Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday 18th November 2018..Road trip day 1!!!!!!

Hit the road at 5.30 am and it was still a bit dark so I took it very carefully until the sun rose and the blue skies appeared!!!



Hey this guy is going the wrong way....No..the trucks are being towed!!!

Really not much in the shape of scenery just nice fast toll roads until the mountains outside of Monterrey!!!!!


This GPS that I bought in Australia a few years ago has been a great servant!!
Amazing the power of this little man he caused traffic delays of about 30 minutes!!!!
Before I left home I had a choice of which border to cross and I weighed my options and chose down town Laredo even though I knew it was a holiday weekend....

I had great directions and found the Immigration office where I had to hand in my Tourist visa and then back ibto my car and into this line where they collected my TIP car permit and I was set...
Set to join the traffic log jam......all I am going to say is.....it was nuts!!!!
Getting closer to the border bridge..
The ticket booth for the bridge...and that is when it happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The following contains graphic descriptions which may not be suitable for all readers///

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!

It was a hot day and I was downing OJ...water...lemonade like crazy what I was not expecting was a two hour delay in traffic and just after going through the booth below I had to resort to PLAN X!!!!!

What is that you may ask?

It is plan when you just have to go to the bathroom and you are stuck in the car....I think you can use your imagination but take into account I had to avoid the cameras on the bridge ...all the venders and all the other car drivers in high up pick up trucks!!!!!!

I did manage the deed but will have to buy a new water bottle tomorrow.......if you do not know what I am talking about....welllllll...............
At the border was asked no questions no search and waved right through.....

I arrived at my airbnb exactly 13 hours after I left home...my hostess Francisca was not home but had left me a key and instructions  and as you can see my room is lovely......

I had a long hot shower a cup of tea and feel human again....it was a long day about 890 km but the traffic made it a bit of a long day but now I feel good........I do not thin I mentioned here but my credit card was compromised a week ago and cancelled so I had my bank mail a new card to this address and happily it was waiting for me.....

I will have a good night's sleep and then try and take some back roads to my airbnb in Austin where I am staying for 4 nights.....I come back to this airbnb on Friday for two nights....

Little Bluey was her usual great self and no problems at all.....

Wish you all a great sleep!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday 17th November 2017..........getting ready!!!


I knew when I went to bed last night that I had the start of a cold coming on and sure enough this morning woke to the sniffles...I usually get one of these once a year the timing is not good this time..........I had a tennis game scheduled for this afternoon but I felt it best to get a substitute and just take it easy today which is what I have done..that is if you call watching a live tennis match and then a live soccer game from England, taking it easy!!!

It is nice to have Little Bluey in the garage here so I can pack most things and it is safe......not taking too much as the weather should be good for me.....

The plan is to be on the road by 6 am for the long but good drive to Laredo and the border...I have an air bnb booked in Laredo and hope to be there late afternoon.....one thing I did not take into consideration is that this weekend in Mexico is a holiday weekend, Revolution Day, so I would imagine the traffic close to Laredo and the bridge to cross will be busy but I have resigned myself to that fact and I shall just wait in line I have music food and drinks so no worries....

This is the route for tomorrow!!


A quick run down of my itinerary ..... Sunday drive from Laredo to Austin where I am booked into another airbnb in  an RV on a horse ranch!!!....I will stay there till Thursday(Thanksgiving Day) and then drive to San Antonio for another one night's stay in an air bnb close to my tennis partner, Carolyn's Daughter, Kirsten, who I hope to take out to dinner that day and pick up my Mexican permits and some items I ordered on Amazon......Friday I drive back to Laredo and stay in the same air bnb for 2 nights....on Saturday I shall walk across the border get all my documents and then Sunday morning early start the drive home.

In Austin I have an escorted hike into the Canyon Lake Gorge booked for Tuesday afternoon...and Wednesday going down town Austin to take in the famous BBQ's they have and also the music scene .... it is the music city of the USA....and then I have booked a live show at one of the theaters.......

Will do some hiking and exploring as this is an area I have not been to before!!!

Hopefully will have Internet so I can keep you informed of my travels....

