My friend Christina, along with her mom, Maureen, drove down from Monrovia for her annual oncology check-up. After surviving breast cancer six years ago she is still free of the disease. One more year of no cancer and she would then graduate to no more yearly check-ups.
In celebration of her good news my mom and I met them in Old Town for a quick lunch before they drove back home to L.A. Since my mom and I got there a bit early we walked around, enjoying some of the smells, sights and sounds of Old Town, including a one-man band playing central and south American music. I even videoed him on my cell phone performing “El Condor Pasa” which I posted on my YouTube channel. My mom and I also talked to a woman who worked in the Casa de Aguirre souvenir store. She was originally from Brazil and has been here already a few years. Also in the same store was a group of touring Hungarians whom my mom ended up talking to for a while. They were trying to pay for items with pennies and nickels. We met and chatted with two others from the same group later at the the restaurant.
We finally met up with Christina and her mom at The Alamo Mexican Restaurant right on the main street the runs through Old Town. The food was a little dry but still pretty good and they are the cheapest and possibly the friendliest eatery in the area. My shrimp burrito was so big I had to take half of it home.
We had a really good time helping Christina celebrate this important milestone of her now being a six year cancer survivor.