Friday, July 14, 2017

They don't teach being smart in school.

I have written in the past where I have overheard people complaining about several things in Mexico.  Things like,  The service is slow or that the streets are in bad condition or the one that really tweaks me is that all the people live in poverty. That's just to list a few.

It was hard for me to believe that visitors to this country can be so stupid as to not understand or see the big picture.  I thought it was just a few random tourists or visitors.   I saw this today and this confirms that there are lots of very stupid people in the world.  I think from reading this you can tell where these people are from.

And they carry on the gene pool.

These are actual comments and complaints left by clients of Thomas Cook Travel.

1. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”

2. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax.”

3. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”

5. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

6. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”

7. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallartato close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”

8. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”

10. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

11. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

12. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

13. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”

14. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”

15. “When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”

16. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”

17. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

18. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

19. “My fiancĂ©e and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

If you love magic

I saw this, this morning and I just had to share it with you.  I laugh each time I see it.

See how nice it is when people have a sense of humor and can accept jokes on themselves.

At least the husband didn't grab a baseball bat to his wife.  Now if something like this would happened with a snowflake, they would probably beat the life out of the jokester.
You read about teenagers killing their family members over nonsence. Just last week some teen killed his grandmother who was taking care of him because he didn't like the food she prepared for him.

People are way to serious today.
Just my 2 cents.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hand made in Mexico

One of the benefits of Mexico is that a lot of the day to day items, especially food products are hand made.  We go to the bakery two or three times a week, where we purchase conchas, orejas and other items that you would only find in plastic envelops NOB, almost always made by some oven or machine larger than your house.
Our tortillas are either hand made at restaurants or we stand at the tortillaria waiting for them to come off the machine still steaming as the attendant packs them into a plastic bag, but not before grabbing one or two and applying some salsa and salt that the tortillaria has provided at the counter.

When we go out to restaurant, a mark of a decent place is that they have a dedicated person that makes them by had, which they bring to your table in a hot steaming basket.

On one of our rides around the lake there is a roadside restaurant that overlooks the lake, a small family run place that has about 4 or 5 tables , which we will usually stop by for a meal.  The menus at these kind of place is usually limited to 3 or 4 items.  Either some sort of taco or perhaps a fried fish dish or an arracherra.

One can usually expect to pay anywhere from 50 to 80 pesos for the meal which may include a small salad with a squeeze of thousand island dressing plopped on a sliced tomato. Some of these places even provide a cold beer, not ice cold but at least not room temperature.

These places are usually a family operation where the mother or grandmother tend to cooking, the son or daughter wait on the table and the baby provides security or entertainment for the clients. You have to pull off the side of the road with usually space for only two or three cars close to the cliff.

There are several of these places ranging anywhere from 3 or 4 tables, a shack with a roof held up with sticks and poles, on the other side closer to civilization there are several larger places with dozens of tables a parking lot, area for kids to run around and play ( outside of where the dining room tables are) and a menu with dozens of items.
Some of these places specialize with fish, others only have meat dishes, but all of them will usually have hand made tortillas.

I actually enjoy these hole in the wall , dive places more than the larger more organized places. It seems that the food has a more genuine taste when you see mom or grandma making the stuff.

I  may make a map of the places that dot the perimeter of the lake. I would estimate that there are probably about 20 of these place if you include the proximity of the ones in Quiroga lake front.

All in all, you owe it to yourself to try these places.  Don't be squeamish if you happen to see dirt floors or no doors on the establishment. You might be surprised on how good and cheap the vittles are.