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This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Lady McDonna

This shot was taken in Isla Grande's main square. Note the McDonald's Playplace flanking the Blessed Virgin (you might have to click on the photo to actually see Ronald). Here is a translation of a chat with a local on the topic:

CC: So....how did the McDonald's play equipment end up here if there's no McDonald's restaurant? [because whether I hate it or not, which I do, most people have heard of McDonald's, at least this close to Panama City]

Local: no what restaurant?

CC: No McDonald's restaurant.

Local [confused]: I don't know this restaurant. Is it from your city in the United States? Do they serve typical food?

CC: Ummm...kind of. They serve beef. um..hamburgers.

Local: I have never been to the United States, so I don't know that restaurant. If you want a hamburger, there are some hamburgers on the island.

CC: Mmmm, thanks very much. Perhaps I'll have a hamburger for lunch. See you later.

[Score one for our team! never heard of McDonald's! awesome.]

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