We got up fairly early this morning to begin preparation for the party on Sunday. I had a list of things to do Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we started on the Friday List. Joanna is such a big help. We are pretty much on the same wavelength so we worked well together. We did a lot of chopping and making things we could freeze or store in the fridge for a few days. The bulk of the things to make will be on Saturday, so we were able to go at a leisurely pace, especially with two of us.
We went a bit early to pizza night to stop and say hello to Louise and Gary. It was the first time I had been to their house. They live in a beautiful big house right on the Malecon and beach in the center of Crucita. They just put in a beautiful pool in the front of their house. We took a tour of the house and sat to chat. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to sit and talk to them, because we had only seen them at the supermarket briefly a few times. After that we went to pizza night, but Louise and Gary had other plans so they did not go.
Pizza night was fun. There were a lot more people there than the previous week. We sat down and there happened to be a seat next to Joanna and guess who sat there? Brian. A couple that he is friendly with came later and told him to come down and sit with them, but he said he was OK. Joanna thought he was cute and they are the same age, so she had fun talking to him. She is friendly and felt at home in Crucita with all the new people. We met some new people, a doctor and his wife, who is also a doctor, who come to this area to do volunteer surgery on people who need it here. They bring a team with them of volunteer doctors with various specialties that come for a week or so at a time to help out. It is amazing the people you meet here. Below is a video of pizza night.
Saturday we got up early again. We ate breakfast and decided to go for a walk on the beach before party prep again. Audrey came over before we left, so we asked her to join us. Since Bill was home watching football, she came with us. Below is a slide show of what the beach looks like from our house north. It was an unusually busy day. The pictures are in order of the houses we saw. Along the way the thatched huts are where they process sardines. There was an unusual assortment of birds all bunched up together, mostly to get the fish being thrown aside by the people processing the fish in the huts. We saw gulls, ibis, pelicans, frigates, and a big bunch of blue footed boobies. I didn’t realize we had such a big group of them here. I heard an interesting thing, that the darker blue the feet are the more horney the bird is. We saw men making nets, men mending boats, families sunning, swimming, and kids playing soccer on the beach with two sticks for each goal. Men were filling sand bags to pile up near a processing place to keep back the water at high tide. On the way back, we saw several small engined planes, like ultralights. Below is a video of our walk: