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New Year, Same Old Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, January 03, 2018, 13:28 (290 days ago)

Most of my life I've lived in the tropics in places where folks vacation for the holidays. That means we've almost always had family and/or friends visiting for the holidays, and because it's our high season it usually means those of us who work for a living work more and harder. So Christmas and New Year's long ago lost their "magic", and the only change in the season is that it's more crowded and the nights are a bit cooler (though I did live through some exceptionally cold winters in Florida where we saw freezing temps and snow as far south as Ft. Myers, but the cold usually only lasted a couple of weeks at most).

Zihuatanejo is no exception where many locals bust their humps to try to deal with their work and their visitors, trying to be festive with family and/or friends while also getting their work done which includes mundane chores like shopping, cleaning and laundry. Since we haven't received hardly any city water since before Christmas it's also meant having pipas deliver water and filling our tinacos several times a week. So while the tourists are all walking around with big smiles on their relaxed and sunburnt faces, some of the locals start to get a little bedraggled and moon-eyed as sleep deprivation and exhaustion take their toll.

Give us another week or so, and once the visitors are gone and the kids are back in school and our pace of life slows back down a bit we'll be back to our jolly old selves.

¡Felicidades y saludos!

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