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  • Mark Callum

    16 August 2015 Interviews

    Mark Callum moved here from the United Kingdom and wakes up every day with a smile on his face...

  • Diplomats from Toronto

    10 August 2015 Interviews

    Sara deRuiter and Neil Haapamaki have traveled the world, and settled in Merida to live out their dreams of running a small hotel and leading a quiet life...

  • Byron Augustin

    4 August 2015 Interviews

    Byron Augustin and his wife moved to Valladolid, the city that he decided was his ideal retirement place after visiting 55 countries throughout his career…

  • Denis Larsen

    1 August 2015 Interviews

    Meet the owner of the Casa Hamaca Bed & Breakfast, who first moved to Isla Mujeres in 2001, and now lives and works in Valladolid, Yucatan…

  • Joshua Gatcke

    11 March 2015 Interviews

    Here's our expat interview with Joshua Gatcke, who came to Merida sight unseen after reading about it here on Yucatan Living (and other places). Was it a foolish decision? Read it and find out...

  • Rosa Soares

    29 October 2013 Interviews

    Rosa has lived in the Yucatan for more than 15 years and is married to a Yucatecan. She sees life from a point of view not open to many of us...

  • Melody McNarland

    10 July 2013 Interviews

    Melody and her husband Cordel moved to Merida from British Columbia, Canada. Now they are building a house on the beach, enjoying all the things that living in the Yucatan has to offer...

  • Allison Nevins

    1 July 2013 Interviews

    Allison Nevins moved here from Texas and retired... and then started a business in Merida! Read her answers to our Yucatan Living interview questions to find out why...

  • Michael Berton, Hotel Owner

    28 May 2013 Interviews

    Michael Berton and his partner moved to Merida from Ohio to open a small hotel and get involved in the Merida community. They are off to a good start...

  • Christel Galachiuk, Leading the Way

    6 April 2013 Interviews

    Christel Galachiuk is a Canadian who moved to Mexico in order to be able to afford the support she needs to live an independent life as a visually handicapped person. Find out what it is like to live in the Yucatan with a handicap...

  • Jessica Winkler

    17 December 2012 Interviews

    Jessica Winkler came to the Yucatan Gulf Coast from Canada for the wind. She not only set up a windsurfing school in Progreso, but she has been excelling in her field since she moved here...

  • Danna Lewis

    5 November 2012 Interviews

    Danna Lewis is a Canadian who has lived in Chiapas and has now moved to Merida to be the new Academic Director of a local American school...

  • Benne' Rockett, Working Gringa 2.0

    24 September 2012 Interviews

    Benne' Rockett moved to the Yucatan a year ago to start a new life. After spending almost a year at the beach in Chelem, she moved into her renovated colonial in Merida and started working for Yucatan Living. Read about her experience of the Yucatan so far in her great new adventure...

  • Paul Lawrence

    7 September 2012 Interviews

    A former jockey and restauranteur in England, Paul Lawrence tells us how he got to the Yucatan and how he likes living here...

  • Chuck and Joanne Dueck

    26 June 2012 Interviews

    Chuck and Joanne moved from Canada to the Yucatan to have a new adventure after their kids went to college. They have found a way to make a living and are enjoying every day of that new adventure, going on five years...

  • Malcolm Massey

    5 June 2012 Interviews

    Malcolm Massey is an author of novels who finds living in the Yucatan is very conducive to his work. He and his wife moved here from Virginia in 2011 and are finding life in the Yucatan quite enjoyable...

  • Steve Creagh

    15 May 2012 Interviews

    Come and meet Steve Creagh, expat who moved recently to Chelem from Vancouver, Canada and started a business with a Mexican partner...

  • Grant Spradling

    7 April 2012 Interviews

    Grant Spradling first stayed in Merida in the 1980's. Since then he has made Merida his permanent home and has gotten serious about his chosen profession of writing...

  • Jette Virdi

    28 September 2010 Interviews

    Jette Virdi moved from England by herself to renovate a hacienda into an eco-friendly boutique hotel. She's on her way to realizing her dream...

  • A Yucatecan Lives Abroad

    27 July 2010 Interviews

    We recently stumbled upon a website by local residents of Uman, a city on the southern outskirts of Merida. One of the features of this Spanish-language website is interviews with people born in Uman who live outside of the Yucatan...

  • Ovi, Freelance Artist in Merida

    28 June 2010 Interviews

    If you can do what you do anywhere in the world, Merida is a good place to do it. Ovi, a freelance commercial artist works out of his home...

  • Claudette Elizondo

    17 May 2010 Interviews

    A first generation Mexican-American, Claudette Elizondo moved to Merida with her husband and two children to start a new life in a community that she feels is more authentic...

  • School of Authentic Journalism

    30 January 2010 Interviews

    This week, the School of Authentic Journalism is being held in various places on the Yucatan Peninsula. If you see reporters with microphones and videos on the streets of Merida or Playa del Carmen, this is who they are and what they're doing...

  • Habla!

    30 June 2009 Interviews

    The new kid on the language school block is a big school with a short name, Habla. Doug Tanoury and Robin Young sat down with Marimar and Kurt, the owners of Habla, to find out what makes this new school so different...

