Greetings from Paraiso! For the past week, your Bloguero has been in Bahia Soliman, a sheltered bay just north of the famous ruins at Tulum, Mexico. Your Bloguero spends as much time here as he can. And as you can probably see from the essays at The Dream Antilles this week, from here the world of politics and government seems remote, so your Bloguero tends to stick to writing a “lit blog,” which is how The Dream Antilles began almost 6 years ago.
How, you might ask, can politics and the narco war seem remote? Is not your Bloguero in narco-war dominated Mexico? Short answers abound. Mexico is a big country. The violence has concentrated in the states bordering the US and on the west coast of Mexico. Tulum, about an hour and a half’s drive south of Cancun, is on the east coast, near the Belize border, and hasn’t really had anything to do with any of that. So in a way, staying away from Tulum and the rest of the Riviera Maya in fear of impending narco violencia is like staying away from Philadelphia because there is a crime wave in Pittsburgh. This is a fact that the US State Department and the US Department of Homeland Security have done little to clarify. And their lack of explanation and the seemingly well founded fear it has nourished have badly hurt the tourism industry in this part of Mexico. And that, in turn, has badly hurt all of those many people who came to the coast of Quintana Roo from the interior in the past decade to work in construction and tourism and the numerous service industries. It is a shame that ignorance of the US’s neighbor to the South has these consequences.
Up On A Roof continues your Bloguero’s love of Estilo Robinson Crusue and Manayn, indigenous construction. This essay is an appreciation of the palaperos, whose skill and artisanship is making and fixing palapa roofs, traditional roofs thatched with palm. OSHA would never permit this to continue. But these are skilled professionals. Don’t try this at home.
Your Bloguero welcomed the July new moon with a Haiku.
Two Gathas For A Potholed Road is your Bloguero’s appreciation of the potholed road that leads to Bahia Soliman from Highway 307. Gathas are tools for mindfulness; the slow drive on the road so that the driver won’t flatten the tires or destroy the suspension is a perfect opportunity to bring one’s focus to the present. Two Gathas, one for coming, one for going.
Your Bloguero noted July Fourth. It’s not a holiday in Mexico. No matter. Your Bloguero extended holiday greetings to readers in the US.
In Sweet Rain your Bloguero notes that Chaucer had the right adjective to describe the sweet, summer rains in Bahia Soliman.
Your Bloguero finished the manuscript for his second novel, Tulum, and he immediately launched an attack on the conventions concerning the use of italics to indicate foreign words in Italics Be Gone! Scram! Beat It! and in Italics Part Deux in manuscripts. The conclusion of all of this is probably that your Bloguero will not italicize any English or Spanish words in the new novel, so as to facilitate the continuing cross-pollination of these languages. Latin, on the other hand, is a dead language and probably deserves the salute.
The Sky Over Bahia Soliman features two incredible photographs of the twilight sky taken with a cell phone.
This Evening’s Caress is your Bloguero’s appreciation of the gentle summer rain in Bahia Soliman. Having written that last night, your Bloguero went out for a morning walk on Friday, and immediately was showered with kisses. And drenched. Mama-kocha has a wonderful sense of humor.
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