When I awoke, Val was sitting in the chair next to me – she was feeling considerably worse, + had been up since an early hour with the shits. We’d intended to walk up to the forts, because from there one could get a good view of Popocatepetl volcano. Since Val was clearly in no state to do anything or go anywhere, I walked up there on my own. Didn’t bother to take a bus – too much bother all round to discover which one, so I’m afraid I took the easy way out. It really wasn’t all that far, but a disappointment when I got there. The forts themselves weren’t especially interesting, and all seemed to be shut, + as for the main point of the trip – there was a dirty brown smog around 360 degrees, so no pictures. Nothing for it but to walk back again, stopping off at a panaderia in order to buy some rolls for my breakfast.
Val still pretty much in the land of the unliving, + in fact stayed so for the rest of the day. I went out + did some shopping, + then managed to amuse myself for the rest of the day. I taped some comedy tapes of Graham’s, plus some attractive South American music. Joe, the American guy, turned up later, when Graham had gone to work, + Barbara had taken Duncan to the doctor – the poor young feller had not been at all well. Joe was quite concerned about Val, + popped down to the chemists to buy some antibiotic medicine that he had taken when in a similar state, + gave it to Val, along with strict instructions. A nice guy, tho’ a touch too American for my taste.
Barbara returned late-ish, ate + went to bed. Graham returned shortly thereafter, + then I went to bed. Barbara + Graham have both been very kind, + made us welcome, but I’m not sure that I’ve always been comfortable with them. Graham is a little pompous at times, + Barbara has about her a certain school-ma’am sharpness. Mainly, I think they are a little too sane. My best friends have a touch of idiocy – are blessed with it, I should say.
The photo, of course, is from a postcard; even if the weather had been good, I wouldn’t have got that view. Clearly, Val was in a bad way; it normally takes a bit to confine her to quarters.
As ever, a bit of a snap judgment on Graham and Barbara, but (again as ever) the diary is an honest reflection of what I was thinking at the time (however hasty or ill-judged.)