Casa Na Bolom

Hola! 

Today I walked around San Cristobal. I ate again at Tierra Madre, their menu of the day, so I had a soup of vegetables as first plate, and rice and aubergine-thing for second. Drink and bread included, for 66 pesos (33 SEK). Good price! I’ve never managed to cook food even if I bought quite much. I only eat breakfast and yoghurt and avocados at home when I’m hungry. It’s so cheap to eat out here that it’s not even worth to buy food to eat at home actually. So I’m not going to do that anymore.

My lunch at tierra madre

My lunch at tierra madre

Later I went to Casa Na Bolom and with a guide, and he was so good! I got really interested. Casa Na Bolom was the home of archeologist Frans Blom and his wife, Gertrude Duby Blom, a journalist and photographer. Casa Na Bolom is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Lacandon Maya and the preservation of the Chiapas rain forest, it is a museum and a hotel too.

Gertrude above and some of her first pictures of the Lacandon on the side

Gertrude above and some of her first pictures of the Lacandon on the side

The Lacandon are one of the most isolated and culturally conservative of mexicos native people. When the spanish took over Mexico, the Lacandon fled to the jungle and never got conquisted. If a Lacandon leaves de village to marry someone from the outside or to live outside, they are getting expulsed of the community and are not welcome back, so they are very few Lacandons today, about 400 people. Back in the days, they lived polyamorous, and a man could have up to 4 wives, but today they are so few that it’s rarely. They also have genetic problems because they only marry inside their community, resulting in albinos and deformed body parts (around 5% has some genetic failure).

Lacandon clothing and ritual things

Lacandon clothing and ritual things

You can go in there for 40 pesos, or with guide 50 pesos, and it’s totally worth it. This money goes unshorted to the foundation and to help the lacandon. This house is theirs, so if they are sick and need medical assistance, they are welcome to stay at the hotel in Na Bolom for free and get doctors help for free too, thanks to this organization.

I felt so welcome here, you can eat dinner with them there or sit in the library reading, they have like all books about the maya people there is to have. Very interesting. I’m thinking about volunteering there in the future.

Me at Na Bolom

Me at Na Bolom

I met a italian girl there, Elena, who also was couchsurfing in San Cristobal. She had a meeting later with another couchsurfer, Liceo. I joined them and we went to a place called Kinoki, where you can have both beer or coffee, and you can also rent a room with a projector and sound system and choose a movie to see with your friends, like a private cinema, so cool.

With Elena and Liceo from couchsurfing at Kinoki

With Elena and Liceo from couchsurfing at Kinoki

Erika met us up there and then we ate some dinner on our way home, I ate a Chalupas (6 pesos) and a Pan Compuesto (9 pesos). Both very typical from here and vegetarian. :)

IMG_1048Then we went home to change clothes and to go out to a restaurant where we ate the day before, Aztlan, they were going to have a party there to celebrate 3 years in business. They had a live band there too :) We went home quite early, around 2.30, because next day I had a tour that started at 9.

 

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