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By Working Gringos

In which don Hermenegildo finally finds his voice…


By Working Gringos

In which Lupita begins to realize she is not so young anymore and entertains the idea of marrying don Hermenegildo…

By Working Gringos

In which don Hermenegildo considers one last effort to try to get married, doña Raimunda does her best to get things started, and forward progress is interrupted by a boy with a bump on his forehead…

By Nadine Calder

In which don Hermengildo becomes involved in politics in Yucatan, we get insight into the various parties and publications that influence the vote and the elections of the new men running the state, and Luis Robles finds himself on the good side of Lady Luck…


By Nadine Calder

In which we peer through a window into the upsetting situation that is the marriage between Lupita and her gallavanting husband. Lupita has a child, Pancho continues to go out on the town without her, and Lupita begins to dream of revenge…

By Nadine Calder

In which don Hermenegildo finds himself at loose ends. We are given a glimpse into his home life and his extended family, all of whom live with him, as well as a few common children’s games. And perhaps we are introduced to a future famous artist…

By Nadine Calder

In which a marriage is quickly arranged, a poor woman takes fever and dies, and don Hermenegildo thinks it is all his fault…


By Working Gringos

In which two men, don Hermenegildo and Pancho Vélez, saunter toward the altar and prepare to drink the wedding chocolate, as the various women wait impatiently for them…

By Working Gringos

In which we learn that don Hermenegildo tentatively represents Luis Robles, and Lupita uses the powers of her growing beauty on multiple men, including one who courts her on his horse…

By Nadine Calder

In which we are witness to a rivalry over the lovely Lupita at the dance, where tempers run high, two young men almost come to blows and don Hermenegildo is the only one who loses his hat…


By Nadine Calder

In which we learn a bit about managing a hacienda and a lot more about teenage girls managing their social schedule…

By Nadine Calder

Ah, the story continues! In this chapter, we are privy to the machinations that young men, and not so young men, went through to get the attention of women in Merida society…

By Nadine Calder

In which we obtain more insight into why don Hermenegildo has never married, and what might encourage him to consider it, and in which we meet don Felipe, who had a headache…

By Nadine Calder

In Chapter Three, we listen in to a conversation between doña Raimunda and don Hermenegildo to learn more about don Hermenegildo’s past and his thoughts on his bad luck in love…

By Nadine Calder

In which we learn more about Lupita, her brother Manuel, and her two suitors, Luis Robles and Fermín…

By Nadine Calder

Here is the introduction and the first chapter of a translated novel, written about Merida in the early 20th century and translated by a very dedicated reader, Nadine Calder. We hope you enjoy this serialized walk through Merida and Yucatan history…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Our guest writer, James Gunn, tells us about a famous Yucatecan writer from the 19th Century, and his romance novel, El Filibustero, which exposes the vicissitudes of life in Yucatan during the 17th Century…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Our guest writer, James Gunn, gives us a peek into a book in Spanish written about the great Maya revolutionary, Jacinto Canek…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Guest writer James Gunn reports to us on one of Yucatan’s most iconic and beloved books, written by an author of great reknown in Mexico…

By Working Gringos

The history of Koreans in the Yucatan goes back to Yucatan’s heyday, when the need for workers in the henequen fields outstripped the supply of local workers…

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Dr. Gunn reviews another Spanish-language book, this one a novel that provides a fictionalized account of an historical figure, Justo Sierra O’Reilly…

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 Troy Gilbert

Most of us have never heard about these two sailing regattas that bring racers from the Gulf Coast of the USA to the Yucatan Peninsula. Even fewer of us know how they figured in the development of Cancun…

By Byron D. Augustin and Thomas E. Jones

In Part III of the story of the Aurora Yucateca, we meet the man, John Masterson Burke, whose engineering skills were crucial in the success of the venture. We also find out what happened to send Burke home, and where he applied what he learned when he returned…

By Byron D. Augustin

In the second part of our three-part series, guest author Byron Augustin writes about Valladolid’s first steam-powered factory’s successes and failures, and the reasons for both. This article is in both English and Español…

By Byron D. Augustin

In this first of a three-part series, guest writer Byron Augustin introduces us to the Aurora Yucateca, Mexico’s first steam-powered factory which was located in Yucatan’s Valladolid. This article is in both English and Español…

By Jeanine Kitchel

Edward Herbert Thompson is one of the most colorful figures from Yucatan history, and perhaps can be said to be one of the first expatriates in this area. Jeanine Kitchel tells his story which is forever entwined with the modern story of Chichen Itza…

By Jeanine Kitchel

Sylvanus Morley, perhaps the inspiration for Indiana Jones, was an engineer-turned-archaeologist who spearheaded the Carnegie Institution’s massive effort at renovating Chichen Itza…

By Byron D. Augustin

In Valladolid, the impact of the Mexican Revolution is still the topic of local conversations. For those amateur historians willing to dig for the data, a treasure chest of information awaits them…

By Khaki Scott

January 25, 2011 will mark the one-year anniversary of a friend, someone who was a witness to one of Mexico’s most historic and horrific moments of the 20th Century…

By Working Gringos

Two statues approved by the outgoing mayor have drawn attention and anger from many citizens of Merida and the Yucatan… what is all the fuss about? Well, it’s complicated…

By Working Gringos

For months, we don’t hear from them. Then, twice in one week, we are contacted personally by the Mexican government…

By Working Gringos

An advertisement from a 1930 American farm magazine provides us with a glimpse into the fascinating history of Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula…

By Working Gringos

If you have ever visited Merida, you have probably had the experience of getting lost in the maze of numbered streets that make up the Centro Historico. In the early colonial days, Merida’s streets confused many of its inhabitants…

By Working Gringos

When we first moved to the Yucatan, we noticed how people often didn’t work on Monday. We were told that it was San Lunes (Saint Monday), a very old tradition here…

By Working Gringos

Mani is a sleepy little Mayan pueblo. As in many places in the Yucatan, there are ghosts here, but you’d never know it…