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Still Pierless in Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, September 05, 2019, 10:45 (12 days ago)

It would've been a perfect night's sleep except for the drunk who went down the streets at 3:30 in the morning shouting obscenities, pounding on doors, kicking cars, and throwing garbage cans in the street. Not a Guardia Nacional or policía in sight. Damn disappointing. Where's a good bottle rocket when you need one?

The other day a reporter on the Weather Channel was standing on a Florida beach talking about how the storm driven waves were like the Pacific. Uh, no. That's why it's called the Pacific. Most of the year it is an extremely calm ocean like no other in the world. I loved the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico was okay until it got so polluted, but I never liked the Atlantic with its waves too close together. But there's nothing like the tranquility of the Pacific. Even though it's near the peak of the hurricane season, you could water ski in our bay this morning.

Fishermen were out in force looking for both baitfish and their daily sustenance.
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Today the grúa was back on the pier unloading another shipment of pilotes. Lots of sand had been dug up to try to free the Flexifloat. Let's see if they have better luck today at least moving it a little further out before loading the grúa back onto it.
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Still Pierless in Zih

by zulualpha, Friday, September 06, 2019, 19:02 (11 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Good photo of the "pier-that-one-day-will-be." Good question might be, given that there are two cruise ships due here in less than one month: where are those vessels going to unload those hundreds upon hundreds of souvenir-hunting folks that downtown merchants hope will arrive? Does the port captain have an answer?

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Cruise Ship Chaos

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, September 06, 2019, 19:22 (11 days ago) @ zulualpha

Good photo of the "pier-that-one-day-will-be." Good question might be, given that there are two cruise ships due here in less than one month: where are those vessels going to unload those hundreds upon hundreds of souvenir-hunting folks that downtown merchants hope will arrive? Does the port captain have an answer?

I thought I'd already answered this but maybe not.

The cruise ships due to arrive next month will offload their passengers via tenders at the Puerto Mío wharf. This has been used before though because of the single lane road the buses have a bit of a challenge. And since people are bussed instead of being able to simply walk from the wharf to downtown, the downtown waterfront merchants will lose a lot of sales they would normally get. The disembarking tourists will likely all have pre-purchased tours, probably mostly to Ixtapa.

It'll work, but it'll be a bit chaotic. We've seen this movie before. The biggest challenge will be to our Tránsitos having to manage the traffic on the one-lane road to Puerto Mío. I've seen buses have to go in reverse down much of the length of that road. Scary! I'd rather walk the road (and I used to several times a day when I lived where Puerto Mío is 44 years ago before there was a road). ;-)

Cruise Ship Chaos

by zulualpha, Friday, September 06, 2019, 20:18 (11 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

What´s a catchy phrase in Spanish for cruise ship chaos x 2? Because, according to the schedule listed on this site, there are TWO cruise ships due in this port, with no adequate pier, on the same day - Oct. 5th. Given the logistical challenges you have outlined, and the frustrations that cruise ship passengers are sure to experience, do we think they will report favorably on their Zihuatanejo experience? Certain European tourist destinations are looking to LIMIT tourism, we are told. For tips on how to do that, European tourism planners might visit Zihua on Oct. 5th.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Friday, September 06, 2019, 20:22 (11 days ago) @ zulualpha

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Cruise Ship Chaos

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, September 06, 2019, 22:19 (11 days ago) @ zulualpha

What´s a catchy phrase in Spanish for cruise ship chaos x 2? Because, according to the schedule listed on this site, there are TWO cruise ships due in this port, with no adequate pier, on the same day - Oct. 5th. Given the logistical challenges you have outlined, and the frustrations that cruise ship passengers are sure to experience, do we think they will report favorably on their Zihuatanejo experience? Certain European tourist destinations are looking to LIMIT tourism, we are told. For tips on how to do that, European tourism planners might visit Zihua on Oct. 5th.

I don’t understand your pessimism. While I expect there to be some logistical problems, chaos is normal here where the only other condition seems to be extreme tranquility. It’s a natural state in the physical and social world. Life in Zihuatanejo is mostly long periods of blissful tranquility interspersed with periods of brief chaos. Daily life here is chaos in slow motion. I don’t expect both ships to show up, but the last time I checked that’s what their official itineraries said. And if they do both show up I expect there will be some heavy traffic for a while on the Puerto Mío road both arriving and leaving, but we’ve received 2 and even 3 ships at a time here, and local tour operators know the dance steps to this tune pretty well.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Saturday, September 07, 2019, 11:01 (10 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Today is yet another one of those blissfully tranquil days. LOVE IT!!

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by Gregorio M. @, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Saturday, September 07, 2019, 10:11 (10 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Years ago our daughter was married at La Calla. Most of the guests were staying in Ixtapa and they were bussed to the ceremony. When they arrived they were all talking about how amazing the bus drivers are in Zihua, as their bus met another bus on the road leading to La Calla AND there were vehicles parked along the side of the road as well. :-o Not a scratch on either bus or the vehicles. They said it would have been easy to have a conversation with the passengers on the other bus as they made their way past each other with only inches to spare.