By Khaki Scott

Lots of Weather Coming Yucatan’s Way

As of Sunday, August 31, 2014, NOAA is reporting a 40% chance of this tropical storm turning into a hurricane over the next 48 hours and a 60% chance over the next five days. The same report implies that because it will be traveling over land, it probably won’t be so bad for the Yucatan Peninsula. They say the real development (the higher risk) will come after it exits the Yucatan Peninsula, hits the Gulf and heads north. The link to NOAA to read more is here.

MexicoFest 2014: Experience Yucatan in Vancouver

MexicoFest, in Vancouver, began in 2008 as a celebration of the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence and is now the most important, and fastest growing, festival hosted by the Consulate of Mexico in British Columbia. The organizations working together to bring this festival about include The Consulate General, CCIE Western Canada, the Mexican Tourism Board in Vancouver, and the Mexican Trade Commission. The events, all in Vancouver, for this month-long festival are listed on Experience Mexico in Vancouver. We also suspect that there will be plenty of Canadian Snowbirds there to enjoy a little taste of “home” before they set out on their winter in Yucatan.

Aggies Coming to Progreso

Texas University in Yucatan Mexico No – not football! Members of the Texas A&M Research System will be coming to work with Yucatan’s Technology and Development experts to plan the future of the connectivity to Yucatan and to optimize the selection of technology for the most environmentally sound passage of ships into Yucatan’s waters. Other members of the group will work with other agencies in Yucatan to further expand and optimize technology as sea water rises around the globe. Welcome Aggies!

AFAD Call for Sponsors for Fundraising Events

If you, your business, or your association would like to participate as a sponsor of a calendar event, please send an e-mail to afadmerida [at] gmail [dot] com with “Sponsor” as the subject and telling us about your desire to become a sponsor. The annual De Mano a Pata (From hand to paw) will be held on November 15, so time is of the essence if you want to participate in this event. Those interested may send an email to afadmerida [at] gmail [dot] com with “Sponsor” as “subject”. Last year there were 30 sponsors. This year, they hope to increase their numbers dramatically. Since AFAD has a social network following of more than 20,000 individuals, becoming an AFAD sponsor is a win-win situation for the shelter and for the sponsors.

Yucateco Now Heads National Gendarmerie

Police in Merida Yucatan Mexico With degrees in law and criminal science, Manelich Castilla Craviotto entered the academic life by teaching Guilt Theory and Forensic Practice in Criminology. He then went to work for TelMex Foundation, where he developed a program that paid the bail of more than 100,000 men whose only crime was to steal food and others who had been unjustly imprisoned. In the meantime, Castilla Craviotto saw the effects of organized crime on the grinding poverty levels in areas where it existed. He went to Colombia, France, and the United States to be trained to deal with these issues within the population. This past week, the President of Mexico announced a new police department at the Federal level called the Gendarmería Nacional, and the official in charge of the 390 officers assigned to the Gendarmería Nacional is none other than 40 year old Yucateco Manelich Castilla Craviotto. He has prepared himself well and is surely to become a legend of success throughout Mexico.

Swifter Justice Comes to Yucatan

The Yucatan State Prosecutor’s Office now has an Army of Peace: 43 trained, certified legal mediators who will be dealing with misdemeanor complaints in families and between neighbors. Two of these mediators have been assigned to Progreso and have a newly remodeled building for their office. The Unit of Mediation is located in Agency 11a of the Fiscalia. No word yet where the other mediators will be assigned, but it is certain that small issues can now be resolved before they become bigger problems. It is believed that these types of negotiated resolutions to problems will strengthen the services provided to the people by Yucatan state, as well as contribute to social peace. Congratulations to all of the new mediators on their certifications, and to the people who will benefit from their new skills.

Former Prisoners Learn a Trade

When seven prisoners were released from prison (the Center for Social Readjustment), they began a class that will teach them to operate a backhoe. This is part of a new agreement between the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry and the reintegration arm of the prison’s Social Assistance section. This will give these men the skills to return to society in a position that will pay them enough to support their families and ensure that they are on the road to a new life.

The Eat Well Plate of the Maya

Food Available in Yucatan Mexico El Plato del Bien Comer Maya is a graphic wheel that divides food into three groups: those that provide vitamins and minerals (fruits), carbohydrates (grains) and proteins of both plant and animal origin. Researchers at UADY designed this system when they realized that education is the key to changing ways of living and habits or attitudes about food that were formed in childhood. With a huge push in increasing the number of backyard gardens, it is expected that El Plato del Bien Comer Maya will become a major educational tool in reducing the rate of childhood obesity and diabetes in Yucatan. Perhaps the old ways really were the good old ways. We certainly hope so.

Yucatan Peninsula Featured in Eat Your World.com

Traditional Food From Yucatan Mexico “Eat Your World” is a website created on the simple premise that what you eat depends on where you are. Their goal is to be a premier guide for regional food and drinks around the world. A view of their world map shows that they have managed to get a pretty good start in the past three years. This month’s issue contains recommendations for what to eat on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as one dish from La Tradicion in Mérida. We would love to have “Eat Your World” visit Yucatan again to see the variety of regional foods we have here. In the meantime, our congratulations to “Eat Your World” on a very nice website and on a topic that is of interest to every traveler. Our congratulations, as well to La Tradicion for ranking as Merida’s finest example of regional food. We have some excellent chefs, food critics, and food photographers among Yucatan’s expats and you are invited to get involved by writing and uploading food stories and photos toEat Your World.”

Dessert from Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Sweet Potatoes: Good and Healthy For You

Here are three recipes for Mexican Candied Sweet Potatoes, Yucatan Sweet Potato Desert, and Coconut Candy (made with sweet potatoes, of course). We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. By the way, here in Yucatan, the Yucatan Sweet Potato Desert is called Atropellado de Camote y Coco.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 01, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today.

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 02, 2014

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Despertar
This trio is one of a group of beloved trios who keep traditional, romantic trova alive in Yucatan, and who watch over the genre as it grows toward the future.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 03, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Purgatorio: Viaje al corazón de la frontera (Journey to the Heart of the Frontier)
(Mexico 2013) Rodrigo Reyes’ riveting film is a provocative meditation that captures the brutal beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Winner of the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary as well as the New Orleans Film Festival Jury Award. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Greek Mythology Documentaries
These movies continue to give us insight into the need for the creation of gods by man.
Hercules
(Spain 2003) This is an Alberto Cui Sanchez documentary. Synposis: The legend of the strongest Greek mythology super-hero and his quest for redemption. To pay for his guilt after committing a heinous crime, Hercules undertook the adventure known as the twelve labors.
Gods of Greek Mythology
(Spain 2009) This is a documentary by Oscar Funes. Synopsis: This documentary is a great review for the Pantheon of the gods of Olympus, their stories, hatreds, romances, and adventures in the world of men.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: A Second View
(Belgium 2009) This movie questions the way our reality is held hostage by the media, advertising and Hollywood. Co-written by British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film addresses the growing use of fear as a commodity.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cumbres
(Mexico 2013) Due to a tragedy, two sisters abruptly flee from their hometown. Miwi, the younger one, with no clear idea of what happened, but drives untiringly to save her sister Juliana, implicating her in the misadventure. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Quilting Group in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Quilting Workshop Begins (one 2-hour module per week, 8 weeks)
This is a workshop of eight modules (2 hours each) that teaches the New England style of quilting. All of the tools to do the work are provided, but the student must supply the actual material. Space is limited to 4 at a time, so go by and make sure they have a space for you. The description of the modules sounds as if there will be lots of great information in this course.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursdays: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Admission: $400 pesos per module

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria Candelaria
(Mexico 1944). Director: Emilio Fernandez. Starring Dolores del Rio and Pedro Armendanz. Romance and drama with Mexico’s favorite on-screen couple. In Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tempo I: The Repertoire of Contemporary Guitar
Yohualli Rosas and Invited Guests sing Yucatecan music.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: General: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Cave of the Forgotten Dreams
(Canada 2012) Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) September 05 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: A Second View
(Belgium 2009) This movie questions the way our reality is held hostage by the media, advertising and Hollywood. Co-written by British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film addresses the growing use of fear as a commodity around the world.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movies: Las Buenas Hierbas
(Mexico 2010) Director: Maria Novaro. Starring Ursula Pruneda, Ofelia Medina and Ana Ofelia Murguia. Dalia lives with her young son Cosmo, and is separated from her husband. Sbe works at an alternative radio station. Her life changes when she has to confront her mother who has premature Alzheimers. Probably in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Weekly Language Exchange
Every Friday in Hotel Campestre there is a language exchange. The comfortable setting is peaceful, on the terrace, with great coffee. This Friday, they will have a special movie night. There is someone new at every meeting, so don’t be afraid to come alone. They have a new Meetup Group and everyone is welcome to join: Merida Language Exchange Meetup.
Location: Hotel Campestre, Calle 1-D, Entre Calle 26 Y Prol. Montejo, Fracc. Campestre.
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 1
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra opens its season performing two works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The first is The Hebrides, a work describing the beauty of Fingal caves on the island of Staffa, among small islands north of Scotland. Also presented in this program are works by the genius of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. OSY will transport us to the magical world of Mother Goose inspired by the story of Charles Perrault. Legend has it that a gypsy predicted success for this great composer with his famous Bolero based on a Spanish dance, that was first performed in 1928. Juan Carlos Lomonaco is the Principal Conductor, with Christopher Collins violin and Irina Decheva piano. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

Yucatan Living Movie: Warrior
(USA 2011) The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament, a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 06, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico 2013) Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Ciudades Obscuras
(Mexico 2002). Director: Fernando Sarinana. Starring Alejandro Tommasi, Alonso Echanove, and Bruno Bichir. Ciudades Oscuras (Dark Cities) tells a story of interwoven lives in the seedy underbelly of Mexico City. Probably in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father, Like Son
(Japan 2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. Japanese, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Grave of the Fireflies
(Japan 1998) A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. In Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Always a great documentary!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 1
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra opens its season performing two works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The first is The Hebrides, a work describing the beauty of Fingal caves on the island of Staffa, among small islands north of Scotland. Also presented in this program are works by the genius of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. OSY will transport us to the magical world of Mother Goose inspired by the story of Charles Perrault. Legend has it that a gypsy predicted success for this great composer with his famous Bolero based on a Spanish dance, that was first performed in 1928. Juan Carlos Lomonaco is the Principal Conductor, with Christopher Collins violin and Irina Decheva piano. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Recital of Classical Singing: Abigail Coral and Accompanying Artists
This is another performance by Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida and Pianist Zuleika Disz. Everyone loves their work, so don’t miss a chance to hear them perform.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Elite Squad
(Brazil 2007) 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Portugese, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today so far.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Wildlife Photo Master Class
Dates: September 4 – 7, 2014 (with Brian Skerry; October 30 – November 2, 2014 (wqith Steve Winter), and December 11 – 14, 2014 (with Tim Laman). These instructors are three of the most well-known National Geographic photographers. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels step into the role of nature photo-journalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways. For More Information www.wildlifephotomasterclass.com

Yucatan Living Chelem Christmas Dreams September Bingo Raffle Extravaganza September 12
It’s back to Bingo Time! Come hang out with the Chelem Elves at their September Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza! As usual, half the bingo money goes to the toy drive fund and half goes to the lucky winners. They’ve already got some great raffle prizes in their backpack and they’re working on more. Prizes so far include a one week stay at Casa de Coco in Mahahual, stays at hotels in San Cristobal and Puerto Aventuras, gift certificates at Robert Abuda Salon, restaurants, dog grooming and more. This list will keep on growing. Please visit the The Chelem Christmas Toy Drive Facebook page or email them at chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com for more details.
Location: La Playa de Chelem
Time: 6:00 PM, September 12
Admission: They let you decide how many cards and how many games you want to play. Cards for regular bingo will be 25 pesos each, and the cards for the blackout round will be 75 pesos each. You can play as many cards as you want and if you want to keep playing after the scheduled 3 games and blackout are over, they’ll accommodate that also. Also, you can participate in the raffles even if you are not in the Yucatan by going to our donation page . For every $10.00 donation, they’ll throw 5 raffle tickets into the raffle of your choice.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 2: Friday, September 12, and Sunday, September 14
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featuring: Manuel Escalante (piano). In this program, the OSY will present the program from their first CD, playing each of the recorded works of the three most important Mexican composers: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, as well as the first orchestral recording of Metro Chabacano de Javier Alvarez, and the only Concert for Piano by Ricardo Castro. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s – September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets on sale now at Lizard Joes. $120 pesos advance purchase. $600 peso ticket and hotel packages available (includes 1 night stay at Las Garzas Hotel and 2 tickets to the show. Las Garzas is within walking distance of Lizard Joes). $150 pesos day of the event, if any tickets are still available. Stop in Lizard Joes or email lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com for information or tickets.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 3: Friday, September 26, Sunday, September 28
Guest Director: Michele Santorsola. Featuring: Davide Fanchin (French horn). Music includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. AANY is Artistas / Artisanos Nuevos de Yucatan A.C. , a legal Mexican non-profit run by both Yucatecan and foreign volunteers to identify, promote and market fine craft artists in the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Merida centro
Time: TBD
Admission: Tickets are on sale now. For information, email info [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes to be announced. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

Alberto Castillo Merida - Adoration of the MagiWhen we bought this painting, Adoration of the Magi, we were attending a benefit for the artist Alberto Castillo whose health and eyesight were failing. There was a time in Merida when every self-respecting art collector made sure that he or she had at least one or two of Castillo’s paintings. Castillo, a Yucatecan native, had studied art in Mexico City, rubbing elbows with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. But he had come home eventually, and sold his paintings to support himself. You can read more about Alberto Castillo here.

This painting was said to be the last painting he did before he really lost his sight. In fact, he saved the Baby Jesus’ face until last, and it shows.

The painting is large and looks great on a high-ceilinged wall in Merida… but we no longer have room for it. So we are putting it up for sale, to a good home.

The painting measures 1.4 meters (55 inches) across and 1.82 meters (71.5 inches) high. It is an oil painting and the measurements include the frame. It is signed by Alberto Castillo.

If you are interested in purchasing the painting, the price is $2000 USD. Shipping can be arranged. Please contact Ellen at ellen [dot] fields [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thank you!

By Khaki Scott

Nonstop Merida-Miami Flights Begin November 8!

New Flight Miami-Merida The announcement was made, just this week, that a new non-stop Miami-Merida Aeromexico route will begin on November 8. The service will be available on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Planes will depart Merida at 11:15 AM and arrive in Miami at 2:10 PM. Planes will depart Miami at 3:25 PM and arrive in Merida at 4:38 PM. One cannot help but stop, just for a moment, and dream of what it will be like to arrive in Merida when the sun is still shining and there is actually time to go out to dinner! It must be noted that, during the current administration, there has been a 25% growth in airplane seats, from 490,000 to 530,000. The push to bolster imports/exports, tourism, higher education, world class health care, and the industrial and research communities is making its mark and Merida is expected to continue to enjoy increasing connectivity for many years to come.

NOAA Weather

There is enough lag time between the time Yucatan Living is written and the time our readers receive it, so weather information coming from us cannot be on-the-minute in terms of accuracy. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association does have up-to-date weather information for this area, as well as predictions and more. During this volatile weather season, please do keep up with the weather on NOAA’s website. In addition, as you look at the maps, be sure not to just look at the storms that are in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Some of the storms in the Pacific can either completely cross Mexico to get to us, or whip around with a tail that is wide enough to cross Mexico and at least hit Yucatan’s southern cone. So do be aware of what’s in front of us, as well as what’s behind us. Remember, its the outer bands of a tropical storm or hurricane that bring heavy wind and rain, so watch maps to see if they are headed your way, even if the eye of the storm is going to miss you completely.

Scientific and Technological Park is Growing Again!

Science in Merida Yucatan Mexico With the addition of classrooms, laboratories, a pilot food processing plant and towers for dormitories for students, Yucatan’s Scientific and Technological Park has grown by a whopping 22 hectares. The new mantra, throughout Yucatan, is “economic growth through knowledge generation.” As the Scientific and Technological Park grows, and as international researchers and business people come to meet it, the hard currency value of providing a platform for knowledge generation becomes all the more clear. Yucatan’s Scientific and Technological Park is an amazing place that is, and will continue to be, constantly expanding. Information Technology will be the next area to be added, along with more services for counseling, a medical clinic, and a department for research groups. Businesses involved in this latest expansion include Plenum Soft, Znova Agroindustriales, Cecype, Frutech International Corporation de Mexico, and PP Mar y Enersureste.

Turtles Turtles Everywhere!

As more and more turtle nests are protected in place until the hatchlings enter the sea, the numbers that return to lay eggs increases. Add an increased awareness by the public, and a determination to save as many hatchlings as possible, and what you get is several weeks of beaches filled with baby turtles, all making their way to the sea. There are a few more weekends during which folks will wring the last of vacation out of what is left of summer, so do watch your step and send us a picture if you find a nest that is hatching.

New Orchid Garden at Parque Animaya

Orchids Garden in Yucatan Mexico Everyone knows Animaya as a new type of zoo, one in which animals can live out their lives in protected environments, rather than being locked in cages. However, now Animaya is growing and will soon be adding another group of residents that also need specialized care and environments. Orchids abound in the tropics, but many orchid species are found in places where it is unlikely that they will be seen, and many others are on the verge of extinction. To meet this need and to bring the beauty of Yucatan’s orchids to the public, an 800-square-meter garden is soon to be finished and will display 800 different species of orchids. Be sure to watch for announcements of opening dates for this new park and visit the Animaya website often.

Cuba to Be Honored Guest at FICMAYA in 2015

The 2014 International Festival of Mayan Culture will be held October 17 – November 3, with almost non-stop activities. We will list those events in Yucatan’s weekly events. However, an announcement was made, just this week, that has everyone excited about the 2015 International Festival of Mayan Culture. Just prior to the closing of the 2014 festival, it will be announced that Cuba will be the honored guest at FICMAYA in 2015. This includes great entertainers such as: Buena Vista Social Club, Havana Compas Dance Company, and the Young Musicians of Frasis. There is always “An Evening in Havana” at this festival because of the long standing friendship between Yucatecos and Cubans, but it is especially nice to see Cuba honored in this way.

First Mass on Beach in Chelem

Traditional Fiesta in Chelem Yucatan Mexico Each year, from August 15 through 18, la virgen de la medalla milagrosa, the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal, is honored in the Chelem church that bears her name. Following a mass, the statue is taken on a tour, at sea, from Chelem to Yucalpeten and back. This year, there was a procession from the church to the beach where the very first beach mass was held. Approximately 100 boats then accompanied the statue on her voyage and, upon their return, a bazaar was held to raise money for parochial works. This is the same small church that will be holding its second 14 kilometer run in November. These folks are working hard to do great things in Chelem. We hope everyone comes out to support and appreciate their efforts.

Christmas Shopping Coming Later This Year

In the past few years, store shelves began filling up with Christmas decorations almost as soon as summer vacation ended. This brought about laments over the loss of the spirit of Christmas and caused a serious competition to develop between money spent on Christmas decorations vs. money spent on September’s national holidays and October’s Dia de Muertos. Merchants now say that Christmas shopping fever is over. Consumers are exhausted and marketing efforts are not moving shoppers to buy. Reports are coming in that the global economic slowdown has reached the expendable pockets of Yucatecos and businesses have decided to wait until a little later to fill up their shelves with Christmas decorations. With a slow start in September and October, merchants are saying they really are not depending too much on Christmas merchandise this year. Those who remember when Christmas shopping really was a December activity might think this is good news. Either way, we hope everyone has a profitable and happy Fall season.

Semilla de Dioses (Seed of the Gods) Send Diplomatic Bags

Spices and Food in Merida Yucatan Mexico The Seed Gods is really an entrepreneurial collective that has been busy building a business based on the seasonings normally used in Yucatecan foods. This year, they received requests for their products from the embassies of Mexico in New Zealand, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The ladies of Semilla de Dioses have put together diplomatic bags containing enough spices so that chefs at the Mexican embassies can feel secure in planning to present dishes from Yucatan as part of their holiday menus. The Collective Semilla de Dioses has been growing for quite some time, but we have the publicity from the 18th International Non-Traditional Products Expo, held in Merida this year, and the WEAmericas (Women Leaders of America and the Caribbean) to thank for highlighting just how far this group has come.

Yucatan: Holiday Accidents Down for 2014

When we compare the holiday accident and death toll between 2013 and 2014, there are some surprising and gratifying numbers available. In 2013, there were 256 accidents during summer vacation. This year, there were 180. In 2013, there were 73 automobile accidents. This year, there were 50. In 2013, 211 individuals were injured. This year, injuries dropped to 111. In 2013, there were 4 deaths. This year, unfortunately, there were six deaths: 1 cyclist, 1 motorcyclist, and 4 in one car. With the dedication of the SSP and local law enforcement, this vacation season gets safer every year. Perhaps a day will come when there are few accidents and zero deaths.

In Case of Fire: Merida and Yucatan: Trained and Equipped

Merida’s fire department says that it now has the city covered so that, in case of fire, gas leak, or chemical spills, they can be on the scene within five minutes or less. The SSP has its own fire department, which adds their 300 fire fighters, plus trucks and equipment to the fifteen city fire trucks. Businesses are encouraged to train their employees, with respect to potential hazards in their workplace, so that they can already be working to contain the emergency before the fire department or SSP arrives. Everyone is very proud of Merida’s new fire-fighting equipment and of the superior training received by today’s fine fire fighters.

To Report a Fire or Other Emergency: Dial 066 (24 hours per day, 365 days per year). From a Telcel phone: Dial 116 (free call). When the dispatcher answers, be prepared to give him or her your name and telephone number, and the location of the emergency. Then, please follow up until the emergency personnel arrive.

By Working Gringos

Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Fall 2014

The 2014 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx

Under the Direction of Juan Carlos Lomonaco (www.juancarloslomonaco.com)

September

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014Program 1: September 5 and 7
The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra opens its season performing two works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, work describing the beauty of Fingal caves on the island of Staffa, among small islands north of Scotland, and its double Concerto for violin and piano, whose tone and single string orchestration are reminiscent of his First violin concerto.
Also, works by the genius of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. OSY will transport us to the magical world of Mother Goose inspired by the story of Charles Perrault. Legend has it that a gypsy predicted success for this great composer with his famous Bolero based on a Spanish dance, and first performed in 1928.
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Christopher Collins violin and Irina Decheva piano.

Program 2: September 12 and 14
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Manuel Escalante piano.
In this program OSY presents their first album. Interpreting each of the recorded works of the three most important composers of Mexico nationalism: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, and the first orchestral recording Metro Chabacano Javier Alvarez as well as a unique concert by Ricardo Castro on the Piano. Congratulations to our orchestra for their 1st recording! The Program will be Suite “The Night of the Mayas” of Silvestre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez; Symphony No. 2 “India” of Carlos Chavez and Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. Also, concerto for piano and orchestra presented by Ricardo Castro.

Program 3: September 26 and 28
Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
Michele Santorsola is the Guest director and this concert features Davide Fanchin on the horn. They present Overture to “Leonora” No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Horn No. 3, K.447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák. These are two Italian musicians: Michele Santorsola, the guest director, has directed more than 50 orchestras, and member of the OSY, Davide Fanchin, delights us in this program including the famous Concerto for Horn No. 3 Mozart, as well as one of the 4 overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera Fidelio. Leonora No. 3. by Czech composer Dvorák, from his Eighth Symphony that includes folk songs and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful.

October

Program 4: October 3 and 5
Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatán presents in the FIC. Saturday 11, 9:00 PM. Teatro Juarez, Guanajuato and Sunday 12, 6:00 PM in the Theatre Bicentennial in León. To continue the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of our orchestra, again the OSY make history for the second time. OSY will perform at the famous Festival Cervantino International appearing in the two most emblematic theaters: the Teatro Juárez in Guanajuato and Bicentennial Theatre in Leon.
The program was presented at the Teatro Peon Contreras by one of the most important pianists in the world, the virtuoso Alexei Volodin, who plays Concerto No. 3 for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov.

November

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014

Program 5: November 7 and 9
Suite No. 1 “Carmen” Georges Bizet, Harp Concerto, Op. 25 Alberto Ginastera and Symphony No. 7, Op. 131 Sergei Prokofiev. This program will feature as guest director one of the most important Mexican directors, Jesus Medina, Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the University Nuevo Leon. The Carmen Suite No. 1, and two additional great works, the Harp Concerto by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, featuring OSY’s bright harpist Ruth Bennett, and the cheerful and energetic Russian Seventh Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.

Program 6: November 14 and 16Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
Overture “Egmont” Ludwig van Beethoven, Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”, Op. 66a by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms. In this program the soloist will be our orchestra, starting with the Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven. This music tells the story of the hero Egmont, who struggles for the independence of the Flemish country. Ballet Suite also known as Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, with some of the most beautiful ballet music ever played, that transports us to the history of the classic tale of the Grimm brothers and Charles Perrault. To close the program, one of the most beautiful and romantic symphonies by Johannes Brahms, composed in the summer of 1883 and premiered that same year by the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Hans Richter.

Program 7: November 28
Pianists of Mexico and Latin America will compete in the final of the Fourth National and International Piano Competition Jose Jacinto Cuevas. The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra will accompany the three finalists that will perform a select list of concertos for piano and orchestra. In addition to the jury, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
Juan Carlos Lomonaco, the Regular Director of the OSY, directs tonight’s performance.

December

Program 8: December Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014
Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Górecki. Cello Concerto, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar. And Symphony No. 40, K. 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ville Kivivuori will be playing the cello. This program will feature as guest director Adam Klocek, Director of the Orchestra Kalisz, in Poland, who will play for the first time in Yucatán a piece from Polish composer Henryk Gorecki: Three Pieces in Old Style. Likewise, our cellist from Finland, Ville Kivivuori, will delight us with the only concert for Cello by the English composer Edward Elgar. In the second part, the OSY will perform the most famous symphony by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40, composed in 1778.

Program 9: December 12 and 14 Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra Fall Season 2014
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Regular Director. Featuring the Philharmonic Choir of Yucatan with Luis Guarneros Luna, Director.
Two composers and their most famous works transport us into space: War Galaxies by John Williams, whose work is clearly inspired by the great and majestic Cathedral. And a concert by Holst: The Planets. His music has inspired all composers looking for a description of the universe. Composed between 1914 and 1916, this work includes each of the planets in the solar system, except Earth, and Pluto, which had not yet been discovered.

All Concerts have this in common:
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Dates and Times: Fridays at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 12:00 Noon
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.
Admission for Program 4 and 9: $100, $150, $200 and $250 pesos.

Buy your tickets starting August 26 at the Peon Contreras Theater.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 25, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) August 25, 2014

Yucatan Living School Begins Today

Ligia Camara Music SchoolYucatan Living Ligia Camara School of Music Opens Today!
Yucatan lost this jazz, blues and trova icon not long ago, but she will forever be part of the musical heart of the people of the entire state and far beyond. This school is going to be wonderful, especially with the quality of the teaching staff. Can you imagine being taught by the likes of Fernando Leal, Aaron Cu Fernandez or Edwin Schirp Magana? If you are interested in classes, do stop by what is soon to become one of the best music schools in all of Latin America! Disciplines initially taught at the Ligia Camara School of Music include acoustic and electric piano, classical and trova guitar, and all levels of classical violin.
Address: Calle 61 # 614 entre 78 x 80, Col. Centro
Registration: Free for children (age 7 and older) and for adults of any age.
Cost Per Class: $100 pesos per class, with two classes required per week.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 26, 2014

Movie Forum in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Elite Squad
(Brazil 2007). Director: Jose Padilha. Starring Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, André Ramiro, Fernanda Machado y Milhem Cortaz. 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Dueto Zazil Kay
It has been a while since we have seen Dueto Zazil Kay, so this performance should be an extra special treat.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cumbres
(Mexico 2013) Due to a tragedy, two sisters abruptly flee from their hometown. Miwi, the younger one, with no clear idea of what happened, drives untiringly to save her sister Juliana, implicating her in the misadventure. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Clash of the Titans
(United Kingdom 1981). Director: Desmond Davis. Starring Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier and Burgess Meredith. This is a film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Imprint (Masters of Horror)
(Japan 2006). Director: Takashi Milke. This is the 13th episode of a Japanese television series. Christopher (Billy Drago), a Victorian era American journalist, is traveling through Japan looking for Komomo (Itô), a lost girlfriend whom he had promised to rescue from prostitution and bring to America. Landing on an island populated solely by whores and their masters, he is solicited by a syphilitic tout (Yamada). He claims no knowledge of Komomo, but Christopher has to spend the night, requesting the company of a girl (Youki Kudoh) lurking back in the shadows, who joins him in his room. Disfigured and disturbed, the girl claims a closer connection with the dead than the living.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: The Standards of My Land
This performance is under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez. It features traditional compositions from Yucatan with a modern jazz arrangement (guitar, bass and drums) without taking anything away from either the old or the new music. What results is a unique sound that works as a bridge between traditional and contemporary music that is bringing new generations to the music of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Special Need
(Italy 2013) Searching for a woman with whom their autistic friend can have sex for the first time, the three friends Enea, Carlo and Alex are finding a whole lot more than they were looking for. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: MMX – Map of Memories
Allowing your body to move wherever it will has the power to bring back and express the memories of a lifetime. Choreographer for this performance is Erika Torres.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: H2OMX
(Mexico 2013) With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and create a sustainable water system? In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Perfect Blue
(Japan 1997). Director: Satoshi Kon. In this anime film, retired pop-singer-turned-actress’ sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Japanese Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Uzumaki
(Japan 2000). Director: Higuchinsky. Based on Junji Ito’s episodic manga of the same name. The plot concerns a town infected with malevolent spirals. This abstract concept manifests in grotesque ways, such as a teenager’s long hair beginning to curl and take over her mind, or a corpse winding around itself.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Flowers in the Desert
(Mexico 2009) A documentary the Wixarika culture (or Huichol) originates from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and Durango where more than 50,000 Huicholes currently live and practice their indigenous traditions.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Campanadas de la Profundidad
(Germany 1993) A Werner Herzog film about a country where men cross shamans, exorcists and new messiahs. A lost corner of Siberia, where a legend tells of a lake, the depths of which emit the sound of the bells of a cathedral. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) August 29 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Special Need
(Italy 2013) Searching for a woman with whom their autistic friend can have sex for the first time, the three friends Enea, Carlo and Alex are finding a whole lot more than they were looking for. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Film Series: Rockin on Heaven’s Door
(South Korea 2013). Director: Nam Taek Soo. A singing idol learns to cope with his past and rediscovers music during community work at a hospice for terminally ill patients.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Kwaijan
(Japan 2007). Director: Masaki Kobayashi. This is an anthology horror film based on stories from Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folk tales.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Crash Reel
(USA 2013 ) Fifteen years of cinema verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, pushing one another to ever more dangerous tricks, until Kevin crashes on a Park City half-pipe, barely surviving. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: David Wants to Fly
(Germany 2010 ) In search of enlightenment young David follows his idol David Lynch and uncovers the billion-dollar industry behind Transcendental Meditation. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Horror of Malformed Men
(Japan 1969). Director: Teruo Ishii. This movie was actually banned in Japan for decades after its release. This is a sensitive topic for the Japanese because of the damage done to so many at the end of World War II.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living La Noche de las Cultura: Music: Yahal Kab
This is a really good group and well worth going to see. And of course, the setting is second to none!
Location: Merida Cathedral (Catedral de Mérida), Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: MMX – Map of Memories
Allowing your body to move wherever it will has the power to bring back and express the memories of a lifetime. Choreographer for this performance is Erika Torres.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Purgatorio: Viaje al corazón de la frontera (Journey to the Heart of the Frontier)
(Mexico 2013) Rodrigo Reyes’ riveting film is a provocative meditation that captures the brutal beauty of the U.S./ Mexico Border. Winner of the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary as well as the New Orleans Film Festival Jury Award. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Godfather III
(USA 1990) In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 31, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Maleficent
(United States 2014). Director: Robert Stromberg. Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley and many others. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. This MAY be in Spanish.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Spirited Away
(United States 2001). Director: Hayao Miyazaki. In this anime classic, in the the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and there is a bathhouse for these creatures.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: In the Company of Wolves
This is the moving, true story of a pack of wolves and the humans who raised them since they wee puppies. The myth of the ferocious carnivorous beast will dissipate before surprising facts and unforgettable scenes of romps, affection and tenderness.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Chamber Sundays: Recital of Classical Songs
This is another performance by Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida and Pianist Zuleika Disz. Everyone loves their work, so don’t miss a chance to hear them perform.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Japanese Horror Film: Kuroneko
(Japan 1968). Director: Kaneto Shindo. This movie is an adaptation of a supernatural folktale. During a civil war in Japan’s Heian period, the spirits of a woman and her daughter-in-law seek revenge after losing their lives in a brutal incident.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance Tribute: Border to Border
This is a performance by Yucatan’s Alfredo Cortes Aguilar Folkloric Ballet, under the direction of Raul Antonio Castillo Alfaro. It is a tribute to the cultural diversity between the Yucatan Peninsula and Baja California.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: The Artist
(France 2011) A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. This movie won various Academy Awards.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today so far.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Wildlife Photo Master Class
Dates: September 4 – 7, 2014 (with Brian Skerry; October 30 – November 2, 2014 (wqith Steve Winter), and December 11 – 14, 2014 (with Tim Laman). These instructors are three of the most well-known National Geographic photographers. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels step into the role of nature photo-journalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways. For More Information www.wildlifephotomasterclass.com

OSY Fall Season 2014Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 1: Friday, September 5, and Sunday, September 7
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featuring: Christopher Collins (violin), Irina Decheva (piano). Music includes: Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture “The Hebrides,” Op 26 and concert for violin, piano and strings, plus Maurice Ravel’s Suita “Mama la Oca” and Bolero.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 2: Friday, September 12, Sunday, September 14
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Featuring: Manuel Escalante (piano). In this program, the OSY will present their first CD playing each of the recorded works of the three most important Mexican composers: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, as well as the first orchestral recording of Metro Chabacano de Javier Alvarez, and the only Concert for Piano by Ricardo Castro.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s – September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets on sale now at Lizard Joes. $120 pesos advance purchase. $600 peso ticket and hotel packages available (includes 1 night stay at Las Garzas Hotel and 2 tickets to the show. Las Garzas is within walking distance of Lizard Joes). $150 pesos day of the event, if any tickets are still available. Stop in Lizard Joes or email lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com for information or tickets.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Program 3: Friday, September 26, Sunday, September 28
Guest Director: Michele Santorsola. Featuring: Davide Fanchin (French horn). Music includes works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday at 9:00 PM, Sunday at 12:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living ARTE a MANO AANY Expo – November 14, 15, & 16
This year’s exciting show represents over 70 masters of the finest in Yucatecan art and handcrafted treasures.
Location: CONACO, Av. Itzaes # 273 x 31 y 33, Three blocks from Clinica de Merida
Time: Preview on Nov. 14 at 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 7 PM
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race – November 23
This running event is open to the general public and is being held as a benefit for the Chelem Chapel. The course is approximately 14 miles long. Prizes have not yet been announced, but will be announced as the race draws near. Categories include: free, master, submaster, male and female veterans, and veterans plus wheel chair. There will also be additional events, such as 5K hikes, walks, etc., so there is something here for everyone. This event is under the direction of the Institute of Sport (IDEY).
Location: Chelem, Progreso, Yucatan (start and finish at the church)
Time: TBA
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. AANY is Artistas / Artisanos Nuevos de Yucatan A.C. , a legal Mexican non-profit run by both Yucatecan and foreign volunteers to identify, promote and market fine craft artists in the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Merida centro
Time: TBD
Admission: Tickets are on sale now. For information, email info [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

By Working Gringos

The following are classes that we have been told about, but schedules change, so please check with the business to confirm the dates and times!

Fitness and Dance

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Dance Classes at Expresion Libredanza
For More information, call Raul (999) 997-3251 or Anny (999) 125-0466 English speaking
Salsa Classes: Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: $300 MXP per month
Tango Classes: Tue., Th., & Fri.: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Expresion Libredanza, Calle 21 # 100 x 18 y 20, Chuburna
Admission: Salsa: $300 MXP per month, Tango: $450 MXP per month

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Yoga and Belly Dancing at Centro Viyra
Yoga Classes with the Kundalini or Iyengar method. Arabian dancing for students of any age who want to connect with their sensuality and femininity.
Yoga Classes
Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM and 7:00 PM to 8:30 P.M.
Tuesday and Thursday : 6:45 PM to 8:00 P.M.
Special Workshop: Saturday: 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Yoga for Pregnancy: Monday: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Yoga for Everybody
Every Monday Wednesday and Friday
Instructor: Raul Novelo
Requirements: Yoga mat and comfortable clothes
Location: LA 68 Casa de la Cultura Elena Poniatowska, Calle 68 #470-A x 55 y 57, Santiago, Centro
Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Admission: $35 pesos general, $20 pesos students
More information: 924-9540 or at www.la68.com

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Belly Dance Classes
Beginners Saturday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Location: Calle 20 # 101 x 21 y 25. Itzimná. For the park of Itzimná
Website: www.meridayoga.com
For More Information: Call Alejandra Cruz 9991-27-98-10
email: centrovirya [at] gmail [dot] com

Yoga Classes in Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Yoga Classes
This lovely colonial home in the Centro has regular yoga classes, as well as a small giftshop and a garden for deep breathing after class.
Location: Calle 15 # 210 x 24 y 26 in Garcia Gineres
Admission: Call 920-5361 for information
Website: semillayoga.com.mx
Call: Claudia Guerrero: 920-5361 for more information

Other Classes

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Dog Training
Now available to all pet owners and available in English. The dog training programs are offered through K9 Edu (9999-56-97-81) for a minimal charge. Part of the proceeds are donated to Evolucion to help with the care and feeding of its 150 plus canine and feline residents. Call Mario Forestieri at K9 Edu for rates. The Sunday group classes cover the basics of dog handling, from, wearing a leash and collar, to walking with a leash, correcting basic behavioral problems, and basic obedience.
Location: Evolución Animal Shelter
Time: Three 1-hour sessions: 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM, Sundays
Cost: $40 pesos each, by reservation only due to limited space in each class

There are various cultural centers and schools that offer classes that may be of interest to our readers. The schedules are more than we can reproduce here. Instead, we will provide the websites where the schedules can be found, with brief explanations of the offerings.

