Scott’s Mexico Timeline

  • 10 Mar 2017

    Mariachi Cancun Airport

        Trumpets are not quiet instruments. In the Cancun Airport, Terminal Three, a trumpet and guitars serenade travelers arriving and departing from Mexico. The terminal is full of duty free shops, and, if you didn’t pick up gifts before, this is your last tax free shopping opportunity. Mariachi music belongs to Mexico though Mexican […]

  • 09 Mar 2017

    Yoga Time searching for peace

        Yoga studios are prevalent in Tulum. At nine sharp, practitioners dress in loose fitting clothes, clutch their orange or green mats, make their way into the yoga studio and begin exercises with a background of soothing music and the reassuring voice of a Yoga master who has learned the same way, on a […]

  • 09 Mar 2017

    Main Street, Tulum Tulum

        Most villages, towns and cities, small or large, old or new, have a Main Street. Main streets support shops, offices, hotels, restaurants, government compounds. Some have divided boulevards for traffic, bike paths, sidewalks for pedestrians. Main streets are where towns were conceived, the center of an onion that keeps growing outwards as people […]

  • 07 Mar 2017

    Taking our order waiter's office

        Across the road from the Hemingway Romantic Eco-Cottages is an open air bar with picnic tables covered by Mexican tablecloths, salt and pepper shakers made with small Corona bottles, pithy signs and a cooking area where a chef makes tacos, a specialty of the house. This VW bus, from the 60’s, has been […]

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Playing in the Sand Sandman

        There are sand creations on beaches. They start as an idea, then move past idea to become reality. Artists bring their buckets and shovels, pots and rakes, sticks or bones, bottle caps or string, shells or seaweed to make hair. They kneel in the sand, and, with bare hands, sculpt, as best they […]

  • 05 Mar 2017

    Professor Jones Wearing a Red Bowtie coffee ice cream with strawberries

        If you have time to order mid day ice cream in a different country, served by staff who don’t know your language, with a white cloth napkin and clean silverware,you don’t need to worry about price or how quick to eat it. This is a full three scoops of coffee ice cream plus […]

  • 05 Mar 2017

    Mexico Nights Ahau Tulum Hotel

        At sundown, people in Tulum begin to congregate. From their tables in the dining area at Ahau Tulum, customers and friends watch the sun go down as the Caribbean Sea vanishes into dark. As sunlight dims, people leave the beach, wash away sand and suntan lotion,put on sexy night clothes and sit down […]

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Cupid’s Arrows watch out - here comes one

        On the wall of a shop,these Cupid twins smile lustily, with a trace of the Devil in their expressions. Cupids are often known to have smiling faces, flowing blond hair,rotund bodies. They fly in the air with ease and are particularly in evidence in palace gardens where men and women socialized in times […]

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Morning Vision setting out mannikins

        Along the Hotel Zone main road in Tulum, Mexico there are diversions. There are small coffee shops that sell Mexican coffee, flavored with sugar, and delicious pastries for individual palates. Restaurants push seafood, Indian food, Italian, Chinese, Vegan and Mexican cuisine.Bars serve late at night and hotels have Vacancy signs hanging where they […]

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Nature an afternoon at the beach

      Rock colored birds face the wind so their bodies aren’t scattered like bowling pins. Pelicans circle us above, dive like missiles, their pointed beaks becoming spears, surfacing with wiggling fish. Sea colors, shades of green and blue, modulate.  Waves move as far onto land as they can go, then recede from our toes.. Fitting […]

  • 01 Mar 2017

    Net fishing catching dinner

        At dinnertime, a pelican begins his dive. He circles his target, turns himself into a projectile by tucking his wings to his body,and disappears head first into the surf. When he comes back to the water’s surface, he shakes his wings and recomposes, a fish struggling in his enormous beak.  Not long after, […]

  • 01 Mar 2017

    Yoga Shala Key bent but not broken

        There are several postcards about keys on Scotttreks. There is one postcard on a Montevideo door lock and three keys that look the same. There is one postcard on a break and enter situation in Belize when Jack’s renter doesn’t leave a key and he has to get his AirBnB apartment ready for […]

  • 27 Feb 2017

  • 27 Feb 2017

    Chat from the Boneyard death on display

        When you walk in Tulum, you become accustomed to meeting bones. There are full fledged skeletons sitting on park benches, skulls with sunglasses and jaunty caps on shop shelves, brightly colored ceramic skulls with smiling teeth and bulging eyes. It is February and Halloween has long since been packed away in warehouses. In […]

