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Great start!!

Hope you are feeling well!
Both myself and Abril are feeling a lot better. We should try to get to Merida this time.
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Always like to read along on a good trip report...especially one such as this from off the beaten track and from a very different perspective than usual......sonofdob
I catch your drift, every one of us has a different vision of the way our time off should pass. Some like resorts, some like to stay in one place the whole time. I like to travel around and see how the locals live and check out different places, and have "adventures".

Knowing a bit of Spanish has certainly helped a lot and I would miss so much if I didn't have as much as I do... hard for me to learn though.
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So happy you decided to take the time to create another trip report Gary your photo's are always so wonderful and you are very well spoken..gracias
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Woohoo!!!! Keep this going Gary

This report of yours keeps me going through the cold winter here in Md

Thanks ,and safe journeys !!!
I will try to keep a bit posted each day.
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After being sick and stuck in the room for so long and not going out, as soon as I started to feel better my feet got itchy. We did go up to Dizuche and visit Petty (a lady who lives there) one day and you know she lives from just raising a few chickens and turkeys in a pen out back of her shack. I don't see how she can survive with two sons on just that..

And I didn't visit the cantina's much when sick.. all that wasted time.


Here's a shot of some rib style botanas.





In the cantina's there, every cerveza (at 17 pesos) comes with some kind of snack, botanas! There are many different kinds.
Dcor in those places is lacking and they frequently are full of drunks but everyone seems to get along. April had one old cowboy chasing her heavy in there for dancing and when Mario and I told him she was a single widow he got even more attentive. We had some good laughs over it. "You guys are no help at all!" says April.
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So we packed up and headed on down to Chetumal with Mario and some bamboo samples that this guy in Canada wants for testing. Mario had met up with him in Canada when he was visiting me in the summer and got hired to get this done. Since the samples were at various stages of "ripeness" there was concern over bacteria and he had to get it passed some sort of revision. Just looked like red tape to me.


Remember Mario from a couple years ago?





Him playing "Capone" target shooting behind mi casa.





I could see why these bamboo samples didn't look too good.






We parted company with Mario in Chetumal and wandered out to Calderitas for seafood.
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Woo Hoo, Yippee! I'm so happy that you are going to entertain us all again with your great sense of travel. I love your photos and stories. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Went to that turtle place again.





And had these small lobsters for 140 pesos.





And Abril had the prawn balls.






I thought they were awful big for prawns and then we discovered the prawns were actually inside.





The building along the waterfront looks finished, but sadly it is not accessible.






Stopped for drinks....

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Woo Hoo, Yippee! I'm so happy that you are going to entertain us all again with your great sense of travel. I love your photos and stories. Thanks for taking the time to share.
Oh Ann, your part of the reason I'm posting again. Thanks for your encouragement.
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I seem to be having issues with flicker and photo management. They will have to stay this size.

If you haven't been to the Scottish restaurant here (McDonalds), you might want to stop by for a cheese pie. Just something different.




In Chetumal, I have been staying at an air bnb which is inexpensive and can give some insight into regular Mexican lifestyle. A lot of people down there have a lot of stuff worth stealing or are really security conscious as they ring themselves in with razor wire.




And a trip down to Chetumal might as well include a swim at Pal Mar which I have mentioned before I'm sure. Water boils out of the ground and runs through ponds on its way to the Rio Honda. There is sometimes a guy there offering boat trips down and around the river.
To get to Pal Mar turn south (left) at Ucum





until left at this sign.




Entrance is a whopping 10 pesos per person and 10 pesos to park.





Its popular with families and we were offered cooked chicken and candies by one family.












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Another family tradition for folks in Chetumal is going to Parque Del Queso (park of the cheese?) for the famous hot dogs available there.

Just a simple stand but a huge lineup can form, best get there early.





Hot dogs can come various ways. This one is loaded up and with onions and cheese.





Cant quite remember now but I think they were 20 pesos.




Another thing that might seem common but can be a bit hard to find is fresh pineapple juice, commonly sold in bottles along the roadside. Be sure to give it a try.

Well its 9:45 am in Tuxtla and we are off to the big Mercado and to drink even more Chiapean coffee. post up later.

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Another family tradition for folks in Chetumal is going to Parque Del Queso (park of the cheese?) for the famous hot dogs available there.

Just a simple stand but a huge lineup can form, best get there early.





Hot dogs can come various ways. This one is loaded up and with onions and cheese.





Cant quite remember now but I think they were 20 pesos.




Another thing that might seem common but can be a bit hard to find is fresh pineapple juice, commonly sold in bottles along the roadside. Be sure to give it a try.

Well its 9:45 am in Tuxtla and we are off to the big Mercado and to drink even more Chiapean coffee. post up later.


Gary forgot to mention that the hotdogs were wrapped in bacon - everything tastes better with bacon, - and came with freshly made potato chips! We wont discuss the number of calories contained therein!
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You sent her on her way?!
You lead, she follows?
Well...interesting start unless youre a woman
If you travelled with Gary you would want him to lead, too. Ive followed him into some of the damnest places - places Id never go alone - but Ive had the best of experiences! My favourite saying is, Im a willing participant!
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The run across the bottom of the Yucatan peninsula can seem long at 4 1/2 hours according to google and I've found these days that longer journeys just take so much out of me, its best to stop along the way. Every time I have gone this way there is a soldier checkpoint where they just question where you are coming from and going to.... not sure why, and there seems to be always a few tourists, look to be from Europe.

West of Xpujil, we stopped at Chicanna to walk around the ruins, famous for "the house of the serpent mouth"




Quite ornate carvings.



Some with remnants of red dye still on them.




A few other buildings...










Only two other people around. And some nice plantings.






They want an extra 40 pesos if you are going to use a video camera.




I am writing this about 8:30 am, Jan 21st in Tuxtla, Chiapas and we are leaving for Puerto Arista area on the coast. Hopefully there is internet there.
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Gary, thanks for posting up again, you and Abril are doing a great job, very interesting and a joy to view.
Maybe its time to buy your casa down there, pretty sure you would enjoy it, again thankyou.
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I enjoy your trip reports!! Thanks for starting a new one.
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