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By Working Gringos

Our easy-to-read (in English) synopsis of the upcoming Yucatan Symphony Orchestra performances for the upcoming Fall 2014 season…


By Working Gringos

In this unique and visionary program, the worlds of the Maya and non-Maya children and families of the Yucatan were brought together for a day of activities and mutual respect and understanding…

By Khaki and Working Gringa

For centuries, France and Mexico have interacted across the Atlantic Ocean, especially on the Yucatan Peninsula. Today, you can see evidence of the French culture everywhere, from the past and very much in the present…

By Troy Gilbert

There are two very famous regattas that sail from Florida to Isla Mujeres, just off the Yucatan Peninsula. One of them is going on right now and will end up in Isla Mujeres in just a few days…


By Eben Lenderking

The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the stingless honey bee, a sweet and docile bee that produces an exceptional honey. Here is information about the bee, and what is being done to help it thrive…

By Working Gringos

A graduate study internship helps bring artesanias from the women of southern Merida to a show in Garcia Gineres…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Here is a brief synopsis of a novel written about an interesting historical time in the Yucatan. Our guest writer gives us an account of the story and how it has changed his views of modern-day Yucatan…


By Rodrigo Rodriguez

Writer Rodrigo Rodriguez brings us another great short story, this time about an experience of getting lost in the Yucatan, and finding something wonderful…

By Working Gringos

The Progreso Apoyo program and others like it have been so successful that now some of these deserving students are graduating. The costs of attending even a public university are out of their range, but help is on the way through the new CAPP program. It is easy for you to help… find out how!

By Rodrigo Rodriguez

Guest writer Rodrigo Rodriguez has a piece of property in Uayma, Yucatan near Valladolid. He takes us with him on a walk with his caretaker, Miguel Xooc…


By Working Gringos

A rundown on the nine programs of the Winter season for the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. Buy your tickets now for a great season of music!

By Jane Custer

The town and the children have an advocate in Enrique Valdes. Guest writer Jane Custer interviews him in his role as cultural ambassador at Mayaland…

By Working Gringos

A few things about buying a hammock from a guest writer, and a bunch of tips and tricks from the Working Gringos… all about hammocks!

By Working Gringos

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s Spring 2013 schedule…

By Working Gringos

All week this week, there will be contemporary dance performances around the city of Merida. Here are two in particular that we think you might be interested in, including one performed by dancers from Asheville, North Carolina…

By Working Gringos

The end of the world… uh, the end of the Maya calendar is December 21, 2012 and the whole world is coming to Yucatan! Here is an ever-growing (and continually updated) list of some of the events happening around that important moment…

By Working Gringos

Here’s a first person account of the recent charity event at Hacienda Ochil, featuring the work of musician and composer Philip Glass and artist James Turrell…

By Byron and Rebecca Augustin

At what is arguably the most perfect time of year in this part of the world, Isla Mujeres spends over a week honoring the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, culminating on December 8. Learn the story behind this colorful celebration…

By Working Gringos

Coming to Yucatan for the first time can be a bit like learning to read. So much is so new. In service to this metaphor, we present to you the Yucatan Primer. An introduction to Yucatan for new arrivals…

By Working Gringos

The Fall 2012 Season of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra begins this next weekend. Here is a rundown of the programs that will be performed in Fall 2012…

By Working Gringos

Sopa de lima is a staple of the Yucatecan kitchen, a cornerstone of Yucatecan cuisine. This simple soup can be made simply or with a number of delicious twists, as this collection of alternative recipes makes clear…

By Working Gringos

As more and more expatriates move to the Yucatan, we have found more and more books being written about the area. These are not scholarly works or textbooks… these are memoirs, novels, mysteries and more. Read all about it!

By Working Gringos

March 8 is International Women’s Day around the world. Here in the Yucatan, we have a rich history of women’s rights and a group of dedicated young people working to further those rights for the women of rural Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

Here is the January to June 2012 Yucatan Symphony Orchestra program in English, along with links to the Symphony’s own website so you can buy your tickets online.

By Working Gringos

This year we were invited to a Christmas celebration with our friends and colleagues. It was a Mexican posada, and we enjoyed learning about the many traditions surrounding this time of year in the Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

A few months ago, two graduates from California universities started a unique science-and-art project in the tiny pueblo of Tzucacab. This month, we bring you their story and in a few days, they will bring their project to exhibit here in Merida…

By Patti Murphy

Here’s a little about Day of the Dead, its origins and how it is celebrated, including a recipe for Day of the Dead tamales and some background and insight into this wonderful celebration…

By Working Gringos

Every year, the music offerings in Merida get better! Here is a complete rundown of the classical music scheduled events in Merida from September to December, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of Merida, the Chamber Orchestra of Merida and Opera Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

The end of summer in the Yucatan is the end of la temporada, Merida’s summer season at the beach. Families from all over Merida close up their beach houses and head home to start the school year…

By Dr. Steven Fry

Dr. Stephen Fry gives us a third lesson in basics of the Mayan language… all the better to enjoy an afternoon celebration in the Yucatan countryside with your new Mayan-speaking friends…

By Byron D. Augustin

In our second installment of the not-tequila that is being produced in Valladolid, our writer brings you inside the distillery to see how tequila is made, to explain the different kinds of alcohol made from the blue agave and to tell you why you cannot call this elixir tequila…

By Byron D. Augustin

Blue agaves are growing in Valladolid… our new correspondent from that area delves into why they are there, who is behind it and what they are planning to do with it. It’s definitely not about tequila…

By Working Gringos

In which we share our many years of experience with Merida’s Carnival and give you some hints and tips for avoiding frustration and getting the most out of your Carnival experience…

By Working Gringos

Here is a growing list of places to go in Merida for classes in everything from dance to yoga to art to dog obedience to Maya language. There’s so much to do in Merida… here are some of the places you might want to check out!

