Mexico 17, 9th April

 

(next day)

It's a nice place Playa del Carmen. I guess I'll just hang around for a while. There's loud music until 4 am from just down the beach but you can't have everything.

(next day)

It's a nice place Playa del Carmen. I guess I'll just hang around for a while. There's loud music until 4 am from just down the beach but you can't have everything.

(next day)

It's a nice place Playa del Carmen. I guess I'll just hang around for a while. There's loud music until 4 am from just down the beach but you can't have everything.

(next day)

It's a nice place Playa del Carmen. But I guess it's time to move on. Here's the view from the parking lot.

I did think about going to the Isle of Cozumel (the ferry is in the distance in the picture) but my book said unless you were into snorkeling or diving don't bother. It also said if you WERE into snorkeling or diving it was about the best place in the world. I also today counted 5 cruise ships parked off the island, it is apparently a popular destination for them, so the quayside is lined with 100's of tourist souvenir shops. Yuk!

I talked to the guys running the car park. Gave them a few beers actually. The car park closes on 22nd May to build a hotel here. I hope they install double glazing. There's loud music until 4 am from just down the beach you remember. They were keen to tell me their finances. The actual operator works on the beach selling dingy etc rides on commission. He had a good day he said, he'd earned $30. He pays $200 per month rent for the car park, and pays his friend $20 a day. On a good day he'll take $100 but has just had to pay $200 to have a load of rubbish cleared. They both live here in shelters on the site, they are here 24 hours a day. No running water, no electricity. The main guy dreams of having a house where he can keep things, and have a TV to watch for a couple of hours each night, with water, and lights he can switch on. He's been working on the beach 12 years now, he says it's too long.

I managed to find a reasonable place for emails. I couldn't update my website, even wrecked part of it, but I'll survive.

So on to pastures new.

Best regards

David Barker

 

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