The puppies continue to eat, sleep, and do what puppies do though thankfully now they are sleeping through the night. OK, Well, not the whole night, say 6 hours. But that's a very good thing. I think some sense of normalcy shall return to our sleep schedule.
The pictured fawn is a foundling at a friend's farm. Probably a Yucatan Brown Brocket (Mazama pandora) which is a small species of deer native to the Yucatan, Belize, and Guatemala. I write "probably" because there are also Red and Gray Brockets though in lesser numbers and the distinction is more for scientists than hunters or farmers. It's said the larger White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can also be found in the Yucatan but everyone tells me only small deer a found down around these parts.
WIfey and I enjoyed a long overdue return trip to Laguna Bacalar with friends Gerry and Rosa. Change of venue was very nice and the women enjoyed the water despite the overcast day. Wifey got to use her float, her snorkel gear, and even found time to lounge in the sun when it peaked out from between the clouds. A pleasant few hours away from the "hustle and bustle" of Calderitas.
Saw this request written by a gentlemen in the USofA:
"Hello everybody I am moving to corozal town on April 1st,im looking for a 3 or 4 bedroom
house for rent.500 us the most a month,would like ac but not a necessity."
There are a couple of clues why I responded "First visit, huh?" Moving to another country (as opposed to visiting) involves some degree of planning as I've written before. Something more than reading the guide books and lurking on the various bulletin boards and social media pages. Preferably a recon trip to see what it's really like, to determine if the infrastructure supports one's plans, or if the plans need adjustment. Common sense, yes?
After posing a few "general inquiry" questions which weren't really answered, he wrote: "I'm trying to get as much information as possible, so I can be at least somewhat prepared before I get there." Good intentions and the right attitude it would seem. But our online conversation ended when he wrote: "Nothing good comes easy anyways."
That's when I knew the futility of helping. Yes, hard work has its rewards and tough projects may seem daunting. But when approached in the correct manner and properly executed, people are capable of incredible things. Moving to another country isn't rocket science. The path has been well trod and the "rules of success" if you will are fairly well known. It's my contention that "Nothing good comes easy" in the context of our discussion was a ready excuse for failure or, at the very least, the suffering that will come from piss poor planning.
I wish the man and his family the best of luck because at this point, it's luck they will need. His request for housing came on March 26th...just a few days ago. I'm guessing that in the not too distant future (tomorrow, as I write, is the 1st of April) he will be one very needy gringo in a strange land.
Fortunately for him and his family there is a large, quite active gringo population in Corozal. Decent people who have already made the move and are willing to guide the newcomer through the initial trials and tribulations of what will certainly be a good dose of culture shock.
If any of my dear readers are contemplating a move to Belize or Mexico, don't hesitate to send an email. Wifey and I would be glad to answer questions. We're both straight shooters though she, as everyone readily admits, "is the nice one."
Summertime is the perfect opportunity for a nice cold salad. Salade Nicoise was a regular dish where I grew up and I offer a recipe and commentary here. Firstly, "Nicoise" derives from Nice, a nice place on the Mediterranean coast of France which should give hints as to what's in the salad. Tuna, anchovies, capers, olives, garlic and olive oil are staples. A crunchy lettuce, long green beans, and tomatoes too. After that you can experiment with such things as artichoke hearts, beets, and more. Even in Nice if you have a Salade Nicoise in different restaurants and brasseries, no two will be alike.
Long French Beans (Haricots Verts) or thin green beans blanched
4 eggs, boiled
6 tomatoes, peeled, quartered
8-10 very small potatoes, with or without peel, boiled whole
4 salted anchovies, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
1 head crunchy lettuce
Sprinkling of capers
Some Black olives, pitted
Some Green olives, pitted
Chives (or spring onions on the side)
The dressing is a simple garlic vinaigrette...
2 TBS red wine vinegar
Dab of Dijon mustard
2 small cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
Pepper to taste (Note: With the olives and anchovies you don't really need extra salt in the dressing...but tastes vary so experiment!)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, liberally to taste
Mix it all up, serve with some nice Country-style Bread and enjoy. Don't forget a refreshing Rose de Touraine!