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This week in Merida!

At the Museums this week:

Sculptural Reliefs of Heroes of the Country

The work of sculptor Reynaldo Bolio Suárez, depicting 14 heroes of Independence and the Mexican Revolution, including Miguel Hidalgo, Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Vicente Guerrero, Agustín Iturbide, Andrés Quintana Roo, Benito Juárez, Emiliano Zapata and Francisco Villa, as well as the national shield, will be on display in the Central Patio of the Olimpo until October 6. These bronze over fiberglass and resin reliefs are stunning and this is a must see showing.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo (corner of Calle 61 and 62)
Admission: Free

Fantastic Creatures by Pilar Varas Gómez: Paintings and Sculptures

Classic paintings… 32 of them, pictures, self-portraits, and 9 sculptures. This is the artist’s first individual exhibition.

Location: Gallery of the University Cultural Center (in the main UADY building at the corner of Calle 60 and 57)
Time: September 6 through October 15
Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM; and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Semblanza Indigena (Profile of the Indigenous)

The paintings of Carol Acreto colorfully depict indigenous Yucatecos, idealized in fantasy colors and spaces. The show will be open until October 14.
Location: Galeria Picheta (next to the Governor’s Palace)
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) September 17, 2007

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. Merida continues to support the Vaquería, a spectacular ballet, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: First floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) September 18, 2007

Yucatan Living Merida Men’s Club

Would you like to join an informal group with no dues, no officers and where the sole purpose is camaraderie? The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group here in Merida that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of every month from 9:00 to10:30 am. Speakers are invited to address the group on subjects of general and local interest. The venue often changes, although lately they have been meeting at the Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo, a half block north of the Circuito Colonias, more commonly known as the “Burger King Circle.” To learn more and to put your name on their email list, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792).
You can also contact Dan via email at bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Cafe Bistro Kaapej on Prolongacion Montejo
Time: 9:00 AM

Yucatan Living Movie: Requiem for a Dream(United States, 2000)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayons, and Christopher McDonald. The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control.

Location: Centro Cultural José Martí – Parque de Las Américas
Time: 8:00 PM
For: Adults and Adolescents
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova

This week’s performance is by Trío Los Nobles.

Any night that you can spend an hour or two with one of Yucatan’s trios is a special night. The trova is one of the most beautiful styles of music you will ever hear and Trio Los Nobles will never give a disappointing performance.

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) September 19, 2007

Yucatan Living Wednesday Regional Theater

This week: Col. Esperanza
Location: on the basketball field: Calle 59 x 16
For: the whole family
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trovathon

There will be a marathon of 15 cantautores performing at the Museo de la Cancion Yucateca tonight, under the direction of Felipe De la Cruz. This type of music (think Joan Baez) was almost lost, but a new group of cantautores have found their voice and the genre is back and better than ever! We promise you that the young people you see here will be the famous cantautores of the future! We are seeing more and more of a young lady named Angelica Balado and suspect that her star is just beginning to rise. She will be one of the performers tonight. We have looked at the entire list and they are all excellent, well known performers. Another reason to attend this performance is the very place it is being held. The Museo de la Cancion Yucateca is devoted to keeping the work of Yucatan’s musicians, songwriters, singers, and poets alive. Many of the scores, as well as the medals and trophies belonging to the most famous of all of Yucatan’s musicians, songwriters, poets, and singers is all in this museum for the public to enjoy. This trovathon is a must see event.

Location: Calle 48 # 464 x 57; Barrio de la Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: In Vitro Music Lab: "Zinko"

This is a band that comes out of the pop-rock genre, but is blazing its own trail. Some of these musicians are classically trained and some are self-taught. All love the music and are experimenting to see where the next level is going to take us. In Vitro Music Lab is one of several bands of this type that are all making a name for themselves that is spreading rapidly. It looks like Yucatan can produce any artist in any field imaginable. Give In Vitro Music Lab a try and tell us what you think.

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

Thursday (Jueves) September 20, 2007

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: In Vitro Music Lab: "Zinko"

This is a band that comes out of the pop-rock genre, but is blazing its own trail. Some of these musicians are classically trained and some are self-taught. All love the music and are experimenting to see where the next level is going to take us. In Vitro Music Lab is one of several bands of this type that are all making a name for themselves that is spreading rapidly. It looks like Yucatan can produce any artist in any field imaginable. Give In Vitro Music Lab a try and tell us what you think.

