Aww, a few days off from the blog and I am feeling refreshed. I have been frustrated lately as it seems the only things I want to blog about are "taboo", with the potential to cause conflict and get me into trouble, so I stepped away from the computer and joined "real life" for a few days and am feeling a whole lot better about things. Thanks to those of you who sent emails of concern, all is well, I have not disappeared and it is nice to be missed!
Saturday afternoon sure helped my mood. We were invited to a party given by friends of Hubby's family. We see them once or twice a year and always have a good time with them. We were pretty much the only people at this party who were not doctors, it was interesting to hear debate and discussion of the problems with health care in Mexico from a doctor's perspective. It was kind of odd being the only foreigner there, I think at first it made everyone a bit uncomfortable, especially when we really got into the discussion of politics in Mexico. Everyone relaxed as I was able to contribute to the conversation with my support for all things Mexican and my disdain for the over development of Quintana Roo by foreign investors. We chatted about Tulum, corruption, the militarization of Cancun, the problems of living in a town devoted to tourism, more corruption, assassinations, kidnappings, bank robberies, if it's a problem affecting Cancunenses, we discussed it. And it was GOOD. I feel like I got a lot out of my system and I can move forward this week with a clear head. I felt very proud of myself for being able to talk intelligently about these topics, in Spanish for more than six hours! I think the ever present beer in front of me helped my confidence in that regard, the host wouldn't even let me drink the warm bits at the bottom before a fresh Sol was in front of me, nothing like liquid courage! I did keep whispering in Hubby's ear "I'm not making an ass of myself, am I?" and he kept telling me that I was not, I hope he wasn't lying to keep himself entertained by the crazy Canuck ramblings!
In addition to stimulating conversation and beer, I had my first taste of chile en nogada. Oh...my.....gosh.....DELICIOUS. Chiles en nogada are a very traditional Mexican food, often served on special occasions as they do take a lot of work to make. I was very excited to get to taste this famous concoction and I was not disappointed. Basically it's a poblano pepper filled with ground beef and fruits (peach, raisins, almonds etc), covered in a walnut sauce and topped with pomegranate. It's sweet and savoury with the possibility of a little spice (the ones we had were not spicy at all). Here's a recipe I found in English, there are a few variations out there, one day when I am feeling brave I will give it a shot myself. I am proud to say I am no longer a chile en nogada virgin and my first time was goooooood.
So, I am back, I'm alive and I am refreshed. Ready for another week of work, blogging and enjoying all that life has to offer. Hopefully without the desire to bang my head on the keyboard that has been plaguing me lately. It's not a lack of things to blog about, it's the opposite, too many things to say and not enough freedom to say them! Pero, hay va, todo esta bien, vamos adelante!