By Salman Rushdie
»Als ich nach Nicaragua fuhr, hatte ich nicht die Absicht, ein Buch darüber zu schreiben oder überhaupt zu schreiben; doch die Begegnung mit dem Land hat mich so tief bewegt, dass mir keine andere Wahl blieb.« Als Salman Rushdie 1986 nach Nicaragua reist, ist er überwältigt: von den Menschen und ihrer Kultur, von der Schönheit der Natur, aber auch von der komplizierten politischen Lage. Er findet ein Land mitten im Umbruch vor – ein zutiefst widersprüchliches und zugleich wunderschönes Land, dessen Zauber der Erzähler Rushdie mit seiner ganz eigenen, besonderen Sprache erfasst.
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Scorpions should be avoided as they do bite; shake out shoes and clothes before putting them on. Apparently the smaller the scorpion, the more lethal the bite. There are two species in the Yucatán. One is black, with a bite no worse than a wasp sting. The other, cream in color (called the escorpione) is smaller, with a more lethal bite. Tarantulas can be found but those seen are usually large males hunting for females. They are so intent on finding their mates, who usually hide in burrows, that their life span is decreased to less than two years, while a female lives up to 30.
However, the plant produces flowers all year. The tree likes Pods on a cacao tree shade and starts to produce at three or four years of age. An adult grove, one acre in size, can produce 300 to 1,000 pounds (136-450 kg) of cacao per year for up to 50 years. Once the cacao pods are picked they are left to ferment in order to reduce the bitterness. The pods are then dried, roasted and shelled. The nib inside is ground, sugar is added, and finally chocolate as we know it is ready. Frangipani, also called the lei flower, is part of the oleander family.
There is an inland section of land that stretches through the Karst hills from Campeche to the western part of Quintana Roo. Known as the Puuc Region, it includes the ruins of Uxmal, Edzná and Chichén Itzá. Puuc means hill in Maya. Offshore Beyond the coastal sands and high-rise hotels along the Caribbean is a barrier reef – the longest unbroken strip of coral in the hemisphere, and second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It provides 600 miles (1,000 km) of natural breakwater, starting in the Yucatán, running down off Belize and over to the Bay Islands of Honduras.