  • 24 Feb 2017

    Hauling Seaweed Even on the best beaches

        Tides are capricious. Some places on this beach you find no nasty presents from high tide. There is white sand, pools of trapped sea water, an occasional shell. Other places you find a narrow strip of seaweed, like Christmas tinsel on a living room floor. In the worst places you find piles of […]

  • 24 Feb 2017

    Gatos in Paradise making themselves comfortable

        Cats are everywhere in Tulum, Mexico. These gatos sleep during the day and hunt at night. Even when asleep they can wake instantly, move into a predatory stance, run up a tree trunk to safety amid sea grape leaves. They are used to people, allow themselves to be stroked, take food offerings when […]

  • 24 Feb 2017

    Caribbean Sea at Tulum, Mexico Hotel Zone - Tulum

        The sea changes like a model’s face. One moment it is smooth as glass all the way to the horizon, the meeting of water and sky straight as a pencil line drawn by laying a ruler down. The horizon is so straight that you believe the world is flat like old explorers believed […]

  • 23 Feb 2017

    Gran Cenote Mayan Fresh Water

        There is water wherever you look, but it  tastes salty and won’t take away your thirst. Water falls from the sky, but, on land flatter than a tabletop, it doesn’t run into rivers and down into the sea. Water seeps into the ground and collects in cenotes, underground caverns with stalactites and stalagmites, […]

  • 23 Feb 2017

    The Burro says Hi scott and friend

        You never know who you will meet on your morning walk. This burro is grazing by the side of the road, and, moments earlier, posed for a photo with a young man and his girl friend, who then snapped this photo of Scott in reciprocity. The burro decides he isn’t pleased with us […]

  • 23 Feb 2017

    Money Exchange pesos to dollars, dollars to pesos

        Today, the exchange rate is nineteen pesos to a dollar. Along the Hotel Zone strip, ATM’s, when they are working, dispense pesos or dollars. If you need money, you walk, bike, or drive to a little pitched roof shack on the main road not far from the Hemingway Eco Cottages. At the bottom […]

  • 23 Feb 2017

    Sales Receipt as real as it gets

        Sales receipts are prosaic. On most there are times and dates, food ordered and its price, balances due and how the bill was paid. There is a spot for taxes and gratuities. There can be series of numbers indicating stock numbers of merchandise, re-order times, discounts, adjustments, credits. On this restaurant receipt, at […]

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Food in the Yucatan eating well

        There is color here. The beach is a blinding white slightly curving belt of sand holding the blue sea and green jungle loosely around the waist. The sky is a blue un-fenced playground for white soft clouds sailing like yachts. Sunlight is intense and filters through the rustling leaves of a green canopy. […]

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Mayan Outpost with Iquanas Tulum Ruins

        The location of this old Mayan city was well chosen. It is a place Mayan elite lived for the best part of the year,entertained visitors, enjoyed food and drink on porches as their sun sank into the Caribbean sea. There were simple platforms built on the grounds upon which slaves and servants lived […]

  • 21 Feb 2017

    Tulum Beach in the surf

        The surf rumbles all day and all night. Where water meets land, long white capped waves roll over, roll under, and roll onto the land like conquerors. There are high and low tides and thin legged birds kick bubbles left by the waves like Colombian soccer players. In early morning there is a […]

  • 21 Feb 2017

    Tulum Signs Health Zone

        “Why is Yoga so popular, ” I ask? ” Tulum”, Angelique smiles,” is an old hippie colony – it grows out of that. People want to feel good. ” There is plenty of feel good here with a huge European presence. In the morning a large group of Europeans sits at a big […]

  • 21 Feb 2017

    Fish Tacos Best on Earth

        Tulum has two faces. There is the Hotel Zone which is a strip of bars, restaurants, hotels,and retail shops along the main road running along the beach all the way south to a biosphere nature preserve called Sian Kian. Then there is the Mexican town of Tulum where locals live. You can find […]

  • 25 Jan 2015

    End of the Road Heading back to the U.S.S.A.