Maya Language Schools - There are three official Maya Language schools in Merida and one in Felipe Carrillo Puerto in Quintana Roo. This page provides the names and addresses of each school with a brief description. These schools teach classes in schedules that only accept students at the beginning of the semester. We suggest that you visit the school you are interested in attending to determine the best schedule for you.

Merida Cultural Centers – Merida also has six cultural centers, many of which hold classes in everything from art to tai chi, dance, folklore, guitar, aerobics and more. From the linked page, click on "Centros Culturales". The six centers each have their own page, with contact information. Again, we suggest that you visit the center to learn about their latest schedule of classes and to enroll in a class that interests you.

The Ayuntamiento also has cultural center where they teach classes such as bakery, beauty, sewing, handcrafts and more. They have many options for children. Classes usually starts as school begins, so look for more information here: http://www.merida.gob.mx/capitalcultural/

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If you know of another ongoing class that you think our readers would be interested in, please send the information to info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com or add it in a Comment below. Thank you!

 

For information on This Week’s One-Time Events in Merida
please check our Weekly Events Calendar

By Working Gringos

Type: American
Name: Tony Roma’s
Neighborhood: North on Periferico
Telephone: 999-287-7311
Address: Calle 32, Avenida Garcia Lavin, Anillo Periferico, North Merida
How to Get There from the Centro: Go north on Paseo Montejo and continue as it turns into Prolongación. At Avenida Villas la Hacienda, turn right (there is a 7-11 on the near right corner). Go until you get to the glorietta at el Pocito (the little Well, which is in the middle of the roundabout), turn right and continue until you get to the Periferico. There you will find City Center, and Tony Roma’s is in the City Center.
Air Conditioned: Yes
Outdoors: Yes
Drinks: Full bar
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday: 1 PM to 12 AM. Thursday throgh Saturday: 1 PM to 2 AM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyromasmerida?ref=ts&fref=ts

Website: www.tonyromas.com/merida

By Working Gringos

Name of Applicant: Pauline van Rijckevorsel

Email Address: vr [dot] pauline [at] gmail [dot] com
Skype: pauline.vr
Linkedin: Pauline van Rijckevorsel

Type of Work Desired: Event management/ stage manager (wedding, birthday, festival etc.), tourism, dressmaker (fashion designer) or French teacher

Job Location Desired: Mérida, Yucatán

Professional Experience:

Ø Event Management assistant
Ø Six Sens, Wedding Planner & Wedding Designer (Mérida, Yucatan)
Ø Proud Cabaret (London, England)
Ø Verhulst Events & Partners (Brussels, Belgium)
Ø Vacances pour tous asbl, Costume designer and organization of “Fashion Show” (Wilde Gallery, Brussels/Belgium)
Ø Unviversity of Davis (UCD), Costume designer and organization of « Fashion Show » (California/USA)

Qualification:
Bachelor of Costume Design Academy – Artesis Hogeschool (Antwerpen/Belgium)
International Tourism Certification IATA – International Air Transport Association (Foundation Brussels/Belgium)
Bachelor in Event Management – Institut Supérieur Européen Charles Péguy (Louvain-la-Neuve/Belgium)
License: B

Language Knowledge: French–native; English–proficient; Spanish– fluent; Dutch-intermediate.

By Working Gringos

Job Wanted: English teacher
Name of Applicant: Danny Blackwell
Email Address: monoyamono [at] gmail [dot] com
Type of Work Desired: English teacher (TEFL certified). Musician (rock and pop covers in English & Spanish).
Job Location Desired: Merida or Playa del Carmen.
Resume or Qualification Description: English teacher with over ten years experience in Spain and Japan, currently available for work in Mexico.

By Khaki Scott

El Niño: Could We Still Have a Hurricane?

Hurricane Season in Yucatan Mexico The arrival of an El Niño usually slows the formation of hurricanes. However, weather experts at UADY warn us not to let down our guard quite yet. They are still predicting a total of eleven significant weather events for this 2014 hurricane season and remind us that it still only takes one to cause a hurricane disaster. Since they warn that we can still have a hurricane that is a Category Three or higher, please make certain that you and your neighbors are prepared.

Migrants Fund Breast Cancer Clinic in Conkal

Everyone wonders what happens to all of that money sent home by migrant workers in the United States. There are several different programs that provide matching funds if migrants send their money home in groups. One is the 3 x 1 Program, in which the Federal Government provides 50% of the funds for a special project and the rest is divided between migrants and the municipality. Migrants from Caucel have banded together and, by using the 3 x 1 program, have now funded a state-of-the-art Breast Cancer Clinic. The clinic will be the first of its kind in Southeastern Mexico and will be located in San Pedro Nohpat, Conkal. Services provided will include: pathology, endoscopy, ultrasound, mammogram, x-rays, four clinics for care and prevention, a waiting room, health services and a general administrative area. The clinic will be affiliated with O’Horan Hospital. More than 1,000 women will initially benefit from the building of this clinic.

Official NBA Game to be Played in Mexico (November 12)

NBA Official Game in Mexico Its official! The Minnesota Timberwolves vs. the Houston Rockets will be played on November 12, 2014, in Mexico City. This is the first NBA game to be held in Mexico. One was planned in 2013 but, after an explosion at the campus light plant an hour before game time, the game was canceled. Not to worry, however, because this game is on and everyone will be watching! Considering the significant numbers of expats in Yucatan from Minnesota and Texas, local sports bars should be standing room only by game time. May the best team win!

Economic Program in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Come to the Center and Win: Program On Again for 2014

During the months of November and December, raffle tickets will be issued with shopping receipts. During that time, there will be great holiday sales and two raffles, ultimately giving away two brand new automobiles. Last year, 362 prizes were given away and this year it looks as if everyone is ready to make those purchases and rack up their free tickets. One perk for this year is that even receipts for less than $100 pesos will still earn tickets, so do make plans to shop in Merida’s Centro during November and December!

Growth Brings Political Change

How fast is Merida growing? From July 1, 2012, until now, the City of Merida alone has registered 15,339 new voters. This is primarily due to the growth in Ciudad Caucel and in the Comisaria de Opichen. This has created almost 50 new polling districts and rapid increases in the need for local police. Growth in these two areas, along with growth in outlying cities and towns, is changing the political geography of Yucatan. Since the people of Yucatan take an active role in local government, look for interesting changes throughout the state in the future.

Mexicans Join International Lawsuit Against Facebook

Over 300 Mexicans have joined tens of thousands of others from across Europe and Latin America to stop Facebook from participating in the United States-based program of, what they term ‘mass espionage’. In effect, they claim, the United States, through Facebook, is legally free to violate the privacy of its own citizens, but not to violate the privacy of the citizens of other countries. The American program is called Prism and has been in place since 2010. This lawsuit, based in the courts of Vienna, follows a similar lawsuit that was filed in Ireland a year ago. Those bringing this lawsuit are asking only minimal damages per person since the goal is to stop Facebook from participating in this program.

Robbery on a Bus

A week ago last Thursday, two young men boarded a bus and robbed the driver, using a pair of scissors to threaten him with. During the robbery, they hit the driver in the face. The entire incident lasted less than three minutes. What the young men did not know was that buses in Yucatan now have closed circuit video recorders. The videos were leaked to social media. By Wednesday night, these two young men were in night court, standing before a judge. Crime does happen in Yucatan, but the modern, well-trained police are more than capable of handling it and the court system is quick to respond. We suspect that it will be a long time before anyone attempts so foolish a crime as this again.

Recycle For Your Well-Being

Recycle Programs in Yucatan Mexico Two years ago, Merida held a recycling event that went on for a number of weeks. If people turned in old tire rims, tires, batteries, and used cooking oil, they received vouchers for food and basic consumer goods. This was a very successful program and came during dengue fever season, so it was doubly powerful as a community health project. Now, this program is being repeated, beginning August 16. Additional dates will be announced. This program is being extended to the entire City of Merida, as well as nine municipalities. It is estimated that Merida alone discards 322 old tires per day, and cleaning those up represents a whole lot of mosquito breeding relief. Keep an eye out for announcements of recycling locations in your area, as well as for trucks that may be coming to pick up recyclable materials.

First 2014 Dengue Death in Yucatan

The first dengue fever death in Yucatan for this year has brought the number, for the entire country of Mexico, to eight. Although there were no deaths from dengue fever in Yucatan during the same period last year, there were a total of 33 deaths in the country. In 2013, there were 685 cases of dengue fever in Yucatan at this point in the year, and that number has been reduced to 553 cases. Statistically (per 100K population), Yucatan is in third place for dengue fever numbers, behind Colima and Sinaloa. In total number of cases, Yucatan is in seventh place, behind Sinaloa, Guerrero, Chiapas, Nuevo Leon, Veracruz and Oaxaca. Please close your screens, as well as windows and doors, if possible. Remember that mosquitoes look for a cool place to hide from the heat of the day and the inside of your house just might fit the bill. In addition, stick to the clean patios program and make sure there is no standing water available for breeding. See a doctor immediately if you feel unwell. Better safe than sorry!

Programs for the Hearing-Impaired at the Zoo

Sign Language in Yucatan Mexico Parque Zoologico del Centenario joined the Integrazoo Program in December, 2013. Since then, the program has continued to grow and expand. Today, guided tours are available with explanations in sign language, and hearing-impaired youngsters from outlying municipalities just finished their very first guided tours at the zoo. Beginning with just one signing guide, this program has resulted in eight more guides being trained in sign language. What a wonderful way to include these bright young people in the experience of a zoo like Centenario.

New Website for History Teachers: Maya at Mexicolore

While a good bit of the Maya at Mexicolore website is devoted to their in-class presentations in schools in England, the body of this wonderful work is now making its way around the world via savvy history teachers who recognize the enormous historical and cultural value of studying 4,000 years of Mayan history. The site is very well written, with plenty of resources available for downloading. You will also find details on the History of Chocolate, The MesoAmerican, Ritual Ballgame, the Mayan calendar, and loads of great links to even more information about the Maya. This is real history, about real people – who they were and who they are today. We even spied some authentic Mayan design motifs and feel a spate of handicrafts coming on. We hope everyone, not just teachers and students, enjoys Maya at Mexicolore as much as we did, and that you will share it with as many others as possible.

By Working Gringos

Name: Heather Patenaude

Email address: Heather [dot] Patenaude [at] gmail [dot] com
Telephone: (1-902-266-4172) – Canada
Job Wanted: Teaching English as a Second language – any ages but preference is older/adult students
Job Location: Merida but would consider Tulum or Playa del Carmen area as well

Resume and diplomas upon request.

From Heather:

Are you looking to hire a TESL/TESOL/TEFL certified teacher for the winter term? I am a Canadian who taught in San Louis Potosi last winter am now looking for a teaching contract for this coming winter season. I still have my work permit for Mexico so this would be helpful to ease the process. I spent some time private tutoring in the Colonial district as well as along the pacific coast. I have also taught in China and Quebec. I am now interested in working in the Yucatan area and have heard that historic Merida is a great city and I would like to teach to any level of enthusiastic students with a keen interest to learn English and learn a bit about Canadian/North American culture.

I am ideally looking for a Jan – March contract but could start as early as December if that was of interest to you.

Please let me know if you are interested. I look forward to hearing from you c/o Yucatan Living.

Kind regards,
Heather Patenaude

By Working Gringos

Type: French Bakery
Name: Escargot
Neighborhood: Centro
Telephone: 999-362-0711
Address: Calle 58 x 57 and 59
How to Get There from the Centro: You are already there!
AirConditioned: No
Outdoors: No
Drinks: Coffees and Chocolates
Hours: Monday though Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Closed on Sunday
Facebook: Facebook Page
Notes: We are a little puzzled about why you would name a bakery after a snail, but we have heard nothing but good things about this bakery. Let us know what you think!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 18, 2014

Yucatan Living One more weeks of Summer Vacation
School begins again on Monday, August 25, but still look for plenty of beach and water action along the coast of Yucatan, and don’t forget that the mood (and visitors) will be on their way to and from the beaches for at least two weeks after school begins.

In The City

Monday (Lunes) August 18, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today.

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Los Tres Yucatecos
This trova trio has a long history of representing Yucatan’s signature style of music. They have always been popular with audiences.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Gerhard Richter – Painting
(Germany 2011) A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living
Film Series: Greek Legends and Surrealism: Goya’s Ghosts: Goya and the Inquisition

(Spain & U.S.A., 2006). Director: Milos Forman. Starring Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman. In 1792, Goya was the country’s most famous painter. Scandal erupts when his teenage muse is accused of heresy by a monk who is a senior member of the Inquisition.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Contemporary Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: ….Y si la edad no fuera verdad?……
This is an interesting concept. Watch as the members of the Alsurdanza Contemporary Dance Company adapt the dance moves of young dancers to fit the abilities of mature (older) dancers, while still retaining an air of fun and cooperation.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Tales of Horror From Japan
This movie begins a film series of tales of horror from Japan.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Los Romanticos
This group is under the direction of Josue Burgos.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Narco Cultura in MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Narco Cultura
(Mexico 2013) To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) August 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Come Back To Life
(Mexico 2010) The love story between a top model from New York, a Mexican scuba diver and a shark.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie:02 Anime Films: X, The Movie
(Japan 1996). Director: Rintaro. Category: Animation, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Drama.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Japanese Movies in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Onibaba
(Japan 1964) a 1964 Japanese historical drama horror film. It was written and directed by Kaneto Shindo. The film is set during a civil war in the fourteenth century. Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura play two women who kill soldiers to steal their possessions. This movie is part of a film series of tales of horror from Japan.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Documentarie in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: David Wants to Fly
(Germany 2013) In search of enlightenment, young David follows his idol David Lynch and uncovers the billion-dollar industry behind Transcendental Meditation.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) August 22 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Great Beauty
(Italy 2013) Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Film Series: 02 Anime Films: Ping Pong
(United Kingdom 2002). Director: Fumihiko Sori. The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. “Peco” Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy childhood friend “Smile” Tsukimoto. Smile frustrates his coach and rivals, who recognize his talent for the game since it is just a game to him.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Horror Films in YucatanYucatan Living Movie: Jigoku (aka Hell or The Sinners of Hell)
(Japan, 1960 or 1970) Jigoku is notable for separating itself from other Japanese horror films of the era such as Kwaidan or Onibaba due to its graphic imagery of torment in Hell. This movie is part of the series of tales of horror from Japan.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Theater: Las pequeñas batallas (Small Battles )
The author of this play is Oscar Palacios. Director: Miguel Carrillo, Performance by: the Elenco Theater Company. Although this performance is in Spanish, it touches on a nearly universal subject: the relationship between a grandfather and his grandson. It highlights family values and the fact that “Family comes first.” The Elenco Theater Company is the National Theater Company of Mexico and this play has already traveled an international circuit.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: General: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ballad of The Little Soldier
(Germany 1984 ) In the spring of 1984, Herzog travels to the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, near the river Coco, photographer and journalist Denis Reichle, to tell the story of an army of child soldiers who have given up children to prepare for only war. For several weeks following the training of the Miskito Indians. Allied first with the Sandinistas to overthrow Somoza, now rebel against the Sandinista government and are trained by a former member of the Somoza National Guard.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Millenium Actress
(Japan 2001) A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching For Sugarman
(Sweaden 2012 ) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Break Dance Contest in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living VII “El Invencible” Regional Break Dance Contest
This annual event has grown to the point at whch it now brings together urban dance contestants, both individuals and groups, from all areas of Mexico. They compete in individual and collective choreography and creativity. Finals in three categories, including Hip Hop Choreography, will be taking place this afternoon.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Red Dress Run
Merida joins the ranks of clubs around the world who partake in the “sartorial” Red Dress Run — for fun and for a good cause! Check out the photos from last week RDR in New Orleans for some fashion tips, and some fashion boo-boos! The run donations will go to two local charities: the elderly home in Santiago and Evolución Animal Shelter.
It also would be appreciated if folks can bring canned goods or dry foods. They will collect these and deliver them to the Santiago home, where they are really appreciative of any donations.
Location: Calle 53 no. 476a x 52 y 54 (across from the Post Office)
Time: Arrival at 5:30 PM, Saturday. Leaving at 6:00 PM Sharp!
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Film Series: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
(Japan 2005) Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Tetsuya Nomura. Advent Children takes place two years after the events of the original game and focuses on the appearance of a trio that kidnaps children infected with an unknown disease. Former Final Fantasy VII hero Cloud Strife goes to rescue the children while suffering from the same disease.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Marebito
This movie is part of a series of tales of horror from Japan.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company
This amazingly accomplished dance company is one you must see! It is under the direction of Samuel and Abraham Espinosa Pat.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living La Noche de las Cultura: Dance: Belly Dance
This is a performance by the Padme Dance Company.
Location: Merida Cathedral (Catedral de Mérida), Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Theater in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Theater: Las pequeñas batallas (Small Battles )
The author of this play is Oscar Palacios. Director: Miguel Carrillo, Performance by: the Elenco Theater Company. Although this performance is in Spanish, it touches on a nearly universal subject: the relationship between a grandfather and his grandson. It highlights family values and the fact that “Family comes first.” The Elenco Theater Company is the National Theater Company of Mexico and this play has already traveled an international circuit.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Narco Cultura
(Mexico 2013)To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Godfather II
(USA 1974) The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Film Series: Princess Mononoke
(Japan 1997) Director: Hayao Miasaki. Princess Mononoke is a period drama set in the late Muromachi period (approximately 1337 to 1573) of Japan, but with fantasy elements. The story follows the young Emishi warrior Ashitaka’s involvement in a struggle between forest gods and the humans who consume its resources.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 and 2:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary: The New Chimpanzees
You are invited to observe the behavior of the new chimpanzees of Equatorial Africa. This is the species suggested by Darwin as the link between apes and man.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VII “El Invencible” Regional Break Dance Contest
This annual event has grown to the point at whch it now brings together urban dance contestants, both individuals and groups, from all areas of Mexico. They compete in individual and collective choreography and creativity. Finals in three categories, including 7 to Smoke and Crew vs. Crew, will be taking place this afternoon.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Chamber Sundays: Recital of Classical Songs
This is a performance by Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida, accompanied by Pianist Zuleika Diaz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Marebito
This movie is part of a series of tales of horror from Japan.
Location: National Cinematheque Barbachano Manuel Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Let The Right One In
(Sweden 2008) Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) August 25, 2014

Yucatan Living School Begins Today

Ligia Camara Music SchoolYucatan Living Ligia Camara School of Music Opens Today!
Yucatan lost this jazz, blues and trova icon not long ago, but she will forever be part of the musical heart of the people of the entire state and far beyond. This school is going to be wonderful, especially with the quality of the teaching staff. Can you imagine being taught by the likes of Fernando Leal, Aaron Cu Fernandez or Edwin Schirp Magana? If you are interested in classes, do stop by what is soon to become one of the best music schools in all of Latin America! Disciplines initially taught at the Ligia Camara School of Music include: acoustic and electric piano, classical and trova guitar, and all levels of classical violin.
Address: Calle 61 # 614 entre 78 x 80, Col. Centro
Registration: Free for children (age 7 and older) and for adults of any age.
Cost Per Class: $100 pesos per class, with two classes required per week.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

Yucatan Living Wildlife Photo Master Class Beginning in September
Dates: September 4 – 7, 2014 (with Brian Skerry; October 30 – Noveber 2, 2014 (wqith Steve Winter), and December 11 – 14, 2014 (with Tim Laman). These instructors are three of the most well-known National Geographic photographers. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels step into the role of nature photo-journalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways. The “Wildlife Photo MasterClass” Package Includes:
• Three-nights accommodation in an exclusive Luxury Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba
• One-on-one guidance and review from professional photographers on composition, lighting, metering, equipment and how to Achieve the “wow factor”
• Welcome conference, photography workshops and closing lecture where students can showcase Their Work from the weekend
• Daily waterborne and walking excursions and waterways through the mangrove jungles of Mayakoba
• Excursions to nearby reserves heritage sites and providing opportunity to photograph the iconic ‘Mot-Mot’ bird as well as Mayan ruins
• Welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres , daily breakfast, a lunch and dinner for two at Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s award-winning restaurants
• Gift certificate from Bayan Tree Mayakoba Gallery 20% discount on all Spa Banyan Tree Mayakoba services
Location: Mayakoba Resort in Riviera Maya, 40 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen.
Price: Packages start at $2,499 for three nights, which includes taxes and fees. Rate is per villa and based on double occupancy. A minimum stay of three nights is required. Reservations are extremely limited. For More Information www.wildlifephotomasterclass.com

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball: Saturday, October 18
This is the annual ANNY fundraiser. AANY is Artistas / Artisanos Nuevos de Yucatan A.C. , a legal Mexican non-profit run by both Yucatecan and foreign volunteers to identify, promote and market fine craft artists in the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Merida centro
Time: TBD
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By Working Gringos

Our Introduction to Merida

In late 2001, we felt rather like pioneers moving to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, considering it was a place we had not heard of two months earlier. There did not seem to be a lot of gringos here, and within months we were pretty sure we had met most of them. Most of the extranjero crowd lived in or near the centro. It seems that most of us who moved here then had come looking for authenticity and historical context… something other than drywall, machine-made-everything McMansions. We were attracted to the history on every block, and the intensity of life mixedThe streets of Santa Lucia with the tranquilo lifestyle we found in the heart of Merida. And just as importantly, we loved how inexpensive these old houses were. We came from a place where a handmade stone wall would cost much more than we could afford to a place where handmade stone walls were de rigeur. We had lived in Central California where stone floors cost a fortune and moved to Southern Mexico where stone and tiled floors were commonplace. We knew about the newer houses in "the north", but we were not interested; if we had wanted a house like that, we would have stayed home.

Years later, we still love the mixed-up, noisy, something-always-going-on life in the centro, though we can confess to understanding why some people appreciate the suburbs. Colonials are not as cheap as they used to be, at least not in the more traditionally-desirable neighborhoods. Building practices and architectural design for new and renovated homes have improved over seven years, and services and conveniences have been growing by leaps and bounds in every corner of the city. Today, we’re pretty sure we could find something to love about almost every neighborhood in Merida, along the beach or out in the countryside.

We made the decision to move to Merida over a weekend. We had seen some houses for sale on the one real estate website that was in English (Mitch’s Propiedades Pyramides, now reincarnated as Mexico International), fallen in love with the colonial architecture and mosaico tiles, and traveled down to explore. We spent one day with Jennifer Lytle, who worked for Mitch at the time, and now owns Tierra Yucatan, saw sixteen houses, picked two (one for our home, and one for our office), thought about it for one night, and dove right in. That was November, and by February, we had sold our house in California, loaded all our worldly goods onto a moving van, driven across the Southwestern USA and most of Mexico, and arrived at our newly-renovated old colonial home in Merida. Such Panadero on Calle 49was our state of mind and sense of adventure that we did not even know the neighborhood we had bought into.

Luckily, it turns out that Jen was looking out for us and the Fates were on our side. We considered ourselves fortunate that we had bought a house and an office in the lovely colonia of Santa Ana. These days, most buyers of real estate in Merida are not so cavalier, and they want to know more about the neighborhood where their new house is located.

So we set out to explore and research the different neighborhoods of Merida for our readers, to add to what we knew about each one after living here. We cannot talk about ALL the neighborhoods, because Merida is a city of over a million people and expanding daily. There are still some neighborhoods where you would be hard pressed to find an English-speaking resident. So we are going to concentrate on the more popular neighborhoods for extranjeros, which is a lot! Beyond the area popularly known as ‘Gringo Gulch’ (Santa Ana and Santiago), extranjero residents of Merida are spread far and wide, though still with a tendency to Skatepark in ALemanconcentrate in the centro historico.

What Is A Colonia?

First, a few explanations. Neighborhoods in the centro are the old neighborhoods, and called colonias or barrios. Most colonias are anchored by a church, whose name is usually shared by the neighborhood. The boundaries are fluid and there are no boundary police as far as we know. If you are halfway between Santa Ana church and Santiago church, for example, you can claim either one and no one will argue with you. Farther outside of the centro, you can always tell where you are by reading the street signs. Below the "Calle 25" on the left will always be the name of the colonia or fraccionamiento. Neighborhoods farther from the centro may be called fraccionamientos. It means "division" or "housing development" and usually indicates a planned community. But fraccionamiento also seems to imply a middle-class area, so the upscale areas of La Ceiba or Temozon Norte are not referred to usually as fraccionamientos, even if they were originally planned communities.

Quiet afternoon walk in the Plaza Grande of Merida Yucatan

Plaza Grande

Zocalo is a generic term for the buildings surrounding a central plaza. The term is used by Mexicans to mean THE Zocalo in D.F., but sometimes it is also used by those who are not native to Merida, to indicate the Plaza Grande. The Plaza Grande marks the center of the center, the very centro of the centro historico of Merida. Bounded on four sides by buildings which include the Catedral San Idelfonso, the Governor’s Palace, Casa Montejo (now inhabited by a modern conquistador, Banamex), the MACAY museum, the Olimpo (a cultural center that houses gallery space, a movie theatre and the Planetarium) and the Ayuntamiento (City Hall), the Plaza Grande is a lovely park where people come to meet, sit, get their shoes shined, protest, sell, buy, read the paper, sing, dance, chase the pigeons or just watch the world go by. There are also newstands, coffee Santa Lucia at Nightshops, a Dante bookstore, a hostel, a few places to buy fresh juice and various and sundry other retail establishments.

Santa Lucia

The closest colonia to the Plaza Grande in the centro historico of Merida is Santa Lucia. The colonia itself is small and used to be mostly filled with businesses. That has changed in the last few years, and more and more expats are calling Santa Lucia home. Santa Lucia’s importance in the cultural life of the city is large. The salmon-colored Santa Lucia church is on the corner of Calle 60 and Calle 55, just three blocks north of the Plaza Grande. Across from the church is a small park where music and dancing events are held under the watchful eyes of the sculpted heads of famous Yucateco musicians, and where artisans booths are set up on Sundays and other special occasions.

Now, of course, the Santa Lucia park has become incredibly popular. Anchored by the La Tratto Santa Lucia restaurant (owned by the same family that owns Trotter’s and Pancho’s), the park also boasts the very popular Oaxacan restaurant Apaola, the Ki’Xocolatl chocolate shop, and so much more. Right across the street is also the ever-popular Chaya Maya restaurant, and there is even a French bakery, Escargot, nearby. It used to be difficult to frequent downtown restaurants if you lived elsewhere, but Santa Lucia now has a very spacious parking lot behind it, making it a favored downtown destination for people living in North Merida. In fact, Santa Lucia is becoming SO hip, a renovated house in the area was recently featured in the New York Times in their Great Homes and Destinations section.

The fountain in the center of Santiago ParkSantiago

One of the oldest colonias in Merida, the Santiago district is to the west and north of Plaza Grande. The church, founded in 1637, was once much grander; now little remains of the original structure other than the modest sanctuary with a baroque statue of Santiago and the dated inscription above the entry. The front of the church and the main nave, supported by buttresses, not necessarily flying, was built in the 19th century. There is a park in front of the church and a market next to the church, with fruits and vegetables, meats, and a good flower selection. There are also a host of excellent cocina economicas, sundries stores and an ice cream store. There is also a children’s playground in the park, a beautiful water fountain surrounded by shade trees, and a large concrete area used at various times for skateboarding, big band music (every Tuesday night!), dancing, fairs and temporary markets. Surrounding the park you can find a grocery store, a drugstore, a movie theatre and a branch of Mexico’s pawn shop chain, Nacional Monte de Piedad. Behind the church are a number of hardware stores, paint stores, a bicycle store and Flor de Santiago, a bakery, a milk store, a cafe and restaurant. And on the other side of Calle 59 are two large schools, one public and one private, in beautiful buildings both built during the Porfirio Era (early 1900s).

Originally (350-400 years ago), Santiago was the area relegated to the indigenous indios and artisans. Due to its close proximity to the central square, Santiago was one of the first areas to expand in population. It quickly became the shopping area for residents of San Sebastian, Ermita and other areas who wanted to avoid the downtown. Famous figures hailing from Santiago include Manuel Cepada Peraza (a governor of Yucatan in the Quinta Aleman once upon a time1860′s), composer Guadalupe Trigo, Crescencio Carrillo y Ancona (a bishop of Yucatan who grew up in Santiago) and the educator/writer/reporter Rodolfo Menéndez de la Peña who died in Santiago in 1928.

Our friend Miguel Faller tells us that Santiago was once the German district, with the building on the corner once known as Quinta Los Alemanes. Santiago was the nicest place to live in Merida, before Paseo de Montejo was built around the turn of the century (1900), and Calle 59 was the main formal entrance into Merida after Porfirio Diaz built the Centenario Zoo and Parque de La Paz. It is still the main road if you come from the airport, and all of Calle 59 was renovated in 2013 so that it makes a beautiful entrance into the city. The Germans owned three or four big hardware stores (Faller’s grandfather was one of them) in the Santiago district, all of which did their main trade with the haciendas. The diesel engines that powered the hacienda plants came from Germany in the late 1800′s, so hardware was a natural business for the Germans to expand into in the early 1900′s.

Cine in SantiagoIn 1914, Santiago got its movie theatre, then called La Frontera, which also had a hotel and was also located on the west side of the park. That building eventually became the supermarket that is there today. Another theatre, called the Salon, was built in 1915 on the north side of the park. It was later called the Apolo, and presented zarzuelas (Spanish musical theatre) and operettas, as well as films. In 1922, it was renamed the Cinema Rivoli and today it is called the Cines Hollywood. After some remodeling of the plaza between 1982 and 1984, the park began the tradition of holding Remembranzas Musicales every Tuesday night. This event brings residents and tourists together to dance the cha-cha, the mambo, salsa and other Latin dances to live, Big Band music under the stars. Santa Ana Church

For extranjeros, Santiago is one of the most desirable downtown neighborhoods and there are many American and Canadian-owned renovated colonial homes in this area.

Santa Ana

The beautiful little church of Santa Ana, which faces Calle 60 at Calle 45, was founded in the 1500s and rebuilt in the 1700s. During those times, it served the northenmost barrio of colonial Merida with a large population of indigenous Mayans and mulattos. The church is built on a raised platform, probably a former Maya temple platform, and is easily identified by its pyramidal spires. Santa Ana was said to be the city’s farm, as it was the site of plantations that grew food for the city. In a historical document from 1834, Juan Federico Maximiliano Waldeck noted that Merida had 37,801 inhabitants and 3,984 of them were living in Santa Ana.

While Santa Lucia was the site of the first cemetery in Merida, it was soon moved to Santa Ana where it existed until the 1880′s when it was moved to its current location in San Sebastian. The impetus for moving the cemetery was the construction of Paseo de Montejo by a group of engineers headed up by Rafael Quintero, the engineer responsible for paving the streets of Merida. Once this work started, Santa Ana became a more El Pinardesirable district and the former residents were forced out to other, probably more southern, parts of the city. Santa Ana eventually extended as far north as the Quinta San Fernando, a large country estate owned by the Peón family, and Quinta San Jacinto, both torn down to build the Hyatt and the Fiesta Americana. (Other large estates also were located there, one of which, El Pinar, still stands today in all its pink glory, across from the Hyatt on Calle 60).

Today, the area around Parque Santa Ana is a burgeoning art district, with several galleries and museums. There are also hotels, a few restaurants, a gas station, convenience stores, hardware stores, paint stores, and a frame shop. Banks line Paseo de Montejo in that district, along with more restaurants, the old Archaeological Museum and a handful of mansions dating back from more prosperous times during the henequen boom. Santa Ana also has a small market with a few vegetable stalls and butchers, and a popular group of cocinas serving all the traditional Yucatecan foods and fresh juice. There are now also tourist shops along Calle 47, catering to the tourists that wander between the Plaza Grande area and the Paseo, and who gather at the end of the Paseo (on Calle 47, known as the Remate) for Saturday night Noches Mexicanas to enjoy the live music and shopping in the stands set up for the night (known as puestos). The cocinas are a popular place for early morning meals and the whole area is usually well attended on any morning, sometimes serenaded by local musicians hoping to earn a few pesos.Santa Ana park

Santa Ana is also a highly desirable section of town for extranjeros, and the part of it roughly between Calles 60 and 66, and Calles 45 and 55, is known unofficially as ‘Gringo Gulch’. The Working Gringos’ first house, Casa del Panadero, was in the heart of Gringo Gulch… but they do not live there anymore. Perhaps a plaque should be installed? “The Working Gringos Slept Here”.

San Sebastian and Ermita

Expats who live in this area jokingly refer to this part of town as SOME (pronounced Soh-may), which stands for South Merida, because we are south of the zocalo. In the early 20th Century, San Sebastian was known as the Barrio Bravo, a dangerous area where young men fought amongst themselves and with groups from other barrios, especially neighboring Ermita. Between 1900 and 1920, when the rest of the city was swimming in money and building homes whose grandeur is legendary to this day, this area was experiencing a guerra de barrios (war of the neighborhoods) and guerra de esquinas (war of the corners). Men and boys would form gangs that took the names of the corners where they would gather to recount their deeds and plan their next fights. The men of the Barrio Bravo were known for their pugilistic skills, to the point where confrontations became almost institutionalized, with rules for who could fight whom, based on the weight and skill of the participants. The fights eventually were fought San Sebastiancleanly and became a locally-attended sport.

In colonial times, San Sebastian was part of an area given by the senior Francisco de Montejo to his son, who organized the indigenous Mayas from the areas where he wanted to build his estates, and moved them all into the area now known as San Sebastian. For hundreds of years, this was the area where the disenfranchised local Mayans and lower class immigrants lived. When Yucatan Governor Lucas de Galvez (after whom the central mercado in Merida is named) was killed in 1792, it was generally believed that the killer came from San Sebastian. For the longest time, only the poor lived here, "passing their days outside the city walls, living in homes of stone and straw, or in the dark and dusty streets and plazas", as it was effectively abandoned by the city in regard to improvements. Before the building of Calle 59, the de facto entrance to Merida on the south and west was up Calle 81 and Calle 66, through San Sebastian and Ermita. That was the route taken by Salvador Alvarado when he marched from Mexico City to bring the Mexican Revolution to Merida. (Just a little historical note: the name Yucatecans have for people who move here from Mexico City is huaches, which is said to be the sound made by the boots of the men in Salvador Alvarado’s Army who marched from Mexico City into Merida to bring the Revolution to the Yucatan).

On the western border of San Sebastian is the ex-Rastro, Merida’s original meat-packing district, where the butchers, also known for their brawn and testosterone, lived and worked. The ex-Rastro now has a large sports park for baseball, soccer and walking, located just behind the Chedraui supermarket that faces Avenida Itzaes.

Ermita ChurchDespite the fact that their gangs were at odds, Ermita has always been considered a part of San Sebastian. The Ermita Church was originally built in the 1700′s and was a wayfarer’s shrine, dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje (Our Lady of the Good Journey… Merida’s local equivalent of Saint Christopher). Ermita was the last place to say your prayers before you set out on the dangerous trip to Campeche in the west. The lovely little church is still surrounded on two sides by a botanical garden with very old fig trees, dripping with roots and vines. The garden is inhabited by ghosts (we like to believe…) and dotted with signs describing Maya and colonial sculptures no longer in attendance. With its multi-level pathways and artificial waterfall (often empty), it is a favorite place for residents to walk and wander… and here’s something unusual for a park in Merida: they don’t seem to mind if you bring your dogs.

For the last few years, San Sebastian and Ermita are seeing a revival among expatriates, as these areas have been the target of much beautification by the city of Merida. The stunning church in San Sebastian still stands, flanked on two sides by a shady park and a sports area with a large fenced field for baseball and soccer, as well as a much-used basketball court and a brand new ‘exercise’ court. On the Calle 75 side of the church are government offices that used to be a police station. It is said that the metal fence surrounding the courtyard was built with the muzzles of rifles repurposed after the Mexican Revolution (check it out for yourself next time you’re there…). Extranjeros are moving into the area, attracted by the large plots of land available for lower Guns into Fencesprices than similar ones uptown in Santa Ana or Santiago, as well as for the authentic neighborhood feel. The park in front of Ermita’s church was also renovated a few years ago with a new playground, Wi-Fi connections and computer docking stations. The streets around Ermita have been reset and repaved with the original bricks.

San Sebastian boasts a food market, with fruit and vegetable stalls, butchers and cocinas economicas on both sides of Calle 70, where dining on Yucatecan food under the stars is a local pasttime. These particular restaurants are very popular with local Meridanos from other parts of the city and are quite busy on weekend nights. There are public and private schools around the park, an Extra convenience store and one of Merida’s favorite antique stores at the corner of Calle 72 and Calle 75. San Sebastian is known for its fairs, and throughout much of the year, booths with penny arcades are set up around the park, sometimes joined by ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds. The first two weeks of August are especially busy here, when it seems like half of Merida comes down to enjoy San Sebastian’s famous fería, complete with voladores (homemade bottle rockets), papier maché bulls and music.

Centenario

The area around and behind the Parque Centenario Zoo is called Centenario, but was once called the Barrio de Santa Catarina and was a part of Santiago. This is the area where the Penitentiary was built in 1895 and the Zoo Entrancefirst Merida hospital, O’Horan, was built in 1906. It was a poor neighborhood where the unwanted members of the population were sent: the sick, the crazy and the criminal. The zoo was constructed as part of Porfirio Diaz’ nationwide building project, and the entrance gate is a lovely example of the monumental architecture of that period.

The zoo, the Penitentiary and the O’Horan Hospital still exist, flanking the lovely Parque de la Paz (Peace Park), though the Penitentiary has been repurposed as city offices. The park also provides shady respite to the nearby Military Hospital, the Medical School across the street, and the Yucatan version of the DMV, where this famous story took place, and where one goes to register a car or get license plates.

The neighborhood behind and around the Zoo is still a humble one, and it too has a smattering of extranjero Centennario Neighborhoodresidents. They are attracted to the authentic neighborhood feel and the lower prices, as well as proximity to the lovely zoo, the wide Avenida Itzaes and the Parque de la Paz. There is no central market here, but homes are within walking distance to the Chedraui on Avenida Itzaes, as well as a San Francisco on Calle 59. Besides the cultural charms of these neighborhoods, homes here are less than a fifteen minute drive to the Merida airport… even less when there is no traffic!

