Oh to be in Mexico right now and the world not be so crazy…
I guess the best we can do at a time like this is write about travel and keep up morale so that one day we know we can go back. It’s amazing just how much has changed in the month since I’ve been back. Being so far away makes it so easy to forget how much our lockdown can affect their lives too. Most, if not all, of the hotels are now closed and people I know are out of a job for a while. I’m not sure how some hotels are handling things, in regards to paying their staff while they are off, but what I do know is that this uncertainty is hard to live by. It’s hard to say for definite that eventually things will go back to normal but I suppose all we can do back here in England is continue showing our love and support for those that work in the tourist industry we love so much in our favourite countries, so that we might be able to go back. That is exactly what I plan to do.. share some love for Mexico, being my favourite country, so that (a bit like promoting) people will still be interested once the madness is over. I know I definitely will! As soon as this is all over I am making plans to go and live there for six months. [This is a plan I’ve had for a while but being stuck in Hull right now is making me want to go more than ever. I also currently have no excuse to buy things so somehow I’m saving more as I guess I’m one of the lucky ones who is still getting paid full wages for the time being.]
In today’s post, it is more about the photos I got. One of the things I love the most about Mexico is the creative and artistic nature of its culture. Of course we have street art in the UK but I can be blown away by nearly all of the paintings I see in Mexico compared to here. The colours, the designs, the meanings. I will forever love staring at walls in Mexico.
We went for a few walks down various streets around Playa del Carmen, getting off the tourist trap of quinta avenida. 5th Ave is great but once you’ve been a few times, and have witnessed its drastic change to the American malls that it appears to be more of now, it’s easy to get bored. The parts I love are when you turn left, away from the beach and head up to the more local areas where the food is cheaper and smells incredible. I found there is less hassling of the tourists and, as for the purpose of this post, more art! You don’t have to walk far at all until you find a school. This school’s walls are covered in beautifully vibrant graffiti. Walking up, around and past the school, you can find plenty of walls that are covered too. Everything Playa del Carmen have their own map you can follow in which they keep tabs on the art works you can find. As they say, it is true that what is graffiti, traditionally a negative word coinciding with criminal activity, actually becomes a cultural mural.
If you head towards Walmart on Calle 8 Norte, you will walk past the city hall. In past times when we’ve walked past it, we had not realised that this government building holds one of the most beautiful murals I have ever seen:
Don’t fancy straying too far from 5th Ave? There is plenty you can find around there too, particularly at the moment where there are building works. There are one or two on the sides of the larger Playa marts, where you can get your souvenirs from, and then on the wooden barricades of the work sites closer the Hard Rock Café. You might even spot The Beatles. Emphasis on might because I’m sure as soon as the buildings are complete, they will no longer be there!
These are by no means all of the murals that we saw. Nearly every day we found a new piece that we had not spotted previously. All more reason to go back and hopefully find some more. Just walking around and taking these photos has become one of my favourite things to do in Playa del Carmen. It’s free, relaxing, and each new piece of art I find inspires me, even if I’m not particularly artistic myself. I will be back next year and I will be ready for a new hunt to find more!