Country road fall colors scenery near Burnstown, Ontario, Canada. Photo taken yesterday!
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Galetta, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Playa Zicatela (day 4)

Normal day…food, walk, beach, reading, backgammon, sunshine, food, walk, reading, beach, food. And we threw a trip to the dentist in there as well.

Mary and Nataly showed up around 10:30am and Ruth made some pancakes. We still have a couple of tins of real Canadian maple syrup that we love to show off to people who have never tried it before. Mary thinks it nice, but didn’t seem overly enthusiastic. Nataly is only two years old or so, and loves anything sweet. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but we do love our maple syrup! (I think it’s best on vanilla ice cream!)

Then, we were scheduled to be back at the dentist for 1:00pm and we were ready to go about 12:30. We waited just around the corner for the bus. And we waited. And waited…and finally strated walking up to the highway. Just as we were getting to the highway, the bus turned to head down to our pickup point. By this time, we just hopped on a camionetta to get downtown. (I don’t think I mentioned yet that Puerto Escondido is a city of about 65,000.)

Arrived at the dentist a half an hour late, although young Doctor Victoria didn’t seem at all bothered by our tardiness, and she went right to work fitting my new crown. It took her quite a bit of time to get the bite correct, but she worked at it patiently, and now I am (so far) happy with the repair work.

I left and headed back on my own to Zicatela. Ruth had her dental work to be completed and then she was going to get her hair cut, and I didn’t want to hang around for that.

Ruth and the girls also went to the mercado (market) where she picked up some more fresh groceries.

When Ruth came back, she said that she was still having a bit of pain from the tooth that had the crown work done. We’ll probably leave here on Sunday to head for Huatulco area for a week or two, but then we’ll drive back through here again on our way back north so if there are any issues with the dental work we’ll be able to clear them up on our return trip through.

We also did some laundry today. That is, we paid someone to do our laundry for us! There are no laundramats in Mexico. However, there are a lot of lavandarias…places where they wash, dry, and fold your clothes for you, and they normally charge by the dry kg weight of your laundry. Up until now, Ruth has managed to get it don’t by doing hand washing and hanging it out to dry, and we used the basic laundry machine they had at Valle de Bravo as well as at Sylvies house. However there is a lavandaria just down the road from where we are parked so it was worthwhile to spend the 115 pesos ($9.60) to get our 11.5 kgs of laundry done for us.

Ruth has also been catching up on your comments and some responses to them, so if you had left a comment the last couple of days you should be able to go back and see what response she has left.

Ruth and Alex stayed up late to see the fireworks at midnight. I was tired and went to sleep around 10:30pm. Woke up a couple of times to the noise and partying, but otherwise slept well.

Happy New Year to all of our readers and may you all have a prosperous 2011!


  1. Happy New Year! We carry our authentic Maple Syrup too. You never know when a bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream is going to need a fix so it’s best to be prepared.


  2. John and Ellen...Happy New Year to you too! Yep, we love maple syurp. We bought eight 540ml cans and have one full one and another almost full one left. We have also given away a few to people who have been so good to us along the way, including Mary and the family in Barra de Colotepec.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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