Local Knowledge #2

Here in Mahahual there is a serious lack of first world comforts and conveniences. This is a big part of the charm but it can also be frustrating when you are looking for frozen raspberries or power sander papers. There aren’t any big box stores, not even a bank, and you are limited to what you can find in the various “mini supers” around town. Most of these charming little stores have the essentials…fried plantains, glass bottled coca-cola, bleach and a tomato or two. You get the idea.

Being from a more developed part of the world you can become frustrated from the urgency you feel when you need or want something you don’t have. Heck, you know the days of instant gratification are here when drones dropping things off at your house 3 hours after you order them online is not a thing of science fiction. But as time goes by and you begin to really settle in to the Mahahualense way of life you realize that, if you are patient, most of the things you need will just come to you!

One of the great things about Mahahual, and Mexico in general, is that the budding entrepreneurs of the area begin their businesses by piling their wares in the car, bike, or triciclo and peddling them down your street! Everything is available, from bread and water to plastic trash cans, even fresh made furniture, and all you have to do is wait for the sound of the bell or horn, look out your window, and see what is coming down your street!

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So unless you have an emergency, take a breath and breathe in the beauty of waiting for the special day when the thing you need comes beeping down your street. It is like Christmas!

 

 

 

Menos Plastico en Mahahual

Hi guys! I just thought I would post a few pictures from this past Sunday’s Menos Plastico en Mahahual event. Incase you are unfamiliar with this group it is a group that holds monthly events dedicated to the promotion of recycling and education about the dangers of plastics to the ocean, reefs and beach ecosystems here in Mahahual. If you have been here lately you have probably noticed that there is less trash around and that is definitely due in part to their efforts.

They have a great event where there is food and music, educational workshops, activities for kids, a small farmers market and more. It is a great event and if you are ever in town you should definitely attend. Take a look at this month’s action…

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We were lucky enough to have a great professional photographer who took these wonderful pictures for the event so I had to share! With groups like this and individuals pitching in around town we are starting to make progress. When you come and visit please participate in the “sin popote” movement and order your drinks without plastic straws! Thanks and we will see you soon!