Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. –Boethius

The 3.5 hours of sleep are making me very exhausted indeed, in no condition to finish my photo essays nor write coherently, but the conversation with the Japanese (in Spanish!) and British tourists were engaging, and I didn’t come home until almost midnight and I sold well. It wasn’t until talking to them that I realized how much I had learned here in Chiapas, Mexico and how delighted I am to do what I do…and do it well… even if it is complicated and difficult.

Today I am going to the beach Boca del Cielo and staying in a cabaña overnight. Just the thought of a brief escape seems like such a thrill from the routine. Meeting many hundreds of people a week, over and over again, has only made realize how far I am from home, and made me miss my own friends and family.

“Freedom” by Tracy Chapman
They throwed him in jail
And they kept him there
Hoping soon he’d die
That his body and spirit would waste away
And soon after that his mind

But every day is born a fool
One who thinks that he can rule
One who says tomorrow’s mine
One who wakes one day to find
The prison doors open the shackles broken
And chaos in the streets

Everybody sing we’re free free free free
Everybody sing we’re free free free free
Everybody sing we’re free free free free

The throwed him in jail
And they kept him there
Hoping his memory’d die
That the people forget how he once led
And fought for justice in their lives

But every day is born a man
Who hates what he can’t understand
Who thinks the answer is to kill
Who thinks his actions are god’s will

And he thinks he’s free free free free
Yes he thinks he’s free free free free
He thinks he’s free free free free

Soon must come the day
When the righteous have their way
Unjustly tried are free
And people live in peace I say
Give the man release
Go on and set your conscience free
Right the wrongs you made
Even a fool can have his day

Let us all be free free free free
Let us all be free free free free
Let us all be free free free free

Free our bodies free our mind
Free our hearts
Freedom for everyone
And freedom now

Freedom now
Freedom now
Freedom now

Let us all be free free free free
Let us all be free free free free
Let us all be free free free free

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Tzotzil Words of the Day:lio’yote” here you are | “totik” dad | “metik” mom | “muktamek” grandma | “mu’tatot” grandpa | “juntok” uncle | “o’tanik” heart | “nichim” flower | “kay’ok” music

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