what do you mean it’s the end of the world again?!

A year ago today, it was rumoured the world was going to end. I had some misgivings about the actual end of the world, but I was definitely nearing the end of my time in Mexico. Plus I was deathly ill last year around this time. I had a bronchitis infection that left me immobile in bed for 36 hours. I think I got up once to eat some toast, drink some water, and visit the facilities.! Which at any other time of the year would have been awful enough, but my friend D. was visiting from Chicago with a friend. And I didn’t see him for those full 36 hours. Luckily, Playa del Carmen has much to offer in the way of entertainment, so he probably only missed me a little 🙂

However, I do have to say that if someone had told me on December 21st, 2012, how much my life would be different one year later.!! I would never have believed them.! And I would have told them to stop smoking whatever it was they were smoking.! But dear reader, it’s true.! So many changes in the span of one small year including this blog and the fact that the world did not end.!! So during this hectic holiday season, to honor today’s winter solstice, and the Mayan apocalyse prediction – I offer you one of my very early posts. See you for Tecate mañana..!!

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I feel I would be remiss if I did not address the earlier doomsday predictions of the Mayan apocalypse. Of course, it has come and gone and we are still here. But still, I thought now would be a good time to address why we are still here.

So for starters, who were the Mayans? The ancient Mayans were central American peoples that occupied parts of present day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Their earliest settlements date back to 1800 B.C. But their classical period was between 250-900 A.D. At their peak, there were over 2 million Mayas. Today, there are still descendents of the Maya scattered among those same countries preserving the culture and speaking many different Mayan languages. *warning – future blog post – learning Mayan words*

The Mayan Long Count calendar was one of three calendars the Mayans used. December 21st, 2012 marked the end…

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