|Marianna M. Duford
...an artist with wanderlust
Tulum, not the town or the ruins, but the beautiful Mayan Coast. My husband and I visited the legendary white sand beaches of this area for the first time almost 30 years ago. There was virtually nothing there. The busy town that you first encounter after turning off the main highway was nothing but huts and a deep sand road that you sort of surfed or "coasted" on. There was a lovely little place called Zamas. It was the poster child of a Tahitian beach scene. No electricity, just candles and a generator for night time. A young couple from New York City had just bought the place and cooked us a wonderful, simple meal. The area is almost unrecognizable if you wanted to see the same scene. Huge resorts, expensive food and all the amenities of life including disco. There are still a few simple places down the road from there going towards the Sian Kaan, but you pay extra for the simplicity now! Just like anywhere on the planet, it seems, people move somewhere for a simpler life and then "bring" it with them! Heavens forbid if you couldn't get a Starbucks' cup of coffee in paradise! Ok...I'm off my soapbox. I guess I'll have to keep my memory intact...must be time for a tequila shot somewhere :) Adios and Ciao for now.