Hanging around

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It seems like no matter where you go in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, you’ll find a hammock.

In most homes, you’ll at least find one outside in the courtyard, but often they are hung for sleeping as they are cooler than a mattress and they can be unhooked and put away, clearing valuable space in a small home.

Occasionally you’ll even see one in a restaurant, presumably for those who have had a little too much to eat.,,or drink.

in some waterfront areas, you can cool off in a hammock that sweeps lightly over the surface of the water.  Balconies are almost always festooned with a hammock or two.

Yucataneans, it has been said, sleep I  hammocks from birth until death.

Hammocks ate, at the very least, one of the most comfortable places to spend a a few hours during the day if you’re able. I am swinging gently in the breeze now.

Ahhhhh!

You might expect that hammocks wete first made hete where the love for them is so deep. In fact,  hammocks were brought to the Yucatan from the Arawak Indians of the Caribbean some 700 years ago.

There are two kinds of hammocks. There are the thick corded ones that look like the macrame ones we remember from the 1960s and 70s and the thinner cord ones that look a little like fishing nets .

Comfort is the key with both styles. You might choose a cotton hammock if you plan on traveling with it. A nylon hammock is better at home. It will stand up to every day use and not fade if you leave it hanging in the sun on your terrace.

Hammocks thst you buy in the Yucatan are are likely not made in a factory. They ate often made at home by women. The techniques are passed down from one generation to the next.

The best place to buy a hammock is probably from a street vendor as you will get a good price and you know you’re helping a family make a better living.

A very good nylon hammock can be had for about $30 currently. You can spend upwards of $150 for a thick cotton one. You can find really inexpensive hammock ($5-$10), but those in the know about such things tell me you get what you pay for with those. They say they are inferior quality and were probably made in a factory in some other country.

When it comes to quality napping or just relaxing, nothing beats swinging in a hammock.

 

 

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