Mejorada

On the opposite side of town, east of the centro, is the colonia known as Mejorada. La Mejorada was once an area of beautiful colonial homes, many of which still exist today in various states of reparation. One of the most beautiful is the downstairs and front rooms of the Mision Hotel on Calle 59, with a lovely open courtyard in the center, surrounded by high-ceilinged rooms with beautiful woodwork and floor tiles. The very first hospital in Merida was built in Mejorada in 1562, and later (1688-1694) the area also saw the constructin of a Franciscan convent. Due to political problems and space issues, both were eventually moved. The convent building served at different times as a women’s jail and a soldier’s barracks, and in 1970 was donated by the State government Mejorada churchto the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan (UADY) and now houses the Architecture School, the alma mater of most of Merida’s architects. The stone building houses both the church and the university, and is open to the public. The University courtyard is paved with massive stones… the central patio, surrounded by history and the young faces of Mexico’s future architects is an impressive intersection of past and present.

Mejorada for many years had a strong military presence, and the cuartel, or barracks, took up an entire block just south of Calle 59 and east of Calle 50. That fact is commemorated by a plaque at that corner, El Cuartel, and the cuartel itself now houses a school and buildings for afterschool programs. The grounds even have a railroad car inside, outfitted as a classroom.

Mejorada had its boom time during the railroad era (late 1800′s), when Merida’s magnificent railroad station was built. Friends of ours who grew up in Merida have told us that steam engines still chugged into the station in the 1960′s. Today, one of those steam engines chugs around Disneyworld. Nowadays, the station has been partially refurbished and now serves as the Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan (ESAY). There are still portions of the station that are unrenovated, as well as a large plot of land where various railroad cars lie rusting in the sun. Rumour has it that the rest of the structure will one day be renovated for performance and retail spaces, and the land turned into an even nicer park. We can’t wait. On the north side of this park is the Yucatan Railway Museum, where a collection of historical engines and railroad cars await visitors in a manicured, park-like environment, tended over by a lonely but dedicated guard.

Mejorada Park itself is one of Merida’s most tranquil, with its large, bronze sculpture commemorating the Niños Heroes de ChapultepecMejorada Park. The park is often used by local youth for dance or parade practice. On the east side, facing the church and the University buildings, you can find a line-up of men and their trucks available for whatever job you might have for them. If you are moving furniture from one house to another, this is the place to go to rent a crew and a truck to help you. On the west side of the park, is Merida’s best Spanish restaurant, El Segoviano, the famous Los Almendros restaurant and the Museo del Arte Popular, the museum of Mexican popular arts and crafts. There is no market in the neighborhood, but the central Galvez mercado is only a few blocks to the south. There is definitely an extranjero presence in this neighborhood, with many a restored colonials and many more on the way.

San Juan

What we knew about San Juan before we wrote this article would have fit on the head of a pin (in rather large type), but now we’ve learned a lot! San Juan is one of the oldest colonias in the centro. It was a barrio for the Indians in colonial times, but became a nice place to live later on, until the development of Merida started heading toward Paseo de Montejo. San Juan is probably the most historically important park in Merida, as it was here that Vicente Maria Velasquez, a priest that grew up in San Juan, formed a group called San Juan Archthe SanJuanistas. His group worked to give the Indians in Yucatan a better life and fought against the colonizers. This priest with high ideals gathered a group of men around him, and introduced them to the books and ideas of Voltaire, Montesquieu and other European philosophers. These liberal-thinking idealists joined with similar groups in other parts of Mexico in what turned out to be the beginning of the Independence movement, which eventually convinced Spain to leave Mexico.

The yellow painted arch, built in 1690, stands out on the south end of San Juan Park, and was once the beginning of the road to Campeche. (The arches in Merida, by the way, have a shape that is unique in all of Mexico, or so we have read.) The church was built between 1769 and 1770, and the fountain sculpture in the park was brought from Paris at the beginning of the 20th Century. The park has recently been remodeled and refurbished, and La Negrita (the statue from France, made of a black material and thus named ‘the little black one’) is back in her place in the fountain. There is a nice children’s playground and a statue of Benito Juarez. Did you know the Anthropological Museum used to be in San Juan, next to the church? We didn’t either! But it was, for a few years, before it found its permanent home in Palacio Cantón (and was later moved to a new building in North Merida, now the Gran Museo de Mundo Maya).

There are quite a few old colonials in the San Juan area, but many of them have been converted into commercial buildings now. San Juan is situated just south and west of the central market area and is also the place where vans and buses stop and pick up passengers going to all points south and east. San Juan is just two blocks east of the CAME bus station on Calle 70.

San Cristóbal

The San Cristóbal barrio, just southeast of the Plaza Grande, was originally an area set aside by Montejo and his team of conquistadores in the 1540′s to house the Indians from Central Mexico who moved to the area to help Montejo conquer the Mayans. The beautiful San Cristóbal Church was the last one built by Spaniards in the Yucatan, and shows an exemplary level of skill and craftsmanship in its architecture and its stained glass windows. The foundation stone was laid in 1757 and the church was officially dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe the following year to mark the Pope’s official recognition of Mexico’s popular patron saint. The church apparently took forever to build… okay, not forever. Only forty years. It was finally completed in December of 1796, and the architect is purported to be Juan de Torres, who was also the designer and builder of the main church in Uman, another grand edifice worth visiting. San Cristóbal recalls the main Cathedral in the Plaza Grande with its multi-level twin towers and lofty facade. It shares the recessed shell archway with the church in Uman, and has a San Cristobal churchmagnificent Moorish choir window featuring the Virgin.

According to our sources (we’ve never done it), you can climb a stairway of 129 steps to reach the interior gallery of the nave to see the neoclassical stone retablo, supposedly sculpted by an imported European sculptor. The inscription in Latin above the entrance reads "This is the House of God and the Gate of Heaven".

This church is a major Merida landmark, not only because of its beauty and its patron saint, but because it is the site of the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrations on December 12 every year. Parking is always a problem in this area, as it is close to the main municipal mercado… and don’t even think about driving through here on December 12! (Do WALK through, though. The celebration is an event worth seeing!).

The area became known as a place for handicrafts, and in the 1800′s was the central Yucatan supplier for leather goods. In the late 1800′s and early 1900′s it was known as the part of Merida where the Rejon family lived. The Rejones were a family of lawyers, some of them working in the Justice Department on Mexican Independence. The Merida airport is named after their most famous member, Manuel Cresencio Rejon. For many years, and to this day, this area is also the main entrance to Merida from Chichen Itza and Valladolid (on Calle 65, which goes right past the church on its south side).

There are many old buildings in this area, a few of which have been restored, but many of which are still waiting for rebirth.

Itzimna

Itzimna church

This area was actually a separate Mayan village on the northeastern outskirts of the original city limits of Merida. The first colonial building to be erected here was, of course, the church, built as a chapel for the resident Indian population. Part of the original chapel is thought to form the sanctuary of the current church in Itzimna, built in the 18th Century.

Itzimna was an area where the rich hacendados (hacienda owners) built their summer homes. It’s hard to believe these days that Itzimna was once considered that far away! This is why today in Itzimna you can find some magnificent and sprawling homes. Many of these have been reappropriated (we know of one that houses the Rotary Club and another ignomiously provides shelter for a hardware store). The church is a favorite of Meridanos and the site of many weddings, probably due to its charm and beauty. The church is surrounded by a large square with shade trees, and there are many public and private schools in this area, as well as dance and art schools and restaurants… including the famous original Wayan’e Taco Stand!

Aleman

Aleman by the parkThe housing development known as Aleman was one of the first planned developments in Merida. Built in 1957, it was named after Mexico’s sitting president at the time, Miguel Aleman. It was a development designated for workers, it was federally funded and it was at the time the only colonia with a sewer system. Here’s an interesting fact: it is STILL the only colonia with a sewer system! It was also the first colonia in the city to get city water. The area is intelligently laid out, with wide streets and avenues lined with trees. Originally it was filled with little, tiny houses (and believe us, houses can be REALLY tiny in Mexico, especially judged by American or Canadian standards). Over time, residents bought up two or three plots of adjacent land to build bigger homes. Today it is an upper-middle-class area with fairly modern homes. Aleman is pretty solidly residential, with a smattering of retail and restaurants, but it is halfway between the historical center and the Plaza Fiesta Mall (Merida’s oldest mall), the Alta Brisa Mall (one of its newest) and the Star Medica Hospital.

Garcia GinerésGarcia Gineres

Originally this area was the land of a hacienda called Datil y Limon (Date and Lemon), situated far outside of Merida. In the late 19th Century, the hacienda was bought by Don Cosme Angel Villajuana and named San Cosme after himself and his patron saint. In 1904, a Spaniard with real estate acumen, bought the hacienda from Don Cosme, partioned it and sold the lots. His name was Señor Don Joaquín García Ginerés, and when he died in 1915, the area was named after him by official decree. When Don Joaquín first started selling these plots, people were afraid to buy so far out of town. Joanna Rosado, author of ‘Tomando Agua de Pozo’, tells how when she moved to Merida in the 1960s, García Ginerés was still far out of town and crisscrossed by dirt roads.

Today, García Ginerés is a mostly residential area, cut down the middle by the busy, one-way Avenida Colón. The streets are wide, and the houses are a mixture of old and new, though most are less than fifty years old. There are elegant expensive homes and cheaper less grand houses as well, but in general, the area is an upper middle class enclave. In the physical and cultural center of the colonia, at the corner of Calle 20 and Avenida Fountain at parque de las americasColón and Calle 20, is Parque de Las Americas, a tree-filled park in four quadrants that was built in a Mayan Art Deco style (also seen in the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo) and finished in 1946.

Throughout the park are monuments to all the different countries of North and South America, in a style that pays homage to the Mayan culture in direct opposition to the area’s heritage of Spanish conquest. The park was built to represent the unity of the American people, pre-Hispanic cultures and socialist ideals. The park has a large fountain in one quadrant, a performance space with a concha (half-shell) open-air auditorium in another and the Jose Martí cultural center in a third. The fourth quadrant is fenced off and reserved as a children’s play area. Our friends have told us that there was once (and probably still is…) a cenote underneath the concha. Today, residents enjoy the park for sitting in the shade, attending cultural events, and walking or running around the perimeter for exercise. On weekends, the park is often the site of athletic or cultural events.

Chuburná

Chuburna church

Not to be confused with the coastal town of the same name, Chuburná is an area of Merida just to the north of García Ginerés. In the 1940′s, Avenida Itzaes was built running parallel to the railroad, providing a route from Paseo de Montejo to the western outskirts of the city. North of this road was the comisaría of Chuburná, a part of Merida but run by its own government and the largest ejido (community-owned property designated after the Mexican Revolution) in Merida. In the days before it was broken up, the ejido stretched all the way across Calle 60 and Paseo Montejo to Itzimna.

In the 1980′s, Merida expanded into this area, which became an area known for its privadas (private communities sharing a common entrance… the original gated communities). Chuburná became a colonia of Merida aimed at middle-class families, where a family could enjoy a slightly larger plot of land or a small quinta but still be close to the city. If you’re looking for Jorge’s antique shop, you will find it in this part of town.

Chuburná has one of the oldest churches in Merida where a fantastic flea market is held each Sunday. The area also has a market, schools and commercial areas, and it is close to supermarkets like Costco and Mega.

Chuminopolis

East of the historic center is an area now known as Chuminopolis. According to local tradition, the name is a conjunction of Chumin (a nickname for Domingo) and Polis (the Greek root word for ‘city’). This part of the city was all once owned by Sr. José Domingo Sosa, a rich landowner and distinguished citizen. He built a capilla (chapel) here, which was unfortunately demolished in 1944. The area was the Chinese district where the Chinese migrants lived who had come to work on the railroad.

One of the most beautiful buildings in this area is Quinta el Olvido (House of Forgetting), built at the end of the 19th century by Rafael Quintero, the engineer who paved the streets of Merida. The nearby neighborhood of Chempech is where the original Yucatecan brewery was built in 1900, which was eventually sold to Grupo Modelo, and then closed in 2002. Part of the property was bought by a company that built Plaza Sendero, with supermarkets, a movie theatre and restaurants. The old brewery silos still remain, with plans to create a restaurant there someday. Chuminopolis is also home to the Casa de la Christiandad, a former Franciscan monastery, also known as Hacienda San Pedro Chukuaxí. Just north of this area is a neighborhood known as Jardines Miraflores, an old middle-class fraccionamiento. Over the last few years, the area has seen a smattering of purchases by extranjeros who like the proximity to downtown with the lower-priced homes.

Twentieth Century Colonias

Chinese House in Colonia Mexico

Since the second half of the twentieth century, Merida has been growing enormously to the north and west.

The north is the area which has seen the greatest commercial growth, and it is here where you will find the newer homes, shopping malls, hospitals, department stores, private schools, franchises from all over the world and car dealerships. Driving north on Prolongación de Montejo from the centro can induce culture shock to the uninitiated. We still have to shake our heads sometimes at how much "the north" looks like areas of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles or parts of Phoenix or Florida. Housing developments have continued to spring up in this direction, with names like Montecristo, Montebello, San Ramón Norte, Montes de Amé, Vista Alegre Norte and Altabrisa. Middle and upper-middle class families have built everything from small homes to huge walled compounds in these areas, as well as in the colonias of San Esteban, San Miguel, Brisas, Jardines de Mérida, Los Pinos, Los Arcos and Polignono 108. Three of Merida’s newest shopping malls (at this writing…), Colonia Mexico typical houseAltabrisa, City Center and Macro Plaza, are all in this area.

Colonia Mexico is one of the nicest of these, both for the size and quality of the homes and for its proximity to downtown Merida and Paseo de Montejo. This area began development in the 1940′s, so many of the houses are somewhere in between the modern and art deco styles, in a style called functionalism. As the wealthier families continued to move away from the downtown area, Colonia Mexico was developed around the same time that Paseo de Montejo was lengthened into Prolongación de Montejo, and is still considered an upscale area. There are both homes and offices in this area, and a smattering of restaurants as well.

In the 1990′s, the city also expanded into the west. In the northwest, Francisco de Montejo (the area behind the Siglo XXI (21st Century) Convention Center) saw 40,000 homes built. This new development attracted new residents from other parts of Mexico, especially Mexico City. To this day, few native Yucatecans live in this area as it is inhabited mostly by los huaches (that somewhat derogatory name Yucatecans have for people from Mexico City, as we mentioned earlier) and from parts of central Mexico. Today, the fraccionamiento of Francisco de Montejo is home to more people than the populations of Valladolid or Tizimin.Francisco Montejo

In the southeast, Fraccionamiento Juan Pablo II (named after the popular Pope) was created and homes were built for lower-income families. This area continues to expand across the Periferico into Ciudad Caucel (next to the once-independent pueblo of Caucel) and Villa Magna. The areas where the poorest families in Merida live is in the south, behind the International Manuel Cresencio Rejon Airport. These colonias bear names like Emiliano Zapata Sur, San Antonio Xluch and San José Tecoh, where Merida’s present-day jail is located.

Cholul

Like Chuburna, Cholul was a comisaría with its own government and it was ejido land. When henequen production dropped off, the only thing left of value for the ejidatarios was their land… they had nothing else to sell or produce. They began to sell their land in the 1990′s to wealthy Meridanos and things just kept going Cholul central parkfrom there. Today, Cholul still has that small peaceful pueblo feel to it. The town is centered around a large town square with an old and rather plain church. Some of Merida’s richest families live there, and some of Merida’s poorest families live there too, with a dash of extranjeros in the mix for exotic flavor. There is a lot of development going on in and around Cholul, with many private universities nearby, the Star Medica hospital and the Altabrisa shopping center just across the Periferico. Land and houses are no longer inexpensive there, and haven’t been for awhile, but there are still many undeveloped pieces of property.

North of the Periferico

The communities north of the Periferico (the ring road around Merida), on the road toward Progreso, are some of the newest and richest communities in Merida. The most famous of these has to be La Ceiba, a gated private community built around Typical home in La Ceibathe La Ceiba golf course. La Ceiba was built in the 1970′s, designed by architect Félix Mier y Terán Lejeune, father of the owner of the Yucatan Today magazine. There were 50 original members sharing a golf course, tennis court, pool and clubhouse. Members bought into a community that allowed them to live and practice sports in their exclusive enclave far away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city. Now there are 400 or so residences in La Ceiba, and the amenities of the golf club have expanded to include a salon, restaurant, shops, bar, a putting green and practice tee, nine tennis courts and a playground. Golf tournaments and other private events are held there regularly, and this is still one of the premiere neighborhoods in Merida.

Anyone who has driven the route from Merida to Progreso can now see that there are other developments bidding for premiere residential destination in Merida. There is the Xcanatun Residences, across the highway from Hacienda Xcanatun. And most famously, there is the Yucatan Country Club, with its Jack Nicklaus-designed course and Academy of Golf. The Yucatan Country Club considers itself the best of the best in this area, rivaling premiere residential developments anywhere else in the world. It plans to eventually have a spa, a five star hotel, condominiums and much more.

Closer to town are the areas of Dzodzil, a small gated community inside the Periferico that was once the grounds of Hacienda Dzodzil, and Temozon Norte, a once tiny comisaría that has been sold off in large plots to wealthy residents. Temozon Norte has only recently being developed, and is a community of mostly very large luxury estates, each in their own walled and gated compounds.

In the last few years, various developers have been building up. Towers are beginning to tower over the north of Merida, providing their inhabitants with some amazing views of the pancake-flat Yucatan Peninsula that goes on forever until it comes to the sea. These towers, like the Country Towers in Altabrisa, are first-class residences, providing pools, gardens, health spas, tennis courts, jogging tracks, kids clubs, movie theaters and private elevators. These residences are about as far from a colonial house in the centro as you can get in Merida.

So Many We Didn’t Mention

There are myriad neighborhoods that we didn’t mention, not the least of which are all the communities along the beach, which is a subject for a different day and a different article. According to the state of Yucatan’s website, the state has 106 municipios (small towns), 12 comisarías (towns that are part of Merida but with an independent local government) and 36 subcomisarías (like comisarías but, well… smaller).

What Will Future Historians Say?

From our experience, extranjeros have found, bought, renovated and built homes in almost every part of Merida’s centro and in the northern communities. As more of us move here and put down roots here, we are expanding our footprints into outlying municipios as well. Merida and the state of Yucatan are big and vibrant communities, with populations, governments and cultures apart from those of us who have migrated here, and a history of growth and change. As a group, we English-speaking extranjeros from the USA and Canada are already given much credit for the continuing renaissance of the centro historico, as it was our attraction to and TLC for the abandoned colonials which encouraged the locals to reevaluate the importance of Merida’s historic center. But others are moving to Merida too, from places as close as other states in Mexico, and from around the world.

We hope that all who decide to move here will enjoy integrating into, contributing to and learning about the communities you find yourself living in as much as we have. We can imagine that someday in the future, someone will be writing again about the neighborhoods of Merida and the Yucatan, and will include a chapter about when the gringos came to town. We hope you’ll join us in making sure that is a chapter about rebirth, restoration and renewal for not only the extranjeros who moved here, but for everyone in the communities of Merida that we now call home.

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Interested in more Merida history? We found this lovely website by the government (all in Spanish). It has some great photos, too!

A complete listing of the 106 municipios of Yucatan

A map of the 12 comisarías and 36 subcomisarías of Merida

A map of the centro historico of Merida with the neighborhoods indicated. (Download map here – 823KB PDF)

A map by INEGI, the Mexican Geographic and Census department, that shows every single neighborhood inside the Periferico. (Download map here – 1.08 MB PDF)

 

 

By Working Gringos

Planting a tree at UxmalA few weeks ago, we heard about a unique program that was unlike anything we have heard about before in the many years that we have been associated with the Yucatan.

The program was organized and produced by Enrique Valdés, the Director of Cultural and Sustainable Tourism at the Mayaland Hotel near Chichen Itza. Enrique endeavors to translate the resources that come with the increasing attention given to the Yucatan’s Maya heritage by the rest of the world into benefits for the local community. In the other direction, Enrique also works to carefully, lovingly and with sensitivity and consideration educate the tourists who visit his hotel about the local Maya community. As someone who grew up in that community but has since branched out and expanded his horizons, he is uniquely qualified to understand the pitfalls and perils associated with both of his endeavors.

Knowing how important his work is to him, we were delighted and pleased to see that his latest program is not even related to tourism. Instead, this program is all about connecting the two worlds that live side by side on the Yucatan Peninsula, but often know nothing about each other. Or worse, operate with misconceptions or lack of Maya and non-Maya Yucatecan kids at Uxmalrespect for each other due to a long and checkered history.

“Encounter between Two Yucatecan Worlds” was held a month ago at Uxmal under the auspices of Enrique’s program, supported and sponsored by FICMAYA (Feria Internacional para la Cultura Maya), ENIM, the municipalities of Santa Elena, Muna and Maxcanu, Mayaland Resorts, the EDARAYS (Development and high-performance chess Center), CULTUR and Centro INAH Uxmal.

For this event, 25 Maya children from the Escuela 18 de Marzo of the rural village of San Simón, in the municipality of Santa Elena, gathered with 25 children from the Colegio Español Mexicano in Merida. Each of the children were accompanied by their father or mother to spend the day together, forging a Ceremony at Uxmalpartnership and bringing together the two Yucatecan worlds that coexist both near to each other and yet quite far apart at the same time in Yucatán. What was brought together at Uxmal that day was the world of the Maya and the world of the non-Maya children, with both sets of children setting examples for their families and communities.

From 9 in the morning until 9 in the evening, these children and their parents participated in numerous activities together. They dined together. They joined hands in a circle around an opening ceremony that was guided by two Mayan priests. They planted a sacred Ceiba tree to symbolize the beginning a program that will encourage, organize and continue activities and communication between Maya and non-Maya Yucatecans.

The group of parents and children also played chess sponsored by the group FICMAYA, underlining the concept that everything begins in the mind, and acknowledging that this activity is a good exercise for the mind and consciousness of both children and adults. It is also an activity where both Maya and non-Maya children can meet Chess in the Yucatanon a level playing ground.

The families exchanged several gifts, included plants delivered from the Maya children and parents to the families in Merida, with the hope that they will take care of them. With this activity, the Maya children and families hoped to give a concrete gift that would encourage the non-Maya children to recognize the healing nature of maintaining a close communication with the living nature of the land, and with their Maya brothers and sisters. The group also visited the archaeological site of Uxmal, enjoyed the light and sound show and thus shared an experience that underlined the heritage that all these families share.

We were invited to attend a press conference announcing this event, but were unable to attend. Despite our absence, we are very supportive of this program and wanted to shed some light on it so that others can know about it. We also see this as an historic event, one that may create an example of cooperation and cultural exchange for both current and future generations of Maya and non-Maya in Yucatan. Kudos to Enrique and his employers for initiating this program and we hope to hear about more events like this!

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If you are interested in finding out more about this program, you can contact Enrique Valdés at +52-997-976-2014 or by email at turismo_sustentable [at] mayaland [dot] com.

Mayaland’s Cultural & Sustainable Tourism Project

By Byron D. Augustin

Editor’s Note: And finally, the third and final part of Byron Augustin’s account of his and his wife’s travels to Cuba in early 2014. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! If you still have not read Part I and Part II, we encourage you to do so!

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Oh, Ye of Little Faith!

Havana, CubaShortly after Fidel Castro came to power, he proclaimed Cuba to be an atheist state. More than 400 Catholic parochial schools were closed and large numbers of priests were sent out of the country. Churches became empty caverns on Sundays and children were prohibited from receiving religious education by the church. It is doubtful that large percentages of devout Catholics became atheists overnight as a result of Castro’s proclamation, but the role of the churches in Cuba was greatly diminished. The impact on the past two generations has produced if not a group of atheists, then a significant segment of the population that is ambivalent about religion.

There have been a few events that reflect that a slow change regarding the role of the church in Cuba is improving. The 1992 constitution abolished atheism as the state ideology. Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1998 drew huge crowds and church attendance spiked after his visit. The government has declared the country to be a Church in Cubasecular state but also continues to have an open dialogue with church officials.

The Roman Catholic Church in Cuba estimates that 60 to 70 percent of the population is Catholic, but evidence shows that only four to five percent attend masses regularly. We had the opportunity to witness two Catholic masses during our visit, and both were sparsely attended. Many of the churches are nothing short of exceptional, architectural masterpieces. High vaulted ceilings, marble columns, immense pipe organs, exquisite hand-carved hardwood altars and gilded icons will leave you breathless. Visit as many as possible… I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Santeria follower dressed in white in CubaSanteria, a West African and Congo River basin animistic religion is widely practiced, especially among descendants of slaves who arrived in Cuba from the Caribbean islands and Africa. Many are also declared Catholics who mix aspects of the two religions. The Orishas of Santeria are sometimes compared to Catholic Saints, but are far more powerful. Priests and priestesses in training are quite visible in the public where they dress from head to toe in white.

Protestants make up about five percent of those who practice religion in Cuba. Baptists, Pentecostals, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are the most active and their attendance at Sunday services represents a higher percentage of their membership. When we travelled through the smaller, rural towns, we noted several small Protestant mission churches.

The Jewish population has dwindled from more than 10,000 to 12,000 before the revolution to less than 1,500 today. Almost all of the Jewish people live in Havana. We visited a very active synagogue on a Saturday and had the opportunity to talk briefly with some members. They were proud to show photos and a letter from Steven Spielberg, the famous movie director that read as follows. “When I see how much cultural restoration has been performed by you and others, it reminds me again about why I am so proud to be a Jew.”

There is one small mosque in Havana that offers services on Fridays for Muslims. Most attendees are foreigners from Muslim countries who are working in Cuba, as there are few Muslims among the Cuban population. Living in a nation that declared to be atheist at one point apparently is not an attractive choice for followers of Islam.

Cemetery Colon in Havana CubaIn a 2012 U.S. State Department report on International Religious Freedom, the document concluded that there were “no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.” It went on to point out that the Cuban government does not officially favor any particular religion or church.

Laid to Rest

I do not consider myself to be strange, but I might be unusual because I love to visit cemeteries. Cemeteries are depositories of history and I have found that there is much to learn by strolling through them. Given my proclivities, I decided that a visit to the Colon Cemetery in Havana was practically required. For one thing, a visit to Famous tomb in Havana, Cubathis cemetery allowed me to enjoy a self-paced walk through one of the few tranquil locations in the large urban center of Havana. Founded in 1876, the Colon Cemetery covers more than 140 acres and has over 800,000 graves with more than a million interments. There is a large chapel on the main avenue that leads into the cemetery from the stunning grand entrance gate. If a family’s economic resources dictate assistance, the chapel provides free burial services.

There are so many examples of special grave markers, mausoleums, and fine marble carvings that I felt I could have spent the entire day peacefully strolling along the paths. Probably the most frequently visited tomb in the cemetery is referred to as La Milagrosa (the Miracle Lady). There are almost always visitors praying at the tomb or placing flowers on or around the site. The tomb marks the final resting place of a woman affectionately called Doña Amelia. Legend dictates that when Music in Havana Cubashe died in childbirth her baby was placed at her feet in her coffin. Years later, for whatever reason, her grave was opened and the baby was found in her arms.

Music In Their Veins

I have never encountered a people with such a passionate love and exuberance for music. You can hear music on the streets of Havana 24 hours a day. The music blasts out of clubs, floats out of houses and apartments, and accompanies the taxis that are zipping across the city. Cubanos love jazz, the blues, country, the rhythms of Africa, trova, and just about anything that uses notes. Visitors invariably leave Cuba disappointed that they did not get to experience the music scene in more depth.

Music in Havana CubaWe were fortunate to take in a show made up of musicians performing the music of the Grammy Award Winning Buena Vista Social Club that included Amadíto Valdéz, the longtime Club percussionist. He can still put on a show with his “golden sticks.” We became immediate fans of Eric Sanchez, who we saw at a standing room only performance of traditional trova music. For pure passion and electricity, the show on Callejon de Hamel (Hamlet’s Street) in Havana focusing on Afro-Caribe music was unparalleled. The music ripped through my senses and even made me want to “shake my 72 year-old booty”… well, at least for a little while.

Cha-Cha-Cha

As even I found out, where there is music, there is bound to be dance. And in Cuba, salsa rules! Salsa is an infective dance and if you do not know the steps, you will soon wish you did. Fortunately for us, our “People to People” program included an afternoon at a private park, where we were given salsa lessons around a pool with a wonderful group of Cuban dance teachers. All that was followed with a pig roast, cold beer and soft drinks. Now that is cultural interaction!

Alicia Alonzo's shoe in the Museum of Dance in Havana CubaDancing in Cuba certainly includes a more refined aspect. Cubans also have a penchant for and a deep appreciation of the art of ballet. Alicia Alonzo, one of the world’s premiere ballerinas gained international fame for her performances of Giselle. She danced to a sold-out audience at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on September 29, 1955. Much or her career work and that of other dancers is on exhibit at the Museum of Dance in Vedado, and a visit is well worth the short time needed to see the displays.

Sports

Sports in Cuba are dominated by baseball (béisbol). It seems as if every Cuban has a favorite team and a favorite player. Practically every young boy Baseball in Cubadreams of growing up and playing ball in the United States, with role models like current Los Angeles Dodger’s outfielder, Yasiel Puig. Puig fled Cuba illegally and actually was kept in a safe house on Isla Mujeres off of the Yucatan Peninsula for a number of weeks. He is just the latest and most famous example, because in the past, prospective players who wished to play in the United States had to sneak out of the country illegally. Nowadays, the restrictions keeping athletes in Cuba have been eased.

Cuba has an official baseball league with a team representing each province. After a regular season, a series of playoff games determines the national champion. If baseball is in season during your visit, do try to attend a game, as you will soon discover that the Cubans play top-notch baseball. Players representing the 16 official teams are chosen to play in world championship competitions. From 1939 to 2011, Cuban teams played in the Baseball World Cup, which determined the world champions. In 38 competitions, Cuban teams won the Baseball World Cup championship 25 times, while the United States won only four championships. Cuban baseball has long dominated international competition.

Boxing in CubaBoxing is also very popular in Cuba and very successful. Cubans have also dominated international amateur boxing, winning more gold medals in men’s competition than any other country in the world. One day while we were on a walking tour in Havana, we poked our heads in an open door to look into a gym. We were happily invited in. It turned out that Teófilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic Heavyweight gold medal winner had trained in that gym. Sometimes it pays to be a little snoopy! You never know what you will find.

While enthusiasm for futbol (soccer) is high in Cuba, it pales when compared to their love of baseball. Children play soccer at school, on empty lots, or in the Street soccer in Cubastreets, but baseball fields far outnumber soccer fields. The national soccer team, Lions of the Caribbean, does not roar very loud, having played in only one FIFA World Cup competition in 1938.

Up In Smoke

The words ‘cigar’ and ‘Cuba’ are practically synonymous in the minds of almost anyone in the world. In fact, tobacco was grown, rolled into cigars, and smoked by the Native Americans who lived in Cuba long before the arrival of Columbus. In the language of Cuba’s Taino Indians, cohiba was the word used to describe a cigar. Today, Cohiba is one of the most popular brands of cigars in the world.

There are several regions across Cuba where tobacco is grown. However the province of Pinar del Rio on the western end of the island is recognized as the premier region for cigar tobacco, especially for the cigar leaf wrapper whose quality makes or breaks a good cigar. Many of the top factories are located in Havana and tourists Che smoking a Cigar - Havana, Cubacan arrange a visit easily during scheduled hours.

Cigar Aficionado has an annual ranking of the world’s best cigars and there are usually multiple Cuban cigars on their Top 25 list. Their latest ranking selected the Montecristo #2 as the Cigar of the Year for 2013. Cigars ranging from good quality to absolutely great are readily available in stores in every part of Cuba. La Casa del Habano, located in the Hotel Havana Libre, is an exquisite emporium dedicated to the display and sale of Cuba’s finest cigars. A stunning display of images dedicated to some of the world’s most famous cigar smokers such as Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock, Groucho Marx, and Che Guevara are worth a visit to the store.

However, one should exercise some caution when buying cigars, even in Cuba. In most major tourist areas, illegal street vendors may approach you offering what they say are the highest quality cigars available. The cigars are quite often wrapped in newspaper pages and seldom are the best quality cigars. These illegal vendors can be persistent and aggressive and may even tell you they are free because you are their friend. Politely ask them to leave you alone, hand them their cigars, and walk away. Viva la revolucion in CubaThe best cigars are expensive even in Cuba, and they can be confiscated by United States Customs agents, as it is not legal to bring them into the United States. That said, we know plenty of people who have brought them in with no problems. If you want to bring home Cuban cigars, just know that you are risking losing them if they are discovered in your bags.

A Few Closing Observations

Fifty-five years ago, Fulgencio Batista, a brutal dictator, fled Cuba and Fidel Castro assumed leadership. “The Revolution” is still a part of life in Cuba. Posters, billboards, and TV shows throughout Cuba still remind people of the sacrifices that were made and the sacrifices necessary to continue the struggle. Travelers will be amazed at the adoration the public holds for Fidel and Raul Castro, Che Guevara, and Camilo Cienfuegos. The Museum of the Revolution housed in the former Presidential Palace The Castros of Cubadisplays the struggle as Cubans see it. They do not seek or want American support for the society they have created. They are proud of what they have accomplished and they simply ask to be allowed to do it their way.

As I reflected on the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the CIA attempt to assassinate Castro and the embargo, I remarked to our host, “With the historical past between our two nations, we thought you might hate Americans.” He smiled softly and said. “On the contrary, we love Americans. It is your government we have problems with.”

I have thought about that comment many times since our return and have come to the conclusion that is precisely how I have felt when I visited many nations spread across the globe. The governments in some instances were atrocious, but I have almost always enjoyed the people immensely. Do not let politics dictate your travel plans, use common sense in the countries you select, and then go with an open mind. Is it not about time that you met your neighbors in Cuba?

Author’s Note: The contents and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Yucatan Living.

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Cuba, Our Mysterious Neighbor, Part I
Cuba, Our Mysterious Neighbor, Part II

About Montecristo Cigars (Wikipedia)

By Khaki Scott

Montejo Beer Coming to California

Mexican Beer in the USA Montejo Beer, originally made in Merida, will soon be on sale in California. Look for it first in Los Angeles’ Dodgers’ Stadium. By September 1, Montejo Beer will be available in California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, the states that have more than 70% of all Mexican-Americans in the United States. Montejo Beer is currently manufactured in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca and distributed by Anheuser-Busch.

Yucatan Receives International Quality of Life Recognition

Yucatan was rated in first place in three of the eight quality of life indicators by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Yucatan got a 9.8 (out of 10) for environment, an 8.7 for rate of employment, a 7.4 for security. Overall, Mexico did not do well on quality of life issues such as education, security (with the exception of Yucatan) and level of disposable income, so there is much work to do. You can rate where you live on OECD’s website. That may help some to make the final decision about where you want to retire.

International Expo of Nontraditional Products

Next week, August 19 – 21, the 18th Annual International Expo of Nontraditional Products will be held in Merida. The purpose of this convention is to create business opportunities for nontraditional products for small businesses, organizations and companies throughout the world. Most of the participants are entrepreneurs and forty of the expected 270 Mexican representatives will be from Yucatan. Products will include sour sop, guava, passion fruit, fig, raspberry, blackberry, rambutan, tamarind, nuez de castilla, macadamia, henequen, annatto, pejelagarto, white-tailed deer, emu, ostrich, alligator and frog… quite an assortment and certainly non-traditional! There have been several experimental farming projects with some of these crops right here in Yucatan. Since there will be business buyers from across Mexico, Canada, the United States, Asia and Latin America, it will be interesting to see what our 40 participants bring away from this convention, especially when sustainable rural development is a stated part of every package.

Snake-bite in Progreso

Snake Bites in Yucatan Mexico A city worker was bitten by a snake along the side of the road between Merida and Progreso. He was taken to the hospital, in Progreso, where he was treated immediately and is doing well. Snake bites are most common when the weather is warm, as snakes are out and about, searching for a cool spot. Snake bites are particularly common during hot, dry weather, when snakes are searching for both shade and water. Snakes also come into contact with people more often during hot weather for the simple reason that people are also more likely to be out and about during the summer. In either case, snake bites can usually be avoided simply by being aware of your surroundings and taking proper precautions. If you are bitten by a snake, don’t wait to see if you have a reaction to it. Go to the nearest hospital immediately! Yucatan’s hospitals are well equipped to care for these emergencies.

Navy: Operation Lifeline, Summer 2014

From July 12 through August 18, the Navy is doing all it can to keep folks safe on, in and around the beaches of Yucatan. They have search and rescue boats, coastal patrols, a high speed boat for interceptions, ambulances, and a variety of trucks and other vehicles. They are trained to provide first aid and are even serving as life guards on eight beaches along the coast. All they ask is that folks follow the rules, behave responsibly, and pay attention to any instructions they give you. They are here to help. We hope everyone has a wonderful – and safe – extended vacation this year!

Markets to be Remodeled

Markets in Merida Yucatan Mexico As of now, Chembech Mercado is being remodeled. When it is finished, it will be in clean and modern and will serve the public for many years to come. Until work is complete, vendors are being housed in a temporary site nearby. Next on the list will be Lucas de Galvez… again! It has been 15 years since any work was done in this beloved old market, so look for lots of work going on. They are looking for temporary locations for the vendors, some of whom may have stalls in the streets for a little while. After that, San Benito will get whatever it needs to catch it up to the level of maintenance necessary to serve the people safely. Finally, La Pepita never officially opened due to construction issues. It will be remodeled, but probably not during this administration. Work on Lucas de Galvez and San Benito are not scheduled to begin until mid-2015.

Young Entrepreneurs Networking Worldwide

In generations past, young people were encouraged to follow in the footsteps of older, successful businessmen. Today, we watch in wonder at the young men and women entrepreneurs as they hop a plane and head for their Summit of Young Entrepreneurs of G20YEA (G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance). The most recent summit just happened last month in Australia. These young people are bringing home all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities, including some from India, New Zealand, and Australia. The “green economy” is the area that really has their interest right now, so look for Yucatan’s young business ladies and gentlemen to use their network of connections wisely and know that we will all benefit from their sense of adventure and excitement about the future.

