This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


Critters From Yesterday

A couple times during the season horse fly's pay a visit and are none too friendly.

I'm reminded of a story from West Africa when a friend and I were paddling our six boarder on the Volta River. As a general rule things are bigger in Africa and we were accosted by a horse fly at least two times bigger than this guy. I was able to deflect his attack and yelled to Charlie to look out and no more than a moment later heard a scream . Looked back and the blood was flowing already.

Took a chunk of meat out close to an eighth inch in diameter and the swelling was immediate reaching the size of a silver dollar.

Hurt like hell and sorry to be this way but happy it was him and not me. The eyes on this insect are something else. Click on the picture to see what I mean.

This spider was found on this flower of a weed almost matching the color. The spider survived the meat eater did not.

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