Scott’s Mexico Timeline

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  • 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 taxi drivers […]

  • 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 bare floor […]

  • 09 Mar 2017

    Main Street Tulum

    Most villages, towns and cities, small or large, old or new, have a Main Street. Main streets have 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 move away […]

  • 06 Mar 2017

    Taking our order – Video 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 painted, gutted, […]

  • 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 buckets and shovels, pots and rakes, sticks and bones, bottle caps or string, shells or seaweed to make hair. They kneel in the sand, and, with bare hands, sculpt, as best they can, their visions. […]

  • 05 Mar 2017

    Professor Jones in Red Bowtie coffee ice cream with strawberries

    When 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 strawberries with […]

  • 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 to dinner […]

  • 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 cherubs with 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 past, held heart […]

  • 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 can be […]

  • 04 Mar 2017

    Nature’s Ways an afternoon at the beach

       Rock colored birds face the wind so their bodies aren’t scattered like bowling pins. Pelicans circle, dive, their pointed beaks becoming lances. Sea colors modulate,  Waves stir up sediment and seaweed. Fitting into nature, seamlessly, was what was lost in our Fall from paradise.                

  • 01 Mar 2017

    Net fishing – Video 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, a fisherman […]

  • 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 a new […]

  • 27 Feb 2017

    Tulum Sunrise – Video February, 2017

    This video doesn’t need words.    

  • 27 Feb 2017

    All Bones death on display

    When you walk in Tulum, you become accustomed to seeing bones. There are full fledged skeletons sitting on park benches, skulls with sunglasses and jaunty caps, shelves full of ceramic heads with smiling teeth and bulging eyes, crosses and saints, religious retablos and long haired corpses. It is February and Halloween has long since been […]

  • 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 seaweed drying […]

  • 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 they can […]

  • 24 Feb 2017

    Caribbean Sea – Video 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 air 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 thought and […]

  • 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, blue blue […]

  • 23 Feb 2017

    The Burro says Hi from Mexico 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 and kicks […]

  • 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 and/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 of the […]

  • 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 the bottom, […]

  • 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. Shops, bars […]

  • 22 Feb 2017

    Kite Surfing – Video play in the day

    Kite surfing is here to stay. On this beach there is wind, day and night, a big plus for a kite surfer. Lounging in beach bars, you can feel wind hitting your face, hear palm fronds rustle, watch lizards on tree trunks lifting up on their front two legs to see insects, their little heads […]

  • 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 in thatched […]

  • 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 row of […]

  • 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 table […]

  • 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, 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 tourists in […]

  • 21 Feb 2017

    Welcome to Mexico Tulum

    Ancient Tulum was a special Mayan retreat. Built where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea, it was a showcase for Mayan rulers and a place they lived in luxury, a hub where the business of an empire co-existed with the spirit of that empire. Tourists, these days, come to Tulum for surf, sand, suntans, healing […]

  • 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, and poverty […]

  • 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 day of […]

  • 24 Jan 2015

    Craftsman at Hotel Playa, Mazatlan Decorating ceramics

    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 he is […]

  • 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 Cuban cigar […]

  • 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 falls tired […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    I Was 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 didn’t fall?” […]

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Coconuts and Beach/Stone Island Taking a tour break

    Our expedition boat docks, by a grouping of mangroves,and we disembark into a thatched eating area where a local family will serve us fish for lunch. While they cook we are taken for a tour of this island’s coconut farm, watch Polo skin a coconut using a metal spike stuck in the ground. When done, […]

  • 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 bottling […]

  • 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 the jungle […]

  • 22 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 in town […]

  • 22 Jan 2015

    Mazatlan Morning/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 easy to […]

  • 22 Jan 2015

    Church/ Plaza/ Jesus/Mazatlan Near the Centro of Mazatlan

    The Catholic church has monuments throughout the America’s. In most towns, small and large, they have constructed huge buildings with thick walls, tall doorways, stained glass windows and statues of saints on pedestals inside and around the perimeter of the sanctuaries. There has been much said about the Catholic scorched earth policy against indigenous peoples […]

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