Why I DON'T Sing Zih Blues

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, July 03, 2019, 11:45 (327 days ago)

Day after day it seems as if most of the rest of the world is closer to going to hell in a handbasket, while things here in Zihuatanejo hardly change at all. Life in the tropics is slow moving. The summer heat slows things down even more. But the tropical sun brightens everything up and brings out the loveliest colors, colors that rural and small-town tropical dwellers miss when they travel to inland cities and the climes of the littler latitudes where so much seems gray and brown by comparison. Even a cloudy day here is rarely like a cloudy day elsewhere.

One thing that makes our region distinct is that so many of the region's families are related, and even those who aren't are treated like family. Of course this aspect of local culture is being diluted by the arrival of outsiders with no such tendencies or relationships, I never cease to marvel at the warmth of the people from the older families of the region and the state of Guerrero, the support people give each other, and the cordiality with which the people of the region of the Costa Grande and Acapulco treat each other.

Of course the key to even noticing most aspects of our culture for someone foreign born is to dominate the language. You can't appreciate what you don't understand. Music, literature and movies just don't translate well enough to convey the nuances of culture and tradition and social relations. For those who make the effort to dominate Spanish, the rewards are limitless. It's also much more pleasant on the ear than any other language. ;-)

If you are here or plan on coming soon get ready for the summer vacationers from the inland cities. Graduation parties are happening all over the place and well dressed young people in elegant gowns and uncomfortable suits can be seen posing for photos in all kinds of scenic settings. Once the schools formally let out for summer vacation we can expect tens of thousands of tourists here in the Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa region. Oh boy!

The newly rebuilt school looks good! Hopefully they'll put some nice landscaping or at least some sod in front instead of paving it and creating an additional heat source.

Amazing that about 4 or 5 times in the past couple of weeks it's looked like we were going to get some rain... then nothing. Yesterday was yet another one of those days. ¡Tamo' sala'o!

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