Merida

The Drift Factor

This entry is about driving in Mexico, although I  have yet to get behind the wheel. Partially due to the fact that my husband loves to drive, but mostly because of what I have coined ‘the drift factor’.

Mexicanos don’t drive, they drift. From lane to lane, through intersections, out of side streets; you’re never quite sure what they’re going to do next. Mexicanos consider lanes to be suggestions, and traffic circles to be entertainment. Stop signs are optional. And then there are the one-way streets, which are mostly marked. Mostly. Except when they’re not, which can be loads of fun especially at night. Yellow lights last approximately .05 seconds which isn’t an issue because Mexicanos tear through them anyway. And the red light that follows. Throw in the unmarked ‘topes’ (speed bumps) and the ‘peatones’ (speed bumps on steroids) and you can understand my reluctance to trade my 2 feet for 4 wheels. My husband has taken to driving like a Mexicano, and has developed bilingual Tourettes. Hasta la vista baby!

In October 2012, I drove 6,800 kms with my artist husband, Ric Kokotovich (www.ric.kokotovich.com), and my dog Iggy, to spend 6 months in our adopted city of Merida. Leaving the fast paced world of Calgary behind, I packed my books, art and entrepreneurial spirit, and set off to explore what lay beyond the borders that had become my life. In October 2013 we hit the road south again, hoping to find out what ‘living the dream’ really means. This is my adventure.

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