Are you, like me, someone who notices the smells of things? I've got a very sensitive nose and palate, which can be a good or bad gift, depending. The smells of people and places stays with me and influences my feelings about them.
There are some strong scents I noticed immediately when I arrived in Panajachel, so my choice for today's letter is Fragrance. Not all is fragrant, like when you're next to one of the big chicken buses and the exhaust makes you want to choke.
Or when you're sitting next to someone in church who needs to bathe. Rare though, since the people who live here seem exceptionally clean. You pass them on the street and smell soap and shampoo. This is quite pleasing to me.
The air generally in Panajachel is the sweetest, most fragrant of anywhere I've ever been. There's the delicious fragrance around mealtime when the aromas
come from the open restaurants: garlic, grilled meats, herbs and
spices, seafood, butter, hot corn tortillas....
And at night, we always sleep with our windows open and enjoy how the breeze wafts in, scented with flowers.
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