Learning to Sleep
Experts say that you can train your brain to do anything and we have been putting it to the test whilst travelling through Mexico by learning to ignore the sounds of a Mexican night, whether in a town, a village, on a beach or half way up a mountain!
Dogs barking and fighting, non stop, for hours is a nightly occurrence. Maybe that's why so many visitors end up adopting a dog, just to keep it quiet?
The loud music of a local bar or restaurant will have you crying into your pillow all hours of the night. Who would have thought a trombone could be so annoyingly repetitive and feature so much in local music?
Staying near a main road, especially one on a hill where the trucks use their engine brakes to slow down; or where there are topes (massive speed bumps) which ensure every vehicle skids to a halt or crashes over it with a terrific bang making you wake with a start.
One night it was the hoof beats of horses galloping around Red after escaping from their stable that woke us. Last night it was Popocatepetl the active volcano rumbling and hissing as it spurted steam from it's crater.
The absolute worst experience though was the night we stayed in a mountain hut before climbing Volcan Iztaccihuatl. At 4750m altitude it's hard enough to sleep anyway, without being woken by a rat crawling over your head and sitting on your pillow. Dave didn't enjoy being woken by my screams very much either.
As your brain is trained to recognise one sound, another new one pops up. It's all part of the wonderful, varied and vibrant country that we are discovering Mexico to be.