Monday, February 07, 2005..continued
I had assumed that carnival would
be like other parts of the world, and I told Gary that he should
be able to see lots of almost naked girls in g-string bikinis
as they have in New Orleans and Brazil, but he reminded me that
this was Mexico a very Catholic country. So he was right, and
I was wrong… no naked girls just lots of pretty young
girls in full glittery gowns and lots of dancing girls doing
the cha cha! I think it must be every young girls dream to be
in the parade when they grow up. The parade was very lively
but the people were more fun to watch.
It is a national holiday here
so entire families were down on the waterfront setting up tables
with massive amounts of food. It was lots of fun for us just
to people watch. We were the only gringos for miles. Where else
in the world can you get lots of people together with lots of
drinking happening and not one fight breaks out! We were quite
surprised at how calm the crowds were and no really funny business
going on, just lots of people enjoying and supporting the parade.
Over the past week, we finally
got the Montezuma’s revenge! Not sure where or how we
got it. It might have been from the shrimp tacos or a taste
of octopus we had the other night. Although it seems to be going
around, so maybe it was just the flu virus, but either way it
was not fun. We were glad to be at dock and not have to worry
about sailing while we were sick. Gary got the chills really
bad and described it as like being in the Nordic snow. I got
chills, fever and lots of stomach cramps among other things.
We stayed on the boat and borrowed lots of DVD’s from
the neighbor boaters. I read 2 books. I guess it was a good
excuse to rest.
We feel much better now. We went
surfing this morning and the waves were really big. The waves
were too big for me on the long board. Gary rode his short board
and I was on the boogie board with my fins on. The swells were
good size and I was exhausted by the time I got out past the
surf break. The Mexicans are really good on their boogie boards
doing amazing flips and knee boarding. Anyway, we had lots of
fun this morning and it was good to be back in the water again.
We had to get back to the boat, because today we are pulling
the outboard engines up to drain the oil and put in new oil
filters. We have some friends helping us out with this, since
we have never hoisted our engines up before.
The sunsets have been spectacular.
Beautiful red sunset last night, red sunset at night….
Sailors delight! So of course, the skies were blue this morning
and the air was crisp and clear. Great day!