It's very rewarding to get these emails that come out of the blue week after week! Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself. In the beginning when I began my blog, I probably was only talking to myself. I've been amazed and honored that so many have chosen to follow along on this journey with us. To date, I have people from 56 countries following me and it has been read 33,032 times since June, 2011!!
After meeting up at the Sea Monkey, 38 of us boarded a luxury bus to be transported first to the Zoo right in the small village of Mismaloya, south of PV about 20 minutes. The Zoo is privately owned and all of the profits are totally put back into the facility with improvements for the animals. The animals are also moved around so that they don't get bored with their surroundings. Another terrific thing about this zoo is that you really get to be up close and personal with the animals. And, it's a feeding and petting zoo for adults and children alike.
Immediately upon entering, we were greeted with a 2 week old white tiger playing in the lap of its handler. I just wanted to pick it up and snuggle!! For $30/person you could get 20 minutes of time with the babies at the end of the tour but we chose not to. You also can purchase food to feed the animals along the way for $3.75 each. In the bag was bread, carrots, peanuts, pellets, and corn. The bag was clearly marked with which animals eat what food. Quite impressive and lots of fun even for a couple of old farts!
Then off up further into Old Town and the Los Muertos area where there's another Farmer's Market at the PCC (Paradise Community Center). This is a more intimate setting inside the Center itself. During the week this facility hosts many events, language classes, counseling sessions, etc. And, in the evenings there are shows on the stage. We can't wait to go to the Jazz Band show, which starts this week. Thinking it might be a good gift to ourselves for Valentine's Day! But, we did buy a 2 x 1 ticket special for another impersonator show called The Bird Cage at The Palm for Monday night.
This is going to be a challenge for us during High Season. There are soooo many wonderful performances by so many talented people that we want to see them all. So our goal is try and see 2 each month and that keeps us within budget.
Rather than come home to make lunch, we decided that we would eat out for a change. We usually only eat out for dinner so this was nice to see different menus. The Pancake House won our allegiance and I ordered the most wonderful cheese blintz's and Mike had Eggs Benedict. The restaurant was established in 1987 and is quite an icon in Old Town. A great value for a great breakfast at only $15 for both of our meals and juice! But the big bonus was that my leftover blintz's fed us both again for Sunday brunch here at home!
This morning rather than doing his normal exercises at home, Mike and I decided to take a walk on the beach. Another glorious morning, beautiful crashing waves, lots of people enjoying the beach and surf, and nothing better than sand between the toes! Unless, of course, it's finding the only bee on the beach and stepping on it. Ugh!! And, I'm highly allergic to them.
So after making sure the stinger was out and taking a dip in the saltwater hoping that would keep the swelling at bay, we quickly found a cab to take us the few blocks back home where I put everything I had or knew would help on my foot. It seems we did manage to do what was necessary to keep the swelling and poison to a minimum. I'm now feeling so thankful that I didn't end up with an elephant leg and a trip to the hospital!! Feeling very grateful.
So with that, I will end this update with a wish for all of our friends up north to again stay warm and safe in this next round of frigid cold and snow. Thanks again for following along on this journey of ours.....