“Dia Zero”

A peaceful march was held last Sunday to raise awareness of the danger our environment is in. No, not the Amazon burning down, our  – Vallarta’s – imminent danger. According to one speaker, the aquifers that serve our residents, tourists and keep the golf courses green are down 80%. That’s right; we have 20% capacity left. I have not seen official numbers for rainfall, but my eyes have not seen the Rio Cuale threaten to engulf Incanto’soutdoor terrace like it did last year. So our aquifers are not receiving groundwater; granted, we still have until October 25 (the anniversary of Hurricane Kenna, 2002) to make up for it. And speaking of hurricanes – we are three months into that season and not one passing by has brought us a drop of water.

What can we do? Be aware and take care. Have a quick shower instead of a bath. Turn your tap off when you brush your teeth. Collect rainwater and use it to water your garden. If you have a lawn, plant some flowers, shrubs, herbs, and veggies instead. And, next time there’s a march about your future, consider joining in. There were ten expats at the rally/march for the environment. Ten.

On Friday, August 30, 8 pm at Incanto, “Hello Paris” opens. Michel Giglia, who hails from lovely Metz, France, will regale us with love songs from his native country. I will have a full report next week. Speaking of Incanto, I have heard the line-up of Tribute shows happening this coming season is going to include Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Cher, Bryan Adams, and many more.

If you haven’t made plans to celebrate Mexico’s most fun holiday, get over to Act II on Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes for their Independence Day bash. A couple of days early – September 13th, Friday, starting at 6 pm for unlimited tacos al pastor, a welcome shot of tequila, and an extravaganza on the Main Stage celebrating various Mexican state dances. Then, around 10 pm, everyone will be invited back outside for fireworks. More on Dia de la Independencia next week.

Join us at the Marsol Friday Market by the Pier for food, herbal remedies, jewelry of all kinds, and as always, the hugs are free.

Enjoy our few remaining relatively quiet days and empty sidewalks. Family, friends, and millions of strangers who have never been here before are arriving soon; can you remember how you felt the first time you set foot in Vallarta? I can (1986), and do, and thank the Universe I am here, warm every day. Hug everyone close by and smile at the rest of them. That’s how Vallartenses welcome people, From Here.

Marcia Blondin