The Sunday Chronicle: Mexico, Parts Unknown

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We settled into our seats on the plane, let out deep sighs, letting go of our everyday. And we headed into Mexico, to parts unknown to us. We’d never traveled into the most southern region, the land of the Maya.

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Our explorations took us inland most days, away from the coast and incredible Mediterranean blue waters.

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I could see that this was a different Mexico from the one I knew; a world of different faces and a different language in addition to Spanish. The Mayan language is full of words that start with the letter X: Xcaret, Xel-Ha; the X is pronounced like sh in the English language. I was fascinated. The bartender at our hotel taught me a few words in Mayan, and I am hooked on learning a new language.

My instructor, Raul

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My first sentence learned in Mayan: bi xa bel, how are you? And the response is malob, well.

It was a trip of learning, listening, and seeing new things at every turn.  The photos above are all from my phone, I haven’t begun to download all the photos from my camera yet.  There is a lot of catch up to do after being away for ten days. I’ll be back with many more photos very soon.

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About Angeline M

Love to travel, read, garden. I am a nurse case manager working in Disease Management. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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16 Responses to The Sunday Chronicle: Mexico, Parts Unknown

  1. loganbruin says:

    Did you ever hear the story of how Yucatan was named? When the Spanish got there they asked the locals the name of the place, and they said Yucatan, which means “I don’t understand you.” Probably not true, but at least fun! ;o)

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  2. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m glad that your vacationing an an area that’s new to you in so many ways. Your time there will be so much more memorable and exciting. Looking forward to the photos. 🙂

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  3. vera ersilia says:

    Waiting to see the other photos….

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  4. Madhu says:

    I had no idea Mayan was still in use!! How fascinating!

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    • Angeline M says:

      I didn’t think it was a prevalent as it is. In the little market places we went to, and in Ek Balam, one of the sites of Mayan ruins, the people selling their wares spoke only Mayan.

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  5. Wishing you many wonderful adventures.

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  6. Amy says:

    What a fabulous trip, Angeline! And, you are adding learning experience to your wonderful travel 🙂

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful getaway and puts me in mind of a favourite quote : ” I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith

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