To the Rock and Back: Sanctuary City: Highspeed to Equator

 

On the freeway, we were traveling fast to see something new.

 

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Our friend has been to this place before and is showing us the way to this secluded village.

 

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We followed his detailed directions without thought or worry of getting lost.

 

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That is until the road we were traveling on became steep.

 

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Steeper than any grade I’ve been on.  I started to question our safety.

 

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And, was amazed our car is capable of climbing this grade.

 

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But, we arrive.  A river separates where we parked from the village.

 

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River is as steep as a waterfall but its water cascades slowly as if it were a meandering stream.

 

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Our friend launches across the river by stepping on exposed river stones and started haranguing the locals like a gringo tour guide in Tiajuana after he found out he was given a bad deal.

 

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Thought we perhaps offended the villagers, but they act reserved as if they were ashamed and would rather hide if they could.

 

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After interviewing some of the “locals”, I find out they are descendants of Mexican-Dutch mixed immigrants from the century past.

 

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Their ancestors’ Dutch family had returned to the live in their small homes in the old world.

 

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Because they were ashamed of their relatives’ hybrid pedigree.  So, they returned back to their mother land in secret.

 

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The ancestors with hybrid pedigree were tricked to go on a short 20 mile train trip giving the Dutch ancestors enough time to sneak onto a boat.

 

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They say their Dutch ancestors have right to feel ashamed of them and to return to living in their small homes.

 

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And, they hide themselves in this village, wearing clothing that cover their entire body only exposing their hands made of seashells.

 

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I told them why hide, hybrids are very successful now.  They are surprised and warned me that I best not lie.  One scratches me with his seashell hands.

 

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I tried to convincing them that not all are successful but many were.

 

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