It's been 14 months since I've had a vacation, just before Covid-19 jumped into our consciousness and turned our world upside down
And being a creature of habit I've returned to the place I'm vacationing at for the past 25 years: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Also known as the Mexican Riviera.
I've been coming here so long that I have many first name acquaintancess here and restaurants I've been patronizing for the past 25 yeears. I've been using the same car rental agency for so long that we're on a first name basis. They don't even try to sell me extra insurance or GPS. And I get my choice of cars. Just one of the benefits of getting to know people.
One thing that's different though is the reponse to Covid-19. Everywhere I go in the states there's a place to get a free test within a few days. And there are signs everywhere about the precautions one should take. And as far as vaccines one sees no publicity at all about where to get it or when it's arriving. And that's probably the big difference betwen Mexico and the U.S; the level of poverty here affects everyone in a negative way.
Yet people seem positive and upbeat as if everything is normal and ordinary. The only obvious difference is - just like the states - everyone's wearing a mask or face covering.
A few people have asked if I'm afraid to visit here - but since I've already had the vaccine - of course I'm not concerned at all.