- A bar frequented by Vulcans in the Star Trek series
- A place where vultures congregate
- A place to get your tire repaired
Maggie and I had a flat yesterday. Fortunately we discovered this when we were right outside the Vulcanizadora – modest as the workshop looked, we could see it was exactly what we needed.
The shop is run by José who is mute. Those who do not speak Spanish and have felt the frustration of being unable to communicate need to meet this guy. He made himself perfectly understood by means of sign language, jumping up and down, and drawing in the air.
He had the tire off the car in no time. He plunged it into a tank of water (to see where air bubbles would show) because where there are bubbles, there is also a problem. José got a pair of pliers and pulled out the culprit – a skinny little nail.
He then pried, turned, hauled on and spun the tire to get it off the rim. He patched the little hole … plunged the tire back in the water to be sure there were no more bubbles (problems) Satisfied that the tire was now in excellent shape, he put it back on the car.
Price: 70 pesos
Number of smiles exchanged: muchos
Client satisfaction: 100%
People like José are who you meet when you patronize Mérida’s local establishments.
Carlos, who lives in Norway, went with a fellow Mexican student to the Mexican
students’ in Paris rally in support of the #yo soy 132 movement. His opinion is
interesting and common to most of the young people I’ve had the opportunity to speak