After twenty-four hours in Puerto Escondido we found ourselves happily settled. The pace of life here is relaxed and I never seem to know what time it is. Sometime in the afternoon Maria, along with her mother-in-law, and myself went to the mercado (market) in search of sustenance for the day. The market is filled with fresh produce, seafood, beans, rice, dried peppers, queso (cheese) and meat. I tried to learn a few Spanish words as we meandered through and came away with ajo (garlic), jitomates (tomatoes) and cebolla (onion) which was a difficult one to remember. There are no prices listed at the market stalls and I found that a little frustrating. There is no denying that foreigners are charged more than locals, and yet prices are very reasonable regardless. We returned home with bags filled and went right to work preparing delicious Mexican food. I could happily subside on Mexican food and would likely eat guacamole by the heaping spoonful if nobody was watching.
The children spent most of the morning and afternoon swimming in the pool and when we did eventually take them out it was to go play in the small waves of the Pacific Ocean on Playa Carrizalillo which is a mere ten minute walk away from our home. When we returned after dusk, covered in sand and salt, the children jumped back into the pool for a final swim before bed. With rosy cheeks and tired eyes, bedtime was requested by my children and I happily obliged.