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Merida Events – October 8-14, 2007

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This week, the state website hasn’t been updated yet, so all the news is not yet fit to print! If you are looking for something to do later in the week, be sure to check back here to see what has been added. As you can see, the events are coming fast and furious now that school is back and everyone is back from the beach.

Art in Merida

Don’t forget to check out the Art in Merida page if you want to know what’s showing in Merida’s museums and art galleries. Three things of note: Galería Manolo Rivero has an opening Friday night in honor of its namesake, who died a year ago after a lifetime of collecting modern art. Galeria Tataya has an opening of 10 painters from Mexico City from 6 to 9 pm. And if you have your FM-2 or FM-3, don’t forget to mosey on over to the Casa Montes Molina, that beautiful wedding-cake of a mansion on Paseo Montejo for your half-price admission to go inside! More at Art in Merida.

Yucatan Symphony Calendar

If you are planning to visit Yucatan later this season, and would like to include seeing a performance by the world renowned Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán as part of your Merida experience, they have a website and calendar online that has all of their performances listed for the rest of the season. You can find that calendar here. Plan for ticket prices in the neighborhood of $100, $80, $60, $40, unless otherwise stated.

Monday (Lunes) October 8, 2007

Yucatan Living Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football in MeridaDo you like to watch football? Do you like to drink a beer and smoke a cigar while you do? Mercer Cigars, Merida’s only quality cigar store and smokeshop is holding Monday Night Football evenings for the next fourteen weeks. Complimentary alitas fritas (chicken wings) will be served in case you get hungry.
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 7:30 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)

Come one, come all! You do not have to be a member to attend. Come to practice Spanish or English. There are always a few English and Spanish native speakers, helping each other with pronunciation, vocabulary and learning each other’s customs.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: small donation


Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet

Since the 18th century, when cattle ranching was at its peak and the main source of wealth in Yucatan, at roundup time, the cattle rancher would invite all of his friends and neighbors to a fiesta, so he could show off his wealth. At these events, the wives of the vaqueros (the men who worked the cattle) would dance. Thus, the name Vaquería. There are vaquerias all over the Yucatan during different fiestas and holidays, but Merida continues to support the Vaquería on a weekly basis. It is a spectacular and unique form of dance, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) October 9, 2007

Yucatan Living Movie: Life of Brian Life of Brian plays in Merida

(United Kingdom, 1979) Written by the entire Monty Python crew and directed by Terry Jones. The movie stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. What could be better than Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life? Well, maybe this movie…
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. Billed as a movie designed to offend just about everyone, it should have you laughing. This is Cleese in 1979 – no way can we miss this!
Location: Cultural José Martí, Parque de Las Américas (Avenida Colon at Calle 20 in Garcia Gineres)
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova

Felipe De la Cruz is one of our marvelous cantautores here in Merida. It is not often that one location draws or creates a group of musicians and singers with the kind of heart and soul that this performance is surely to have. They often perform together or in small groups, so it is a real treat to have one of them all to ourselves for an evening of very special trova.
Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals

This is a weekly dance, held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. There is plenty of space in the park for dancing and food vendors are on hand. The original band was the Band of Memory and the first song played here was "Musical Workers.” Today, we listen to the Big Band sounds of the forties, provided by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra. Best of all, this is a great place to practice your chachachá and your mambo, or to just sit and watch the people of Merida enjoy dancing under the open skies.

Location: Parque de Santiago , Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 10, 2007

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden TourMerida's House and Garden Tour

This is your opportunity to see some of the finest homes in Merida. You hear so much about remodeling these treasures, but seldom get to experience the result. This house and garden tour donates part of its revenue to help the Merida English Library.
Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays from October through March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Wednesday Regional Theater

Location this week: Colonia Cortés Sarmiento, on the basketball field: Calle 8 x 63-B y 63 C
For: the whole family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert

This week’s performance is by Víctor Martínez. The title of the performance is “Where Is The Song?” These are always special nights and no one is ever disappointed by the marvelous choices of musical artists at Wednesday in Concert.

