Today was another wonderful warm sunny day in this beautiful place. We have had a chance to poke around a bit and are starting to appreciate the remoteness of our hotel. I started the day with a run of just over 3 Km. I had to walk down most of the hill as the roadway was too rough to run on without breaking something. When I got to the bridge at the bottom of the hill the roadway smoothes out so I got to see some new territory. I ran down the beach pathway where all the restaurants were. Some of the restaurants were just starting to open. I continued down the street, passing the elementary school which, at 7:30 AM, was full of little clean white uniformed Mexicans and parents dropping their kids off. I continued down the roadway to a traffic circle and then started back towards the resort. Going back up the roadway to the resort, with roosters crowing and people washing down their stairs and street, became a bit of a strain as some of it is quite steep. The very killer end is a short steep section followed by 45 (yes I counted them) stairs to the resort. Wow! Did the cool water of the pool feel good or what?
We headed back down the hill around 10 AM for breakfast, which we found on the beach. Fresh squeezed orange juice, large fresh fruit plate, scrambled eggs with bacon scrambled into the eggs, toast, and coffee for about $6.00 each was the what we had at Daniel’s restaurant.
We needed to change more Canadian cash into Pesos so we headed for the bank area. After trying several banks, we elected to bus it over to Ixtapa and use our normal bank. Some of the Zihuatanejo banks did not do foreign exchange transactions, some would not change Canadian currency because they only worked with US funds, while others were so busy that it would have taken hours to get through the lineups. We boarded our bus and it sat and sat and sat before proceeding down the street at about 1 Km per hour. Now these buses are not air-conditioned and have only small windows that open. No air moves in the bus until it gets up to 50 or 60 Km per hour. The temperature outside was 33 C so you could actually feel the perspiration flowing out of your body and soaking your clothes. After some time your wet clothes begin to have a cooling effect on you so you become less uncomfortable. Once in Ixtapa, we were in and out of the bank in a few minutes with our new pesos, ready to spend.
We decided to head back to the hotel and hit the pool as it was the only comfortable thing I could visualize. After a short bus ride back to Zihuatanejo and another climb up the hill (this was trip 2 for me today so far), we hit the cool refreshing pool. It was great and we stayed in until supper time.
Another couple from the hotel was planning to walk down the hill for dinner so we decided to go with them. We showed them our favorite $10.00 shrimp restaurant and met up with George, the time share guy who, after a lengthy discussion about the problems Alicia had at the airport, said he knew a few people and would see what he could find out.
Well, it seems that here in Mexico, (Bill, pay attention) the head dude at any airport is a Federal Military Captain or above. They must speak English. We are told that the Immigration people are his responsibility. Now the head guy is very aware of the negative impact of things like Alicia experienced. Anyways, to make a long story short, George called his uncle (The Military Captain at the Acapulco airport) and asked for his help. George’s uncle called the head dude at the Ixtapa airport and discovered that they still had the goods confiscated from Alicia incorrectly and that the agent who performed the dastardly deed will be suspended for a week. We have instructions to pick the stuff up for her when we leave on Sunday and are supposed to get an apology for the nurse. Now we have to buy another suitcase to haul it all home for her! 😉 Now let’s see what actually happens.
It was great news and it will be fun to sell all that stuff back to Alicia when we get home. Maybe I will just drink the Apple Pop myself.
Oh, and dinner was at Bandito’s restaurant. We walked back to the hotel, up the hill, making it 3 round trips for me today.