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.


62 Miles And 61 Degrees

At the CDOT weather station not far away on I25 it's a balmy 40* compared to what it's like 62 miles as the crow flies at Alamosa in the San Luis Valley at -21*. It's been brutally cold there but and it's just that way life is in that valley. Those are some tough souls who chose to live there past and present.

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  1. I like winter over summer...but a minus 21 would change my mind.

    1. I don't want Death Valley temps but I like it warmer than colder. A couple years ago back in da boat it was -34 and my bud had -45 outside of town. That's scary to me.

      Just before I looked at your comment pushed the "DONE" button on the ticket to return to Costa Rica 1/7. Gonna try the warm and the green one more time.

    2. oooh good!!! You'll be glad you did that.

    3. Thanks TMoon!:) I hope so. I want sooo much to take pictures and a few other things too..

  2. That made me wrap my chilly fingers tighter around my warm cup of coffee and say a small "thank you" that I live in California. Hope you can survive the cold before you get back to Costa Rica.

    1. Nice to hear from you Jan.It's 52 here now and going up.Over in the valley it's a whopping 17.

      Happy Holidays and may 013 be the best ever.

  3. We are cold still...cold and snowing. SO I guess we are going to have a snowy Christmas Eve, for sure.

    29* But there isn't a huge amount of wind (more like a brisk breeze) so that helps.

    Merry Christmas!


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