Monday, October 22, 2018

Hurricane Willa

I have been hanging around my apartment this morning, cleaning, doing laundry and looking online at the hurricane predictions. Looks like it will miss us but San Blas is directly in it's sight. The last time a hurricane of this strength hit San Blas, the town was practically destroyed. That was hurricane Kenna, in 2002. Boats were washed up onto the roads. Many structures were blown down. All the beach palapa restaurants except one were blown down. Destroyed. The restaurant owners weren't happy with the owner of the one left standing. As if that owner had any control over a hurricane but that is just human nature. Someone has to be blamed. If I remember correctly, rumor was that they destroyed his restaurant too. 

Willa isn't expected to arrive in San Blas until tomorrow night. I worry about my friends over there. I think we will be okay. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Blue Zones

For a long time I have been interested in the Blue Zones. Yesterday in the news there was an article on them. I decided to share some of that information here because I think is can be helpful. I know it helped me to think about my own life in a slightly different way.

There are five blue zones in the world. Blue zones are areas where there are a large number of people over a hundred years old. This is not one of them but I know that there are quite a few very elderly Mexican people living here. And many expats live long healthy lives here. I see them all the time when I walk around town. 

These are the Blue zones:  Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece, Okinawa Islands; Nicola Peninsula, Costa Rica, Loma Linda, Calif. There is only one area in the United States and that is where Seventh Day Adventists live. 

Okay, these are the similar foods from the different areas. They eat whole grains, greens, tuberous vegetables, meaning Sweet potatoes and potatoes, lots of nuts.  The article says that a cup of beans a day will add two to three years to your life. Have no more than three eggs a week. Drink lots of water and tea, mostly herbal tea. Japanese drink lots of green tea. 

Diet is not all that matters. All these areas are close to the ocean. They are small with tightly knit social lives. People are very involved with each other. They help each other.  They walk a lot. Often up hills. 

There is a test you can take online. I took it and I know where I fall down.  If you go to True Vitality Test, Blue zones you will see it. No charge to take it. It said that my estimated healthy life is 84.8 years. My estimated life expectancy is 88 years and my potential life expectancy is 98.5 years.

Okay, if I do these things I will be able to up those numbers. Eat a cup of beans a day. Have a glass of red wine at night. Be more social. Go to religious functions. Walk more. 

Those aren't too demanding. I know I won't go to religious functions but I maybe could cook beans and eat them. I don't want to drink. I need to get out and be more social. I know I have become too reclusive. 

I think that this area has the potential for longevity. It is not close to the ocean but the lake is here. It is a small community and has lots of hills for walking. There are many social opportunities. Also churches if a person wants to do that. I think all the elements are here for a healthy, long life. But a cup of beans a day might be hard on the social part. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Magic Towns--Pueblos Magicos

Both Chapala and Ajijic have been trying to become Magic Towns. There were 88 applications. Here are the winners:  Tlaquepaque, Amealco, Queretaro, Aquismon, San Luis Potosí, Bustamante, Nuevo León, Comonfort, Guanajuato, Compostela, Nayarit, Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Melchor Muzquiz, Coahuila, Nombre De Dios, Durango, and Zimapan, Hildalgo. 

There are now 121 Magic Towns. Towns that become Magic Towns have to be voted in and they won't be accepted unless they have something special. Maybe historical relevance, cultural richness, traditions, folklore, cuisine, typical crafts and hospitality. Member towns are given state and federal funding to improve infrastructure, restore historical patrimony, solidify innate identity and promote the tourist industry. So the stakes are high.

I have only been to a few of these new Magic towns. It might be fun to explore more of them. I liked Compostela very much. Guanajuato was nice but now that I have problems walking, not for me. 

I am sorry that Chapala and Ajijic didn't win. But both of these towns already have lots of tourists. It is good that some of the smaller towns have a chance to become well known. 

If you want to know more, my information was taken from the recent Guadalajara Reporter dated October 20 - 26.