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

Thursday (Jueves) September 20, 2007

Yucatan Living Expo: Naturalezas, Paintings and Drawings by Gabriel Marni

Dates: Sept. 20, 2007
Location: Centro Cultural Ricardo Lopez Mendez. Calle 49 #360 x 46 & 48, Cordemex. Take Paseo de Montejo north, past the Gran Plaza. After the traffic circle, on the right, you’ll see a building shaped like an igloo. Turn right and the Cultural Center is on your right.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Opening Night: The Artist Benjamin Ramirez

“Space, Movement, and Energy” is the name of the exhibit. The work of Benjamin Ramirez is abstract art like none you have never seen. The artist uses a unique technique, layering his paintings so that each layer could have been a painting all its own. The paintings are large and visually captivating. Some of the layers can be seen from a distance, but others can only be seen by moving closer. In either case, the viewer soon discovers the multiple layers of information which add depth and intrigue.
The artist, Benjamin Ramirez, has had a number of exhibitions in the U.S., including shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (twice), The Plastics Club in Philadelphia and the Gregg Conference Center of The American College at Bryn Mawr. He is a former medical doctor, who has recently retired to the Yucatan and is living in his renovated colonial in the Mejorada district of Centro, pursuing his passion for abstract art. This promises to be an event to remember and certainly the place to learn about how truly fine abstract art can really be.

Artist’s Website: http://www.benjaminramirezart.com/index.html
Dates: Sept. 20, 2007 through Dec. 20, 2007
Location: Galería In La’Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75
Time of Opening Night: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Double Feature

Location:Videosala del Olimpo
Admission: Free

First Feature: The Earth Dies Screaming (England, 1965)

Science Fiction (black and white horror film).

Director: Terence Fisher. Starring Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Vanda Godsell, Thorley Walters, David Spenser, and Anna Palk.
Synopsis: Everyone begins to drop dead from an alien attack which poisons the air. There are a few survivors who must battle the aliens to save themselves.
Time of First Feature: 6:00 PM

 

Second Feature: The Roaring Twenties (United States, 1939)

Directed by Raoul Walsh. Starring James Cagney, Pricilla Lane, Humphrey Bogart, and George Lynn. This movie begins in the war-torn trenches of France. The hero comes home and can’t get a job, so turns to a life of crime. Lots of bootlegging, numerous murders, a portrayal of the life of a gangster, and the death of our hero gangster at the end. This was one of the great gangster movies of the 1930s and, even if you have seen it before, well worth seeing.
Time of Second Feature: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Classic Thursday
The Choir of the City of Merida will bring us “A Tribute to the Beatles and something more…” The Choir is under the direction of Mtra. Nidia Góngora Cervera.
Now, you have to admit, when we first saw the Beatles land in the United States, and walk off that plane – who would have thought that a tribute to them would ever be listed under the heading of a Classic or performed by so fine a choir! We are working on being elderly folks now, but that’s ok – as long as they keep on paying tribute to the Beatles, we will all still be just a bunch of “college kids.”

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 PM
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 these days.

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) September 21, 2007

Yucatan Living MEL-O Evening

MEL-O Nites in Merida happen on the third Friday of every month. This is a chance for the locals to meet the “extraneros” in a casual setting in the gardens at the Merida English Library. There is a cash bar and great botanas (snacks). Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! Things generally get underway at about 7:30 p.m. If you want to know more, call the Library at 924-8401

Location: The Merida English Library, Calle 53 between Calle 66 and 68, Centro.
Time: 7:30 PM

Yucatan Living Museum of the City: The Work of Samuel Barrera

After a decade of touring the United States and Europe, the work of Samuel Barerra is back home in Merida! On Sept. 21st, his work will be part of the collective known as “The Seven Generations,” in the new Museum of the City. His work will also appear in two collective shows at the MACAY, “Panoramic of Yucatanense Painting from 1916 to 2007,” which begins on Oct. 19th , and another collective called “University Impulse” which does not yet have a date. If you are not familiar with the works of Samuel Barerra, you really must see them. They are surrealistic, with haunting themes directly connected to the nature and characteristics of the Mayans, as well as to ecology. This man’s work is so distinctive that you can recognize it anywhere, without any identification at all. Seeing the work of Samuel Barerra is an experience you will never forget.

Location: Excellent directions on our article about the Museum
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Galeria Merida Opening Second Space

Galeria Merida opens its new space tonight. This gallery looks as if it is growing into one of the cornerstones of the art world in Yucatan.

Location: Calle 59 No. 452A x 54 y 52 Telephone: 924-0117
Website: http://www.galeriamerida.com/index.htm
Time: 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living Movie: Fanny and Alexander

This is an Ingmar Bergman film from 1982.
Fanny and Alexander are children in an exuberant and colorful household in an early 20 th century Swedish town. Their parents are the director and leading lady of the local theater company, which is supported by their father’s mother and brother. After their father dies, their mother marries the bishop and moves them off to an austere and forbidding chancery, where they are miserable. They find a refuge in the odd household of a Jewish merchant who is their grandmother’s lover.

