Sunday, July 18, 2010

Barbecue Pig

Friday we went out for the great pizza a couple Italian guys make here. One of them told us they were barbecuing a small pig the following day. Shar decided to have barbecued pig Saturday night with pizza blanco, while I had eggplant pizza. Today we saw another place barbecuing a pig on our way to swim at Playa Cocles. So Shar went back in the afternoon to photograph the finished product & a short movie before they finished it.

Also yesterday we went out to swim in town in the afternoon. We saw the same guy selling sea turtle eggs on the beach. He stopped at the Police Station before hitting the beach. The two policemen sitting out front each bought a bag.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Everybody Eating Turtles"

We took the 7:15 a.m. bus down to Manzanillo yesterday. We sat down at the place in the photo where the two of us had gallo pinto, huevos fritos, jamon y cafe (black beans & rice, fried eggs, ham & coffee) for 3400 colones (about $6.60). We walked into the Gandoca Reserve to our favorite little cove & sat until it started to sprinkle lightlly. We caught the 12:45 p.m. bus back to P.V. Later we took a swim off the point in PV. There was a guy on the beach selling huevos tortuga (turtle eggs) 5 for 2000 colones (less than 4 bucks) out of a cooler. Late in the afternoon I went to Lenny's to play music on his porch. He told me, "Now it turtle season, everybody eating turtle." I told him about the guy with the eggs on the beach. I asked if catching turtles was legal. He said, "No mon, dey catch you, you go to jail mon!" He said it was the same for selling eggs. (The guy selling turtle eggs on the beach was about 100 ft. from the police station.) He said turtle meat was very good, "It make you strong! You eat it an' you jus' feel de' power come on you! You never eat turtle?" I told him no. He said, "It de' best thing to eat. Dis' marning dey' bring in two turtles." He pointed to the place next to his neighbor's, about 25 ft. from where we sat. "Dey kill de turtles right dare."

I spoke with Rolfe today about the turtle season. He scoffed, "They don't put people in jail for killing people here--I doubt if anyone goes to jail for killing turtles!"

Friday, July 09, 2010

2 pics

Shar shot this Green Poison Arrow Frog, Dendrobates auratus, the other morning. Rolf says a pair of them have taken up residence in the bromeliads at the base of the coconut palm standing a few feet from the base of the stairway to our room & balcony.

We took two Toyota pickups to Manzanillo with Rolf & Juana's & Juana's sister's families. After a couple of sunset Imperials on the beach, we went into Maxi's for an outstanding dinner of whole snapper & grilled veggies.