Last Night in Rosarito Beach so sad but Europe is calling for our gapyear experience

We have had a great 2 months here in Rosarito Beach Mexico.  It has been stunning to wake up each morning to the crashing waves just outside our bedroom.  Even on gray days the beach is always stunning.  I have made a lot of shell collage art that I have been giving away.  We have been eating great Mexican seafood almost everyday.  We could walk to 3 restaurants from our condo complex.  Popotla fishing village was a wonderful source of big shells and fresh fish.  We are sad to leave but now is the time to go home and prepare for the next part of our big adventure — the Europe senior gap year.

We went out to dinner this afternoon at one of our favorite seaside restaurants;  Splash.   We had steak for David and lobster for Linda   Click the link below to see the video, it ends with David sitting at our table in an orange shirt.

Tomorrow up early to pack car , check out and sit in line to cross the border.  Sunday is the worst day so we will be there a while.

Good bye Mexico…..packing at home…hello cruise….hello Rome…oh my!

European senior gap year trip planning is solidifying into a two month plan

As much fun as it has been to walk on the beach and take sunset and fish photos for two months, our time in Rosarito Beach is swiftly drawing to an end.  It is very sad to leave our cute condo above the Pacific Ocean.  We go home at the end of the week to prepare and pack  for the European gap year trip.

David has been working hard at looking at apartments to rent in Italy the last two months, and now all of our reservations are lined up for the first 2 months of the trip.  With the internet it is much simpler to plan and reserve places to stay in Europe. We found all three places on VRBO, HomeAway, or AirBnB.

The itinerary looks like this;  April 8 fly to Fort Lauderdale and board the Celebrity Constellation and cross the Atlantic in 13 days with stops at  Madeira, Gibraltar, and Alicante.  On the 22nd, we land in Rome and spend 7 days there.  Then on to Assisi for 3 days and then to Florence, my favorite city in Italy, for one month.  Wow, it is really hard to believe that in a month we will be in Rome.  I am so excited, and my camera is humming, ready to start to capture wonderful photos to share with you.

Here are a couple of photos of the sunset tonight in Mexico.long sunset 5x7 net only sunset 5x7 net

Good eating is inexpensive in Popotla Fishing Village, Rosarito,Mexico

Today we returned to the Popotla Fishing Village to collect some shells and purchase some fresh fish for lunch.  It is a fascinating place.  Many fishing families offer fresh fish for sale; some is on tables, some still in the boats, and in one case a we saw a pile of fish on a pile of ice in the back of a very much used van. We purchased a half-kilo of shrimp for $6 and a small cod (that the fisherman cleaned for us) for $1.  On the way home we stopped by our favorite small Mexican restaurant to purchase a cup of re fried beans, 4 fresh flour tortillas and 2 home made flan desserts for $8 more .  We went home and I made garlic shrimp and grilled fish for lunch. And there was still shrimp left over for 2 more meals. Yum, yum!  We have mainly eaten fish during the month and a half that we have been here.  It is fresh, inexpensive and plentiful.

While we were there we saw two healthy and grown up sea lions.  They were waiting for the leftovers from the fishermen.  Here are a couple of pictures of himsea lion face adult sea lion  Here are some pelicans also waiting for some tasty handouts.popotla pelicanspopotla village

A sandpiper, and crashing waves and sick sea lion pups

Sadly, this has been a record year for starving sea lion pups who come to shore because they are tired and hungry.  We have seen 2 here at our beach. The first one we found dead on the beach a couple of days later.  It is difficult  here because the nearest rescue is in Ensenada so there is little that can be done for these sweet babies.   Today,we sent a donation to the Orange county rescue service that has 88 sea lion pups in its shelter ( there have been 1800 rescued off the coast of California since Jan. of this year).  FYI  here is a link to the story http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/sea-lion-pups-stranded-california_n_6876076.html  . I could not bring myself to take a photo of the last stranded pup we saw on Sat.  I just hope he rested , got back out to sea, and found some food.

Here are some happier photos that I took in the last couple of days.  It has been overcast here at the beach , but even when it is grey and somewhat stormy the ocean and its creatures are beautiful.  Here is one of the sand pipers standing on one leg, they seem to like to do that. sandpiper 5x7 small_edited-1Here is a photograph of the crashing waves on the rock point at the southern end of our beach. slow crashing waves 5x7 small_edited-1Since the waves have been more rough the last few days we have seen more sea weed wash up on shore.  Here is a photo of a large seaweed pod.seaweed on shore  And I wanted  to leave you with a sunset photograph taken on a cloudy day.black sun stream 5x7 small