Woke up: Tenacatita, Mexico
Went to sleep: Tenacatita, Mexico
First thing this morning we went into the little town of La Manzanilla.
We walked to The Bending Tree Yoga Studio to check their class times. Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 am. Meditation on Friday at 9:00 am. All proceeds from meditation to go to charity.
Then we stopped in La Lavenderia to confirm we could drop off our laundry manana. “Si!”
We sat down at a table at Don Raul’s Restaurant to order coffee and retrieve their Wi-Fi password for use back at Penelope. Typically, we can scarf pretty good Wi-Fi from a nearby restaurant or resort using our Bad Boy Wi-Fi antenna.
Wait service in Mexico is abysmal. It’s almost as if they are afraid or reluctant to approach you. You sit down at a table and wait for 10 – 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledges you. After 10 – 15 minutes they may walk your way and approach your table, empty handed, as if they have no clue why you are sitting there? Using your best Español, you ask for coffee and a menu. “Si! Si!” “Gracias!” Then you wait.
Ten to fifteen minutes without further acknowledgement. Finally, a cup of coffee that looks warmed up from yesterday and a menu arrive. At this time, you ask for milk and sugar for the coffee.
The menu is hysterical. You can always find 6 – 12 typographical errors permanently laminated to an 8-1/2 x 11 color, glossy menu. Have these people not heard of Spell Check?
Ten to fifteen minutes later you are provided milk and sugar and the waitress appears ready to take an order. You know this because she has a notepad and pen in her hand, not because she said anything along the lines of, “Are you ready to order?” She walks away, having written something down and you trust it’ll be something you recognize. Then you wait.
I’d say twenty to thirty minutes on average. And if you expect more coffee, plan to be disappointed.
Finally, the food arrives and it is awesome. Perhaps because you’ve waited over an hour and you are starving but, in fact, the food is awesome. And, always a lot of it and fresh and flavorful. Rice, beans, guacamole, chips, tortillas, eggs, cheese, tomato, lettuce, cucumber or all of these things with the egg replaced with fish if it’s dinner. Salsa, cilantro, lime. If you enjoy these particular ingredients you’d love Mexico.
You eat in peace. Never a waitress to be seen again. Depending on your schedule, you may wait 15 – 20 minutes after you’ve finished your meal to ask for your check. I don’t think they would ever bring it to you if you didn’t ask for it. As with acknowledging you and taking your order, it’s almost as if they are reluctant to give you a bill. The check is usually a fraction of what you would expect. Say, $5.00 – $7.50 for an amazing, delicious meal.
You walk away so full and so satisfied you almost forget it was a two hour ordeal throughout which time you felt invisible at its best or like an annoyance at its worst.
Then, the next time you are hungry and feel like amazing, inexpensive Mexican fare you do it all again.