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.


Paapa Yankson-One Fly And A Flute

Over 30 years ago on the bus to Accra from Winneba to eventually return to the states I shared a seat with Paapa Kofi Yankson. That experience made me question whether I should be leaving Ghana.

From Winneba Paapa was attending the National Academy of Music located in his home town. Already an accomplished musician he wanted to learn to play the flute so he would be able to incorporate this into his music which he has done.

I have searched for videos of this man but always came up empty. Today I got there by accident and those memories and his music brought a tear to my eye. This is a great song and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

As a side note. I left Ghana from Kotoka airport just like the underwear bomber did. I paid for my ticket in cash. FYI to this day that is still the only way you will purchase a ticket. No plastic allowed.


  1. Memories huh? That was pretty good, it reminded me of old Cuban music. It pisses me off you mention having to pay in cash and no one ever mentioned that in regard to the underwear bomber.

  2. you know I've noticed that when I listen to music from countries that are not eager nor going headlong towards capitalism seem to have a more melodic tone and our music is more edgy and sharp to the ear. It's like they have less tension in their bodies and seem more relaxed and, well are melodic and simple.

  3. I think it was Jim but miss what is brought up here. I got that from two Ghanaian bloggers.

    That really interesting Russ.

  4. I love to hear African music, such sweet harmonies.

    If you ever get stuck on something to write about, I'd love to hear about your adventures in West Africa. Just saying.

  5. Holte-I forgot the first time you mentioned that and I will look at my pictures and tell you a story soon. There is one I have touched on where I say a spirit interacted with me and no one says boo when I mention that. I think they think I'm a nutter. Thanks.