Woke up: La Cruz, Mexico
Went to sleep: La Cruz, Mexico
Going to the Mega
Pure bliss is shopping at the same store twice.
After yoga, I walked two blocks away from the marina and within five minutes climbed into a bus headed to the Mega. Nine pesos ($0.65). A short while later I hollered, “Aqui, por favor.” “Here, please.” The driver pulled to the side of the road and I jumped out. An elevated pedestrian bridge crosses over the highway and I descend the stairs into the parking lot. The parking lot is covered to keep the parked cars cool.
The grocery store is delightfully air conditioned. I could walk up and down every aisle in this store all afternoon. I think I will. I am required to leave my back pack at the courtesy counter and am given a claim check to use to retrieve the bag later.
A young man welcomes me, hands me a diagram of the store layout and explains the bakery is to the right, the meat department is in the rear. “If I can help you find anything, let me know.”
Throughout the store, lovely, young Mexican women carry trays of samples. I stop for frozen yogurt on one aisle and kettle corn on the next.
I found everything I was looking for including Levi shorts. I see women in Levi shorts and they look so comfortable, I just had to have a pair – or two. As a bonus I am rewarded a free wrist watch for purchasing over $400 pesos worth of ropa (clothing).
The young man who bags the groceries works for tips only. I hand him $0.20 pesos. “Gracias, Senora!”
Two hours and $2,000 pesos later I am in a cab with my groceries safely in the trunk.
At the marina, the driver helps me secure a dock cart and loads it up for my trip down the ramp to the dinghy. I load the boxes into the dinghy, fire up the engine, and face the bow away from the dock.
Back at Penelope, Peter helps me lift the boxes onboard. I unpack the packaging leaving any and all cardboard in the dinghy. We’ve been told cockroaches may live in the cardboard and enter the boat via the cardboard if I bring it onboard.
Even our shoes remain outside. There’s a possibility you may step on a pregnant cockroach and carry the eggs on board, stuck to the soles of your shoes.
Here in this tropical climate, a person can’t be too careful when it comes to keeping the cockroaches at bay.