The people are as warm as the Hermosillo sun. Really --- we went to a BBQ last night with friends we've met over the last month (check out the Mexican feast in the pictures below), our lawyer's wife took me to her hairdresser (that rates right up there under "necessities"), the cable guy fixed our air conditioner while he was hooking up cable TV, and our landlord and her husband want to take us out for dinner. The amazing thing is --- most of these people speak very little English and are willing to put out such an effort to make things better for us. Now, THAT's warm hospitality.
We settled into our third house in less than a month and are very happy here. It's a big, sprawling bungalow in a gated community and is close to the office and airport. Best part is we have two guest rooms, so please consider this an invitation! Our landlord did an amazing job of decorating the house and ironically, there is a lot of African art, including masks that are similar to ones we have collected on our travels. As I've said before, this is a long way from living in a tent in the Kalahari!
- At the parking lots of larger stores there are older gentlemen, fluorescent vests and whistles at the ready, whose job is to help unload your groceries, take back your cart, and help you back up! We keep change handy as a few pesos are always appreciated.
Wherever I travel, "Heather" still appears to be a difficult name to pronounce...In Madagascar I was "Miss Heffer", in Botswana I was called "Mma or Auntie" by the locals, in Spain I was often called "Mrs. Roger" and in the office here in Mexico I am known as Maria. The guys were having trouble with my first name which apparently translates to "Hester" so I told them my middle name was Mary which made things easier. Roger translates to Rogilio so now we just have to remember our new names and answer when people call out for us!
Roger is going to Veracruz, Mexico on the east coast at the end of October for a mining convention. And what luck --- there is a deep sea fishing trip as part of the organized events that he is signed up for. Can't wait to see those pictures when he returns.
"A journey is best measured in friends, than in miles" Tim Cahill
We experienced Mexican hospitality first hand last night with an evening of making new friends, drinking cold beers, listening to Latin music and eating undoubtedly the best tacos we've ever tasted. These aren't the ones you make from a taco kit, or eat at Tex-Mex restaurants --- these were fantastic and my mouth is still watering. Fortunately Perla and Roberto, our hosts, sent home leftovers so we'll be able to have more today. Flour tortillas that melt in your mouth, grilled green onions, peppers, homemade salsa and guacamole....it was heaven on a plate...and the dessert was amazing, too.
Perla (above) was the realtor who found us this great house and was the hostess for our first social outing.
The tacos were muy delicioso..
And the cake was ... magnifico!