Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We left Santiago Bay about a week ago. We had a great time being part of the local cruising community. It was the first time we felt like we really did belong. Santiago is just a few miles away from Manzanillo but a world away from the hustle bustle of the city life. The pollution from the power plant was much less, but in the end it was one of the reasons we left. The community of Mirimar, which is the anchorage part of Santiago Bay, is very upscale, but smaller beach front homes. We were still able to go to Manzanillo for final provisioning on a 5 peso bus. What a deal! We also went to two local semi pro soccer games with about 30 other cruisers. We did this two Sundays in a row. On the second trip we actually commandeered a bus which we actually filled to take us to the game. It was great interacting with the local crowd. The silly string was flying. Drums and noise makers were all around us. It was a blast.
On Feb 28th the cruisers took over a local outdoor bar to celebrate Kent and Linda from another boat joint birthdays. We stayed till dark when the bugs drove us back on the boat to finish the celebration.