11:55 am. Yes, it's still morning on the ship, although outside in town it's an hour later. We've been instructed to stay on ship's time, though.
Puerto Vallarta (the part of it we visited anyway) is busier, cleaner and more crowded than what we saw of Mazatlán yesterday. The people are still friendly (some a little too friendly), but the atmosphere is a little more intense, as I suppose you should expect of a city built on tourism. Mazatlán's major industry is still fishing; I don't think that's the case with Puerto Vallarta.
When I woke up at 8:00 am, we were already docked, with a slightly smaller Danish ship next to us. (We are Norwegian, by the way.) By lucky coincidence I was able to hook up with Tammy and David again. Eric was still in bed when we left, and no one else seemed to be around.
We decided to walk, and then we decided not to walk. It was a good decision. The four-dollar taxi ride was well worth it, especially in the morning heat and humidity.
We found the downtown shopping district and walked the streets, just as we'd done in the other ports. I was grateful to have someone to follow. David had been here once before, but it was for his high school senior trip, and so some of his memories are a little fuzzy. For example, he wasn't sure exactly which table in Carlos O'Brian's he was dancing on when he broke his finger. He did remember the hospital where he had it re-set, though.
We enjoyed the local color, but there are only so many jewelry shops and T-shirt places you can look at before you've had enough. We stopped at Hooter's for a soft drink on our way out, and we had lunch at Carlos O'Brian's on our way back to the ship. Both are on the road which runs along the beach, which is where we mostly stayed.
I'm back on the ship writing this. I've already showered once, and I think another turn in the shower might be in my future. Tammy and David wanted to go out to the beach, but I'm pretty sure I'm finished with my shore visit. I'm sitting in a lounge on deck 4, looking out at the beautiful harbor. I might just be here a while.