For the past couple of months, we have fallen into a routine on Thursdays. We start the day off by leaving the casita around 9 a.m. to drive to San Isidro de General, which is northeast up the mountain route. It usually takes us about 45 minutes as Eddie tends to drive fast.
Most of the time, our first stop is the feria (farmer’s market). This is the place where we buy most of our fresh fruits and vegetables. In an earlier post, there is a photo of me standing in front it. It’s by far the largest farmer’s market close to us. So far, we haven’t been disappointed with our purchases. Well, we did get a bad batch of potatoes last week, but I suppose that can happen anywhere. We bring a big cooler to store everything that should stay cold since we don’t return to our casita right away. Occasionally, we might run an errand or two before the farmer’s market like we did this Thursday. It really depends on where the store is located if we stop there before the farmer’s market or afterwards. This week, we wanted to stop at the hardware store to buy a new shower head. Eddie decided to clean out the old shower head and when he was putting it back on it fell apart, so we needed to replace it. As we were leaving town, we stopped at a smaller grocery store that tends to cater to gringos and the prices are reasonable. We bought some pretzels and Fritos there.
On our way back to Hatillo, we meet up with a group of friends and acquaintances at a restaurant called Los Chorros (about 15 minutes from San Isidro). It’s up the mountain and this time of year the temperature can be cool, which is nice for a change. The gathering begins at 12 Noon and can last for several hours. The group varies from week to week. Some live here full-time having lived here for over 20 years, others are part-timers and there are even a few who are on vacation for a week or two. It’s always interesting and fun! We have met some wonderful people there.