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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:04 PM
Baja from the nose


OK Nomaditos y itas. Baja Spirit was meaningful and fun. Thank all of you for shareing your thoughts.

We have a new one here........THE AROMAS OF MEXICO.

What do you perceive through your nose that, with your eyes closed, takes you to Mexico?
Is it chili?
Is it diesel exhaust?
Is it flowers?

What is it that you smell and then say, "This is Baja, this is Mexico."
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:10 PM


I have told this one before;

I was home in Washington, out touring a construction site when a smell brought me back to pleasant times in La Ventana.....so pleasant and such nice memories but I couldn't quite place the smell.

When I looked further, it was on open septic pipe.


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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:16 PM


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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:21 PM


What we smell...Hmmmm. Unfortunately the bad smells of baja are far more numerous than the good smells...

Burning plastic, buring tires, Cat Box Town, Diesel fuel.

Those are the first things that come to mind.

Secondly, Mothballs, (because I load my closets with them and it's the first smell that greets me when I open the doors), burning creosote, something about the border at San Ysidro...then there's Herman's Old Spice.

I'm sure that I'll think of a lot more now that you've asked a question worth thinking about.....

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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:24 PM


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What do you perceive through your nose that, with your eyes closed, takes you to Mexico?







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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:33 PM


Dave, Dave, Dave..... is that where the deli went ?? :rolleyes: :lol:
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:45 PM


NO NO NO....... You reprobates don't get it. What I'm looking for is the instantaneous recollection of Mexico when you're in Bum*** Illinois and you're wafted to the wall by an aroma that, in a deja freakin vu type of way, says, " That just took me back to Baja, '97."

OK....It's a lost thought.

Dave.....What does that pile of Comet mean?
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:51 PM


Certain types of smoke always remind me of my campfire smoke baths in baja.

Ground cumin.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:56 PM


Good one, yachty......

I'll throw a little of that stuff on my next fire. I'm building a house so, after I get it insured, I may be thinking of your fine suggestion.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:58 PM


Along the river and on the beaches in Mulege there is a slight salt water/fish smell which I think is pleasant. Of course, when everything was flooded there was a funky wet mud smell, but that didn't turn into mold and it didn't last too long. Fresh paint was the second most predominant smell...after the clean up. In town, there is the smell of cooking food wafting out of the many great restaurants. In the shops there is the clean smell of cotton and wool. Out in the desert the smell I recall is clean, hot, fresh air. I think that is more a feeling in the lungs than an actual smell. It makes me smile. :yes::yes:



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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 06:58 PM


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Originally posted by Osprey
albahaca

Of course. Goes without saying.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:00 PM


Dennis, I don't think it's comet that Dave posted, but you did ask :
Is it flowers?
And it looks to me like flowers for tortillas :light:

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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:06 PM


Harina para nariz, por seguro.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:07 PM


There is something in the laundry soap in Mexico that isn't in the American stuff. If I pull something out to wear in Montana that was washed months before in Mexico I'm right back there.

One of my daughters can smell it too.




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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:16 PM


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There is something in the laundry soap in Mexico that isn't in the American stuff. If I pull something out to wear in Montana that was washed months before in Mexico I'm right back there.

One of my daughters can smell it too.


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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:19 PM


Burning trash mixed with the smell of gas engines with worn rigs burning too much oil.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:20 PM


I don't know exactly what it is but, years ago I would stay at the California Motel on the north end of Ensenada. The nights were full of the pungent air of shoreline, much like I remember as a kid in Balboa. The nights gave up the aroma of the sea. When I pass by there today, I still smell this. It brings back so many memories.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:26 PM


Paulina got mine earlier.... Burning plastic. Although I smell it much more on the mainland.

I'll never forget the first time heading into Mexico City on a bus when a passenger sitting on the stairs and was smoking cigarettes with the driver (right next to the no smoking sign) as we passed though a smoke plume from some burning tires.... lovely.

Baja; is usually nice and fresh.. with some salt air thrown in for good measure.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:32 PM


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NO NO NO....... You reprobates don't get it. What I'm looking for is the instantaneous recollection of Mexico when you're in Bum*** Illinois and you're wafted to the wall by an aroma that, in a deja freakin vu type of way, says, " That just took me back to Baja, '97."

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Excuse me, but I don't believe that my soul is predestined to damnation because I didn't read your fine print. What smell "takes me to" baja from BFE?

Allow me to rephrase my answer with more formality;

Mesquite wood in our bbq
The smell of diesel when I fill up my truck
Cat boxes
Moth balls
Suavitel
tequila
the car in front of us on the freeway that is blowing out billows of smoke
A fresh oyster

As I said before, I might think of something else, so watch out.

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[*] posted on 11-4-2007 at 07:48 PM


I won't weigh in on this but, both my kids identify Mexico with the "stinky smells" that are so immediately evident when you cross the border in TJ. Truly a "smell frontier" - the difference is most apparent at the border. Just like the difference in the road when you cross going north - all of a sudden, the noises the truck makes going down the road decrease 300%.

While I don't agree, I must say that I see their point. One can read and extend that perception quite far - maybe for another post.

[Edited on 11-5-2007 by Roberto]
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