As many of my readers know, our December trip to Mexico was not a pure pleasure but a thorough search for the reason(s) of why Mayans made a mistake in their calendar and why world didn't cease to exist on December 21st. Don't get me wrong, I am glad we are still here, but what made an ancient civilisation to make such a grand mistake, was a question that bothered my mind.
The best way to start the search was to go to the very source of everything, Ground Zero: Mexico. To say the truth, Cabo was not the very heart of Mayan's territory but it was close enough.
So, we left early in the morning, practically sneaked out of the Vancouver while most of the people were still sleeping and after few hours and one change of the plane in SF, we arrived under the warm skies of southern Baja California.
Our search started next morning: we planned to stay for only 8 days so there were no times to waste. We strolled the endless beaches,
inspected small animals,
and some bigger ones :left:
We suspected that these guys might know the truth,
because they were hanging on on that rock all the time. But they didn't want to say a word to us. Everything felt like wrapped in a veil of mystery. We knew birds were watching every step we made,
reporting it to someone still hidden to us.
We asked locals, but they were not really willing to talk :left:
Then, we came to conclusion that it might be a Tequila, I mean too much of it, that made shaman (or whatever they called calendar maker back then) drunk and that mistake was an obvious error due to hungover. But, no. Tequila would make you do the weird things :left:
but it could not be a reason for such a terrible mistake. I mean, really, the end of 5,125-year-long cycle was on December 21st, fourth world reached the end of its 13th b'ak'tun, or Mayan date 126.96.36.199.0, but nothing really happened. Why???
It would not be enough to say that we were desperate, but truth remained uncovered. Luckily, there were enough food and drink to calm us. Siesta, you know, really slows you down…
Then, when we almost gave up, the answer came almost by itself.
It was crickets.
Now you might be shaking heads in disbelief, thinking that your friend might be gone crazy after spending too much time under the hot sun without his sombrero, but let me tell you everything. It was crickets, we can't be wrong.
One night, after a whole day of unsuccessful search, tired and sleepy, we came to our hotel room, wanting to calm down and prepare for leave the next day. Suddenly we heard alarm from a nearby back yard, one of those annoying ones with a sound that could not be ignored. And it was persistent, 45 minutes at least, then 15 minutes break and then again. Finally, we didn't have a choice but to call a front desk and complain about it. Receptionist said he will see what could be done and hung up. Ten minutes later he knocked on the door and when we opened, he explained that annoying sound doesn't come from the alarm but from an insect, chapuline he called them. Crickets. He also said that when they are small, their chirping could be quite pleasant (like we didn't know that 🙄 ) but some of them could grow up to 5cm – 2 inches and then sound is more like a fire alarm then a gentle chirping. And no, even ear plugs are of no help :ko:
Now, can you imagine a poor shaman, hurrying to make a 5,125-year-long calendar, after spending sleepless night, with eyes red and watering, how possibly he could not make a mistake…
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