Working in Progreso
Trip Start Jun 16, 2006
15Trip End Sep 05, 2006
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On the first night in Yucatan while coming back from Progreso we stopped at Uxmal one of the more famous Mayan villages located close to Merida. Actually, It's not located CLOSE to anything, it's way, way out in the middle of the jungle and I have no idea why someone would want to put anything out there, let alone a large city and a pyramid and such. There is nothing out there in the way of Ocean entrance, rivers, streams, hot or cold springs, even the experts can't come up with a good reason why it's in the middle of nowhere. Once again, the Mexicans I was with were fairly calm about the whole matter, acting as if seeing Mayan ruins was old hat for them
Driving in Mexico. I felt right at home, the laws on roads in Mexico are very loose. In the cities and urban areas there are speed limits. But out in the country on these so called "highways" there's really no rules, or anybody to enforce these rules that don't exist. It makes a lot of sense to me actually. Don't drive any faster than you feel is safe, if your driving behind someone who is driving too slow, PASS THEIR ASS! I'm sure our van passed more cars on two lane roads in the 8 days in Mexico than I have EVER passed in my 23 years in the states. That is NOT an exaggeration. In reality the speeds of the cars is regulated by the conditions of the roads, nobody wants to hit a pothole the size of Volkswagon while going 55. Even more natural rules that make sense to me: if you want people to slow down in your neighborhood, put in speed bumps. Don't have money for a speed bump, just use a really really large rope and lay it across the street. Trust me, people will slow down.
Because the people are so poor the market on used goods is much higher than in the states. We are a throw away society by comparison and you may feel good about yourself by putting you plastic and glass out to the curb once a month, but let me tell you, they are the REAL recyclers in this world. They don't recycle cans or bottles but they will re-use anything, then sell it to someone who will re-use and re-use it again until something is not useful any more, only then they will throw it away. This does not apply to the big cities, the large metropolitan areas are just like cities in the states.