Travel Journal Three: Verdes y azules

I need to start the day with a visit to the coffee shop. I know that I could make my own, but getting out of the house is a way for me to start the day more deliberately, to feel how much sun, how much or little heat nature is offering up today. This is what I do today. I wake up around 7:00 and head to Colibri Café. Andréane joins me with Vale later and they eat breakfast while I finish editing the photos from yesterday.

We walk back and, on the way, pick up some vegetables so that I can make lunch.I had seen the fruit stall's beautiful zucchinis before and have been wanting to make something with them. We get those as well as some fresh avocados and a box of mushrooms. Back at home, I make tostadas by sautéeing the mushrooms with some onions and a bit of garlic. We add salsa, cheese, and raw onions and it turns out delicious. The zucchinis I keep simple, prepping them raw with olive oil and salt and pepper.

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Andrea Valentina decides to 'read' Rupi Kaur's The Sun and Her Flowers book that I bought for Andréane until my Apple Watch catches her eyes and she discovers that things happen when she touches it. A few minutes later, a bit of photo magic happens as she becomes interested in - and gestures directly into - my camera.

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We continue our day with a long walk to the kitchen supply store where I want to purchase a larger cutting board for future cooking adventures. As we walk around, I photograph walls and streets.

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We go to the park. Andréane plays with her daughter while I attempt to read Isabel Allende en español. She eventually tires herself out and so we go to a café and I help my sister with business planning again. This time she has her iPad and notebook and takes notes on various concoctions from health-oriented companies in both Mexico and Canada.

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Knowing that Vale will wake up soon, we head back home and wait for her father. We all go eat tacos at his friend's joint. We order 1/4 kg of bifteck and 1/4 of al pastor, and then another 1/4 of al pastor. Cris has two Noche Buena beers and I have one.

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Heading home, we walk by Voodoo Mamma, where Cris and Andréane met. It's 10:00 and I'm tired. I call it early, wanting to wake up early and do some work the next day.

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