Tzucacab: Riot Over a Lagarto

For those of our readers who are not familiar with Yucatan’s flora and fauna, and who may use one of those online translators to read the local news in Yucatan, “A Lizard (lagarto) Causes an Uproar” means it was an alligator, and this one turned out to be a 15 foot long alligator. The first day it was around, nobody saw it, but a bunch of chickens went missing. The next day, when it got a turkey, people got interested and the police were called. Imagine everyone’s surprise when they found themselves having to rope and rescue an animal like that! There’s no way, especially in this heat, that the alligator could have crossed Yucatan (north to south) to get to Tzucacab, which is deep in the bottom of the southern cone of the state. However, it might not be such a stretch of the imagination to consider that it may have easily crossed Quintana Roo at that point. Some believe it must be an escaped pet, but it is awfully big and would, most likely, have been put back into the wild long before it Master Photography Class on Yucatan Peninsulareached 15 feet in length. However it got there, the “lizard” really did provide everyone with plenty of entertainment. Life is now back to normal in Tzucacab.

Wildlife Photo Master Class

We just learned that some pretty amazing photographers will be teaching master photography classes on the Mayan Riviera over the coming months. The Yucatan has always impressed us as an incredible photo opportunity almost everywhere we go. Well, apparently other photographers think so as well. These master classes are going to be conducted at one of the nicest, most upscale resorts on the coast, the Mayakoba. Each class (and there are three in the upcoming months) will be taught by one of three National Geographic photographers. Each one is a three-night program where students will receive both group and one-on-one instruction in photographing wildlife, and will include daily boat tours and walking excursions. For more information, check out the website here.

Illegally Parked Vehicles and Trailers, and the Fine

Parking Trailers on the Beach in Yucatan MexicoWhenever we come across a current legal issue in Yucatan, especially if a fine is involved, we try to pass that information along. This week, someone illegally parked a trailer across an entrada (entrance road to the beach). Will he get a ticket? His infraction will have to pass several tests. According to the police, Yucatan’s Transit Rule 162 prohibits the parking of trailers or damaged or unusable vehicles in public places for more than 72 hours. So, if this individual moves the trailer within a day or two, he just might slide by. However, it isn’t looking good because this is the second time he has done this. At the end of the 72 hour grace period, the state will pick up the trailer or vehicle and the penalty will be nine minimum wages ($574 pesos). But, really, you have to love a place that is such a small community it puts things like this in the news!

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting August 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Two more weeks of Summer Vacation
School begins again on Monday, August 25, but still look for plenty of beach and water action along the coast of Yucatan – and don’t forget that the mood (and visitors) will be on the way to and from the beaches for at least two weeks after school begins.

In The City

Yucatan Living Traditional Fiesta in San Sebastian in Merida
This fair goes on for two weeks. Go down to Parque San Sebastian at night and join in the festivities… there is always something going on!

Yucatan Living Wilberto Canton Theater Festival: August 2 – 16Plays in Merida Yucatan Mexico Last week and most of this week, there will be more theater performances in Merida than anyone can imagine. The festival is to showcase the marvelous dramatic talent produced in this state, along with its exceptionally talented directors. The festival is in honor of master composer, poet, teacher, administrator and cultural ambassador to Belgium and UNESCO, and a favorite son of Merida, Wilberto Canton. Performances are listed with regular events below. Most events will be in Spanish.Check the events here!

Local Book Fair in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living LIX Municipal Book Fair
Great opportunity to find books. Ends on August 17.
Location: Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM to 11 PM
Admission: Free

Monday (Lunes) August 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
“Otello” by Verdi. These events are sponsored by Opera Yucatan, A.C., a non-profit civil association created to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. During their “Seasons of Opera at the Movies” they have shown 40 operas in 60 shows and 6,658 persons came to see operas at the movies. Facebook: operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Little Miss Sunshine
(U.S. 2006). Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin. A seven year old girl, from a dysfunctional family, prepares to compete in a beauty pageant. Charming, uplifting movie.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Traditional Trova in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Del Sureste
This trio is part of the growing group of trovador trios that keep trova alive and defined for their generation in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Hamsters
(Mexico 2012) Rodolfo and Beatriz are the parents of two joung kids: Jessica and Juan. Together they form a family that apparently makes all thepossible to remain with any comunication between them. An ordinary family in which each tries to hide their secrets well despite living under the same roof.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Two Biographical Documentaries
Dali, Master of Dreams (Spain, 2004), by Manuel Palacios and Goya: A Biographical Documentary (Spain, 2011) by Jose Blas Molina Sonano.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Rock Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: The Route of Rock
This very popular musical performance is under the direction of Tomas Martin.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Diego Star
(Canada 2013)A serious accident occurs on board the Diego Star, a dilapidated Russian cargo ship. Traore, a mechanic from the Ivory Coast, is unfairly blamed for it. The ship is towed to the nearest shipyard for repairs. In the interim, crew members find shelter with the inhabitants of the small local village.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) August 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cheatin
(USA 2013) In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden “soul machine”, Ella takes the form of Jake’s numerous lovers, desperately fighting through the malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny. Written and directed by Bill Plympton.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Patlabor: The Mobile Police
(1989) Director: Mamoru Oshi. Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Robots
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Merida English Speaking CommunityYucatan Living An Evening of Merida Magic
This is another magical evening of wine tasting, art and good food. Galeria Merida owner, Paula Sievert, will be featuring the art of Carlos Priego from Cholul. Wine guide for the evening is Victor Cruz.
Location: Garden of Galeria Merida, Calle 59 x 50
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Members: $250 pesos, Non-members: $300 pesos. Tickets available at the Merida English Library.

Yucatan Living Movie: Alamar
(Mexico 2009) Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Holy Field Holy War
(Poland 2013) Small farmers around the world are under stress. Their struggle is far from the scrutiny of cameras and the media. In Poland, where more than sixty percent of the total area is taken up by farming, new forces are competing for the land. What is happening in Poland is a warning to take to heart.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) August 15 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Insolitos Peces Gato
(Mexico 2013) Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Film Series: Anime Films 02: Lovely Complex
(2006). Director: Kitano Ishikawa. Drama, Romance, Comedy… all in anime.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Til Madness Do Us Part
(Japan 2013) Wang’s documentary confines the viewer to one of the upper stories of an isolated asylum in southwest China.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Paprika
(Japan 2006) When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient’s dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Overnight Birdwatching Tour: August 16 & 17
This is an overnight trip to Rio Lagartos, Yucatan
Meeting Point: Altabrisa Plaza (In front of Burger King
Meeting Time: Saturday, August 16 at 10:00 AM
Return Time: Sunday, August 17 at 4:00 PM
Fee: $650 pesos – includes van with driver and a guide who specializes in birds. Not Included: Lodging and meals.
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 14 at www.festivalavesyucatan.com
Recommendations: Bring water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes and walking shoes, binoculars and a camera if you have one.
More info: LARN. Marigel Campos Call: +52 (999) 988-4436 ext. 113 e-mail: infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx

Yucatan Living Movie: 40 Days of Silence
(Netherlands 2014 ) 40 Days of Silence is the story of four women in Central Asia in key moments of their lives, discovered through their different ages. It is a trip into an unconscious and intimate female world. It is an attempt to portray broken identities and women who confront their own will to choose and decide.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Film Series: Anime Films 02: 5 Centimeters per Second
(Japan 2007). Director: Makoto Shinkai.Animation, Drama, Romance
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cumbres
(Mexico 2013) Due to a tragedy, two sisters abruptly flee from their hometown. Miwi, the younger one, with no clear idea of what happened, drives untiringly to save her sister Juliana, implicating her in the misadventure. Their journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Theater in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Sacbé: Regional Performing Arts Circuit
This week’s treat is “Ecos de una espera” (Echos of a Wait), performed by Factotum Escena of Queretaro.
Location: Tapanco Cultural Center, Calle 68 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Godfather
(USA 1972) The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Solar System
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Chamber Sundays: Recital of Classical Voice
This performance features Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida, accompanied by Pianist Zuleika Diaz.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Film Series: Anime Films 02: Haru and The Cats
(Japan 2012). After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: District 9
(France 2007) An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. A bleak but powerful story.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) August 18, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

Yucatan Living Wildlife Photo Master Class Beginning in September
Dates: September 4 – 7, 2014 (with Brian Skerry; October 30 – Noveber 2, 2014 (wqith Steve Winter), and December 11 – 14, 2014 (with Tim Laman). These instructors are three of the most well-known National Geographic photographers. The intensive three-night program lets photographers of all levels – from the novice to the advanced enthusiast – step into the role of nature photo-journalist as they capture some of the more than 200 species of birds and native wildlife within the protected sanctuary of Mayakoba’s exotic mangrove forests and waterways.
The “Wildlife Photo MasterClass” Package Includes:
• Three-nights accommodation in an exclusive Luxury Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba
• One-on-one guidance and review from professional photographers on composition, lighting, metering, equipment and how to Achieve the “wow factor”
• Welcome conference, photography workshops and closing lecture where students can showcase Their Work from the weekend
• Daily waterborne and walking excursions and waterways through the mangrove jungles of Mayakoba
• Excursions to nearby reserves heritage sites and providing opportunity to photograph the iconic ‘Mot-Mot’ bird as well as Mayan ruins
• Welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres , daily breakfast, a lunch and dinner for two at Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s award-winning restaurants
• Gift certificate from Bayan Tree Mayakoba Gallery 20% discount on all Spa Banyan Tree Mayakoba services
Location: Mayakoba Resort in Riviera Maya, 40 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen.
Price: Packages start at $2,499 for three nights, which includes taxes and fees. Rate is per villa and based on double occupancy. A minimum stay of three nights is required. Reservations are extremely limited. For More Information www.wildlifephotomasterclass.com

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich: November 21 through 23
The biggest birdwatching competition on the Yucatan Peninsula. More Information as it becomes available. Mark your calendars!

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Events

By Khaki Scott

Many Thanks: All For A Smile

The “New Generations” Merida Rotary Club, along with Yucatan’s DIF System and the State Health Secretariat, have joined together to bring fifteen specialists to Yucatan from Florida, to repair the harelips and/or cleft palates of up to 40 patients. This group of specialists is part of a larger group known as Shares International. Harelip and/or cleft palate affects approximately one in 600 live births in Yucatan and O’Horan Hospital reports that they have approximately 1,500 patients who suffer from this condition. The surgeries will take place in the Unidad Mérida Ambulatoria del Hospital General Agustín O’Horán. Patients will be assessed from August 4 through August 11. Those chosen for surgery will be scheduled on August 17 for surgeries to be held from August 18 through August 22. Many thanks to all who have made it possible for these patients to lead normal lives, and especially to the organizations that have supported this program for 14 years.

Yucatan Adoptions Growing in Age

Adoption in Yucatan Mexico The numbers of adoptions, in Yucatan, has dropped slightly, but the ages of the children have increased remarkably. In the past, it seemed as if everyone wanted a baby, but that has changed now that the rules for what constitutes a household and family have been revamped. Today, single and older individuals are considered as suitable parents. These are often people who want a child who is old enough to help them create a home and family, rather than a baby that comes with responsibilities for a little one that they may be unable to meet. They still have to meet all of the psychological, economic and emotional requirements necessary to be considered as parents in this program. For 2014, Adoption Day saw 40% of the children at or above seven years of age. This is an amazing percent that bodes well for the over 300 children who are still searching for adoptive parents. All of the children who are placed for adoption are monitored for three to five months prior to the adoption and for two years after the adoption to make certain that the child and his or her new family are happy and developing well. The 2015 adoption process will begin again in September and December. It is expected that a new system of assessments will speed the process along and even more children will have a home at last.

National Museum Summer Promotion

From July 20 to August 17, this project wants to get people into the museums, many for the first time. All activities, including performances, are free in participating museums throughout Mexico. Beat the heat! Spend the day (or a few days) in wonderful museums wherever you are in the country. The participating museums in Merida include:

  • Museo de Historia Natural
  • Museo Coordinador
  • Pinacoteca del Estado “Juan Gamboa Guzmán”
  • Museo de la Canción Yucateca A.C.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán (MACAY)
  • Casa de Cultura BANAMEX Museo “Casa Montejo”
  • Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida
  • Planetario “Arcadio Poveda Ricalde”
  • Centro Cultural de Mérida “Olimpo”
  • Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigración Coreana a Yucatán
  • Museo de Historia Natural

Free New Light and Sound Show at Chichen Itza

Light and Sound Show in Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico When the new light and sound show opens, at Chichen Itza, in September, it will cost $198 pesos. However, they do have to test all of that equipment and make sure the show is working properly, don’t they? So you get to go and see the show for free beginning August 11. They don’t give any times for these shows. It sounds rather loose with “how ever many times it takes to get it right” being the only criteria for how long these shows will continue. With all sorts of new technology going on, including 3D-animations and disembodied voices, this is really going to be something to see! If you want to see for free and don’t mind waiting while they tweak the equipment, this really is a cool thing to do in August.

Merida Addresses Regulatory Reform

In May, just a little over two months ago, Mexico and the World Bank might as well have waved a red flag in front of a bull. Mexico said that Merida is the 4th best city for investment in the nation and the World Bank said that Merida is the 18th best city of the 32 best cities for investment in the world! Their only complaint about doing business in Merida was “red tape.” Within the month, the City of Merida had created the Municipal Council for Regulatory Reform and, this week, the members of that new council were installed. As Merida hacks off red tape and moves forward, this council will promote, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the actions of regulatory reform. The council includes representatives from the Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism, industry development, housing, the Bar Association of Yucatan, the Merida Business Center, the Yucatan Strategic Plan Foundation, the Board for the Preservation of the Historic Center, the schools of Architects and Civil Engineers throughout the state, as well as financial and urban development offices. Look for Merida to be rapidly moving up in rank, world wide, by the time the new list of best cities in which to invest is published next May.

Merida As a Convention Center

Tourism is a good thing. But its always best to make use of all of one’s resources, and Yucatan is in a perfect location to do just that, with respect to conventions of all kinds. This week, over 600 tourism experts are meeting in Merida in their own National Tourism Conference. Soon, we will have the benefit of their take on how Yucatan can rise from being one of the top 10 places to visit in Mexico to first place. A bit of remodeling for efficiency at Siglo XXI, along with a few more facilities and technical equipment, should bring us there. Merida does need a convention venue that will hold more than 5,000 people. We saw this when Merida hosted the youth Olympics. However, now that Mundo Maya Museum is a reality, there seems to be a move to have it work together with Siglo XXI to provide as much convention space as anyone would need. We will be interested to see the suggestions that come out of this 2014 National Tourism Conference. Either way, Merida is bound for glory on the Mexican and international convention routes.

Yucatan: 10th State in Growth in Mexico

In the first trimester of 2014, the economy of Yucatan grew 2.8%, making it the 10th economy in growth in the nation. National average was only 1.8%. The good news is that formal jobs are growing, in Yucatan, at the rate of 2.9%. This includes an increase in the growth of industrial production (5.8%) and services (1.5%), and a decrease of less than 1.1% in agriculture. This gives Yucatecos a much smoother ride into the economic future of a nation with its economic star on the rise. Other states that made the top ten include: Aguascalientes, 9.8 %; Zacatecas, 8.8 %, Colima and Michoacan, 6.3 %, Baja California Sur, 6.2 %, Coahuila, 5.3 %, Chiapas, 5.2 %, Guanajuato, 5.0 %, Querétaro, 4.9 %, and Chihuahua, 4.4 %.

Land Degradation Reaching Critical Levels

Agricultural Fields in Yucatan Mexico Human beings seem to have some sort of strange love affair going on with concrete. They put it everywhere, then complain when the beautiful land they settled loses its biomass to the point of being worthless. The land they don’t denude for the sake of roads, parking lots, airports, driveways, and swimming pools, is often used for crops that are not properly rotated. All that does is speed up the loss of biomass and make matters worse at a faster pace. After an extensive analysis by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), we learn that 90% of Yucatan’s soil has already been affected. They are asking, please, for everyone to do their part in planting trees on their property. Even if all you have is a yard in the city, even one tree would help. There are going to be a number of tree-planting campaigns coming up in the very near future. If you can help these programs, or if you can convince someone else to plant a tree, you can be a part of saving the soil of Yucatan.

Kids in Merida: Wellness on Holiday

Children Activities in Yucatan Mexico About 5000 children are attending what amounts to a wellness summer camp in Merida. The day-camp is called Wellness on Holiday. Their program includes swimming, healthy food, and preparing for their version of a mini-Olympics, where they compete in all forms of competition, including weightlifting and chess! This camp is part of a program put together by the Governor’s Office and the Ministries of Sports and Tourism. Never underestimate the power of Yucatan’s children. If anyone can put Yucatan on the map for sports (of any kind) and healthy lifestyles, these kids can!

Ticul Shoe Fair

Unfortunately, we did not receive news that there would be a Summer Shoe Fair in Ticul until it was almost over. However, we have found something we think is just as good as driving down for a scouting trip. The footwear manufacturers of Ticul have a website! From the website, you can get an idea of which styles you like from each store, as well as locate your favorite stores on their map. They even give you the location of a great local restaurant. For the stores whose websites don’t have links to that common site, looking them up on Google Search is an easy matter: Karina’s Zapateria in Ticul. There’s a handy little place to sign up for notices of fairs, sales, etc. on the Zapaterias in Ticul website. I signed up so, hopefully, we won’t miss any more shopping opportunities in Ticul.

Uman: First Fair of Rabbits

Rabbit Fair in Yucatan MexicoAbout a year ago, through a foundation grant, a number of Uman’s producers were set on the path toward food freedom and financial solvency when they were given a male rabbit and four females. In one year, they have learned that one doe can actually produce more meat in her lifetime than a cow! The only problem they seem to have is making the leap from thinking of rabbits as pets to thinking of them as a source of meat and fur. This past weekend, in Uman, the First Fair of the Rabbit was held. Meat was sold for $85 pesos per kilo, and adult breeders for $200 pesos to $250 pesos, depending on breed. The biggest selling point to rabbit is that it is cholesterol and uric acid free. For some, this is the difference between being able to include meat in their diet or going strictly vegetarian. This fair included cooked rabbit, as well as handicrafts made from rabbit fur. If you are interested in purchasing rabbits for breeding, or if you want to know who to contact in Uman to purchase rabbit meat or fur, the corporations that donated the first rabbits include Las granjas Eli Rubén, la Farmacia Veterinaria Del Campo, Conejos Santa Cecilia, Granja Coral, Agropecuaria Yucatán and el CBTA No. 13 de Xmatkuil (Mérida). They should be able to get you to the right producers.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 04, 2014

In The City

Yucatan Living Traditional Fiesta in San Sebastian in Merida

Yucatan Living Wilberto Canton Theater Festival: August 2 – 16Plays in Merida Yucatan Mexico This week and next, there will be more theater performances in Merida than anyone can imagine. The festival is to showcase the marvelous dramatic talent produced in this state, along with its exceptionally talented directors. However, the festival is also in honor of Wilberto Canton, who was born in Merida (1923) and died in Mexico City (1979). The life between those years was amazing. Wilberto Canton studied law at UNAM and literature in Chile and Paris. Ultimately, he chaired the Departments of Theater Arts and Literature at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and served as president of the Drama Critics Guild in the 1950s. He was a playwriter, a poet, a teacher, and even a cultural ambassador for Mexico to Belgium (1972) and UNESCO (1974). This national recognition of one of Merida’s own favorite sons is deeply appreciated and we know everyone will find at least a few performances to see before the 16th. All performances are in Spanish. Please don’t let this stop you from attending these events. Great theater is a language of its own. Check the events here!

Monday (Lunes) August 04, 2014

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
Katia Kabanova by Janacek. These events are sponsored by Opera Yucatan, A.C., a non-profit civil association created to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. During their “Seasons of Opera at the Movies” they have shown 40 operas in 60 shows and 6,658 persons came to see operas at the movies. Facebook: operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 05, 2014

Yucatan Living NEW Ongoing Event: Wholefood Market
Lots of great food, as well as jewelry, blankets, trinkets, etc. every week.
Growing List of Vendors:
• Anita, Sausage Lady, A & A Deli, Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Sauerkraut and more.
• Virginia, V’s Good Eats, Ready to Eat Foods, Pierogy, Meatballs, Baked Mac N Cheese, Homemade Soups, and more.
• Linda, Just Like Back Home, Baked Sweets, Cheesecake, Pies, Cakes, Fudge, PB & J Puddles and more.
• Todd & Allison, Broken Spoke Beef Jerky, several flavors
• Pistache, French Almond Croissants
• Claudia, Fresh Pasta and Sauce
• Loft, Kefir and Peanut Butter
• Granola, Marmalade, Organic Goat Cheese and Bratwurst
• Hot, fresh Tamales
Location: on the highway between Chelem and Churburna, beside Natural Thangs Garden Center on Graciella’s beautiful property.\
Time: Every Tuesday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Yucatan Living Movie: Little Miss Sunshine
(U.S. 2006). Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Starring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin. A seven year old girl, from a dysfunctional family, prepares to compete in a beauty pageant.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Del Sureste
This trio is part of the growing group of trovador trios that keep trova alive and defined for their generation in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Atomic Age
(France 2012) Movie about teenegers living in Paris. French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Lorca, muerte de un poeta
(Spain, 1987) The series aims to accurately recreate the wonderful and terrifying journey of poet from the child who could hear the leaves of the poplars in the breeze sang his name, the man who hears terrified how their executioners cocked rifles that will end his life .
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cronica de Una Caida
(USA 2013)The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) August 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: History of Fear
(Argentina 2014) While attending a communist sponsored youth conference held in North Korea, a member of the Argentinian delegation encounters a South Korean activist who captures the attention of the media and all those in attendance with her message of reunification.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Super Dimensión Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?
(1984) Dir. Shouji Kawamori y Noburo Ishiguro.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Live Opera and Tango in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opera Season: Maria de Buenos Airés
Under the direction of María Eugenia Guerrero by Cía. Ópera Viva.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Chungking Express
(China 1994) Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: R100
(Japan 2013) An ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious club. The membership lasts for one year only and there is one rule: no cancellation under any circumstance. The man enters into a whole new exciting world he never before experienced where crazy love goes wilder and crazier. Is it an illusion or is it real? Welcome to the world no one has dared to explore until now!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) August 08 , 2014

Local Book Fair in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living LIX Municipal Book Fair
Great opportunity to find books. Ends on the 17.
Location: Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM to 11 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father Like Son
(Japan 2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Nodame Cantabile
(Japan 2009) Nodame Cantabile is less about the realities of classical music than its romance, but it’s firmly rooted in its manga roots – and it’s more enjoyable for this. Although it takes place in Europe, the film playfully apologizes for the fact that nearly all of the non-Japanese dialog will be dubbed. The film still manages to work.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Surprise Movie
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Street + Music: Son of the South
American Folk Fusion
Location: Galeria La Eskalera Calle 70 No. 474b from 57 to 59 Center
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos, $25 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Paprika
(Japan 2006) When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient’s dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Polisse
(USA 2011)A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Short Peace
(Japan 2013) Dir Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Shuhei Morita, Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki, Koji Morimoto.Animation, Science Fiction, Fantasy.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Hard to Be a God
(Russia 2013) A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

International Theater Company in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Night of Cultures: Hamlet
Performance of Hamlet, straight from The Globe Theatre in England. Wow!
Location: Cathedral de Merida, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera Season: Maria de Buenos Airés
Under the direction of María Eugenia Guerrero by Cía. Live opera performance.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
(USA 2012) An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Lakes and Rivers
We travel to large and turbulent rivers in the world and towards the prosperous kingdom of crystal clear waters of the lagoons. Both sides have been the source of survival of great civilizations.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Camerata Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Sunday Camera: Distant Voice
Recital of classical singing. Soprano Abigail Coral Almeida and Zuleika Diaz Piano.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Tales from Earthsea
(Japan 2007) Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Diving Bell and the Butterfly
(France 2007) The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn’t paralyzed.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) August 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
Otello by Verdi.
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Working Gringos

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Romantic Vacation Rental in Merida

This is the most romantic rental property in Merida Centro. Winner of the Architectural Digest, 2010 Icons of Style Restoration Award, Casa Cortile is ideal for your honeymoon, anniversary or any other very special occasion. Or turn your next vacation into a special occasion with a stay in this amazing home. Two bedrooms, one and a half baths, a heated pool and a lovely roof top sun terrace are only the beginning. Even before you open the door, the block of homes which Casa Cortile shares is the most beautiful in Merida. The facades are classically colonial and flaunt the beauty of Merida’s glory days.

Walking through the front door is like stepping back in time to a place of beauty and architectural details you would never find in a modern house. Yet Casa Cortile is also completely modern and comfortable to 21st century standards.

Fabulous Master Bedroom Suite

Both bedrooms are amazing, but the master suite at the rear of the pool is simply stunning. The nighttime view from this bedroom to the pool will make you pinch yourself to remember you are in Merida, only a two hour flight from Houston, Texas! The indoor/outdoor living room/dining room/ kitchenette is placed at the opposite end of the pool and garden and shares the beautiful view.

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

This is not the rental home for gourmet chefs who wish to cook in every evening, but is perfect for romantic travelers who want luxury, privacy and all the amenities of the best of hotel suites.

The kitchenette is complete with stove top, sink, refrigerator, dishware, cookware, etc. and is perfect for breakfasts, lunches or snacks.

The pool is a rarity in Merida in that it is heated with a gas heater…..great for cool winter evenings!

Rooftop Bliss

The feature most coveted by guests in Merida are the lovely roof top terraces which catch the evening breezes and are a perfect spot for a cocktail while star gazing. One of the terraces is also extremely private and overlooks the pool and garden.

All in all, there isn’t a better rental choice in Merida. You will love the location, in the heart of the Centro Historico. You’ll love the design, the furniture, the garden and all the amenities.

This home is ideally suited to 2 people and is not suitable for children.

Casa Cortile Amenities

The following amenities are available to guests of Casa Cortile:

  • 2 bedrooms, with a king bed in the master bedroom and a two twins in the guest room
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • All linens provided
  • 1.5 bathrooms
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Professionally landscaped courtyard & roof terrace
  • Washer
  • Small kitchen with gas cooktop and microwave-convection
  • All rooms open to courtyard & pool
  • Ceiling fans in every room
  • Air conditioning in master bedroom
  • 20-foot beamed ceilings
  • Stylish and comfortable designer furniture
  • Internet connection
  • Cell phone provided with minutes included
  • Wine, flowers and breakfast food provided upon arrival
  • Bilingual property manager
  • Weekly maid service

Prices

All prices are in USD.

May 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 = $125/night; $800/wk

November 1, 2014 – December 13 = $150/night; $950/wk

December 14, 2014 – January 11, 2015 = $200/night; $1,250/wk

January 12, 2015 – March 31, 2015 = $150/night; $950/wk

April 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015 = $125/night; $800/wk

 

-All dates have a 1 week minimum.
-Monthly rates upon request.
-Rates include all utilities except electricity.

 

 

Reserve your stay now by contacting LeAnn Roberts at leann [at] mexintl [dot] com

 

 

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

 

 

By Working Gringos

Massage therapy in Merida Yucatan by Adrian Soberano

Bienestar Home Spa Massage Therapy

… for your body, mind and spirit

with Adrian Soberano, Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy in Merida Yucatan

Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. There are a variety of massage techniques that can be customized to best suit your individual needs. All types of massages are designed to ultimately decrease muscle tension and calm the nervous system with an emphasis on leaving the client with a relaxed and rejuvenated feeling.

But relaxation is not the only benefit that can be attributed to professional massage therapy, as it offers many other benefits that are not so well known… from improving Massage therapy in Merida Yucatanyour body’s immunity to reducing headaches, to enhancing your overall health and beauty.

A good massage is an integral experience which benefits all aspects of being, especially when combined with natural aromatic fragrances, expert technique and soft music that relaxes the body and the mind. Your own home is the ideal location for a spa style massage treatment.

While you are here in Merida why not take the time to look after your entire being, reduce tension and stress and enjoy life to the fullest? Adrian Soberano, Massage Therapist, will provide a full spa service within the comforts of your home with a relaxing professional massage, aromatherapy and music therapy.

Select Your Massage Service

You may select the type of massage you want from the following:

  • Relaxation ( Swedish) Massage
  • Reductive Massage
  • Anti-Cellulite Massage
  • Lymphatic Drain Therapy
  • Lomi-Lomi. Hawaian Style Massage
  • Circulation Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Body exfoliation
  • Facial Antioxidant masque
  • Partner Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage

Adrian Soberano, Massage therapist in Merida Yucatan

Prices and More

Massage treatments start at 400 pesos.

In addition to relaxing massage, Adrian can provide a combination of massages to treat specific problems such a migraines, injury recovery, etc.

About Adrian Soberano, Massage Therapist

Originally from Michoacan, Adrian moved to Merida with his family and has been working in Yucatan for the past 4 years. Adrian studied Massage Therapy at the Istituto Vodder in Merida. Adrian speaks Spanish and English and is happy to provide in-house massage therapy for clients throughout Merida seven days a week.

Appointments for massage in Merida can be made at the following number: 999-362-7529 or 999-918-2625 or email Adrian at MeridaMassages [at] gmail [dot] com .

By Working Gringos

Contemporary home for sale in Merida YucatanContemporary home for sale in Merida Yucatan

Contemporary Home for Sale in Santiago

On this very quiet street just a few blocks from Parque Santiago, this beautifully renovated contemporary home is waiting for the right buyer! To enjoy this home, you must love light and air, comfort, convenience and a great location.

The house is located on a quiet street just a few blocks from Santiago Square. This lovely modern townhome, built just a few years ago to US standards has a split design, with two bedrooms two baths, living room and lovely practical kitchen opening to outdoor terrace, filtered pool and low-maintenance garden. The master bedroom and bath are completely separate for peace and privacy.

Contemporary home for sale in Merida YucatanUpstairs, a spacious one-bedroom apartment with full kitchen – perfect for rental, adult children or guests. All bedrooms have mini-split a/c and there is a one car gated garage with extra storage.

Move right in, all lovely furnishings and appliances stay including linens, dishes and gas grill – only exception a few pieces of art and personal possessions!

The property features:

- Three bedrooms and three bathrooms

- Master bedroom and bathroom suite completely separate and private

- Recent construction, built to US Standards

- Living room opens to outdoor terrace

- Kitchen is practical and open to the outdoor terrace as well

- Second bedroom is downstairs with ensuite bathroom

- Filtered swimming pool

- Low maintenance garden

Contemporary home for sale in Merida Yucatan- Upstairs completely separate bedroom with bathroom and kitchenette

- One car gated garage with storage area

- Comes with all furnishings, appliances including linens, dishes and gas grill

- Additional photos on the website.

Sale price: $249,900 USD

For more information, additional photos and details,
click below to see the listing on our website:
Contemporary, Airy & Bright

*****

We at Tierra Yucatan Real Estate want to be the first to welcome you to Merida! On our listings in these pages in YucatanLiving.com, you’ll find some of the current Best Picks from our website.

As Merida’s premiere realtors, we do our best to have a wide and complete range of well-priced properties and are happy to show you anything you may find online, no matter which real estate agency is listing the property. Send us an email and we’ll take care of setting up a viewing! We look forward to hosting you in Merida and helping you find your perfect Yucatan home.

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Call us in Merida at (+52) 999-923-7615!

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East meets West home for sale in Merida YucatanEast meets West home for sale in Merida Yucatan

East Meets West in Merida

Glowing colors, sunlight and shadow, here is your riad in Merida! In the main house, open generous living and dining rooms, both formal and informal, large gourmet kitchen with center island (kitchen appliances included in the sale), and a comfortable guest room with private bath. On the covered terrace and overlooking the stunning pool, a second kitchen for al fresco dining.

To the rear of the very large lot is the huge master bedroom with high ceiling, large closet and blue mosaic detailed master bath. This room has wonderful East meets West house for sale in Merida Yucatanventilation as it has gardens on both sides with screened doors and windows. The private second garden is a shady jungle of palms, heliconias and tropical flowers… a cool retreat.

This home has been reduced to bargain price for a quick sale. The seller says “Bring an offer” and is including kitchen appliances and the dining room set. If you make a decent offer, many other furnishings are negotiable!

The house features:

    East meets West house for sale in Merida Yucatan

  • A 66 meter long lot
  • Two bedrooms with two bathrooms
  • Courtyard, tropical garden and fountain
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Roof top terrace
  • Water softener
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Existing fideicomiso
  • All kitchen appliances included in the sale

Sale price: $264,900 USD

For more information, additional photos and details,
click below to see the listing on our website:
East Meets West For Sale in Merida

*****

East meets West house for sale in Merida Yucatan

We at Tierra Yucatan Real Estate want to be the first to welcome you to Merida! On our listings in these pages in YucatanLiving.com, you’ll find some of the current Best Picks from our website.

As Merida’s premiere realtors, we do our best to have a wide and complete range of well-priced properties and are happy to show you anything you may find online, no matter which real estate agency is listing the property. Send us an email and we’ll take care of setting up a viewing! We look forward to hosting you in Merida and helping you find your perfect Yucatan home.

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Call us in Merida at (+52) 999-923-7615!

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Modern kitchen in renovated colonial in Merida Yucatan

Modern Beauty in Santa Lucia Merida

This beautifully renovated colonial has been turned into a magnificent modern home in the very center of Merida. On the street, the beautiful facade adds color and elegance to the neighborhood. Inside, the mood transforms into one of sleek and peaceful modernity.

The property features:

- Original design and construction by award-winning architect Henry Ponce

- High ceilings and sliding glass doors allow for great ventilation

- Beautiful renovation that combines colonial and modern touches

- Master suite, roof terrace and swimming pool on second story, creating a lovely private environment

- Kitchen has large island, beautiful built-in wooden cabinets and granite countertops

- Second bedroom is downstairs with ensuite bathroom

- Additional half bath for guests

- Open, airy living and dining rooms

- Downstairs laundry and storage

- Additional photos on the website.

Sale price: $249,000 USD

For more information, additional photos and details,
click below to see the listing on our website:
Modern Beauty in Santa Lucia

*****

We at Tierra Yucatan Real Estate want to be the first to welcome you to Merida! On our listings in these pages in YucatanLiving.com, you’ll find some of the current Best Picks from our website.

Roof deck pool and sitting area in modern home in Merida Yucatan

As Merida’s premiere realtors, we do our best to have a wide and complete range of well-priced properties and are happy to show you anything you may find online, no matter which real estate agency is listing the property. Send us an email and we’ll take care of setting up a viewing! We look forward to hosting you in Merida and helping you find your perfect Yucatan home.

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Call us in Merida at (+52) 999-923-7615!

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For information on This Week’s Events in Merida
Please check our Weekly Events Article
or our Month-At-A-Glance Calendar

Ongoing Events

Monday (Lunes)

Yucatan Living Kabbalah Course (Mondays) for 20 Mondays starting in July 2014
Discover the science that explains the meaning of life. This course is sponsored by the Kabbalah Mexico Education & Research Institute.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas; Av. Colon x Calle 20 / Col Garcia Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday
More Information: Ing. Vicente Kú May or Lic. Jorge Alberto Buenfil Valencia: Phone: 987-3383 or cell: (999) 904-8677

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary. The library really needs English-speaking participants, as word is getting out that this is a great place to learn English. It also happens to be a great place to learn Spanish, too, and to make some friends outside of the expat community. Come and participate!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.Vaqueria in Merida, Yucatan
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Small Donation

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Hennessy’s Movie Night
Each week, a new movie. Watch outside with friends while you enjoy dinner or a drink or both.
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub / Polo Bar, Paseo Montejo x 61 y 43, Centro Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Jehovah’s Witnesses: English Meetings
Location: Calle 50 #231 x 19 y 21, Col. Roma (near Plaza Las Americas).
Time: 7:00 PM, every Monday

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Vaqueria
Performances by the Ballet Folklorico de Merida, accompanied by the Orchestra Jaranera. This celebration has its roots in the 18th century, when cattle ranching was the main source of wealth on the Yucatan Peninsula. Ranchers held huge fiestas to show off their wealth during branding time. The dances were adapted by the wives of the cowboys and soon developed into the signature dances of Yucatan.
Preview: Monday’s Vaqueria
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace (the building with the clock), Calle 62 x 63
Time: The first note of “Aires Yucatecos” begins at 9:00 PM, every Monday
Admission: Free

 

 Tuesday (Martes)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida English Library House Tours
The MEL House Tours are the original tours, and the only ones in Merida where all the proceeds go to benefit the non-profit library. Meet at the Merida English Library at 9 AM for a three hour tour of finished homes, renovated homes, homes-in-process and private homes. Enjoy the tour multiple times, because every time is different! Check the website to see when the tours start in the fall.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between 66 and 68
Dates and Time: 9:00 AM, every Tuesday from October through April
Admission: Members and Guests: $150 pesos, Non-members: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Musical Memories
This weekly dance has been held every Tuesday night since Valentine’s Day, 1984. Come out and enjoy the Big Band sounds of the 1940′s, performed by members of the wonderful Jaranera Orchestra. Best of all, this is a great place to practice your chachacha and your mambo, or just sit and watch others enjoy dancing under the stars. You can even have dinner at a cocina economica while you watch!
Preview: A Salsa Night in Parque de Santiago 
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida French Afternoons at Negrita Cantina
French conversation for all levels, with support by the French Alliance of Merida. This is the place to come and enjoy either learning or practicing new French language skills or, for those for whom French is their native language, to enjoy the familiar sounds of home.
Location: La Negrita Cantina, Calle 62 x 49, Barrio de Santa Ana, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: $30 pesos, space limited to 15

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Chelem: Tuesday Farmer’s Market
Hosted by Artistas de la Playa and Masai Maya Bistro. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, handicrafts, art, children’s activities, entertainment.
Location: at the left of the 1st tope in Chelem
Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: Free but be prepared to shop and eat!

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Wholefood Market
Location: on the highway between Chelem and Churburna, beside Natural Thangs Garden Center on Graciella’s beautiful property. Available every week, food, as well as jewelry, blankets, trinkets, etc.
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: Free but be prepared to shop and eat!

