Ruins on Monte Albán, Oaxaca - Mexico

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Comments (17)

Yasemin KUMRAL on February 10, 2009

Wooowwww Super GreenDK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greetings from Turkiye,


Peter Groenendijk on February 10, 2009

Thanks Yasemin for the visit and comments! I hope to visit you country one day!!!

Greetings from Holland


My Contest!!!

SirFin on March 3, 2009

We have traveled to many of the same places...I climbed Monte Albán, surfed in Puerto Escondido, traveled to Morocco, Baja, Lisboa, Holland, etc. I'm going to spend more time looking through your gallery! SirFin

Peter Groenendijk on March 21, 2009

Hi SirFin!! We indeed did!! I had a great time travelling through this countries and traveling (again) through your gallery!



SirFin on March 21, 2009

Hey Peter! Nice to hear from you. I must admit, I don't think there is anyone else on Panoramio where I said, "Wow, I've been there and there and there, too! Monte Alban was really a special place, the way it was positioned with the mountains and valley, truly a magical place for sure! Glad you liked my gallery too. Best to you, SirFin in the USA

Peter Groenendijk on March 22, 2009

Yes indeed, it is trully impressive!

Have you been to Palenque as well?? I think I lijke it even better, for the jungle surrounds it! Anyway those ruins are impressive!



P.S.>> Are you travelling in the US or living?!

SirFin on March 22, 2009

Hey Peter...nope, I never made it to Palenque, though I wanted to. I ended up in Guatemala for some time, then over to Belize (Placentia Cay). I was hitchhiking and also taking the local buses for most of my four months down there. Was a bit of a rough trip as you can imagine! We live in the US and just travel when we can. Regards, SirFin

Peter Groenendijk on March 22, 2009

Well, Guatemala and Belize is not bad at all! Though overall the trip was smooth, we did (my brother and I) have some 'rough' time when we lost in the Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre). We were trying to reach the bottom of the Basachiachic falls, but took the wrong way arround. We got lost in the Canyon, slept two nights there and found illegal weed plantations, which, in Mexico, is not associated with the most friendly environments... Something to tell to the kids...



SirFin on March 22, 2009

A Mexican trip always provides good "stories for the kids"! I don't think I'd do today what was OK in the '70s. Coming within a minute of being consumed by an eight foot shark...well, there would have been no kids for me if that had happened!

But, then there are the "good stories" for sure! I saw your pictures of the Barracas del Cobre journey and this one tells it all..."lost in the wrong part of town!"

Glad you made it back you can tell the kids! LOL

SirFin south of the border!

Peter Groenendijk on March 23, 2009

Hehe, too bad you don't have a picture of the shark getting to you...

The trip in the Barrancas was very nice, except for getting lost, we had a great time... But the idea of waking up with someone pointing a shotgun to you wasn't very nice...

My mother didn't like the story so much either...



SirFin on March 23, 2009

Hehe, too bad you don't have the shotgun picture in your gallery...LOL! But, as is true, my mother did not like the shark stories either, those "close calls" make good stories for friends but not family! SirFin escaped from "Jaws"

Peter Groenendijk on March 24, 2009

But I do have pictures of my apendicitis and peritonitis I got in Brasil (yes, two for the price of one!)... Though not published on panoramio, as the content is not as pretty as the landscapes over there... My mom almost came over to the rescue that time!

It was (somewhat) a close call, but as they say in Brasil, "an ugly vase is hard to break", so here I am still!!


SirFin on March 24, 2009

Great quote on the "ugly vase", will have to remember that one! Any trips on your horizon? SirFin

Peter Groenendijk on March 25, 2009

I will be heading to Brasil in the end of next month (to see my girlfriend) and then back to Holland to present my research proposal for my internship in Ethiopia, where I'll be heading to arround the 20th of May... But that's about it. Sometimes I think I travel too much. And I think my mom agrees...

Later! Peter

SirFin on March 26, 2009

You are quite a jet-setter, Peter! Except, Ethiopia will definately be a rough place, I would think. While there, you must try Dora Watt, the official dish of Ethiopia! I made it for my family one time when we lived in Virgina Beach, VA, USA...and they all said they preferred not to have it again...that crushed me, I liked it!

So, my wife just asked me, what will you be doing there? Later, SirFin

Peter Groenendijk on March 27, 2009

Hi SirFin!

Yes, what the hell am I going to do in Ethiopia... Good question!

Well, I study Biology (doing my Master now) and will be heading to Ethiopia to do my second internship. There I will be looking to the population dynamics of the Boswellia papyrifera, a tree species that produces frankinsence, the resin burned in churches and other religious cerimonies. The population is at risk of collapsing, because it is being over exploited. As a part of a big research going on in the area I will thus be looking at the population dynamics using computer models to simulate how the population will be reacting (growing or declining) in the future.

Here in Utrecht (the city I live) we have an Ethiopian restaurant! I love the food there, so I'm actully looking forward to the culinary orgasms I'll be having there... I'll let you know how the Dora Watt in Etiopia is, maybe you just did not have the right ingredients...

And yes, I think Ethiopia will be pretty primitive, but you'll have to see it by myself!



SirFin on March 27, 2009

Peter, sounds like a fascinating study and definitely an exotic, if not plush, place to do some research! My masters is in geography - which came about from all my travels, I'm sure! In fact, if you click on my tag for "Saba", I was there with my wife doing research on the tourist resources of Saba Island. I even got a research grant to pay for most of that...a grant to go to the Caribbean in the winter (one of my greatest achievements in the academic arena for sure!).

You'll have to chronicle your Ethiopian travels in your gallery! And if you find a good "Dora Watt" recipe, pass it on to me...not sure I'd ever get my family to try it again though...they said the eggs looked like they were petrified! LOL. Take care, SirFin

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  • Uploaded on August 8, 2008
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    by Peter Groenendijk
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A610
    • Taken on 2008/06/29 12:38:07
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 14.93mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash