New Year's Day was still a funky dreary day but we made the most of it because it wasn't raining. We watched the Rose Parade and had a nice breakfast at home. The afternoon was spent walking through town and just enjoying being out and about.
I was craving Italian food, so we walked all over trying to find someone who had lasagna. Many places were closed and town seemed quiet. We finally found a place right off the beach on the sidewalk by the park, La Gran Plaza. The best part was that it had lasagna as a special, dollar beers, and a great guitarist playing wonderful music right next to us on the boardwalk. A fabulous anniversary!
Thursday finally dawned with sun just as predicted! No way were we going to stick around home. So after our morning routine, we headed into town to meet up with an agent to look at another apartment. There were 2 in the same building and they are unfurnished but nicely appointed. We decided that we really don't want to buy furniture again and deal with that hassle at the moment. Never say never but certainly not now. That is, of course, unless the rent would be cut drastically to make it worth our while.
Back for lunch at home but then out again to meet up with another agent to see 2 other places. One is very close to where we are now but in a better location. I fell in love with the unit and building. It's only 12 units, so quite cozy, has a brand new redone pool that gets sun and is heated for the "winter" months, as it can get chilly at night cooling off the water.
The apartment is beautifully decorated in quality Mexican style and is spacious. The kitchen, dining area, and, terrace are all outside with the kitchen and dining being under roof. Love it! And, the price is right! Location is good with a decent but not spectacular view of the ocean. But you would get the sunsets for most of the year. It's now the benchmark for anything else we look at.
From there we went into the center of town to see a penthouse with beautiful views of the bay but no pool. Unfortunately, the owner had put on a new deadbolt and hadn't told the agent. She was so frustrated! We told her, if anyone understands, we do. So after trying to get keys for about a half hour, we told her to forget it. Even though the rent would only be $6oo a month, we decided it was a no go because of location and the condition of the building.
Since we were downtown, we decided to walk back via the Malecón to enjoy it by day. And to enjoy the glorious sun and warmth! I had been looking for a nice simple and light sterling silver bracelet that I could wear all the time. We walked in and out of shops and the only thing purchased was a beer sock for Mike. Priorities!
We decided to stop and have a couple of dollar margaritas on the beach at the Sea Monkey. The couple right next to us was the same couple that sat next to us when we were having dinner New Year's Day. We got to talking only to find out that they were from our area of Washington and Sorena was the sister of a colleague of ours back home that we know well. Very, very small world!! They are here for a month, so we'll be seeing more of them.
Friday continued to be glorious. As we were making our plans for the day, we received a call from our friend, Joe King Carrasco. He was going up to a beach at Punta Mita, which is at the northern end of the bay, and wanted to know if we wanted to go. Of course, we were going to go!
So after he ran a few errands, we took the bus up to Sam's Club where he would pick us up. A beautiful ride and into an area where we had never been. Joe is a great tour director and knows the area well.
We pulled off the main road onto a dirt drive that lead to a beautiful overlook. With a short walk down a well worn and rain pounded path, we came out to a gorgeous beach that went on forever with only a few luxury hotels and a gold course along the way. So for several hours we walked, played in the surf, and visited until sunset. The dogs had a great time, as well!!
As this is Playoff weekend with games on both Saturday and Sunday, not much else will be happening for us. We did get out yesterday to go down to two Farmer's Markets. Met some wonderful people who live here and felt like we were making inroads into meshing with the community. This is so important if we're going to consider living here.
So Mike's fixing our famous Gorgonzola egg, bacon and croissant breakfast sandwich while I finish up the blog. Time to say that's it for another week in paradise. Stay tuned as we come closer to making a final decision. Once we have our expenses calculated for one full month here for comparison purposes, I think we might be ready. We'll see....
Have a GREAT 2014, everyone!! A new year for our journey to continue....