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The rainy season has left me wondering a little about what to do with myself. It’s not that I mind getting wet – because I don’t – but the kinds of roads I like riding on are pretty much impassable when things are sodden because dirt plus water equals mud and mud and bicycles are a bad combination. The weather is also making getting to Cuba complicated because I really would prefer not to fly and nobody goes anywhere much by sea at this time of year in the Caribbean.

So, I’m feeling kind of stuck.

Rain comes down during a tropical storm called Alex. Who names these things? Is Alex someone's least favourite brother? Their mother-in-law? Or their boss, perhaps?

At the moment, I am stuck on a boat on a marina on the Isla Mujeres and I could choose to look at it as if my wish on arriving in Cancun were granted – I am now a participant observer of a lifestyle that is utterly alien to me. I guess there could be many worse places to be stuck, especially for someone who has had a long held desire to sail the seven seas. The people here are very nice, kind, helpful, interested in me and my life but feeling alien, after a time, inevitably results in alienation.

It’s my own fault because I knew it was hurricane season but I thought I’d try my luck with the boat to Cuba thing anyway. It is another example of me acting on a fairly unrealistic hope.

So – realistically – I now have three options available to me; a. fly to Cuba, b. not go to Cuba, or c. wait until November and try to get on a boat then. Option A is practical but uninspiring. Option B is disappointing and still leaves the problem of what to do about muddy jungle roads in Central America during wet season. Option C confronts me with what to do in the intervening months and leaves me wondering about the nature of my forward trajectory on this journey – five months is a long time and by November I will have spent almost a whole year in Mexico.

People were mostly occupied with the Mexico-Argentina World Cup game during the worst of Alex so it was only the moment when the satellite TV connection failed that caused an uproar. The wind and rain themselves were largely met with stoic indifference.

{ 6 } Comments

  1. Bill Benton | July 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anna
    Hard to believe you and I were sitting in the rain a couple of days ago.
    Have begun reading your adventures and will do my best to keep in touch….
    Hot and rainy here in Florida…kinda familiar…
    Send me your email address when you can and remind John to dop me a note…
    Be safe above all

  2. Babs | July 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Option A -I think a couple of uninspired hours, in the air to get to Cuba, is a small price!!!…. but it is still going to be hurricane season when you get there.
    Option B- NOT an option!
    Option C-My Piscean mind and only handle two choices at a time!
    Safe journey friend,

  3. Ryon | July 8, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    “stuck on a boat on a marina on the Isla Mujeres.”

    Lo siento! Wish I was exactly there.

  4. Javier | July 8, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to see what will you do next! Anyway the good thing about crossing Central america now would be that you can have pretty good weather later in South America :) Summer is the nice weather in the Amazon until November 2011.

    Just joking, hope you can make it to Cuba.

  5. Roberto | July 10, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Hello Ana, I send the link to you of an article about you in my newspaper. Bye.

    Link :

  6. julie | July 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Babs – what’s your objection to flying? Cuba would be so fascinating, it would be well worth it to just get there. Go for it and will wait to hear your impressions. Julie xxx

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