Turtle nesting under the moon

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Tonight I went to the beach at 11pm. An almost full moon was glowing behind a thin layer of dark blue clouds. I walked barefoot in the sand. The moonlight made it relatively easy to see. The water was more than luke warm.

It was the third time I had gone searching for turtles, and finally I suceeded. Suddently something moved in the sand close to the area where plants started to grow. A green sea turtle, about one meter long was digging into the sand. She threw sand to the sides with great force. See had already dug an impressively wide hole with a diameter of two to three meters. I sat down to admire her work.
A wide space of dark sky held in place by a circle of lighter blue clouds surrounded the moon. The two circles seemed to point in direction of the circle made by the turtle.
As waves came close to the shore, they got a silver edge that shone shortly. When they reached the beach they turned into white fizz and created a soft sound. The seconds until the next waves were quit.

Being an upcomming turtle mom is hard work. She digged for hours. At time I got as close as about three meters behind her, to see better, but I mostly observed her from a tanning bed a bit further away.
I stayed for two and a half hours. The moon made its journey across the sky, and the surrounding circle vanished. A few stars came out, but none compared to the other times I have gone to the beach. After the digging she laid her eggs. Then she started to digg again. A big crab walked sideways across the sand in front of me and around the nest. The temperature fell to 26 celcius, so I covered myself with a blanket.
It was truely facinating to watch her. No tv show can beat this. What a work it is to be a female turtle!
The mosquitos were eating me, but it was all worth it.

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OBS! If you go looking for turtles, leave flashlights, cameras and cell phones at home. The light will damage the turtles’ sight.
Keep voice down
Keep a distance that at least corresponds to the distance the turtle thows sand.

Timbale de quinoa with orange guacamole for 2

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Boil the quinoa in water with a bit of salt until it is soft. Let it cool for 5-15 minutes.
Form it like a drum by using a spoon or a form.
Let it cool in the fridge for 2 hours or until it is cold.

guacamole: 1 avocado, 1 acid/green orange, 1/2 tsp cumin, a dash of salt

Topping: Fry one chopped carrot and a bit of red onion. Add 1/4 tsp cumin and a dash of salt. Add 1tbsp sesame seeds. Do not fry for too long, the carrots should still be crispy.

Add the two layers on top of the quinoa.
Make sure that the heatet ingredients have cooled down before you stak them.

Serve 🙂

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The second time i made it, I mixed finely chopped onions fried in olive oil, cumin and a dash of salt with the boiled quinoa instead of on top.
I garnished with carrots fried in oil and cumin, and sesame seeds.

Fast and light dinner

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Fast and light dinner
Tostadas horneadas with filling

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3 tostadas de maís horneadas
Mashed beans (refried) or a thick bean soup
Cheese
Red Onion
Parsley

Add the ingredients you like on top of a tostada de maís. I made one open, an the other as a sandwich, and both turned out good.
Heat in an oven until the cheese has meltet

Carrot salat for 1-2

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1 shredded carrot
Juice of 1
Raisins as you like
A bit of chopped parsley

Mix and let it sit overnight
Add seeds right before serving if you like

Stuffed pumpkin

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For 4 (or 2 hungry)
– 2 small pumpkins
– 1 tomato
– 100 g queso oaxaca or another cheese
– 1 clove of garlic
– a bit of red onion
– A handfull prepared black beans
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– Cilantro
– Salt

  • Preheat an oven
  • Cut a top of the pumpkins to create lits. Scoop out the flesh, and save it.
  • Cook each pumpkin bowl in water for 5 -10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a skillet. Add finely chopped garlic and onion. Fry until translucent.
  • Chopp the flesh of the pumpkins, tomatoes, Cilantro. Add to the skillet together with beans and spices. Cook for 5 minutes, add cheese and cook for five minutes more. Add sesame seeds
  • place the filling in the pumpkins and bake for 10 minutes

Casa Cenote

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Yesterday afternoon I went to Casa Cenote in Tulum, a little north of el pueblo. The enterence was 50 pesos, and they close at 5pm.
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It had been so hot all day, and the only thing I wanted to do was to cool down with a swim. I texted my friend, and he felt the same. We got sandwiches to go and he drove us a few minutes out of town. We left our stuff in the car, but it is also possible to use lockers at the place. Only a few people were in the water swimming or in canoos. The guard chilled in his chair in the shadow.
The water was a bit cold, but it only took me a few minutes to get in.

