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New Year's Eve Food and Burning Men

Paul 2006-12-30

We are dreaming of our familiar foods. Being so remote, the selection of foods is very basic. Most meals (lunch or dinner) are a soup and rice with a meat or fish. At first, delicious, but after a few weeks of it, we are dreaming of some variety. Greens! A big pile of salad! Some cheese! A cold cut! Even some whole wheat bread!

So, we've planned something of our own gastronomical adventure for New Year's Eve...

Tomorrow morning we start with a run along the beach, then a swim to cool off. Then will make our own breakfast of tuna from a can, lemon and onion on bread we bought from the bakery today. Not gourmet, but will break our week-long string of eggs and fruits for breakfast. And we get to prepare it with sand between our toes. Yeah!

Afterwards, we've met a shore fisherman who will take us out spear fishing to catch lobster and some fish with snorkel and fins... We'll make fresh ceviche of it for lunch.

In the afternoon, we'll walk the town to see the full-size papier-mâché dolls nearly each family has made and painted, which will be on display in front of the town's houses. These traditional paper statues are made to resemble a celebrity or notable person from the past year. Those we've already seen are very colorful and comical.

Everyone gathers in the town center after dark for dancing, drinking and general fiesta! At midnight, they light fire to the paper statues and dance around them drinking, singing and laughing until the wee hours of the next day.

Enjoy your new year's, we surely will ours!


Permalink by Jess and Bar   |  December 31, 2006 03:33 PM

Happy New Year's guys!!! We are here at ours, just back from a great day of toboganning with Ashley and some other friends. Ashley had a blast!!!! We are thinking of you, however far away, you are here in spirit. We'll toast you at midnight, you do the same, and ENJOY your dancing/drinking in the streets. CHEERS oxoxo

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