I booked 4 nights at the Hotel Encino for rest and relaxation in Puerto Vallarta.
I know, you are getting tired of hearing about Starbucks ha ha.
The main plaza and church was only 3 blocks from my hotel.
And just my luck, there was a Starbucks in the plaza.
It is hot and humid here during the day. I am not sure if later on in the winter the humidity dissipates. But that isn’t the case now. So I spend the morning and into the afternoon in the air conditioned Starbucks.
I think everyone else does something similar as the town sand malecon is dead during this time.
Starbucks gives me a chance to work on my Daily Journals.
Afternoons in Puerto Vallarta
By late afternoon I venture outside to walk the malecon and find a place for a drink and to practice my Spanish.
I have been using apps to learn Spanish. The primary one I use is Duolingo. But I also supplement it with Memrise. So far so good.
Evenings in Puerto Vallarta
In the evening everyone comes out of hiding. Along the malecon people set up food stalls, and entertainers do their thing to make some money. One game people like to play is stand at the age of the malecon and daring the waves to splash up over the wall to get them wet. When a wave does, everyone laughs.
What I like is that it isn’t just young people like so often is the case in Canada in these pedestrian malls at night. Here, families come out too to enjoy the evening. Kids are up late in the coolness of the evening. It is really enjoyable.
USA vs. Mexico in Soccer
On Friday the USA was playing Mexico in soccer. I looked for a place to watch the game. I thought I spotted soccer on the TVs in a restaurant called Wing’s Army. When I went in it was soccer but not the USA Mexico game. Only 2 women were in the restaurant. The staff managed to find the right channel for the game and turned up the sound. When they did, people started coming in the watch the came. You owe me Wing’s Army!!
As the game started a Mexican guy and his wife sat across from me. He was really into the game and was yelling and jumping up and down. I was laughing and it made me get into the game even more. Lots of fun. Mexico beat the USA 2-1. As I left the restaurant a guy yelled at me, “Who won the game?” It was obvious he knew who won the game and thought I was American and wanted to rub it in. I just laughed and said Mexico. He laughed as well.