The Smells of the Rainy Season

One of the things about living in Mexico that brings me the most joy are the various smells that greet me when I step out of my door at any time of day or night. Sometimes I can smell the fresh, high mountain air coming from north of Cuernavaca, perfumed with the smell of pine duff. This smell reminds me of home in the Pacific Northwest. Last night it was a humid, mildewy blanket of air from the soil under the trees near our house. Since it’s the rainy season everything is moist and soft. These humid smells are all Mexico for me, since I hadn’t smelled anything like them before moving to Mexico.

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