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Lay Zih Days

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:43 (35 days ago)

Not a day goes by I don't give thanks to be right here in Zihuatanejo, in this secluded tropical paradise with all its warts where neighbors and strangers still greet each other warmly, where we still breathe clean air, where foreigners can still feel welcome even if they don't assimilate or speak the language and no matter what they wear or which deity they worship. ¡Viva México!

Yesterday we laid to rest a local vendedor de artesanía who sold his wares at the zócalo. A humble hardworking man who suffered diabetes and who in his later years was extorted by criminals whom he later found out were his own daughter and her boyfriend. He seemed to die of a broken heart after that as much as from his health complications. He was just one of the many vendors with whom tourists haggle to lower the prices of their already extremely low-priced handcrafts. PLEASE DO NOT HAGGLE TO LOWER PRICES OF THE PEOPLE WHO SELL HANDMADE ITEMS. PLEASE. tHEIR LIVES ARE ALREADY HARD ENOUGH. If you want what they're selling, just pay what they're asking. Haggling is not expected and it's not a game.

Families of tourists are here and appear to be enjoying themselves. The mar de fondo has been problematic as have been the water lilies washing out of the estuaries an onto the beaches at Isla Ixtapa and Playa Linda, but so far nothing insurmountable. We've had some cloud cover these past couple of days, but our local weather is still absolutely perfect. ¡Viva Zihuatanejo!

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