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Eating and socializing,the expat life

After the IWC meeting, BK and I went to out to lunch. Having a short window of time, BK suggested BK (Burger King). Even though she eats more SAD (standard American diet) foods than me, BK is thin and healthy looking. We ended up at MacDonalds on Paseo in the Chedraui plaza, because we wanted to check out the costume store nearby.
I’m always overwhelmed by the menu in those fast food places. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten fast food NOB, but the restaurants here just feature combos on those giant menu boards. I didn’t want soda or a full package of fries. So I did something totally against my nature. I asked the counter person if I could get just a burger and a bottle of water? Receiving an affirmative answer further emboldened me. I asked if it was possible to get a Big Mac without bread? Adding with a smile, “I know it’s a bit odd. If you can’t that is okay,I’ll just remove the bread myself”. Leaving me for a moment she spoke with someone in the kitchen area.  Returning she informed me that it was possible and they also would put it on a plate for me. Later,when I was telling this story to another friend, she asked “So how was it?”. My answer, not particularly satisfying. The bread is a big part of the taste. BK shared her fries with me. Not the perfect meal but I wasn’t hungry afterwards, and it did confirm that I really don’t like fast food anymore, except the fries. I think it’s the salt and fat.
The costume store was more interesting. I am helping out with costumes for the Merida Murder Mystery Theatre. You will remember that I auditioned for a part, unfortunately, while I did get offered one. It didn’t work out, between health issues and other family concerns, our schedules didn’t mesh. I’m sad about it, but helping with the costumes is really exciting and fun too. It would have been hard to do both. The cast is excellent, and the script is very entertaining. I am hoping that they do another one, and that I am able to participate. The store has racks and racks of costumes and shoes for rent, wigs for sale and props. It was very busy since Carnaval is coming soon in February. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but it was interesting.
Last week, our friend, Linda sent us this announcement:

Artista Francisco Chavez Ceballos
Presents his Exposición de Arte Maya
We invite you to celebrate with us Pablo’s first Art Exhibition
THIS THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Café Chocolate
Calle 60 #442 x 49
Centro Histórico, Mérida
We went and had a nice time. The paintings are still up, so if you are in the neighborhood, stop into the Café Chocolate and check out his art work. They are very reasonably priced.
After the opening, Husband and I walked home. It was misting and very romantic.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. teresa en nagoya, I’m at 135 as of yesterday! Okay, 125 by Easter! that is a doable goal for me too. I hate photos, there is a recent one of me on Joanna Rosado’s blog though I am hiding in the back.

    Miss Beauty, you are doing fine. Better than fine. You can’t compare something I haven’t done to something you doing! I like doing the costumes but you are right doing both may have been too much. But we’ll never know.


  2. You think you’re wistful I wish you had taken the part and then I wouldn’t be doing it girlfriend.
    It’s fun but you would have been excellent and now they are stuck with me. However, I could never have helped with the costumes.
    So back I go to the book, would so rather be knocking back a few at a local pub but what the heck–next time you do it—PLEASE

  3. sounds like a very interesting life!

    now we need a picture of the new you. i’m stuck at 136 but still hoping to make it down to 125. i do a very strict diet during lent so that should help.

    have a great weekend!


    teresa en nagoya

  4. Contessa, thank you. looking back it’s probably all for the best that it didn’t work out, however I still feel a little wistful.

  5. Congratulations on being offered the part!

  6. correcto, Steve!!!


  7. And this is what we do with our days in Mexico.

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