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: General: $50, Students and INAPAM: $30

Thursday (Jueves) October 11, 2007

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location:Videosala del Olimpo
Admission: Free

Red Desert from ItalyFirst Feature: "The Red Desert" , (Italy 1964)
Starring: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, and Carlo Chionetti.
Cold, rain, and fog surround a plant in Ravenna, Italy. Factory waste pollutes local lakes; hulking anonymous ships pass or dock and raise quarantine flags. Guiliana, a housewife married to the plant manager, Ugo, is mentally ill, hiding it from her husband as best she can. She meets Zeller, an engineer en route to Patagonia to set up a factory. He pursues her, they join friends for a dinner party of sexual play, then, while Ugo is away on business, she fears that her son has polio. When she discovers the boy is faking, she goes to Zeller, panicked that no one needs her. He takes advantage of her distress, and she is again alone and ill. Guaranteed to cheer you up… in comparison!

Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: "The Walking Hills" (USA, 1949)
Starring Randolph Scott, William Bishop, ella Raines, and Edgar Buchanan.
This movie is set in the West, and there is a search on for a lost gold mine. Searchers include all sorts of nefarious individuals and murder is afoot. Lust and greed collide when the beautiful Chris Jackson arrives.

Time: 8:00 P.M.

Yucatan Living Campaign Against Obesity and Diabetes

There will be a huge meeting of the Campaign Against Obesity and Diabetes today. If you know someone who would benefit from attending this meeting, or who would make a good volunteer for this program, please pass this information along. Yucatan is deadly serious about fighting obesity and diabetes and there is no better place to start than right here, right now – and in a huge meeting of like-minded folks.
Location: Valladolid, Izamal and Ek Balam Salons at Siglo XXI (Convention Center just past Gran Plaza on the left)
Time: All day

Yucatan Living Classic Thursday

Recital of Voice and Piano. For your listening pleasure, Hugo Pinto and Alberto Alvarez.

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living To Remember is to Live

Live music under the trees in one of Merida ‘s oldest parks. What we really love about this dance, next to the fact that it starts early and ends at a reasonable hour, is that members of the Jaranara Orchestra play for this one too! These musicians have a range that is unbelievable! Come on down and enjoy the Big Band sound, something you’re not likely to hear anywhere other than in Merida.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
When: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade

This is a real serenade that has been a fixture in Merida , every Thursday night, for over 40 years. If you haven’t seen it, you have really missed something wonderful. This is the center of Merida’s romantic heart – and has the alter to prove it. If you are a visitor, make sure to get to this particular serenade. It is well worth being part of your first memory of Merida.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission is Free

Friday (Viernes) October 12, 2007

Yucatan Living Art Openings Tonite: Galería Manolo Rivero and Galería Tataya.

Yucatan Living III Expo CANADEVI
CANADEVI is a national group of companies dedicated to the promotion and development of housing, from project planning to titling. In this year’s Expo, there will be a considerable focus on sustainable urban development, which is rapidly becoming an important issue in Yucatan.
Location: Valladolid, Izamal, Progreso and Ek Balam Salons at Siglo XXI (Convention Center just past Gran Plaza on the left)
Time: All day

Yucatan Living La Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán (Yucatan Symphony Orchestra)

The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan is second to none, when it comes to representing Yucatan in the world. This year promises to be no different. This week, the Symphony will give three performances. Tonight, they will perform México y la Flauta (Mexico and the Flute), directed by Juan Felipe Molano, with Elena Durán the featured flauta (flutist).

Location: Teatro Peón Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Usually: $100, $80, $60, $40 Buy your tickets early.

Alexander Nevski - film from Russia plays in Merida

Yucatan Living Movie: "Alexander Nevski", (Soviet Union, 1938)

This is a 1938 propaganda movie. This is the story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. We suspect it might be quite interesting to see just what it was that constituted “propaganda” in the Soviet Union in 1938.

Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
For: The entire family
Time: 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Play: El Oso (The Bear)

Written by Antón Chejov and performed by the theater group known as La horqueta y el turix (The fork and the turix). Under the direction of Yuliana Vargas.