The water was amazingly clear, so when wearing a snorkle it was easy to see the bottom.A cenote is the window to the subterranean rivers, my friend told me. Two tunnels connects Casa de Cenote to the subterranean rivers, a third connects it to the ocean about 50 meters from the entrance. It did not take too much effort to swim, since the water is a mix of saltwater and freshwater.
I had a bit of trouble with my glasses. Water was entering, because they were too big for my head. My friend let me borrow his, and thereby I was able to enjoy the place. Big rocks where decorating the bottom, and between them swam a couple of colorless fish of the size of my hand. The rocks used to be the roof of the cenote, but the roof has crashed and made the cenote open. I followed my friend, and did not see much above the surface of the water. One place, Iittle bobbles of air were dancing towards the surface while the sunrays made their way downwards. It was beautiful. Suddently, noticed I had come close to she mangroves, and the first thing that came to my mind was that there might be crocodilles in there. I raised my gaze above the surface, and the sight of my friend comforted me. I looked down again and discovered that when looking towards the shore, I a whole new world was opening up to me. I saw the roots of the trees. The roots only went down a few meters. Some were thin others thick. They formed a sacred forest underneath the water. I had never seen anything like that before. It was magical. Some branches had small yellow plants glowing on them whereby it looked like they were glowing. It was astonishing. Now I understand why cenotes are seen as the enterence to the underworld in Maya mythology. Under the roots of the trees a new world must begin. A world I will only get a glimpse of through my glasses. I cannot dive, because of my ears. My friend, however, went all the way to touch the rocks on the bottom. He is a professional diver. He told me that once he entered one of the tunnels with two others. The roof of the tunnel had started to crash above them. Rocks fell on them, and dust made it hard to see. He was scared but had to keep calm. You do not want to panic if you only have bottled oxygen. Luckily they got out, but the story says something about how fragile the ground is.
My friend found a rock to seat on close to the end of the cenote. I joined him. For the first time I had goosebums in Mexico! An italian family who Explored the area partly in two canoos partly snorkling were talking laudly. They looked like they were having a good time. A type of Duck dived down and swarm towards one of them. I expected her to scream any time but it never happened so I guess the duck found another way. You had to swim or row through a narrow piece of water to get to where we were, so when the italians left, the place became completely quit, and different types of rather big birds showed up to enjoy a spot on one of the many branches with green leaves. I felt very cold. The sun was hiding behind the trees behind us. I did nevertheless not have any choice but to jump back into the water. We saw the last part of the cenote, and then we swam back as quick as my bad swimming skills allowed us to. My friend tried to teach me with signs how to move my body. I followed, but was not too fast. Even though I have been attending many classes as a child, I never really had the interest to swim correctly, whereby my way of swimming resembles that of dogs. When we got up my lips were purple, my feet were white, and I felt cold. We ate the sandwiches we had brought on the beach across from the cenote, and we had a cold beer. The beach was rather clean today. Currently, the area has a problem with the algee sargasso. I did not stop feeling cold until we came back to town.

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Every sunday there is salsa at “Zebra”, a hotel on the beachfront, from 9 to 11. I went and tried my best, but I still have a lot to learn. All the locals look pro, so I did feel a bit akward to dance around among them. A life band was playing, and time made me loosen up a little. It was a great place to socialize. Yesterday the crowd was mainly people who live in Tulum.
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I have moved to Tulum!

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Thurday night I arrived in Cancún, Mexico. I quickly realized that it was time to pack my warm clothes away. It is 31 Celsius but feels like 40 due to humidity. I stayed at a hostel in downtown, and I did not see many tourists. In my airport shuttle I met two guys from Mexico city. They were dropped off at a fancy resort, and all they talked about was partying. I went to a park to eat dinner. I found a pambazo, a  spicy bread filled with mushrooms, salsa and cheese, for 30 pesos including a juice. In the park we were no more than five foreigners. A lot of Mexicans were eating, and the children were playing. When I walked down the street I saw many bars. Several of them were empty, but there were a few crowded ones. Mainly Mexican looking people were in the bars and restaurants. An empty bar across from my hostel played loud music all night.
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Next morning I took an ADO bus to Tulum. And I arrived here at noon. My Spanish host picked me up at the station, and after having dropped my stuff off at her place, we went to the beach. In the area around the ruins I saw many tourists, but the public part of the beach was pretty empty. There has been an algee issue since january, which means that the water has a red brown color and that it is a constant work to remove the algeas from the sand. I have been told that many tourists leave after a day because of the algees. I did go swimming, and nothing happened.
We met a friend of my host. He knew that an appartement was free where he lived, and told us that we could check it out in the afternoon. By the evening the place was mine!
The three of us spent the night celebrating with beer and tequila. We ate empanadas at an Argentinan place. Besides from internal migrants there are many migrant especially from Argentina and Italy in town. I think I only saw one other blond girl In the bars in Pueblo.

Saturday I moved into my appartment and I went shopping. At night at night I went to the beach with some new friends. All restaurants in the area were closed. We lay down in the sand to admire the starmy sky. There were lightning in the horizon. The sound of the ocean coupled with the sound og gekkos was very calming. The guys started digging in the sand, and suddently the sand was glowing due to a kind of algees. It was beautiful. We had the beach for ourselves. Once a guard drove by to make sure nobody was taking photos with flash of the turtles who at this time leave their eggs to start life in the ocean. There were no turtles that night though.
Yesterday I bought a bike, did more groceries, bought summerclothes(it is so hot and every body here walk around half naked), and went to the pre-opening party of my neighbour’s juicebar. At night I went to Playa del Carmen. Playa was very lively. There were loads of restaurants, bars,souvenirshops and discos. Some clowns attracted a local looking crowd in a park by the sea. I ate pastel asteca.
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