This has happened before – in the 90s – when the Italians came and many of them stayed. It was a time when we referred to the summer months of July and August as the Italian Season. But when the economy soured, they went away, or went somewhere else.
My small investment in Italian ‘tapes’ and ‘readers’, an attempt to give Casa Mexilio’s employees some basics in Italian phrases and courtesies are still here. Coming from the most beautiful and cultured country in the world, I wondered what they came to find in Yucatan. At least the flight goes both ways. I plan to buy a ticket.