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.


A Different Home In A Different Place

It is very close to 33 years ago a jet left Kotoka International Airport in Accra Ghana taking me away from the tropics never experienced since. Barring unforeseen circumstances it's not gonna make 34. Starting in Dec and through Feb the place you see below will be home. At this link is a description and more of the same used here.

 Needless to say I find this exciting. It will be very low key and non touristy. There is no car and it's a mile into this small city of Atenas that is noted for it's spring like climate year round.

I do not have to lock the door if I choose and English works but I will try to learn.

 The criteria set were rather broad several months ago when I really started looking at the possibilities for a place to hang for several months during next winter. Learned a lot and very briefly the search criteria used to find a place most of the time brought me to Costa Rica and Panama.

This is poor but you will get the idea.

Again it's all new this not working thing and to me so far after five months it's been much better than working. I am so fortunate that something like this can even be on the table and what's ahead this spring and summer as well. I'm lucky and I know that. It appears this can be done within the limited monthly income there is.

Public transit here we come. Bring it on!

Have a good one.


  1. I'm so excited for you! What a wonderful new adventure it will be.

    Love those petros. :)

  2. As the kids like to say, "Sweet!"

    1. and I forgot to say it certainly is "very sweet for me".

  3. Thanks Teresa and if anyone ever decides to NW Colorado and Dinosaur you will not be disappointed.

  4. A common saying in Ghana that I liked so much and still use and that is if something is real good that can be "toooo sweet"

    Another "life is sweet for you".

  5. The last time I was in Central America, I wasn't fortunate enough to be able to kick back, but I did get to spend a week in Oaxaca, mostly unbothered, that ranks as one of the best experiences of my life. I'd love to go back there again-and just stay there.

  6. Maybe I should solicit donations so I can experience some low-life activities.

  7. I thought that's what you were doing in Pueblo?

  8. Details.

    Send me details!!!!!!!!

    Envious S

  9. Lucky, lucky, you!!!!!


  10. Your gonna have a blast, I'm sure of it. Remember to take repellent :) Just my paranoid mind at work ...