Cacao

Yesterday I visited a cacao plantation in Comalcalco. Unfortunately I did not know that there is, when I was to the Maya ruins some days ago. The trip from Villahermosa to Comalcalco tog 2 1/2 hours in one direction. The price for the bus tickets one way was 77 MXN, but what does it matter. I love to sponsor the Mexicans 😉.

The visit at the Hacienda was really worth its price. A regular ticket is for 100 MXN for an adult. For 65+ people only 60 MXN. I was not asked for that special card this time and even I did not ask for the reduced price ticket, I had not more to pay.

The best was, that I was the only one at this tour. The guide was around 20 years old and he tried at the beginning to speak English after I had asked him, if he speaks other languages than Spanish. He was so unused to English, though he did speak Spanish most of the time anyway, but he spoke such a clear Spanish, that I understood nearly all of it.

The plantation I visited is not very big, but I could see the tiny flowers, the small fruits and also big fruits ready to pick. I was explained the whole process and shown, which machines were used before and which machines they use now. Furthermore I was told, that other trees were planted in between the cacao trees to avoid mosquitos, because these are the enemies of the cacao flowers.

At the end I was also shown the outer parts of the Hacienda itself. People still live there, though I could not go into the rooms. It was built by a German guy called Wolter, who was very well-educated. He was a doctor in medicine, a biologist and much more. I did not choose this Hacienda because of the German ancestors, but for it was so easy to reach. All the other Cacao Haciendas (it is only around Comalcalco there are cacao plantations in Mexico, because of the climate) are more difficult to reach.

 

Cacao – Flowers and Small Fruits

 

 

Cucarachas!

In English: Cockroaches

Auf Deutsch: Kakerlaken

På svenska: Kackerlackor

 

Why a post with this title? Actually I had company of them in a bathroom at a host. You can read about this nasty experience on my site of Tabasco. Just scroll down to the 10th and Villahermosa.

There are still some other events at the 10th missing, but they will be added soon.

In addition to that is the site “Veracruz” now completed.

Not recommended!

 

I am in Villahermosa now. For the dinner I chose a restaurant called “Maria Garrido” announcing “Pasta, Fondue, Tapas, Vinos”, because I was thinking about Tapas for several days. I know, Tapas can be very different. In this case, they were small “Bruschettas”. I could choose between two or four different Tapas – they always served three of the same at this place, though as the price was announced: 6 Tapas for 140 MXN, it meant: Two different kinds of Tapas. I was happy, the waiter explained that for me, but that explanation was the only thing I was happy about and it should already had been explained in the menu. The main meal should have had a lot of ingredients, which I could not find. It was named something like “Pajaro” (bird). In the description was named, that it is chicken. It came with three (3) cocktail tomatoes and two (2) asparagus (green, it was in halves, though it looked like four) – the vegetables were overcooked! The potato slices lacked salt and there was no salt on the table. Even the chicken did not taste much. The “agua natural” I had ordered came in a glass with ice, but the water was warm. I had expected bottled water, because it was in the menu.

I cannot really decide, what was worse. The food or how I have been treated. I am a solo traveller, which often makes it more difficult to eat at a good restaurant. This one had lots of empty tables, though it was not really a problem, but I was shown, that I should sit far away from the other guests. I was dressed in my grey multi purpose pants and a simple yellow t-shirt. I had neither jewellery nor a bag, because I learned to hold a low profile in Mexico for security reasons. In this case it seemed, that the waiter thought, that I do not have the money at all. First he told me, that they do not take cards. That is usual in Mexico, though should I run around showing my cash, that he can be sure, I have some? When I ordered the Tapas, he seemed to be disappointed. He told me, what I ordered are Tapas like if I do not know, what I am doing. The Tapas were served on a wooden “plate”. I just would switch them over to my plate, when he took the plate and the cutlery away. Almost the cutlery I would have needed! There was a fabric napkin on the table, soon the waiter came with paper napkins, when he saw how difficult to eat the Tapas were. Was he afraid the fabric napkin would never become clean again?

The waiter had all the time an eye on me. As soon my plate was empty, he picked it. For me it seemed like he was afraid, that I want to steal it. I have been in other restaurants of this price class before. In none of them I have had such a waiter! When I paid with a 500 MXN-note, I have got back 35 MXN in coins (4 x 5 and 15 x 1), the rest of 150 MXN was in notes. I never have got so many coins back. I was thinking of taking all the coins and do not give any tip, but it would have been too heavy in my pockets, though I was generous instead and left them all. By the way I did not get charged for the water. I really hope it was purified and no tap water. Last but not least, the TV was showing horror movies. That is not the company I like, when I am eating.

If you ever will visit Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, please do not chose the restaurant “Maria Garrido”, I am sure there are better restaurants in this price class.

 

The Chicken Dish “Pajaro”