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Leaving ¨home¨

Sunday was a very nice day where all his sister´s that live in Tetelilla (four of them) were at the house preparing food for a big meal. We were going to go to Jonacatepec and use the

All the women in the family enjoying our last lunch

internet in the afternoon but it was just to social at his house and Mex was enjoying all the conversation, stories and laughs. We took a bunch of pictures but no one ever looked at the camera at the same time. The food was fabulous and his sisters and nieces were all there. Poor Mex is the only guy at these dinners but he doesn´t seem to mind because he gets lots of attention. I must say they really love their ¨hermanito¨ or ¨little brother.¨ We had garlic soaked shrimp, two kinds of fish, chicken that reminded me of my mom´s teriyaki chicken wings, nopales salad, and spaghetti. Wonderful and we felt so spoiled and stuffed.

On Monday morning his sister Abelina (Andrea) came over about 9 when we were done with breakfast. We had already packed the car so we just did some last minute visiting then went over to his sister Sofia´s house where she was making tortas to take to the school. We helped with the tortas but, finally, around 10 we had to say goodbye. It was very tearful for all of us and only made better by the fact that we know we will soon be able to visit whenever we want. It will not be a long time before he sees his family again! However, it didn´t really make us feel better as we hugged everyone and got into the car and left town. His sister´s are so hospitable and friendly and generous that I really did feel like part of the family even though my communication wasn´t the best. Although when his oldest sister Filo tells stories and his sister Abelina laughs and smiles you don´t need to speak the language to understand the happiness they feel. We are both

The final picture of our Hometown Mexico

looking forward to the next time we visit them and we will be starting to speak Spanish at home so I am more prepared. I so want to share in their stories and be able to tell my own! I did bring pictures of friends and family and was able to eek out a few stories but next time will be better.

Now we are on the second part of our journey. The journey to our Minnesota home. We are also looking forward to returning and seeing our friends and family that are there and getting back into our daily routine. Traveling is fun, eye-opening and exhausting all at the same time.

Another random tip- for those of you that use Tabasco sauce you should toss it and buy Valentina hot sauce. It is a Mexican brand of hot sauce that isn´t mega spicy but actually has a great flavor not just a heat. Don´t forget that when you´re in Mexico wash down your Valentina with Victoria beer NOT Corona or Modelo!

Father and son. Now I know what my hubby will look like in 40 years! I have to get him a hat!

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Las Mañanitas Restaurant – Cuernavaca

Beautifully secluded restaurant and bar area. Relaxing escape in the middle of one of Mexico’s largest cities.

Albino peacock roaming the grounds. There are over a dozen “free-ranging” peacocks. They are beautiful but beware when they fly into the tree above your table or try to nibble off your snacks in the bar area.

Our night in Cuernavaca we decided to have a splurge for dinner and went to the world-famous Las Mañanitas restaurant (it is a hotel also – over $250 a night). If you ever go to Cuernavaca we would all highly recommend it and they have delicious pastas starting at about $14 US so it doesn´t have to be a big splurge. Even though it is on a busy street, once you walk through the entrance you feel like you are miles away from the city and can hear absolutely no noise but peacocks calling.

Luckily, we got there before it was dark which is a total MUST in order to wander the gardens and see the exotic birds, including toucans, colorful peacocks and even white peacocks. We sat in the bar first and enjoyed drinks while we watched the birds. The waiters (which there must be 2 or 3 for each guest) bring a little snack tray of pepitas (pumpkin seeds), peanuts and chips for you to snack on in the lovely open air patio while sitting on bulky-cushioned lounge chairs. The

Cheese cup salad sounded good, but for the expense I would choose the green salad instead

peacocks walk right up to the table and try to eat your snacks however, which freaked me out a little. When one flew into the tree directly over our heads I made Maren and Mex move because I did not want to be in his ‘line of fire’.

Ready to enjoy our seafood in the cool night air. Gorgeous outdoor dining.

Sinful seafood dinner for two.

Our menu recommendations are the salad that has goat cheese on it. The one with crab in the parmesan cup sounds good but is nothing special for the price. For dinner, if there are two of you that like seafood, the seafood platter to share is absolutely incredible! The

Shrimp pasta – also swimming in buttery goodness

mussels melted in my mouth, no fishiness or chewyness at all. There are shrimp and a sinful pasta. I can’t imagine how much butter and cheese went in to this dish but it was incredibly tasty. Great atmosphere and fabulous food.  It was dark by the time we ate so all the pictures turned out horribly.

On a side note… This restaurant (and hotel) are on the “1000 places” list. Check!

Las Mañanitas
Linares 107
Cuernavaca
from US – 1 (888) 413 9199
http://www.lasmananitas.com.mx

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Patzcuaro

We drove from Aguascalientes to Pátzcuaro yesterday which took about five hours, almost an hour of which was navigating through the capital Morelia (we are in the state of Michoacán). As we drove through the state of Guanajuato there were at least a hundred roadside stands selling strawberries and strawberry products. Keep that in mind if you ever drive in Mexico! We didn’t stop because I’m nervous about stomach bugs at the moment and produce does not appeal to me.

