Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Magical Dust

If there is one thing that is a hallmark of Todos Santos, it is the dust. There are only a very few paved roads, and the increased affluence of locals (resulting in lots of fast vehicles), coupled with the innate need of Mexicans to drive fast, leads to a constant drizzle of dust over much of the town. And the dust seems to have strange effects on the ex-pats who make their home here ...


Polvo

Omnipresent, omnipotent
The Magic Dust of Todos Santos swirls energized around the hungry town
Drawing strength from dreams of rebirth alloyed with greed
“How authentic!” the eager-eyed new supplicants declare
Those indentured to the town know better
You can fight it, but it always wins
Ingratiating itself into every crevice
Smudging the raw experience of life
Into an acceptable muted facsimile of reality
Narrowing the field of vision
Progressively constricting the nose, the eyes, the mind
Till all that’s needed for sustenance is a steady diet of gossip
Seasoned with disdain for those Muggles
Unqualified to experience

The truly authentic Todos Santos

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Bougainvillea (or bugambilla)


These flowers are omnipresent in Todos Santos, and come in many different colours. They are, however, almost impossible to capture in a digital photo in the same hue as the human eye sees them. As with many other things, our perceptions are not necessarily the same as reality. But what is that? Anyway, I love the way the light filters through these particular examples.

Other perspectives on Todos Santos and Comox

Who else writes about Todos Santos and Comox? Well, there's Howard Eckman with his blog http://todossantos.net/ - newsy, but little in the way of comment. And Ken Macfarlane writes from time to time at http://www.todossantos.cc/bajacaliforniatodossantosnews.html, with ascerbic tidbits. Michael Mercer's thoughts on Todos Santos appear from time to time on his site http://www.michaelmercer.com/

Comox appears to have less observers. I like Ian Lidster's at http://ian-lidster.blogspot.com/ - general musings, plus the occassional insight into Comox and its establishment. If you want a parent's eye view, then http://comoxvalleykids.wordpress.com/ is pretty good. Not much fun for pure adults, though.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

What to expect

This blog will capture my irreverent comments, poems, photos and general observations about life as I experience it in the "Pueblo Magico" of Todos Santos BCS, Mexico.