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Casa Las Rocas

Written on: Sunday October 18th, 2009

A journal entry from: Cycle Mexico - Panama

3rd - 14th October

Our plan was to try and hitch hike to a town fairly nearby and then catch the bus from there. However after about one and a half hours waiting by the side of the road for a ride we needed a new plan! Andy went to the hotel to arrange a lift to the nearest town, but when we got there the last bus had just left. We then hitched a ride in the back of truck for a couple of km and got dropped off in another small town. It was getting late and we were many miles from where we needed to be. We noticed a couple of car hire agencies and so we thought that we would give them try. Fortunately we managed to rent a small jeep from one of them, and could drop it of in Montezuma. Perfect! We would make it that night and be in the house we were renting the next day.

The next day we were so excited we got up really early to have breakfast before we went to the house. As we left the hostel that we had stayed in the previous night we saw a troop of howler monkeys in the trees just above us. They were peacefully sleeping, sometimes waking to scratch themselves.  

After breakfast, at a restaurant seemingly colonised by large birds known as magpie-jays, we drove to the house we would be living in for the next 10 days. The drive, a few km along the dirt road, to the house was amazing with beautiful beaches and almost turquoise sea. When we got to the house we so happy that it looked as it did on the pictures, perhaps even better, and that it was right by the sea. There was a perfect, covered, outside eating area and the kitchen looked great. We were really looking forward to cooking as we had been eating in restaurants, or camp food, all the rest of the time. 

The surroundings looked fantastic. We had our own beach, beautiful rocky garden and sea views from the house. We knew we were going to have a great stay. Most of the time we hung out on the beach, playing beach tennis, reading, swimming and relaxing. We spent lots of time observing the animals around. We saw different hummingbirds, woodpeckers, tiger herons, bats living in the house, monkeys, iguanas, squirrels and one night a large racoon came right up to us where we sitting to have a look. One of the dogs from next door came to visit us every day, and we became good friends, possibly due to the fact we liked to feed him. We named him Sausage due to his girth, and we were very sad when we had to leave him. We cooked every night, and often for lunch as well. It was great to be able to eat some 

of our favourite food that we love to cook. Luckily we had been able to get hold of most of the ingredients that we wanted in the local supermarkets.

Unfortunately we had some sad news while we were staying at the house. Andy's grandfather, Norman, had died back in England, but we didn't know until several days later as we didn't have access to email, or a working phone. It was sad to hear and be so far away when this happened but after having the phone replaced we managed to speak a lot with Andy's family and decided not to return for the funeral. Andy was happy that he could send some words to be read out at the funeral so that at least we could be there in spirit. 

However we have some very happy news too ..... we are engaged!!!!!!!!

At dusk one evening I enticed Yasmin down to the sea front with promise of some snacks (no other way to get her down there :)  I had been quite nervous all day, and thought that she may have noticed that I may have been behaving oddly, running down to the beach with cool boxes etc, but she hadn't noticed anything was up.

On the beach I had prepared some candles (romantic atmosphere), strawberries (difficult to get, thought she would appreciate the effort), champagne (at least something to drink either way), a ring (cheap one in case she said no) and a spot to go down on one knee. I was so happy when she said yes, and we celebrated all night.

As a reply to Andy I just want to say that it was so romantic! The ring is wonderful and that it's from here in Montezuma makes it even more special. 

We were very sad to leave the house, as it is so wonderful, and has become a very special place for us. However we take with us great memories of the engagement and really look forward to the wedding! 



From Matt P on Oct 19th, 2009

Alright - testing 1,2,3 - ruff like a ninja, stinging like a bee. Woohoo, Congratulations!!!!! (just checking this post actually works, if it does will write more)....... Very happy for you both - we'll raise a glass tonight. Love Matt & Gwendoline xxx

From Giggi on Oct 20th, 2009

Vad romantiskt! Ser underbart ut. Grattis till förlovningen!

From Jean and Barrie on Oct 21st, 2009

Just thought I would write our congratulations on the blogg although we have congratulated you both over the phone. We are absolutely thrilled and delighted! When we heard the news Aldus went running out to buy champagne and we have raised numerous glasses since then!! Much love to you both.

From Susanna on Oct 21st, 2009

Ooooh congratulations!!! I am so happy for you! But i hope you don't plan to get married in secret over there...anyway, i can't stop smiling :-) lots of loooove!

From Louise A on Oct 22nd, 2009

Many congrats to you both. Sorry I haven't written sooner. xx

From Erik & Jenny on Oct 26th, 2009

Grattis till förlovningen!

From Lina L on Oct 30th, 2009

Åh! Det ser så underbart romantiskt ut!! Ni gör verkligen en avundsvärd resa... Stort grattis till förlovningen!

From Issy on Nov 1st, 2009

I hope you are having a nice time. I am missing Andy and Yasmin. When are you coming home? I've been waiting and waiting! I am very excited about the wedding and can't wait to be a flower girl. I like Yasmin's ring.

From Andy & Yasmin on Nov 1st, 2009

Thank you everyone for your nice comments!