We’ve really been enjoying our time in Mexico so far! We’ve had some fantastic meals (look for a recap sometime in the next couple of weeks). The weather has been lovely, and our schedule has been a nice mix of fun activities and “down time.” Above, a walk along the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta at sunset.
You’ve Been Asking…
Some of you have asked about the coronavirus situation. As far as I know, the number of cases in Mexico is minimal. The mood here is what I’d describe is “aware, but not worried.” Almost all of the restaurants and shops we’ve visited (and even booths at the mercados) have a dispenser of hand sanitizer on the counter or at the entrance. According to my SIL, that’s nothing new, and has been a common practice here for some years.
In addition to washing our hands regularly and thoroughly, I keep a package of sanitizing wipes in my bag.
After I mentioned we’d purchased fresh berries at the local farmers’ market, someone wondered if it was safe to eat fresh produce in Mexico. Though that may have been an issue at one time, it’s no longer an automatic no-no. The resort where we’re staying, and most local establishments in this area, now filter their water, so it’s safe to drink (and wash produce with). But it depends on the region, so check before you go, or drink. But we’ve had no issues so far.
From the farmacia…
I’d heard from friends and family that one could often purchase prescription medications over the counter here, and for much less. I didn’t think much about it until I saw a sign at the local farmacia listing Retin-A as one of the medications they offered. I asked, and found that I could get the same strength that I use at home for about 1/6 of what I pay in California! (It’s not covered by my heath insurance.) So I bought two, which is enough for the better part of a year.
France’s pharmacies still reign supreme when it comes to skincare, though. 😉