Chetumal....the last frontier

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wellcabanasinally here.  I am leaving Mexico tomorrow morning and heading into Belize.  It is a big step for me in many ways.  As I have said in the past, being in Mexico is like pushing the easy button--long visas, no change in  currency as I move about, excellent and cheap bus transportation, beautiful country, great beaches......Moving from one country to another with the same frequency that I have been moving from town to town here will be a bit more challenging.  For one, every country you usually enter wants to see proof that you are, in fact leaving.  Since I am not traveling via a "regular" way, I cannot provide that.  I have not onward ticket to anywhere.  So seeing how they react to this at each border will be interesting.  Hopefully I have enough plastic with me to impress them into believing I am not indigent and won`t be sucking off of their already depleted resources.  If I have to buy a bus ticket at the border that I never use, so be it. WHATEVER. 

I am really ready for a change in cuisine for sure.  I love Mexican food but not 6 months of it.  No running down to the Vietnamese restaurant here for a little pho.  I will admit that I when I was in Tulum two days ago (fabulous beaches by the way) and anxious to escape the broadening influence of Cancun, I went to a pretty expensive Thai restaurant on the beach and blew a wad and it was worth every freakin curry chicken with jasmin rice, an amazing mushroom appetizer and a few glasses of a terrific sweet white French wine to compliment it all perfectly.  Damn it was good.  I had to keep slowing myself down so I could enjoy it.  AWESOME.  From what I hear there is still lots of beans and rice in Belize, but there is more of a Caribbean influence in the food and I am really looking forward to that.

Thulium is an awesome beach location for anyone looking to go to more of a "non-resort" resort.  Low level building and cabaņas on an amazing stretch of beach and something for every budget.  If you want to lay in the sand and read, eat and drink for a week, this is the place to do it.  I suspect there will be many of these locations in my immediate future. 

Chetumal, where I arrived today, is the capital of the state of Quinta Roo and a perfect little non-city city.  Their main revenue source here is shopping, not tourism.  Folks coming from across the border to buy stuff cheap is their big draw.  But I must say, I saw some awesome looking street food tonight and even imbibed in a little.  I had a marquesita which is a cookie like crepe thing filled with cheese and melted.  Did NOT suck.  There was also a vendor on the street selling (but I did not have) hot dogs wrapped in bacon and grilled, stuffed in a hot dog bun and covered with grilled onions.  (I can hear you from here Clay).  I have been lucky. In 6 months I have only been sick from food once.  I also tried a REALLY interesting new fruit today and have included an amazing picture of it here.    I am spelling it phonetically ...   pit a hi ya-  I saw it walking by a market and had to go in and ask about it because it was so beautiful.  When I cut it open it was even more outrageous looking inside.  The taste reminded me of kiwi. 

I was thinking about Mexico as a whole today when I was making my way here.  One of the things I love about these people is their resourcefulness.  If they need a way to make something work, they figure out a way to do it.  Aesthetics aside, they know how to keep the wheels moving.  I also love that OSHA (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) has zero influence here.  It is a free for all.  Fall in a huge hole in the sidewalk....your problem.  Get electrocuted by the uncovered light switch in a public bathroom....also your problem.  Didn't put your kid in a car set....bad parent.  I see blatant violations of all sorts of safety issues every day.  And guess what?  They have fewer problems here with them than we do in the US.  They expect you to act like a responsible adult here.  Keep your damn eyes open.  Pay attention. You are responsible for yourself when you leave your house.  Litigation has no say here, and it is not such a bad thing. 

Anyway, LOVED MEXICO.  Would come back in a heartbeat, but cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

I am going into a bit of a "dead zone" from an Internet perspective and will not likely be as communicative as I have been for the last few months.  I am going from checking my email almost daily to about once a week.  These islands off the coast of Belize and Honduras have Internet, but it is spotty and expensive.  No long diatribes for a bit.   I am sure some of you are relieved.  The plan is Belize (Belize City, Caulker Caye, Dangria), Guatemala (Rio Dulce and Livingston) and Honduras (the Bay Islands).  Not sure when I will be up for air but will post again likely around mid July.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.  I appreciate all your interest in my crazy little world.


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badnomad on

you rock
be safe, have fun and think of me, hope to catch up with you someday in the next year



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