If anything about ministry could be called routine, then I guess the last couple weeks has pretty much qualified for “routine” status. That’s good. We’re thankful for that being the case! However, that makes posts and photos for the blog a bit challenging.
The past few weeks I’ve been wanting to post something about the routine of driving here in Mexico. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but one thing is certain about this topic, nothing is “routine” about Mexico’s roads. Just about every week we observe or experience something we hadn’t until that point in time. It’s quite exciting and quite often it’s quite stressful!
So…without further rambling, I’d like to share a few photos and thoughts about the roads in Mexico.
First, roads are a means to an end in Mexico. Isn’t that philosophical?!? The problem is, the “end” depends greatly on the individual or group, not on a set of laws, rules or regulations. This means that there is a great variety of interpretations and expectations for the roads in Mexico by the people and animals and things that use them.
Yes, things like actually driving from point A to point B seem to occur most every day in Mexico, but there are some other ways to view a road and these other ways usually catch our attention.
I don’t have photos of every one of these other ways so I’ll start off naming a few for which I don’t have a photo handy.
Parking. Cars and trucks are often parked on roads in Mexico…and I don’t mean in parking spaces. I just mean parked in the road. This can be annoying when there’s no way around them.
Maintenance. Vehicles are often serviced on roadsides…and sometimes right in the road! Be careful of that car ahead of you at the light…it just might be sitting there having a tire changed or a tie rod replaced or who knows what else.
Soccer. Some of the best playing surfaces around are in the street so be careful of those kids…and adults…playing their beloved national sport.
Cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats have all crossed paths with my vehicle as I’ve driven the roads in Mexico. Some were merely taking a nap on a warm surface. Occasionally, I’ve had to swerve to miss them. Doing so for napping people is the most unnerving.
Well…that’s Part 1. I think I’ll work on Part 2 now and include some photos to give you a better idea of some of the many ways for which a road can be and sometimes is used for here in Mexico. Stay tuned all week…there’s 5 parts in all!