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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Working Alongside a Retired Portuguese Style Bull Fighter... in Mexico

Yep, this was one of my colleagues while working together with Pieter for the first time in Mexico.
Juan Carlos Fuentes, whom we mentioned in previous post (see below) writing a message to us after working two weeks alongside me...
To Pieter and Mariet
A right way to face Mushroom Growing
Mexico March 1st 1994
Juan Carlos was recognized as being the person who introduced Portuguese bullfighting in Mexico, where the bull is not finished - but fought fairly with bare hands. 
What crazy people actually to be taken on the horns... 
Juan Carlos started doing this already at age 14 and all five of his brothers did so, as did his Father and his Grandfather!
To Pieter and Mariet
After facing it you have to hang in there for success.
Juan Carlos Fuentes
Mexico March 1994
~
Juan Carlos had broken his ribs, his arm and his nose many times in the 12 years that he fought, plus ruptured lips and such. 
And someone like that ends up in mushroom cultivation...
I don't think he's going to give up so soon; one like him can take a beating!
But a very nice guy to work with. 
We also had him at Pieter's seminar in Pennsylvania on January 19th and 20th, so we already knew each other.


Related post:
Yep, both of us have been TRUE DARE DEVILS! | previous post where we met with Juan Carlos Fuentes

24 comments:

  1. Ci vuole coraggio ad affrontare un toro.
    Buon inizio settimana

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    1. Cara Giancarlo,
      Certo che sì ed è quello che ha fatto per dodici anni!
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  2. Why can't he fight someone his own size?

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Why do you think he teamed up for working alongside me?
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Indeed, very scary and he told me that his Mom cried and begged several times...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, You and Pieter have always met the most interesting people through your work and adventures. It always fascinates me when people make major changes in their life's work or location. I can understand why someone might want to edge away from bullfighting (although this kind seems more humane), but what got him into mushrooms?
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, we sure did meet the most interesting people through our work!
      One can see why it is nearly impossible to stay with bull fighting this way when age sets in. Guess he just loved another big challenge and he's stuck with it!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. He is either crazy or very brave, Mariette, but either way, this man is one to be admired. So cool to know he worked with the both of you!
    Blessings!

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    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Guess he, like his family members also, were very brave.
      He was a very nice person to work with.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. I guess he just needed that extra bit of excitement in his life Mariette 😉

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      Well, that went on for three generations it must have been some inherited courage!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. En España ha habido espectáculos procedentes de Portugal y lo han puesto además por tv. Somos países vecinms pero el toreo en España es distinto al de Portugal.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Sí, el estilo portugués es diferente de su país vecino!
      No es que me guste ninguno de los dos... no les gusta ver animales bajo estrés y sufrimiento.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  8. Bull fighters are mad...............lol
    Bull fighterd are brave........
    I am not.............
    Liked the photos............

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      It sure will take a lot of courage and vigilance for facing such a heavy animal!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. I cannot fathom coming eye to eye with a raging bull ..... LOL.

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      No way, that would not be my thing either...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Good thing he focused on mushrooms. I'm sure he's happy to have you as friends.
    xoxo
    Coisas de Feltro

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Yes, that was a good direction without such a danger for injury!
      Hope at least he's happy with us... We still have some contact.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Eek I am not even sure I could stand to be a spectator!

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  12. Well, once I was in a bullfight, with a Toreador from Spain; right here in Quito-Ecuador. Since they have prohibited in this country. Anyway, as for me I never saw it, I kept my eyes covered with my hands all the while it lasted, lol..
    Anyway, what great experience my friend. Its nice you befriended him and now he's into mushrooms. Safer, right hahaha...
    Thank you for visiting sweetie. I love your comments the best !
    Big hugs,
    Fabby

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Guess you handled it the right way as I too would have a hard time actually viewing this.
      So many unbelievable encounters we've made over the years and this shows how one can change direction in life.
      Hugs and thanks for your compliment!
      Mariette

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