Monday, January 7, 2013

Me ha sorprendido a algunos de los comentarios y las arrugas de nariz y agarrando la perla ha pasado cuando la gente me pregunta donde me quedo (en Melaque) o donde permanecí en Melaque por algunas personas que he hablado con desde entonces. La razón de que ellos se horroriza cuando les digo que estuve en esto--la gestión de las excavaciones del lugar es un gran agujero al lado de su motor home o trailer, y, a continuación, ejecute una manguera de cuatro pulgadas en el agujero en el suelo. Es donde va su aguas residuales. No estoy de acuerdo con aquellos que consideran que es un riesgo importante para la salud o un escándalo o un crimen contra la madre tierra, o lo que sea.

¿No tienen estas personas abuelos? ¿No saben que cavar un hoyo en la tierra es un método probado de eliminación de residuos que ha servido la humanidad bien durante miles de años?

Pátzcuaro es agradable. ¿Puedo quedarme aquí hasta el jueves por la mañana. Hay un supermercado muy bueno a un corto paseo por la calle. De hecho, voy a tomar mi cámara allí ahora mismo y tomar algunas fotografías de la panadería, que considero lo mejor de supermercados mexicanos. Oh, y la gran cantidad de espacio dedicado a yogurt puede ser una sorpresa para algunos de mis lectores que nunca han ido a México.

Soy nuevo del supermercado. Hay once refrigeradores llenos de nada pero el yogur. La panadería ofrece una bandeja y unas pinzas y, a continuación, eres libre hacer sus compras de impulso. Las cosas en mi bandeja cuestan dos dólares y ochenta centavos, o treinta y cinco pesos.

Eso es todo por hoy.

I am surprised at some of the comments and nose-wrinkling and pearl-clutching that has gone on when people ask me where I am staying (in Melaque) or where I stayed in Melaque by some folks I have talked with since then. The reason that they are horrified when I tell them where I was at is this--the management of the place digs a big hole next to your motor home or trailer, and then you run a four inch hose into the hole in the ground. That's where your waste water goes. I cannot agree with those who consider this to be a major health hazard or an outrage or a crime against Mother Earth, or whatever. Didn't these people have grandparents? Don't they know that digging a hole in the ground is a tried and true method of waste disposal that has served mankind well for thousands of years? Patzcuaro is nice. I may stay here until Thursday morning. There is a really good supermarket just a short walk down the street. In fact, I am going to take my camera there right now and take some photographs of the bakery department, which I consider to be the best thing about mexican supermarkets. Oh, and the large amount of space devoted to yogurt may be a surprise to some of my readers who have never been to Mexico. I'm back from the supermarket. There are eleven coolers full of nothing but yogurt. The bakery gives you a tray and some tongs and you are then free to make your impulse purchases. The stuff on my tray cost two dollar and eighty cents, or thirty five pesos. That is all for today.


  1. The problem with the Melaque sewage situation at the park that you're talking about (I think) is that the area where the waste goes is right beside the small creek that runs into the ocean. Children play in that creek, and while the water may not be the cleanest to begin with, I'm pretty sure the runoff from the waste in the sand beside the creek isn't helping matters. Ultimately, while it's probably could be better. Hey, the capital city of Canada still dumps millions of litres of untreated raw sewage directly into the Ottawa River, so I guess it's okay.

  2. The problem in Melaque currently is that there is a blockage in the city's sewage pipes. It can't all go where it is supposed to go. They are dumping the excess sewage directly into the canal because they have to wait for the water table to subside before repairs can be made. I know this because I went to the city hall and talked with the guy (Felipe) who is responsible. It has nothing to do with the campgrounds.

    My home in Michigan has a shallow-well pump, whereby groundwater is supplied to my house. Local ordinance dictates that the well must be fifty yards from the neighbors' septic field. Maybe I am too trusting, but I think that must be sufficient. (My water has been tested and found to be without problems by the state of Michigan, by the way.)

    The people in the campground are a little bit agitated over the smell and so forth. But it has got nothing to do with them or their method of disposal. I took it upon myself to investigate because none of them speaks a lick of Spanish and I just wanted to see what I could find out.

    (The reason the clock doesn't work in the church tower, I've been told, is because of pigeon droppings. I was not curious enough to determine why the fountain in the plaza doesn't work, because this just seems to be the norm in Mexico, so I didn't want to push my luck by complaining about every little thing.)

    I hope to meet up with you folks in Guatemala! Will you be taking your motorhome or just the car?