The attatched video is view from my room patio.
Only two short weeks ago I was the lone gringo attempting to learn some Espanol at the Sundown Inn in Canoa. this morning I think there are seven groups, all with a different Spanish instructor. I have tried to convince Luis my instructor that perhaps I could exchange him for one of the bonita chica instructors but he shakes his head “no bien” and he continues in his attempt to teach me some Spanish (I know he is thinking to himself, “the gringo must be able to learn something – anything”).
As it gets nearer to Christmas, the temperature is getting warmer and the surf is getting larger. Many more surfers hanging around town and heading out into the water.
I believe I am now considered a regular at the Surf Shack, they were busy on T-bone Tuesday and seeing my beer was almost finished was informed that if I wanted another beer, just grab it from the beer fridge (I have arrived). My comfort level for travelling back and forth between the communities has also improved. I was the gringo with the large day pack filled with everything I needed for every eventuality (ie: umbrella, rain jacket, Swiss Army knife, guide book, etc.). You know the type, the tourist walking around with a 15 pound pack in the 27 degree temperatures. You know, the guy with the perplexed look, map upside down and thumbing through the English/Spanish dictionary And taking pictures at the same time. Of course I am still the same guy, just got rid of the pack and say “Si, Buenas Dias & Gracias” a lot.