Cardenas

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    Jeff Zimnisky

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    Thanks for the thread bullfrog. Got me thinking. Once all the kids are moved out and my folks......
    maby well move down there. Getting really sick of the wet cold weather we get up here.
     
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    Save your money, sell the house and come on down. It's really cheap to live here and safe, don't believe the media.

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    Eat the worm.

     
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    We were touring the mescal distillery, so she is a just a tad toasty, laughing so hard she can barely talk. But JW wanted to hear what a French/Mexican accent sounds like.

     
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    We toured the mescal distillery, it was interesting and fun.

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    First they show you the varieties of agave.


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    The "pineapple" or fruit of the agave is roasted in a large pit for a week on hot river stones.

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    The roasted fruit now has it's sugar crystallized and is ready for crushing.

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    It then goes to the crusher, a horse pulls the large stone around as they rake the fruit under the wheel.

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    Here is where they tether the horse.

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    The fruit is then stripped into pieces and goes through further crushing. At this stage, it has a consistency like sugar cane and has a unique sweet, smoky flavor.

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    The fermentation process begins converting the sugar into alcohol.

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    It is strained. Then it goes into the still.

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    Finally, the potent mescal trickles out of the still. It takes 9 years and one month from seed to the bottle.

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    You can buy the raw mescal like this, or the better aged in wooden barrels product. You chew the spicy crickets to wake up your taste buds, get an orange slice dipped in Tejon spice. Do the shot, bite into the orange and eat more bugs or a worm.

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    Extra worms are available, they are crunchy and salty.

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    After sampling it all, this is what we bought. The "Coyote" label on the right has hallucinogenic properties so of course, that is the one I chose.

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    We also got a bottle of the finest aged 4 years for our friend Dante back in Cordoba who found us the land.

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    Our grand daughter Anna Paula loves the crickets.

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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    How come whenever we go to another country it is an insult to not do what they want us to do but when they come here they do whatever they want and want to change our ways? I'm not eating any bugs or worms for anyone,not even for a million bucks on Survivor :yuck:
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    That was cute Gloria doing her Mexi-French accent. I enjoy watching you eat the bugs but not me, no way!
    The little grand-daughter ate them too................oh my they are used to it tho. She is darling :)
    You guys are just having too much fun :D
     
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    It was the way it was put to me, politely. Juan Carlos saw me looking at my plate of crickets. I looked up at him and he smiled, "It is a tradition." I couldn't very well pass and look like a wuss when a four year old girl was eating them and really, they and the worm weren't bad. Not something I'd wake up and make a sandwich out of, but not bad. Tomorrow we leave back to Playa Del Carmen, mission accomplished. We found our new home in the mountains and I met my new family. God be with us.
     
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    Wish I had my camera with me. We went to eat and I saw a crosswalk sign. In America it has a green or red figure. Here in Mexico it has an animated figure of a man running with a countdown clock...3...2...1. No kidding, these are the most laid back people in the world until they get behind the wheel.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I understand Bullfrog but wonder if they would be upset if a lady turned them down on the bug feed? I just couldn't do it but I see why a man would have to show his machoness in front of the family he is entering. They prolly expect to be turned down from tourist ladies just visiting.

    Funny on the running man crosswalk. Whoa to the slow moving elderly..................maybe that's there way of making room for the young and out w/the old. No I think they have a high regard there for taking care of the old family members don't they? Wonder what the statistics are there regarding car accidents and do they have to have insurance there? Run like the wind in those big cities when you visit and drink lots of coffee to keep you alert Bullfrog [​IMG]
     
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    They would completely understand if you refused to eat the crickets and would not push it. They are a very respectful people and you are right about respecting the elderly. You would never see a senior stand on a bus while a young person sat, like in the US. Sadly, the old ways have been lost there.

    Car accidents are frequent as they drive like maniacs. Insurance is cheap enough to afford and it's very advisable to get it as the jails and prisons here do not even provide a mattress, family members have to bring you one and you damn well better be able to defend it. I carry several million pesos and it's very cheap.

    This long trip will be over tonight, we are actually now in Cardenas, the name of this thread and finally Gloria will be able to rest. I have to shower her daily, wash her hair and dress her but she is getting better daily. Still, we are both road weary and ready for a break. We found our land and construction will begin soon.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Good to hear they won't tie me down. Our family system here is shot in the U.S. The gov't owns our kids now. They tell us how to raise them. Glad mine are grown. We did it our way and they turned out pretty good.

    So they have the car insurance but wonder how good it is? Do you have to fight hard to get what you deserve? The jails sound really bad and I wonder how full they are. I bet they are very bad and people might be lucky to leave alive and still in one piece. Do you know any who have been in there?

    Travel safe. You will be back to your peace in the mountains soon and bet you will both be glad. Hope Gloria gets better soon and now we get to watch you build your home and gardens :)
     
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    I have used the car insurance once and it worked as it should. As far as jail, yes, I know a couple of people who have been there (Americans) and it wasn't nice, beans and tortillas every day, cold.

    This is a marathon, not a sprint. Gloria was hurting so bad the day before we stopped with only 4 hours to go to make it home, will be there by noon.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    You are home by now and Gloria can rest and get better now. Take it easy and enjoy planning your new digs :)
     
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    Home sweet home, she is cooking :)
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    How long before Gloria's arm is all better? Bet she cooks some good food:)
     
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    She had her last X ray today, she begins PT tomorrow. you would not believe how good she cooks.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Tell her I am praying she makes great progress doing her PT and I think you found a keeper Bullfrog!
     
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    When I got to Mexico I couldn't pull the trailer all the way up under the palapa and still get my truck out. My friend said, just get it here, they will move it, they built the pyramids. So I pulled it as far up as I could and got the truck out. They showed up with a big log and two rope winches. They raised the tongue, put the log under it and winched it forward, 1/8 inch at a time. Then I had the tongue cut off to make room for the bano. Now the new owners want it out ASAP so it must be winched back out and the tongue welded back on. I'll finish packing it today and they should have it backed out next week.

    I have drawn the sketches of the new house and will add the dimensions today, then send it all to the contractor.
     
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