Thursday, February 25, 2016

Shopping local, confessions of life in tropics and last school day

Tomorrow we are leaving Banderas Bay, and go to our beloved Sea of Cortez and Baja California. It’s time, as it’s hot and humid here. You know the feeling that when you take a cold shower, it feels sooooooo good, then only just 2 minutes after you are dried of, you are wet again….? It might come as a surprise, but both Tod and I are not sun bathers nor beach lovers. Then why, o why, do you live in the tropics, you might ask? Good question, and for now I don’t have a good answer, but I know that the spectacular scenery above and below the water of the Sea of Cortez makes this lifestyle appealing.

Tessa’s last school today. She has been warmly embraced at the Waldorf school, and the wonderful teachers made a farewell booklet with all drawings of the other kids. Thanks to the amazing parents Pia, Homero and Kerstin and Guido for giving us daily rides to the school, we could make this happen. Although Tessa preferred her summer pre school in Berkeley (could be related to the language but also the school hours are a bit too long here, by the time she’s home she is pretty tired), it’s been a good experience for us all. Wish we could find a great school like this for the price of $65/week (5 days, from 9 to 2PM) back in US!

When you live in a small town for a while, you get to know where you can find the best groceries. No need to go to a large super mercado like Mega that’s outside town. Wednesday morning they have a local market for fruit and vegetables, and Thursday evening there is a special food market where the local restaurants get their produce. Off course, the fish market has been a favorite, and we will for sure miss that. 

Tessa hugging her teacher Maestra Mar

I paid $6.5 for this at the market

Tod's great shrimp dish

Tod bringing Tessa back from school, back in the rolly anchorage

Monday, February 15, 2016

Visit of dear friends and school

Tod was cutting up tomatoes for one of his great shrimp dishes, and Tessa said “ I cut tomatoes at school today”. For a few weeks, our girl is enrolled in a Mexican Waldorf pre school, where the kids help to cook and prepare the lunch. The following day she proudly told us she helped bake bread. Ah, the luxury of having two cooks aboard now!

So while our little one goes to school in Bucerias from 9 to 2 during the week, the adults on Bliss are having some spare time on our hands during the week (just till the end of the month). And, oh so lucky us, our dear friends Ana and Christian visited us from Switzerland! What a joy to spend time with them, to discuss life and share laughter. They just left, and we already miss them, but we will know we will connect again somewhere in the world! Thanks Ana for the great pictures too!

a little farm is next to the school

it's a bit of an ordeal to get to the school, but..........
fortunately, we get rides from other school parents, and we can all fit
in the pick up truck, while the kids sit inside the truck

Christian, a master acoustic guitar player, inspired
Tod to get going on our untouched ukelele