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Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in San Cristobal de la Casas

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Another fabulous day of adventures. It started with breakfast at home! We came downstairs to find Christie and Lucy working in the kitchen cooking. Christie said that this is only the 2nd time she has cooked in her kitchen since moving to the new house 2 months ago. Ray cooks sometimes, but in the week we have been here this is the first time we have eaten at home (other than the chicken soup her Mom made for Dinner when I was sick).. For breakfast, Christie made a chicken tortilla casserole, an egg tortilla casserole, pancakes, bacon, coffee, tea and fruit. It was all delicious and plentiful. There were way more leftovers than the food we ate.

After breakfast, we went to the Sunday market downtown (by the church) for souvenirs. Jim bought a lovely fossilized Sand Dollar pendant.

The vendor he bought it from was very accommodating and gave him a good price. When Jim asked for the price of a rock on display (carnelian?) he said "you can have it" so he must have been happy with the earlier transaction. We were also and Jim gave him one of the reproduction coins that he had brought for trading. The guy was thrilled and it everyone left smiling.

After our shopping outing, we took a trip to the underground Caverns which are very close to the City. The caverns are set up with a walkway and go maybe 1/4 mile.

We walked to the end and there was a booth set up where you could rent caving gear (hats and lights) if you wanted to venture further into the tunnel. We passed on that as it looked like hands and knees.

After the caverns, we did a walk through a Mexican cemetery where we visited several graves including the monument of a very famous Witch.

The cemeteries are very different in Mexico than we see in the States. Most of the graves are in little houses or chapels. Some are quite elaborate and others are more simple. They were all interesting.

Then off to Sunday family dinner at a local restaurant. When we walked in, we were given a shot glass of coconut rum that was made in house (and delicious!). We were also served fruited water which is very interesting, It isn't juice, but like watered down juice with some fruit pulp.

We ended the day with a visit to the local supermarket to get some groceries and supplies for the upcoming trip. We also made a late night stop at the neighborhood taqueria where you could order all different types of tacos. Tripe tacos? No thank you. One chicken and one beef for me. Fun fun fun. Tomorrow we need to be up and ready to go at 6:00am for a trip to the jungle!! Christie has told us the highway to the jungle has more than 250 speed bumps and is very narrow with lots of hairpin curves. She also said that NO ONE is on the road after 6:00pm as the indiginous locals will not let you pass and you could very well have everything taken or even be harmed! Keeping fingers crossed that all goes smoothly with that trip.
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