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Old 01-08-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Journeys in the sun

Well here we go again, I'm going to start posting up some pics and comments of my travels this year. I know there are lots of people trapped in the cold, waiting for their turn down south. Maybe this will give a glimmer of hope, some inspiration, and entertainment.

Since last year I worked more on the Spanish with Wilingua and Duolingo and I already see the difference and I have only been here a couple of days. Practical use will hopefully provide the key to increased fluency. There is so much a person will miss when they don't understand the local lingo.

I will try to keep things brief but informative. I am stopping by some old favorites and also looking for new experiences and if you are out and around where I am, then drop me a line so we can swap stories.



Me at a goat farm on the turn off to San Diego, Q. Roo, Central Yucatan, January 8th, 2017







The one I left behind....again.... sorry buddy
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Booooom.


Been waiting for this trip report.
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First days

Flight was uneventful but a half hour early due to favorable winds. They might have also brought the cold weather which followed shortly after. We landed about 7 pm.

I took the ADO bus south to PDC for 178 pesos but it had a few stops so by the time I got to PDC bus station and taxi to where I was staying it was almost 10pm.

Stayed at an airbnb place, $35.00 CDN, last minute booking.

Cozy, private, secure, Mexican family.







Had this shower water heater thing I had never seen before.




I was only a block from the El Fogon at 30th avenida and calle 32 so I went for one of my favorites.




Queso fudido con chorizo, with choco milk to drink
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Been waiting for this trip report.
Thanks Loomis, see you soon, and we will have our own adventures..
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I know for a lot of people PDC is the destination. But for me it is a staging area, a jumping off point. I need to get away from the tourist zone but also from the city. I come from a small town and it's in small towns where I am most comfortable or somewhere away from the crowd.

There is also a 10% tax on rental cars at the airport. So the next day I rented this VW crossfox in PDC. The one last year had a sunroof but they told me they no longer have them that way... awww... nuts!




The gas price had recently risen and there were protests around and station closures. The car came to me on empty.
I filled it up and went around stocking up on supplies and went by Rubios for a beer (s) and to pick up my coffee maker.
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Next morning I left for Jose Maria Morelos, which is in the central Yucatan. So first I went south, past Tulum to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, which the locals just call Carrillo and then turned west onto hiway 184.

They have completed the toll booths for the hiway south to Chetumal, but just after the redirection towards them you can veer left and go around them. I took that short bypass towards Merida and then cut back to 184 just to miss the congestion downtown. Some pollo asados at a roadside stand and then onto the bridge over the toll hiway.



View from the bridge looking north.





Bomberos dealing with a roadside fire






The jail cell they put you in if you are caught speeding.. Lol
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Its funny but in some ways a year is a long time, and in others... No. It seemed to take forever for me to get back here but so familiar to be cruising the back highway into Maya land.
My hosts at the B&B had been telling me some of the modern legends. One of them was about a spirit of a woman that lives in the Ceiba tree. If a man is out drinking when the moon is full, she leaves her tree to follow and seduce him. When she wraps her arms around him, she envelops him and sends tendrils down his nose and mouth and the men are found in the morning suffocated... dead.
Mental note to self.. no drinking on the full moon.

Coming north towards Jose Maria Morelos (just called Morelos by locals) I was stopped by a truck coming south flashing his lights. People protesting the gas price hike had blocked the highway south of town. A taxi with fare stopped behind me and a brief conference ensued. The guy on board the taxi knew a way around the block so he got in my car and we took a side road and turned off onto a jungle track.



At times the brush closed in densely on the sides and rose up high in the center scraping the underside of the vehicle and my passenger laughed when I told him the car was rented. Now and again we came to areas more open and with a few trees under cultivation... of a sort.







Eventually we came out of the jungle into the outskirts of Morelos and I found the town and highway there were full of trucks and cars held up by the roadblock. When I found my buddy Mario, him and his friends were amazed to see me and told me that not many people knew the way over the "monte".

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And then I met Jesus

We all went over to Jesus's place where he did a big cook up of various meats with sauces, and bowls of beans. We sat around drinking cerveza and scooping up meat, beans and spiced carrots with tortillas, stuffing the dripping masses into our mouth's.





Even the parrot had a bite or two.





Jesus made up some white conch ceviche, out of some conch which he had bought near Chetumal and was apparently prohibited. I think he said harvesting was only allowed on the red, and black conches but the flavor of the white was far superior.





We talked and drank into the darkness and this guy named Ricky Ricardo showed up, unable to believe that Mario had a friend from Canada. He wanted me to head off to a strip club with him, but I was not into it being all wore out from travelling. I went back to the hotel and fell into a deep sleep. I had not paid for anything that night and was treated as an honored guest.

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So happy to see you are back GaryD! Sure been waiting for this while we sit here in the deep freeze getting dumped on by shit loads of snow. Glad you arrived safe and sound. Have been hearing of trouble in Playa but so far it hasn't really affected you much which is great. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and look so forward to lots more!
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So happy to see you are back GaryD! Sure been waiting for this while we sit here in the deep freeze getting dumped on by shit loads of snow. Glad you arrived safe and sound. Have been hearing of trouble in Playa but so far it hasn't really affected you much which is great. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and look so forward to lots more!
Yes there were some blockages around the highways in this area, but the government promised to pay the indios (sp?) some money on wed. in centro here in Morelos, so looks like it might get worked out.
Its not super hot around here either and I was wearing jeans yesterday. Still better than the deep freeze.
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Thank you for posting about your travels again this year. Always a pleasure to read about them.

About the Duolingo, what percentage fluent do think you need to be at before you can attempt to converse with someone and how long do you use it each day?

It tried to teach me how to say I want more grapes in my cake last week.
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That ceviche has my mouth watering......great pics!!!
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I look forward to reading about your travels, beautiful pictures.
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Thank you for posting about your travels again this year. Always a pleasure to read about them.

About the Duolingo, what percentage fluent do think you need to be at before you can attempt to converse with someone and how long do you use it each day?

It tried to teach me how to say I want more grapes in my cake last week.


Duolingo fluency ratings


But seriously, Duolingo is a great tool, but just laugh at their fluency ratings and keep practicing! (and read Spanish news, and watch Spanish language TV, and practice some more!)


(And I love this trip report series)
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Good Start Gary, 6 inches of new snow here.
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