Mismaloya

LAST DAYS IN MISMALOYA

In these pictures we are capturing some of our last days in Mismaloya. We had a great month there with lots of sun, pool and beach time, great home cooked meals (our suite had a good kitchen), and lots of new friends. 

But first and foremost Mismaloya was about riding horses. Horses horses horses! Lili rode almost every day, and by the end of the month she was galloping at good speed coming home from the rides.  She never gets tired of riding.

Lili and Dante having a terrible time at the pool. ..

Lili and Dante having a terrible time at the pool. ..

Lili and friend Kaylee from Oregon made little flower rafts for the pool. Kaylee was born in Ethiopia!

Lili and friend Kaylee from Oregon made little flower rafts for the pool. Kaylee was born in Ethiopia!

The launch.

The launch.

This is Jehu with Lili after one of the rides. This horse is Chilindrina - and she is also pregnant. Other horses that Lili rode were Galleta, and Lucero. Chava normally rode Mariposa and Jehu rode Cuervo or sometimes Scorpion. There was also Coqueta (that had the colt) and Susana (John from Texas rode Susana). 

This is Jehu with Lili after one of the rides. This horse is Chilindrina - and she is also pregnant. Other horses that Lili rode were Galleta, and Lucero. Chava normally rode Mariposa and Jehu rode Cuervo or sometimes Scorpion. There was also Coqueta (that had the colt) and Susana (John from Texas rode Susana). 

Lili on Galleta.  Galleta was excused from riding duty about a week before we left because her baby was due soon. We have asked Jehu to email us a picture of the foal when it comes.

Lili on Galleta.  Galleta was excused from riding duty about a week before we left because her baby was due soon. We have asked Jehu to email us a picture of the foal when it comes.

Lili on a ride with the lovely Waterman family from California. From the front: Cuervo's back - Jehu took the picture. Then Cosette on Chilindrina, Lili on Galleta, Amy on Susanna and Jeff on Scorpion!   And yes. We have carried those cowboy boots all around the world, through all the countries we have visited so that Lili could use them when she rides in Mexico.

Lili on a ride with the lovely Waterman family from California. From the front: Cuervo's back - Jehu took the picture. Then Cosette on Chilindrina, Lili on Galleta, Amy on Susanna and Jeff on Scorpion! 

And yes. We have carried those cowboy boots all around the world, through all the countries we have visited so that Lili could use them when she rides in Mexico.

FAMILY PICS - PUERTO VALLARTA

Ok I have received a request to post more family pictures. Like pictures that would show Dante or me as well. Or both of us with Lili. So I am happy to post these pictures fresh off the hard drive - from Puerto Vallarta Malecon today. It is Linda's last evening in Mexico and we went out for a nice sit down dinner. 

Getting ready to go out for Linda's last-night-in-Mexico dinner. You can see that both Lili and I have decided to accentuate our awesome tans with trendy and elegant pink lipstick.   (As an aside, my make-up department was rendered completely ineffective by the loss of my make-up bag somewhere on this trip. I think it was in Hong Kong but Dante thinks I left it in Vietnam. Who knows? Either way, the consequence was that I had no make up of any kind, at all, and that of course is a no go for any attractive, modern, globe trotting mother-daughter duo n'est-ce-pas? So, I invested a few baht into hot pink lipstick in Thailand and also picked up a mascara at the local Seven-11 in Khao Lak. And we were back on the tracks, so to say.)  For those who are wondering about our relatively solemn looks in this photo, you should know that Lili instructed me to look into the camera with a sullen 'femme fatale' air. She said she wanted this photo to be like 'real models'. Dante did not get the memo on time I think.

Getting ready to go out for Linda's last-night-in-Mexico dinner. You can see that both Lili and I have decided to accentuate our awesome tans with trendy and elegant pink lipstick.

(As an aside, my make-up department was rendered completely ineffective by the loss of my make-up bag somewhere on this trip. I think it was in Hong Kong but Dante thinks I left it in Vietnam. Who knows? Either way, the consequence was that I had no make up of any kind, at all, and that of course is a no go for any attractive, modern, globe trotting mother-daughter duo n'est-ce-pas? So, I invested a few baht into hot pink lipstick in Thailand and also picked up a mascara at the local Seven-11 in Khao Lak. And we were back on the tracks, so to say.)

For those who are wondering about our relatively solemn looks in this photo, you should know that Lili instructed me to look into the camera with a sullen 'femme fatale' air. She said she wanted this photo to be like 'real models'. Dante did not get the memo on time I think.

Here we are walking to dinner. Lili, Linda and Dante are just about to cross the Cuale river. 

Here we are walking to dinner. Lili, Linda and Dante are just about to cross the Cuale river. 

Posing on the Seawall about an hour before sunset.

Posing on the Seawall about an hour before sunset.

