Having just returned from taking our group to Rock Your World – Mexico we learnt many things.
– The strength of the mexican military might. On anniversary day we saw 20,000 soldiers parading and they were fully kitted, tanks, bombs, guns and all new kit, funded by…you guessed it…teh good ol USA
– Not a sign of Swine Flu, but the mexican economy is really suffering, tourism is 10% of normal levels, and the economy is shot. Carlos Slim the mexican billionaire at one point the 2nd wealthiest in the world is now back in the pack. Who wanted him there?
– The fear factor of Mexico which is representative of the planet is best summed up below.
We are filming at Chichen Itza on the Yucatan Peninsula, Dave Rogers and I are on camera. The minute we call it a wrap over walks security questioning us about our intentions. They were not happy with us filming. We inveited them to join our group for a healing ceremony at the temple and they stood back while the whole group partook in a very sacred ceremony. It was hot and sunny. As we finished I noticed there were now 5 security around us. They marched Dave, myself, Will our cameraman and our interpreter Lilian off to the management, they had phoned Mexico City and the police about us. We tried to discuss what we were doing but they didnt want to know. As the discussion got heated I heard thunder overhead and a huge rainstorm unleashed. We agreed to erase the film, they grumbled but agreed and we left. When we got outside the rain had cleared and we had cleansed the sacred ground, battled with the elements and everyone was a lot clearer. Amazing how what happens externally reflects internally.
The Chichen Itza police are over the top. There were all of about 100 tourists on site on the fall solstice. They normally get 70,000. The country is realing from the effects of the so called swine flu and they are being forceful and militant. I wouldn’t return to Chichen Itza. The energy there is still dark, like the clouds. Uxmal is much clearer, as is Monte Alban or Teothaucan.
Lesson for the week:
– I don’t like being disliked. Something I have to address because its part of what I do sometimes
– I love Mexican people, the passion, the music, the food…its incredible
– Sometimes I need to give in to get ahead. The minute we gave in at Chichen Itza, we were allowed to go. It could have been a lot worse.