Miscellany, Chapter 2!
**Sam’s Club and Costco memberships are both much cheaper than in the USA. It cost about $25 for each of them. And they have a lot of our old favorite foods. Cooking will be substantially easier here.
**We found an orthodontist in the mall just outside the entrance to our neighborhood. We made an appointment for Haley’s next braces check up. The doctor’s next day in the office is on Sunday the 20th. Sunday? Really? OK, sure!
**You can’t drink the water here so we are getting used to the ginormous bottled water system. We realized too late that you need to order more before you run out. That won’t happen again.
**We are also getting used to the system of soaking your veggies in a special solution before eating them. I don’t like making salads to begin with and I didn’t need another barrier to making them.
**A lot of Mexican stores have this gated parking lot system where you have to take a ticket to enter and park there. But if you take the parking ticket into a store and buy something they will validate it. And if you lose your ticket you have to go through a very long and complicated process to get out of the parking lot. A friend told me.
**Aunt Kim has been so helpful at caring for the girls and the condo while Dan and I are out doing house stuff. When we came home Saturday night the dinner was cooking and the girls had a great day swimming. Everyone needs an Aunt Kim.
**I was having trouble finding corn tortillas at the store and knew I must be missing something. Dan discovered them in a cooler. Warm. Nifty!
**Their name for a double bed is “matrimonial”. My matrimony is better served by a king sized bed.
**It rained for the first time the other day. We were tucked away in our condo so we were not concerned. The weather continues to make us happy. Eating lunch outside at 1 p.m. with a nice breeze was lovely.
**In our new neighborhood they have a huge wreath hanging at the entrance, a big “Feliz Hanukkah” sign on the right, a manger scene in one of the parks and giant blow up Santas in more than one driveway. Happy everything, politically correct nothing. Nice!
**Driving in Cancun is infinitely easier than Panama City. They are very fond of roundabouts here and use them better than in Panama.
**We do not get stared at here. Either they are used to foreigners or they just don’t care. Or both. But either way it’s quite nice. I like to blend in. Nothing to see here, folks!
**A Mexican gentlemen expressed appreciation for my “wiggle” yesterday. I was not sure if I should be flattered or offended. Dan says it’s better than being complimented on a jiggle.
**I LOVE Mexican handicrafts. So cute, so colorful, so fun. The gringa wants one in every color! I have already purchased 4 sets of salt and pepper shakers for the new house. I think I need an intervention.
Stay tuned for more miscellany as we continue on this crazy life!