Ow! The little Jew!

2
Mar
2008

I’ll get to how the landing in Cancun was in a minute. Arnaud told me something quite shocking this afternoon on the beach. I slightly bumped my elbow, which STILL hurts from my accident and cried out a little in pain. Arnaud said that even without being wounded there, it hurts quite a lot when one bangs it just so.  I told him that we called it the “funny bone” in English.  He then relayed to me what they used to say while he was growing up when someone would bump their funny bone.  They would shout out “Ay! Le petit Juif!”, which means, “Ow! The little Jew!”. I sat dumbfounded for a few minutes pondering the layers of anti-semitism required of a culture to get to that point.

But let’s focus on the positive, shall we? The water and beach here are beautiful, and the pace quite relaxed. We decided to chill an extra day in Puerto Morelos before heading out to explore the Yucatan tomorrow. Despite my responsible use of sunblock, I still have managed to get too much radiation today, and I can tell that my forehead will have the consistency of rubber by tomorrow. Other than that, I am pretty calm and happy to be hanging out with my friend Arnaud (who is really very open minded and accepting of all people despite his somewhat racist upbringing).