Mahahual January 2016 Update

Things are real busy here in Mahahual now, cruise ship season is in high swing, and a lot of expats are in town for the winter.  There are cruise ships almost every day now, and I am meeting a lot of new people.

Last night I went to Padrinos to watch the Panthers-Cardinals NFL playoff game.  I walked in and sat down with a couple of my Mexican friends to watch the game.  I had not been there five minutes, when a young blond woman sitting at the table in front of mine, turned around and asked me if I was Stewart Rogers, the guy from South Carolina.  I told her yes I was, and she told me she was from South Carolina, and had read this blog.

Her name is Catherine Pjetraj, and she is originally from Chapin, South Carolina, and went to the Governor’s school in Greenville, South Carolina.  She is now a performer on the Oceania Regatta cruise ship.  She told me that the ship was in town for the day, so she Googled to find a place to watch the Panther game here in Mahahual.  She said my blog came up and she read my article about Padrinos being the place to watch football here in Mahahual.  She said she was surprised when she read the article to find out I was from South Carolina, and that I lived here.

She said she thought it was me because I walked in wearing a Carolina jersey.  She said she used to come into a business that I used to work at in Greenville all the time.  She is also a big South Carolina Gamecock fan like me.  We watched the game and talked, and then she and the other crew members took a cab back to their ship to head to Belize today.

Me, and Catherine Pjetraj from South Carolina at Padrinos.

Me, and Catherine Pjetraj from South Carolina at Padrinos.

Another funny thing also happened last week.  I ride my bike every day into town, and sometimes I stop at the lighthouse on the malecon, to take some photos, or just to enjoy the view.  Well I was sitting there on a bench, and a tour shuttle pulled up and stopped full of cruise ship tourists.  They do scenic tours of Mahahual now at the port, and they take tourists around in open shuttles and stop and different locations around Mahahual.

So I am sitting there, and the tour guide gets out and is showing the tourists the lighthouse and telling them about the reef, all in English of course.  Well the tour guide is an older Mexican man, and I have dealt with him in the past, and we now each other.  So as he is talking and giving his tour he turns and points to me and tells the tourists that this is an American guy who lives here, and writes about living here, and is quite popular on the internet.

Well I did not know what to say or do, and all of sudden tourists start my photo while I am sitting there on the beach.  They started asking me questions and stuff, and kind of were treating me like a celebrity.  I kind of got uncomfortable, so I said I had to go, and jumped on my bike and rode off.  I did not know or realize I have become part of the landscape here.

Cruise tourists on a tour at lighthouse.

Cruise tourists on a tour at lighthouse.

I am also meeting a lot of cruise ship tourists from all around the world on a daily basis.  I am also seeing a lot of repeat cruise ship tourists, who I have met in the past on cruises.  I have several people bringing me hats from their college or pro teams in the USA.  I am developing quite a collection.

Clay and Kathy Smilie from Baton Rouge, La. and me on the beach.  They brought me a LSU hat down.

Clay and Kathy Smilie from Baton Rouge, La. and me on the beach. They brought me a LSU hat down.

Melissa and Francisco Carranza brought me down this cool Illnois State hat.

Melissa and Francisco Carranza brought me down this cool Illinois State hat.

A ROTC student at the University of South Carolina gave me this Gamecock ROTC pin.

A ROTC student at the University of South Carolina gave me this Gamecock ROTC pin.

My first hat of the year, a Virginia Tech Hokie hat, brought to me by 2 blog readers that are here this week in Mahahual.

My first hat of the year, a Virginia Tech Hokie hat, brought to me by 2 blog readers that are here this week in Mahahual.

A woman on cruise ship from my hometown of Greenville, SC., showing a South Carolina shirt.

A woman on cruise ship from my hometown of Greenville, SC., showing a South Carolina shirt.

Some North Dakota State and South Dakota State fans here on a cruise.

Some North Dakota State and South Dakota State fans here on a cruise.

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So things are very hectic for me now here in Mahahual.  It is our busy season, and I am staying busy, and I like it.  I am way behind on articles and stuff for this blog, so there are no ships this week until Thursday, so I will be posting a lot of stuff over the next couple of days.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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