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida Men’s Club
This is a multi-national English-speaking group whose members live in or near Merida, Yucatan. They meet for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. Speakers are invited to address the group on topics of interest. No dues. No officers. No bylaws.
Location: Main Restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel, Calle 60 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 AM to about 9:30 AM, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and 5th Tuesday if there is one.
Admission: Donation plus buffet is $130 pesos. Bring a friend!
Donations Support: Chicxulub Food Bank and Kids Breakfast Program of Cholul.
Additional Information: Roger Bowie at 924-6792 or Dan Ninburg at 928-2878.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida AA Steps Meetings in English
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, every Tuesday
Location: Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68, Centro
Admission: Donation
Contact: www.meridaenglishlibrary.com or (999) 924-8401

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Curry Night at Hennessy’s
Home made curry dishes cooked by the man himself, Sean Hennessy. Reservations almost certainly required.
Location: Hennessy’s Restaurant on Paseo de Montejo
Dates and Time: 8:30 PM, every Tuesday
Admission: $250 pesos for all you can eat.

 

Wednesday (Miércoles)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Al-Anon Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 PM, every Wednesday
Admission: Donation

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida To Remember is to Live
This is a dance that begins early and ends at a reasonable hour. Music is provided by the Jaranera Orchestra, with their signature Big Band sound. It was originally intended as an entertainment venue for older dancers, but lots of other folks use it as yet another opportunity to perfect their dance steps.
Location: Parque Zoologico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 x Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida AA Discussion Meetings in English
Location: Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68, Centro
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: Donation
Contact: www.meridaenglishlibrary.com or (999) 924-8401

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies are shown. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Serenata Yucateca (Yucatecan Serenade)
This is the defining serenade of Merida and has been performed every Thursday night for over 40 years. Parque Santa Lucia, home to the Altar to Trova is the center of Merida’s romantic heart. If you are a visitor, make sure to see this particular serenade. It is well worth becoming a part of your first memory of Merida.
Preview: Trova and Merida with Los Juglares
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 9:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Events in Merida AA Meeting in English
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM, every Thursday

 

Friday (Viernes)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Denis Lafoy’s TGIF
This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency and held in Hennessy’s Bar on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones.Botanas (snacks) are provided.
Location: Hennessy’s Restaurant, Paseo Montejo #486 x 41 y 43, across the street from the Anthropology Museum
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, first Friday of the month
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Events in MeridaWeekly Language Exchange
Every Friday in Hotel Campestre there is a language exchange. The comfortable setting is very peaceful, on the terrace, with great coffee. If you want to meet new friends, practice foreign languages, and have great time, please do come and join this group. There is someone new at every meeting, so don’t be afraid to come alone. Find out more at this meet-up group, Merida Language Exchange Meetup.
Location: Hotel Campestre, Calle 1d No. 248 x 36 y Prol. Montejo, Fracc. Campestre, www.meridacampestre.com/
Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, every Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida MEL-O-Nights
This is a chance for the locals to meet the ‘extranjeros’ in a casual setting in the gardens at MEL. There is a cash bar and great botanas (snacks). Please join us for this sociable evening… meeting old friends and making new ones! If you want to know more, call the Library at 999-924-8401.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:30 PM, every Third Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida Jewish Circle Weekly Services
Friday morning shacharit services, some social events. For information and a weekly email with candle lighting times and more, write Alan or Ken at ComunidadJudiadeMerida [at] gmail [dot] com.
Location: To be sent by e-mail
Time: To be sent by e-mail
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado)

Tours of the Cathedral in English

The tour includes the choir loft, the north belltower, parts of the roof and more! This news is very exciting because these spaces were previously off limits. We often Merida Cathedral tours in Englishforget that we live with the second oldest Cathedral in the New World, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso. Merida’s cathedral is built on top of the Mayan city of T’ho. Many of the stones used in the construction of the cathedral and other old structures in Merida were taken from the temples of this ancient city. Some of us pass the Cathedral every day and hardly take notice of it anymore. These tours will be a way for English speakers to learn more about the Cathedral and better appreciate its role in the history of Yucatan.
Time: The tour in English is on Saturdays at 10:00 AM. The tour in Spanish is on Saturdays at 4:00 PM.
Admission: $50 pesos per person with tickets available inside the main doors of the Cathedral.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Operas at the Movies
Operas are presented on the first Saturday of every month. This has become one of the most well attended events in the City and we hope to see everyone there!
Location: Movie theatre at the Mundo Maya Museum by Siglo XXI
Time: Brief opera talk 11:30 AM, Opera begins 12:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie or Documentary
Each week, a new and interesting movie. Check our weekly events listing for the movie this week! Or check their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Events in Merida International Women’s Club Breakfast
The IWC holds a non-host breakfast that is open to both members and to potential members. You can read about the IWC here and check their calendar.
Location: Tecnologica Turistica Total, Calle 57 #492 x 56 y 58 in Merida centro
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon, last Saturday of every month except December, July & August
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Slow Foods Farmer’s Market
Organic produce, organic eggs, organic coffee, miscellaneous organic goods, cut flowers and potted plants, artisanal cheeses, ethnic foods homemade baked goods, homemade pasta, sauces, dips, preserves, organic honey, organic meats and much more! A great place to meet fellow expatriates as well.
Location: Avenida Reforma (Calle 72) x Avenida Colon, García Ginéres
Time: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Mérida Mens Club
No dues and no officers – just great camaraderie, wonderful speakers, and loads of information about subjects of general and local interest. The Merida Men’s Club is a multi-national, English-speaking group that meets for coffee, breakfast and friendly conversation. For more information, contact Dan Ninburg (928-3866) or Roger Bowie (924-6792). You can also contact Dan via e-mail at: bushninburg [at] yahoo [dot] com
Location: Different locations
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, last Saturday of every month
Admission: Free (bring a friend)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Noche Mexicana
Each Saturday night, there is a performance on an outdoor stage at the beginning of Paseo de Montejo, often from a musical or dance group from another part of Mexico. Chairs are set up for the audience, but there is often standing room only. Booths selling food and handicrafts are set up in the park. The purpose of this performance is to bring all of Mexico to Merida and to our tourists from all over the world.
Location: At the beginning of Paseo de Montejo, at the Remate (corner of Calle 47)
Time: 8:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
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, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

 

Sunday (Domingo)

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Bici-Ruta
The Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 AM. It ends at 12:30 PM. The route usually begins at Ermita de Santa Isabel, with stops at Monumento a la Patria, Paseo de Montejo x 33 y Ave. Cupules, Paseo de Montejo x 29, Paseo de Montejo x Ave. del deportista, and Paseo de Montejo x 42. Along the way, participants can participate in health education programs, music and dancing, art and sculpture classes, soccer games and more. If anyone wants to pick up a chess game, one can be found on the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9:00 AM. There is a complete listing of activities (they change weekly) on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, runs through the Plaza Grande and ends at the glorietta on Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo (by Burger King), also in Ciudad Caucel around Animaya/
Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, every Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida En Domingo
Sunday downtown is a spectacular tradition in Merida. Start at the center of the city, where booths are set up all the Plaza Grande. Inside the plaza, you can find huipiles, guayaberas, honey, dolls, bags, tee-shirts and more. Everything is made for sale by the local people of Yucatan. The outer ring of booths sell food, such as marquesitas, tacos, cochinita, ice cream (try the coconut), fruit, drinks, etc. If the crowd starts to get to you, wander up Calle 60 to Santa Lucia Park, at Calle 55, where you can also find antiques, old books and other curiosities. At that lovely park, there is also live music, lots of dancing, and more great food.
Location: in the Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Parque Santa Lucia (Cale 60 x 55) and MACAY Museum (Calle 60 x 61 y 63).
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, every Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Movie at Cairo Cinema Cafe
2 movies. Check our weekly events listing for the titles or check their website.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17 Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, every Sunday
Admission: $30 pesos, includes popcorn and $50 pesos for both movies.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Sunday Art on Paseo de Montejo
Every Sunday there are artists displaying and selling their fine art along Paseo Montejo. There are usually 20 or more artists showing their paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and more. This is your chance to meet the artists, see what’s new and maybe pick up something great for those big empty walls in your new renovated home in Merida or that house by the beach.
Location: Paseo de Montejo in front of VIPS (on the southeast corner of Avenida Colon, across from WalMart)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, every Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Events in Merida English Church Services
All denominations welcome.
Location: The church, Presbyterian Iglesia Jesus, is located in Progreso on the corner of Calle 35 and Calle 80. Traveling from Merida to Progreso, cross over the Chixculub Telchac highway (passing Aurrera Bodega supermarket on the right). Take a left onto Calle 35, cross over Calle 80 and the church is on the left side on the corner of Calle 35 and 82.
Time: Service is at 8:30 AM, every Sunday.
For further information: Call or email bilingual Pastor David Correa (969) 935-1678 or email iglesiajesus [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx.

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Cathedral Mass in English
The Mass includes all Protestant denominations and Catholics. Two priests, alternating weekly, are sharing the provision of services. Some of those attending mass in English go to breakfast after the service and everyone is welcome to join in.
Location: In the North facing chapel to the left of the big altar in the main Cathedral on the Plaza Grande.
Time: 9:00 AM, every Sunday

Yucatan Living Events in Merida Merida: Jehovah’s Witnesses English Services
Location: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calle 50 #231 x 19 y 21, Colonia Roma (near Plaza Las Americas)
Time: 9:00 AM, every Sunday
Admission: Public is welcome, No collections. See jw.org for more information.

 

 

For information on This Week’s One-Time Events in Merida
please check our Weekly Events Calendar

If you know of a regular ongoing event in Merida and the surrounding area that you think should be included here, please email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com

 

By Working Gringos

Photographer looking for a second shooter for a wedding.

Find out more here:

http://fearlessconnect.com/november-1-2014-merida-mexico/

By Working Gringos

Double beds with art from Central AmericaMaster bedroomRomantic full size bed at Casa Tarus in Merida
Blue Bathroom at Casa Tarus in MeridaSpacious and comfortable kitchen in this vacation rental in downtown Merida
Comfortable reading sala
Laughing Lady Painting at Casa TaurusPatio outside in Casa Taurus
Garden at Casa Tarus vacation rental in Merida
Roof deck with trees in Merida Yucatan
Terrace chairs on roof at Casa Taurus

 

 

Casa Taurus

3 Bedroom Vacation Rental Home

in Merida’s Centro Historico

Casa Taurus Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico offers its guests an atmosphere of creative energy. The owner has accessorized each of the six spacious rooms with paintings, pottery, and folk art from the area. Most of the furniture reflects the creative and bountiful talent of local Yucatan artisans.

There are two air-conditioned bedrooms that share a full bath.  A third rear bedroom has its own connected bathroom.  The rear bedroom has cross ventalation as well, with two walls of windows looking out into the breeze-filled garden.

 

Foyer at Casa Taurus

 

A Place To Relax

All rooms have overhead fans.. These colorful spaces of yellows, orange, and purple have three doors opening into the charming and luscious garden with plants that grow like "Jack and the Beanstalk".  One of the wonderful aspects of living in Merida is the ability to live outdoors. Casa Taurus offers a number of outdoor living opportunities, including a morning breakfast patio just outside the kitchen, a rear terrace covered with old world roof tiles that is seductively furnished with comfortable seating for reading or visiting.  And for sunbathing and moon gazing, there is the rooftop terrace.

 

2 chairs in the garden in Merida Yucatan

 

Amenities

  • 2 air-conditioned bedrooms that share a full bath
  • 1 bedroom with attached bath and garden view
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Garden with night lighting
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Breakfast patio terrace
  • Large covered sitting terrace surrounded by garden
  • Housekeeping provided once a month; more frequent visits can be arranged.
  • Gardening provided once a month.
  • English-speaking house manager available for check-in and for emergencies

 

Statue in the garden at Casa Tarus

 

References

"This is our third time here – feels like coming home. Looking forward to returning many more times"
-Tom & Jerry, Minnesota

"Terrific house and location… great visit!"
-Ellen Brown, Seattle, WA

"Comfortable and pretty house. Great location. Perfect!"
-Andrea, Montreal, Canada

"Loved the house, the paintings, the location. It was a wonderful visit."
-Jane, NYC, NY

Location

Casa Taurus couldn’t be in a better location! Behind the colonial facade, you’ll find yourself in a private and quiet colorful retreat. Step outside, and you are just two blocks from Calle 60, the main avenue in the Centro Historico, and just four blocks from the zocalo, the center of town. Restaurants, shopping, museums, events and more are just a stroll away from the front door of this charming vacation rental.

And it’s really easy to take a public bus to the beach in Progreso. The bus stop is at Calle 64 and Calle 57, just steps away from the front door, and the bus ride costs less than $2.00 USD.

Prices

Casa Taurus rental prices:

$500 USD per week (except December)

$950 USD for one month (except December)

$600 USD per week (December)

$1200 USD for one month (December)

Prices include housecleaning and gardening once per week. Additional visits can be arranged and paid for separately.

Price does not include phone, electricity or water. Cellular phone provided but guest must buy their own time on the phone, which is done easily at any local convenience store.

Deposit required. Amount dependent on duration of rental.

 

Contact Information

To rent Casa Taurus, please contact Jerry Young:

212-535-7499

Or through email: JTYoung4 [at] verizon [dot] net

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing this great city!

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: The results of the latest ferry questionnaire are in, and it seems that the promise of the ferry service between Yucatan and the USA might become a reality in 2015. Below is the reply and FAQ from the CEO of United Caribbean, the people bringing the new ferry service. And below that, the questionnaire that was sent out two years ago.

In early 2014, the investors in this project again asked for input and were happy to get over 2000 responses. Below are some of the questions that were posed and the answers from the head of United Caribbean. One very large remaining question is the US port and Yucatan port. United Caribbean is still in negotiations with the ports and is therefore not able to declare the ports at this time. As soon as the ports and confirmed, we will update you with that information.

Here’s Bruce Nierenberg, Chairman and CEO of United Caribbean:

We will have a nice introductory offer for our first time users when we start. We will also have discounts, which will be based on seasonality and time of travel. We intend to make it possible for those customers who use the ferry regularly to get the best prices, best discounts and the most benefits.

I will make sure that people who responded to our questionnaire or who send me their email addresses now will receive the introductory offers first as an appreciation for their help with the surveys. We hope to be ready to begin bookings in October 2014 for April trips. Those offers will include upgrades, special rates on cars and goodies on board.

We expect the round trip fare for the ferry, including a cabin and all food and entertainment on board, to start at $350 USD per round trip. Cars will probably cost $95 USD one way. Again, frequent users will pay lower rates. We have even discussed the idea of super special rates by buying ticket books in advance that will provide the lowest possible rates, guaranteed space on certain dates, and the lowest car rates.

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

  • 1. Can we bring small pets? Yes.
  • 2. Can I bring extra stuff for my residence in Mexico other than luggage and what fits in my car? Yes. We will have special personal cargo bins that can hold up to 1000 lbs, including bulky items like bedding, appliances, even a refrigerator. We will rent the bins one way for $95 USD.
  • 3. Can I bring an RV? Yes.
  • 4. Motorcycles? Yes.
  • 5. Small boats? Yes.
  • 6. When will the web site be up? It is already being prepared. We will have a preliminary site up by the end of August that will have show schedules and prices. We will send out an email to everyone when the site is ready.
  • 7. When will bookings start? Our target is October 2014.
  • 8. When will first voyage be? Our target is April 2015.
  • 9. Will this be a year-round service ? Yes. We are planning 2 round trips per week between the U.S. And the Yucatan, 52 weeks a year.
  • 10. How will we be able to book? Online thru the website, and through major online travel sellers like Expedia, Orbitz, etc.

For more information or to get on the mailing list, you can contact:

Bruce Nierenberg
Chairman CEO
United Caribbean Lines
1369 Lexington Ave.
Davenport (Orlando) Fl. 33837
(321) 427-0332

The Ferry Questionnaire 2012

The past year has not brought a lot of forward momentum with the ferry project in spite of the interest of Ferry From Yucatan, Mexico to Florida, United Statesthree different ferry companies and many false start dates. The scandals which precipitated personnel changes at the Progreso Port Authority certainly didn’t help the situation. However, things have been happening behind the scenes and from what I understand a number of feasibility studies have been done in the Tampa area showing the ferry project is viable. So far, the inability to complete a feasibility study within the expatriate community continues to be a stumbling block, especially with investors.

Hopefully, we have learned from the mistakes of the previous ferry services in the area and responses from the previous expat surveys, and we have modified the original plans. Super high speed ferries are now being considered to shorten the crossing times. Other ideas include frequent user plans, and even free vehicle bonuses. A year round weekly crossing schedule with frequency based on use patterns and peak seasons is also being considered. As this service will take some years to become profitable, investor backing will be the key to success.

We know many of you have already completed one or both of the previous surveys but United Caribbean Lines is asking for your input once again. The results will directly influence investors and the more responses the better. Please forward this email and ask everyone you know who may travel this direction to answer the questions and forward their responses to United Caribbean Lines. If you have access to expatriate websites, blogs or travel groups, please have all your members respond and forward the questions on to any other websites and blogs you use anywhere in Central America. Even if you have no interest in using the ferry service please respond. We need to establish how many expats live in the Yucatan and Central America.

If you are comfortable letting UCL know how to reach you, they would like to extend some special courtesies, goodies, discounts and upgrades for helping them, when the ferry service begins. Just put your email address and mailing address in Central America on your answers to the questionnaire so UCL can reach you with the offers when they get started.

Please copy the following questions with your answers in an email and send your responses as soon as possible to Bruce Nierenburg at United Caribbean Lines.

BNIERENBERG [at] AOL [dot] COM

Questionnaire for Expats living in Central America for new Ferry Service of United Caribbean Lines

  • Where in Central America is your current home?
  • How many family members reside in your Central American home?
  • Do you maintain a second home in the U.S. or Canada?
  • When you travel to go to the U.S or Canada to visit friends family etc. What is your destination?
  • How many times a year do you make this trip?
  • If you have more than one place you travel to in the U.S or Canada please list those additional destinations
  • How often do you travel to these secondary destinations each calendar year?
  • When you go do you drive or fly? If both what is the approx. % for each?
  • Do you have pets? Do you take them when you return to the U.S or Canada?
  • When you return to the U.S. or Canada do you shop for supplies etc. For your home in Central America?
  • When you travel from your home in Central America to the U.S. or Canada are there times of the year you do most of the travel? If so, when?
  • Do friends and family come to Central America each year to visit you? If so how often?
  • Do you own an RV in Central America?
  • Would you take it on the ferry?
  • What would be the most important reasons you would take the ferry to Florida?

Please number the following reasons in order of importance for using the ferry. Number 1 is the most important and Number 10 is the least.

  • Go back to other homes in U.S. and or Canada ____
  • Visit family and friends ____
  • Shopping ____
  • Vacationing in Florida  ____
  • I can take my car or RV ___
  • Go to Florida to use airports for further travel ___
  • Go to Florida to get on a cruise ____
  • Just to get away for a short trip ____
  • Travel for medical purposes ___
  • Other ( please name ) ______

 

Additional comments or things you would like us to know to help serve you better with our new ferry service:

Your Name and address in Central America:

Your email address:

Thank you from all of us at United Caribbean Lines

—Tamara Magnusson

By Byron D. Augustin

El Morro in Havana Cuba

Havana Harbor

Havana Harbor is the heart of activity that brought the city of Havana to life and it remains the focal point of a considerable portion of the city’s economic success. The natural harbor has three distinct bays connected to the ocean by a narrow channel that needs to be consistently dredged to allow entry for large modern vessels. A series of aging fortresses are located on both sides of the channel, the remnants of early attempts to protect the crown jewel in Spain’s Latin American colonial empire. If time allows, I suggest you visit all of the fortresses. If time only permits a visit to one site, make it El Morro with its imposing 82-foot-high lighthouse. Situated on a bluff overlooking the entrance to the bay, the El Morro fortress provided the front line defense of Havana’s harbor.

Havana Harbor in CubaThere are two methods for getting to El Morro from Old Havana where most tourists stay. You can take land transportation through a tunnel that passes under the channel and delivers you to the eastern side of the bay. Or you can catch a ferry directly across from the new Russian Orthodox Church located on the waterfront. The ferry is a little slower but it provides an opportunity to feel the pulse of the port as you pass oil tankers, a refinery, grain elevators, container shipping docks, and warehouses. Once you are across the harbor, you can grab a taxi for the short ride to El Morro.

One of the most imposing monuments on the Malecon (the walkway along the water) is dedicated to the 266 American sailors who lost their lives in 1898, when an explosion ripped the U.S. Battleship Maine apart and sent the once-proud vessel to the bottom of Havana Bay. That event was the spark that helped initiate the Spanish-American War and gave the United States control over Cuba, Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. From that moment, the United States had their political noses stuck directly in Cuba’s business, a position the country has had difficulty dislodging.

On the Water

There are some cruise lines that make port calls in Havana, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, and Punta Francés on Isla Juventud but none of those originate in the United States. We observed both a large standard cruise liner and a three-mast sailing cruise vessel, both registered out of Valletta, Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. When the embargo is lifted, the cruises out of Miami will likely be as thick as flies. Cuba then has every chance of becoming the major stop for cruises that sail the Caribbean, originating in the United States plying the Caribbean.

Classic Car Heaven

All those Chevys, Fords, Chryslers, Dodges, Edsels and Studebakers from the 50′s and earlier that we thought had died long ago are alive and well in Cuba. Nothing pleased me more than when our group leader let me slip away for a few minutes and sit on a wall in front of the Hotel Havana Libre located on one of the busiest streets in the city. My digital camera was literally smoking! Within about twenty minutes, almost every car I dreamed of owning in high school and college passed in front of me.

I almost felt like I was sitting at the local A & W Drive In, watching all the cool dudes and hot chicks “cruzin’” on a spring day in the Midwest. The music of the Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Jerry Lee Lewis floated through my memories. The immense numbers of those classic American cars that are still being driven boggled my mind. Some are in pristine condition, while others are being held together by wire and Duct tape. Many of these cars that are still on the road Diesel engine in Havana Cubaare at least 55 to 70 years old. Parts are hard to find and I just kept thinking that I want the franchise for the first auto parts store when the embargo is lifted.

On one of our “People to People” field trips, our group traveled to our study site in three different taxis: a classic Ford, a Chrysler and a Dodge. I asked our driver how he could coax all those years out of his engine. He told me that the engine had died years ago. Almost all of the classic cars you see in Cuba have had the original engine replaced by a diesel engine. In our trio of cars, the Chrysler had a Kia diesel, the Dodge was running a Peugeot diesel, and the Ford had a big old Romanian diesel squeezed under the hood. The diesels are more economical and will last much longer than a gasoline engine, but the air pollution they are contributing to the skies of Havana is noticeable.

Street Treats

Many Cubans are quickly realizing that tourists offer great opportunities to improve their economic position in life and have some fun at the same time. Some money-making schemes involves a tourist getting his or her photo taken with a Cuban offering a National Geographic Moment. Favorites are beautiful Cuban women dressed in Che Guevara photo opp in Havana Cubavibrant colored, full-length dresses, with baskets of fake tropical fruits. They offer to give men a kiss on the cheek while the wife or girlfriend takes the photo. Sorry girls, but we did not see any handsome dudes with similar offerings. There is a gregarious, outgoing, wonderful little man with a great white beard usually found in the area of the National Cathedral. He will place a Che Guevara hat on a man’s head, put a huge fake cigar in the tourist’s hand and encourage friends or family to take a picture. Some of the best-costumed mimes I have ever seen will also pose for a photo with tourists. A tip of one CUC ($1 USD) is expected and everyone involved seems to have fun. If they approach you and you are not interested, we found you can just politely say no. We did see one or two individuals who will purposely step in front of your attempted photo shot, make ugly, contorted faces, and then demand to be paid. We just lowered our camera and waited to take the photo after they went away.

On the Road

Travel in Cuba is not difficult, but unless you are a masochist, avoid travelling by train. The Central Train Station in Havana (pictured above) has a beautiful façade, but once you pass through the doors, everything changes. The passenger cars are almost always crowded, dirty, and noisy. The trains seldom arrive on schedule. One exception is the simple but not badly run Hershey Electric Train that travels from Havana to Matanzas. It is slow, but not terribly uncomfortable, and passes through some attractive countryside.

The long distance buses, by contrast, are superb. Viazul offers the premiere bus fleet and will take you from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in about 16 hours, with stops in major cities. There is one express bus each night that stops only in Camaguey, but makes the trip in 12 hours. In Havana, bus service ranges from excellent to absolutely horrible. If you are a first time visitor, buy a five CUC ($5) ticket and ride the route of the Transtur HavanaBusTour double-decker bus. If the weather is good, go to the upper deck, and sit in an outside seat for incredible Havana photo opportunities.

For just scooting around Havana on short trips, there are several choices and we tried them all. No matter which service you use, always agree on the cost of the trip prior to leaving. There are some modern taxis that run meters but our preference was the large fleet of classic American cars that are used as taxis. The better the condition they are in, the higher the rate. A 57 Chevy Bel Air convertible will be quite pricey. My wife and I both liked the pace of the Pedi-cabs (bicycle cabs) peddled Taxi in Havana Cubaaround Havana, usually by younger men. We had a really great ride in a horse-drawn carriage that took us through some of Havana’s industrial district while the driver lectured., but some of the other participants did not get similar service. For just flat-out fun, hire a Coco Taxi. They have a fiberglass shell shaped like a coconut, which is mounted on a motorcycle. They seat two or three passengers and dart in and out of traffic honking extremely loud horns and in general irritating other drivers and pedestrians.

Hidden Treasures

The negatives of the more restricted scheduling that results from jumping through the hoops demanded by the U.S. Treasury Department for the licensing to conduct a “People to People” tour are sometimes offset by unique opportunities that other tourists may miss. Two such examples from our tour were a visit to a rare cactus garden and a breathtaking Orchid Botanical Garden.

The cactus collection is located just outside of Havana near Cotorro. Nicknamed the Patio de Raúl by the locals, it contains more than 1,200 species of Peyote  cactus in Havana Cubacactus from Cuba and many other Latin American countries. Assembling the collection has been a labor of love for Raúl, the owner, and we were told that cactus collectors and international experts arrive from around the world to catch a glimpse of some truly rare cacti.

The plants are displayed in a greenhouse and an open garden setting, and if you are lucky, some will be displaying their vivid and exotic colored blossoms when you visit. Many cacti display extraordinarily beautiful, brightly colored flowers, meant to attract pollinating humming birds and insects. You will have the opportunity to see a peyote cactus associated with spiritual ceremonies among Native Americans in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. The collection has received the Triple Crown Award from the National Group of Urban and Suburban Agriculture in Havana Province.

Tropical botanical gardens in CubaApproximately 55 miles west of Havana just off the highway to Pinar del Rio, a tropical paradise lies nestled among the slopes of the Sierra del Rosario. The area is so special it has been identified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Within the confines of the reserve, eight and one-half acres of land were developed in the 1940s as an orchid garden. Don Tomás Felipe Camacho, a wealthy Spanish attorney developed the gardens to honor his daughter who died in childbirth. Camacho travelled the world collecting orchids and amassed a collection of more than 700 different species, about one-third of which are endemic to Cuba.

Orchids in CubaThe guides at this botanical garden are well trained and provide excellent information as you stroll down winding paths surrounded by luxurious vegetation. The gardens also contain fifty different trees native to Cuba and more than 20,000 additional plant species. The site’s official name is Jardín Botánico Orquideario Soroa and Camacho created a library on-site with books and research papers specializing in orchids and other ornamental plants. The Soroa area is simply too beautiful to miss.

There’s still more to tell you about Cuba! The third and final article in our Cuba series will review religion, an extraordinary cemetery, music, dance, sports, and tobacco.

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Byron Augustin and his wife Rebecca traveled to Cuba in early 2014 and are sharing their experience and their photographs with our readers. Lucky us! If you didn’t get to read Cuba: Our Mysterious Neighbor, Part I, read it here.

By Khaki and Working Gringa

The influence of France on Yucatan architecture in Merida YucatanYou can walk down Paseo de Montejo in downtown Merida and see the French influence in the architecture… the ornate wrought-iron banisters and window protectors, the beautiful molding on the old mansions, the structure and dignity of the mansions themselves. There are echoes of Parisian taste and design everywhere. As it turns out, when Merida was one of, if not THE wealthiest city in the world at the turn of the 20th Century, many of Merida’s wealthy citizens used their newly found wealth to travel to, learn from and import art, architecture and other amenities from France.

Franco-Mexican Wars

But this was not the first time that France and Mexico came into contact. If you study history, you know that the relationships between nations are often defined by the wars fought between them. In the case of France and Mexico, there were two major wars fought between these countries, in large part based on economics, rather than on moral, religious, or other deeply divisive grounds.

The First Franco-Mexican War (called The Pastry War) took place between 1838 and 1839. That war started when Mexican soldiers looted a French pastry chef’s shop Mexico City. The incident took on international dimensions, and France demanded reparations of $600,000 pesos, a fortune in those days, and that all French loans to Mexico be paid immediately and in full. When Presidente Bustamante of Mexico refused to pay, France blockaded ports from Yucatan to the Rio Grande, bombed a fort and seized the port of Veracruz. When Mexicans started smuggling goods in through Corpus Christi, Texas, the USA was worried that they too were going to be blockaded, and started supporting the French. General Santa Anna even got involved, and lost his leg for his troubles. Finally, with the diplomatic intervention of Great Britain, Mexico paid the $600,000 pesos and France withdrew on March 9, 1839.

The execution of Emperor Maximilian by Edouard ManetThe Second Franco-Mexican War (known by many names, including The Maximilian Affair) took place between 1861 and 1867. Some of the reasons for the start of the war included (1) Mexico had huge, unpaid debts to the French, British, and Spanish and President Benito Juarez stopped paying interest on the loans, (2) France needed a powerful Catholic neighbor to counterbalance the growing number of American Protestants and (3) Napoleon very much wanted to exploit the silver mines in Mexico to finance his empire-building habit.

Maximilian, an Austrian backed by France, accepted the crown of Emperor of Mexico in 1864. Emperor Maximilian presided over Mexico from 1864 to 1867, with the Empress Carlota at his side. During their short reign, Carlota took her empress duties very seriously, and even managed what was then a strenuous trip to visit the Yucatan, seeing Uxmal while she was here. But Emperor Maximilian never presided over anything resembling a peaceful state. Battles waged between the Conservatives in Mexico City (backed by Spain and France) and the Liberals in Veracruz (backed by the USA under President Lincoln), including the battle for Puebla which is now celebrated the world over (except in most of Mexico) as Cinco de Mayo. Finally, assisted by the diplomatic intervention of the United States, along with the capture and execution of Maximilian, France withdrew from Mexico and the Republic of Mexico was restored in 1867.

Recent Historical Contact Between Yucatan and France

By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were more millionaires in Merida than in any city in the world because of the production of henequen, the raw resource for sisal rope for the shipping industry. This led to wealthy Meridanos sending their children to private schools in Paris and then combining shopping with picking up the children at the end of the school year. Ships would travel to Europe with henequen and rope, and return with French art, artifacts, furniture and fashions, with A roof tile from Marseille in a Yucatan Hacienda in MexicoFrench roof tiles in the holds as additional ballast. We have spoken to some of the descendants of the wealthy of those times, and they have told us stories of their grandparents taking themselves and all their servants to France for months at a time, returning laden with furnishings for their homes and French artisans and architects to build the homes. By this time, the cultural exchange between the two nations was deep and secure.

Origins of Formal Cultural Contact

If you are a Francophile living in Merida, you are probably aware of Quoi de Neuf Merida (What’s New in Merida?). This group began just a few years ago and is dedicated to holding monthly meetings that enable Francophones and Francophiles in Merida to meet and develop friendships in an informal atmosphere. This group welcomes newcomers, and provides them with contacts and practical information for living in Yucatan.

However, Quoi de Neuf Merida is not the first French organization to come to Merida. Mention the name and someone is likely to ask if you mean the language school. Alianza Francesa has a language school component, but it is so much more than that. On their history page, Alianza Francesa explains:

Since 1883, the organizing committee of the Alliance Francaise, meeting in Paris, decided to form an international institution organized to allow dissemination of French culture abroad through education, in various countries, of the French language. With the approval of the Ministry of Interior, the French Alliance was formally established on March 10, 1884. Later that year, in accordance with the cultural links between Mexico and France, the Alliance Francaise de Mexico was formed, being the oldest after that of Paris itself. Since then, the Alliance Francaise, designed from the beginning as civil partnership, has been expanding and strengthening its diplomatic and cultural ties. It currently has 1,135 associations in 138 countries, which teach the language and spread French culture.

Alianza Francesa hosts a musical event in Merida YucatanIn other words, the Alliance Francaise de Mexico was opening language schools and using education and cultural exchanges to both form and cement ties to Mexico at the same time that Yucatan’s Meridanos were sending their children to school in Paris and making their annual shopping pilgrimages to the French city of lights and love. The organization has a very long history in our fair city. As recently as July 2014, Alianza Francesa joined other offices around the world and hosted a music festival here in Merida.

Paseo de Montejo

One of the most iconic amenities of Merida, the Paseo de Montejo, owes its existence and beauty to the French influence in Merida as well. During the time that the French were beginning to exert their influence on Mexico, the Champs-Élysées was just coming into its own, with new plantings of trees and new importance given to the Paseo de Montejo in Merida Yucatan Mexicoavenue in Paris. Shortly thereafter, the Meridanos began to take notice and realize that they had all of the right parts and pieces to create their own version of this now world famous avenue. Today, we are able to enjoy the style and grace of an avenue in Merida that could only have its origins in Paris.

France and Yucatan in the 21st Century

Mention France in Yucatan today and one of the first things that may come to the minds of people in the know is La Solidaire du Chocolat, a charity boat race from France to Yucatan.

Progreso, Yucatan, is the place to be when the boats of La Solidaire du Chocolat begin arriving. This is a joyous time and events are planned daily for up to two full weeks. La Solidaire du Chocolat is the only trans-Atlantic Class 40 Sailboat Regatta in the world. It is a race for charity (usually sustainable, income-producing, small businesses and backyard farms). The other purpose of this race is to build a stronger relationship between France and Yucatan. The next La Solidaire du Chocolat is scheduled for 2016.

Solidaire del Chocolat in Yucatan Mexico

Casa de Francia in Progreso

There is a House of France in Progreso now. It hosts not only the cultural events that are related to the relationship between France and Yucatan, but also as a place for local art exhibitions and any number of workshops. The Casa de Francia in Progreso has also hosted several art and writing contests for children, while giving Yucatecos an opportunity to share their culture with French expats and visitors.

French Embassies in Yucatan

For those who need the services of a French embassy, there is a French embassy in Merida and another one in Cancun.

  • Mme Guadalupe MARTIN de MENDEZ BAEZA
    Calle 33 B N° 528 97000 Merida (YUCATAN)
    Téléphone : (01 99) 25 22 91
    Fax: (01 99) 25 22 91
    Email : g-martin_mx [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • M. Norbert GRIMBAUM
    Calle Naranja N° 1 SM 2A M9
    77500 Cáncun (QUINTANA ROO)
    Téléphone : (01 98) 84 70 22 / 87 44 22
    Fax: (01 98) 84 70 22 / 87 44 22
    Email: grimbaum [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx

Moving Forward

For two centuries, France and Yucatan have both had the good sense to take good care of their relationship. The basis for it began as economic, but cultural ties, especially on the part of France, helped to cement the relationship. Over the past two decades, Yucatan has developed a stronger outreach program than ever before. For example, it is not unusual to see elderly Maya ladies board a plane to go to France to exhibit hammock-making, nor to see an entire ship filled with the products of Yucatan setting sail for France. Some say that the basis for the relationship is their common religion, but that is surely only a small part of the picture. Understanding the value of culture and friendship will continue to keep France and Yucatan together far into the future.

Nowadays, French expatriates can be found throughout the Yucatan, at that small French bakery in Tulum or running a hacienda hotel somewhere on the Yucatan Peninsula. Next time you see a huge celebration of the French Revolution in July in Merida, and wonder where all of those French people came from, know that they have lived here for generations and will continue to do so.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about The Pastry War of 1838-1839.

Learn more about Maximilian and Carlotta and the Second Mexican Empire.

Quoi de Neuf Merida

Alianza Francesa

Casa de Francia website

About tiles as ballast…

Website for La Solidaire du Chocolat

By Khaki Scott

Progreso Youth Symphony Orchestra Debuts

Children's Orchestra in Yucatan Mexico A total of 215 children and young people, all from the Municipality of Progreso, made history be becoming founding members of Esperanza Azteca Symphony (OSEA) Progreso. The group includes a 114-member choir and a 101-member orchestra. Their debut took place on July 22, 2014, at Teatro Jose Peon Contreras in Merida. During intermission, the members of Esperanza Azteca Symphony (OSEA) Progreso and their teachers received the Founders’ Medal for their hard work and dedication to this very special organization. The pride of these children, and of the citizens of Progreso, is overwhelming. This orchestra and choir help to redefine Progreso itself. Yucatan Living is only one of many who send our very best wishes to all of these children, to their teachers, their parents and their municipality.

Yucatan: Medical Tourism & Development

There are two fronts on which Yucatan’s medical community is poised for growth, especially in light of new economic and cultural ties to nations in the Caribbean, and in Central and South America. Medical tourism is one of those fronts. Yucatan has all of the specialists and state-of-the-art facilities necessary to support medical tourism. All that is necessary now is marketing. Also, a new idea has recently begun to emerge and is rapidly gaining ground. Yucatan needs to bring companies that produce pharmaceutical drugs, as well as medical supplies and equipment to the area as exports from Yucatan to the nations associated with these new trade relationships. Yucatan has the Port of Progreso and it would be a whole lot easier for those nations to import, for example, precision instruments from Yucatan than from other places in the world. Look for an entirely new industry to blossom from these strategic talks in the very near future.

Progreso: Put Rhythm in Your Health

Senior Activities in Progreso Yucatan Mexico About a year ago, we began to hear about a program that was just beginning in the Municipality of Progreso. Most thought that Put Rhythm in Your Health would be just another diet and walking program that did well for a while and then slowly disappeared, but it didn’t work out that way. Instead, this program now has a team of nutritionists and exercise professionals who work hard to help conquer the municipality’s weight problem, for the ladies, one neighborhood at a time. The program began with just thirty participants. Now, we can barely keep up with the headlines as one neighborhood after another announces that up to 85 of their ladies have become participants in this strictly supervised diet and exercise program. The program has also recently begun to make its way through the school system. This is rapidly swelling the numbers of participants. One closely supervised and educated group at a time is proving itself to be a highly successful means of ensuring a healthy lifestyle for an entire municipality and might be a lesson to us all.

