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Mayan Mexico

sunny 34 °C

For our first couple of weeks in Mexico the weather was a touch hit and miss. It was warm, but the sea was rucked by strong nor’westerlies and at times the sky was greyer than a Gabriolan February. However, since our English guests arrived last Monday it has been entirely a hit – downright hot in fact. So what could be more refreshing than the pleasantly cool freshwater pool, (called a cenote), at Dzibilchaltun…
Not only can you cool off in the clear water but you can get a free pedicure from a shoal of very obliging small fry…
But we are not here to take the waters. Dzibilchaltun is an ancient Mayan city built about the time that the Romans were stomping all over Europe. This pyramid is about 2,000 years old…
Time for a little local history. Unlike the Romans and ancient Egyptians whose records survived in the relatively dry atmosphere, the hot, humid jungle of the Yucatan quickly swallowed the Mayans’ buildings and ate everything, including the limestone carvings that depicted their life and rituals. Therefore, little is known of the origin of the Mayans – they may have originated in Asia, or might have descended from the races of Columbia or other Andean countries. What is known is that were, and still are, very short, small people, who are not easily provoked to war – a sensible strategy if the biggest chap on the team is the size of a grade 5 Canadian schoolkid. There are claims of human sacrifice – especially that of children - and while it may make sense for a four-foot nothing Mayan warrior to pick on a five year old, the chances are that these claims are exaggerated to titillate the tourists. How’s this for theatre seating circa 300 AD…
By the way - great news! We had been led to believe that the world would end next Tuesday, but the astronomical observatory at Dzibilchaltun predicts that we are safe until December 21st 2012 – Yeah!
Hasta semana proxima, (See you next week after all).

Posted by Hawkson 17:51 Archived in Mexico

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oh I am so glad you wont get hit by the metior I was holing my breath. I am in North Van dog sitting and wishing I COULD BE warm in the sun. oh well next year but after Dec 21 if possible!!!!Jean

by Jean McLaren

At Chapters I saw a book (yes in the New Age section) on Predictions 2012 comprised of many well known essayists such Peter Russell and Joana Macy. I picked it up to bring home to study, but put it back in favour of Wade Davies' The Wayfinders.

by Janet

Sunshine AND warmth--wonderful. Sunshine in Ottawa, too, but -2 degrees. Barrie's away to there on the 0730 AC flight tomorrow. Just me and the cat again.
Great news re delay of world's end. Obviously I won't have to worry about what to buy Barrie for Christmas this year.

by R and B

Lovely shot of the cenote. Puts me in mind of the shots of the pools in the SE Asia trip blogs. There was an article in the travel section of the Sun on Saturday re: the Merida festival you were going to. Very interesting.Look forward to your more authentic account some day.

by Tom

I read the same article on the festival in Merida in the Vanc. Sun as Tom did and knew you be there to enjoy it and safe the world at the same time. I had heard that weather in Mexico hadn't cooperated earlier in the month and I think I made the right choice with Maui....enjoy the family, friends.

by Joyce

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