William Rosas

Sojourner1208

William Rosas

When I post a blog I try and provide some practical and useful information on the location I visit in the blog for the frugal/budget traveler.
I am a sojourner, that is my occupation, that is what I do. I took Early Retirement in December 2010 and never looked back. I have taken several trips while on vacations around the US and to Europe while I was working but now can travel full time if I wish. Since I retired I have been visiting or revisiting many of my favorite locations in the US and then revisiting many of my favorite locations in Europe at a more leisurely pace, blogging all the way.



North America » United States » Texas June 29th 2014

I am writing this blog mainly to round out this “trip”. I know it is strictly not a travel blog but in view of my other 400 blogs or so my “series” would be incomplete without entering this experience. It may even be tedious to some but I hope my past 3 blogs and this one are informative to someone who has never experienced time in an American hospital and give them some idea of what to expect. I can’t just leave my telling of these events “dangling” but need to complete the “trip”. May 6 – Tuesday evening -I’ve been going over my insurance claim summery. As it stands now I owe $14,625.03 to the hospital and $1690.05 to other claims for services rendered. A total of $16,315.08. So I will have to gnaw on ... read more
William June 2014
Memorial Day breakfast
Memorial Day dinner

North America » United States » Texas April 7th 2014

April 7 – Monday - I was having my surgery today. I haven’t eaten anything since Saturday when I was put on a liquid diet. I just chewed on cracked ice. The nurses gave me a bottle of some kind of laxative to clean me out which I drank. It wasn’t as bad as the other stuff they gave me on Friday, or as much. The nurses also gave me some special surgical soap to take a shower with this morning so I dutifully used it to take a shower with. My surgery was scheduled for 1PM. My mother, brother Danny, and sisters Gail and Debbie came by to visit. When they took me down to the surgery floor they were allowed to come and we all got in a little room and visited while they ... read more
William June 3, 2014

North America » United States » Texas April 6th 2014

April 4 – Friday - April 4 – Friday – The nurses came in around 10AM and gave me a huge jug of some kind of chalky liquid I had to drink. Half before 12 noon and half after 12. It was some kind of liquid laxative which was to help “clean me out” before the colonoscopy that afternoon. I can assure you it worked very well in that respect. I went to the bathroom for a BM several times till I was “clear”. A Dr W. came by and said he was the Lung doctor, and would be checking out the results of the CT aniogram. He asked me what I thought he should be looking for. I told him I guess to see if the cancer had spread from my colon to the lungs. ... read more
Half now and half after noon
Danny taking my stuff home for now.
My Office

North America » United States » Texas April 1st 2014

March 30 – Harmony - I have been getting progressively shorter and shorter of breath in the past few months and able to do less and less without stopping to rest and get my breath back. I basically had to find a place to sit down or stand till I got my breath back. When I was in Playa del Carmen I managed to do what I wanted to do but had to walk as little as 100 feet at a time without having to stop at a place to sit down, or stop and stand, to get my breath back, then go another 100 feet or so. I must have looked bad because while I was exploring the ruins at Tulum and was sitting down to get my breath back a stranger walked over and ... read more
Back from cat scan.

North America » Mexico » Yucatán March 5th 2014

March 5 – Wednesday – Heading back to Tejas – I was aiming at catching the 10 AM bus to Cancun Airport this morning. I left a large pile of stuff for the maid if she wanted it plus 100 Pesos. Then I turned in my keys and as I stepped out of the gate and into the street flagged down a cab. I told him 50 pesos to Autobusses on 5th street at Benito Juarez. He said ok and off we went. I had to tell him which station as there are 2 in town. I got to the station in plenty of time and although the ticket seller had told me I could catch an earlier bus if I got here earlier the bus driver wouldn’t let me on the 9:30 bus and even ... read more
Santander ATM, Scotiabank, and Macdonalds
ADO bus to airport
ADO bus arriving at airport


March 2 - Today I explored the opening in the fence by Senior Frogs at the pier and walked down the beaches of Playacar a bit. The public access to the Playacar Beaches from Playa is a gap in the fence between Senior Frogs and the Ferry Pier. After I checked out the beach a bit I came back and watched the parade on 5th street again. March 3, 2014 - I stopped at a seafood restaurant today and ordered some seafood soup. I really wasn’t impressed with it so I ordered some rice to go with it. Much better. After eating I went over to 30th avenue to watch the parade again. I did what the locals do and watched it on 30th street by the Wal- Mart. It was a much larger parade than ... read more
Here's the beer
Public access to Playacar beaches by Senior Frogs.
Seafood soup

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 28th 2014

February 28 – Friday – Today worked on my pictures and my blog most of the day, and then I walked down to a pizza place for some pizza. I then walked down to 5th street to see if anything was going on there for the Carnival. 5thstreet was pretty quiet as most of today’s events were taking place in the Main Plaza in the center of town. So I just walked over to Founders Park by the beach and relaxed a bit. For once those stupid Indians weren’t beating those drums and sticks, or maybe they had just finished by the time I got there today as they were standing and sitting around. Tomorrow the parade will run from Founders park to Constituyentes and then up Constituyentes to 30th avenue where it will turn South ... read more
Fish and shrimp tacos
Haagen Das ice cream

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 26th 2014

February 26 – Wednesday – Today I walked over to the Pollo Asado place on Calle 2 and had some Pollo asado (roast chicken) for lunch. I got about a ¼ chicken with rice, onions, some salsa, and a coke for about $4.00. It was pretty good. After eating I walked down Calle 2 between 15 and 20th ave. and caught a collectivo van and this time I made sure to tell the driver “Tulum Ruinas”. After getting completely full the collectivo van took off and I was on the way to Tulum Ruinas. It cost me about 35 pesos (about $3.00) and they let me off on the highway at the road that goes into where the ruins are. There is absolutely no signage or indication of any kind on the highway that this was ... read more
First view of the sea
The sea
Easily defended entrance

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 24th 2014

Since I arrived in Playa on the 12th I have been exploring the town and walking, walking, walking, walking, walking. I have walked all over the area bordered by Juarez on the South and Constituyentes on the North and 30th Avenue on the West as well as the beaches I could get to using public access. So I have done a pretty good bit of exploring. I’ve also walked all the way out on 5thavenue till the stores and restaurants ended around Calle 40. The main thing I discovered is that it wasn’t worth walking all the way out on 5th avenue till the stores and restaurants ended around Calle 40. It’s just more of the same. I’ve also used the beach access to check out the beaches on the way and as well it is ... read more
Old ADO bus station
Santander ATM, Scotiabank, and Macdonalds
Inside the ADO bus station

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen February 14th 2014

A link to an English interpretation of Carnival events: http://www.playa.info/playa-del-carmen-forum/71338-carnaval-2014-a.html#post2034126 Feb 13 – El Fogans and Wal Mart day – Today I walked up to 30 Avenue and then started over towards El Fogans on 30thavenida at Calle 6 Norte Bis. I had read about it in various blogs and etc. and so wanted to check it out. Then the plan was to go to Wal-Mart afterwards for some essentials. At El Fogans I felt like experimenting so I got the Arrachera Especial which was flank steak with various side dishes. It was quite good as were the other items that came with it. It was a mistake eating so much though as I still had to continue on with my walk to Walmart. So I headed that way on a very full stomach and did ... read more
On the deck at Fogans Feb 14
El Fogon on 30th Avenue
Arrachera Especial at El Fogon




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