Progreso: Respect Maritime Laws

The Office of the Captain of the Port of Progreso has encouraged all pleasure craft to pay special attention to even the smallest infraction of local maritime laws. In the first week of vacation, twelve sanctions were handed out, for everything from crew members not wearing a life jacket to racing too close to environmentally protected trees. Do make certain you have the proper fishing permits. No matter the size of the boat, breathalyzers will continue to be a huge part of keeping the water safe for everyone. We hope everyone stays safe on the water during this vacation so that every visitor and family member can have a wonderful holiday.

Progreso: Cost for Illegal Trash Dumping

Little by little, we are discovering the actual amount of fines for first one thing and then another. This week, it’s the illegal dumping of trash. If anyone is caught dumping trash in Progreso Yucatan, the first thing they will pay is up to 25 times the minimum wage. Then, they will pay for the cost of removal and the proper disposition of whatever it was that they dumped. Finally, the authorities will keep the individual’s vehicle until all fees and fines are paid. There may be additional fees for storing the vehicle as well. All of that to say… illegal dumping isn’t worth the few pesos it takes to follow the rules necessary to keep our environment clean.

GM-Soybeans vs. Yucatan’s Honey

Mexico has approximately 41,000 beekeepers, and about half of them are in Yucatan. Until now, ‘organic’ has been a term that could easily be applied to any honey produced in the state. Unfortunately, genetically modified soybeans and even genetically modified corn are slipping in to both Chiapas and Yucatan. This is in direct opposition to the law that is supposed to insure that Yucatan remains a GMO-free zone. Yucatan’s honey has, thus far, been able to use its organic label to ensure European prices that are at least 30% higher than honey from other places. Those customers will be unwilling to purchase a product that has been created from GM-soybeans. This is the point at which the Biodiversity Act and Genetically Modified Crops stand toe-to-toe, with the jobs and quality of life at stake for producers, workers, and consumers alike. The real problem is that it may well be too late to stop the natural flow of GM-DNA into the food chain around the world.

Peto: Teens Help the Elderly and Homeless

In the Southern part of Yucatan, a group of teens have banded together to just be good human beings and help whomever, whenever and wherever they can. Initially, Peto in Yucatan Mexicothey belonged to no organized group and received no funding for what they do. They just came to help wherever there was a need. Mostly, this help came in the form of sitting with the elderly, or cleaning their houses and yards, as well as bringing in extra food. Now, they are loosely organized into a group they call Ruedas de Felicidad (Wheel of Happiness) because they have found so many elderly and homeless people in need and are doing what they can to help each of them. Merchants have begun donating food pantries because they recognize that these kids have no hidden agenda. They are loyal to no political party, nor to any specific religion. They, quite literally, just show up to help. The world could use many more young people like Roselyn Sarai Carrillo Navarrete, Seyler Jose Vazquez Herrera, Yaritza Rosabel Caamal Dzib and Eider Yermin Vazquez Herrera.

Ticul: Jobs for the Differently-Abled

Over the past week or so, individuals with different abilities met at the Center of Rehabilitation and Special Education (CREE). The purpose of the meeting was to do the Ticul Yucatan Mexico testing necessary to determine which of the thirty attendees could benefit from a textile painting workshop which was, in turn, organized by the Vamos Juntos Association and the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Of the thirty people who went through the evaluation process, it was expected that approximately twenty five would be accepted into the program and, ultimately, into jobs where they will have the satisfaction of being a contributing member of their family’s financial circumstances. Throughout the past two decades, Yucatan has been active in providing opportunity and training for those who were previously thought to be disabled. Today, there are more than a few programs like this throughout the state and the economy of the entire state is the better for it.

Tizimin: My Holiday in the Library

Where does good citizenship begin? Most likely, it begins with parents who understand the value of libraries. In Tizimin, this summer, children are being treated to almost non-stop activities at the local public library. From this experience, they are exposed to age-appropriate reading material. They are also exposed to a variety of socialization activities. Tizimin in Yucatan Mexico Did you know that one can have more fun while behaving well, than one can have while running completely wild? The children attending the activities at the Tizimin Library are learning to work, learn, and have fun together. For some, this is the first time that real limits have been placed on their behavior, along with real rewards, such as acceptance, have been granted by adults and by their peers. These are the beginnings of good citizenship and it is happening in libraries across Yucatan this summer.

The SSP is Taking Applications for Work

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in a career with the State Public Security Police, they will be taking applications until August 8. The requirements are strict, and so is the training. However, the financial security and satisfaction factors give the applicant an opportunity to be part of a new, well-educated law enforcement organization. For more information, they should contact the SSP de Yucatan.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 28, 2014

Tunich Fair in Dzitya Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Feria Tunich 2014: Friday, July 25 through Sunday, August 3
Have you ever heard of a fair that got hammered by torrential rain, but 83,000 visitors came anyway? That was the Feria Tunich in 2013. This year, just in case, they have installed the ways and means to direct any extra water away and huge numbers of people are expected to be in tiny Dzitya for their not-to-be-missed fair. Special invited guests will be artisans from Corregidora, Queretero, with additional participants expected from Michoacán, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Puebla. As time for the fair draws near, we will provide a link to online maps and schedules of when and where there will be free busses and vans from the city out to this amazing fair. In the meantime, read Yucatan Living’s own Stones of Dzitya to get an idea of what Dzitya is about.

In The CityFair at Dzytia in Yucatan Mexico
When the heat rises, in July and August, kids are out of school; but Merida seems strangely deserted. “Oh – they’re all at the beach,” some say; but we know better. When the temperature rises in Merida, Merida goes to the movies. There are an amazing number of movie theaters in this city and many film series are supported by either the state, the city, or private organizations that offer special presentations either free or at very little cost. We just finished an Alfred Hitchcock series and are well into a series of Japanese monster movies from the 1960s. So, if you are in Merida and prefer not to fight the crowds at the beach, now is the time to catch up on your museum visits and then its off to an air conditioned movie… or two.

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

Opera Yucatan during the SummerYucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
Fidelio de Beethoven
These events are sponsored by Opera Yucatan, A.C., a non-profit civil association created to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. Their objectives are purely educational and cultural. During their “Seasons of Opera at the Movies” they have shown 40 operas in 60 shows and 6,658 persons came to see operas at the movies. The members of Ópera Yucatán, A.C. are, President: Benjamín Ramírez Cervantes; Vice-president: Jaime Casanova Amar; Secretary: Ross H. Russell; Treasury: Miguel Escobedo Novelo; Vocal: Adolfo Patrón Luján.
Online Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: Two Concerts
Admission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
8:00 PM: Concert: Frecuencia Musical
Six musicians, 12 years on the music scene in Yucatan.
9:00 PM: Concert: Banda Canek
These young people can play, sing, and dance in any genre you can think of. Great way to end the evening.

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 29, 2014

Youth Symphonic Orchestra in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Merida: Mexico Symphony
This performance introduces the Youth Orchestra of Yucatan, under the direction of Edgar Sulu. Please do come and support the young people who have worked so hard to reach this point in their careers and who will represent Yucatan throughout the nation.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Los Principes
This performance will be comfort food for romantics. Always a crowd pleaser.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: Magic Show and Two Concerts
Admission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
8:00 PM: Magic Show: Mago Emm. A magic show that even adults will love.
9:00 PM: Trio Despertar. You always know a group is really good when they get invited back again and again.
10:00 PM: Grupo La Cema. The party is just getting started. This lively, young group is from Komchen, Merida and they can play almost anything.

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 30

Yucatan Living Movie: La Piedra Ausente
(Mexico 2013) Focusing on the removal and subsequent replications of a colossal pre-Hispanic rain deity taken from a small Mexican town to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, this film explores struggles over heritage and artifacts, contrasting diverse perspectives within the contemporary debate about cultural property and the stewardship of the past.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Merida: Movie: Regarding Buñuel (Documentary)
(Spain, France, 2000) Directors: José Luis López-Linares, Javier Rioyo. Stars: José Sancho, Carlos Fuentes, Claudio Isaac. Luis Buñuel was a great Spanish filmmaker. His life spanned the years from 1900 to 1983, so he was witness to much of Europe’s war-torn 20th century history.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: Guest Folkloric Ballet and a Great Concert
Admission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
8:00 PM: Fiesta Mexicana Folkloric Ballet Presents My Beautiful QueretaroMusic in Merida Yucatan Mexico Each state has one of these folkloric ballet groups and they tour the nation to bring the different cultures together.
9:00 PM: Music: Banda Ysrael. Lights, sound, action, maybe even fireworks. Whatever the show, we guarantee that fun will be had by all.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Way Way Back
(Mexico 2009) Documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) July 31, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Girl from the South
(Argentina 2012) While attending a communist sponsored youth conference held in North Korea, a member of the Argentinian delegation encounters a South Korean activist who captures the attention of the media and all those in attendance with her message of reunification.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: Two Concerts
Admission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
8:00 PM: Son Santa Fe Musical Group from Merida presents “Tribute to the Sonoras”. This is another one of those young, talented groups that can keep their own style while moving seamlessly from a mambo to a ballad.
9:00 PM: Grupo Merenglass presents “Festejando 20 anos de trayectoria”. This meringue group is celebrating the path of their now 20 year party. If you love music with a Caribbean feel, this is the place for you!

Yucatan Living Movie: Polisse
(USA 2011)A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) August 01 , 2014

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: Folkloric Ballet and Music Folkloric Ballet in Yucatan MexicoAdmission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
8:00 PM: Mexicas of COBAQ Folkloric Ballet from the Municipio de Corregidora, Estado de Queretaro. This is a beautiful, university folkloric ballet. Do try to see it.
9:00 PM: Night Club Orchestra Presents “From Sinatra to Perez Prado”. Revisit the best of an era that is kept alive here by one of the best groups in Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Movie: Renoir
(France 2012) Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir — son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste — returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Coca Cola Beach – August 2 & 3
This will be a tournament (volleyball, soccer) in which more than 160 people are expected to participate.
Location: At the beach by the International Pier in Progreso
Time: tournament games all day, festivities into the night
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: One Concert
Admission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
8:00 PM: Ranchero Show: Jose Antonio Paredes with Mariachi. Jose Antonio Paredes has been a favorite in Yucatan for a long time.

Yucatan Living Movie: Gerhard Richter – Painting
(Germany 2011) A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Nuestra Belleza
(Mexico 2012) This is a story of the collision between Paul and Thomas during an important contest put on by Nuestra Belleza (a beauty contest), carried out under the auspices of Mammie Blue, in Mérida, Yucatán. Local history… check it out!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 03, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary
Great naturalistic documentaries every Sunday morning!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Gastronomic Festival in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living First Hairless and Creole Pork Festival
This is a festival where you can try a variety of dishes made by prestigious chefs from various restaurants in Merida. The goal is to support the development of four independent pork nurseries and an integrated ecological farm that will, ultimately, support entire communities. Also available for sale will be clothing, handmade shoes, butter, festival keepsakes – such as hairless and Creole pig mugs, and meats, such as sausage and raw pork.
Location: Malta Cerveteca & Gastropub, Calle 1B #270 Plaza Carillón, 97120 Mérida
Time: 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Admision: $150 pesos. Does not include drinks, but they will be available for sale, including beers from around the world.
Tickets: Reservations and ticket purchases can be made with Eduardo Medina, manager of Malta at (999) 315-4924

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair: Super Musical Marathon – 3 Shows
Admission: All Entertainment is Free to the Public
7:00 PM: Los Mendez. This is a great, young group with their own songs and style.
8:00 PM: Lluvia con Sol. With almost 40 years of pleasing crowds behind them, Rain With Sun can make you cry and make you dance. This will be an excellent show.
9:00 PM: Habana Son. This is a group of Cuban origin that can be found in Santiago, Merida, during Noche Blanca, as well as on other occasions when free concerts are being sponsored by the Municipality. They are particularly attentive to the older members of the audiences and make certain that those fans are well served.

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) August 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
Katia Kabanova by Janacek
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
August 11 – Otello de Verdi
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Working Gringos

Beautiful Designed Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Living Room at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

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Fully Equiped Kitchen at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

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Master Bedroom at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Master Bedroom at Beautiful Designed Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

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Casa Hermana

Step behind the modest façade of Casa Hermana and prepare to be charmed by this exceptional home. Thanks to the great attention to detail, Casa Hermana exudes a unique ambience of understated luxury. Experience a different pace of life here. Casa Hermana has been completely restored to provide a warm and inviting 3-bedroom, 5-bath home that radiates quality in combining the appeal of classic Spanish Colonial with modern amenities. 

Casa Hermana is in the most desirable Santa Ana neighborhood. Perfectly located on the edge of the historic district, it is two blocks from the Paseo de Montejo, the Champs Elysee inspired grand boulevard of Merida. A short stroll will also take you to the vibrant Grand Plaza of Centro district.

 

Art at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Once inside the walls of Casa Hermana, an oasis of calm welcomes you as you pass through to a private garden courtyard. The lush vegetation, graceful arches and tranquil plunge pool with fountain are designed to offer the ultimate in outdoor/indoor living experience reminiscent of Merida’s Spanish colonial past. 

Casa Hermana is perfect for couples who appreciate their privacy as the generous master suites are located on either side of the courtyard. Relax and unwind in the private verandah taking full advantage of Merida’s warm climate. Or spend some time on the spectacular upper roof terrace (one of two) which has been designed for entertaining and lounging and has incredible views of historic Merida. 

 

Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

The range and quality of lighting used throughout this outstanding home provides a unique and special ambience at night. The walls and floors are decorated with traditional tiles, framed with niche rugs and accessories. Oversized ceiling fans are offered throughout the house and all indoor rooms have Air Conditioning. The house is fully equipped with Wi-Fi internet access. This jewel-box of a home has been tastefully furnished throughout with antiques and bespoke furniture. 

Casa Hermana is a special home where visitors can enjoy every space to the fullest.  Come and experience for yourself.

 

Pool at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Prices

Spring: January 12 – March 28, 2014
$2,100 per Week
$5,655 per Month
$395 per Night (3 nights minimum)

Low Season: March 29 – September 12, 2014
$1,800 per Week
$4,565 per Month
$340 per Night (3 nights minimum)

Autumn: September 13 – November 14, 2014
$2,100 per Week
$5,655 per Month
$395 per Night (3 nights minimum)

Premium: November 15, 2014 – January 16, 2015
$3,000 per Week
$6,930 per Month
$560 per Night (5 nights minimum)

POLICIES

  • Utilities – electricity payable by clients, reading by Property Manager at commencement and end of stay and charge according to consumption will be deducted from security deposit.
  • Smoking – strictly outdoor areas only.
  • Ask for our Pets and Children Policy.
  • Deposit –Refundable security deposit guarantees booking and is calculated at 50% of rental rate.  Electricity and any assessed damages to be deducted.  Non refundable if cancelled 30-days or less prior to booking.
  • Number of guests – maximum five.
  • Payment amount quoted in USD (United States Dollars) to be paid in MXN (Mexican Pesos).

 

 

Contact

 

For more information, check website:

www.casahermana.com

 

 

By Khaki Scott

Progreso’s New Emergency Contact System

Emergency System in Progreso Yucatan Mexico This vacation season is giving Progreso a chance to test its new emergency telephone and social networking system. The new number to call for immediate attention is (969) 103-9336. That number is to report a crime or a suspected crime, to call for emergency road service, and to call for an ambulance. If the Ayuntamiento de Progreso needs to get out a bulletin in a hurry, they will be on Twitter under the names @AyunProgresoYuc and @PoliciaProgreso. Hopefully, there will be no emergencies in the next month, but it certainly is nice to know that everyone is connected.

Visitors to Progreso’s Beaches… Imagine These Numbers!

200,000 Visitors in Chicxulub, Progreso, Chelem and Chuburna are expected on summer vacation weekends! The economic impact is approximately $20 million pesos per weekend, and will continue for (officially) another month, but actually for about another six weeks. Just in case anyone is wondering what happens to all of that money, most of it goes to the community itself. This is the month that parents get money together for school uniforms and school supplies, as well as for living expenses during the quieter times of the year. Turtle's Nest in Yucatan Mexico Good weather and good visitor attendance can make all the difference for families who will face a long and sometimes stormy winter of fishing or working outside. So, join the festivities! Go kick a soccer ball around on the beach. Rent a water toy. Eat in a restaurant. Make this a great vacation for yourself and know that your money is going to be used, in large part, to educate the citizens of tomorrow’s Yucatan! Note: Yes! The police still have plenty of breathalyzers out there, so don’t drink and drive, and have a wonderful time.

Turtles Still Coming and Going

Keep an eye out for sticks with red ribbons of duct tape on them. These mark the spots where sea turtles have left eggs in nests all along the beaches of Yucatan. It is extremely gratifying to see that members of the general public are now quick to call the authorities when a nest is found. In one case, this week in Chicxulub, while specialists came to oversee the unexpected hatching of 20 baby hawksbill turtles, another hawksbill was trudging onto shore to deposit 160 more eggs. Please be especially careful to watch for the sticks wrapped in red duct tape, and even more careful to watch for nests that have not yet been discovered and marked.

71 Teachers Train in Mayan Mathematics

Math System from Yucatan Mexico Finally! Someone has understood that the Mayan system of mathematics is a tool that has value to every student, and especially to students who have been in some difficult places in education because of dyslexia or memory problems. However, Mayan mathematics is not just a tool for those with learning problems. It is also a tool for students at the other end of the educational spectrum, such as those who are taking physics. With our Arabic numbers, children suffer (often miserably) with learning to draw numbers and memorize endless tables. Using the Mayan mathematics system, students learn the process and meaning of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and taking square roots, all without having to memorize anything. Understanding mathematics is so much more important than wasting years of a child’s life trying to make them memorize a bunch of useless numbers. In fact, this program is said to be able to take two years off of the math education process at the primary level! This kind of understanding opens doors to totally new worlds, such as physics, that lead to better lives for everyone. Even if a child doesn’t go into the sciences, understanding mathematics through the use of the Mayan system helps them develop logical thinking skills that will ultimately have an impact on their own families and communities. Mayan mathematics is coming to a school near you, in Yucatan, in the very near future and it can’t be soon enough! We wish all the best to all 71 of the teachers who are training for this important work now, and to all of the governmental departments that are supporting this bold new step forward.

Yucatan Will Participate in Feria de la Torta

All kinds of great things have been happening in Yucatan since the state’s participation in “Yucatan Week in Mexico.” This time, for the first time in the eleven year history of the event, Yucatan has been invited to participate in the Feria de la Torta with tortas de cochinita and de lechón yucatecas. The exhibition will be held in the Venustiano Carranza section of D.F. and will include 90 exhibitors from twelve states, plus culinary samples from Cochinita from Yucatan MexicoArgentina, Honduras, Venezuela and Chile. Representing Yucatan will be Miriam Peraza, of El Manjar Blanco. Visit Casual Restaurant Critic at El Manjar Blanco to read what Bill Lawson has to say about this great restaurant. By the way, it is worthy of note that Yucatan’s restaurant industry was so impressive during the “Yucatan Week in Mexico” partially because many of our state’s signature dishes were cooked in Yucatan and flown to D.F. daily!

Paul Stephen Reviews David Sterling’s New Cookbook

David Sterling and his Los Dos Cooking School has been putting Yucatan cuisine on the map for years. So we were pleased to see the great review of David Sterling’s “Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition.” The reviewer described the book as “a six-and-a-half pound, 576-page [book that is] surely the most authoritative tome that land’s cuisine has ever seen” and entices us to purchase the book by recommending that we give our postal carriers a tamale treat for having delivered such a hefty package. We liked the reviewer’s description of David’s ability to not only provide us with recipes, but also with the historical perspective in which many of these dishes came to Yucatan from countries such as Denmark and Lebanon. The review captures, good-naturedly, the essence of Merida’s own David Sterling and we whole heartedly recommend both Paul Stephen’s review and David Sterlings “Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition.”

Coming September 1: Casa Italia Yucatan Boutique Hotel

New Hotel in Merida Yucatan Mexico This small, boutique hotel, in downtown Merida, is what happens when two well seasoned, Italian hotel and tourism professionals are able to move forward with their own dream. The owners of Casa Italia Yucatan are Daniel Squillaci and Daniele Piccinini. The hotel offers six elegant and comfortable Junior Suites, plus an outdoor swimming pool, tropical garden, bar, and a restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine. Although the hotel is not yet open, visitors are welcome to reserve rooms in advance. At the very least, you can the Casa Italia Yucatan website and check out the deals by clicking on the category Special Offers. The new hotel is a great addition to Merida tourism offerings and is located at Calle 52 #411-D x 41 y 43 in Merida centro.

Beekman Photography Collection at Home in Yucatan

Sometime prior to 1931, Dr. William S. Beekman came to Yucatan to add to his mineral specimen collection. While he was here, he took a number of photographs that soon came to be known and exhibited as The Beekman Collection. Dr. Beekman used the collection as an educational resource when he lectured on history and geology. When he passed away, his wife inherited the photographs. Since the Beekmans had no childen, when Mrs. Beekman died, she left the collection to Lilli Jensen, a family friend. Then, when Mrs. Jensen passed away, she left them to her own niece, Laurie Ford. Mrs. Ford contacted Washington State’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture for assistance in finding a suitable home for the collection. The last lap in this journey was facilitated by Burke Museum’s Laura Phillips, Director of Collections of Archaeology, and her counterpart here in Yucatan, Rodrigo Solinis Casparius. The Collection of Dr. William Beekman now resides in the Audiovisual Dome of the Biblioteca Yucatanense and will be available to all interested researchers. Those photographs have taken a long road home and could have been lost at any point in time. Everyone who loves the history of the Maya will want to see them. Many thanks to all who helped to bring them to us.

The Ethnicity of Naia

Underwater Caves in Yucatan Mexico At some time in our lives, each of us has wondered about our own roots. We wonder who or what we really are and whether or not that has any bearing on who we ultimately became. Earlier this year, scientists recovered Naia’s remains from an underwater cave on the coast of Quintana Roo. At the age of approximately 16, some 13,000 years ago, Naia, evidently, fell into an open cavern. Much of her remains survived because she was covered in sea water. When scientists analyzed her mitochondrial DNA, they discovered that her mother was descended from a group of Siberians who are believed to have come to North America over a long submerged land bridge. It is no short walk from Siberia to the east coast of Quintana Roo. Migration continues to be a major factor in human development today and there Naia is, carrying the mitochondrial DNA of Siberia from the end of an Ice Age all the way into the 21st century.

New Ferry Survey

We have been asked, via e-mail, to pass along another USA to Yucatan ferry survey. As we have stated in the past, we are not associated with this project in any way and our readers are under no obligation to take the survey. There is only one logistical question to this survey and a “yes” or “no” answer will suffice.

If we brought the ship departure point closer to where you are driving from so you did not have to drive to Florida would that be okay with you and in fact be preferred?Ferry Service from Yucatan to USA

Example : if we left from a port on the Gulf Coast of the U.S. for the trip to the Yucatan, which could reduce your driving time up to 10 hours by not having to go to Tampa, and still provide all the services you need for you, your family and your cars, cargo, pets etc. would that be okay?

(A yes or no answer will suffice. I don’t need a specific port mentioned as I’m just trying to find out if readers would be okay with a different Gulf port. This could take about 8 to 10 hours off the drive to the ship for many people. I also have found that the Gulf states ports are very much interested in showing our passengers a lot of appreciation.)

Let me know by return email: BNIERENBERG [at] aol [dot] com
Sincerely,
Bruce Nierenberg,
Chairman CEO, United Caribbean Lines, 1369 Lexington Ave., Davenport (Orlando) Fl. 33837
(321) 427-0332

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 21, 2014

Tunich Fair in Dzitya Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Feria Tunich 2014: Friday, July 25 through Sunday, August 3
Have you ever heard of a fair that got hammered by torrential rain, but 83,000 visitors came anyway? That was the Feria Tunich in 2013. This year, just in case, they have installed the ways and means to direct any extra water away and huge numbers of people are expected to be in tiny Dzitya for their not-to-be-missed fair. Special invited guests will be artisans from Corregidora, Queretero, with additional participants expected from Michoacán, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Puebla. As time for the fair draws near, we will provide a link to online maps and schedules of when and where there will be free busses and vans from the city out to this amazing fair. In the meantime, read Yucatan Living’s own Stones of Dzitya to get an idea of what Dzitya is about.

In The City
When the heat rises, in July and August, kids are out of school; but Merida seems strangely deserted. “Oh – they’re all at the beach,” some say; but we know better. When the temperature rises in Merida, Merida goes to the movies. There are an amazing number of movie theaters in this city and many film series are supported by either the state, the city, or private organizations that offer special presentations either free or at very little cost. We just finished an Alfred Hitchcock series and are well into a series of Japanese monster movies from the 1960s. So, if you are in Merida and prefer not to fight the crowds at the beach, now is the time to catch up on your museum visits and then its off to an air conditioned movie… or two.

Monday (Lunes) July 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Mobile Museum Exhibition: The Pheasant and the Deer (until July 27)
The Municipal Art Gallery presents a selection of 11 visual artists most representative of regionalism in Merida. The criteria for inclusion are traditional Merida, its people, customs, and traditions.
Location: Plaza Galerias Merida, Calle 60 #299 Carreteria Merida-Progreso km 5, Col. Revolucion
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 22, 2014

Youth Symphonic Orchestra in Progreso Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Concert: Orquesta Sinfónica Esperanza Azteca Progreso
This performance is simply not to be missed. It is by the youth orchestra from Yucatan’s own Progreso. Do come out and support our young people and the work they do so well – and don’t forget to “like” them on Facebook.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Los Andariegos
This trio is one of the signature trova trios of Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad<Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico (U.S. 1958). Director: Nathan Juran. Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer and Torin Thatcher. Sinbad travels to the dangerous island of Colossus to break the spell that is hanging over his beloved princess.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas; Av. Colon x Calle 20 / Col Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 23

Yucatan Living Movie: Un Retrato de Diego
(Mexico 2007) Documentary film about Diego Rivera produced by his grandson, director Diego Rivera Lopez and released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rivera’s death.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Goya in Burdeos (Bordeaux)
(Spain, 1999). Director: Carlos Saura. Starring Francisco Rabal, Jose Coronado, Maribel Verdu, Eulalia Ramon, Dafne Fernandez, Mario de Candia and Franco di Francescantonio. After 82 years in exile in Bordeaux with Leocadia Zorrilla de Weiss, the last of her lovers, painter Francisco de Goya reconstructs the events that shaped her life for his daughter Rosario, a life in which political convulsions, poisoned passions and the ecstasy of fame all feature prominently.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Ballet Gala in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Ballet Gala: Premier of the Ballet “Vão”
This is a performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Juan Gonzalez and Emmanuel Gutierrez, featuring Jaime Camarena as the Choreographer. This is yet another vital young group that we hope you will “Like” on Facebook.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Atomic Age
(France 2012) Movie about teenagers living in Paris. French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) July 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv and Ingmar
(Sweden 2012) A movie about the 42-year-long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Director: Nicolas Philibert Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Comedy Show in English in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Mel Blossom’s One Woman Comedy Show
Merida expat Mel Blossom will be performing again this week. The show is in English. Come one, come all!
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo Montejo, Calle 56-A #486-A x 41 y 43.
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, Show starts at 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos Cover: One free print or postcard from Blossom’s Boutique & one free national beer, rum or vodka courtesy of Hennessy’s. Space is limited. Please reserve tickets early and in person.

Yucatan Living Ballet Gala: Premier of the Ballet “Vão”
This is a performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Juan Gonzalez and Emmanuel Gutierrez, featuring Jaime Camarena as the Choreographer. This is yet another vital young group that we hope you will “Like” on Facebook.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: First Position
(USA 2012)A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Linea de Pase
(Brazil 2008) A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) July 25 , 2014

Fair at Dzytia in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Feria Tunich 2014 Friday, July 25 thru Sunday, August 3
The fair starts today!
Location: In Dzitya, off of the Merida-Progreso highway, just north of Merida.
Time: Generally from morning til night.
Admission: Free, but bring money to buy arts and crafts!

Yucatan Living Movie: Fogo
(Mexico 2012) The deterioration of a small community in Fogo Island is forcing its inhabitants to leave and resettle. Places once occupied by humans are now becoming part of the tundra landscape.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Yucatan Folkdance Festival.
Traditional Games and Legends of My Homeland, presented by the Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company and directed Samuel Espinosa and Abraham Espinosa.
Location: Centro, Cally 60 x 61 y 63
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Japanese Film Festival in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest: Young Monster from Space
(Japan, 1970). Director: Ishiro HondaSee all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location:Cineteca Nacional, Second floor in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Folkdance Festival.
Including an exhibit called Yucatan: A Land of Traditions, featuring such things as traditional clothing.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folkdance Festival
Tonight’s performance is by the Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company, Directors: Samuel Espinosa and Abraham Espinosa.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Paisaje de los Machetes
(Mexico 2011) Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche – Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist – try to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in act of poetic terrorism. Director: Kyzza Terrazas. Stars: Jessy Bulbo, Andrés Almeida, Flor Eduarda Gurrola
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Folkdance Festival – 2 events
10:00 AM: Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company, Directors: Samuel Espinosa and Abraham Espinosa.
8:00 PM: Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company, Directors: Samuel Espinosa and Abraham Espinosa.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: How to Make a Book with Steidl
(Germany 2010) Documentary film directed by Jörg Adolph and Gereon Wetzel about bookmaking. Fascinating!!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Gold Rush
(USA 1925) The Tramp goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. Silent film.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Leon : The Professional
(France 1994) A professional assassin rescues a young girl whose family were killed in a police raid. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 27, 2014

Birdwatching Tour in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Birdwatching Tour to Ranch Kaab Nah
Breakfast, tour, lunch and visit to farm included. Bring your swimsuit. Limited space with full payment.
Contact Info: LARN. Marigel Campos C. Tel. (999) 988-44-36 ext. 113
mail: infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx
Time: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $500 pesos

Yucatan Living Documentary
Great naturalistic documentaries every Sunday morning!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folkdance Festival
Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company, Directors: Samuel Espinosa and Abraham Espinosa.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Shadow of a Doubt
(USA 1943) A young woman discovers her visiting “Uncle Charlie” may not be the man he seems to be. Directed by the great Alfred Hitchcock.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

Opera Yucatan during the SummerYucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
Fidelio de Beethoven
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan Summer Repetitions
August 4 – Katia Kabanova de Janacek
August 11 – Otello de Verdi
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Progreso: Coca Cola Beach – August 2 & 3
This will be a tournament (volleyball, soccer) in which more than 160 people are expected to participate.
Location: At the beach by the International Pier in Progreso
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
July 31: Asilo Celarain 5:00 PM
Admission: Free<.p>

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Working Gringos

Name of Company: Institute of Modern English / IME Kids! English School / Family First Cultural Center
Job Location: Northeast Merida near Altabrisa mall in Colonia Maya
Name of Contact: Janese Ott
Phone Number: 9992-16-07-40
Email Address: merida [at] mac [dot] com
Job Description: English teachers wanted for small groups of elementary and secondary students. Classes meet for approximately an hour twice a week in the late afternoon/evenings. Teaching can be in exchange for housing (room and full board), hourly wage, and/or Spanish classes.
Job Requirements: Experience with children preferred; Love for children a MUST! Availability for at least four/six to ten months–September through December, January through June, or September through June (preferred).
Additional Information: Our school is affiliated to the Institute of Modern Spanish and Family First Cultural Center where we also provide classes in martial arts, dance, art, and music.
Company Website: https://www.facebook.com/IMEKids, https://www.facebook.com/FFCCMerida, and https://www.facebook.com/merida.spanish

By Working Gringos

Type: Japanese
Name: Samurai Shokudo Comida Japonesa
Neighborhood: Centro
Telephone: 999-923-1349
Address: Calle 62 x 65 and 67. outside Parking at La Lonja.
How to Get There from the Centro: Well, it’s in the Centro. Across from the Autoprogreso stop and next to the Diario de Yucatan building.
AirConditioned: No
Outdoors: Yes
Drinks: No alcohol
Hours: Monday though Thursday, 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Samurai-Shokudo-Comida-Japonesa/292765267558886

By Byron D. Augustin

Editor’s Note: Short of going there ourselves, which we have yet to do, we could not have asked for a better reporter to go to Cuba and write about it for Yucatan Living. Byron Augustin and his wife Rebecca (who both also took the photographs in these articles) traveled to Cuba in 2014 from Cancun. This is the first of a 3-part article about their experience… enjoy!

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Mysterious Neighbor

Cuba is beginning to attract major interest among some Americans who would like to travel to a destination that has been out of their reach for a long time. Cuba lies approximately 90 miles off the southern tip of Florida, and is equally distant from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. For a place so close, much of Cuba’s history, geography, culture, politics and other aspects are not very well known in the United States and Canada. In this series of articles, we aim to fix that.

Let’s Go To Cuba!

The year was 1964, and I was standing on a dock in a marina in Miami, Florida. A farm boy, out of Nebraska, I had driven to Miami with four college-aged friends to watch the Cornhuskers play Auburn in the Orange Bowl. We found ourselves with a couple of free days before the game and decided to use one of them to try our luck fishing. Our captain turned out to be a Cuban-American who regaled us with stories about his homeland. He reminisced about baseball, rum, cigars, pretty girls, salsa, and white sand beaches beside turquoise waters. Although I could not see Cuba from that dock, when I closed my eyes, the images he had described floated through my mind like a soft breeze over a quiet meadow. I was going to go to Cuba! Reality struck when I discovered there was an embargo that prohibited Americans from going to Cuba.

Fast-forward 20 years to 1984. I am standing on a dock along the shoreline of Isla Mujeres gazing wistfully over the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean, still dreaming of my trip to Cuba. Still there is an embargo against Cuba; U.S. citizens cannot travel to that forbidden land. What happened to those American traditions of negotiation and diplomacy? How long is this going to last?

Fast-forward again almost 20 more years to August 2013, and I am walking along the Malecon in Havana, looking at the historic El Morro fortress (pictured in the banner above) and immersed in one of the most exhilarating cultures in the world. Finally, I made it! And I would venture to suggest that it is time for you to place Cuba on your bucket list. I have visited 55 countries on five continents and Cuba is in the top part of the list of my all-time favorites. Did they lift the embargo? No, but when they do, Cuba will never be the same.

You are probably asking, if the embargo has not been lifted, how did you end up in Cuba? In 2011, President Obama initiated a program called, “People to People.” This program allows U.S. citizens who travel with an agency properly licensed by the United States Treasury Department to travel to Cuba. My wife and I selected a university study abroad program for our experience. These programs do not offer the freedom to explore in the same manner I would as a normal tourist, but they offer the opportunity to travel to Cuba without breaking federal law.

Map of the island of Cuba

Map of Cuba

Last year an estimated 100,000 Americans visited Cuba with the “People to People” program. An additional 50,000 Americans travelled to Cuba illegally, flying to Havana from Cancun, Toronto, the Bahamas, or other locations not in the United States. Very few Americans have been prosecuted for visiting Cuba illegally, but there is always some risk involved.

Our Canadian readers and friends have known for years that Cuba is one of the hottest travel bargains available. In 2013, more than 1.1 million of our northern neighbors migrated south, especially during their cold winter months, to soak up some sun, rum, salsa, and the ambiance that is Cuba. Many of them flew directly into the international airport at Varadero, transferred to four and five-star hotels, chased little white balls down lush, green fairways, or tooled along the beach roads in a rented, immaculately-restored Fifties classic American convertible. They stopped and had cocktails at Xanadu, once DuPont’s lavish mansion that is located on one of the most pristine stretches of white sand in the world, or they dined at Casa del Al, the house Al Capone built during Prohibition, where he stored liquor to be smuggled later into the United States.

Why Go To Cuba Now?

It makes no difference whether you are a Canadian, German, Italian, or American travelling legally or illegally, when the embargo lifts, this tourist paradise will be inundated by U.S. tourists. Travel analysts predict that in the first year the embargo is lifted, more than three million Americans will flood into Cuba. In 2013, the combined total of tourists visiting Cuba was 2,852,572. Double that number in one year and think about the impact. Lines at every major tourist venue will double in length, food and drink prices will skyrocket, hotel and Casas Particular (Bed and Breakfasts) will be difficult to book and room rates will increase substantially.

What evidence supports the growing opinion that the embargo might be lifted? First, international pressure has been increasing steadily. On October 29, 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba. The vote was 188 in favor, two against (Israel and the United States), and three abstentions.

Additional evidence was recently reported in a bipartisan poll commissioned by the Atlantic Council. This poll revealed that 56 percent of Americans support changing U.S. beautiful Cubapolicy on Cuba. Perhaps more importantly, 60 percent of Americans support lifting economic restrictions on Cuba that will allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba and spend money in that country as they choose. The most significant evidence the poll produced that supports the concept of imminent change was the shift in the opinions of the Cuban-American community. A majority (52 percent) supported an end to the embargo. With the support of the Cuban-American community, the political atmosphere in Washington, D.C., will probably change, helping to end an embargo that many think has not been successful in the first place.

A Little Homework

If you make the decision to go to Cuba, do yourself a huge favor and learn about the country and its people before your departure. Attempt to leave politics out of your travel equation and concentrate on the rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty, and the warmth and gracious manners of the Cuban people. My wife and I poured over two books in particular that became our travel bibles. We each carried one of the books in our backpack. They both had excellent maps and photographs that helped us know what we were seeing as well as why it was important.

Both books are simply titled, ‘Cuba’. One ‘Cuba’ is published by DK (Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.), and the other ‘Cuba’ is one of a series of Insight Guides published by APA Publications. (You can buy both books from Amazon. If you buy them by clicking the links here, a little bit of money gets donated to Detroit Dog Rescue through the Amazon Angel program). The other book we liked was, Cuba for the Misinformed: Facts From the Forbidden Island by Mick Winter. You may not agree with everything he says, but he will definitely make you think about Cuba in a different light.

