Easter, nearly...

I'm dreaming of a Green & Black organic Easter egg....

The whole country is gearing up for what is the biggest holiday period of the year, Easter Week. All schools take 2 weeks off, most universities a week and offices one or two days. In our case we take Maundy Thursday and Good Friday off, next week.

The impact is huge. All the beach resorts will be teeming, even Acapulco which just happens to be one of the most dangerous parts of the country at the moment... At just 3 hours down the road from Cuernavaca, or 4 from Mexico City, this is our closest resort. No doubt people in their thousands will be making the trip as from this weekend, clogging up the road through Cuernavaca and making our lives complicated. Many people have houses in Cuernavaca so our town will be teeming as well. Everyone is getting their houses ready, heating their pools and buying up tons of food and drink in the supermarkets. We who live here stay at home and keep out of the way. We don’t go near a cinema or a supermarket, if we can possibly help it.

Cuernavaca has one of the highest rates of pools per person in the world. If you fly over the area there are spots of aquatic blue all over the place, most people have them. The climate is such that they are used nearly all year round although this year the water is far from warm since the weather has been so up and down. But I shall take the plunge, maybe even this weekend.

Easter is celebrated mostly with parties and family get togethers. There are no Easter eggs or even a special cake. It’s really sinonymous with the yearly holiday and hot weather. It always worries me to see so many people having parties, making noise, using quantities of plastic and unicel and not caring about the environment, at all. It angers me to see them using our water and wasting so much of it, buying so much food and throwing it away mixed in the other rubbish... The rubbish that sits outside the houses waiting to be collected after the Easter holidays is phenomenal and it’s obvious that so very many people have absolutely no idea of the importance of separating and recycling.

We have so much to learn, still, and my efforts to encourage ecological practices through my weekly column are continuing, although I have no idea how much I influence people, hopefully a little, maybe even a lot, who knows....

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