Twenty some years ago, I took a vacation in a place called Capitan Lafitte which was somewhere between Playa del Carmen and Cancun Mexico.

We slept in palapas on the sand.  There was no electricity, no phones and no television.  We woke up with the sunrise, snorkeled, walked on the beach collecting seashells, and talked a lot. After sun down, we sat around a fire, talked some more, did some singing and went to sleep.

We were fed the fish that was caught that day and vegetables bought from the farmers market that day. It was a vacation I will never forget.

I went looking for it last year. No more. There is a building like a Motel 6 there instead…

Also twenty years ago I went on a safari, a walking safari with my sons. We walked and canoed down the Zambezi River. It lasted two weeks during which we saw no people except the small group we were with, and our guide. We slept out in sleeping bags, around a fire. I will never forget the sky at night. The stars, an endless number of stars twinkling from above. I have never seen so many stars before or since.

The only sounds we heard were the sounds of nature. The time did not move. You felt as if it was already afternoon when in reality it was only 9 am.

What happened to these places?

I am desperately trying to find one. I thought I found it in a remote hotel in Mexico, but no luck. Piped music, endless piped music everywhere at least sixteen hours a day trying to relax me…

Does anyone know of a place I am describing above? A place where human hands have not reached yet to enrich my experience. No wi-fi. No phones. No television and yes no electricity. If it does not exist would someone provide one? Please…


Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes