Can I Have Sum More Sir?
Trip Start May 07, 2010
18Trip End May 16, 2010
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We left Montezuma in the morning at 7AM and arrived in Mal Pais at about 8AM. Not too bad of a drive since the roads connecting the two towns were mostly paved. We settled in at the hostel turned hotel, Frank's Place. This hotel recently expanded and upgraded everything to cater to the mid-range tourist. Since it was our remaining days at the beach, Rowena and I decided to splurge, insisting on a private bath and A/C. A/C wasn't really needed here since the breeze in the area picked up, but nevertheless, in a few minutes, we had that thing screaming. One other great thing about the hotel was that it was walking distance to the beach.
As soon as we got settled, we headed out to the beach to check out the surf. It was so-so with closeouts but still better than Huntington Beach, CA waves during the summer. Plus, the beach was all mine, mine, mine! I didn't feel like longboarding again since I only had that day to enjoy the surf. Instead, I had the brilliant idea to do bodyboarding. Just next to our hotel was Frank's surf shop (same establishment) that rented bodyboards and more importantly the fins as well. Lord, I was in heaven as Montezuma didn't rent fins. We got two sets for myself and Rowena. I thought since Rowena didn't do so well with longboarding that bodyboarding would be a bit easier for her
So what did I do next? 'Course, I hit the waves like I did when I used to bodyboard the California beaches (Huntington, Newport, San Diego, Malibu, Santa Barbara, etc.) everyday a few years back with my good ol' surf buddies Glenn, Roy, George, Alphonso, and my brothers Joe and Joel. It all came back to me... then left after 30 minutes because I was huffin' and puffin' it! LOL. But... I have to admit, the old man still has it. I was duckdiving like a porpoise, clawing the water like a seal, and riding those waves like a shark.
After a few hours, Rowena and I had lunch at Product C. A fish market/fish restaurant close by owned by a cool American with an afro. We quickly scarfed down two fish tacos and an order of ceviche, went back to the beach for more bodyboarding, but decided against it because of the conditions of the waves. They just got mushy.
We took a nap, then went to the hotel's restaurant (Azucar Restaurant) for dinner since the lady who had greeted us in the morning there while we wandered around at the hotel was super nice. Morgane, along with her husband, Norbis runs and owns the restaurant, even if it did reside on the hotel's property. Norbis, originally from Cuba, is a classically trained chef who cooked quite a bit in London and was kind enough to share some of his war stories in the kitchen. He's also a sports fan fanatic and can cite statistics if the conversation warrants it. Morgane is French and was the sweetest lady in the world. Rowena and I had a great night there, even if we were one of only two couples. What made it even better was that we actually got rain while we had dinner and drinks. Sooo awesome to sit there and relax. At about 9PM, we called it a night. We deserved to turn in a little early, trust me.
Learn more about the Azucar Restaurant at their website: http://www.azucar-restaurant.com/