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Green Angels In Yucatán
Monday, July 16, 2007

It believe that it was in 1979 that I made a trade with Mexicana de Aviación to take pictures in Oaxaca and Yucatán in exchange for airfairs and lodging. I was a bit rough around the edges in knowing how to photograph landscapes or deal with the contrast problems of an extremely sunny Yucatán. Looking at my slides now I realize that they are all Kodachromes.

The high point of my trip was when the Tourism Ministry decided to attach me to a unit of the Angeles Verdes (green angels). They were an incredibly unsophisticated but extremely effective free roadside service that was supposed to aid tourists in distress across the main highways of Mexico.

In actual fact I watched Jorge and Sergio repair cars that never should have been on the road. They were owned by campesinos. The repairs were done with wire and or assisted by a gentle tap in the right place.

Jorge, Sergio and I went to the usual places in Yucatán like Chichén Itzá and Uxmal but they also took me to unknown ruins or henequen haciendas like the one here of
Yaxcopoil that was established in the 17th century.

I have long forgotten where it was that we stayed nights but I do remember that we consumed prodigious ammounts of Coca-Cola. It was the hot and dry season and we just could not get enough liquids to remain in our body.

I remember the adventure fondly. It will be interesting to walk on the footsteps of the ghost of my past with Rosemary and Rebecca. Note that I am in the middle with Green Angels in Chichen-Itzá.


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