We had breakfast this morning at a little cafe near our hotel before departing for Guadalajara. The food was great. 

We are now on a bus on our way to Guadalajara. We are currently on episode 6 of Survivor, season 16. So much fun.

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We went to the lake this afternoon to enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant. The irony of course is that none of the seafood was fresh water despite the restaurant being located on a lake. Even so, the food was really good and the atmosphere was wonderful. The weather has been in the sixties and seventies nearly the entire time of this trip which is such a refreshing change.

I had a shrimp kabob and a plate of french fries. Martha had a plate of octopus, which seemed a little strange.

After lunch we departed to visit a mall. Is probably one of the nicest malls we’ve ever visited, and certainly better than anything in Sonora or in Arizona. 

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Morning coffee

So far I’ve been mostly exhausted on this trip and given the long hours of travel and a few hours of sleep, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, this morning we enjoyed a spectacular cup of coffee with a really nice view. This is the first cup of coffee I’ve had on this trip and it was very helpful.

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We spent the day looking at properties and homes, mostly in the northeast of the city. The prices in this city are absolutely brutal. It’s a big city with over 4 million people and it is rapidly expanding which provides a lot of business opportunities. 

Yun’s family happened to be in the area and met us for lunch downtown not far from our hotel. We had a spectacular lunch which included crickets, among other exotic options.

I have mixed feelings about this city. It is really nice, but property is too expensive.

We ended the day at an Italian restaurant that we have eaten at once before. 

During dinner, we saw Yun’s Brothers walk by outside so we joined them all at an Irish Pub up the street. Live music, pool, and Jenga Extremo. Good stuff.

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We just arrived to our final destination after a 4.5 hour bus ride from Guadalajara (3:30am HMO time). I wish I could say I was able to sleep on the bus, but I wasn’t. The bus depot here is huge! That’s exciting.

We took an Uber a few miles to our hotel hopeful we could check in 10 hours early. The city is beautiful at this hour. 

This is where we were dropped off by the taxi. Our hotel is just up this little street and on the left. To our joyful surprise we found that they were willing to check us in so early. That was nice because we were nearly 24 hours without sleep and exhausted.

The hotel is really nice. Well decorated and friendly staff. There is an old well preserved in the lobby which is quite deep.

The rooms are not very big but the bed is, so that’s just fine for us.

We slept for 6 hours, which was 2 hours more than we intended but I messed up the alarm with the time zone change. So now we are off to explore!

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Off to Queretaro through GDL

We are on a flight from Hermosillo to Guadalajara at the moment. We are planning to head to Queretaro for the week. Maybe find a new city to call home.

We started watching Survivor Season 16. Good stuff. I ordered a cerveza. Pretty excited about that.But first a bathroom break. Then back to my seat. Here she is waiting for me.

Yun put my beer on my seat. That was nice. I didn’t see it, so I sat on it and crushed it and it sprayed all over the place. What a mess. And now it’s gone. 

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We went camping last week with some neighbors. We headed up to Tucson on Thursday for some steak and potato tradition at the McReynolds house. As always, it was glorious.

We met our friends for breakfast on Friday morning in Tucson and then headed up to Pinetop which was roughly four hours further north. It is a beautiful drive.

Camping was fun, but it was freezing. Our friends have four little boys and they brought some other friends that had a couple of kids of their own. So basically, a lot of kids. But still, we had a lot of fun and it was great to get to know our neighbors Yrem and Heidi.

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San Carlos heat

We took 17 younger people from church to SC last weekend. We departed HMO shortly after 7am and arrived at Nacapule Canyon around 9am. Despite the early hour, it was brutally hot. We hikedd for a couple hours and then spent the rest of the day at the beach.

Which was fun as usual but it was so extremely hot that was difficult to spend much time under the sun. Fortunately we had a number of tents. The water temperature was also uncomfortably hot. So needless to say I was burnt to a crisp.

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Mexican pothole

Every year, at nearly the exact location, these “potholes” (sink holes really) appear near our house. They are 10 to 15 feet deep and sometimes as much as 30 feet wide. In other words they’re extremely dangerous. Yet every year the local government does some sort of temporary repair to get them through another year. This temporary repair generally takes one to two months to complete.

The problem is that they built this road on a wash. So when the monsoons come the foundation which these roads are built on are washed away and they begin to collapse.

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We went to Sergio and Nadia’s wedding on Saturday. It was a quite a fancy affair and most certainly the nicest wedding we’ve experienced in Mexico. 

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