Chatty would like to thank those few readers who stick with her through thick and thin.
Chatty has not recently been either a loyal or a good blogger. Partly because she was sick, partly because she didn’t have much to say, partly because she was depressed about that, and partly because she is lazy.
Also, Chatty must point out that her computer has been re-loaded 3 times in the past 3 weeks. A Nasty Virus. The Wiz KNOWS what the virus is, but…well…he just wanted to see what it could actually do. He has fixed everything, of course, and learned much in the process. And this falls far short of an excuse for not blogging – because he fixed it within hours of the occurrence.
However, Chatty just lost interest in her blog for a bit.
Partly because, as many bloggers do, Chatty lives for comments – and the only people who comment are those who are either relatives, close friends, or the few who genuinely enjoy Chatty’s blog, and actually follow it – although we have never met – as opposed to the people who only comment if Chatty leaves comments on THEIR sites, or buys products from them. Chatty is pretty much through with that.
Friends, relatives – and KCINNOVA (you know who you are, my internet friend), thanks from the bottom of my heart for caring and commenting whether or not I comment on your site from week to week. I love you all.
Let’s face it – not much happens to Chatty from day to day. She is certainly not as interesting as her fellow bloggers. In fact, Chatty’s life is pretty boring.
Now! Enough of the half-assed excuses, and the pity party!
Chatty DID go to Cancun, and she has pictures.
She has finally managed to downsize some pictures to the extent that they are acceptable to GoDaddy.
Chatty will start with our journey to Chichen Itza. Notice Chatty said JOURNEY – not Chichen Itza itself.
The reason is that Chatty had never been to any Mexican town that wasn’t either a “border town” (Tijuana, Nogales, etc.) or a “tourist town (Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point) – so she was particularly interested to see what an actual Mexican town that wasn’t dedicated to the Almighty American Dollar looked like.
She found this Mayan town beautiful. It was on our way to Chichen Itza, and for the life of her she cannot remember its name. This is probably because she couldn’t pronounce it when she first heard it – much less remember it. Bad Chatty. *sigh*
The church and its grounds emcompass one whole block surrounding the town square. It is a Catholic church, but has all sorts of Mayan symbols in bas relief on its doors:
It is truly a lovely thing to see.
The other three sides of the square are businesses, hotels, etc. They are all painted in the most beautiful ice-cream colors – here is the one side I was able to catch (because all of these photos were taken from the bus…)
Chatty was lucky to get a shot of the huge Mexican flag that was flying just outside the main town square as our bus passed by:
And inside the square, in the middle, was a lovely statue of a woman.
This is unusual, because it is one of only two or three statues of women in the whole of Mexico to have the position in the center of a town square. (Chatty apologizes for not getting a shot – but the bus was moving.) It was explained to us by our Mayan guide that the Mayans are a matriarchal society – which is why they chose a woman to be honored in this town’s square.
Here are a few more shots Chatty managed to take while passing through the town:
Here’s an elementary school – Chatty loved the trees painted on the side of the building:
As Chatty mentioned, she had never been to a Mexican town that was not dedicated to tourists like herself. So, these pictures are not particularly interesting, except maybe to those of you who, like Chatty, have no idea what a “real” Mexican town looks like. That’s why Chatty decided to post them:
Finally (at least for this post) this was Chatty’s first glimse of the incredible “flame trees’ of which she had heard, but had never seen. They are magnificent. No pictures can possibly do them justice. The sight of them takes one’s breath away:
Note that the road to the left leads to Chichen Itza – which is where we headed.
More pictures to follow!
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