walking in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful city.  It also made me mad, sometimes!  (Mad, might be too strong a word).  But, the great thing about travel is it makes you adapt.  You can’t think things are going to be like they are at home.  That’s the point of travel – to see and experience different things. Case in point, in Puerto Vallarta, the pedestrian never has the right away and drivers never use their signal lights. You learn this fast. You never know if you should actually step off the curb to cross the street, because the person who may actually appear to be going through the intersection, is actually going to turn right. So, you wait, or run (more  like that nervous traveler fast walk across the street, clutching bag to hip). Everyone drives and talks on their phone (even the bus drivers barreling down the cobblestone streets). Once you get about two or three blocks off the main tourist streets, the sidewalks are extremely uneven.  For someone like me, who likes to gawk at things and take pictures, and is also a little clumsy, this is a precarious situation.  But, you learn to adapt. And it actually becomes part of the charm.

Here are some pictures from a walk through one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Puerto Vallarta:

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Weekend Reading

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These are some of the books I’ve accumulated in my office this week.  I definitely won’t read them all this weekend, but it’s a sampling of some of my current interests – reading about the northern rainforest in preparation for my dream trip in late spring/early summer, looking for recipes for a nice Saturday night supper,  getting ideas for what to bring to a lunch potluck at work next week, reading about photography, and a few other odds and ends.  I’ve been reading mostly non-fiction lately, but had a go at Alice Munro’s latest book of short stories just after Christmas.  By the time I got into it had to be returned to the library because there were several holds on it.  Alice Munro is one of my favourite authors and I hope to read a few of the stories this weekend.