...all nine buildings of it.
26.06.2010 85 °F
So it seems like people have been the most curious about what the town of Mastatal is like. Well, lets start with perhaps the best adjective - tiny. The entire town is on one dirt road that is basically in the middle of nowhere and it takes about 2 hours by chicken-bus to get to the nearest town with a bank and grocery store. The town has a total of nine buildings including the main house of Rancho Mastatal where I am at. So there is the ranch, 2 'sodas' (or tiny mini-marts/restaurants), a open air bar (really more like a shed with beer), a one-room elementary school and highschool, an internet point, a community building, and a church. Perhaps most important of all it has a soccer field.
Soccer sundays are the big thing around here. People come together from several nearby villages to spend the entire day playing children's, men's, and women's soccer games. This past weekend, Mastatal hosted soccer sunday and the little town came alive with all the action. There was a food vendor set up by the soccer field and people socialized and lounged in the ant ridden grass all day. Us gringos got prime seating with a scenic view from the porch of one of the ranch's houses. Also this past weekend there was Bingo night at the community center to fundraise for the children's soccer team. It was a big event and locals of all ages got dressed up to come play. I personally was horrible at it because I could hardly understand the numbers being called out in spanish with a farmer accent.
The local people are really friendly and seem to cope quite well with the constant barage of gringos who pass through the Ranch year round. Right now one of the semi-perminent residents of the ranch is heading up the construction of a community library with a completely sustainable design; I really hope to get involved with that at some point. Usually many of the gringos participate in the sunday soccer games.
Last weekend on our day off a few of us took the short hike to the nearby waterfall/swimming hole. It is absolutely beautiful and perfect for some much needed relaxation after a long week of work. A local guy convinced me to climb up the waterfall and jump off into the water below, it was terrifying and fun at the same time