It has been quite a trip! The first week my cousin Kathy came to dive with me, followed by the boys, my son Wes and his musketeers Cooper and Charlie, followed by fellow volunteers from my trip to Mozambique last year, Felix, Marcel and Daniela, and last but not least, my daughter, Alexandra.
It has been fun, but exhausting! I was constantly in the water.
Randy and I spent our last evening at Primas, one of our favorite restaurants in Cozumel. It overlooks the ocean and is on the top floor of a condo complex. Primas used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Cozumel, located on the town plaza. It moved five years ago or so. Most of the waiters are still there, but we sadly discovered that the former maitre d, Juan Carlos, passed away recently. He was only in his 40s, far too young to die of a heart attack. Matteo is our buddy at Primas, he brings us our drinks, and certainly knows my dinner order, every time we walk in. What was the Cheers saying, where everyone knows your name? Well, they certainly know our drinks and food.
We enjoyed dinner with Mark and Lyn, our next door neighbors, and our new Cozumel attorney and his wife, at La Cocay on Calle Ocho. La Cocay has the best food on the island, bar none. The meal was so enjoyable, Felipe and Maria are from Merida and love Cozumel, and their company was delightful. Maria was fun to talk with, she certainly has a mind of her own, an admirable quality in my estimation. Felipe told us stories of the Yucatan’s history, and it was fascinating! Apparently, the Yucatan (like Texas) was its own country for quite a while. In the 1840’s Mexico tried to conquer the Yucatan, so the Mayan workers (much like slaves in America) were armed, and Mexico was defeated. The Mayans were tired of their treatment and wanted their freedom, so they made a deal with Mexico: Yucatan would become a part of Mexico if they would help the Mayans gain independence and better conditions. Many of the Yucatan’s leading families were murdered, and the Yucatan went back to Mexico. This was 15 or 20 years before our Civil War. Interesting, right?
I confess myself ready to go home, which is strange for me. It will be a full house: my daughter has moved back home for a while in order to save up to buy her own place, and my son and his girlfriend are planning to move to Austin, but first, they will stay with us. Wes just graduated college, so they are coming to us from California with their dog, Layla, and cat, Gibson (can you tell my son is a guitarist?) to join our two dogs, Luke and Lucy, and our daughter’s dog Remy, and her two cats, Strider and Bella. A zoo, right? Absolutely! I’m looking forward to it, though. It will be far from dull. It will probably be the last time the four of us live under the same roof. They leave the nest, but they do come back to visit!
Well, we received our First Class upgrades on our flights (travel hint: travel mid week if you want to be upgraded!), but though I have worked like crazy today, there is still packing to do in the morning. See you stateside!