Monday, February 8, 2010

La Paz

After a cup of coffee in our apartment this morning at Posada Colibri (Hummingbird Inn), we went downstairs where our B&B host(ess) Gail ushered us outdoors to a table set on the patio by the swimming pool. We were served fresh-squeezed orange juice, a giant bowl of fresh-cut fruit (papaya, watermelon, banana and grapes), toast made of just-out-of-the-oven fresh-baked bread, scrambled eggs with ham, and coffee. Yum! Gail joined us at the table and told us the story of how she came to live in La Paz 29 years ago after meeting her Mexican husband at a language school in California where she was studying Spanish and he was studying English. She made suggestions for the day’s activities, and off we went. We began with a 3-mile walk on the Malecon, which looked quite different on Sunday morning than Saturday night – far fewer people, more varied in age, and mostly Mexicans who were out for their morning exercise, either walking, running, skating or bicycling.

We returned to the B&B to check out, then headed north to Balandra Beach, a new destination Bob and Cathryn had not seen before. The area was made up of a series of small coves separated by basalt rock outcroppings, with very shallow water, a white sandy bottom and pale turquoise warmish water. We walked several coves, found a few shells, and were the only gringos present – these beaches were populated by Mexican families typically made up of members of 3 generations.

We returned to the far side of La Paz for lunch at Campestre Grill where we’d had dinner with a local resident last November. Another good meal seated outside, then off to “home” in Los Barriles. We stopped at Cafe El Triunfo to get Bob a good cup of coffee, then rolled into Los Barriles about 4:30 pm. Brief naps, drinks on the rooftop deck, a small bowl of soup for dinner (we over-ate all weekend so weren’t really hungry), more conversation about Baja and traveling, then we were off to bed.

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