Location: Centro Cultural José Martí, Parque de Las Américas
For: the entire family
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baila Merida (Merida Dances)

This dance moves around the city, so you need to check with Yucatan Living to find out where it will be every week. It is a dance that was designed with the older crowd in mind, but should give younger visitors quite a show. At the very least, we can teach the young folks to dance and, at best, visitors can regale the folks back home with tales of dancing in the park with old people to the music of a world renowned orchestra. Now where else can you get that combination of experiences for free?
Location this week: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47 y 45 Centro

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Regional Comic Theater: Salma… La poch novio
Under the direction of Raúl Niño, this is the second week for this performance. As we noted last week, if anyone is sensitive about weight – especially adolescents – this might not be the best show for them.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and Adolescents
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: General: $70, Students and INAPAM: $50

Yucatan Living Noches Románticas en La Ermita (Romantic Nights in the Hermitage)

Are there any other kind? And remember – this is free musical expression with a romantic theme. This particular park, with it’s central gazebo, it’s cobbled streets, the colonial facades surrounding the park and the lovely little church at one side is romantic, even without the music!
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) October 13, 2007

Yucatan Living The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo

The art and food of Frida Kahlo

On October 13th, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Frida’s birth, Estela Keim will present “The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo”. As part of her presentation Estela will show a documentary film on the painter’s life, “The Ribbon that Ties the Bomb.” She will subsequently explore key works of Frida in the context of mainstream 20th century art. Estela has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Brown University and conducted her doctoral studies in Art History at the University of Chicago .

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to savor la comida de Frida (Frida’s favorite dishes) at a special luncheon to be held at La Casa de Frida restaurant on Calle 61 #526A X 66 and 66A, Centro, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

There is a vegetarian option for those who request it at the time of ticket purchase. The regular meal will include quesadillas with guacamole , ensalada de nopalitos , mole poblano and pipian blanco and ate (guava paste) with cheese for dessert.

 

Location: Tickets are available and the event will be held at the English Library, Calle 53 #524 X 66 and 68
Time: 11:00 AM

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour

Reading to children in both Spanish and English. Volunteers always welcome!

Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: every Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: "Las Enfants du Paradis " (France, 1945)

This tragic tale centers around the ill-fated love between Baptiste, a theater mime, and Claire Reine, an actress and otherwise woman-about-town who calls herself Garance. He loves her – she loves him – other people love them – he becomes famous – there is a hidden baby – people get killed – it’s a heartbreaker with a glimmer of hope at the end.

Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 5:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Dolce Vita (France, 1945)

This famous film starring Marcello Mastroianni follows seven days and seven nights in the life of a reporter in Rome in the 1950′s. Also stars Anouk Aimée and Anita Ekberg. This is part of a month-long Fellini film series that will also include 8 1/2, Satyricon, Roma and Amarcord in the next few weeks.

Location: Cinoteca Nacional in the Teatro Mérida
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Irish Folk Dancing Scholarship to Young Man in MeridaYucatan Living Irish Dance and National Folklore: Knowing Mexico
Fideicomiso Cultural Compañía Umbral Danza Contemporanea A.C. presents this benefit performance for the purpose of raising money to send Juan Carlos Moreno Carrillo to Argentina to take advantage of the six month scholarship he has received to study dance with the ballet La Unión under the direction of Maestro Pablo Acosta. Yucatan is very proud of Juan Carlos and we hope everyone will come to see this performance.

Location: Patio of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: General: $30

Yucatan Living A Monologue by Brigido Redondo
With direction from Nancy Roche and accompanied by the theater group La Farándula. The topic is Teresa Panza, good-hearted wife of Sancho, in Don Quixote. Teresa speaks in proverbs, exhibiting a surprising amount of wisdom. Unambitious but a bit greedy, she endures Sancho’s exploits and supports him with her prayers

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: General $50.00 , Students and INAPAM: $30

Yucatan Living Concierto: Reflejos (Reflections)
This is a concierto of music associated with the term “open sound.” This is a term we have seen used to describe the indigenous music and instruments of the original Mayan inhabitants of Yucatan . However, we have also seen the term used in other ways, so this concierto might be a bit of a surprise. One of the best things about Yucatan is that you can hear a concert of ancient Mayan music, the Symphony, and a tribute to Pink Floyd – all in one week – and usually for free! We need to start paying attention to these “new” groups. Many have been here all their lives, but their music was not necessarily “in vogue” – so they were not heard. Today, Yucatan is encouraging all kinds of music from a wide range of extremely talented musicians. We think there are new diamonds to discover here – so don’t miss this performance.

Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque de las Américas (Avenida Colon and Calle 20 in Garcia Gineres)
For: The entire family
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living See the REAL Yucateco Culture: Caravana Cultural
A spectacle that includes Music, Theater and Dance. This event is part of the 2007 Program to Rescue Public Spaces. It is in coordination with the Office of the Secretary of Social Development. If you are a tourist, this is the kind of event you hope will happily coincide with your visit to Yucatan.

