Weird Fruit

Writing in this blog is becoming less and less frequent which may be inevitable, but I hope not. I think factors like an increasingly busy schedule, an increasingly busy social life, and a decreasingly new environment all make for less time and interesting subject matter. I will try to continue commenting on my surroundings, find new ways to communicate about my life and work here, and keep updating when new things happen.

New things like weird fruits. Mamones are one of the weirdest fruits I’ve come across, but very tasty. I have reason to suspect that it’s a variety of lychee fruit. They’re the size of small walnuts with a thin green peel that resembles that of a lime, but slightly more rigid. Once peeled, it’s a soft, fleshy fruit around a big pit. The fruit is sweet, but with a tinge of lemon-sour. You have to use your teeth to get the flesh from the pit, which then fits nicely back inside the peel. Here’s a picture of the peeling process and the resulting pit.

Called Mamoncillo in English, it's a relative of the lychee fruit

Then there’s the weird-shaped, not-so-subtly phallic, avocado that my counterpart Santiago showed me on Monday. It’s getting to be avocado season, which I’m excited about. I wouldn’t trade mango season for anything, but seeing as the mango trees remain indifferent to my exhortations, I’ll have to make do.

Something in the water near the avocado fields...

Work has been going well lately. If I had to fit my recent work-life into stages, I’d say I went through a busy and disorganized stage that was exciting but not very rewarding and now I’m in a more stable stage where I’m getting pretty good at what I’m doing and feel like I’m making real progress.

I’ve been running regularly, eating better (more pasta and oatmeal have been key), and trying to coax some of the muscles I swear I had when I arrived back from their hibernation before Amanda gets here. Which won’t be long now. We’ll be traveling from the 25th to the 30th in Costa Rica before she comes back with me to my site for a week and a half. Not only will this be the first time we’ve been in the same place in the last ten months, but it’ll also be both of our first trip to Costa Rica and my first real vacation since I began my service.

Just finished reading A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and absolutely loved it. Few books move me to giggles and tears both, but this one did. In a few months I’ll be posting a year-in-books review with my favorites and this one’s gonna be near the top. Really enjoyed The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell also, though more because it was light, fun, and interesting.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Allie on June 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Love the fruit pictures! The first one sounds delicious…I saw something kind of similar in Costa Rice, so maybe you and Amanda can check it out when you’re there 🙂 So excited that she is coming to visit and that you are getting a real vacation! It’s possibly my favorite place that I’ve been, so I bet you’ll have a fantastic time. Hope you’re well, miss you!


  2. I had mamoncillos in Panama(I think). They are fantastic. Finding great foods is just another reason to travel. I keep trying to find them in the US but they are hard to come by.


  3. Posted by Janet Boddy on June 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Love both pics. Envy you the good, fresh, exotic fruit! Thinking of you daily. Can’t wait for our visit, too, in August. Love, Mom


  4. Posted by Debra Lawsing on June 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

    A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of my favorite books. The movie Simon Birch, which is also one of my favorites, was loosely based on the book. Sounds like you are well settled in. I enjoy reading your posts and think about you often.


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