DAY 18 - Rejas/ Bars
|Gated homes - bars, gates, and 'Rejas' on the windows|
Bars and gates are just part of life in Mexico. Homes have bars on doors, windows and gates that lock at the end of the car port. I have lived in a home that had bars on all the windows and on the front door. I have also lived with high walls and razor wire, or broken glass on the top of an 8 foot wall. It is just a fact of life that one expects living here. It is done for a feeling of safety.
When the Reimer's first came to GDL to scout out the land they made a choice to live in a gated community. Our homes do not have bars on the windows nor on the front doors. Each family lives in a 'coto' (gated community). Ours has 75 homes within its walls. I can walk up to my neighbour's front door without having to bang on a gate, hoping they come. The original thought was that it would be easier to meet our neighbours and build relationships. I have to agree. I love the freedom i have to walk through my little community and greet my neighbours without fear and without bars.
|Our street in our 'Coto'|