Someday I'm gonna leave this dirty little town
Where the talk is cheap on the dirty little streets
And the trees are dying underneath the sky thats purple and brown
You can't drink the water can't breath the air
If you go out at all well you better take care
People packin' heat on the mean old streets of this dirty little town
Kieran Kane (Steve Earle/Lucinda Williams)
Seriously, I love Xela, my wifes first visit was an unqualified success (she'd like to return) and I don't want to be like the folks who move to my little corner of Pennsylvania thinking its wonderful and then immediately want to change everything BUT everytime I watch a gay caballero dump garbage from their car to the calle I wonder if there's any concept of civic pride amongst the average citizens of Latin America. Today it was a guy in his guard uniform casually dropping his soda can at arms length from his buddies Honda as they rolled by the bus station. From Puerto Rico, to The Dominican Republic, Honduras to Guatemala everyplace I've visited has the same FU attitude towards crapping in their neighbors and their own backyard. My first visit to Xela, two years ago, the kids at El Mundo organized a Cero Baul clean-up. While I didn't go check I'm guessing it was not a permanent solution. Another possible project for those energetic evangelicals perhaps.
I hate that my government doesn't want me to have any of the great trucks, vans and cars that populate the autopistas and calles of Guatemala. From the little tiny cargo vans and chinese hatchbacks sporting Chevy bow ties to the 5 speed diesel mini-vans that don't want to go the mall. Flat bed forward control dump trucks with available 4x4 that will fit down 500 year old cobblestone streets and little tiny Nissan El Camino/Ranchero clones. I'd probably just hurt myself and then sue somebody.