We have a saying here in Mahahual when someone asks you how you are doing, or how are things?, “Just another day in paradise” is usually the response. There are not too many tourists, or expats for that matter in town, so things are slow. Last Sunday the town was full of tourists, but besides cruise ships, not much going on now. So this past week was “Just another week in paradise”.
Wednesday we had a CMR, Costa Maya Rumor, become a CMF, Costa Maya Fact. Tuesday I was on my bike on the malecon and someone shouted to me they heard there was a ship being diverted here the next day, because of the weather. I said sure, and did not think more of it, and what do you know, a ship showed up the next day. A ship was diverted here from St. Thomas and St. Martin because of the bad weather in the eastern Caribbean. So that was a nice surprise.
I was riding my bike from Barrio 55 to the malecon on Wednesday after the cruise ship docked. Well I was riding on the main road towards the lighthouse, when I heard a golf cart pull up right behind me, and it kept following right behind me. I could hear them speaking Chinese or something, and I kind of pulled over to the side, and they did also. So I am kind of looking over my shoulder, and I see a golf cart full of Chinese I think. They all were dressed like tourists and had cameras around their necks, and were shooting photos and talking like crazy.
We got to the road to go into downtown Mahahual, and you have to go right to go into town, and straight to get on the malecon, which is what I do. I slowed down to let them pass so they could go into town, and kind of waved them ahead. Before I knew the golf cart almost hits me, and has to swerve, to avoid me. No acknowledgement or anything, and the golf cart full of Chinese keep going. So I keep riding towards the lighthouse to the malecon, and stop at the curb to jump over it to get to the malecon. Next thing I knew the golf cart full of Chinese come from around the corner and almost hit me again, and again had to swerve to keep from hitting me. (I have always heard jokes about Asian drivers, but never have experienced it up close). I thought to myself, “Just my luck, come to Mexico and get killed by some Chinese tourist with a golf cart.”
Thursday we had a ship here from 6am to 1pm, a short day, good weather but not a lot of cruise ship tourists this time of year.
So as you can see, just another week in paradise here in Mahahual.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina