Lots of people enjoying another beautiful day in Istanbul, Turkiye.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Antalya, Turkiye.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Paris, France on May 1st.

Monday, December 31, 2012

A drive and a birthday party

Yesterday after our morning power walk, Ruth and I decided to take a drive in the little blue car. We wanted to see if a particular route was motorhome friendly, and the results of that are in our previous post. We drove 170 kms (105 miles)! We made it back in time to get ready for 4:00pm when all the campers were invited to a birthday party for two year old Francisco.

We don't ever say no to these types of invitations. We've learned that these events are always a lot of fun, and in this particular situation, we knew a few of the locals because the birthday party was for one of Sal's cousin's son and we had been at their wedding reception exactly a year ago yesterday. Oddly enough, we were the only campers who wanted to go with Barb and Sal to the party.

The theme of the party was based on a popular Mexican television show called El Chavo del Ocho. Even little Francisco was dressed up as one of the characters!

Cecy and little Francisco.

Ruth found the food!

First, we were served tostados.

Then came the pozole. It's a type of soup with pork and corn hominy with shredded cabbage and radish.

You can see that it was actually quite a large bowl.

Then it was time to break the pinata. Notice that little Francisco is dressed the same as the pinata. Too bad he's not yet strong enough to swing the stick!

They had to get someone bigger to break it open. And he did! But the picture of all the kids scrambling to get the candy was a bit blurred!

When we got back to Hacienda Contreras, Barb checked the TV schedule and found out that two episodes of El Chavo del Ocho were being broadcast at 8:00pm. So we went and watched it. They were actually produced in the 1970's and it's a comedy show that was later turned into an animated series. The show is probably more popular now than when it was made! We didn't understand a lot of it because they talk way too fast for us, but we've got to start watching more programs in Spanish.

Stay tuned for later today when we'll post our expenses for December. It was a pretty good month!


  1. What a fun celebration - it's great that you get to do things with the locals! Neat birthday cake for Francisco!!

  2. The parties always look so fun. Can't believe nobody else wanted to go with you. Happy New Year.

  3. Those parties you get to go to look like a hoot. We would go in a minute. The birthday boy looks loke he was having a great day!

  4. What a great opportunity to party with the locals. What fun, too! Happy birthday Francisco!
    Grace (in cold and rainy Tucson)

  5. It is a great show and bridges the generation gap, everyone watches El Chavo del Ocho.


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