Thursday, November 18, 2010
We have reached the heart of Mexico. San Blas is far from the tourist resorts and is an authentic Mexican town. We went to shore and walked into town to the Mercado to find a few provisions. We were the only americans and very few people spoke English. The people were all, once again, very warm and inviting. San Blas was founded in 1535. Many of the buildings from the 1800 are still standing. The ruins of the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario, with it's bell tower still Intact, was at the heart of the towns center. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the bell tower in his final poem, "The Bells of San Blas". This was a worthwhile stop. We stocked up on fresh tomatoes, amazing tangerines and some other kind of citrus fruit that is like a lemon, avocados, water mellon, papaya, and peppers. We also had the best cherviche we have ever had for lunch. San Blas is notorious for it's "no-see-ums", which are nasty little bugs you cannot see that swarm and bite when the sun goes down. We did not want to find out if this was fact or fiction, and had our bodies safely back on Santosha, with all the doors closed up each night! This was another short and sweet stop. We are on our way to Chacala, which is just three hours from here. This is our shortest sail since we left the dock in Ventura almost three months ago.
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