You don’t get so many sunny days in Mexico without paying a price. Many smaller rivers dry up over the hot months and water is at a premium. People who have lived with little water for centuries must have also learned to live without the benefits of its cleansing power. I think many people in Mexico have just given up trying to keep everything clean when the dust blows everywhere and water is precious. I’ve often heard it said that Mexico is dirty, and in many places, I suppose it is, by our northern standards. But that isn’t necessarily the case everywhere.
The tourist business keeps the economy going in many of the coastal towns and the townspeople are making a big effort to fight the constant dust that blows through every building. I’ve found an example of what happens when no one cares.
Can you imagine what the chicken will think when it comes across that broken shell of her unborn child?
The residents of Guayabitos are trying to make their town more beautiful and gradually, I think they’re succeeding. At first I thought the garbage can was not particularly aesthetically pleasing but then I realized, that’s the whole point. There is a garbage can and they use it.
It must be hard to care about appearances when there is so much poverty all around, but my hat is off to those townspeople who are trying to make a difference by cleaning up their properties and street frontage. I’m more likely to come back to a place where people care enough to keep it clean.