travelogue – Mazatlán jungle tour

The most popular tour out of Maz is the boat trip through estuary mangrove swamps.

Our family took the tour, most of us for the second or third time. Excellent — especially the birds.

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The boat gets you very close to bird life.

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Birds are increasingly tolerant of tourists here.

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This is the flat-bottomed boat used on the tours. They sometimes get stuck at low tide.

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Mangey beach dog.

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New on the tour is a research project growing … sea horse.

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We got about 90 minutes on a pristine, protected beach.

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A lovely spot marred only by the recent introduction of quad vehicles. (Gladly no one rented one the day we were there.)

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It is astonishing the number of over-weight people lounging the beaches of Mexico.

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Great Blue Heron.

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Feeding the pelican.

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These giant birds have learned to come to the boat for a daily handout.

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Long-time tour guide Polo even puts a fish on his head. (I remember Polo from my first jungle tour perhaps 20 years ago. Then he had a pet racoon on the boat.)

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Yvonne feeding the birds. 🙂

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The pelicans truely are impressive.

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Getting the fish is the easy part. Keeping it from your dive-bombing competitors is the bigger challenge.

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This hat went overboard. The skipper retrieved it.

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good news – populations beginning to decline

graphRussia’s population is expected to fall by 22% between 2005 and 2050, Ukraine’s by a staggering 43%. … Japan … has started to shrink and others, such as Italy and Germany, will soon follow. Even China’s population will be declining by the early 2030s, according to the UN, which projects that by 2050 populations will be lower than they are today in 50 countries.

Declining populations | Incredible shrinking countries | Economist.com

book – Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Fall On Your Knees (Oprah #45)
I can’t deny it. I read an Oprah Book Club selection.

Touted original, complex, explosive, shocking, dark, epic and emotionally gripping — I loved it just as much as Oprah ( :

It’s like a feminine John Irving novel. The main theme is sisterhood, a world more foreign to me than that of the llama herders of Peru.

Kudos to this Canadian author on her first novel.

travelogue – Mazatlan

Back in my old hangout in Mexico. I owned a condo here for about 15 years — purchased from a pretty Canadian saleswoman while I was drinking.

A bit fuzzy from the 14-hour overnight bus ride, a flyby of local giant pelicans welcomed me home.

… Nostalgia is a wonderful thing.

Inn at Mazatlan

Next travelogue on this trip >> Mazatlán jungle tour.

photos – Mexico City

The reputation is a polluted, dangerous mega-city.

But I find Mexico City to be tourist friendly & easy to navigate via the third busiest subway system in the world. (Stay out of the cabs.)

Having seen most of the tourist attractions in the past, this time I wandered some of the major green spaces including the largest university.

I arrived in Mexico City on Jan. 5, 2006. To my surprise the holiday lights were still up in the main square.

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Jan. 6th was “Three Kings Day”.

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The most popular hostel looks over the central plaza, an ideal location.

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Quirky. A most appropriate word for this city. Cow statues line the largest park.

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A most delicious snack outside the Museum of Anthropology

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A park spray foam battle.

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University City, one of the largest in the world with over 260,000 students.

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The signature building on campus is a library, entirely covered by mosaics by Juan O’Gorman.

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Mexican art is not always good, but it is often BIG.

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1968 Olympic Stadium.

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love the puma logo of UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico).

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Another huge building mural.

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where to get podcasts

Videos? Education? Travel? Food? Tech?

OK, mainly Tech.

Apple’s iTunes is your first stop. Think of iTunes as a convenient distribution jukebox. Though many podcasters have their own websites, iTunes makes finding new material easier than searching the whole web — just browse iTunes’ podcast categories to see what’s available.

Search for iTunes in at Google.com

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