        Every journey has an end. The Mazatlan aeropuerto is small. U.S. Airways charges twice as much for a ticket as they should and the fact the airplane is only half full going down and three quarter full returning tells volumes about the state of tourism in Mexico. Years of gang killings, drug wars, […]

  • 24 Jan 2015

    Mexico Mural On the way to the beach

        On the way to the beach at the Hotel Playa de Mazatlan, there is a mural painted on a hotel wall by some unknown Mazatlan artist. The characters are easy to recognize. There are homages to traditional lifestyles when women wore non-revealing clothes and carried baskets on their heads heading homeward after a […]

  • 24 Jan 2015

    Lost in Color Hotel Plaza de Mazatlan

        In the hotel lobby, each day, this artist/craftsman unfolds two tables. He is dipping his brush into color and applying paint as I watch. When done with one color, he cleans his brush in a glass of water, wipes the residue off with a towel, then switches to another color on the bowl […]

  • 24 Jan 2015

    Footprints/Hotel Playa Beach Side by side/Hotel Playa

        This is a conundrum. At first glance these are footprints on the beach.  At a second glance you discover the footprints are not pointing the same direction. At first thought, I wonder how this happened? Maybe a man with a peg leg twists his right foot, in the opposite direction, and lights a […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Sunrise/Sunset in Mazatlan Following the sun

        Some of the grandest moments on a trip to the ocean are when you wake up and when you go to bed. First thing in the morning the sun pushes itself up onto its throne and has its cleaning staff sweep away darkness with stiff brushed brooms. Last thing in the evening the sun […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    I wuz Here On the beach at Stone Island

        One of the first things I come across on this Stone Island beach is a handwritten message scratched in the sand, still hours away from being erased, by the incoming tides. It brings up an old question – “If no one hears a tree falling in the forest, does it mean the tree […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Coconuts and Beach/Stone Island Taking a tour break

        Our tour boat docks, by a grouping of mangroves,and we disembark into a thatched eating area where a local family will serve us lunch in a few hours. While they prepare our tour’s meal, we are taken for a look at this island’s coconut farm, watch Polo skin a coconut using a metal […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Polo and Juanito Friends

        As our tour boat moves slowly through the water, paralleling Stone Island, we see mangroves form a wall to our east. We leave the marina and head north past large shrimp boats, tuna ships with miles of net piled on their decks, one of the largest fish canneries in Mexico, the Pacifico beer […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Jungle Tour Mazatlan Off on an expedition

        Back in the day, after school, our tribe would gather around the new black and white television in the family room and watch TV serials. There was Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the Little Rascals, Gene Autry, the Three Stooges, and Tarzan. One of the pleasures of childhood was watching Tarzan, live in […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Hotel Playa Stage Show/Mazatlan Dance revue

        Every night, downstairs, the Hotel Playa offers entertainment. It is sometimes a DJ spinning tunes. Sometimes it is a duo of classical guitars. On certain nights you can hear song smiths warbling out popular melodies. This particular evening we get flashy dancers in the restaurant  (La Terraza) performing for elderly guests who are […]

  • 22 Jan 2015

    Zona Historico Walking the historical district

        Walking streets in the historical district of Mazatlan, before people wake up, photo ops pop like bubbles from a glass of champagne. Inanimate objects are posing and don’t require permission to photograph. With people there are always questions of privacy, vanity, and personal space. This morning the sun is bright and it is […]

  • 22 Jan 2015

    Zona Historico/Mazatlan Historical district of Mazatlan

        There are two city zones that tourists see most in Mazatlan. There is the Zona Dorado where newer hotels congregate and bars and discos service night crowds. The beaches are here as well as ten taxi drivers to every tourist and street vendors selling hats, sunglasses, ironwood carvings, jewelry, fruit snacks, hair braiding, whale […]

  • 21 Jan 2015

    Night Dolphins/On the Malecon Sunday night in Mazatlan

        On a tip from Pat, at seven thirty this evening, Alan and I pile into a pulmonia and tell the driver – “Dolphina’s por favor …” We are taken, for fifty pesos, to distant communication towers rising into the sky to the south of us. During the daytime these towers are unlit and […]

  • 21 Jan 2015

    Marina Norte Cheap Mexican home on the water

        There are several marinas in Mazatlan. The northern marina tends towards pleasure while the southern marina gravitates towards work.  This Sunday the only event that draws skippers off their boats are NFL playoffs on high def TVs in bars and restaurants close to the water.There are security gates at each boat ramp that […]

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