Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Beautiful Sunday - Planning For Our Guests

Sunday – Week 3: Although the bells on Sunday go crazy starting at about 6:30 a.m., we successfully ignored them until about 8:00 a.m. With a lazy start we dressed and headed out for breakfast at Casa de Sierra Nevada en el Parque. This hotel has only five suites, but has a beautiful garden restaurant that had cried out to us for a casual Sunday breakfast. The day was warm and sunny and it was a fine time. The hotel and restaurant is located in a very quiet location, at the top of Parque Juarez and at the bottom of the Cultural Center in the Chorro area. The photo above is a worker in the restaurant garden manicuring the shrubs.

After breakfast we were off to church at St. Paul’s. I really do have a fondness for the Anglican Eucharist service, and the one at San Miguel St. Paul’s is very special because of the insertion of portions of the service in Spanish. Father Michael Long has a great sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. It is always nice to find a cleric that is not “too much of himself.” We hopefully will return depending on our schedule as the “visitors” now begin to arrive this coming Saturday. The church is very involved in outreach efforts benefiting the community. You might even think it was a Methodist Church considering the amount of time they offer the church for community music and social events. For a look at what they are doing check out http://www.stpauls.com.mx/.

On our walk up to the Jardin, Mary Ann started to think about what she might cook for the “visitors”, especially on the day of arrival after a long flight. She realized that our casa kitchen does not have anything you could cook a casserole in. As we passed various shops, Eureka!, a small Sunday miracle occurred (we don’t ask for much). She found a very nice ceramic Mexican pottery dish that would just do the job. I had no fear that we could not solve this domestic crisis! You might think that we seem to buy at least one item each day. Now we are here for 70 days, hmmm, that trailer may still be needed. Maybe we can load up our kids on their return from being the “visitors.”

The remainder of the walk included some grocery shopping in anticipation of the Benito Juarez holiday tomorrow. This afternoon we changed into our shorts and enjoyed a very nice warm day.

Quirky Living Note: Ironically, you can get a daily U.S. English language newspaper here, with an excellent Mexico section. It is the Miami Herald in partnership with El Universal. The paper is completely up to date, with sports results (NCAA tournament coverage from the previous day), business section, travel section (especially for me), cartoons, and all for 7 pesos per issue.

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