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 Year Ago About Right Now

I drove away from 20 years of living and working in NW Colorado. The whole time was probably a 9.5 out of a possible 10. What a fantastic place to live - Colorado in general and that area with so much diversity and I participated in very little winter activity. Always disliked that season.

This last year has overall been pretty damn good. Can't stress enough how fortunate I feel. Understood for me to live on less than a third of what I made when working changes were mandatory. Hit a triple easy with this. Basically comes down to not spending money and never was a big spender anyway. There was one huge error and that occurred last weekend when I gave away my bestest friend Stretch but got her back in a day. Huge screw up.

This one shot experience in life continues to evolve. Use an analogy to the Peace Corps in that it's how I'm living now but with a bit more. Understanding too that the more will not always be there. The Costa Rica trip is the same. I do not consider myself a tourist because the intent primarily was to live in the tropics again not visit plus can't afford much of that and American tourists bother me sometimes and they probably think the same of me in some way. CR was chosen because of the number of very cool inexpensive places to live with consideration of climate and local transport too but primarily it was housing.

As the second year begins I feel richer than both of the Koch brothers. To be in this position compared to over 90% of the rest of the worlds population that is one of true poverty I find astonishing.

I will take the lucky for as long as it wants to give me a ride and do my best to prepare when the time comes I get thrown off the bus.


  1. This was a real treat to read. Life is very good, and every day we'll just do all we can to appreciate it, as you do, and let the nonsense fall away as we go....

    1. Coming from you I take that as a real compliment. Life sucks for so many. I would be the worst hypocrite ever if this was not pointed out occasionally. Not the suck side but our side of life as you say as well. Saw this morning in 2011 24% poverty level in Pueblo. Bit surprised.

      A common greeting in Ghana was "How is life?"

  2. Oooh wow...what an adventure! Im excited for you. Life is good, she says as she types with 1 finger. hahaha! Is that going to be your house? Am I right n thinkin that the kitchen is outside? Oooh viva the differences...

    1. It is TMoon. The kitchen is screened in. This could be a real dump. The video is not too good but I'm pretty certain it will be just fine.