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Relaxing in Puerto Escondido

On our whole trip we`ll always try to find a good combination of cultural parts and relaxing. After our sightseeing and the “mission” in Oaxaca it was time for sun, beach and the sea so we took the bus to Puerto Escondido, a surfer hotspot at the pacific coast.

I`m very glad we made it! It`s not like we never had bad bus drivers before but that one drove the winding mountain road like an idiot. Isabell pretended to be sick to make him drive a little bit slower, another woman vomited all along the way. Irony: It was an “Express Bus” – and although he drove so fast we had a delay of three hours in the end…

But after two days on the beach, everything seems to be forgotten. Puerto Escondido has a tropical climate, bright sandy beaches and big waves to jump into. And for our EIGHTTEEN HOURS :-( drive back to Mexico City we`re gonna take a more comfortable coach…

- Bernd -

Puerto Escondido (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Puerto Escondido (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Blogging under the palms :o) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Blogging under the palms :o ) (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Puerto Escondido beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Puerto Escondido beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
 


Mmmh… Chapulines!!!

Oaxacan markets are known for several things: worldfamous mezqual, fabolous stamped tin ware, wonderful bouquets of flowers, leather sandals/bags/belts, embroidered textiles in any colour you can imagine and of course: Chapulines!!!

Now, when I heard Chapulines for the first time I thought about lil’ sparkeling handmade beads you can find at local mexican markets. Then they were mentioned in connection with food and I thought, “well, chapulines sound like some smallish colourful fruits you can find at local mexican markets. I was wrong and in case you aren’t a total spanish genius you still don’t know what chapulines are either – Chapulines are small, in garlic and chilli fried and with lemon seasoned grasshoppers you can find at local mexican markets.

If you wouln’t look at those lil’ guys for too long you wouln’t know that you just ate an insect – they’re very crunchy, a little sour but quite tasty!

- Isabell -

Necklaces at Oaxaca market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Necklaces at Oaxaca market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Chapulines – Grasshoppers (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Chapulines – Grasshoppers (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd eating Chapulines (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd eating Chapulines (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
 


Visiting Leandra

We used our third day for the transfer from Mexico City to Oaxaca de Juárez (wah-hah-kah) the capital of Oaxaca state. The six and a half hours drive became an eight hours trip as our first bus’ engine broke down, so we had to wait for another to pick us up :-D

Have you ever seen the giant redwood trees and thought trees can`t grow any bigger? Well, then you should come to Santa Maria del Tule nearby Oaxaca to see Árbol del Tule, a cypress with the biggest trunk of any tree in the world – it looks like a few trees grown together but in fact it is only one – huge and fascinating!
We visited the tree on our way to my colleague Karin`s daughter Leandra. She lives in a village about 3 kilometers away from the tree. Walking there we had the chance to get an impression of Mexicos countryside. People seemed to be interested in the two strangers – heads turned around when we walked down the streets. At some point we found Leandra and her stepmother on the street selling their homemade bread. Leandra was very friendly, it felt like we`ve been friends for years already. She took us to her farm, showed us the bakery with a large stone oven and she also gave us some ham bread to try – which was soooooo good, mmmmmh! :-)

- Bernd -

P.S. Best wishes to Karin and Roland, the package is delivered, Leandra was very happy!

Isabell in front of the Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell in front of the Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Árbol del Tule (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Lamb they put on our tortillas (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Lamb they put on our tortillas (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
On our way to Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Leandra (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
At Leandra`s (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
At Leandra`s (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)