On pointless pursuits: Of Tiryaki, opium and seaweed raking in Tulum, Mexico


Tulum mexico seaweed beach playa

The early-morning seaweed raker is always on time, as is the Caribbean Sea, which dumps a new load each morning to be taken away according to the favor of the tourists…(Image by Liz Cameron)

On our last day on the Tulum playa, Tiryaki (the puppet with opium addiction since the 1300s) slunk out of his sleeping spot at 6:59 a.m. and commenced watching the beach – waiting to see if the expected would materialize.  And, at 7:01 a.m. on the dot, there was the expected – in the dual form of:

a) Tiryaki’s daily withdrawl symptoms (until he could get his morning opium hit) and:

b) the portly man from the Tulum Pueblo who spent his mornings raking the night’s seaweed crop into neat circles, before burying it in the white, powdery sand.

Every day, no matter what, Tiryaki has withdrwal symptoms – and a smoke to take them away, only to have his addicted brain deliver more the next day.

Carting the seaweed over to the big hole in the beach - to be buried before the tourists wake up and realize that - horror of horrors - the sea produces *seaweed*!!! (Image by Liz Cameron)

Carting the seaweed over to the big hole in the beach – to be buried before the tourists wake up and realize that – horror of horrors – the sea produces *seaweed*!!! (Image by Liz Cameron)

Every day, no matter what, this seaweed-raker has seaweed to rake and bury, only to have the Caribbean Sea deliver more the next day.

“And both are pointless pursuits,” Tiryaki exclaims with a sigh. “Maybe it’s time to try rehab again.  Too bad for the Mexican seaweed raker, he doesn’t have as much choice.”

Tulum playa crab

The crabs of Tulum playa (Image from VRBO at this link)

A crab ambled by at this moment, escaping the warming beach for the cool of the tropical selva across the road.  God willing, he’ll make it without being crushed by a speeding car.

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3 Responses to On pointless pursuits: Of Tiryaki, opium and seaweed raking in Tulum, Mexico

  1. Alan says:

    . . the world is full of pointless tasks dictated by the system – roll on the revolution!

  2. E. says:

    Indeed, and that’s exactly my line of thought when I saw this man…

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