Our adventure started out with a raining deluge just about the time we needed to catch a cab at the end of our street to get to the bus station!! We had actually toyed with walking the 5 blocks to catch a local bus to take us to the station but I sort of nixed that idea early on.
Mike and I chose to experience the longest and fastest zip line over the canyon then climb 700 verticle meters up to the tram station and ride it back. There are no words to describe the rush and exhilaration we both felt!! So the only way to share it with you is for you to witness the video that Mike took of his whole ride and one taken by another tourist that we met. So click on the links and have the ride of your life!!
Short video of our take off: https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D646513_91069994_085836
Full video taken by Mike: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204859916319101
The city has been hit hard by the lack of tourists and the cruise ships that stopped coming in spring, 2011. Unemployment is very high and the city looks worn. With a population of 1 million, it's not as walkable as PV and feels disjointed to us. We also noticed that even though there's a very long, several mile long Malecon, we didn't witness many locals enjoying it like they do here in PV.
Our trip was completed after another 7 hour bus ride back to PV just in time for Sunday night football. And, even though we thoroughly enjoyed our trip, it was good to be going home. And, sleeping in our own bed!
On Monday, while biting into a piece of bacon, Mike broke off his front tooth crown. Really. So he spent Tuesday going to the dentist. And then again on Thursday after he it broke off again. So our unexpected expense this month will be a new $600 crown. But, that's way less expensive than it would be in the states!!
On my birthday, we met up with friends, David & Judy, who've just returned after their summer hyatis in the states, and friends who we met due to this blog, Tim & Georgina, who have decided to live here now. After drinks at the Signature Lounge happy hour, off we went to Bravos for dinner. What was fun was that none of us had eaten there before. Let me tell you how wonderful it was!! Outstanding would be a fair word! So, if you're looking for great food at a moderate price with a cozy bistro atmosphere and excellent service, you must eat here in Old Town.
And, on Friday, we got to help celebrate another birthday for Christie DuChateau. She decided to throw herself a pool party and we got an invite! So much fun getting together with friends to have fun!
That's quite enough for now, amigos! Hope you've enjoyed taking this journey with us. Mike apologizes for the "hair" that got onto his lens and he couldn't get it off.
And, our life in PV just gets better and better!