We arrived late-ish Wednesday night (July 17) and didn’t have access to bikes…so we ended up just unpacking and getting settled in the condo. Same with Thursday…after working in the morning, and since we still didn’t have bikes, we made our first venture out to the Chedraui on foot in the sweltering heat of the mid-day sun. Thirty minutes later, it was the sweatiest shopping experience I might have ever had.
After figuring out the locker system at the market with limited Spanish, we stocked up on snacks, beer, vodka…you know, the basics. And smartly took a cab home with all of our groceries. Spent the afternoon by the pool…and then cabbed to the pueblo for dinner.
Dinner was so-so…we need to figure out the good places to eat in town. It’s so much cheaper than eating at the beach, and there are a ton of choices. I just don’t get why there are so many Italian and pizza places.
Even with our guidebook, we couldn’t figure out how to say “grilled, not fried” and “on the rocks, not blended”…so Nic ended up with fried shrimp tacos and a frozen touristy marg. Love it. Now we know “a la parilla” is grilled and “roca” is on the rocks. Lesson learned.
After dinner we stopped by this cool open air bar called Curandero that had a sign saying “live reggae music”…had some mezcal drinks (again, still hadn’t learned how to say “roca” so we started with blended ones, then moved on to mezcal shots and beers.
One thing we realized…they don’t know how to make vodka soda here…the soda is just very flat and they use about two pieces of ice per drink so it really just ends up tasting like strong vodka water.
Nicole met a very nice boy from Playa del Carmen, who asked her to marry him and showered her with lavish praises. Pretty sure she’s not interested…but it was an entertaining evening.
It was fun going out in town. My last two trips here, we only ventured in to town for lunch or a day trip…but I think we’ll probably eat lunch in town sometimes and also try to eat dinner in town sometimes too to save money. Thursdays are the big night out in town…so we’ll likely go back this week.