Ticket counter for Cubana at Jose Marti Airport

How to Travel to Cuba

Air travel is the only realistic way for most U.S. citizens to visit Cuba. Legal tourists participating in “People to People” tours usually fly on charter flights out of Miami, although there are 19 United States airports licensed for charter flight departures to Cuba. We were fortunate that our program allowed us to purchase our own airline tickets, and since we live in Valladolid, we selected Cancun and avoided the cost of a ticket to Miami to meet the group leader. Cubana Airlines and Aeromexico both have non-stop flights from Cancun to Havana. Tickets can be purchased through a travel agent or the airline’s Internet ticket sales site. The flights take slightly over an hour. Travel agents will purchase your Cuban visa for you, which is required. If you purchase an Internet ticket, it is best to purchase your visa at your departure airport before you leave. In either case, the cost of the visa is $25 USD.

Statue of Jose Marti at the Havana AirportCancun is the leading departure point for U.S. tourists who go to Cuba illegally, but Toronto and Nassau are also common jumping off points. Once you arrive at José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuban Customs and Immigration employees could care less if you are legal or illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam. Cuban Immigration agents do not stamp U.S. passports, only your visa, which they keep when you leave Cuba. As a result, there is no evidence on your passport that you visited Cuba.

Baggage is sometimes delayed for a significant period of time. Getting agitated will not make it appear faster, so use what you have learned in the Yucatan and just relax. After you clear Customs and Immigration, be sure to stop to exchange currency for the CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso). It is the only currency that a tourist can spend in Cuba and it is much different in value when compared to the CUP (Cuban Peso) that is used by Cuban citizens. We took Canadian dollars and Euros to exchange for the CUCs because the Cubans slap a 10 percent fee on the exchange of U.S. dollars. Do not even bother to take credit or debit cards issued by U.S. banks, as they are not accepted in Cuba.

Get In Shape

If you want to maximize the current limited opportunities to travel in Cuba, be prepared physically. A majority of “People to People” tours focus on Havana, and schedule Varadero Beach in Cubaa significant number of walking tours. Keeping up with the group is essential and you will enjoy your experience much more if you are in good physical condition. Even with that, I recommend a visit during the cool, dry season. Cuba weather is a lot like Yucatan and has similar heat and humidity in May, June, July, and August. Cuba’s climate is almost identical to Merida, Cancun, and Valladolid. Before you select your departure date, remember how nice it is here from November into March.

Housing for Tourists and Cubans

Most tourists visiting Cuba either stay in hotels or bed and breakfasts known as Casas Particular. “Regular” tourists usually stay in hotels very similar to those found in Cancun’s Hotel Zone or along the Maya Riviera. This is especially true in Varadero, where four and five star luxury hotels are quite numerous. Foreign investors, especially Spanish corporate interests, own many of these hotels jointly with the Cuban government. Developers for American hotel chains have been dismayed as they have watched a large portion of the best building sites snatched up by their foreign competitors. (Another reason why that embargo may be lifting soon!)

The National HotelThere are a good number of other hotels that draw tourists because of the history associated with their past. While there are too many to mention, the Ambos Mundo Hotel, Hotel Sevilla, and the National Hotel are well worth a visit. From 1932-1939, Ernest Hemingway spent most of his time in Room 511 in the Ambos Mundo, which had a great view of Old Havana and the harbor. He started writing his novel, For Whom The Bell Tolls in that room. Graham Green used Room 501 at the Hotel Sevilla for much of his setting in his popular spy thriller, Our Man In Havana. The National Hotel is located on a hill overlooking the entrance to Havana’s harbor and still displays a 280 mm canon that was fired on the USS Montgomery during the Spanish-American War. It is also the hotel of choice for world leaders, actors, sports heroes, musicians and the rich and famous.

Breakfast at a Casa Particular in CubaThe “People to People” tours try to use the Casas Particular as much as possible to enhance the overall goal of cross-cultural relations between Cubans and Americans. It certainly worked in our experience. We stayed in a second floor apartment with an air-conditioned bedroom, private bath, kitchen and salon. Our breakfasts were prepared at the time we requested by the owners. The food was excellent with large portions of eggs, meat, fresh fruit, juice, toast, and coffee. We visited with our hosts throughout our breakfast and when we had a break in our scheduled program, they used their car to help us see as much of Havana as possible. We sometimes bought gas for the car or a meal for our hosts. We developed a very close relationship in a very short time and are now planning to have them visit us in Mexico. We paid $35 USD for two people per night and five dollars each for our breakfasts.

Housing for Cubans runs the gauntlet. Many live in cramped Soviet-era apartments with few amenities. Some still live in lovely family homes in areas like Vedado, one of Havana’s best suburbs. There is one elegant high-rise luxury apartment building where individual families each own and live on one entire floor. Some families cannot afford to own property or even rent, so they have moved into old mansions abandoned by wealthy families who fled Cuba after the 1959 revolution. In rural areas, simple Soviet-era apartment buildings in Cubaone to three-room wooden homes are common as well as concrete block houses. While the Cubans we met never complained openly about the problem, they indicated that housing shortages were one of the biggest challenges the country was facing.

The Cuban Food Experience

Prior to our Cuba visit, we had been told that Cuban food was bland and not very exciting. During our visit, however, we had few complaints about the food. Breakfasts at our Casa Particular were nutritious and healthy with significant amounts of fresh fruit. The owners of our Casa Particular were very familiar with the Havana food scene and recommended excellent restaurants with great food, service, and reasonable prices. Our favorite was La Fontana (The Fountain), where we experienced a wonderful meal. We started with an appetizer of Serrano ham and Gouda cheese, continued with grilled pork ribs and lobster, pork, and chicken shish-kabobs for our entrees, and finished with flan for dessert. A nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from socialist Chile added a special touch to the evening. The cost for the two of us with the tip was less than $50 USD.

Fast food restaurant in CubaFrankly, our meals were one of the surprises and treats of our program. We ate grilled sausage burgers at a McCesars, golden arches included, in Cotorro. We also had a fabulous sandwich at Sloppy Joe’s in Havana and an incredible meal served on the veranda of a home that specializes in organic farming near Viñales, in the province of Pinar del Rio. That meal included fried plantains, at least ten different organically-grown veggies, fried tilapia raised in a pond on their property, roast pork, rice and beans, and two dessert choices. A bottle of white rum was within reach of almost every participant. Our tables allowed us a view across rich agricultural farmland with tobacco fields and drying barns. After the meal, the “People to People” part of our trip kicked into full gear and we had an excellent lecture/discussion about organic farming in Cuba.

The Cubans do not eat as high on the hog, so to speak, as we did, but pork is the most popular meat, with chicken a close second. One of the most traditional dishes in the Cuban diet is Moros y Cristianos, which translates as “Moors and Christians” and is a nicely flavored concoction of black beans and rice. They absolutely love twice-fried plantain slices called tostones, and sweet deserts like flan and tres leches cake. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased daily at agromercados across Havana and in most urban centers. The fruit and vegetables are mostly grown organically and are free of the residues of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, which as we know now can produce health problems. Fast food restaurants are rare, with one major chain called El Rapido dominating the market. And Cubans will stand in line for 30 minutes to an hour to buy ice cream at the famous Coppelia Ice Cream Stores.

Liquid Refreshments

Cuba libres, daiquiris, and mojitos are popular drinks that include alcohol. All three are made from processing sugar cane, the most important crop in Cuba for a long time. They all use rum as well, which is consumed by tourists and Cubans in large quantities. The Bacardi family made rum famous and their old headquarters in a beautifully restored art-deco building is a must visit. The Bacardi family, however, fled Cuba (if you watched the World Cup at all, you probably know this from their recent advertisement) and moved their headquarters to the Bahamas and subsequently to their current location in Hamilton, Bermuda. The move was necessary when the new Castro government confiscated their operations in 1960 without paying the family any compensation. The new government also took over Bacardi’s facilities and began distilling a new rum labeled Havana Club. Do not try to take a bottle of Havana Club back to the United States, as Customs and Immigration will confiscate the bottle if you declare it or they find it.

Cuba libres (free Cuba) were created in 1900 to celebrate the end of the Spanish-American War, which freed Cuba from Spanish colonial control. It is still the most popular rum drink in Cuba and was originally made with Bacardi rum, Coca-Cola, and lime. Coca-Cola is no longer used in Cuban Cuba libres, because the U.S. Statue of Ernest Hemingway in Havana Cubaembargo prohibits the export of Coca Cola to Cuba. The Cubans make their own cola, which is not bad.

In my opinion, the best daiquiris in Havana are concocted at La Floridita, which claims to be La Cuña del Daiquiri, The Cradle (or Birthplace) of the Daiquiri. Here, you can hoist your daiquiri with a Salud while throwing your arm around the life-size bronze statue of Ernest Hemingway standing in his favorite spot along the bar.

Hemingway also helped to make the mojito popular on his excursions to one of the more eclectic drinking spots in Havana known as La Bogedito del Medio, “The Little Warehouse in the Middle.” The name fits, since the original building was used as a warehouse where rice, butter, beans, eggs, canned goods and drinks were sold in the middle of a busy center of business. Nicolas Guillen, a famous Cuban poet started a tradition when he signed his name on one of the bar’s walls. Today, there are more than three million signatures of visitors from across the globe, including very famous people and complete unknowns.

Crystal Beer in CubaThe beer brewed in Cuba is quite tasty. Crystal has a very large share of the market and is by far the most popular beer in Cuba. It is a nice lager with a pleasant, clean aftertaste and moderate alcohol content. Bucanero is a darker, more robust beer with a higher alcohol content. There is a great little microbrewery on the southwest corner of Plaza Viejo in Old Havana, which is popular with tourists and usually has live music.

Tap water in Cuba is reported to be safe to drink, but we never drink the tap water outside of the United States. We always buy bottled water, to prevent even the slightest chance of dysentery that could cause us to be uncomfortable and to miss key elements of our trips. The Cuban bottled water is fresh, pure, and taken from an underground aquifer in Cuba’s interior.

The Cubans absolutely love their coffee and their best coffee is Arabica, grown on the eastern end of the island on the slopes of the Sierra Maestra Mountains. They like their coffee strong and served in little cups with the sugar already added. A couple of cups will clean your teeth and fire up your engine. For the meek, just ask for Café Americano and you will find it to be very similar to what you drink in the states.

Chocolate drinks, both hot and cold are a popular refreshing change of pace. The Chocolate Museum in Havana is also a must stop, especially after trudging down the streets of Old Havana and Central Havana. The museum staff serves a tall, almost ice-cold glass of chocolate milk with cookies and little samples of chocolate candy. The drink is sinfully rich and cools you off after long walks in the area. The chocolate is made from cocoa grown in eastern Cuba near Baracoa. You might be interested to know that there is strong evidence that our own Mayan traders introduced the Native Americans of Cuba to cocoa.

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In the second segment in this series Byron will look at historic Havana Harbor, cruises, classic cars, street tourism, transportation, and two very special places. Stay tuned!

A link to the People to People program

By Khaki Scott

Yucatan: Mexico’s Largest Honey Producer

Honey Produced in Yucatan Mexico Only a decade ago, it was recognized that there was a need for organization in the Yucatan of the tens of thousands of casual beekeepers. Within a very short time, the Formal Laws and Regulations for the protection and development of beekeeping in Yucatan were a reality (Decree 583, Feb. 3, 2005). The honey industry in Yucatan was officially born and has never looked back. Today, Yucatan’s beekeepers produce 10,000 tons of honey per year, making this the largest honey-producing state in Mexico. Congratulations to all of the beekeepers in Yucatan and to everyone along the way who believed they could produce honey that would be prized around the world. In honor of this achievement, we are passing on a link to the National Honey Board’s Recipe Category . These recipes may Come from NOB, but they are perfect for a hot summer in Yucatan.

Classroom in CIA Yucatan Restaurant Menu

No – not That CIA. This CIA is the Culinary Institute of America. A restaurant called Nao in San Antonio, Texas, serves as a CIA classroom, dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures and bounty of Latin America. From now until September 8, 2014, the menu will feature Maya cuisine from the Yucatan. If you will be in the San Antonio area during that time, there is more information available about the menu itself on Savor San Antonio. In fact, the more we look at those days and times, as well as the period during which the restaurant is open, the more it reminds us of our own expat chef Greg Fryer, and the restaurants that he works with in his culinary school right here in Merida.

Tex-Mex is Over! Yucatan Rules!

Chef with Food from Yucatan in the USA That we did not make up. This week, a famous chef actually said that New Mexican restaurants are breaking away from Tex-Mex food and other border cuisines. Executive Chef Richard Papier now works at Araña , a restaurant on Magazine St. in New Orleans. He has worked with Emeril Lagasse, Susan Spicer and Donald Link, but he claims it was his Mexican-born years with Chef Guillermo Peters in Coyoacan that prepared him for this latest project. According To Papier, 95% of his new menu will be from the interior of Mexico, with most of that from Yucatan. “It’s very clean,” he said of the Yucatan cuisine. “The ingredients are very honest.” So, if anyone is in the area of New Orleans, please go by and visit Executive Chef Richard Papier at Araña , 3242 Magazine St., New Orleans (opening in August 2014). Be sure to tell him you heard about him on Yucatan Living.

New Japanese Restaurant in Merida’s Centro

Japanse restaurat in  in Yucatan Mexico This began as a shout-out to a new Japanese restaurant in Merida, but is quickly morphing in a completely different direction. The restaurant is named Samurai Shokudo. It is located on Calle 62 x 65 and 67, and has parking access in the La Lonja parking lot. The Japanese chef was recently spotlighted in a recent article in the local Merida newspaper. Atsuta Takeshi Kobayashi has a degree in International Business and studied languages ​​(Spanish and English) in school. He started his first business as a student in D.F. His partner here in Merida is a young Yucatecan named Pedro Manuel Kuyuc Puc, a chemical engineer intern. Given a choice between living life as a translator in Osaka or growing his restaurant in Merida’s bustling center, the young Japanese rolled the dice and moved to Merida. Now, only seven months later, the little restaurant is a success and these two young men are solidly on their way to a very bright future. For more information, and to read the menu Shokudo Samurai, Samurai visit Shokudo on Facebook .

Illegal Wood Seized in Progreso

Illegal Wood  in Yucatan Mexico Actually, it is legal to harvest prohibited woods in Mexico. There are rules, of course, but it can be done. First, the need for a specific wood must be urgent. Second, a payment of 100 to 20,000 times the minimum wage must be paid as a fine. Finally, the destination and end use of the wood must be documented. Otherwise, Profepa comes calling and it is all over except the crying of the would-be smugglers. We have seen the terrible mud slides and wind destruction on land that has been deforested. Those kinds of things do not happen in Yucatan and that is not by accident. Even a child in Yucatan can give you a lesson about the need to plant and protect trees… and of course, there are no hills to speak of in the Yucatan, so where is the mud going to slide? Nevertheless, illegal wood does get exported through the Yucatan Peninsula and apparently this time, it was stopped at the border. Too bad Profepa can’t put the wood back into the trees.

Yucatan’s Organ Donations Up 188%

As Yucatan’s culture evolves, alliances with other cities such as Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi, Mexico City and Monterrey, make it possible to conduct the kinds of educational programs necessary to win the hearts and minds of the people. At one time, it was virtually impossible to get anyone in Yucatan to donate any part of a body after an individual died. Today, Yucatan is actually one of the states with the highest rates of cadaveric donors in the nation. If you know of anyone who is still hesitating, please let them know that each cadaver can benefit up to 90 people. When Yucatan makes a turn-around, it is with huge results. Some transplant rates are hovering between 80% and 90% now, but we look for them all to carry Yucatan to the number one state for organ donation is the very near future.

“In Other Words: Merida” Becomes “The Merida Review”

‘In Other Words: Merida’ has a new name (The Merida Review), along with a new address. The literary online magazine will soon have many new features as well. At the present time, all content has been moved to the new site, and they are working hard to make this the best poetry and fiction site in English in the Yucatan. Do visit them and consider subscribing. They will be adding content frequently and you do not want to miss being a part of their growing audience.

Weather: Afternoon Thunderstorm

Mini Hurracane  in Yucatan Mexico Last Thursday’s so-called squall (a.k.a. high winds, thunder and lightning, plus buckets of rain) produced winds that were 62.14 mph. Here in Yucatan, they call that a turbonada. That’s just 12 mph short of being a Category One hurricane. However, it lasted only for a little while in the afternoon and did not, they say, cause much damage. But let this be a reminder to everyone to get ready and stay ready for anything, whether it is just another turbonada or a full-blown (pun intended) hurricane. Do not forget about the pets and the elderly in your neighborhood. This might be a good time to go and introduce yourself, if you have not already. The State of Yucatan is ready for anything from a side-swipe to a direct hit by up to nine hurricanes this year, whether they happen or not. Are you ready?

Lost and Found: Jeep Keys

If you have recently lost a set of keys for your Jeep, Call (999) 902-2870 to recover them. These keys were found on Monday, July 7, 2014, in Progreso, in the street, approximately 29 meters from Benito Juarez Garcia Secondary School.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 14, 2014

In The City
When the heat rises, in July and August, kids are out of school; but Merida seems strangely deserted. “Oh – they’re all at the beach,” some say; but we know better. When the temperature rises in Merida, Merida goes to the movies. There are an amazing number of movie theaters in this city and many film series are supported by either the state, the city, or private organizations that offer special presentations either free or at very little cost. We just finished an Alfred Hitchcock series and are well into a series of Japanese monster movies from the 1960s. So, if you are in Merida and prefer not to fight the crowds at the beach, now is the time to catch up on your museum visits and then its off to an air conditioned movie – or two.

Monday (Lunes) July 14, 2014

Yucatan Living New OnGoing Event: Cabbalah Course (Mondays)
Discover the science that explains the meaning of life. This course is sponsored by the Kabbalah Mexico Education & Research Institute.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas; Av. Colon x Calle 20 / Col Garcia Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday
More Information: Ing. Vicente Kú May or Lic. Jorge Alberto Buenfil Valencia: Phone: 987-3383 or cell: (999) 904-8677

Yucatan Living Mobile Museum Exhibition: The Pheasant and the Deer (until July 27)
The Municipal Art Gallery presents a selection of 11 visual artists most representative of regionalism in Merida. The criteria for inclusion are: traditional Merida, its people, customs, and traditions.
Location: Plaza Galerias Merida, Calle 60 #299 Carreteria Merida-Progreso km 5, Col. Revolucion
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 15, 2014

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Ensueño
This trio has a smooth sound that has guaranteed their place as one of Yucatan’s trova favorites for many years.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 16

Yucatan Living Movie: Man on Wire
Director: James Marsh. Stars Philippe Petit, Jean Francois Heckel and Jean-Louis Blondeau. A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974, what some consider, “the artistic crime of the century.”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Youth Symphonic Orchestra in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Latin Soul
This is a performance by the Camerata of CIMI, yet another small chamber orchestra that is part of the Youth Orchestra System of Yucatan. These groups are amazing. This one is under the direction of Jaime Lara, who is amazingly active in any role he takes on. Do be sure and see this performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fogo
(Mexico 2012) The deterioration of a small community on Fogo Island is forcing its inhabitants to leave and resettle. Places once occupied by humans are now becoming part of the tundra landscape.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) July 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: To Be and To Have
A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.
Director: Nicolas Philibert Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Raging Bull
(U.S. 1980). Director: Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci. An emotionally self-destructive boxer’s journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it. In English with subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guitar Concert: Los niños, las niñas y los jóvenes
For those who do not speak Spanish, los niños and las niñas means the younger children, while los jóvenes means the teenagers and very young adults. They will all be playing for you tonight. These are always some of the best performances of the year. Please do try to see them.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general / $25 pesos students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: Atomic Age
(France 2012) Movie about teenegers living in Paris. French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) July 18 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Inside Job
(USA 2011)Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown. Director: Charles Ferguson Stars: Matt Damon, William Ackman, Daniel Alpert
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Japanese film festival in Merida

Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest: Gamera
(Japan, 1965). Director: Noriaki Yuasa. This is part of a Kaiju Eiga Film Series. From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location:Cineteca Nacional, Second floor in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living South East Jazz Festival: Janet Pasos and Oscar Cambranis
This is the opening night of the South East Jazz Festival.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living X National “Province to Province” Folkdance Festival
Tonight’s performance is by the Ixi’im Lol Folkloric Ballet, under the direction of Wilfrido Pool.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Art Exhibit in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opening of Art Exhibits at MACAY
Show will last until september.
Location: MACAY, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Latin Film Series: City of God
(Brasil, 2002). Director: Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund. Starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen and Douglas Silva. Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. In Spanish, we hope with English subtitles. This is a great movie… well worth seeing!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Waltz with Bashir
(Israel 2008) An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Walesa
(Italy 2013) The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 19, 2014

Yucatan Living X National “Province to Province” Folkdance Festival – 2 events
11:00 AM: Folk Marathon
8:00 PM: Artistic Presentation by the Ixi’im Lol Folkloric Ballet, under the direction of Wilfrido Pool.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Fashion Design in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Pasarela Natural
Fashion show with clothes that use native fabrics from the Yucatan.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest: Daimajin
(Japan, 1966). Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord. The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Cineteca Nacional, second floor in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Paisaje de los Machetes
(Mexico 2011) Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche – Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist – try to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in act of poetic terrorism.
Director: Kyzza Terrazas Stars: Jessy Bulbo, Andrés Almeida, Flor Eduarda Gurrola
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Fall
(USA 2006) In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances. English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary
Great naturalistic documentaries.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Folkloric Ballet Festival in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living X National “Province to Province” Folkdance Festival
Prtistic presentations by Ballet Folklórico Lol Ixi’im – Wilfrido Pool, Director
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest: Son of Godzilla
(Japan, 1967). Director: Jun Fukuda. Scientists experimenting with changes in weather on a tropical island get more than they bargained for when Godzilla shows up to battle humongous insects and protect his newborn child. The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Cineteca Nacional on second floor in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:The 39 steps
(USA 1935) A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) July 21, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

Coming Soon

Tunich Fair in Dzitya Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Feria Tunich 2014 Friday, July 25 thru Sunday, August 3
Have you ever heard of a fair that got hammered by torrential rain, but 83,000 visitors came anyway? That was the Feria Tunich in 2013. This year, just in case, they have installed the ways and means to direct any extra water away and huge numbers of people are expected to be in tiny Dzitya for their not-to-be-missed fair. Special invited guests will be artisans from Corregidora, Queretero, with additional participants expected from Michoacán, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Puebla. As time for the fair draws near, we will provide a link to online maps and schedules of when and where there will be free busses and vans from the city out to this amazing fair. In the meantime, read Yucatan Living’s own Stones of Dzitya to get an idea of what Dzitya is about.

Yucatan Living Progreso: Coca Cola Beach August 2 & 3
This will be a tournament (volleyball, soccer) in which more than 160 people are expected to participate.
Location: at the beach by the International Pier in Progreso
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest
Month-long Japanese horror movie film festival. The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
July 25: Space Amoeba (1970)
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
July 31: Asilo Celarain 5:00 PM
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Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

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By Working Gringos

I am possibly interested in teaching in the Yucatan area within the next year.

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You would find me most reliable and responsible, as well as enthusiastic in my teaching abilities. I cannot say in all honesty which I enjoy teaching more – adults or children as both are fun to see the end results of my efforts! I am definitely a team player, understanding that in teaching there is no other option than to work as a team together. I find it necessary to be cooperative and friendly, but never to be too dependent on anyone else’s abilities and so be able also to work independently. I believe the best classes are given when you are prepared but are also prepared to be flexible and spontaneous.

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By Working Gringos

I don’t recommend many blogs these days… not sure why. I read so much on the internet, but not many blogs anymore.

But if you are an English-reading expatriate (or an English-reading Mexican perhaps…) and you love Mexico, I think you will appreciate this blog as much as I do.

Sam Quinones is an American journalist who is best known for his reporting on Mexico and Mexican issues. He was born, raised and educated in California, and eventually spent nine years living and reporting in Mexico… all around Mexico. He has a unique voice and an appreciation of all things Mexican that I really enjoy reading about. You can read more about Sam here on his eponymous website.

But the website we’re talking about today is his blog, A Reporter’s Blog. Sam is a great storyteller and through his posts, I’ve been exposed to many people, Mexican or somehow related to Mexico… or sometimes not at all… that are unique, fascinating and moving. His writing is stellar, his commentary insightful and he often accompanies his work with excellent photos or videos.

Like this short story about the graves of narcotrafficantes in Mexico City

or this story of Zeus Garcia, the Michael Jordan of Oaxacan basketball

or his series of photos and articles on the Virgen de Guadalupe.

Enjoy!!

By Khaki Scott

Turtle Nests are Well Guarded in Yucatan

Turtles in Yucatan Mexico There are 134 turtle nests being guarded, in place, along the beaches of Yucatan. The nests that are brought to the turtle pens are the ones that are in danger from humans, predators, or natural phenomena (storms, tides, etc). With summer vacation coming up, surveillance has just been stepped up. Please note that it is illegal to ride ATVS and motorcycles on the beach, or really to do anything that may disturb a turtle nest. And please remember that the laws governing the care and protection of sea turtles are some of the strictest in Mexico. Look for the toddlers of Yucatan, long trained as the next generation of naturalists in Yucatan, to begin releasing baby turtles as early as late August or early September.

See a History of Yucatan in Maps Beginning July 17

Old Maps in in Yucatan Mexico This is an exhibition that everyone in Yucatan should see! The exhibition has stories that go along with each of the charts and maps that end up showing the geological and evolutionary chronology of the state. Only this way can those who live in modern society see what was here, how it changed and why, and how what we are doing to it is likely to change it (for better or worse) as we use our own ideas to shape the future. These maps have come together, as a collection, from around the world, and many are hundreds of years old. They are reproduced in their own languages and sizes.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM / 7 days per week
Admission: Free, can also schedule tours by appointment at (999) 942-1999 ext. 513

Water: Yucatan and Pays de Loire

Tap Water in in Yucatan Mexico Clean water is a public good and a global issue. It is also a very local concern for all of the people who live in any defined area, as well as an international concern for those who consider investing in any specific area. Over the past few years, Yucatan and France have enjoyed a relationship that includes shared economic growth, especially in Pays de Loire. That relationship, plus Yucatan’s abundance of natural resources, has led to the beginnings of a 25 year project to build the appropriate water treatment plants to serve all towns in Yucatan with a population of 5,000 or more. This includes Valladolid, Tizimín, Oxkutzcab, Ticul, Izamal, Kanasín, Conkal and Merida. It also includes desalinization plants, where necessary, on the coast. This means new jobs for Yucatecos, invaluable knowledge of how water plants work for the French, and a future investment destination whose economic value cannot even be determined. This is the kind of positive, long-term, economic news that continues to bring current investments to Yucatan, and will continue to do so for decades to come.

Fall Trade Fair Announced in Merida: October 16 through 19

This is one of the biggest trade expos that everyone waits for because it brings buyers and suppliers together from every industry, with particular emphasis on entrepreneurial effort. Yes, yes – we know the men are looking for new technology and spiffy new gadgets. Let them go and shop to their hearts’ content. Sign them up for a few of those workshops about how to use the new technology. Keep them busy and happy! What we know is that (finally) there has been an official announcement that there will be representatives of the Ticul Shoe Fair and Women Producers on hand, each and every year, in Merida, at this Trade ExpoFeria. We dare say that “what are the dates of the Ticul Fall Shoe Fair?” may just be the second most asked question we receive. So, now we know for sure! If we get the Ticul dates too late to get them to you, there’s always the Trade ExpoFeria in Merida for shoes and accessories at prices you have to see to believe! Ladies – Mark your calendar now for October 16 through 19! This event will include visitors and participants from both Belize and Honduras, as a little added inducement to come on out and enjoy!

Yucatan’s 2014 – 2015 School Calendar

For most of us, changes in the upcoming school calendar will have little meaning. However, a growing number of expats work with children through a variety of social service, education, and nutrition programs. If you have plans with local children, or if you are planning a vacation around the dates that school opens or closes, these are the only date changes we have thus far: (1) School will take in, this year, on August 25, instead of on August 18 and (2) School will let out, next summer, on July 17, instead of July 14. That means that Summer will be a little longer this year, so do plan accordingly.

Tekax: 22 Students Master Three Languages

We are always hearing about children, in Yucatan, learning three languages in school, but this is the first time we have seen an actual report on a specific group of children, who have completed a specific program. In this case, 22 sixth grade children were assigned two Maya legends each. They then had to develop and write those legends in Maya, English and Spanish. The program was a complete success and is on track for being analyzed as a model for the country. The researchers did admit that one of the reasons this school was chosen was that it is so strong in English in every grade, and that most of the students are native Maya speakers, so new projects can continue over several years and more can be learned about this fascinating ability of children to be trilingual. It looks to us as if the world, for the children of Tekax, has been getting quite a bit larger for a number of years now. Well done!

Bank Behavior to be Monitored

For years, Yucatan has been encouraging and even supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. Banking institutions decided they should begin financing small business and micro loans to that market, as well as to their regular and corporate customers. Unfortunately, the dealings of human beings with each other is not always perfect. Now, there is a new agency that will be monitoring the behavior of banks to ensure that no one takes advantage of borrowers who, most likely, have little to no banking experience. Banks found to have unfair terms in their contracts will be reported and their names put on a list. Some want to know what the consequences for landing on that list will be. At the present time, no penalty has been given, but this is part of a national financial reform movement that is coming out of D.F. for the purpose of helping lift the fortunes of entrepreneurs across the nation. At the very least, everyone will know which banks are not the best place to go to for a loan, and that is valuable to anyone who is starting out in business.

Weather and Dengue Fever

Classic dengue fever has turned up in Hunucma. The passage of one tropical wave after another is dropping a lot of rain on Yucatan, making it easier for mosquitoes to find a place to breed. Please redouble your efforts at keeping all sources of standing water off of your property until this threat passes. We were pleased to note that the call to arms on this topic went out after the first two cases appeared, along with instructions on keeping patios clean and clear so that entire towns can be protected.

Sprint and Olympic Xel-Ha 2014 National Championship Triathlon

Marathon in Xel-Ha Yucatan Mexico November 15 and 16, Xel-Ha Park, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
This triathlon expects approximately 1,800 competitors and it is the talk of the Yucatan Peninsula this week. The Xel-Ha 2014 Triathlon website has everything you need to know, all on one convenient page, so do plan to be there, even if you aren’t planning to compete. This marks the 20th anniversary of the park itself and being chosen to host the national triathlon is a gift to the park from the Mexican Triathlon Federation.

II Expo Maya Bunker

Modeling Club in Merida Yucatan Mexico There is a hobby club in Merida that brings together members of different ages and professional backgrounds in the world of modeling. The members of Club Bunker Maya create model airplanes, tanks, ships, spacecraft, helicopters, cars trucks, figures and complete scenes that are of either historic importance or that call for realism and detail. With only three official years in existence (actually 20 years in development), Merida’s Club Bunker Maya has been recognized by the International Society of Static Modeling and has won a number of foreign and national awards. Although members of Club Bunker Maya are mostly artists based in all three states on the peninsula, and there is only one female member, Reyna Cauich Uc. Congratulations to all of these talented folks, and best of luck to II Expo Maya Bunker. To learn more about static modeling, and the workshops they have available, meet IPMS Merida on Facebook .

Vote From Abroad.org: Be Ready for Nov. 4

November 4 will be election day in the U.S. No matter your party, this is your time to make your voice heard. Vote From Abroad is a website where you can both register to vote and request an absentee ballot. Click for Absentee Ballots for Americans. Vote From Abroad | Absentee Ballots for Americans

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 07, 2014

In The City

We wanted everyone to know that, while we grown-ups are resting during the week before Summer Vacation begins, the city and state are hard at work. This week and next weekend, they are holding art classes for children in almost every municipality in the state. We cannot imagine the numbers of brushes, sponges, cotton balls, and toothpicks it will take to get through it, not to even mention the numbers of teachers (!), but we are certain that every child who wants to paint will have the opportunity to create a masterpiece!

Literature and writing are also huge topics for kids this week because there is a state contest going on. This is the fifth year for this particular contest, so the kids are primed and ready to write. They have an amazing number of writing workshops being held for these very young authors this week.

For kids who are more interested in how things work, Yucatan has its own “Science Guy,” in the person of Maestro Wilbert Camara, who manages to make it to Centro Cultural Jose Marti on Saturday and to the Museum of Natural History on Sundays to teach workshops about a whole range of things that tend to create smoke, smell strangely, or cause one’s hair to stand on end (electrified bubbles this week (!)). The kids love him and Yucatan keeps right on educating those marvelous engineers and other scientists, so somebody must be having a good time somewhere along the way!

Monday (Lunes) July 07, 2014

Yucatan Living New OnGoing Event: Cabbalah Course (Mondays)
Discover the science that explains the meaning of life.
This course is sponsored by the Kabbalah Mexico Education & Research Institute.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas; Av. Colon x Calle 20 / Col Garcia Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday
More Information: Ing. Vicente Kú May or Lic. Jorge Alberto Buenfil Valencia: Phone: 987-3383 or cell: (999) 904-8677

Yucatan Living Concert: Atril 6
This is the 20th Anniversary concert for this UADY group and they are better than ever. This is the group that sings “Cri-Cri,” so be sure to never miss a chance to hear them.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time:8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) July 08, 2014

Yucatan Living New OnGoing Second Tuesday Event: Y.A.G – Yucatan Association of Gardeners.
All members of the Merida Gardeners Group are welcome to attend the monthly meetings of Y.A.G – Yucatan Association of Gardeners. Y.A.G. is a new organization and will be planning their first activities at this meeting. YAG is dedicated in providing of activities and education on gardens and plants. Future activities will include tours, classes and lectures. Meeting last around an hour with social time after. YAG can also be found Facebook where we have a online group with various discussions on plants and gardening. The members of Y.A.G. look forward to the possibility of YAG and the Merida Gardeners Group doing something together! Happy gardening!
Location: Circo en Galeria Merida. The art gallery is located at Calle 59 numero 452-A por 52 y 54 Centro Mejorada.
Time: All Second Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Admission: Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack, bottle of wine or what ever you would like to the meeting. The group also does a plant/seed exchange each meeting. The plant exchange is very casual. Members just bring extra seeds, seedling or extra plants from their gardens.

Yucatan Living Movie: Little Miss SunshineLittle Miss Sunshine in Merida Yucatan Mexico
(U.S. 2006). Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Starring: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin. Olive, age 7, prepares to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, with the members of her dysfunctional family in tow. The movie takes a poke at many of the obsessions of modern life, such as looks and money.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas; Av. Colon x Calle 20 / Col Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trovemia
This sounds interesting. We know almost all of the members of the trova troubadors’ association and this is a name that is not familiar to us. Since the trios who perform for Tuesday Trova are all at the far top of their genre, this would be a great group to go and see!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 09

Yucatan Living Movie: Renoir
(France 2012) Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir — son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste — returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Greek Mythology Course in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan LivingTwo Documentaries About Greek Mythology
The first of these documentaries is about Greek gods from the perspective of science obsessed Salvador Dali; the other looks at the Greek gods with the all too human faults of man as postulated by Oscar Funes. One, both, or neither could be “right,” if there is, in the end, really such a thing as right when it comes to the need for and creation of gods.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Gerhard Richter – Painting
(Germany 2011) A documentary about the famous German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which had not been seen before this movie in decades.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Presentation: The Town of San Benito
New exhibits open monthly at the beautiful Museum of the City of Merida.
Location: Calle 56 x 65, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bananas
(Sweden 2009) Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Baroque Music: Musici Corelli
This performance is under the direction of Felipe Cervera. Arcangelo Corelli (1653 – 1713) was an Italian violinist and composer of the Baroque Era.
Location: Church of St. Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Gone With the Wind
(U.S. 1939). Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor and Sam Wood. Starring: Vivien Leigh,
Clark Gable and Olivia de Havilland. Everyone should see this movie at least once a decade. Its amazing that, at each age, it is a completely different movie.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

The Next Fabulous Wine Tasting Event!Yucatan Living Merida Magic Wine Tasting
This popular, recurring Merida English Library event is an evening of good wines, inspired food, and an exhibition of art at Soho Gallery.
Location: Calle 60 # 400-A x 41 y 43, Centro, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: M.E.L. members: $250 pesos each with a 2 ticket limit, Non-members: $300 pesos. Tickets are now on sale at the library.

Yucatan Living Movie: Post Tenebras Lux
(Mexico 2013) Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) July 11 , 2014

Yucatan Living Chelem Elves Host Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza Friday, July 11
There will be Cash prizes to be split 50/50 with the winner.
And, also as usual, we’ve got some fabulous raffles prizes! Here’s what they have so far!
*** 3 Night stay at Guido’s boutique hotel in Cozumel, prize valid until October 31, 2014
***1 Night stay at the Hacienda Chichen and Yaxkin Spa in Chichen Itza, prize valid from September 1 2014-October 31, 2014
***Hand tooled leather bag donated by Bolom Balam
***A large fish shaped platter donated by Hecho a Mano in Progreso
***A beautiful necklace donated by Hecho a Mano in Progreso
***They also have a raffle for a week long stay at the lovely private casa, Casa de Coco, VRBO listing 578334. This raffle will not be drawn until our September Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza but you can start getting tickets now.
For more details and to hit on the links to all of these great stays. please visit our Chelem Toy Drive Facebook Page. If you’re not going to make it to the bingo but still want tickets or if you’re not in Mexico and you want tickets please email us a chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com and they will get some to you.
You can also go to their donation page and hit on the Paypal button. Leave a message about any raffle tickets and they will contact you to find out if you want any. Of course, they love plain old donations too.
Every penny and pesos goes for toys for the kids of Chelem and other area agencies such as the DIF rehabilitation unit in Progreso.
Location: Las Dunas Hotel/Restaurant
Time: 6:00 PM Please come early to buy cards and raffle tickets so they can get started on time because Ruben has a great band scheduled to play afterward. You will surely want to stick around and have a few drinks to celebrate your big win!
Admission: $150 peso donation buys one card for 3 regular bingos and the blackout bingo. Individual cards for regular bingos require a $25 peso donation and the blackout requires a $75 peso donation. Please try to bring correct change.

