Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 The Year That Was

2016 is over and now it is the time to look back at year that has just finished.

It was another year with me having no real home and living on the road but it may have been my slowest year on the travel front only being in 6 countries. I spent most of the year in Mexico even thought this is not a new country for me it thoroughly impressed me. I have really enjoyed Mexico and am writing this blog from Mexico City.

I had a couple of first for me on my travels and it is just a surprise that it took this long to happen. I was pick pocketed in Mexico city and I forgot a camera on a bus. Both of these were painless but still hope to not repeat either.

I also took my longest bus trip so far on my travels going from Killeen, Texas, USA to Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. It was about 32 hours in total with 5 transfers. This is not something I think I will do often.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from 2016.

Mexico Pictures.

Agua Azul Waterfall


Canon del Sumidero


Santuario de Guadalupe in Morelia


Palenque


Meal in Patzcuaro


San Luis Potosi


Tenotihuacan


Tula


Uxmal


Uxmal


Guatemala Pictures

Sunset in Flores


Panajachel


Quirigua


Santa Lusia Cotzumal


Semuc Champey


Tikal


El Salvador Pictures

El Tunco at Sunset


Lago Coatepeque


Suchitoto


Suchitoto


Honduras Pictures

Copan


Copan


Pulhapanzak Waterfall


Red Macaw


Belize Pictures

Lamanai


Me at the top of one of Lamanai pyramids


Spider Monkey


Woodpecker


Xunantunich


Well that is all I have for last year. I hope everyone has a wonderful 2017.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Eating a Sugar Apple in San Salvador



Catedral Metropolitana and Plaza Barrios

While walking around in San Salvador, El Salvador today I decided to buy the fruit I have been seeing for sale that I thought was new to me. Using my really bad Spanish I finally got the lady to understand that I wanted to know the name of the fruit and was not trying to get change from the price she had told me of $1. It is called Anona in Spanish.



The taste and outside appearance of Anona/Sugar Apple are really close to the fruits I know as Bullock Heart and Cherimoya. I have also seen on the internet that all 3 are called custard apples.



The inside of the of the sugar apple is a rose or pink color with big brown seeds where the other 2 types of custard apples that I tried where white inside with black seeds about half the size as in the sugar apple.



This the seeds that came out of the first half of the empty shell. I think I will be eating more of these it is really good.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Breaking a rule to buy Guaya Fruit

Back when I went to Agua Azul water falls in Mexico I broke one of my travel rules. I bought something from children. This is one of the rules I find hard to stick to when the kids and cute and charming. I am not always sure it is a good rule but I try to keep it just because I don't like the idea of parents using the children to make money.


Me at Agua Azul water falls

The 2 little girls where about to the top of where I walked and away from most of the tourist They had a fruit that I didn't think I had tried before. They let me try one and showed me how to peel it and eat it and told me the name of the fruit was Guaya. I ask later for someone to write the name of the fruit for me so I got the spelling correct.



I think the fruit is in the same family as the Rambutan, Lychee, and Longan which I first tasted all of in Southeast Asia. The fruit has a thin hard shell which you can just break with your thumb nail and peel. It has a thin layer of slightly orange or pink colored flesh that you eat with a large hard seed in the middle. The flesh is really attached to the seed so not as easy to eat as the other fruits that I think are similar. I also found it a lot sourer than the fruits I had tried before.



The above picture is of fruit shells and a seed or pit that I was ready to discard.

I don't really feel bad about breaking my rule this time but do wish I would have paid the 25 cents more they ask for rather than asking them to sell it to me cheaper.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jicama the Fruity Root

I know it is strange for me to keep posting about fruit but it is something I enjoy and am amazed at all the different things you can eat but let me know if you are sick of me only posting about fruity things.

When leaving Guadalajara I bought a cup of fruit to eat on the bus and it was a mix of watermelon, pineapple, papaya and cucumbers but also a white fruit or vegetable that I was not sure of.

The chunks of white stuff had a sweet taste to it but a slight turnip flavor. It seemed a bit large to be a turnip and I had never tasted a root with such a sweetness. Later when I was walking around in Morelia I saw a vendor selling a thing that resembled a big lollipop but made out of some fruit. I bought one and he asked which topping I wanted on it and I point at one of the 4 choices I had to pick from and this is what I ate. Note the picture was taken after my first bite.

What I had eaten twice turned out to be Jicama. I like trying different fruits but I never would have expected something that looks like the following to have a sweetness to it and honestly I would have never bought it in the market based on it's appearance if I hadn't gotten it in my fruit cup.