Saturday, 11 August 2007

Palenque,Chiapas, Mexico

It is Saturday 330pm here in the back-packing town of Palenque. This morning we visited the temples here which are in a beautiful foothill setting. It reminded me a lot of Angkor Wat in Cambodia (old ruins overgrown with tropical vegetation). I also realized how priviliged I am to have been able to visit both Angkor and Palenque, so far from each other and yet so similar.
Tomorrow we will proceed to San Cristobal de las Casas, made famous by the Zapatista Liberation Army in the 1990s. All is said to be quiet in this region (the poorest of Mexico) at this time.
In other news, I spotted two very handsome young construction workers near the pool of our hotel. Mexicans are a bit like Indians, when young many are good-looking but they don't age well. Another very cute guy we saw in the temple area turned out to be a Dutch tourist.......

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