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Why I don’t live at the beach now

26 January 2017

(Apologies to Emma Lazarus)




Not like the bronzed beauties of tour brochures,

With well-knits limbs emerging from the sea to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates are planned

A host of bars, sea-food joints and tourist stands.

In the twilight, the sun-burnt tourists waddle ashore

to eat and drink, eat and drink… and drink some more

We bid them welcome; our mild servers withstand

The raucous gringo accents, as the beer they pour.

“Keep your loud ways, your foreign tongue!” we sneer

With silent lips. “Give me retirees, snow-birds

With humongous asses, yearning for cheap beer,

Wretches who refuse to use our words.

Send these, the clueless toss-pots to me,

We pad the tab: “For you, gringo, almost free!”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    26 January 2017 8:01 am

    I have similar feelings.

  2. Allen Manana permalink
    26 January 2017 9:03 am

    Aww shucks. the tourists really forget their rudeness. “if ya wants our money, ya better learn Hinglish” . Do we only get the illiterates here? Shopping on Tuesdays, the dia de ofertas, means that we have to contend with Gringos (green -gozz)
    The bars at the beach are best avoided until May.
    ………. but we have great weather…….

  3. Gale permalink
    26 January 2017 9:11 am

    I’m not sure where you reside, but let’s hope that the tourists do all stop visiting and ‘ruining the beaches’ where you live. Then the hardworking people who rely on that industry, who will then be out of work, can have you to ‘thank’. I grew up in a tourist town myself and know whereof I speak.

    And please let me know how I unsubscribe from this blog, which used to be worth reading.

    • 27 January 2017 12:24 pm

      You seem to forget the awful attitude many gringos have when they come to visit Mexico, being lazy-ass drunkards who come for the sake of “fun”. Fortunately, there are those that visit the Mexican interior, and try to learn about Mexico and Mexicans.

      But yeah, please unsubscribe. Good riddance!

      • 27 January 2017 1:00 pm

        I’m sorry Gale feels the way (s)he does, but it’s ok. This site can’t be all things to all people, and I’m only one person, who no longer has the energy or time (or money) to dedicate hours every day to this site. When I started many years ago, there just weren’t many English-language sites for Mexico that weren’t just tourism pitches or “my life in Mexico” journals, that ignored what was happening within Mexico and how it was seen by Mexicans (although, admittedly, filtered through my own biases). That there are others who do the same thing is all to the good, and takes the burden off me to be all things to (not all, but some) people.

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