Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Hotel Garden is a Pleasant Oasis

In Leon I'm staying at the Casona Colonial, a very nice old-fashioned hotel set in a traditional courtyard structure owned by a man of retirement age who appears, perhaps, to be a widower.  It's a bit of an oddity to see a man running a small hotel when this business is largely dominated by women.

Our man spends his days reading the newspaper, La Prensa in his case.  He listens to the local talk radio.  And now, with the opening of the 2010 World Cup soccer championship tournament in South Africa,  he's been watching some of the matches on TV.

A woman (his daughter? a hired hand?) comes early in the morning to cook & clean, but she's usually out of there by 3 or 4 p.m.

The garden in the courtyard is one of the most beautiful I've seen with multi colored flowers, a mango tree, and another fruit tree, of what I haven't yet identified.  There are at least two turtles living there.  The ambiance in the garden is very refreshing after a long day in the heat around 4 or 5 p.m. when a sudden thunderstorm drenches there area so quickly it catches me off guard.

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