|One of the andadores, walking streets, in|
San Cristobal, Chiapas, in the late afternoon.
San Cristobal is my next big destination, as soon as this Eastern Seaboard trip is over, and Christmas has come and gone. I'll be spending the winter in Mexico, six months of speaking mostly Spanish, taking fluency classes, and traveling around Oaxaca, the Yucatan Peninsula, and perhaps Guatemala and Costa Rica too. This is one of my favorite Mexican photos. It captures the ease of people, the laid back atmosphere, features gringos, Mayans, and Mexicans of Spanish descent. The andadores are beautiful walking streets with no traffic, not even bicycles are permitted, though many people still ride through slowly. The Mayan women walk around trying to sell their handiwork, always made by their mothers or aunts (but actually most of it is from Guatemala), and the shops are open till late in the evening, restaurants fumigate the area with wonderful cooking odors, wine bars serve tapas and a glass of wine for about $30p ($3 US), and people gather to visit, the favorite Mexican past time.