Saturday was Catherine’s official 40th birthday and so after a breakfast of Huevos Rancheros, we ambled our way over to the enormous white mansion, Casa Azul where the rest of the birthday party were staying.
We walked in and spontaneously broke into a spirited rendition of Happy Birthday as we walked down the steps. After the initial celebration we divided up as half the party went into town and the other intrepid explorers went snorkeling.
After a blissful hour of watching fish, we regrouped for an incredible lunch in the enormous mansion. A table overlooking the bay seated fifteen of us as we started with guacamole, chile rellenos (large poblano chillies stuffed with cheese), shrimp tacos and spicy chipotle sauce. With wine, beer and marguaritas, it was a lunch filled with great food and lots of laughter.
After lunch we divided again. Some people had massages (because it wasn’t relaxing enough) and those of us concerned with how much food was being consumed, went snorkeling again.
It was a hard day!
But wait, there’s more!
We regrouped for dinner in town at the incredibly picturesque Hacienda San Angel, a rooftop restaurant overlooking the hillside of Puerto Vallarta. Another spectacular meal was had as we ate, drank, laughed and celebrated in general.
We’re all getting progressively fatter but we’re soldiering bravely on.
After dinner we walked down the malecon pausing to dance (as only a middle aged woman can, with abandonment). I did my best Flashdance impersonation (probably not a good thing) before we ended up in a Cuban bar where we attempted a version of salsa dancing.
It was very hot and it was late but we all managed to dance in the street while we waited for taxis.
And so to bed.
Waking during the night, there was the most incredible view of the full moon over the bay, the moonlight created a silver path across the benign water. It was a magical sight and so the weekend continued.