Joe and Ian are going to turn in our cute red car today at the airport. JetBlue is bringing us 2 more friends, Jess and Keenan, at noon. The plan is to pick them up, get the birding car Ian arranged with Blueway Car Rental and then they take off tomorrow on their 18 day road trip in search of the birds of Mexico. Ian's doing so much better today, looking good. Now one of the birders just has to volunteer to give him his antibiotic shot in the butt while they are on the road.
So yesterday Joe, Luke and I did some errands in Playa Del Carmen before we are carless.
First stop was Chedraui, a 183 store supermarket chain the likes of which we don't see at home. Stacks of product as high as 2 stories, selling everything from stoves to pastries.
This part of Mexico loves their pastries, and they are excellent! I made a big mistake yesterday, the woman bagging our selected pastures ran some bread up at 500 pesos/ 39 dollars, instead of 50 pesos/4 dollars, and I missed it! Not sure if I'll be able to go back and resolve the issue... no car and a long taxi ride.
The Telcel store that offers a sim card that works in our iPhones. The small tiendas around here can't do that, they sell the extra minutes to add to your card, but not the card and installation. Plaza de Américas on the north side of Playa Del Carmen, by the Sears store. Very upscale store!
We were able to arrange for a card, 149 pesos. 600 mb of data, no voice no texts, for 15 days for Ian's phone, 200 pesos. Total $27. It took an hour or so to do this and it was all in Spanish. They take credit cards.