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Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Mexico on Five Dollars A Day in Acapulco", Away From Home, Lynn Cohen


I'm still traveling in Mexico. I got on another bus in Mexico City and traveled alone this time to Acapulco. A tourist paradise. Before leaving home I had worked hard for a year and a half and saved my money. I was following a book called "Mexico on Five Dollars a Day" and I was doing that or better. After a night in a pension, I discovered that I could "rent" a thatched roof on the beach for a few centavos a day, sleep in the hammock at night, and bask in the sun in the day. I got the best tan I've ever had in my life that week in Acapulco. The Senora, who owned the kiosk on the beach, fried the fish her sons would catch early in the morning. She'd sell me a plate of beans, fresh fish, and home made corn tortillas. Bottled water with fresh lime was my drink of choice. I was in heaven. The meal was delicious and under $1. Brunch.

I drew this partially from a non-copyright photo I found on line and my imagination/memory. Unfortunately I haven't or have not found any photos I took from this trip.
(It was 54 years ago/1960-1).

Farber-Castell PITT artist pen, black, SX
Winsor & Newton watercolors

15 comments:

  1. this is such a fab entry and sketch. is this your cheapest trip lynn? delicious food too!

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    1. I'm sure it was my cheapest trip ever Elisa. I saved $1600 before I left on my travels and I believe I spent a whopping $300 in Mexico in three weeks time. Unbelievable in todays times, yes? And yes, freshly caught and cooked fish was awesome. Fresh limes too. I can almost still taste it. No wonder I have a love of Mexican food today.

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    2. And the rest of that money got me to Europe and Israel and part way back to the US several years later!!!!

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  2. Sunny days and wonderful memories! Sunny sketch too. I love the turquoise water!

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    1. Thanks Sirkka, reliving all these memories is really fun for me.

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  3. Great memories of traveling when you were young. I love the sketch that includes just about everything you needed. lol I did "Europe on $5 a Day."

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    1. Right, I had all my belongings in that big Mexican shopping bag I bought at a market there. Bathing suit, towel, a pair of jeans and a shirt and a couple of sets of underwear was about it. A book to read, I always had a book. And my camera. I didn't draw back then unfortunately. Oh and "Mexico on Five Dollars a Day!!" LOL

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  4. What terrific memories. I'm loving these colours you've used :-)

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    1. Thanks Ann. It was a very colorful time in my life. Oh to be young again! ;-)

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  5. You sound like you really had a lot of fun during that time. Ah yes, to be young again. On the other hand it's best to remember all the good time and have stories to tell your children. Very nice drawing. You look very relaxed tanning. tee hee.

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    1. I did have a lot of fun back then. And I was probably the most relaxed I've ever been in my life. I did not have a care in the world, except when to eat next. LOL

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  6. Wonderful memory sketch. What an adventure. Such a brave thing to do.

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    1. I guess it was brave then Fran. I don't remember feeling that way. I just DID it! LOL

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  7. Cute sketch. What memories you have. Times were different in those days. I think we all were more innocent then. You will have lots to sketch for this theme. :)

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  8. Thanks Cris. It was an innocent time for me and as luck would have it I felt watched over in the most appropriate ways. I had wonderful adventures and came away unscathed. Glad you like the sketch.

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