Pam’s Post

Here is a a flowering tree/shrub that we are going to get cuttings from today at Yerba Buena, one of the very best restaurants in Valladolid. The owners are moving their restaurant and will take as many of their plants with them. He offered cuttings and since we have an entire backyard to experiment with plants we will be there.  Owner could not identify the flowering tree but said it blooms nearly year round with the right amounts of rain.  Another expat we ate there with yesterday said it was a Tulipan but when I google it I find types of hibiscus.  Regardless, it is a magnet for hummingbirds.

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I paste here Pam’s post from Facebook:

A couple of interesting things I’ve learned on our first week in Mexico:
1). Hank will testify to the fact that I want to tip everybody down here. He says we will have to halt the building of our house if I don’t cool it. Well we asked some reliable ex- pats who have lived here for many years who should be tipped and what was a reasonable rate. These are people who love the Mexican people so I feel confident in their explanation. He said 10-15% is a good tip. If one is too generous it has a negative effect on the economy as a worker may decide to take the next day off of work as the tip covers his living expenses for the day. Unlike most Americans most Mexicans would prefer to spend time with their family thanaspire to bigger and better ” things”. When you walk the streets past these extremely humble homes, many of which Americans would call hovels you hear so much laughter and singing. The children don’t appear to have toys but love their home-made kites made what appears to be Saran wrap or paper with string. I have yet to see one actually fly😊 And while I am not certain what they are thinking most go out of their way to smile and say Buenos Dias.
2) We hope to attend an annual Thanksgiving dinner at a nearby restaurant/hotel run by another expat who has lived here for many years and gives so much back to this community. He and his family collect small donations in order to make up gift boxes to pass out to the really poor most of whom live on the outskirts of town. The gifts include the usual provisions such as toilet paper, rice, and flour but they also ask for donations of Polaroid cameras. Most of these people have never seen a picture of themselves or their family. Friends here who have witnessed this say it is amazing to see their smiles😊 Photos are very important to these people for their Day of the Dead altars.

Humbling to us very spoiled Americans.Hoping we can help just a wee bit in the winters to come.

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This is one of the worst Valladolid street dogs.  Pam has contacted a Canadian expat here who works closely with neutering and spaying and feeding and housing these dogs.  Pam wants to get involved as well.  

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