Location: Videosala in the Cultural Center of UADY
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Symphony of Yucatan performs “Mosaico Sinfónico”

Guest Invited director Fernando Lozano – a well known and highly
considered director from DF who is now retired, but has a reputation for
being one of the best Mexican conductors.
Piano Soloist: Alberto Alvarez, – a Cuban who has lived here many years, and teaches piano and singing. He has accompanied all the best soloists here.
The programme will be as follows:
A. Marquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo
N, Rimsky Korsakov: Piano Concerto
J Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: None listed. We suggest you call and ask: Tels. 924-3954 or 924-3843

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 San Sebastian Calle 77 x 70 y 72
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

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) September 22, 2007

Yucatan Living National Fencing Championship to be held in Merida!

The National Fencing Championship matches will take place at Yucatan ‘s Century XXI Convention and Exhibition Center from September 22 to 24. We have two Yucateco students who will compete for a slot to represent Mexico at the world championship in Beijing , China . Our participants are Ángela Bacelis Rivero and Alvaro Dorantes Gutiérrez-Zamora.

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Contemporary Theater: Dolores o la Felicidad
An original Mexican drama by David Olguín,
Directed by Francisco Solis and performed by Compañía de Teatro Del Sueño
Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adolescents and Adults
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $50; Students and INAPAM: $30

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 -Featured This Week: Trio Ensueño and Maru Boeta

The Trio Ensueño consists of Diego Jesus Cocom, Ricardo Ildefonso Jimenez Vallejos, and Juan Carlos Contreras Carrillo. This is an especially good trio and well suited for a night under the stars in Plaza Grande.
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) September 23, 2007

If you tried to do all there is to do in Merida on Sunday, there is no way you would survive it! We have it all – from daylight to midnight – and almost everything is free! If you live here, you get to try a little bit of everything and find your own pace. If you are a visitor, bless your heart – try to get to as much as you can.
Merida on Sunday is a destination all its own and we’ll be willing to wager that you have never experienced anything like it.

Yucatan Living The Symphony of Yucatan performs “Mosaico Sinfónico”

Guest Invited director Fernando Lozano – a well known and highly
considered director from DF who is now retired, but has a reputation for
being one of the best Mexican conductors.
Piano Soloist: Alberto Alvarez, – a Cuban who has lived here many years, and teaches piano and singing. He has accompanied all the best soloists here.
The programme will be as follows:
A. Marquez: Conga del Fuego Nuevo
N, Rimsky Korsakov: Piano Concerto
J Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: None listed. We suggest you call and ask: Tels. 924-3954 or 924-3843

Yucatan Living Cultura for Niños

Matinee: Pinocchio
Location: Videosala in the Olimpo
Time: 10:00 AM
For: the whole family
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Buying the Cow

This is a romantic comedy in which Sarah, after 5 years of dating, tells David she is going to New York for two months while he makes up his mind whether to marry her or not. He frantically hits the dating scene in Los Angeles , and soon falls in love with a mysterious woman, with whom he cannot even catch up with long enough to introduce himself.

Location: Videosala in the Cultural Center at UADY
Time: 10:30 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Second Performance: A Tribute to the Beatles and Something More….

Performed by the exceptionally fine Choir of the City of Merida under the direction of Mtra. Nidia Góngora Cervera If you did not see the earlier performance of this tribute, don’t miss this one! The combination of this choir and this music makes for a must see event.

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: "La Guia Maxima: Serpientes (The Complete Guide to Snakes)"

Every Sunday the Museum of Natural History has a documentary at noon. The topics are usually related to science, ecology, the environment, 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.

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 Regional Comedy Theater: "El Rey Lechon (The Sloppy King)"

By Cuxum and his Regional Comedy Theater Company. Directed by: Erik Avila.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo
For the whole Family
Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekends
"A Tribute to The Beatles and something else…" by the Coro de la Ciudad de Mérida
Directed by: Nidia Góngora Cervera.
For Adults and children over 6
Location:Auditorio del Olimpo
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs
Dogs in Merida Mexico

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. An informal group has started meeting 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 is part of a national plan to get people out for physical exercise, as well as for community building activities and it’s alive and well, even in the middle of summertime. It begins early, at 8:00 AM, and ends at noon. There is a set route that 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 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

Culture for Niños : We haven’t put a lot of activities for children in our calendar lately because most of us are older and don’t have small children. However, Merida has a dazzling array of things for children to do and free movies, sports, and crafts on weekends. If you have children or if you are going to have visiting grandchildren, do leave us a note in the comments and we will be more than happy to give you a listing to things to do with the little ones.

Coming Soon

The Graffiti Artists of Merida

There has never been an artistic or musical interest shown by any young Yucateco that the City of Merida or the State of Yucatan has not stepped up and provided opportunity for the young people to become the best in the world. When graffiti first began to appear in Yucatan , we were horrified – but that is soon to change. Now there are going to be real classes in Graffiti Art as part of the activities supported by the City Council during the Month of the Youth. We suspect there will be some really “cool” graffiti works of art that we just might be able to purchase when these classes are over. No – we can’t take the classes. The age cutoff is 30.

