Not an evening for words, but I do have an update for you on travel to Chiapas.
As I said, the Red Alert is still in effect, but I am now being told that the communities are also still engaged in consulta. Because of that, they are still officially closed, and the campistas are all gathered in San Cris. Which means that, in addition to having a chance to savor the delights of that delightful town, you could also enjoy especially stimulating encounters with a universe of compas.
You can check in with Enlace, where they'll be more than delighted to keep you current on travel to and from the communities. FrayBar (Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre) is right there, as are the eminent and delightful (and tireless) gentlemen from Ciepac. In addition, of course, to browsing the market, hanging with compas from Italy and Spain and everywhere else at the local bar of choice... and untold other adventures.
I assume by now everyone understands that the Red Alert was not a signal of any danger, but rather just a temporary step to be taken during a necessary period of turning inward. Go. I cannot imagine a more interesting moment to be there. And, if anyone needs more information, addresses or anything else, just ask.
Basta, for now.
Time for huddling under a blanket with Love in the Time of Cholera for the umpteenth time. Or, even more likely, with The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. Along with a very large bowl of rice pudding.