23.02.2009 80 °F
The blog has so far mostly revolved around descriptions of things I've photographed, so I'd like to take a minute to mention some things I didn't -- or couldn't -- photograph.
- Mennonites. They live somewhere in the area, and come into town for work or to sell things, wearing plaid shirts and overalls and straw hats. From what I could find on the web, they apparently still speak German, though I imagine they must be bilingual so they can conduct business.
- Maya (language). Speaking of non-Spanish languages, you can definitely still hear Maya spoken here. A family sitting behind me at a taquería last week spoke to each other entirely in Maya. I think you imagine that it's just kept alive for cultural reasons, but it's definitely still a widespread first language.
- Hammocks. At the Parque Sta Lucía down the street, there's a stage set up for Carnaval, and the city has a Norteño singer/band hired to play every night (some variety might have been nice). As I walked past yesterday, I noticed that the roadies had hammocks hung from the bottom of the stage, and were sleeping in the shade underneath in the afternoon before they had to work at night.