Lough Leane as seen from Killarney National Park, Ireland.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Killarney National Park, Ireland.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Back to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland!

Friday, March 11, 2016

You win some, and you lose some...

If all goes according to plan, there's only two more sleeps and we're outta here. Scheduled to have my final dentist appointment Saturday at 1:00pm, and then Sunday morning we'll be up early and headed to Etzatlan.

Much of Mexico has been unseasonably cold the last couple of days. Apparently they had snow in the mountains behind us, and even the normally mild San Miguel de Allende had only the third recorded snowfall in recent history.

And even though it was mostly sunny yesterday, there was a chill in the air and it continued through the night. This morning, we woke up to frost on the ground and it was only 5C (41F) inside the motorhome! Looks like that's the end of it though, and today it's supposed to warm up considerably.

Our friends Heinz and Ulli (who have an apartment in town) offered to take us into the busy city of Sahuayo (pop 65,000) about 40 minutes away to do some grocery shopping. There's a big Bodega Aurrera (owned by Walmart) there and we hadn't done a decent grocery shop yet this month.

On the road to Sahuayo.

Scenery along the way.

Arrived at the big Bodega Aurerra. Even a McDonalds next door.

With all of the cheap and tasty local food in this country, I can't figure out how a McDonalds survives. Just another item on the long list of things I don't understand!

We did our shopping...a total of 1,525 pesos ($119 CAD) and I paid with our Visa credit card.

I checked the receipt as we were walking out the door. We always double check the receipt because half the time there is an error that's not in our favor. So we stopped by the customer service desk to get it fixed.

Yes, you're right...if there is an error that is in our favor, we don't say a word! That is a very rare occurance though. The errors are almost always not in our favor.

So this was a bottle of rum that was advertised on the shelf at 79 pesos and it went through the cash at 92 pesos. So we're talking a whole 13 pesos. So, we're talking a whole dollar! But that's not the point. The point is that a dollar is far better off in my pocket than in Walmart's pocket.

Well, it took about a half an hour for them to fix it. When it was all over with, I walked away with the paperwork. They had credited back by credit card by the 13 pesos.

But when I checked our credit card online when we got back home, the original charge was there, but not the credit. I checked the credit receipt and nowhere does it mention my credit card number, even though she had taken the card back and put it in the mchaine at the time. So I have my doubts that it will ever show up. Oh well...you win some, and you lose some!

We stopped by the little taco stand on the way in to Valle de Juarez. (No McDonalds for us!) In all the times we've been here, we've heard rave reviews about this place but we've never stopped in.


Lunch for the four of us was 125 pesos ($9.75 CAD) and that included three beers and a lemonade. I love Mexico!



  1. Most times when something is added to your charge card you see it online immediately but credits to the card take 2 to 4 business days. Check back next week and you should find the money back in your account.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Yes, I forgot about that...you might be right, thanks. We'll see...

  2. yes, that's correct, takes 2 to 4 or more days for the credit to show up . . .

    1. We will check again in a couple of days, thanks!

  3. What good friends you have and the food looks great.

    1. Wonderful friends for sure and delicious food to boot!

  4. Mexicans like anything from the U.S. For kids to be able to say they at at MacDonald's is like, "oh how cool is that". Remember, there are lots of Mexicans with money. :)

    1. Chris, you know us better, we know that there are lots of Mexicans with money not that you need to have lots of money to go there in the first place. I think what Kevin was getting at was that there are so many other great choices for food in Mexico we just can't understand why they would want to go to McDonald's but I guess it is just something different for them.

  5. I guess I am one of the few who do not see the attraction in McDonald's. I have eaten there only twice and became quite ill both times. I read that there is a small percentage of people that are actually allergic to some of the stuff they put in their food-I must be one of them.

    1. Well there are at least a few of us that feel this way, so you are not alone! We haven't eaten at a McDonald's in decades and are quite happy and pleased to announce that fact. Actually I lied, we ate breakfast at one in an airport a few years ago and instantly remembered why we never eat at a McDonald's. We will never make that mistake again!!!


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