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Mexico in June

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On our deck overlooking the crab-filled pool.

Crabs in the pool

“What’s that in the pool?” It was a big crab. I wish I’d seen it before getting into the pool.

Being a helpful Canadian, I stopped the first person in uniform who passed through the pool area. “I just want to let you know that someone has taken a crab from the seafood buffet and thrown it into the pool.” I am a helpful Canadian who likes to give a story context. Honestly, I had no idea how the crab got there.

 

 

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The pretty young woman smiled and nodded. She reassured me, “I will report that. Thank you for letting me know.”

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Flowers in bloom at the resort.

I beamed. I’d done my job and now the swimming pool would be crab free forever. It was a satisfying, short-lived moment.

Within minutes, we noticed that there were crabs in all the pools by our building. Some were dead, but many were walking along the pool floors. Each morning, a guy with a net on the end of a long pole fished the crustaceans out of the water. No one threw those crabs into the pool! They jumped in all by themselves.

We saw evidence of this later on in the week as we watched a crab amble sideways over the grass toward the edge of a pool. It was intercepted by the pool maintenance guy. Perhaps the crab would live to swim another day. Silly crabs.

The sweetest month

This was our tenth visit to Mexico, but it was our first June trip. I used to work as a teacher, and now I’m a student free to travel during that sweet month of June. What’s so sweet about it?

The hedges throughout the property at our resort in Bucerias were covered with bright orange flowers that attracted hummingbirds. Those hummingbirds were everywhere! Some were small and dark green while other were larger and red throated, like the ones we have here in Alberta. The tiny birds would fly all around us, right close by, unafraid and busy eating. I’d never seen hummingbirds in Mexico before. I’d also never seen crabs in the pool.

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No biting bugs. Instead, we saw this HUGE butterfly on the wall outside our hotel room door.

No biting bugs

There were no biting bugs. During our July visits, invisible insects would sting us and cause wildly itchy welts. In July, there were also bigger bugs with pincers. They would bite and I’d think, “Hey! That didn’t even hurt.” Two days later, a crusty, pus-filled bump would form and eventually burst. Gross. I’d rather itch. I’d rather not be bitten at all. That’s why I like June in Mexico.

 

During June, the ladies are still set up to give massages on the beach just steps from the resort. They are well-trained professionals. If you’re too shy to take off your clothes on the beach, please get over it. The massages are well worth any lost modesty and the therapists do keep you covered up. I beg you to do it if you can. Life is short.

Quiet streets, beautiful artwork

 

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Pottery at Jan Marie Boutique (JMB) Gallery in Bucerias.

We visited a gallery while in Bucerias that featured some of the most gorgeous dishware, stoneware, and sculptures I’ve ever seen. If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, check out JMB Gallery. It’s a visual feast.

In June, the snowbirds have mostly left the Puerto Vallarta area leaving it looking more like itself. There’s room to move and space to breathe. The restaurants and bars happily welcome you, and there’s time to chat with locals. It helps to know a few Spanish phrases, but it’s not necessary. Don’t be shy to try. People appreciate that you’re interested in speaking their language.

I met a couple nice snowbirds on a bus in Mexico last January. “We’ve been coming here for forty years. We never learned to speak a word of Spanish.” I liked them, but I don’t want to be like them. Dive in. You’re there anyway. Immerse yourself if you can. Spanish is a beautiful language and Mexico is a beautiful country – especially in June.

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  1. It’s great when you get freed up from the school-year calendar to travel. For me, that occurred when my youngest graduated high school. Now we travel on the shoulder seasons–May and September. Fewer crowds, better rates, and the weather is lovely (usually).

    I had to laugh about the crabs diving into the pool. Years ago we were in Pompeii, staying at a little hotel on the edge of the site. My daughter was taking a late night swim and I was sitting at the pool’s edge when we spotted a rat doing some laps. I ran inside and used my broken Italian and much hand gesturing to tell the desk person–eventually, he got the message and grabbed a long-handled net just as in your tale.Turns out there was a campground down the hill from the hotel and the rats liked to come up for the occasional swim. The two hotel cats, being about the same size as these “invaders,” wisely left the rats alone.

    May you have many more happy adventures in Mexico.

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