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Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Friday, 9 January 2009

How to tie a sarong

In 1963 Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and John Houston came to Mismaloya to make Night of the Iguana. Then, Mismaloya was a little cove on the Bay of Banderas half an hour's drive from Puerto Vallarta. Today millionaires' mansions climb up the hill and there are various shacks on the public beach where they'll grill you a red snapper but the pueblo of Mismaloya is still a dirt road.

We were in one of those millionaire's mansions, near the top of the hill with vast shimmering views of the bay, lumbering v formations of pelicans, schools of whales spouting, humming birds, butterflies, frigate birds gliding in the thermals. Life consisted of getting up to the sound of the er servants making us breakfast, wandering down to the beach in the company of mainly Mexican families and observing the numerous ways in which it is possible to tie a sarong, for example, making a halter neck dress out of it. We drank the tequila production of Mexico dry. We spent New Year's Eve in the pool, watching the fireworks like a jewelled chain exploding along the line of the bay and then went down to the hot tub for tequila shots.

Now, blearily I confront the bitter cold of this London Arctic winter. Normal service resumes. Sullenly.


Toby Wollin said...

But, but...we, your loyal (though somewhat resentful because we did not get the tropical trip) readers are soooo happy that you are back.

Deja Pseu said...

Uh, welcome back?

Isn't PV the best? It's good to go on mañana time periodically.

Duchesse said...

Sounds like you indeed tied one on!
Glad you are back and remember you can still drink tequila in London.

lagatta à montréal said...

These days in London, I'd want something more warming: a shot of single malt, a glass of your favourite red or the dependable old pot of tea.

beeker said...

yes, very nice to have you back. for us.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Welcome back, Linda. I've missed you. Now, get your thermals on and snap out of it!

Belinda said...

Linda, do you know GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN by Robert Olen Butler? It's a collection of short stories that won a Pulitzer back in the early 1990s. And the reason I mention it is that one of the stories is set in this very place!
I also want to say how much I enjoy your blog. Thanks for it.