And here we are on the Malecon eating very very good Italian food. (Yes we have had Mexican food almost every day.) It was time for pasta, and dessert was off camera...

And here we are on the Malecon eating very very good Italian food. (Yes we have had Mexican food almost every day.) It was time for pasta, and dessert was off camera...

SABBATICAL WORK

It is not in fact accurate that I am not working this year. I have been teaching yoga in various places (Japan, India, Mexico) - and will continue to do so whenever the opportunity presents itself. In all cases, I teach for free.

But I do something else - I run my yoga philosophy study group by email over this year. It has been very rewarding but also demanding as I write extensive comments back to each student for each assignment. It takes a lot of time but also keeps me in the highest vibration of learning.

I have reread some of the seminal texts of the trade and also in India I was able to buy some books on Sri Aurobindo's and the Mother's work that are not available in Canada.

My employer offers the self funded leave program for 'personal renewal'. This is it.

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VALLARTA ZOO

Well we love the Puerto Vallarta zoo. First, it is about a five minute walk from our hotel gate. At the zoo entrance, you can buy feed bags (at a very reasonable 50 pesos each), and then it is off to the tour to see and interact with all the lovely creatures. You can also pet many of the animals, and some of them run loose like the plump and noisy geese.

Of all the zoos we have visited this one allows us to be the closest to the animals we see. 

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The zoo feedbags contain carrots, dry bread, pellets, peanuts and corn. We fed monkeys, rabbits, geese, flamingoes, gazelle, ostrich, guinea pigs, mountain goats, deers, toucans, raccoons, ponies, and a dromedary. And I am sure I left something out. 

Lili feeding the very friendly giraffe. 

Lili feeding the very friendly giraffe. 

This dromedary was very gentle as well. 

This dromedary was very gentle as well. 

There are also farm animals, like these very large pigs.  

There are also farm animals, like these very large pigs.  

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And here is a highlight of the morning - Lili got to hold a one month old baby jaguar. It was cute beyond words! 

Here Lili is interacting with a Siberian tiger cub. 

Here Lili is interacting with a Siberian tiger cub. 

AWWW... AN EQUINOX FOAL

The cutest little foal was born yesterday at the horse ranch. The Mom is called Coqueta but the baby horse has no name yet. I think he should be called Equinox - born on March 21 and being equine. I actually thought that was a really brilliant name but Lili thinks it sounds dumb.  She is now busy thinking of better names. And while she is at it I am not so sure it is our business to name this horse anyways... 

But it sure is super cute and we had a lovely time visiting it this morning. 

Hello world! 

Hello world! 

Horses carry their babies for eleven months, that is even longer than people. I never knew that. And when the foal is born, it learns to stand up in about an hour, and normally they can run in a few hours. I guess these were all indispensable qualities for wild horses on the go. 

Lili also taught me some terminology: the baby horse is a foal - a male foal is a colt  - and when it gets to one year old it is called a yearling. 

Guess who was excited to see the baby? 

Guess who was excited to see the baby? 

Dante, Linda and the black hen also had a visitation. 

Dante, Linda and the black hen also had a visitation. 

Mama milk is best! 

Mama milk is best! 

And then a little snooze. 

And then a little snooze. 

RESORT DAY

Today we bought day passes to the big Barcelo resort in Mismaloya Bay. It is a great way to enjoy the all inclusive luxury for a day. These interludes are so lovely in the midst of our pretty frugal travel budget. The Barcelo has huge spreads of food, four swimming pools, fitness and art programming, kids club, games, kayaks, ping pong, and so on.

Our new friends from Victoria  (John and Tiffiny, Maddie, Hannah and Briar) also came so we all had company as well.

Tiffiny, Briar, Lili and Hannah enjoying drinks at the pool. 

Tiffiny, Briar, Lili and Hannah enjoying drinks at the pool. 

Mom and Lili going kayaking. There were lots of jellyfish floating in the sea. They are like flowers in slow motion.

Mom and Lili going kayaking. There were lots of jellyfish floating in the sea. They are like flowers in slow motion.

Lili having fun at the kids slide.  Briar on the left just came down before her.

Lili having fun at the kids slide.  Briar on the left just came down before her.

The girls played chess. 

The girls played chess. 

Five Taits on the beach.

Five Taits on the beach.

Girl soup - Lili, Briar, Hannah. 

Girl soup - Lili, Briar, Hannah. 

Dante adding to his trip journal - it already has hundreds of pages!

Dante adding to his trip journal - it already has hundreds of pages!

REUNION WITH CHAVA

Here we are in Mexico and one of the first things we did was go to see if the horses were still there and if Chava was still there to take people out riding. And the answer was yes to both! Our horse from last time (Mickey Mouse) has been sold, but there are lovely new horses for us to get to know.

Lili has taken riding on three days already - this is where the money from selling all those postcards is going.  

Second day. Lili, Chava and Galleta. 

Second day. Lili, Chava and Galleta.