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I have never done an American Thanksgiving because I am from England. When we moved to Canada we started to celebrate Thanksgiving which in Canada falls on a Monday usually in the first two weeks of October, this worked well because it allowed us to pause before Christmas. This year my husband, John missed Thanksgiving as he and JB walked The Camino. John and JB started on September 14th 2016 from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles on the Spanish side and then another 780 km on to Santiago de Compostela to complete this ancient pilgrimage route, finishing on 23rd October 2016. Known as The Ways of St. James, John and JB travelled The French Way, which is the is the most popular of all the routes. There are many other routes such as the Portuguese way from Lisbon. But I digress, I thought we would have an American Thanksgiving just for him, which he is looking forward to as he grew up in the States. Looking at the calender, I now find that I have less than two weeks but I realize I can organize the food very quickly and we will take the day off. Will we do the classic turkey dinner or a prime rib with all the fixings. I can decide that when shopping. Living close to the US border, I have found that in Windsor & Essex County a lot of people already celebrate both Thanksgivings as they have relatives and friends in both countries.
While on vacation in Playa del Carmen we took a tour to visit Chichen Itza which is one of the largest Mayan cities, located in the Yucatan and is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; over one million tourists visit the ruins every year.
We left around 8am and spent more time travelling on the bus then at Chichen Itza itself, we also had a stop for lunch, a visit to a Mayan village together with swimming at a cenote, which is a sinkhole or natural pit, where the collapse of limestone has exposed groundwater underneath to create a natural swimming pool. Steps have been carved or added to access the pool. There was also a short stop at Valladolid on the way back, a very picturesque town that was more bathroom break then sightseeing. We have decided that if we visit again, it would be better to hire a car so we can spend more time at the ruins. To me though, the most amazing thing about the coach ride was the offering and serving of alcohol. This tour was not for the recovering alcoholic, and as my husband noted, if we were in Canada, look how many laws would have been broken. Because of the time spent travelling and to alleviate boredom, the tour guides decided to turn the “siesta into a fiesta” with the offering of drinks. Beer was on offer before lunch. After our stops, and once back on the bus there was more beer, followed by a shot of Xtabentun the Mayan liqueur. After the tour of Chichen Itza, there were Tequila shots, Tequila sunrise cocktails, vodka, gin, scotch and Bacardi plus more beer. At some point a bottle of Squirt lemonade came out mixed with red wine and a game started where you took as much liquid in your mouth without swallowing and then when full drank it down. It was a great success with those who tried it! At 8pm we pulled into the hotel very tired, it had been a long day.
About Playa del Carmen Quintana Roo. From small fishing town, to luxury tourism playground. Playa del Carmen has an abundant amount of new luxury hotels, residential condominiums, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues. Mostly gated with security checkpoints for access. There is a huge shopping area called Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue. It can be accessed from the beach near the pier. Fifth Avenue is lined with hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants.
I recently went to Durban, South Africa and I found something really different that unbelievably has not yet been exported to other countries. It would be a hit in the U.K as they really love their curries and I could see it being served out of a trendy food truck in North America simply called “The Bunny Chow”. Think of the great graphics that this could inspire.
Supposedly created in Durban by an Indian restaurant. The bunny chow was half a loaf of bread with the soft insides scooped-out. Curry is then ladled into the hollow and and the scooped out filling caps the curry serving as a takeaway and container in one. Brilliant! Just use your favourite curry recipe!
In London for 2012 you can’t help but be caught up in the pride that everyone was showing for the Diamond Jubilee and the coming Olympics, here are my souvenirs and presents to share.
|Tote Bag from Brick Lane Market|
|Shortbread in a collectable tin from M&S|
|Bunting from Waitrose|
|Huge Scarf from Brick Lane Market|
|Tin of Chocolates from M&S|
|Cushion from Sainsbury’s|