sweet smells of san diego

I could easily get used to the sweet smells of San Diego – and the narcotic effect the air here is having on me. There’s an omnipresent scent wafting on the spring breeze, leaving me with the impression of purposely perfumed streets. Lo and behold, the effect turns out to be naturally so. Such pervasive nasal stimulation is the result of dueling blooms: jasmine, which grows into a hardy hedge (who knew?) perfectly suited to residential landscaping and the exotic jacaranda, a street-side tree dripping with bright blue blooms and redolent of musk. With all this olfactory action who needs cologne – or Chanel No. 5 for that matter?


lush life

Did I mention it was hot as Hades in Punta Mita?  And about as humid as Rangoon in the rainy season?  Well the upside to that is lush, sumptuous gardens peppered with dozens of different of palm trees, bananas, passion fruit, and ginger, along with my favorite: a sweet-smelling jasmine which entwines itself inside a prickly hedge and perfumes the air.  Naturally this kind of foliage attracts its share of birds, too – from hummingbirds to oystercatchers to the noisy, comical chacalacas.


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