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I have, up to this point, visited archaeological sites of many cultures, but two are dramatically absent: the Aztecas and the Mayas. The former requires me to get off of my backside and head into town one day, and most of the other requires going to the furthest reaches of the south east, and across the border to Guatemala.

However, the most westerly Mayan city is just north of Villahermosa. Comalcalca is interesting as it shares the architectural style of other Mayan cities, except that there is no stone in the area so all was made of clay bricks. It is an impressive city, but late March and early April is the hottest, most humid time of the year in Tabasco, and the pyramidal nature of pyramids is such that they offer no shade. Thus, with 50% of my mind writhing in agony and expecting death from heatstroke, 5% concerned with pondering transportation back to Villahermosa at the end of the day and to the DF the day after, and the omnipresent 10% going 'Meow meow-meow-meow, meow meow-meow-meow, meow-meow-meow-meow meow-meow-meow-meow', the remaining 35% was hard pressed to make me give a damn about Mayans. On another day, I would have thoroughly loved walking through the palace, the highlight, and been impressed by the advanced engineering skill used in roof design and drainage by people with no grasp of Newton's laws.

Instead, I made for the kiosk, where I had pozol, a Mayan drink made of ground oats and chocolate (it's like drinking tasty grit) and the museum, with it's nice pictures of the deformation of the skulls of children between two planks of wood. Surely, to look like aliens as in the last Indiana Jones film.

Modern Comalcalco town has many other things to do, such as visiting nearby beaches on the Gulf, and Chocolate Haciendas, where tours take you from the cocoa tree cultivation through to the final product. But, again, agony from the heat drove me back to Villahermosa, and Miss Nae would certainly love to visit such places with me, so they are saved for later.

Anyway, being that the way to get around Mexico is by bus (and a damn sight better job they do than Trenitalia. Suck it Trenitalia, a borderline developing nation can do better than you lazy bums) I spent 35 hours in buses over the week. I am not going anywhere for a while, so maybe you guys will get some variety in content, not just pyramids.


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Apr. 29th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
Vaffanculo, Trenitalia!

Dr Bob
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