Hola! Where to start this sunny Monday? We finished our final Spanish class last Friday and will return at the end of this week to receive our diplomas. It's been a rewarding accomplishment if we do say so ourselves. Although 11 classes of 2 hours each is only a start, we received a very good grounding in grammar. Lots of 'verbos' in the present tense, with a few tricks about how to indicate something 'will happen' in the future. We have more confidence in initiating conversations in complete sentences, sometimes. The next step is to become much more proficient in deciphering what is being said to us; the journey into a different language continues. Our instructors, Marco and Alexsa, are excellent teachers and we highly recommend them.
Dock 4 has become quite the busy place as boats have returned from some time in the islands and others have left for anchorages both north and south. Our neighbour Lance is busy getting his O'Day 40 ready to go on the hard, while other folks are busy with their specific projects. The canvas work we've commissioned from Danny has been delayed a few days (hmm...but we still see him here and there on the other docks....time for another chat about business practices; when you are so in demand it is hard to say 'no' to folks). The cushions for our cockpit may not happen. Hector has dropped off a sample of the sunbrella, but we've seen no sign of the foam samples we asked for. Our attempts to catch a ride to the wholesale supply store to see the various options for foam and upholstery fabric have yet to be successful, so this may be a 'next year' project.
The SV Shannon crew - Sophie, Cathy and C.J. - arrived back in the marina for a quick provisioning run and we enjoyed a great 'catch-up' chat in our cockpit. We last connected by radio February 16th as we were heading south from Isla San Jose and they were heading north from Isla San Francisco. Before that, it was back home at a BCA meeting when they were busily preparing to depart on their own big adventure.
|The SV Shannon crew|
|Mamacita -a sweet cat who survives near the marina restaurant|
We had a great time at the Mark Mulligan concert at La Concha restaurant downtown. His beach music is relaxed, fun for dancing and often is based on 'true stories' of gringo life in Mexico. A significant amount of pesos were raised for a local charity with the restaurant owner topping up the final amount. We enjoyed sharing the table with Linda and Bill of SV Tanque de Tiburon and meeting several of their amigos.
|Kelly, Linda and Bill at La Costa - waiting for the music to begin|
|Mark Mulligan - onstage at La Costa|
|Enjoying the evening|
On Thursday we took the marina shuttle in to the daily coffee hour at Club Cruceros. There we met up with BCA cruisers Kira and Rick of SV Nyon, who were going to be hosting Barb and Bjorne from 'back home'. If all goes well, we might have a mini BCA 'burp' (Bluewater unofficial rendezvous party) on the horizon.
|Enjoying a laugh at The Shack|
|Excellent carniceria on Revolution|
|Visiting Snug Harbor Sails - a very busy sail loft|
PS: To those 'in the know' - our furry Sebastian turns 11 tomorrow - Feliz Cumpleaños to our very special gato. There is a rumour that Rod and Lois have a special treat in store for you.