October 27: Wine tasting for "Brazos Abiertos"

Brazos Abiertos is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the State of Texas that is dedicated to bringing a state of the art HIV center to Merida . The center will include everything from education to testing and the latest treatments available. This is an ongoing effort that is supported by donations. This year, the event is a wine tasting that will pay for the shipping of half-a-million dollars worth of medical supplies to Brazos Abiertos in Merida . Tickets are only $200 pesos per person and 300 people are expected to attend. Please plan on being there and make any additional donations you can. This is important work and should be supported by the entire community. For more information, go to the website for Brazos Abiertos.


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15 Responses to “This week in Merida!”

  1. Hey folks, I am new to Merida and am looking for a place to rent. A two bedroom condo or a not too large a house would probably be suitable. If you know of something that could suit two gringos, husband and wife team, please let me know. I think even Progresso would be fine, if we could see the water, better.

  2. Still considering relocating to Merida. Interested in Renting Nice House in Merida Centro or Colonias. Upscale w/ Pool preferred.

  3. You missed the first MEL-O Evening. A social evening to meet new people and see old friends will be held on the third Friday of every month at the Merida English Library. The evening starts at 7:30PM; beer, wine and soft drinks are available.

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful way that you present the events of the week in Merida. I have already purchased a home and am anxiously waiting for the day I can return to Merida. Being able to know what is going on is a great comfort. I am so looking forward to being a part of this great city. I miss the Conversaciones con Amigos and can’t wait to attend the cultural events. I am your grateful reader. NW

  5. Re: MEL-O – thanks for the heads up – will put it in the calendar permanently :)

    Nancy – will you be full time or a Snowbird? – when are you moving? Let us know when you get here and you might end up on one of our interview pages! :)

  6. My wife and I will be moving to Merida full-time as I have accepted a job there with a very large development project. Over 270 units being built by this group.

  7. Hello and Welcome to those new comers, I do have a house few steps of the water for those who would like to rent it, the town is called Chelem, on the west side of Progreso, 25 minutes from the city of Merida, if you are interested please let me know.
    P.S. the sunsets are awsome!
    Thanks working gringos for such lovely web site.
    Your amigos,

  8. Interested in the chelem house DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS Please! Thanks

  9. Roddrigo Sidney-

    Hey, I have a house in Chixculub Puerto on the water which is for rent. Great place and close to Merida.

    ML

  10. I lived in Merida a long time ago, before most of the other ex-pats were there. I have family there and will be moving back next year.

  11. Hi Rodrigo
    The house is very comfortable 3 beds/3baths, fully furnished, hot water, you can see some pictures in VacationRentals.com under Progreso, it is called Peregrina Beach Front Beauty, lots of palm trees, email me for availability and price. You will love it, we were there in Aug and part of Sep. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks.

  12. Hey Amigos W.G.
    Remember the invitation to Hoctun my family heritage, they have their San Miguelito festivities, starting the 28th of this month (I wish I could be there) my cousin Sara will be happy to meet you, you will be amazed at the traditions and don’t forget to stop at the Cemetery and the Church, thanks in advance.

  13. Interested in your house in Chixculub. Is this available long term? Is there a way to see pics? More info please. Thanks much

  14. Hey everyone! Been living here for about 3 months now. We are thrilled with our new home and of all of the things this area has to offer. How about of all of you out there? So, my point is, the beaches are one of the things this area has to offer and we gringos so enjoy. Everyday, I see visitors, like me, out there walking, looking for shells or just enjoying the view. They (the beaches and ocean) are simply, beautiful. I know of few other beaches where we can find such peace and tranquility and yet have convenience at hand. Now for the problem. There is trash on the beach. We all see it. Everyone talks about it or more correctly complains about it. We seem to think that it is “their” problem and “they” should fix this. Yet when I look out, I see mostly gringos enjoying the beach. We have all chosen to make this a home, be it full or part time. That makes this our problem too. There is a very easy solution, let’s pick up the trash. Maybe we can all devote a few minutes to making this place we all seem to love, just a little better. We strolled out one day and cleaned an area of about 300 to 400 meters. It was so easy, and only took 15 minutes. Just think what we could do as a group. Yep, we would have to do it regularly, like exercise, taking vitamins or brushing our teeth. It’s gotta be done. The only question is WHO is going to do it? Wouldnt’ it be so awsome to add something back to this beautiful place we love to use for our pleasure? If anyone else is interested in becoming part of the solution and making this part of our planet a better place, write back. Maybe we can start something big.

  15. Susan,

    Did you have any luck putting together a solution for beautification of the beach area. We just moved here from Montana and would like to do our part. Let me know how we can help.

    Gina

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