Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Not What You’d Expect to See on The Streets of Southern Mexico

Today, on our way to get apple tree leaves from “our girl” a.k.a. the girl that owns the vegetable stand at the corner of our street, we saw this van that was about 5,000km out of place.

Quebec Van in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

I wouldn’t have expected to see this on the streets of Southern Mexico.

I was so set on proving that it was parked on our street that I had The Kids run back to the house with me to get my camera. I thought for sure that I’d come back out of the house and it would be gone.

I didn’t wait around to see who the owners were because while it’s the first vehicle with Quebec plates we’ve seen (sightings from Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Manitoba have been made), it doesn’t mean that the owners are Canadian. In fact, we see cars with California and Texas plates every day and it turns out that they aren’t Americans at all.

By the way, in case you were wondering why I was buying “apple tree leaves”, to be honest, so was I. Turns out that Artemis’ class will be discussing the uses of certain tree leaves for medicinal purposes. Such as lime, apple, who knows what else.

Mexicans are big believers in the benefits of “alternative medicine”. So much so that whenever I’m sick (like right now), people that pass me on the street (who I don’t even know) often suggest ways in which I might get rid of my cough or whatever else is ailing me. Tequila is usually part of the solution.

Ever See a Car or Other Item Totally Out of Place?

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31 thoughts on “Not What You’d Expect to See on The Streets of Southern Mexico

  1. francine

    that’s interesting. I know before “modern medicine” people used to use plants and natural remedies. but I would have thought mexico would be using pills and other medications instead of the natural remedies.

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  2. TenaciousC

    My husband strongly believes in the healing powers of tequila as well….and he’s Scottish/Danish ancestry, with a degree in natural medicine. 😉 LOL!

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    1. admin

      Dear TenaciousC,

      My gullibleness (new word?) is well documented but does your husband really have a degree in natural medicine? If so, what is it about the tequila that makes things better?

      I think drinking it would make me more sick. Maybe that’s the point. Kind of like when you hurt your finger so you hit your toe with a hammer. Suddenly, your finger doesn’t hurt so much anymore…

      Besos, Sarah

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      1. TenaciousC

        Hi Sarah,
        My husband does actually have a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine and lived in Shanghai for 3 years (but he hasn’t practiced in a long time…..). He just really likes Tequila, and will choose that first over “traditional” drugs like Advil or cold medicine, or just because it’s Friday and it was a long work week! 🙂
        I love hearing your stories and adventures in Mexico and about what you are up to! The kids are super cute, and I think Artemis is a mini-you every time I see a picture! Love to you all! Cindy

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    1. admin

      Dear Always a Redhead,

      It’s been 24 hours and the van is still there. And, it has all it’s windows. Which is pretty remarkable in itself. We don’t leave our car out any longer than we have to. All cars are targets for vandals.

      Besos, Sarah

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  3. Debbie S.

    Surprising finding that on your street for sure
    As for tequila, tried that once, I bet the alcohol kills any bacteria in it’s path!

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    1. admin

      Dear Martina,

      That’s quite a roadtrip! Thanks for stopping in during your Florida vacation. Hope you’re enjoying yourself.

      Besos, Sarah

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  4. Brandee

    I remember the tequila very well!! Every time I had a sore throat, my adopted grandfather was pulling out a bottle of tequila!! And people were always giving me hibiscus flowers for tea to help my throat (that did work!!)

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    1. admin

      Dear Kathy,

      I am so happy to hear that you have found some pain relief from your MS. Over the past few days, I’ve learned a lot about all the different plant remedies and may give something a try.

      Besos, Sarah

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  5. Rebby

    I love what they’re teaching kids in Mexico! My personal cure for most illness is Tequila, so maybe I’m Mexican?! Ahh I miss Mexico!

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  6. Susan T.

    I live in a tourist mecca so I see plates from strange places all the time. That van doesn’t look like it should have made it that far though! Lol!

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