Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mexican memories

Mexico is in the news every minute this week. Pandemic awareness and preparedness is extremely important on our small planet, but even so, it makes us uneasy.

I wanted to blog today about nicer thoughts of Mexico. Last February I was lucky enough to spend a week on the Mayan Riviera with five of my best girlfriends. We had a riot. We enjoyed the luxury of a five star resort and had the the most wonderful time, enjoying sun, sand and sea, plus all the food and drink we could manage to consume.

Even when I go on vacation I can't forget my mini-mania. One of our expeditions was to an authentic Mayan village. (at least they told us it was authentic. We wondered if it was just for the tourists and all the Mayans went home to their air conditioned haciendas each night.)

The lovely young lady in the picture below is wearing traditional Mayan dress and gold jewelry. Our guide told us that the embroidery on her dress means she is single but spoken for - probably engaged (or maybe that was the other girl's dress - if anyone out there reads Mayan embroidery let me know). She is inside a Mayan house with the family's pet deer. It was so tame and friendly that I hope it isn't some future dinner.

So, inspired by our field trip, I went out looking for souvenirs and, of course, found miniatures.

My own Mayan girl is not as lovely as the real thing, but still I find her quite charming. She is about five inches high.

I couldn't resist the hand painted blue chairs. The Mayans we visited didn't have furniture like this in their huts, but I don't mind improvising. 

The Chihuahua is a bead. You can't see it from this angle, but there is a good sized hole right through his middle. I figured I could fill it, or ignore it. Whichever I prefer. He's cute though, don't you think?

The rooster is another bead. He has a hole too, to fill or not, whatever. The little Mexican rugs were quite a deal. Four for a US. dollar. The pots I already had, but I think they work with the scene.

I love the little 'Day of the Dead" cabinet. It is made of cardboard and hand painted. The little figures inside are made of some sort of sculpty clay.

So now all I have to do is gather twigs and grass and create a Mayan house. Yeah, maybe, after I finish all my other projects. Plus, the Mayan doll needs a baby or two. We were told that they love children and often have large families of 10 or more.

So we say goodbye to our lovely Mayan hostesses for today, and hope that the bad old flu goes away quickly so we can visit again soon. Adios!


  1. Verry beautiful souvenirs you found!
    * marlies

  2. Thanks Marlies. I can't wait to travel again and see what I find.

  3. What wonderful memories you have of there. I love the things you bought as well.

  4. Thank you for sharing the memories and photographs with us!