|El Baile de los Viejitos (the dance of the little ole men)|
This story is to demonstrate the kindness we have experienced from one side of Mexico to the other, no matter where we go, no matter how many times the policia stop us, no matter what type of trouble we manage to get ourselves into.
|La Vista (view from our condo)|
|Famous coverup and shoes|
Now, when I say rental car, I don't mean just any rental car. To this day, I believe this particular car was swapped for the weekend by the teenage brother of the rental car dude. It had no horn, the side mirror was cloudy with caked-on grime, and the rear view mirror was duct taped. What was also missing was gas but that minor detail went unnoticed as the gas light was broken.
We enjoyed our brief time at Troncones but it was time to head back for our daily "tequila on the deck and watch the sunset" ritual.
We were scooting down a steep hill in this jalopy when R2 discloses, "there is something wrong with the car." I knew by the tone of his voice, he was dead serious. I whipped around to make sure we weren't going to be rear ended.
R2 spoke with this hombre chiquito (tiny man) and told me to hop in - we were out of gas, in a rental car we had just picked up. The hombre's car was equally tiny, and yet he managed to secure two bikes to the roof. His wife was in the front and two sleeping kids were in the cramped backseat. How we managed to get our long legs in, I will never know, but I do know, I was holding a hot, sweaty niño in my arms.
The man drove for miles but nothing was open. We were in the middle of nowhere. As he drove, he kept turning to talk to R2, forgetting to watch the road. This was entertainment for them and a great story to tell. We could hear it all now, "Stupid tourists forgetting to put gasolina in the car!"
Finally we came upon a station - thanks to God. Oh, but wait....they don't have a gas can? The man, his wife and R2 start rifling through the trash looking for pop bottles. Now, I don't know much about cars but isn't sugar in the gas tank a bad thing? Oh well, the car is not going to last so keep searching people.
Meanwhile the kid wakes up and starts to play with the radio, blasting it and taking the car out of gear. I try, desperately to remember how to say "stop it," in Spanish as I feel the car start to roll. All I manage is "no no" in Spanish, which is pretty much "no no" in English, as I reef on the emergency brake.
They find the bottles, fill a few and we are on the road back to our car. Not so fast...we have to get past the Mexican Army who has created a roadblock near the gas station. Of course, we have no passport or marriage certificate in the bikini. Why is this red-headed gringa with a bunch of Mexicans? R2 told me to slump down in the car, as if there was any room to slump. I am holding two, two-litre bottles of gasolina between my feet, trying to not slosh gas everywhere and scootch down. Canada has got talent!
|The Mexican sunset|
The moral of this story is...ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAS TANK IN MEXICO. It is not the rentals' practise to fill them up when returned.
Dear people, don't fear Mexico and don't spread hate about the eighth largest nation. Most of the people are kind and generous. Be cautious, be smart and remember, you are a visitor in their country. There is far more to do in this wondrous place than get blindly drunk and insult these hard-working people.
One day we will get back to a place we both love, one day the drug cartels and the government corruption will subside. Until we return it is up to YOU to continue our love affair of Mexico.