Friday, May 14, 2010


Mi amigos, I am writing from Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Zihuatanejo is situated in a bay and is primarily a fishing village aside from a tourist destination. I’ve been quite impressed with the amount of fishing done right in front of our resort, just a few hundred yards from shore. However, I never really got the urge to go fishing. The prices for things are relatively similar to those in the States, which surprised us a little. We expected prices to be much lower. It appeared to me that the only thing less expensive than at home was the alcohol. We are leaving tomorrow after being gone for a week and are very much ready to do so. No pictures yet, as we did not bring the cable, but they will be forthcoming.

I don’t think we had ever truly needed a vacation before this point. We had discussed/worried that we may get bored, but that was not really the case. We came to the conclusion that up until now, we had searched for adventure and new experiences in our various travels. In the time leading up to our departure on this trip, we did little to no research of the area, which is quite a change from earlier trips. This trip was simply for relaxation and has been a success in that respect. Until Wednesday (our fifth day here), we were perfectly content to hang by the pool and read a book or take a walk on the beach.

On Wednesday, we took a bike ride to see crocodiles, which we thought would be kind of interesting. It was overwhelmingly underwhelming. The only notable part of the trip was when I went over the handlebars while trying to wipe the sweat from my face. I escaped relatively unharmed with only a small bruise on my shin, but Amelia turned around to see me about half-maneuver. I’m sure it looked a lot worse than it was.

Yesterday, we met some friends we had seen on the plane at Playa Las Gatas (cat beach) and sat in lounge chairs at the edge of the surf. This is the type of place where all you have to do is put out your hand and a drink or food will be put into it. There was a deaf man there who gave me probably the best massage I’ve ever had and for less than $30 (half of normal, even for here). Unfortunately, the drinks were about the strongest I’ve ever experienced and due to the combination of that and great conversation with our friends, we forgot to reapply sunscreen as often as we should have. As a result, we spent all day today nursing sunburns.

We will arrive in Seattle sometime around midnight tomorrow and are very anxious to get home. No amount of thanks could adequately express our gratitude to our parents who made the time to take care of Charlie while we are gone.

Adios, Antonio.


Kate said...

I went to Zihuatanejo about 10 years ago. I'm happy to hear it hasn't changed much. A relaxing vacation at the beach can be a good thing. I'm glad you guys had a good time.

Mom and Dad said...

We were very happy and privileged to take care of darling Charlie