Sunday, August 04, 2019
La Mara Apestatrucha
There's a certain well-lubricated set of gringos of an advancing age here in La Antigua. In the past we've referred to them as the 'Big Fish', not without a dollop of British sarcasm, for they are appear to be textbook cases of 'Big Fish In Small Pond' syndrome.
The epithet is appropriate in another sense as well as they generally go about with the aspect of a fish that has been dragged down the road by a dog.
In spite of this, many have married much younger local women — some on multiple occasions — and having opened some small bar or restaurant prance around town as if they were captains of industry or serial entrepreneurs worthy of a Forbes profile.
Another common feature of the heavyweight lightweights that make up this gang — this mara — is that they appear to have scant regard for the rules and regulations of Guatemala.