  • In Merida Dreams Come True

    26 May 2009 Interviews

    Oresztesz came to Merida pursuing a career in the hospitality industry... and found love, family and a work he is passionate about instead.

  • Justin Spring, 21st Century Poet

    17 February 2009 Interviews

    Justin Spring is one of a growing number of expats that split their time between Mexico and the United States. Justin has recently started spending his winters in Merida, having moved his winter home from the other side of Mexico.

  • Mark My Word... Opportunities Abound!

    16 December 2008 Interviews

    Mark Arbour spends half his year in Merida, half in Canada. Between the two countries, he owns three businesses. He's bullish on Mexico's prospects, and even more so on the prospects of the Yucatan economy...

  • Greg Hokenson: New Opportunities in Yucatan

    12 August 2008 Interviews

    A lot of expats come here to retire, right? But more and more, we are meeting expats who aren't even close to retirement. Gregory Hokenson is an example of a young man who has come to the Yucatan for the opportunity and the adventure...

  • Phillip Geerts, Physical Trainer in Merida

    12 May 2008 Interviews

    Phillip is part of a small but growing number of under-30-somethings moving to Mexico (and the Yucatan) for the adventure and the challenge. Like most of us, Phillip has found more than he expected...

  • Jorge Sosa, A Man of Two Cultures

    31 March 2008 Interviews

    Jorge Sosa grew up in California and moved back to Mexico when he was a teenager with his family. We have rarely met someone who straddles the gap between the cultures of Mexico and the USA as nimbly as Jorge...

  • Elizabeth Arnott

    10 March 2008 Interviews

    Elizabeth Arnott came to the Yucatan to retire and relax, and has ended up as busy as ever, making music and teaching it. She loves her life in the city, but gets away when she can to her country home near some of the area's most beautiful cenotes...

  • Valerie Pickle

    11 January 2008 Interviews

    Valerie Pickle has given her delightful name to her even more delightful restaurant, The Pickled Onion. Here's Valerie's story about how she came to be here in the Yucatan and how she finds life in the small town of Santa Elena...

  • Joanna Rosado

    2 November 2007 Interviews

    Joanna Rosado has been an expat in Merida for over thirty years. She knows a lot about what it takes to live, work and thrive in the Yucatan...

  • Jennifer Lytle

    8 October 2007 Interviews

    Jennifer Lytle runs one of the most successful real estate agencies in Merida. She has a long history of living and traveling in Mexico and was one of the first people the Working Gringos met when they moved here...

  • Janice Fraser

    24 September 2007 Interviews

    Janice Fraser lived in the same town as the Working Gringos, San Luis Obispo in Central California. She made the move less than a year ago and now finds herself knee-deep in polvo, culture and adventure...

  • Sarah Bogdanski

    31 August 2007 Interviews

    Sarah Bogdanski left New York to come to Merida for a taste of life abroad. But unlike most expatriates here, she has family in Yucatan who she has been visiting for most of her life...

  • The Unsinkable Catriona Brown

    22 June 2007 Interviews

    Catriona Brown landed in Puerto Morelos with money in the bank and no specific plans. Five years later, she reflects back on the path to paradise...

  • Jason Stern

    7 June 2007 Interviews

    Many students travel to Merida for a "study abroad" program, usually to attend the Autonomous University of Yucatan, known here as UADY. We recently interviewed a student who tells us immersion in the local culture is a way to "learn by living"...

  • Eduardo Creel

    27 April 2007 Interviews

    An interview with a "Yucateco Abroad", Eduardo Creel, because even when they live somewhere else, Yucatecos never forget where their heart is...

  • Lorena Pacheco

    14 April 2007 Interviews

    Lorena Pacheco was a very young expatriate when she first moved to Mexico. Now that she's traveled around the world a bit, she's decided Merida is the place to start her next business...

  • Paula Sievert

    24 March 2007 Interviews

    If you think you're impulsive, meet one lady who only needed two days to leap from New York to Merida and open an art gallery...

  • Gus Gordon

    11 January 2007 Interviews

    Gus Gordon has been living and working in the Yucatan for 8 years. Read what he says about the hardest part of living here and the Yucatan's greatest resource...

  • Ian Arthur

    23 December 2006 Interviews

    Many years ago, Ian Arthur's father gave him two sound pieces of advice. So naturally, he listened to neither...

  • Alexandra and John Wallner

    6 December 2006 Interviews

    We are constantly delighted by the interesting people who have chosen to make their home in the Yucatan. Here is an interview with two award-winning illustrators of childrens books who live in Merida...

  • Elayne Angel

    10 November 2006 Interviews

    One of the many things we love about the Yucatan is the level of tolerance for those of us who just aren't and never want to be "normal". Elayne has a few things to say about that too...

  • Malcolm & Jillian

    27 October 2006 Interviews

    Malcolm and Jillian are some of the first of a new wave of younger expatriates, moving to the Yucatan for high adventure and lower costs of living...

  • Emily and Alfred

    20 October 2006 Interviews

    Another in our series of expatriate interviews, this time with Emily and Alfred who operate Macan Ché Bed and Breakfast in the "Yellow City" of Izamal...

  • Belina Garcia

    1 October 2006 Interviews

    The following is the first of what we hope are many interviews with "re-pats": Mexicans who have lived in the United States or elsewhere, and have chosen to return home to the Yucatan...

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