A quick note: I am currently in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. After Tikal, I was broke and needed to go to someplace where it would be possible to rebuild my finances. Someone suggested San Cristobal de las Casas; so since September 28, I have been here.
Life is rather hard here for me, but I am adapting - I need to spend the next few years "getting my act together" towards some sort of financial base and possibly an audience base.
My 180 days is nearly up, so I will need to do a visa run via Guatemala. I am hoping I can save up about $200 to $300 USD so I can afford such a 3 day run. I'm thinking of Panajachel and / or Lake Atitlan as my visa destination. Guatemala is about 3x more expensive than Mexico, so I can't really stay down there for that long.
Such is the mainstream life here of a foreigner in San Cris.
The energy here is quite distinct and amounts to being a slow productive cycle - I've spent the last few months taking photos of the place and its mysterious wall street-art murals painted by the Zapatistas. There is a much larger story lurking beneath appearances that only self starting initiates can do - truth hidden beneath projected surface layers.
I have also been participating in a writing group as it is long past time I improve my wordcraft and start to be more considerate when subjecting y'all to my prose as it is. It has been a few months now, and there is a story forming that I am writing towards a manuscript with an intent to publish!
One of these days, I will get that photo essay out onto blog-land and show y'all the shenanigans I have been up to.
Also, part of the reason why I have not updated is because... it takes quite a bit of effort to do so. Since I started this blog back in 2013; I had been using Weebly. Over the years though, as browsers that were compatible with it became slower and the code more cumbersome, it would take a better and better computer just to update; so the last couple of years or so, I started to dread logging in to update.
I certainly do not like to feel such things regarding updating my blog - so, I decided to bone up on my web skills and I see a much simpler and more efficient way for me to update.
For you web and tech geeks out there, I am going towards a static website using a static site generator called Hugo that builds the site using plain HTML and CSS code. I like it because I still do not need to be a programmer / coder; nor have to learn it; nor do I need to worry about the security of the hosting platform; or build platform. I will not be putting on a webhost at all - a serverless website as the techies call it. All I have to do to add content is write what I want in markdown, save it as a *.md file; and tell the Hugo program to build the site and publish it. The hard part is creating the template, which does require me to wrangle some code, but I can customize and edit an existing template and tell Hugo to use it.
Anyways, technobabble over - it will be a while longer until my next update - life in San Cris is.. interesting and keeping me occupied; so everything takes longer; requires more patience - and I pass some of that patience unto you, dear readers.
Thanks for checking my site from time to time; and for reading.
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