By Khaki and Working Gringa

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra begins its season on September 10. Here is the 2010 Program with details about the music and the musicians…

By Dr. Steven Fry

Bridging the gap between ourselves and the local Maya culture can start by learning some basic conversational Mayan Language phrases with Dr. Steven Fry…

By Joanna Rosado

An important part of Yucatan culture is to show respect in every sphere of public life. Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado, author and long-time resident of Merida who moved here from from Canada, explains…

By Heather Rath

Follow Heather to Na’ Lu’um on her quest to experience the therapeutic and spiritual purifications of an Aztec/Mayan sweat bath or Temazcal…

By Working Gringos

The first time we circled the park in Itzimná, a wedding was just finishing and people were filing out of the church. By the time we found a parking space and walked up to the church, it was filling up with the guests for the wedding that we had been invited to attend. (and as [...]

By Working Gringos

Did you know that the Cathedral on Merida’s Plaza Grande houses one of only two organs in Southern Mexico? and that it is one of the largest organs in all of Mexico? More…

By Heather Rath

On her latest trip to the Yucatan, Heather Rath found herself in the hut of a traditional Mayan healer, seeking relief from the stress of 21st Century living…

By Working Gringos

Here’s the schedule for the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra for the Spring of 2010.

By Kim Romans

Every year for 12 days the city of Valladolid, Yucatan honors its holy patron the Virgen de la Candelaria. Be ready for cowboy boots, crockery, prize winning bulls, barbeque and carnival games…

By Katalina and Working Gringa

Juan Carlos Lomónaco, the new director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra gives Yucatan Living an interview about his work and the program for their fall season “Sounds of the World”.

By Working Gringos

In the quiet corners of Merida and the state of Yucatan, a cultural envoy from the United States is bringing the gift of music to old and young alike…

By Katalina McNulty

Our new music and performance correspondent, Katalina McNulty, reviews five of the top local musical acts in Merida and tells you why you don’t want to miss their next performances…

By Working Gringos

The Barber of Seville will be performed in Merida this year, with José Adán Pérez in the leading role of Figaro. This young man from Mazatlán has come a long way in a very short time…

By Working Gringos

Coming up the last weekend of November, here’s your chance to discover some new and exciting artists from around the state of Yucatan. Don’t miss this!

By Working Gringos

The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra has begun its 2008-2009 Season… and things are changing. When we saw the names of four different conductors on the schedule, we asked our friend, violinist Elizabeth Arnott, to tell us what is going on…

By Working Gringos

A growing hobby around the world has a loyal contingent of fans here in Merida. The Working Gringos ventured out on a Saturday morning to find out more about the RC airplane community here…

By Working Gringos

The Symphony Orchestra of the Yucatan is a fairly new addition to the cultural landscape of Merida. What it lacks in age, it more than makes up for in quality… and it just keeps getting better. Read more here…

By Bob Martin

Bob Martin, the executive director of the Tree-Land Foundation, writes about the recent inauguration of the “See Well to Live Better” Clinic of Visual Health in Merida…

By Working Gringos

After moving to Mexico, we were confronted with a whole new set of Spanish names, unusual nicknames and names you’ll probably only find in Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

If you live in Yucatan, sooner or later you’ll need to read and speak some Mayan. Here are the basics of how the language works…

By Working Gringos

The other day we were working on a website for some Mexican artists who now live in Merida. While reviewing the titles of their paintings, we saw one called “Cual de Los Dos” (Which of the Two?)…

By Working Gringos

We recently received the following email from a Yucateca friend. It contained a “Rosetta Stone” of local, modern Yucatan culture…

By Working Gringos

Anyone who has traveled by car in Yucatan – or anywhere else in Mexico for that matter – quickly discovers the tope

By Working Gringos

Not long after we moved here, it occurred to us that Mexicans and Mayans have a collective sweet tooth…

By Working Gringos

Here in the center of Merida, we see four different types of policemen. Now we know what they’re called. Sort of…

By Working Gringos

We’re dreaming of a whiiiiiiite Chriss-mas! Can’t really sing that song here. It never snows in the Yucatan. So instead, Mexicans opt for a bright Christmas…

By Working Gringos

These words used to conjure up visions of Hare Krishna, orange robes and George Harrison for us…

By Working Gringos

For any animal lover who travels to or lives in Mexico, there are few sorer (is that a word?) subjects than the state of dogs in this country…

By Working Gringos

We’d always heard that the mail in Mexico doesn’t work that well. And it does take longer for things to get where they are supposed to go when you use it. But we like the idea of supporting our local mailman…

By Working Gringos

For those of you who know anything about the hispanic culture, you know that a girl’s 15th birthday is a sort of coming-out, a celebration of her graduation from child to woman…

By Working Gringos

A new comida casera just opened around the corner. This place used to be a store that manufactured screws to order, and so the doors still bear the name, Casa de Los Tornillos