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Surviving Armageddon

Merida's Mardi Gras

sunny 32 °C

We survived – not the cataclysmic arrival of a giant meteorite that we had been erroneously led to believe would destroy the world this week and signal Armageddon - we survived the Mardi Gras festival parade in Merida on Sunday…
The noise was deafening. Huge boom-boxes thumping out Latin rhythms drowned out the sound of enormous diesel generators and the excited yells of over a quarter of a million spectators. Here’s just a sample of the crowd…
And here’s a selection of the thousands of elaborately costumed dancers…


It was … difficult to describe - an unmissable event. However, having spent six ear-shattering hours under a blistering sun amid a throng of yelling festival aficionados and screaming kids, perhaps our greatest relief is that we no longer need to go to Rio for Mardi Gras. Most of the floats were advertising vehicles for food and drink and the crowds went wild as free goodies were thrown to them. It’s amazing how aggressive people can become over a free bag of Tostitos or a cheap chocolate bar. Here’s some of the floats…
As for the prediction of the end of the world: we have now learnt that, according to the Mayan calendar, on December 21st of this year all peoples of the earth will cease wars and will live in peace and harmony for ever more. While we would like to be as optimistic as our Mayan hosts we think that the prospect of a giant meteorite destroying the earth is far more likely than world peace, so James won’t be making his usual Christmas cake this year.

Posted by Hawkson 16:52 Archived in Mexico

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Oh no! No Christmas cake?

by Janet

You could leave a message in the fruitcake.
I hear that they last hundreds of years. Imagine being mortalized in cake for the aliens that my find it as it drifts off into space!

by Jenna

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