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The Beach

I had no idea this woman knew I was taking her picture—I didn’t even see her—but she certainly did, didn’t she? The main part of the beach—opposite downtown Sayulita where the waves are the best—gets congested in the afternoon. Because I imported some beer from a convenience store, we got kicked out of our spot by the waiter from the cafe and surf shop opposite. It was either pay 100 pesos or get out, so, of course, we moved on. No big deal.

November 25, 2010   Comments Off on The Beach

Breeching the Gap

Some Mexicans have wonderfully soft laughs. Sadly, my Spanish normally makes it difficult to elicit laughter, except at my mistakes. Yesterday, while getting tamales for our trip to the Marietas from two young women on the street, I decided to go for it after we made our order, and started the names of Mexican films: “Y tu mamá también; Amores perros,” etc. I had them laughing out loud, partially out of amazement and partially out of embarrassment. It just goes to show that intention is the essence of communication.

November 25, 2010   Comments Off on Breeching the Gap