Tulum ruins

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Apr 03, 2007

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

hey! just wanted to say thanks for all of your responses. last night i had an intense conversation with alessandro. does anyone have anyverses or good ways of explaining the diety of Christ.. and the trinity.. but couldn?t find the verses i was looking for.. but it was an awesome conversation. i loved what he said, we are making our hearts grow, and God smile, and that he?s probably smiling because we only know a little bit of him.. we dont?understand fully .. and he?s right we won?t until we?re with him. as my brother would say he?s good people.   something i also started thinking about last night.. a thought that i had once but is now continuing.. people who are tourists, or even people of the upper classes here, love the culture, but they do not want to look at the people or biproducts of this great culture that exists here. i was talking to a guy named simon last night, he?s from france and was thinking about buying property in tulum here but decided against it because of corrupt business here. he was saying how he loved the culture of mexico, but all the people are stupid. i was amazed that he could love it here so much, and yet now cae for the people at all. he had some bad experiences.. saw some bad things. but it still amazes me. and that night i was reading the quotes under each chapter title in rigoberta menchu?s autobiography, and she mentioned something very similar, i?m totally paraphrasing, but she said "they love our culture, and the clothes we where, but they never look at the person beneath the clothes." there??s life here beyond the ruins and beyond the historical landmarks and traditional clothes, there?s life that has been effected to this day from a history deeply rooted in conquest.   i went to the ruins in tulum today. Tulum means "wall" in the mayan language, and it used to also be known as Zama or "dawn." it was one of the major comerical ports between central mexico and honduras, and is one of the most contemporary ruins of the mayan. the people who lived inside the walls were of the elite class, and the commoners lived in thatched houses outside. society was divided into three levels: rulers specialists, and workers. there are 4 entrances by land and one by sea.. it was amazing walking through this fortress because i could imagine myself living there.. and being overwhelmed with the power of God. they believed in many gods, and that the gods represented different elements.. and it?s easy to see how and why they believed so strongly in these elements, they had a huge jungle surrounding them, a powerful ocean with beautiful waters steps away, the beauty of sunrise every morning atop the carribean sea.. it made me wonder how and if the one true God made Himself known here, to these people. but it was beautiful, wish i could live here with this view everymorning to start my day.   i?m heading to panenque which is town near san cristobol. i?m going to see the ruins and the las aguas.. toby said that being there he could easily see that water was the power of the mayans, the power of humanity. so i?m excited to see what he?s talking about.   well, gotta run. i?m finishing my econ class today!! yay!! God bless, love, michelle
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