Saturday, January 28, 2006

Maya, Chabela y Che

I went to volunteer some time working at Pueblo Solar, an ecovillage being set up on Isla Piedra. Due to rain and cold we were cancelled. Instead we visited Chabela's Camping, a palapa and cabana rental place next to the beach. It's rustic. Chabela, in the picture, is from Quebec. Her partner is Mexican. Maya, in the front, is one of her children.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Chametla Pequeña

Fui ayer a visitar James Adams en Chametla. Se encuentra Chametla una hora al sur de Mazatlan. Este pueblo chico esta festejando sus 475 años este mismo fin de semana. Llegando a Chametla cruzaba yo en coche el rio periferico del pueblo y se atasco mi coche en el barro. Luego de unos minutos de espera me salvo un señor con tractor que me jaló a tierra seca. Por fin a mi destino, Jim me enseño el pueblo presentandome a sus conocidos. Al atardecer, le daba James a Miguel Angel una clase de ingles en el patio atras de su casa rustica y antigua.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Hotel Lerma

I´ve stayed at the Hotel Lerma in Mazatlan many times, but never as long as my current stay. This time of year its busy with tourists from the US and Canada. It seems like at least half of them are from the Pacific Northwest. I, along with a few others, have created an informal spanish conversation club. We´ve been meeting 2 or 3 times a week to share a meal and read and translate an article from Spanish to English or study a grammar problem.
Pater, in the picture, is an Irish fellow, but has been living in Bellingham, Washington for many years.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Isla Piedra

I´ve been taking the ferry over to Isla Piedra. It´s a short ride from Mazatlan in a small boat. The island is rural and has extensive coconut groves, orchards and farms with maiz. There is an informal zen center there next to the ocean. Three people are presently living there and they have meditations a couple of times a day. Here is a link to the website: