Dinner for 1: tortillas with chickpeas

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Cilantro tortillas (in Tulum you find them in the cheese store next to scotia banco)

Salsa:
1 tomato
1 glove garlic
A dash of cumin
1 chili serrano with seeds
Salt

Heat chili, cubed tomato and garlic on a dry skillet.
Cool.
Blend all.

Filling:
1 tomato
1/2 orange bell pepper
Cilantro
200 g cooked Chick peas
50 g queso fresco or another cheese

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Warm a tortilla on a dry skillet. Turn. Pensl one side with a fine layer of salsa. Before the bottom gets too crispy you add some filling and roll or flip into a half moon shape.

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Chili fiesta

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Salsa :
2 tomatos
1 chili serranos, seeds included
1/5 red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic
1/5 tsp cumin
1/4 red onion

Heat chilis and tomatos on a dry skillet for 5 minutes. Cool down.
Blend all ingredients.

Use as sauce, dip or soup

Guacamole
1 avocado
1 clove garlic
Cilantro
Salt
Juice of 1 lime
Cumin
1 chili serrano with seeds

Blend

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Add beans to the salsa and you hace a filling soup
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Xcacel Beach and Cenote

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Xcacel is a 25 pesos bus ride from Tulum. Take the combi towards Playa del Carmen. The entrance is 20 pesos.

Xcacel is a beautiful beach with palm trees rather than hotels.

The current was strong, but I did manage to swim all the way to the coral reef. The corals are not too interesting, but there are lots of colorful fish.

The cenote is beautiful, and very different from the others I have seen. It is small, but the water is crystal clear.
It is like it has a forest inside. On the bottom of cenote there are green plants and fallen leaves. Trees from the world above, stretches their branches down into the water. I saw a big crab that hid between the branches cloce to the surface. Many small fish played around in the water.

Co. ConAmor

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Co. ConAmor is a Mexican owned vegetarian restaurant located across from chedrauvi. The environment is very laid back, and the staff always welcomes you with a smile 🙂
The vibe is spiritual, and the food is made of fresh and good quality ingredients.
I often have the feeling that so called vegetarian restaurants or vegetarian plates served on restaurant do not have proper nutrition, but coconamor knows what they are doing!

Drop in for food, snacks, juice, coffee or a shot of healthy ingredients. Or take a look in their shop, where you find natural bautiproducts, moskito repellent, cooking ingredients and much more.

If you are interested in traditional Mexican food but struggle to find vegetarian versions you might be in luck with the weekly special 🙂 nevertheless all plates have a Mexican touch.

See http://coconamor.com/

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Cacao heigh and an energy ball

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Antibiotic shot

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Ensalada Caribeña (i had it to go)

Yum! Salat with coconut and platano, two of my favorite ingredients 🙂

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Amor cubano

The Cobà Ruins

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The combi to Cobà stops in front of La Fournee, a French café and bakery, across from the city hall of Tulum. It leaves when it is full, so I waited for an hour.
But meanwhile, you can treat yourself at the café, which brings a touch of Europe to Tulum, so there is no need for frustration 🙂
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The combi costs 50 pesos, and stops right by the entrance to the Cobà ruins.The entrance is 68.

All passengers spoke English and were tourists. Two were Mexican, a few from Spain and one from china. The group from the buss clearly wanted that we all walked together, though we were strangers to one another. I had really looked forward to a day on my own, and to connect with nature and ruins. With a bit of effort I managed to get away from the others.

The first temple on the right hand awakened my amazement for the place and its rich history. Stones on top of stones reached towards the sky in the shape of a pyramid. Wow, I thought to myself. The other passengers from the bus were, nevertheless, right behind me, which made it a bit hard for me to really connect with the place.
I moved my way through the trails, in the opposite direction of everybody else, and that was how I managed to get the place for myself. Or, I had to share it with lizards, a snake in a poisonous green color and some blue and yellow butterflies.
The birds were singing above me, and the lizards made a scotching sound as they moved through the leaves of the forest floor.

I felt as if I had finally arrived in the jungle, though the trail was manmade. The plants on each ride of the trail provided the place with a thick green frame. I enjoyed the silence. I enjoyed being able to view and photograph the ruins without having people in between me and them. I enjoyed being able to think.
High piles of rocks and earth, made me believe the place was covered with ruins that still remain secret. I liked that idea. It made me feel a bit more like an explorer of hidden land. When I was alone, I felt a strong but inexplicable connection with the place.

Nohoch Mul, which you can climb, and Juego de Pelota del grupo Cobà were crowded. Not in comparison to the ruins of Tulum, but in comparison some of the other Cobà ruins. I took a deep breath, and told myself that of course I could not have such wonders all for myself.

The, to a great extent unknown, past was part of what drew me to this part of the world in the first place. When I visited the crowded ruins of Tulum, where cameras determine how and where people move, part of the magic was lost. Seeing Muyil and Cobà made me partly regain the lost feeling. Yet, the magic of imagination will never be the same as before I arrived to the country. Imagining a trip is always very different from carrying out a trip. What I suggest is that the actual trip makes other sensual experiences arise, and that these can be guided by for example pre-travel imaginaries, stories heard while travelling, experiences that have already taken place on the trip, personal mood, who you share the experience with, time and weather. Likewise, recalling the experience of a place, can differ from the experience had while being on that place. Thus one person can have many different experiences of one experience:)

It is funny how I first expected that the Mayans would feel that their places have been robbed by the tourist industry and invaded by tourists, and how I now want it all for myself. Last night I finished reading “The Lost World of Quintana Roo” in which Peissel (1963) expresses the exact same attitude.

Thunder came closer and closer. Silent raindops turned into gently drumming on jungle leaves. The temperature dropped and I got goosebums. Ziz zag lightning cut through the sky over the laguna when I ate my lunch.

I paid 76 pesos for an ADO bus to take me back to Tulum.

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The first pyramid that stole my heart

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Maybe another pyramid?

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Nohoch Mul

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You can actually have a trail for yourself! Perfect place to think about yourself, life, and whatever you need time to reflect on 🙂

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Chilling in a tree
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Moved by the place and its energies

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Brie sandwich

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1 person:

1 ciabatta bread
Pesto (see below)
Bean sprouts
1 tomato
Brie

Cut the bread and spread on the pesto.add tomato slices. Bake until crispy.
Cool down
Add sprouts, brie and more pesto

Pesto:
A handfull coriander
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
4 tbsp Olive oil
1/5 green chili
Juice of 1/3 sour orange
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp cumin

Blend