--------------------------------- Acapulco - 8 Miles North of the City Pie de la Cuesta - Playa Luces Laguna de Coyuca - Barra de Coyuca Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- ----------------------------------
- the "I hate Mexicans" parts of Greene's The Lawless Roads -
Something human happens is travel writing, to explain what is human, to accept, and love the fact we are human.
My mother once asked, “What do Mexican do on Holidays?” I said, “Get drunk for three days, and blow off firecrackers.”
The art of travel is to anticipate humans being human, be just a spectator and not a participant, then remember to leave before you learn to hate the people.
I am laughing, down below, right now while I am typing this, the Mexicans are very drunk, dangerously noisy, in the bar attached to the El Pacifico Inn here in Mexico.
I told a friend the other day who lives on Pie de la Cuesta, “There was a reason I left Mexico.”
I lived here one year, in and out of this culture called Mexico. I purchased a plane ticket to Guatemala yesterday, 14 days in country and time to leave their home and try to forget. I stayed too long the last time, I will never forget or forgive it seems.
The constant cliché about Mexico is, “Don’t drink the water.” If you travel in a country, you will drink their water, taste their food, and look in their windows, if you do not want to drink their water, stay home, or leave.
I sometimes become baffled by the reader, writer, or person who says to look for the good in people. This advice is from a person who is in a bad situation and is continually reminding themselves this dictum, “Look for the good in people.”
I do not look for the good in people, when I do see good people, you know, the obvious, no problem person, the real thing, then I stay longer. Why sit around looking for the good in people, when I am not finding this good, I do what I am supposed to do, I travel to another places to search. There is no shortage of beautiful nature, trees, cities, every kind of wonder on the planet.
I do not live here, my family is not here, I do not work here, I do not have to make the best of a bad situation, I can do anything I want, I do not need to escape, I am not trapped. “I am free.”
No excuses here, however, may I say, “Excuse me, I need to go.”
I had a plan, a plan is something I do until a better one comes along.