A Short Hike Through Mexico

Skating Under The Ice

I use Google Maps on my iPhone a lot when I travel. It lets me figure out how far I have to go, and how long it’s going to take me to get there. Not only that, but it can estimate travel times and distances for a variety of modes of transport—car, public transport, taxi, driving, or walking.

I got to thinking about this in terms of the infamous Caravan of so-called “asylum seekers”. This is the group of mostly young men which has come from Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and other towns in Honduras and Guatemala. After many adventures, they’ve finally made it to Tijuana, the Mexican city just across the US-Mexican border from San Diego. And they are so moved to have finally arrived that they’ve broken out in spontaneous exhibitions of happiness, including dancing, singing, rioting, and throwing rocks at the Border Guards … heck, they’re…

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