Glorious day in La Gloria
This was my big day to go to the Red Cross, the Bead Coop, La Bruja, Little Yellow School House LYSH, La Gloria English School, Casitas del Mar, Crayola House and Villa La Bella.
I took a taxi (20 pesos - which was all I ever paid for a taxi) to La Gloria.
First I stopped at Casitas del Mar..I found their place on the internet last year and I was interested in seeing it. I met Heti/Leti (I’m sorry…spelling!!) and she’s a beautiful lady. She asked what I was doing there and I told her where I was visiting and she was touched as her grandson was a student at LYSH. Small world! She showed me around the little studios and they are really nice and fully equipped with an amazing view.
Then I visited the Red Cross (sorry but they were too busy sleeping…lol) and then moved next door to the Bead Coop and met the ladies. My wonderful friends at home had placed a lot of orders for jewelry so I spent 2.5 hours with them….they make nice jewelry at reasonable prices.
La Bruja was next as I hadn’t had breakfast. The best part of my meal was the shrimp brochette..I wasn’t fussy on the rest. It cost 154 pesos with 2 drinks. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to interact with them as they were all too busy even though I was the only person there. All in all, I’m glad I went but I’m not sure that I would return.
It was a little difficult eating my lunch as I could see my favourite little school LYSH a stones throw away. I was so excited to see the changes that occurred after I left last November. When I got there, I was disappointed as none of the kids were there..it was a special father’s day event so the place was empty except for Directora Paula, Angi, Rosie and Claudia. Don’t get me wrong..I was very happy to see the ladies again as well as the amazing transformation to the school. WOW! The kids have a proper play ground now and it’s fabulous! I hung out with Directora Paula and Angi for a while before heading on to La Gloria English School. I can’t wait to go back..next time I’ll make sure the kids are there!
La Gloria English School. On my way there I walked by Bastos to check it out but it was closed. I didn’t know if I’d go back for dinner at some point and it just never transpired in the end. Maybe next time. I walked in to the new Super Xpress just to cool down actually but also to check out prices etc. A little more money than Centro but not that much. Then I met Donna from La Gloria English School and we sat and talked about the programs that are offered and I saw a class in session where a family had come (Mom, Dad and 2 kids) to volunteer with the little kindergarten aged kids..it was lovely to watch. While I was very impressed by the school, I have to admit that the LYSH absolutely grabbed my heart last year and nothing has changed. These are ALL worthy causes.
The afternoon was wearing on and I wanted to head back to Centro while stopping in at Villa La Bella. I decided to walk a little bit until I overheated (more like internal combustion…hahaa) and then I’d take a taxi there…well….NO TAXIS! It’s not that far to walk but in that heat..it certainly is. I ended up walking to Villa La Bella where I was kindly greeted by Ashley who I’d communicated with in the past. What a lovely lady..and the hotel itself..WOW! What a sanctuary that place is..I didn’t want to leave…lol! Plus..I’m a little bit of a foodie no matter how simple the food…I didn’t see it in person but I’ve seen photos of Curtis’ breakfasts…they’re a work of art! Yum!
After spending some together chatting it was time to hit the road again and check out the Crayola House….that place is very cool…part of my personality is that I’m an artsy type and this place is a little work of art..nice and bright..super colourful..I loved it! I walked around Colonia Meteorologico and stopped in a Don Chavitos store and met his wife, and the famous ‘chicken breast filet’ lady…darn..I was too late..they were all gone! Aggghhhh…lol… From there it was easy to catch a taxi back to town and where did I go? Of course I headed back to Picus…lol! What I haven’t mentioned so far is that my feet absolutely hate my guts..with the heat, humidity and all the walking they are slowly looking like a hallowe’en costume accessory!
While at Picus, I met a lady, Senora Dominica, selling her things while walking up and down the beach. First of all, it’s pretty hot plus she’s weighed down with about 20 or 30 lbs worth of stuff. I know I just came from the Bead Coop but I couldn’t resist!!! The bracelets are about 3 to 4 inches wide and just magnificent and we agreed on a fair price. I bought a bunch for gifts for my family and friends…she was happy..I was happy…perfect! And since coming home…my family and friends have said…’why didn’t you buy MORE?’ LOL…next time!
By this point, I was burnt to a crisp (no taxis remember and stupid me forgot to put my sunscreen in my bag)..time to head towards home. I stopped at Adrian’s to send a few messages, Super Xpress for more litres of water and then swung past Pita Amore and ended up hanging out with my friends from 5 to midnight. Tonight’s loyal guest was George! What a character! Between him and Chic…they’re truly inspirational people. George lives on a sail boat (actually they both live on their boats) and he was discussing the fact that he needed someone to help with some electrical stuff (I don’t know the terminology) with his boat. As I was on vacation I offered to help if he felt I had the expertise. He laughed…all I had to do was turn the controls either forward, centre or reverse. Rocket science..haha! So, I had a plan for tomorrow at 11 am. I love the expression…fly by the seat of your pants…lol!
While at Pita Amore, I happened to meet a lady who makes all kinds of jewelry named Angelica..while I didn’t need more jewelry, the story isn’t about the jewelry, it was a realization that reading glasses are quite difficult for people to get. It was an innocent conversation and Ricardo didn’t realize that I use reading glasses and he was trying to help her…the conversation led to the fact that Angelica needs them. While most of us have the luxury of going to an optician/optometrist, not everyone has the money to do this let alone buy glasses. Agree or disagree, Ricardo had a pair (not a very flattering pair that we all had a giggle at) but I also brought several pairs as a ‘just in case I can donate them’ and we did a couple of random and inexperienced tests with Angelica and in the end I gladly gave her my glasses/case and in turn I ended up with a handmade conch bracelet in thanks. It was very humbling.
Another great ending to another great day!