Blog a la Pibil

"Blog a la Pibil" was born in Mexico, and was originally based on the adventures of Josue and Lupita, who were traveling in Mexico for two months. This blog is now a continuation of the life of Lupita, who has been restored to her life as a mere mortal in Los Angeles.

Monday, June 13, 2005


Just got back from Punta de Mita, a relatively uninhabited beach that's not in the Lonely Planet guide (yet). We stayed at the lovely Casa Las Palmas (www.casalaspalmas.net) owned by Dave and Irene Forbes, who retired to Punta de Mita from Arizona several years ago. We went with two college kids, Kris and Gabby, and Miguel and Ana, of the Chivas game fame. Spent the weekend surfing, eating, drinking, reading. In that order:

(1) Josh caught his first wave on the long board, which was a proud moment for all involved.

(2) Miguel turns out to be a fantastic cook, and, particularly when wearing sleeveless t-shirts, bears a striking resemblance to Anthony Bourdain. We ate, in no particular order, shrimp in garlic, lentil soup, grilled steaks, peanuts, quesadillas (with Oaxacan cheese), refried beans, tuna, sardines (a bit sandy), sandwich bread, jamon (sliced ham), mayonnaise with lime juice, papaya with lime juice, bananas, more guacamole than you could possibly imagine, and hot sauce.

(3) Pacifico in cans! Que rico! Also, it turns out that tequila, even really bad, cheap tequila, goes really well with Fresca or Squirt, a limey-lemony soda.

(4) I am simultaneously reading a horrible trashy mystery novel (Kill the Messenger, by Tami Hoag, DO NOT buy it unless in a foreign country and your only choices are this book and any Danielle Steel book) and the very serious, disturbing, brilliantly written, The Things They Carried, a collection of Vietnam stories by Tim O'Brien (thanks to my sister, Rachel, for the recommendation). Josue finished, State of the Union: A Century of American Labor, by Nelson Lichtenstein, which he has ranted about fairly non-stop for the past several weeks. Josue has now started, Instrucciones Para Vivir en Mexico, by Jorge Ibarguengoitia.
Tomorrow, we go back to school. Also, I have a date tomorrow morning at the mall with my conversation partner, Libertad. I am excited to tell her all about my trip to the beach, all in the present tense (I swim in the ocean, I eat the shrimp, I walk on the beach - these are all things I can now say in espanol!). Better get some sleep.

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