A happy and safe weekend.....les

Yashi Kochi!!!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday 16th November 2017...A typical San Miguel day!!!

Starts with two hours of tennis under a blue and clear sky and lots of fun as usual.........home in time to watch another live tennis match from London and then do some serious trip planning for my road trip on Saturday and then into town for last minute chores....

Here are some scenes of down town and the workers!!!!


Check out the wires!!!


What about that blue sky!!!!




I like the look on his face....




The majority of the road work is done by hand not machines!!!!
The local store where I buy my candles and incense!!


I hope your day was a good one too!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday 15th November 2017....Sometimes...

when my day is really lovely but not too much action I like to look back and see what I did on this day in the past years....

This is my post from 2011...


Tuesday 15th November 2011………..already my schedule is getting busy!!!

Being as I am not allowed to start the blog by saying I had a great sleep and awoke to a sunny day I won’t……
I was in the Park by 8.20am for my morning power walk on the way back saw these kids in the street!!
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Just had time for breakfast and a shower and then off to meet Linda here
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for a Rotary meeting but before that I joined Linda in helping in just a small way a Pancake breakfast schedule to be held in two weeks…I then attended the Rotary meeting
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There was a very interesting guest speaker who educated us on the Mexican revolution!!!
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After this I went to Casar Hogar to meet with the volunteer director… I have volunteered to wash all the windows at the home an also do some painting!!!!  I know don't fall off your chair this boy painting!!!!
After the meeting I went to go see the girls
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I made it into silly face afternoon!!!
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You see you get to be silly when you loose all your hair!!!!
It was great to see the girls again!!
Next stop was
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where I bought these for a total of 65 pesos!!!!!!
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So getting my outside home looking nice!!
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2 of the 3 hummingbird feeders I have hung now if I only could stay home long enough to see if they are coming yet!!!
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There are 3 very nice clay courts here in the park an here is the owner’s son honing his skills!!!
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Hope you enjoyed that post!!!

I do miss the girlsl Paola and Dani and I also miss my RV, Ramona!!!!

Did go to poker this afternoon and had a great time winning 30  pesos!!!

Tonight it was my English class and as always a great class this time we quickly got off my lesson plan and just sat in a circle and talked about single parents, children, the Catholic church..I learned so much I hope they did!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday 13th November 2017....the three T's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T number one.........I was invited to play tennis this morning out at the swanky golf and tennis club Manequin......it is a wonderful club with a inspiring 18 hole golf course...


A beautiful lap pool

and 9 perfect clay courts...
I had a nice time here and good to play on different courts and also to have a ball boy!!!!

T number 2......

Came home had lunch and then settled down in front of my 43 inch TV and watched live tennis from London, the season ending tournament......what a way to spend and afternoon....

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal ends season after defeat by David Goffin



World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the ATP Finals and brought an end to his season after defeat by Belgian seventh seed David Goffin in his opening round-robin match.
Nadal said before the tournament his knee was "not perfect" but fought hard before losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.
The Spaniard, 31, described it as a "miracle" that he took Goffin to three sets over two-and-a-half hours.
"I am off and the season is finished. I am really not ready to play," he said.
"I really fought a lot during the match knowing probably it was a big chance [that it would be] the last match of the season. It's about the pain and I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing."
Nadal is guaranteed to end the year as the world number one and will now concentrate on recuperation before preparing for the new season.
"The good thing is [the injury] is nothing new," he added.
"We hope to have the right rest, the right work and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season."

T number 3....

6.00 .pm and time for my English teaching class...love these students..we had a great class in which they participate all the time.....

I am getting ready for a road trip...My Mexican visa and car permit expire in a few days and the only way to get a new one is to leave the country so I am planning on leaving Saturday morning and driving to Laredo and then going to Austin for 4 days never been there before and going to do some hiking I have an airbnb booked in an RV on a horse ranch looks lovely and then back the following Sunday...I really like road trips!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!


Saturday 18th November 2018..Road trip day 1!!!!!!

Hit the road at 5.30 am and it was still a bit dark so I took it very carefully until the sun rose and the blue skies appeared!!! Hey ...