Well, after a short hiatus - okay 2+ years is not a short hiatus - and a few bumps in the road of life
I'm back and I've got something to say. 13 days traveling through the Yucatan proved enough to re-energize the writing urge and get, as they say, the creative juices going again.
The trip was the annual Los Amigos del Arte Popular rendevous. Dedicated to promoting and supporting the popular arts - folk arts - in Mexico. LADAP has 350+ members across 13 states and Mexico. 30 intrepid travelers from California, New Mexico and Texas all met up with a bus in Valladolid, Mexico to trek across the Yucatan.
Our fearless leader in this adventure was former LADAP president Tom Pirazzini (standing)
One of the very first things we discovered about the Yucatan, aside from being very hot (90-95* in late February), was that it is also flat, very, very flat and the roads are straight, very, very straight.
With occasional opportunities for roadside produce
So sit back, settle in with your favorite beer, tequila or aqua fresca and over the next few weeks I'll take you to visit Cobá, Ek Balam and Edzna, for a ride on a pirate ship off the coast of Campeche, to check out a working henequen plantation as well as an 18,000 square foot ode to Mexican folk art. There will be the usual visits to the mercados and zocalos to which I seem to be addicted, and no Dining Diva blog post would be complete without sharing what we ate. Oh...and be sure to stick around for the cemetary tour, it's not to be missed...really...you'll just have to trust me on that one.
Signing off for tonight.