Location: Calle 73 x 64 A Y 66, Col. San Antonio Kaua
For: the entire family
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
Each Saturday night, there is a performance on an outdoor stage here, often from a musical or dance group from another part of Mexico. Chairs are set up for the audience, but it’s often standing room only. Booths selling food and handcrafts are set up in the park. The purpose of this performance is to bring all of Mexico to our own backyard here in Merida.

Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En El Corazón de Mérida

Live music, including jazz, salsa and trova, held on various stages around the Plaza Grande. Many of the streets leading to the Plaza are closed to all but foot traffic, and the restaurants and bars put their chairs and tables outside in the streets. This is a night designed for that Saturday night date, but they’ve got all of the shops open for business too.

Location: Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) October 14, 2007

Yucatan Living La Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán

The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan is second to none, when it comes to representing Yucatan in the world. This year promises to be no different. Today, they will perform México y la Flauta, directed by Juan Felipe Molano, with Elena Durán the featured flauta (flutist).

Location: Teatro Peón Contreras
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Usually $100, $80, $60, $40 Buy your tickets early

Yucatan Living La Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán…again!
In yet a third performance for the week, the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan will give a Chamber Music presentation in the Church of San Francisco de Asis, in the Municipio of Oxkutzcab. This is part of the new program designed to bring the best of Yucatan’s culture to all of Yucatan’s people.

Location: Church of San Francisco de Asis, Municipio of Oxkutzcab
Time: 8:30 P.M.
Admission: These outlying performances are usually free

Yucatan LivingWalk for Children of Yucatan
The Annual fundraiser for the PPPN ( www.yucatankids.com ) is called Camina Por Alguien Que Amas (Walk for Someone You Love) and is coming to its close today with a walk beginning from Palacio de Gobierno to Monumento a Justo Sierra (the one near Walmart) and returning to Palacio de Gobierno. The new governor of Yucatan, Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, will start the walk at 8:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate… come down and cheer on the walkers and the children!

Location: Palacio de Gobierno, Plaza Grande
Time: 8:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Matinee: Madagascar
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
For: The whole Family
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary at the Museum of Natural History: "Volcanos!"
Every Sunday the Museum of Natural History has a documentary at noon. The topics are usually related to science, ecology, the Volcano Movie at the Museum of Natural Historyenvironment, and/or animals. They are always interesting, even if some of them are a bit on the scary side for smaller children. Always check the topic here on Yucatan Living before you take a little one, just in case. This week it’s all about volcanos!

Location: Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: the whole family
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs

If you are a dog owner (or owned by a dog…), come join the rest of us for an hour of running and playing in a safe place. We meet on Sunday mornings from 7:30-8:30 AM in the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel. Get there by going north on Calle 60 and turning right on Calle 35, just after the Siqueff restaurant. The parking lot entrance will be on your left. Bring water for you AND your dog. If there aren’t a lot of dogs, it isn’t as much fun… so come and bring your pups for a little bit of old-fashioned running around.

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe Bici-Ruta continues into the fall and winter. Every Sunday, it begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. Last week, they were setting up for a live concert when we were walking the dogs on Paseo Montejo. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through Centro and then travels down Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game!
There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande, out Paseo Montejo, and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mérida en Domingo

Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Mérida. Start at the center of town, where booths are set up all around the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts… and Dancing at Santa Lucia Park on Sunday morningeverything is made for sale by the local people of the Yucatan. The outer ring of booths are selling food: marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. There’s also usually a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music. Or wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and great food.

Location: In the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 between 61 and 63)
Time: 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM
Admission: Free, of course…

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free


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13 Responses to “Merida Events – October 8-14, 2007”

  1. For all your readers of this Events Section:
    October 9, 2004 – Carlos Daniel Gallegos of Fort Worth Texas was joined in marriage to Ariadna Caceres Caceres of Merida Yucatan. The wedding took place by the Registro Civil de Yucatan. On October 31, 2005 Carlos returned to Texas for many reasons, but, sad to do so. My hope is to one day return to my beautiful esposa in Merida. Just wanted to share this wonderful event with all of Yucatan Living’s readers.

