My little adventures south of the border.

Isla Mujeres Spring Break 2011 – Part IV

As usual, I had no agenda on Isla, so these posts will be random.

I was happy to see that Nutter 2 was still happy, fat and sassy…

As was this little guy who is located across the street from Manana.  I really don’t know if it’s a male or female, but “it” is really sweet and humble.  Last time I saw it in December, it was wearing a little sweater.  No sweater this time, but still as sweet.

Everyone knows where this guy/gal is located.  Since we only get to see its head when we pass on the malecon, we’ll never know if it’s a girl or boy.  Anyway, he/she is becoming a landmark.

Another character along the malecon…

And here’s another healthy feline on Hidalgo…probably good friends with Nutter 2.

This guy seemed a little mangy to me…but he obviously belonged to someone…

Okay, so on to the rest of the post.  I actually did a crazy thing and rented a golf cart to visit the south end of the island…WITHOUT MAKING SURE THAT I HAD GOLF CART INSURANCE FIRST!!  OMG, call me one crazy woman.  Well, to tell you the truth, most of my friends actually think I am a crazy woman because I go to Mexico by myself, but you know what?  I aint’ gonna stop doing it in the near future because I’d rather be crazy than never experience the adventures I’ve had.

This is the church close to La Bruja.  It’s been a couple years since I’ve been in the area, so I haven’t seen this before.  Beautiful!! Sure it doesn’t have the history, but I thought it was just a really sweet, pretty church.

So clean and new inside…

With pretty windows…

Maybe I’ll have to try my hand at another stained glass window…

I’ve heard about the “floating island” before, but never stopped by.  This time I did.  I wish I could have gone on board.

Here are the aged signs on the pier in front…

Then I stopped by El Pueblito for lunch.  I’ve never been here before and I’m always anxious to try new places.

View uphill from my table…

The peek-a-boo view of the sea from my table…

And my chicken fajitas.  They were very tasty and just the right size for my appetite…

The next morning, I had asparagus crepes at M&Js.  Do you think they intentionally make it look like a face??

They were good, but it was a little too much dough for my taste.  They always use white asparagus which is fine, but between the cheesy sauce and the dough of the crepes, it was a little too heavy.

I was eating with a friend who had one of the casuelas…unfortunately, I can’t remember the name.  I didn’t take a bite because I was so full from my dish…but it does look good!

Next…on to some changes on the island.  They are finally tearing this place down.  I wonder what is going in its place??

This place is being remodeled.  I also don’t know what’s going in…

This is a new loncheria right next to the Hotel Las Palmas.  I never tried it out…

But kind of like the look better when it was this…

This is the first time I’ve seen this while I was on Isla…Army guys patrolling through the middle of town.

When I was there in May of 2008, the president of Mexico was scheduled for a visit on Isla, so there were many soldiers all over the island.  Even then, I didn’t see them walk down Hidalgo, although I did see Federales around town and soldiers posted here and there.

But these guys just came out from nowhere and were very unexpected.  As you can see, the tourists weren’t too affected by their appearance as is evident by this happy guy in the photo…

In fact, I was talking to him and his wife and then he suddenly got up and went into the Suites los Arcos hotel.  Next thing we know, he appeared on the balcony of one of the rooms.  His wife said, “What are you doing up there??”  I said, “What are you doing in my room???”  (Which it wasn’t but I was giving him a hard time.)  Haha…those crazy Canucks.  I guess it comes from all that cold and the snow…haha!

While I was sitting there, I noticed this little guy walking around who obviously belonged to one of the shop owners.  By the way, I’m not a Croc lover, but I love the coordinating camouflage look between the Crocs and the shorts here…

He occasionally messed with the trinkets on the neighboring vendor’s table.  This little girl meticulously replaced everything he got out of order.  These children live in a different world than American children.  Our children could definitely learn a lesson from them.

Here’s the new street on Rueda Medina.  Very nice with much wider sidewalks…and no holes…

And here’s my favorite photo from this trip  Yes, it’s been Photoshopped without the statues.  But this is the way that I think Punta Sur should look…au natural…

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9 responses

  1. Ann

    The yellow store with the thatched roof closed when we were on the island in Jan–they were working on it them! great post & photos!

    May 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

  2. My question that I hate to ask because no one wants to hear it — when do they start tearing up the other side of Medina? Or did they run out of money and the Islenos won’t have to endure that for awhile? Nice photos Deb! I’ve also never seen the military patrol Hidalgo. Wonder if the show of force is aimed at keeping the cartels from knocking on Isla’s door? Were you there around the time that the young Isleno was kidnapped from the Puerto Juarez dock and executed?

    May 2, 2011 at 4:30 am

    • Helen

      When did that happen? I had not heard about that at all. YIKES! I did see masked federales for the first time in March when I got off the ferry. Black face masks that definitely got my attention. They were checking women (Mexican only) women’s purses and bags. STRANGE.

      May 3, 2011 at 1:56 am

  3. Vee

    Great post, Deb! Medina looks much improved. Can’t wait to see it firsthand!

    May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

  4. Nutter 2 is ‘Princess’ to us. She’s a sweetie. The soldiers look hot. Both kinds of hot, but mostly the temperature one. Especially in September. Oy.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

  5. Thanks for sharing the photos. A couple of ladies work with and I will becoming to Isla in a couple of weeks!

    Not that I’m counting the days.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

  6. I want to go!!! Nice photos

    May 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm

  7. Ann – Yes, I wonder what they’re going to do with the yellow store!

    Beck – No, I wasn’t there when the person was kidnapped, but I heard about it. And, yes…it will probably take another year or so to do the other side of Medina. The thing is, when you’re riding around in a golf cart, if you miss your turn, you have to go all the way around el centro again. Which is no big deal because you’re on vacation anyway, so what’s the big deal, right? Ha!

    Helen – I never saw any of the officials checking any purses or anything. But it was a bit unnerving to see those four masked soldiers walking down the middle of Hidalgo.

    Thanks, Vee…when do you think you’re going to be there again?

    Jana – Haha! I know what you mean…some of those soldiers are pretty darn cute…despite the heat!

    Gloria – Have fun with the ladies!

    Giuseppe – You should go! I’d love to see your reports from Isla Mujeres!

    May 6, 2011 at 2:01 am

  8. Karl

    These are beautiful photos – great writing, too. I’m planning a trip to Isla with my girlfriend next month… any recommendations on where I should stay?

    November 11, 2011 at 1:14 am

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