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April 16, 2003

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Why stay in one spot for long? Sitting around we cook like the tamales that the Mayan women wrap in banana leaves and sell for a quarter, so we head for the coast to swim and sit under jungle shade in a hideaway town called Rio Dulce. From our Spanish classes we think this means "Sweet River" but our hideaway looks more like a swamp. The porch perches over clear water filled with hungry looking fish. We pick bugs off the floor, drop them into the water, and think about childhood nightmares of piranha in a feeding frenzy.
Build a house over a swamp and the plants will grow on the walls. Easy decorating.
Tramp through the jungle like a Spanish conquistador, or use a plank bridge to skip the mud and scratching plants.