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I’m sorry I didn’t post on Sunday. I was in Napa/San Francisco to see Nicholas and spent the weekend with friends in Napa tasting wine. Another trip to be blogged at another time. I am starting to think I need to start another blog for my wine country trips. I started a new semester for school this week and am catching up at work. Busy, busy, busy.
All this busyness makes me miss the long, lazy days of my Mexico vacation, like that Sunday morning, when I woke after a good nights sleep. I am a lifelong insomniac and was enjoying sleeping well on this vacation. I believe it was me who woke early enough to get these, pretty darn close to sunrise – pictures. I often am awake (or at least semi-awake) at sunrise and think about going to take pictures, but I rarely do.
These were the pictures Zung took a short time later.
There was breakfast (which involved a Mimosa, although there is no photographic evidence of such).
After breakfast, we pass this kitty who is yelling quite a bit about something.
We go back to our room and get ready for the beach and are out there before 9 am. Even so, almost every chair is reserved. Over the next couple hours there are many people who come by, looking for chairs. By 11 am most people have actually occupied their chairs.
Zung and I go for a walk shortly after we get settled. We walk down towards Maroma beach, to the south, although we don’t walk quite that far.
This is our oceanfront building at the Grand.
The walk along the beach is bordered by the jungle.
Looking north, towards the Iberostar Paraiso complex.
There are a lot of rocks that border the jungle. There is a nice sandy path though, so I have never felt the need to wear shoes or sandals.
This is as far as we go this time.
This is an abandoned development.
There was a sighting of a well-preserved Asian male of advanced age.
The large pieces of driftwood make for good photo ops.
There was an iguana sighting.
We return to our chairs and the walk has made me thirsty. So I have another Mimosa. And a Mudslide. Our beach waiter is trying to remember what I drink, but I keep changing it.
Okay, is that a goofy smile, or what?
Zung doesn’t like me to drink alone, so he has a drink too. He has a pretty goofy expression as well.
This picture just about makes me swoon with how beautiful it is.
Eder stops to chat. He speaks Russian to the couple next to us. I didn’t know he knew Russian. The Star Friends can seem like they have a really fun job, playing games and chatting up the guests all day long. But they work long hours and most of them have college degrees and speak several languages. Not as easy as it looks.
Eder is now the manager of entertainment.
At noon we go for lunch. We will be meeting Daniel in a couple of hours and having lunch with him and his son Matthew, so it is a light lunch.
I have a very tiny sandwich.
Zung orders a Victoria and he is only halfway finished with the first one when they bring him another one. Double fisted beers.
Back to the room to shower and dress for our next adventure.