I’m digging in the crates for this Friday’s photos:
Ah, Mexico. It’s been a cold week here in Velcro City, and the days are getting short quickly, which means that I inevitably want to be somewhere else. One such ‘somewhere else’ is Mexico, where I spent the most scary and liberating three months of my life, way back in 2003. Those columns are on the huge Mayan site at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula; I’ll get round to geotagging the pictures someday.
This big old lizard (probably a good four feet long, toe to tail) was basking in the early morning sunrise over the Caribbean when I was visiting the ruins at Tulum. Beautiful part of the country – I could very much deal with being Mr. Iguana right now. Autumn and winter are not my favourite time of year here in the UK, y’know.
Check out more Mexico pix in my Flickr set, if you like. I keep meaning to put more of them up there, but the free account means that I have to be frugal with the bandwidth. One of these days!
Pretty unexciting week, really. Busy at work, busy at home, but sometimes still feeling like I’m treading water. No new books or mags have arrived, but I finished Schroeder’s Lady of Mazes, and it was absolutely brilliant – review should be up on Monday. I’m now reading Ursula le Guin’s The Dispossessed (the reissue made its way into library stock, so I pounced on it first), interspersed with Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track, a collection of the letters of Richard P. Feynman. Good stuff.
Should get plenty of reading done this weekend, as I’m off on a mission to visit with my family at my Aunt’s place in Dorset. That’s at least five hours of train travel, so I should be able to nail a novel at least. Hoping also to get some writing done in the peace and quiet … not sure if I’ll have intarweb access (I think my aunt is still on dial-up, and that’ll be more frustrating than having no access at all, in which case I’ll skip it), so y’all may have to do without any material from me over the weekend – I’m sure you’ll cope somehow! However, if broadband is available I’ll probably be doing some link harvesting at the very least – I have Firefox on a thumb-drive and I know how to use it. Feel free to drop notes in the comments to keep each other amused – call this an open thread, if you get the urge.
As a parting shot, here’s one more Mexico picture:
This a street in Oaxaca, which at the moment is the centre of a serious escalation of hostilities between the regional government and protesters. I loved that town, it’s like Mexico’s answer to Brighton (or at least Brighton as it was about a decade ago – a haven of art and culture and free thinking, only without the seaside), and to think of it being the scene for armed and armoured riot police beating civilians and shooting unarmed journalists is a rather saddening experience. I sincerely hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the conflicts there, and indeed all across Mexico and the rest of the world.
Have a good weekend, folks. I certainly intend to do so. But now, of course, it’s curry time …