4/16/17
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.

11/16/10

Wag What?

From a post at Reality Zone a comment has turned into a post. A short video on the ongoing attempts to slow down or stop the encroachment of the Sahara further south. My comment corrects a mispronunciation and tells a short story about two of the primary cities in Burkina-Faso.The video is from ViewChange.org.



Efforts to stop or slow the encroachment of the Sahara into the Sahel has been going on for decades. Similar plans and the same rhetoric. It's so important they are successful but up to now they have not been and I'm sure climate change has been the problem child in these efforts.

A correction about the pronunciation of the capitol of what was formerly Upper Volta. Very interesting name. Ouagadougou is pronounced Wagadugu or if you've been around for a while just Waga.

In the late 70's took RAN (Railroad Abidjan Niamey) from Waga down to Bobo which is the former provincial capitol. Bobo was short for Bobo-Dioulasso the last part pronounced dealasso. Long e and two short a's.

Both of these names are way too cool and Bobo was a special place for me. When you're a white boy and have a bit of money one of the poorest places on the planet can be good for you. I ate better during those 10 days or so than I did down in Ghana. Mostly Muslim but it was easy finding a cold beer. The French are good about that.

Had not planned on staying that long and when leaving met two other PC buds just getting off the train after traveling in Mali and seeing the Dogon's. Ended up staying another week It was fun but tough travel. The train was the best. In fact it was damn nice! Something we could use here.

The good times.

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