  2. Congratulations to Carlos and Ariadna! Carlos is a special friend of Yucatan Living and, for those who do not already know, Ariadna works at the Museum of the City.

  3. Carlos Daniel, I started to write congratulations, but then I noticed that you got married 3 years ago, so it’s happy anniversary. Hope you’re reunited very soon.

  4. Thanks for the kind words. Yucatan Living is great! I love all the articles. Wished I could add more than just my 2 years of life in Merida. My conversations with Ariadna gives me alot of insight as the events. Ariadna will be going on her 15 day vacation next week. Working Yucateca as I call her here, is looking forward to the rest. She said many are looking forward to the new Mega Plaza that is to be built near Plaza Fiesta. My friends, Ruben Gonzalez who works at the Universidad and Miguel Segura who works for the paper Por Esto, also keep me informed as to events. Along with the paper, Diario de Yucatan, Yucatan Today, the Ayundamiento de Merida and other web sites like Yucatan Living, I am never in the dark about Merida. I even put on my phone answering machine the invitation to visit Yucatan Living’s web site. Keep up the good work. Cuidarte Mucho a todos. Carlos.

  5. Hola! Did the poll on reasonable, clean motels get completed? We’re planning a visit in Feb. ’08. Thank you!

  6. Jackie, the poll is open to voting through the end of the year. You can find it in our Reader’s Choice section.

  7. Carlos – your answering machine invites people to Yucatan Living? I must admit – that’s a first! …and thank you!

    I wonder if the new mall will hurt Plaza Fiesta? I’ll bet we all go see it a few times, then go right back to Plaza Fiesta. I like my own grocery store… and my own checkout lady who’s been trying to teach me “money” in Spanish for years – but she and I both get the giggles and I don’t learn a thing (Lord only knows what the other customers think!) – and the elderly “bagger” who loves to practice his English on me. I’m not trading that – not even for a big pretty new mall. I don’t know those people and they don’t know me… and, anyway – old people don’t like “change”… :)

  8. Of course I know about “money” in Spanish… I just have a slightly thick Southern drawl, mixed with a decidedly strong French Creole accent… and it makes my Spanish words, especially numbers, sound funny … ok – so its hysterically funny… which is why I don’t speak Spanish very much… but its “cool fun” in checkout lines… :)

  9. Khaki – My telephone answering machine invites callers to visit Yucatan Living. Ariadna’s favorite mall is Gran Plaza. I liked Plaza Americas. Don’t know if the new Mega Plaza will hurt Plaza Fiesta. WE went to visit Plaza Oriente and may I say it was not exciting. lol It’s compared to what we call here in Texas a ‘Strip Mall’. Very small. Are you learning how to say the amount in espanol? Cause the words dinero and peso is pretty easy. I never got a chance to know the store employees much, any where I went. I got to know the managers and waitresses at VIPS on Paseo de Montejo. Don’t know them well enough to get someone a discount on meals though. lol Interesting to know you and I were neighbors, you being from Louisiana. Next to El Yucateco, Tabasco is my next favorite Hot Sauce.

  10. Carlos – its best if I don’t speak Spanish. A Louisiana accent is hilarious in Spanish! Even I get tickled and start laughing.

  11. Hola! Can anyone give me any ideas on getting married by civil ceremony in Progreso/Chicxulub. We have rented a house Chicxulub and would like to hire a Mariachi group and a Justice of the Peace for the 27th of Dec.

    Thanks

    Peggy

  12. Peggy, Check out Paradise Weddings at http://www.mayarivieraweddings.com! Manuela and Tere speak English and have been doing weddings for over 8 years here. Their website tells you some of the rules and regulations about getting married here. And if you want them to consult with you and help you arrange it, they can do that.

    Felicidades!

  13. @Peggy – The Working Gringos advice is the best. My experience may differ from yours. I married a Mexican citizen. I had to go through steps in getting married by the Registro Civil. Getting all the papers needed from Texas. Like an ‘Apostille’ letter from Austin. I had to visit the Immigration of Mexico to get a permission letter. I had to pay a translator to get all my papers and documents in english translated into espanol. I had to get 3 persons who knew Ariadna to write letters for us. We did alot of leg work in order to be married in Merida. Again, Working Gringos advice may offer you some short cuts. :-) Best wishes on your marriage in Yucatan.

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