Buildings around Plaza Chica in Patzcuaro

Pátzcuaro is a medium-sized town near Lake Pátzcuaro and is one of the most famous cities in the world for the Day of the Dead celebration, November 1 -2. Apparently some hotels are full up to a year in advance. It also has a huge Holy Week celebration which starts on Sunday. They are already putting tents up in the plaza and the whole town seems busy. This town dates to pre-hispanic times and the thing that makes it stand out for us is the trees. The street in to town and all the plazas are lined with 200-year-old oak and elm trees making it absolutely picturesque. Then the plazas are surrounded by 400-year-old haciendas that are now shops, restaurants

Mision San Manuel hallway

hotels (one of which we are staying in). Our hotel is called the Misión San Manuel and is on Plaza Grande. It is a converted monastery and the rooms are what used to be the monk’s cells. The credit card machine

Outside of our room - Mision San Manuel

was broken which put our cash situation in to a tail spin. We have learned already that cash is definitely the best way to do business in Mexico. Our hotel has no off street parking which, for safety reasons, is a huge down-side anywhere in Mexico. It costs $400 pesos ($35 US) a night and the interior walking spaces are lovely with rich terracotta orange and hanging iron chandeliers. The central courtyard is a little restaurant that serves breakfast and in the evening the sidewalk in front of the hotel sets up in to a little bar which on the weekends is probably pretty noisy but we were here during the week. The rooms have private bathrooms with occasional hot water (ours had a slow drain which is a HUGE turn off of mine). The room was sparse but pretty clean with a double bed and a lot of space, much larger than a typical chain hotel room.O

It is a town of about only 50,000 compared to the 400,000 in Aguascalientes and has a totally different feel to it. We are really high in elevation again, about 8000 feet. We got here about 3 yesterday and walked around, took a nap, walked around some more… I really love Mexico! As we were walking around at night we finally found some crafts that we really want to buy. There are absolutely gorgeous handmade wood carvings and woven baskets. And lots of the skull masks and skeletal figurines but those are not my style. We ate at El Companario restaurant on Plaza Grande last

Guacamole in La Campanaria

night and had the best guacamole! Mex had lake trout that was fabulous and I had great enchilada suizas. We tried to share a pitcher of red Sangria but only made it half way thru. It was sweet and strong with lots of

A little much for two light drinkers

tiny pieces of fruit mixed in. The atmosphere was very nice although the other customers seemed to be from a tour group and were all English speakers.

Delicious trout at El Companario restaurant off of Plaza Grande in Patzcuaro

This morning we took a little bus over to Lake Pátzcuaro and looked across at Isla Janitizio where the famous Day of the Dead celebrations take place. We decided not to actually go over there though. I tried to take a picture but it was pretty hazy and I cannot zoom in or my camera gets spots on it. We did take the camera to a repair shop but they said it can’t be fixed. In two weeks our friend Maren is coming to visit and my mother generously offered to send her camera with so we don’t have to buy another one for the time being. I have to strategically position the items in the picture to cover up the spots.

Templo del Sagrario in Patzcuaro

We walked through an outdoor market today and the amount of vegetable, fruits, herbs, clothes and sandals and just about everything you want to buy is amazing. Just blocks of stalls selling all you can think of. We did buy some mangoes and oranges to try. Now after an hour of typing my hand is cramping so we are going to walk around and look in some more stalls and find some souvenirs, have a little lunch, probably get more cash since we are running out and then walk around some more and people watch in the plaza. Tomorrow we are going to drive to Mex’s town. We were going to stay here another day and take the bus to Morelia because that is supposed to be a nice city but he is getting excited to see his family so we are going to leave a day early instead. We still have five weeks left and plan on seeing quite a few more places.

UPDATE at 8:30 pm. We had a mini crisis this afternoon when we tried to buy our souvenirs and realized

Templo de la Compania

we didn’t have enough cash and the cash machine wasn’t taking either of our cards. Luckily my mom was able to talk to the credit card company while I was on the phone from Mexico on the other line. Unfortunately, it costs about $1 a minute for me to call (at least I hope that’s all it is!) but it was worth the $10 so we could get some money since hardly anywhere takes credit cards. We would literally be stranded since you need cash for the toll roads too. This afternoon we sat in a cafe on the patio overlooking the plaza having cappuccino and cheesecake… Where are we again?

This city has such a huge holy week celebration that it started today. So we got to

Buildings in Patzcuaro

see a procession of young girls in traditional dress with paper flowers in their hair and painted plates and a little band. We ate at the same restaurant again because we aren’t very adventurous because my stomach is “off” since the Auto Hotel. Of course it was the most beautiful plate of food and I forgot to take a picture. We are trying to keep taking pictures of food as research for our future restaurant. =) It was a sampler platter and we highly recommend it! Completely delicious with enough for two people to share and get a good sampling of different dishes including cheese flautas, bean sopes, chicken tacos, guacamole with chips, served over a bed of lettuce and topped with shredded cabbage, sour cream and cheese. Great flavors and everything is cut in half (except sopes) so it is easy to share and enjoy.

Garden of the Chocolate Lady

Parade in Patzcuaro, preparing for the start of Semana Santa - Holy Week

There are sooooo many wonderful things to buy! If you want Mexican crafts I would definitely come to Pátzcuaro. There are wood carvings, straw sculptures, copper, pottery, lacquer, everything under the sun. It was very nice. I wish we had more room in the car (and more money!). One out of the way find was the family-run Chocolate Casero Joaquinita. Since 1898, the family has been making home-made cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate tablets. You can purchase the chocolate from the family’s home, across from the Templo de la Compañia at Enseñanza Arciga 38. When we knocked though, the woman inside was very cautious to open the door. She told us that there had been a number of cars stolen and broken in to right off the street in front of her house in the past few months. Good thing it is our last night parking on the street!

And, in case you were wondering, Pátzcuaro is mentioned in “1000 Places.” Check!

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