Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas in La Paz, Baja Sur

Arrived into La Paz on December 20.  This is a rather large (for southern Baja) city filled with lots of Americans who either live or vacation here. There are plenty of Americano-type restaurants too, although we try not to frequent those. 

Hot fresh-water land showers and laundry were first on the list of treats.  Walked the malecon and enjoyed the Christmas lights and decorations. Ate at a favorite restaurant, Rancho Viejo, which has the best and least expensive arrachera (marinated beef) around!  Throughout the days leading up to Christmas we decorated our boat with lights and drawings by Chandler, made Christmas cookies, spent time strolling through town, and once Christmas arrived we even had our own version of a Christmas tree ..a put a few gifts around.

Streets of La Paz...a bit chaotic!

Street vendors just before Christmas...

Chandler baking Christmas cookies

                                               Before and....

...after opening packages.

A Christmas day pot-luck dinner was a wonderful way to share the holiday spirit and meet new and old friends.  The kids got to take a swing at the pinata. Henry hit the side of a cement building.  Thinking he had hit "pay dirt", he continued whacking away at it until the crowd screamed loud enough to get him to STOP!  The bat he was using broke and the crowd when into hysterics. 

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