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Feb 9, 2018 - EARTHQUAKE!!!!

Thursday morning, (Feb 9), at 8:05 A.M. a massive 5.8 earthquake struck off the west coast, (52 Km west of Manzanillo). People ran out into the street crying, screaming, dropping to their knees praying. Evacuation of all large buildings. OK, I might have seen that part in a movie. But, we did feel an earthquake. According to one headline, there were evacuations from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara. Reading a little further, it turns out that the Government of Guadalajara evacuated about 5000 people from the municipal palace, I don't even...

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Jan 31, 2018 - Into February

Last Sunday, Jan 28, we went for breakfast at the Wild Hungry Cougar. For 65 pesos, ($4.50), we had a very nice breakfast. The thing I liked most was that there was hardly any traffic on the street outside and down on the corner past the restaurant, someone was playing Mexican music. It was almost like you see in the old western movies where the stranger rides into a sleepy Mexican town; down a dusty street under the blazing sun; with the music playing in the background. All we were missing was the sleepy town, the dusty street and the...

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Jan 28, 2018 - Nearly February

We've more or less recovered from our trip to Vancouver and are not really looking forward to the next one. I'm starting to think we'd be better off to go back to Chilliwack for a couple of days. That way we would be able to rest up before heading back to PV. It's just about the end of January and friends have come and gone. One friend from Quebec City was here for two weeks but, since he stayed in another part of town, we only saw him once while he was here. One couple from Toronto arrived on Tuesday and another couple from Toronto left on...

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Jan 22, 2018 - January Insurance Break

It is a fact that, after a certain age, there are things that you should not do. One of those things is; taking a red-eye flight. But, I get ahead of myself. This past weekend was the first of two mandatory trips back to BC for medical insurance purposes. Over the course of the weekend I have come to appreciate Westjet even more than I did before. Nell has difficulty walking long distances. Westjet staff was amazing getting her to, from and betwee airplanes. One of the ladies told us she just loves her job. All she does, for her ten or...

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Jan 18, 2018 - BC tomorrow

It's been a while since I posted but we don't seem to be doing much that seems to be blog-worthy. Nell has been able to get around a little better so we have been going on fairly long walks. My son and daughter-in-law left for Edmonton last Wednesday so we walked about 2 1/2 km to have lunch with them. A couple of days later we walked up to Woolworth's and back, about a 4 km round trip. Yesterday we walked up to the fruit and veggie market and back, a little over 2 km round trip. Plus several shorter walks around the beach and local...

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Jan 9, 2018 - Christmas is over, I guess!

I guess it's official, Christmas is done for another year. Most of the stores, restaurants and hotels have taken down their decorations. We took ours down on Sunday. They use to leave them up longer down here. I'm sure, in other years, they left decorations up until February 2. Oh well, maybe I'm misremembering. New Year's Eve we went out to the Malecon to watch the fireworks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qYMVy6bpNU and then took a walk on the beach and watched the people celebrate and launch hot air...

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Dec 31, 2017 - Farewell 2017

I won't bore you with all the gritty details of 2017. Suffice to say we exit the year in relatively good health and are looking forward to 2018. Spending the last week, (or three), of the year in beautiful Puerto Vallarta is a definite plus. We started the week with a delicious Christmas dinner at one of the local restaurants, Pour Favor. The restaurant is owned by a Canadian from Vancouver, they know how to cook a turkey. Afterward, a quiet stroll back to the apartment by way of the beach on a lovely, warm, PV evening. On Wednesday, we...

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Dec 24, 2017 - 'twas the weekend before Christmas

Just some meanderings from the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Chiristmas. Friday the hotel next door, and another one down in the next block, put up colorful streamers stretching across the street. Friday morning we decided to go out to Soriana near Pitilal. On the bus we were serenaded by a Mexican gentleman with a guitar. He was pretty good. On the way back from Soriana we stopped at the market for some fruit and veggies. Since it was getting close to 1:30 we decided to have lunch at the seafood restaurant next door. Two girls at...

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Dec 21, 2017 - Internet, finally

Here it is, Day 10 and we finally have internet. No TV yet. It has been an enjoyable 10 days. We left Abbotsford at 6:00 A.M., enjoyed (?) breakfast in Calgary and had a pleasant flight to Puerto Vallarta, arriving at about 4:30 P.M. We got to our apartment and found the handyman working on sewage pipes right outside our door. After he left I took a look in the hole and saw two pipes that carry waste water, at least I hope that's all they carry, from somewhere. The problem is, as I see it, that they don't carry the water TO somewhere. They...

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Nov 12, 2017 - Counting down

The time to head off to our winter home in Puerto Vallarta is quickly approaching. This year, things are going to be a little different. Due to a few medical problems, we don't go down until December 11 and, due to a small insurance problem, we have to fly back to BC twice between then and the end of March. To explain: Our medical insurance plan allows us to take as many trips as we want during the year as long as they don't exceed 40 days. Between each 40 day trip we have to spend at least 24 hours in British Columbia. If we wish to take a...

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Mar 10, 2017 - Time to go home

Well ninos y ninas, it is time to leave paradise and return to reality. We fly out tomorrow afternoon and arrive in Abbotsford at about 10:00 P.M. It will probably be plus 25 or 26 when we leave here and plus 5 or less when we land. We won't have it quite as bad as some people we know. Roy and Carol left here on Wednesday and went from plus 26 to minus 26 in a space of 5 hours. Now THAT'S returning to reality. Last Saturday we were back out at El Rio BBQ Bar for the fifth annual Riverfest. This is an event put on to raise funds for Pasito...

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Mar 1, 2017 - March 1

Good day! We've been active during the past week. Friday night's South Side Shuffle was interesting because one of our neighbors, Jean-Jacque Hudon was the feature artist at Dante's Gallery. His partner, Gilbert Gallant, also has art works displayed at the gallery. After seeing Jean-Jacque and Gilbert's work, we attended a show at the Cultural Centre featuring local and visiting art students exhibiting their talents. There are some very talented students in Puerto Vallarta. I don't have any pictures of Jean-Jacque's art. The pictures here...

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