Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We just arrived
from Guadalajara to the
City of Morelia, Michoacan in Central
Mexico. A friend came to join us on our trip and after getting all settled
in, we decided to go find a place for Happy Hour.
Jardin de las Rosas!
Jardin de las Rosas
Restaurants and cafes,
table after table, this outdoor seating runs from one end of the block to
Each place serves a
different type of food, and pricing varies slightly.
It's relaxing to be
able to sit down in this garden area, listen to music, people watch, and have
a Mexican brew.
As is common in Mexico,
wandering minstrels play for tips. Their music adds a lovely atmosphere to
the already beautiful garden setting. You can hear the water splashing from
the fountain and enjoy letting your mind drift.
On weekends, artists
set up displays of their wares, which may be sculptures or paintings.
Have a cup of coffee
from one of the cafes or an iced beverage and drink in the tranquility.
More flowers in a wrought iron
This charming area is known for its
On Thursdays at 8p.m., there is a free
music performance given by the Conservatory of Roses, a music school located
La Guarecita de las Rosas
This sign is missing a few letters but
the meaning is "Little Roses." Along with the music school located here,
there is also a church dedicated to Santa Rosa de Lima, from where the
tranquil park gets its name.
A sample menu
Here you can purchase a plate of cold
meats and cheeses for under $9USD. Chicken wings in various sauces run about
$4.50. Cheese fingers are just over $3USD, and a plate of Mexican Nachos
goes for $6 bucks.
Handsome, charming waiter serving wine
When in Mexico, the beverage of choice is
beer. Mexico has great beers and offers them 2-for-1 at happy hour all over
the country. Generally the wine is nondescript, but it is often ridiculously
priced for what you receive.
However, sometimes the carbonation of
beer does not sit well with my stomach, so this happy hour, I asked the
waiter if the wine was 2-for-1 also. He assured me it was. I asked again to
clarify and "yes, yes," the price is "dos por uno."
Surprised, but pleased, I order a glass
of white wine while my buddies are drinking their beers.
See how pleased I am?
So I enjoy my wine, listen to the music,
people-watch, and completely relax.
Akaisha, Ron and Billy at Happy Hour
The boys received a bucket of beer at the
2-for-1 price, and I order a second wine, as the waiter and I had agreed
However... that handsome, charming,
twinkly-eyed young man... was incorrect about my wine being a Happy Hour
deal. Each glass of wine I ordered was three times the price of a single
When Akaisha learned her wine was NOT 2-for-1
I don't know how Billy got this photo of
me, but it seemed perfect to place here and share with you, as basically,
that was my impression when we received our bill!
The waiter and I had a "little
discussion" and he was remorseful, but the total of the bill stayed the
same. Of course, in the end the bill was completely affordable, but that
wasn't the point.
I can only say that in my experience,
Happy Hour drinks vary from place to place, but they rarely include the wine
You are better off drinking 2-for-1
tequilas or 2-for-1 rums!
But in any case, enjoy yourself! It's not
worth the few pesos to be upset.
Jardin de las Rosas
Calle de Santiago Tapia 319, Centro
Histórico, 58000 Morelia, Michoacan
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