Getting to know San Pedro La Laguna: Cantina El Rinconcito

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Getting to know San Pedro La Laguna: Cantina El Rinconcito

Cantina El Rinconcito is one hundred meters from my host family's home, the liquor dispensing establishment favored by San Pedro's drunks. El Rinconcito defines "drinking establishment": two concrete-floored rooms with doors to the street barren save a single small plastic table stashed in a dirty corner each, both with an interior barred window too, which divides the drinking rooms from the third room, with the liquor stock and cantina attendant, from the withdrawing incoherents who stumble in during the AM hours. The dirty cobblestones outside the entrances are usually occupied by slumped, mumbling heaps of humanity, the ones who can keep afoot more likely to accost fair-skinned foreigners for a few quetzales. Eerily, disproportionate numbers of roaming canines seem to succomb to the hopelessness on that stretch of street too, splayed in the dust separated from roadkill only by a faint pulse.

The cantina's charm, I'm sure, is obvious after sufficient hard drinking. And when the doorstep patrons are generous to add a little color. For instance the old man I passed last night, sitting, cradling in his lap one arm that looked like it had been dipped in a bucket of red paint, the dark pool on the cobblestones between his drawnup knees trickling downgrade between his feet, in tiny rivers diverging and converging and diverging to reconverge again in the crevices between the stone dodecagons, slowly fanning into a bloody reef.
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