Living in the Yucatan the last 6 weeks has been an experience like no other I've ever had. I've never lived in a place that was so dominated by water. Water seems to be central to everything here. There are lakes the size of counties, huge lazy rivers, and caves in the soft limestone filled with freshwater (called cenotes) that are perfect for a swim. The ocean is on one side of us and on the other is a massive mangrove swamp--Sian Ka'an. And the rain. The most raucous tropical deluges will appear out of nowhere on a seemingly clear day. This is a world dominated by water.