20 October, 2020

Recently there have been two things I’ve learned that have surprised me.

The first is “b de burro ó v de vaca”. Evidently all of my Spanish teachers have neglected to tell me that ‘b’ and ‘v’ are pronounced exactly the same (with the ‘b’ sound). They even have a little saying about it, “b de burro ó v de vaca”! Dropping the ‘v’ sound at this stage is going to be difficult, but I’ll work on it! Honestly Spanish teachers, you can’t just say this?

The second is more concerning. I’ve been told off by someone who refused to believe her nose is connected to her lungs. She’s putting travel videos out on youtube and never wears her mask over her nose. When I asked her about it I got pounced on from all sides. From someone who took basic anatomy, let me remind everyone – your nose IS connected to your lungs, just like your mouth is. You might as well just throw your mask in the trash if you aren’t going to wear it properly. No, you aren’t only spreading any virus you may have only when you cough or sneeze. If you want proof – put on a pair of glasses and don’t seal your mask properly. See the fog on your glasses? I rest my case.

Then today I had posted about seeing only 10-15% of people walking the malecón in Puerto Vallarta wearing masks. Two people asked me, quite seriously, why people outside would need to be wearing a mask. This is exactly the reason we’re still dealing with this! You wear a mask because you can’t always be 6 or more feet from everyone else. Turn a corner – someone’s there. Kids run around you. Someone walks out of a store you’re passing. It’s unavoidable. You wear a mask any time there are other people in the same area. It’s courtesy AND safety. And the scientists are still undecided if 6 feet is enough. Just do it and maybe we can get through this a little faster.

On a lighter note, everyone on my bus from Mazatlán to Puerto Vallarta was wearing a mask. Most, but not all, of the staff at the bus station were – but it looked like they were all issued masks just a little too big for them. They were all constantly repositioning them. The overnight bus was a tad faster, but there wasn’t a stop for burritos. That part was sad. Being too dark to see the twists and turns on a road with no shoulders was not sad!

Here’s a picture of the cove at my timeshare in Puerto Vallarta! Enjoy!

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