some reason that escapes me now I thought it was going to a little plane and few passengers. Upon arriving at the airport I was surprised to see so many people there, at first I thought there might be other flights but no this was my fight all these people were getting on. After schlepping my bags around and getting a boarding pass that I didn’t think I needed (Yes, you do Julia) I finally get to the ID control were I was confronted by Mexican Immigration. Turns out they were as puzzled as I was as to why I didn’t have my new Resident Visa Card and after the three gentlemen gave me the once over and put up with my broken Spanish I was sent on my way to go through security. The same type of security in the states, but I didn’t have to take my shoes off and it was (thank goodness) quick, I had to use the bathroom. That was a neat trick with a a bag and a purse in cubby to small to change into my superwoman costume if I had too.

Once out of the bathroom I got a cup of coffee and wouldn’t you know it no sooner did I get settled in a chair with my coffee it was time to line up for boarding the plane and it wasn’t a little turbo prop either. I found out the ticket checkers and fight crew didn’t speak english so my immersion started off already 🙂 No problem, serious announcements were recorded in both English and Spanish and they were the usual directions of following the directions and pointing out the exits in case of the plane crashing sort of thing. The plane ride itself was boring and my tummy wanted food. I did buy a muffin and a drink when offered to keep the grumbling beast at bay. I was so bored I read the inflight magazine or at least the parts I could with my broken Spanish.

Upon arrival at Guadalajara Airport we were bused to the terminal and lined up, yes all of us at the wrong baggage claim area and an employee herded us to the correct one which of course was much further from the exit. I claimed my bags and was even checked by an employee to make sure I wasn’t taking the wrong bags. I schlepped three bags and a big purse towards the exit where I asked a man at a Taxi booth about my voucher for a Taxi and he knew nothing about it. So I dragged my bags and I outside found a safe place against the building and like a paper boy of old started waving my voucher in the air while calling out TAXI ! One of the men who I assume controls the Taxis came over and read the voucher and went and asked another man about the voucher who looked very disinterested. At this point I thought I was going to have to pay for a ride out of pocket when a Taxi driver had a chat with this man and directed me to a Taxi. Wouldn’t you know it I get a Taxi driver who hasn’t a clue about vouchers or where the hotel is, had to go get directions from other taxi drivers on how to get there. I’m getting a little concerned at this point until he came back to the Taxi all smiles. I asked him if everything was okay and he said Si. So what are you going to do but sit back and enjoy the ride ? Obviously we got to the hotel in good order so it was much ado about nothing.

The hotel is small and in the historic (Old) part of town near a cathedral, in case I feel the need for spiritual help passing a test I imagine. The desk clerk took me to my room which of course is on the second floor with two flights of stairs a goat would enjoy running up and down. I thought I was puffing a bit until I heard the (Young) clerk huffing and puffing more than I was and I have almost a half century on the the poor boy! He was still puffing when he left my room and I had recovered. That young man needs some exercise, just my opinion not a judgement, but sheesh when a 71 year old can out do you on your own turf something has to be improved. Nice kid we’ll get along just fine. I might even challenge him to a foot race later and see who goes the hospital first!

I got directions to a local restaurant and guess what ? Yup, more stairs, but the food is good and cheap too. Nice view of that Cathederal with a busy plaza in front. After lunch I went back to my room to try out the bed with a serious nap. The bed is comfy and I had a good nap. Being Sunday the city is sort of quiet, I brought earplugs just in case.

Here are some photos of the inside of the hotel;

I like the colors and plants the church bells are charming the streets are narrow and one way so getting there is a problem when driving, but not when walking. Tomorrow is a holiday and I’ll take a tour of the neighborhood.

 

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