Yucatan Living Movie: Radio La Colifata
(Mexico 2013) LT22 Radio La Colifata is a radio station run entirely by the patients of the J.T. Borda Psychiatric Hospital in Buenos Aires. Recorded and broadcast from the hospital gardens, it is heard the world over.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Japanese film festival in Merida

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest: King Kong vs. Godzilla
(Japan, 1962). Director: Kaiju Eiga. Don’t we all remember this classic? The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Merida Extraordinaria
This performance is under the direction of Daniel Alpuche.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos General, $25 pesos Students

Yucatan Living Latin Film Series: Broken Embraces
(Spain 2009). Director: Pedro Almodovar. Starring: Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portillo and Jose Luis Gomez
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Deconstructing Harry
(USA 1997) Suffering from writer’s block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fogo
(Mexico 2012) The deterioration of a small community in Fogo Island is forcing its inhabitants to leave and resettle. Places once occupied by humans are now becoming part of the tundra landscape.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 12, 2014

Yucatan Living V Contest of Children and Young Talents “Socorro Ceron”
And while the painters were painting, and while the writers were writing, and while the scientists were doing their experiments, the dancers were working their way toward a fifth anniversary of their own contest. Please do come and see these children and young people. Their talent and hard work will make your day!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bernardo Lorentzen Rodriguez in Concert
How lucky we are to have a performance by this wonderful, young pianist from D.F. Don’t miss this one!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Los Juglares
This is a performance by one of Yucatan’s premier trova trios. Isn’t it about time for a new CD from these kings of Merida’s romantic heart?
Location: In front of the Cathedral, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM. Saturday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: El Mar
(Spain 1999). Director: Agusti Villaronga. Starring: Juli Mira, Hernan Gonzalez, David Lozano, Nilo Mur, Roger Casamajor and Bruno Bergonzini. Two boys (Ramallo and Manuel) and a girl in the Spanish Civil War are involved in the death of other two boys, one killed, the other suicided. This terrible secret will be with them for all their lives. Years pass and they meet in a hospital for tuberculosis treatment. She is now a nun, Ramallo is a thief and Manuel is obsessed by religion. Reality is too hard to feel, only the sea should be the best place, where all is quiet…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
More from the Japanese horror movie film festival. Guidora (Monster with Three Heads) (1964). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Memento
(USA 2000) A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Date to Note: World Cup Finals, July 13

Yucatan Living Documentary: Trees
Meet the trees, invincible sentries of our planet, vulnerable to all kinds of attacks from heat to mushrooms. Trees enrich every corner of the Earth.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living TOH Birdwatching Tour
This is a tour that can be described as tourist friendly, so everyone is invited! Come see (and hear!) some of Yucatan’s most engaging inhabitants.
Location: Temozon, Yucatan (North of Valladolid)
Time: Tour leaves at 5:00 AM, breakfast and lunch are provided, return to Merida at 3:00 PM.
Admission: $600 pesos, includes food, guides, activities and transportation.
Register in Advance: +52 (999) 988-4436 ext 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx

Dance Tribute Yucatan Living Dance: Tribute to Guillermina Bravo
This appears to be a dance concert in tribute to a woman dancer and choreographer, Guillermina Bravo.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest
More from the Japanese horror movie film festival. Tonite’s film is Dagora (Monster from Space) (1964). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: North by Northwest
(USA 1959) A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) July 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s Schools’ Summer Vacation: July 15 – August 25

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: The Pheasant and the Deer (Through July 27)
The Municipal Art Gallery presents the work of eleven visual artists who are the most representative of regionalism in Merida. These are the artists who keep traditions, customs, and the faces of people alive for everyone’s benefit.
Location: Plaza Galerías Mérida, Calle No. 60 #299 (Carretera Mérida Progreso km. 5), Col. Revolución.
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Kaiju-Eiga Film Fest
Month-long Japanese horror movie film festival. The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
July 18: Gamera (1965)
July 19: Daimajin (1966)
July 20: Son of Godzilla (1967)
July 25: Space Amoeba (1970)
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
July 31: Asilo Celarain 5:00 PM
Admission: Free<.p>

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

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By Working Gringos

Job Offered: We are seeking homecare for an elderly diabetic. We would like someone to make simple, healthy meals, ensure that medication is taken and keep a healthy and clean environment.

We prefer an English-speaking caretaker with nursing qualifications. Expats welcome.

We prefer a live-in situation. We can provide you with your own private cabaña or bring your own camper.

Location is an off-the-grid resort on Lake Bacalar. There is no electricity but there is hot and cold running water, showers and a propane refrigerator and stove and full kitchen amenities.

There are friendly helpful neighbours and a beautiful jungle lake setting where you can spend your time off. We are 10 minutes from the village of Pedro Santos and a half hour from the town of Bacalar in Quintana Roo.

Wages negotiable.

Please contact Fritz Vatter at f_vatter [at] hotmail [dot] com or 1-669-647-5540.

By Working Gringos

 

Facade of Vacation Rental in Merida

 

Interior garden and pool at Casa de Las Manos in Merida

 

From the foyer at Casa de Las Manos in Merida

 

Dining room that seats six to eight people

 

 

 

Luxurious Merida Colonial

Four Bedroom Vacation Rental

While you are on vacation in Merida, stay in this luxurious and spacious vacation rental home, a Mexican getaway in the Yucatan, tranquil, spacious, full of light and color…

Casa de Las Manos is a four bedroom, three bath home with a filtered swimming pool. Located just blocks from both the Plaza Grande and Paseo Montejo, Casa de Las Manos is in the lovely Santa Ana neighborhood of Merida’s Centro Historico.

Upstairs bedroom at Casa de Las Manos

The house surrounds the tropical garden with palms, a lawn and the pool. You can wake up listening to birds, geckos and parrots chirp from the surrounding trees. Sit around the pool with a morning coffee and a plate of fresh tropical fruit, or venture out into the city to watch it come to life. Swim in your private pool in the evening, after a day of exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Uxmal or the colonial town of Izamal.

Drink in the surrounding ambiance of everyday Mexican life while you sip your margarita and gaze at the stars on our 3rd floor tower terrace. Have lunch at the cocina economica just down the street, then dine at a 4-star hacienda later that evening.

The front section of the house is built within the original stone walls of the old colonial structure. This includes the foyer, kitchen, gallery, dining room, living room, outdoor living room and two bedrooms with a shared bath, all connected by an elegant loggia. Many of the original floor tiles were saved and repolished. The stone walls surrounding the garden are also of original construction.

Spacious master bathroom at Casa de Las Manos in Merida Yucatan

The new building is in the back of the property. It is a three story colonial-style building, with two master bedrooms and a roof terrace, all overlooking the pool that is nestled into the garden between the two buildings.

Each of these bedrooms enjoys a lovely cross-breeze from windows and doors that open onto a private terrace. There are spacious closets and bathrooms opening onto each bedroom, both complete with air conditioning and televisions.

 

Casa de Las Manos is designed for indoor/outdoor living, which is one of the most enjoyable aspects of spending time in the Yucatan. Spend your vacation enjoying many wonderful attractions, all less than a day away, and return every day to this beautiful home in the center of all that Merida has to offer.

Any week of the year, there will be multiple events in theatre, dance or music to entertain you. Art galleries, museums, shopping and a variety of restaurants are just a few blocks away or a few minutes by taxi.

Flowers by the pool in Merida Yucatan

Just blocks from Casa de Las Manos is the Paseo de Montejo, where an evening stroll will allow you to view the historic mansions and the modern sculpture exhibit placed along the sidewalks in front.

 

Prices

 

Low Season – April 15 to October 15
$400 per night plus utilities* (3 night minimum)
(Includes daily maid service)
$2500 per week plus utilities*
(Includes maid service every other day)

High Season – October 16 to April 14
$450 per night plus utilities* (3 night minimum)
(Includes daily maid service)
$2800 per week plus utilities*
(Includes maid service every other day)

Holiday Weeks – Dec 18 2007 to Jan 4 2008
$475 per night plus utilities* (5 night minimum)
(Includes daily maid service)
$3000 per week plus utilities*
(Includes maid service every other day)

*Meters are read upon arrival and upon departure. (Average electricity per week $35 US to $60 US. Average propane per week $20 US.)

For more information and photos, please visit our website. Casa de Las Manos awaits you!

http://www.casadelasmanos.com

 

 

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting June 30, 2014

In The City


This week marks the celebration of the 143 Anniversary of the Municipality of Progreso, which means that summer vacation has unofficially begun and the beaches of Yucatan are the destinations of choice for the next six to eight weeks. The schedule for beach entertainment is never set in stone. You can count on beach soccer, volleyball, and sporting events (canoe, kayak, wind surf, etc) during the day and music at night, and that’s about as specific as it gets until last minute announcements. We’ll do our best to bring those last minute announcements to you on our Facebook page.

LA68’s New Workshops
For our readers who speak Spanish, LA68 is a resource you may not have yet considered. They show Movies (Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 PM, $30 pesos p/p), but what struck our eye this week is the variety of painting, writing, quilting, dancing, yoga and even botanical workshops now available. The botanical lectures on native plants will be held on the first Friday of every month. It may be best to stop by LA68, at Calle 68 #470A x 55, Centro Merida, to double check on times, tuitions, and length of courses as some have already begun.

Grand Masters: Transition and Changes in Mexican Painting
An ongoing painting exhibit, featuring Rufino Tamayo, Carlos Merida, Rafael Coronel, Francisco Toledo and more. Well worth seeing. Exhibit lasts until August 16.
Location: Galeria de Peon Contreras, Calle 60 between 57 and 59
Hours: No info on this… sorry :-)
Admission: Free

Students of Alicia Alonso
Opening June 30 at 6 pm, an exhibit of the students of Alicia Alonso’s workshop for the years 2013 and 2014. No indication how long the exhibit will be showing.
Location: Casa de Cultura Mayab, Calle 63 x 64 y 66
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm
Admission: We are pretty sure it is free

Antología del Cine Iberoamericano
Three movies, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, begin a month-long Antología del Cine Iberoamericano, which is an anthology of films from countries and/or areas that are former colonies of Spain and/or Portugal. These movies will be shown at the Olimpo, beginning on July 3, Thursday.

Monday (Lunes) June 30, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso’s 143rd Birthday is July 1

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
These weekly performances are by trios and groups that belong to the state association of trova troubadours. Each trio is extremely talented and has earned its place among the greats.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 02

Yucatan LivingMonthly Meeting La Liga de La Leche Merida
If you have ever been pregnant or close to someone who was, you know about La Leche League. It’s good to know that La Leche is also represented in Merida. If you need their services, please know that you are invited to attend the meeting, held monthly.
LocationCalle 15 #266 por 38 y 40. Col. García Gineres
Time 10:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv & Ingmar
(UK 2012) A documentary about the 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

La Jaula de OroYucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro (The Jail of Gold)
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the United States.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 03, 2014

Yucatan Living Maya Cuisine Conference
Presented by Miguel May May, in association with Haciendas of the Maya World.
Location: Hacienda Itzincab, Tecoh
Time: 11:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:Gerhard Richter – Painting
(Germany 2011) A documentary about the famous German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which had not been seen before this movie in decades.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library: Movie Night
Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and water will be served during a short intermission but Xoco Loco will be open for you to purchase additional beverages and snacks. Please come and help support the English Library in Valladolid!
Location: In the palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $10 peso donation per person.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Conductor
(Poland, 1980). Director: Andrzej Wajda. Starring: John Gielgud, Krystyna Janda and Andrzej Seweryn. A violinist in a provincial Polish orchestra, whose husband is the director of the ensemble, on a visit to the USA meets a world-renowned symphony conductor. As it turns out, he was once in love with the violinist’s mother. The conductor, a slightly unstable hypochondriac, returns to Poland to lead the provincial orchestra. He also tries to revive an old love affair using the violinist as a surrogate of her mother. Her husband is resentful of the conductor for both personal and professional reasons. Chaos and drama ensues.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Latin American Folk Fusion
Son del Sur arose from the interest of its members, seven musicians, towards traditional American music and songs of the great masters such as Victor Jara and Inti-Illimani. The group started in 2013 to bring traditional and contemporary Afro-Peruvian rhythms, gypsy jazz, the Colombian cumbia and reggae to a new instrumental ensemble, adding violin, drums, electric bass, clarinet and more. They experiment with instruments, fusing genres, and spreading this music rich in tradition, with a touch of the festive and spontaneous. With each piece, they explain the origins of the instruments used and regions of origin of the musical genre.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo / Auditorium Silvio Zavala Fence, Calle 61 and Calle 62, Merida centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $ 50 pesos General, $ 25 pesos students and INAPAM

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Deep Water
(United Kingdom, 2006) A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Mary and Max
(Australia 2009) A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) July 04 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico, 2013) Heli tells the story of the titular protagonist who is a seventeen-year-old boy living with his wife and his sister. The film follows the arcs of these characters and Estela’s boyfriend as they struggle with drugs, violence, and corruption.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Japanese film festival in Merida

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
Tonite starts a Japanese horror movie film festival, with the first film being the Big Daddy of them all, Godzilla (Gojira) (1954). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Wiskey
(Uruguay 2004) Director: Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll. Starring: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani, Ana Katz, Daniel Hendler and Adrián Biniez. When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with whom he has a prickly relationship.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

4th of July Party in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living 4th of July Party at Lizard Joes
Time to celebrate independence… the USA’s and yours! Join the fun on the beach!
Location: Beachfront in Chelem
Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: $60 pesos per advance ticket purchase gets you 2 bands + a hamburger or chili cheese dog or their vegan-friendly Tex-Mex Bean Burger… OR bring a stuffed animal for the DIF Xmas in July toy drive when you make your purchase and receive 2 tickets for $60 pesos. Tickets will be $100 pesos per person the day of the event. Stop by Lizard Joes 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday – Tuesday to purchase your ticket in advance. If you have any questions, call Cynthia at 999-210-7826.

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
(2012 England) A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. If you love his music (and who does not?), this movie is well worth seeing.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Captain Pantoja and the Special Services
(Peru 2000). Director: Francisco J. Lombardi. Actors: Salvador del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Mónica Sánchez y Pilar Bardem. The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of ‘visitors’ to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts. At first unhappy about this assignment, he nonetheless puts his remarkable organizational skills in action and in a short time has his ‘unit’ running smoothly. In the home front things get complicated. His wife dislikes his long hours and the secrecy surrounding his work, and he, despite being a dedicated husband, feels tempted by one of his “subordinates”.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
More from the Japanese horror movie film festival. Tonite’s film is Godzilla Raids Again (1955). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Inception
(USA 2010) A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible. Stars Leonardo diCaprio.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 06, 2014

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary: Puma Lion of the Andes
A documentary about this fantastic and enigmatic animal living in Andes.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

p>Yucatan Living TOH Birdwatching Tour
This is a tour that can be described as tourist friendly, so everyone is invited! Come see (and hear!) some of Yucatan’s most engaging inhabitants.
Location: Temozon, Yucatan (North of Valladolid)
Time: Tour leaves at 5:00 AM, breakfast and lunch are provided, return to Merida at 3:00 PM.
Admission: $600 pesos, includes food, guides, activities and transportation.
Register in Advance: +52 (999) 988-4436 ext 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx

Yucatan Living Dance: Tribute to Guillermina Bravo
This appears to be a dance concert in tribute to a woman dancer and choreographer, Guillermina Bravo.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
More from the Japanese horror movie film festival. Tonite’s film is Mothra (1961). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Lady Vanishes
(USA 1938) While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. Stars Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and is directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) July 07, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

The Next Fabulous Wine Tasting Event!Yucatan Living
Merida Magic Wine Tasting -Tuesday, July 10

This popular, recurring Merida English Library event is an evening of good wines, inspired food, and an exhibition of art at Soho Gallery.
Location: Calle 60 # 400-A x 41 y 43, Centro, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: M.E.L. members: $250 pesos each with a 2 ticket limit, Non-members: $300 pesos. Tickets are now on sale at the library.

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
Month-long Japanese horror movie film festival. The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
July 11: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
July 12: Guidora (Monster with Three Heads) (1964)
July 13: Dagora (Monster from Space) (1964)
July 18: Gamera (1965)
July 19: Daimajin (1966)
July 20: Son of Godzilla (1967)
July 25: Space Amoeba (1970)
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
July 10: Santa Lucia Church: 7:00 PM
July 31: Asilo Celarain 5:00 PM
Admission: Free<.p>

Yucatan Living TOH Birdwatching Tour – Sunday, July 13
This is a tour that can be described as tourist friendly, so everyone is invited!
Location: Uxmal, Yucatan
Time: tour leaves at 5:00 AM, breakfast and lunch are provided, return to Merida at 1:00 PM
Admission: $250 pesos, includes transportation, bring your own equipment, food, water, etc
Register by July 11: +52 (999) 988-4436 ext 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx

Yucatan Living Date to Note: World Cup Finals, July 13

Yucatan Living Date to Note: School Vacation Begins July 15, ends August 15

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By Khaki Scott

Power of Travel: Kids Will Change the World

Students from Afar in Yucatan Mexico Well, our generation certainly made a fine mess of things, didn’t we? …and our children struggle with trying to fix it while still having it all. But our grandchildren… now that’s a generation to watch! Learning AFAR provides scholarships to cover the cost of international trips by low-income teens to low income villages in places like Peru. The Learning AFAR Foundation is supported by the same folks who publish the Learning AFAR magazine. This year’s students will travel to China, Costa Rica and Mexico. Last year, a group came to Yucatan. The more contact Yucatan’s quite politically-minded children are able to have with children from other parts of the world, the quicker they can solve problems and move on toward a better future for everyone. Note: If you work in the travel industry, check out Learning AFAR magazine for great tours and advertising ideas. Read more about the Power of Travel for low income students too.

Puerto Progreso Is Growing!

Progreso is one of only four ports in Mexico that recorded growth over the past year. Of the other three, two are on the Gulf of Mexico side of the country (Altamira, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz), and only one is on the west coast (Manzanillo, Colima). The future of the Port of Progreso is brighter than ever before and this means so much to so many people on the coast, as well as inland. New jobs and economic security are in the air and everyone is looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.

41st Convention of Animal Production and Food Safety at UADY

With 500 participants attending, members of the biological and agricultural communities from Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K. will be meeting to assess what can be done to ensure that every nation is able to guarantee its food sovereignty. All agree that, in the past, new innovations and technology had a difficult time making their way down to the level of local agriculture. That situation is now being remedied by new associations between governments, researchers, and farmers themselves. The problem of world hunger may not be solved today. But with the dedication of researchers, farmers and ranchers, the day that hunger exists no more is surely on its way.

Wisecracker Design re-imagines The Hyatt Regency in Merida Mexico

Hyatt Regency in Merida Yucatan Mexico Even with tight budgets and deadlines, lead designers and co-owners of Wisecracker Design, Jim Neeley and David Dow, pulled off one of the most elegantly comfortable hotel designs we have seen in a long time. This relatively small design company is based in Petaluma, California. They also own Casa Pocito here in Merida, Yucatan. Their work can be seen now throughout the U.S., Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, China, and even in Dubai. We hope all of the expats go by to see this now completed project, and that visitors try it out. Great work deserves support and this project turned out to be wonderful. For your enjoyment and inspiration, here are a few more photos.

Yucatan Looks at Mushroom Farming

Representatives from Yucatan have traveled to Colusa, CA, to look at Premier Mushroom’s very successful Dutch-style mushroom farm. It looks as if these mushrooms are Farming Mushrooms in Yucatan Mexicogrown in trays, off the ground, under controlled lighting and in only a very shallow soil-bed. This kind of operation would be perfect for Yucatan, and similar to the way they currently grow habaneros. There is a national initiative on in Mexico to support entrepreneurs who are looking into alternative crops. With even a little bit of hard work and luck, Yucatan will soon be on its way to becoming one of the world’s leaders in mushroom farming.

Peto! Is That You?

Peto, Yucatan Mexico
We’ve all heard it… “Deep in the mysterious jungles of Yucatan…” Okay, how about this? New potable water system, new roads, remodeled schools, and remodeled health center and laboratory… this does not sound like it is deep in any jungle. And it certainly does not sound like the Peto those old books and articles used to describe. Lest anyone think that Peto has just now, somehow, risen from the midst of the jungle, such is not the case. These steps forward have been going on at least since 1982. Remember, Peto is the home of XEPET, the radio voice of the Maya. So, our congratulations go out to Peto and to all of the expats and visitors who decide to take a little trip to see the new and improved Municipality of Peto.

Why One Dad / One Kid Chose the Yucatan Peninsula

One of the most common questions we get concerns the quality of life that expat children can expect in Mexico. This week, Talon Windwalker has published his reasons for bringing his son, Tigger, to live on the Yucatan Peninsula. While we appreciate all of the coast, travel and opportunity factors, it is important to note that, in the end, Tigger himself chose the Yucatan Peninsula over Europe! Brilliant child! Welcome to “the Yucatan” to both Talon and Tigger. You can read Talon’s reasons for his choice on “Why Mexico, especially the Yucatan?

Marsha Ramirez Martinez Going to Miss Grand International Mexico 2014

Beauty Pageant in Yucatan Mexico In 2012, This young lady won the title of Nuestra Belleza Yucatan. Shortly thereafter, as host of ‘Calle 60, Gala TV Merida’, she quickly became a television favorite. Now, she will represent Yucatan in Miss Grand International Mexico 2014. When interviewed and asked her main motivations for seeking these titles, she noted that the beauty contests and television show have opened doors for her to participate more fully in her desire to do good work in her community. We thought that was a very special insight from one so young. All too often, the beauty is the goal, rather than the good that can come from newly-opened doors. Yucatan could not have chosen a better representative to the Miss Grand International Mexico 2014 than Marsha Ramirez Martinez.

Fashion News: Yucatan Theme at Club Monaco

Fashion in Yucatan Mexico Isn’t it wonderful to live in a place that has international fashion houses singing the praises of your area’s style? This week, Club Monaco’s Beach Boutique features Destination: The Yucatan. They started out in Tulum, but soon managed to find their way to Valladolid, with fashions for both men and women. Do visit their Explore Valladolid page because they’re having an Instagram contest with prizes that include free vacations to Tulum. We still think its wonderful to live in a place that is known, the world over, for its style!

Merida English Library Has a New Website

The Merida English Library has announced a new website, donated by Eclectech (James and Ellen Fields), the same people that bring you Yucatan Living. The new website is WordPress-based and will be updated regularly through blog posts. In addition, the information on the new website is more comprehensive, more up-to-date and easier to use. We hope you will visit the site and read all the latest MEL announcements, including the new summer hours and the job opening for the MEL Administrator.

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Book by Antonia Mediz Bolio about Yucatan

La Tierra del Faisán y del Venado (Land of the Pheasant and the Deer)

by Antonio Mediz Bolio

This beautiful little book comes in a luxury edition, with illustrations by Frederick Catherwood (Editorial Dante, 1a edición, 2008). There is also a commemorative edition (1983) in English. In all, the book is only 107 pages. In addition, an audio version of the book can be found online at Radio Educación Podcast(just type “Faisan” into the search box). Even if you cannot yet read Spanish, this is the sort of book you cannot resist picking up and leafing through just for the lovely drawings.

Antonio Mediz Bolio

Antonio Mediz Bolio (1883-1957) occupies a significant place in Mexican literature. In nearly all of written and recorded Mexican history and historic literature, the huge contribution of the indigenous population to the culture and history of the country has been either set aside and ignored, or romanticized beyond recognition. Mexico was seen and presented as the Vireinato de Nueva España… not merely a colony of Spain but as a sort of secondary-level kingdom in its own right, with a Spanish/Criollo (Spaniards born in Mexico to Spanish parents) cultural base. If the Indians appeared at all, it was as an irrelevant and curious backdrop. They were neither understood nor respected by earlier Mexican writers.

Antonio Mediz Bolio Yucatecan AuthorMediz Bolio was unique. He spoke Mayan and, as a native of Merida, he grew up among the Maya people. He became a professor of Mayan literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico City. He was a prolific writer, but also held important posts in journalism, diplomacy, and politics. He was once a reporter for the Diario de Yucatan. He also worked in government for Salvador Alvarado, as a writer for the same newspaper after it was seized by Alvarado’s government. For that, he suffered politically and personally, eventually migrating to Cuba for a few years, where he wrote for the Cuba Herald. He eventually returned and served in various government posts, including as a Mexican senator and an ambassador to Costa Rica.

However, he is probably best known for this one short book. The book is difficult to categorize. It is not a novel, a poem, nor is it theater. It has most often been described as poetic prose, a series of lyrical mythlike stories based on Mayan legends and oral tradition.

The Land of Mayab

The book opens with these words: “I am from the land of Mayab. She is my mother. To my mother I offer this book, too small for her, too grand for me. …This is the land of the pheasant and the deer, and Mayab is its name.” The book is then divided into ten parts. These consist of an introduction describing in almost mystical terms the characteristics of the indio del Mayab (the Maya people), seven “libros” that relate ancient legends in a style that perhaps reflects the manner of Mayan storytellers, and a final part called ‘The Song of the Flight of the Pheasant and the Leap of the Deer’. This section begins with a lament for greatness lost and a long and sad time of decline, but ends with a call for rebirth and hope.

Come children of the Mayab,
And listen to the voice that sings in the night!
To you, children of the ancient spirit that lives hidden in all things,
Your brother speaks to you of the sad time!
. . . .
Come with me, my blood brothers and sisters, let’s ask and learn.
Let’s seek our way, the one we lost long ago.
Let’s cry our final tears on the holy dust of this land that is our silent mother.
And we won’t cry any more when we have learned.
Under the shade of the old tree we will sit and think and we will see the ground filled with seed.
. . . .
I come to you, singing in the night, to tell you “let the pheasant fly again through the fragrant air, and the deer leap again across the joyful plain!”
. . . .
That will be the day when, with all her beauty and power, the great Mayab that seems dead to us will come back to life!*

This is just the sort of book my wife and I like to keep in a conspicuous place, like the living room coffee table. It’s a beautiful and inexpensive little Yucatan treasure that everyone interested in Yucatan seems to find a joy to leaf through. I believe they would also enjoy reading it.

There is no all-encompassing plot. Some of the “libros” relate a legend, while others present a series of short little traditional stories, like pearls on a string. All of them open a little, well-crafted and almost magical door into the Mayan world.

Just pick a legend or story and start reading.

****

*All translations from James Dayton Gunn.

James Dayton Gunn

By Working Gringos

NAME: DORIS GAYLENE SUTHERLAND
EMAIL. d [dot] sutherland [at] live [dot] com
PHONE NUMBER: 00521-999-234-2984
TYPE OF WORK DESIRED: Health Area, Nutritionist
JOB LOCATION DESIRED: Merida, Yucatan

Hello,

My name is Doris Gaylene Sutherland and I am looking for a job in the health area as a nutritionist. I am originally from San Pedro, Belize and I have been living in Merida for six years. I studied the career of licensed nutritionist and I am currently doing my social service at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS. My social service is to be concluded this year July 2014, which is why I am searching for a job in the health area.

This year August, I will begin my master’s in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, which is why I am looking for a job preferably during the week.

I have had many experiences in orienting patients both in community and hospital areas. Many of the patients I have treated are suffering from obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure, liver failure, and many other co-morbidities.

I also have experience in making diet plans, cycle menus, workout routines, food services, and public speeches.

My languages include both English and Spanish.

By Working Gringos

aany store in Merida

AANY Store at the MACAY

Ever since the inception of AANY (Amigos de los Artistas/Artesanos Nuevos de Yucatán) five years ago, it has always been a long-term goal of the organization to find a permanent exhibition space for the AANY artists. That dream has finally come true! As of April of this year, work by AANY artists can be seen and purchased at the permanent AANY store in the Fernando Garcia Ponce-Macay Museum in Merida’s centro historico.

How did this happen? A personal invitation was extended to Elba Garcia, Director of the MACAY Museum, to attend the AANY show Arte A Mano in November 2013. She graciously attended both AANY Store in Merida Yucatandays of the show, was thrilled with the quality of work offered, and agreed with the directors of AANY that it would be a win-win plan to exhibit AANY artists in the Museum store. Her Board of Directors were in agreement, and so plans were made to open the store in April 2014. The Directors of AANY are empowered with the selection of merchandise and work which will be presented on a rotational basis since the store is not large enough to exhibit all AANY artists at all times. The store is maintained and staffed by the Museum and is open Wednesday-Monday from 10AM to 6PM, during normal Museum hours.

aany store in the MACAY in Merida YucatanAANY, AC, is a Mexican non-profit dedicated to the identification and promotion of high quality original craft work in the Yucatán Peninsula. Run by volunteer members of both the foreign and Yucatecan communities, the annual show now features over 75 participants and a public attendance of over 3,000 people.

Future AANY Dates

October 18th – The second annual White City Ball, held at Villa Verde, in Mérida. As AANY has grown, so have expenses to produce the shows. To continue to grow the shows and make them successful, AANY has had to hire professional services for promotion, advertising, accounting and other services. The White City Ball is a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, food and libations that goes far to fund the ever-expanding costs of operating AANY. Tickets are $350 pesos. Reservations can be made by email to Cindy Holman, cindy [dot] vacationqueen [at] gmail [dot] com.

November 14-16 – The 11th(!) Arte a Mano Show. This year for the first time the show will open on Friday, November 15th, at 5PM, for extra viewing and shopping time. On Saturday and Sunday the hours will be 10AM-7PM. The location is CANACO, Avenida Itzaes X Calle 31, three blocks south of Clinica de Mérida.

For details go to AANY.org or AANY AC on Facebook.

By Khaki Scott

3-D Underwater Photos

Underwater Cave in Yucatan Mexico Scientists have found a way to get a 3-D view of what’s inside some of the biggest underwater caves on the Yucatan Peninsula without even getting wet. The photos divers take are sent back to the University of San Diego, in California, to be transformed into 3-D visualizations that make all kinds of new interpretations possible. It won’t be long now before we can see the results of this work and get a first look at creatures as far back as the Ice Age in 3-D.

Dance: To the Rhythm of the Neighborhood

This cultural event is a neighborhood dance contest produced by a local television station. The competition schedule is: June 22, fraccionamiento “Lolbé; July 6, Colonia Emiliano Zapata; July 20 in Zaciabil; August 3, 17 and 31 will be in San Isidro, and San Francisco Flamboyanes respectively. On September 14 and 28, and Fernando Novelo and Xlapac; October 12 and 26 in Sisal and Colonia Militar; November 9 in Bacalar, and November 23 still to be confirmed. This is not a contest between rival folk dance groups. Instead, it is an event that will include everything from mariachi to tango and more, with participants just ordinary, local families and children. If you live near one of these dance points, do make a note of the date they will be in your area and go out to see the real rhythm of Yucatan’s neighborhoods.

FundRazr: Help These Three Children

Children Need Help in Yucatan Mexico Local expat, Ivonne Trujillo, owner of Casa Orquidea, and her daughter, Aby, have been helping a single mom with education expenses for three children for almost a year. Educational costs, even with discounts and work-study deals, still runs in the range of $15,000 pesos for three children. If you can help, please visit the website of Saving the World 3 Kids at a Time. FundRazr is a great tool and this particular campaign is a wonderful example of what fundraising can do to make a real difference in Yucatan.

Survey: Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

American Expats don’t often get an opportunity to have their voices heard in Washington, but the FATCA seems to be a growing topic of concern because a law that was intended to hit money laundering in the pocketbook is beginning to have unintended consequences for Americans trying to establish relationships with banks back home in the U.S. If you would like to tell Washington how this law is affecting you, now is the time to take the 2014 FATCA Survey and/or contact Democrats Abroad FBAR/FATCA Task Force at any time with questions or comments at: FATCA [at] democratsabroad [dot] org

New TV Show: Care of Pets

Puppies Need  Help in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan has a whole group of young community activists who are dedicated to improving every aspect of social services and the environment in the state. The show is called “Todos somos planeta” and it airs two Sundays per month at 11:30 AM. It is divided into sections that cover information, the work of local shelters, the associations that are involved in companion animal care, and interviews with specialists. We hope everyone takes the time out of their busy day to see this show on local television.

Five Free Puppies

One of the Slow Food Market’s regular customers has five white puppies that need a home. The puppies’ breed is Stanford/Boxer mix. All of the puppies are white, but two are almost albino, so these puppies need a home where they will be protected from the sun, either in a shaded living area outside, or by living inside. If you can help, please call Claudia at (999) 370-1112.

Valladolid: Burn Victims Get Free Surgery

We often hear about the services of doctors and hospitals who perform the treatments needed by expats, but we seldom hear about other specialties. This time, burn specialists from Mexico City and plastic surgeons from Merida have made their way to Valladolid to assess patients who have suffered burns. In this one campaign, fifteen patients will, ultimately, receive up to four surgeries each, performed either in Merida or Mexico City, and there will be no charge to the patient. Many many thanks to all of the dedicated specialists, in all areas of medicine and from every nation that visits Yucatan, for their kindness and unselfish participation in this program and in other programs like it.

Traditional Fiestas in June in Yucatan Mexico

Fiestas Throughout Yucatan This Week

Corpus Christi is a feast in honor of the Eucharist. It takes place on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday. This past week, a great feast was held by towns and villages throughout Yucatan. Communities came together to cook, to eat, and to strengthen the bonds that hold them together in good times and bad. Hunucma is not far from Merida. If anyone plans on a summer vacation in Yucatan in 2015, we have no difficulty in recommending Hunucma on the Feast Day of Corpus Christi.

First World Poliforum Now in Merida

Look for many more national and international sporting events to begin taking place in Merida. The Poliforum has been remodeled as a first world sports arena, with every modern convenience anyone can think of. This includes creature comforts, such as padded seats for VIPs and special access for those who are disabled. The sound system is ahead of its time, so look for great international artists to perform here. The ability to televise soccer, basketball and boxing has now reached world class status as a venue. All in all, Merida’s Poliforum now enjoys not only First World status as a venue, but is far enough ahead of its time for promoters to bring any sports or artistic performance here for the foreseeable future.

Progreso is 143 Years Young

Progreso Beach in Yucatan Mexico On July 1, the Municipality of Progreso de Castro will cenebrate its 143rd birthday. Through the years, its fortunes have grown or declined with the rise and fall of henequen and/or rail and road access to other parts of the southeast that bypassed the port. One thing that has remained constant is the fishing industry and, now, tourism. The presence of so many expats, in the Municipality of Progreso, is testament to the hospitality of the people and to the ease with which the coast of Yucatan now accommodates the needs of residents from around the world. Happy Birthday, Progreso, and we wish you many more to come!

By Working Gringos

House for sale in Merida Yucatan

Contemporary Home with Huge Garden on almost 1/4 Acre

This recently built and renovated one-story contemporary home in Merida is absolutely stunning with an open floor plan. The living area is 248.7 sq. meters or 2,676 sq. ft., and the lot is 14 x 70 meters, approx. 1/4 acre. The home is offered fully furnished. Its location is ideal… only 8 blocks to the Plaza Grande in the historic district, and only 3 blocks to the tranquil historic neighborhood of La Ermita. As you open the colonial wood doors into the 14-foot tall ceiling foyer, you have a beautiful view through floor to ceiling glass doors to the pool and garden beyond. The living room flows to the kitchen and dining area.

Modern house for sale in Merida Yucatan MexicoThe U-shaped kitchen is quite large and boasts cedar cabinets with a sliding pull-out pantry, Caesar-stone quartz counter-tops, an extra large stainless steel sink, a separate prep sink, a dishwasher, reverse osmosis purified water and a large countertop. As you prepare meals, you have a view of the pool and garden through the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The dining room also has a view to the pool and beyond.

Beautiful Bedrooms

Modern house for sale in Merida Yucatan MexicoThere are three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Currently, one bedroom is being used as an office. Two bathrooms have Crema Maya local stone counter-tops and tiled showers. The huge master suite features a large built-in closet and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, and two sinks with marble counter-tops. All bathrooms have onyx light fixtures built into the mirrors. Step outside the master suite through a sliding glass door to your enclosed outdoor bamboo shower with hot and cold water. It’s tropical and heavenly!

The house is tiled throughout, and features sliding glass doors with mosquito screens, ceiling fans, and air conditioning in the bedrooms. There is a garage for storage and to park your car. Relax on the patio and enjoy a swim in a 45 foot long pool (great for laps) with a rock waterfall. The pool was just refinished and its aqua water is incredibly tempting.

Tropical Gardens

Follow the local stone walkway to enjoy a huge variety of plants including bamboo, heliconia, ginger plants, palm trees and more. The garden is irrigated with a well-fed Modern house for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexicoautomatic zoned sprinkler system. There are many varieties of recently-planted tropical trees as well as fruit trees such as lime, banana, papaya, orange, mango and mandarin. A bodega for garden tools and a compost area complete the back of the garden.

The large 70m deep lot is wonderful for your pets, and there’s plenty of room to add a studio, casita or whatever else you might desire.

Contemporary Home in Merida Price: $299,000

If interested, please contact Susan Farrell at olita123 [at] yahoo [dot] com

By Working Gringos

LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR VACANCY —-

MEL is now accepting applications for the Library Administrator position. This is a year-round, part-time position. Please review the following job duties and qualifications. If you would like to apply for the position, send us your resume and a letter explaining why you want the position and why you should be selected. You can email them to meridaenglishlibrary [dot] acboard [at] gmail [dot] com or you can drop them off at the library. Application deadline: August 1, 2014.

Library Administrator Duties:
1. Acts as administrator for Merida English Library (MEL) as directed by the Board.
2. Promotes membership, growth and expanded involvement of children, young adults, students and adults, including Mexicans and English-speaking expats in the use of MEL.
3. Coordinates and develops MEL programs, assists with fundraising and encourages the growth of MEL as a library and community center.
4. Promotes and represents MEL in the community and participates in community events.
5. Coordinates and supervises all activities related to MEL’s collection (purchasing, cataloging, culling, evaluating donated materials, developing collection in response to community needs and established policy).
6. Evaluates and coordinates purchasing and installation of library hardware and software and data bases and keeps licenses current.
7. Recruits, schedules, trains, and supervises MEL volunteers to assist with MEL services and programs.
8. Updates website and social media sites weekly.
9. Provides content, coordinates, supervises, and distributes monthly newsletter and “Flashes.”
10. Advises and communicates with the Board regarding library operations.
11. Has financial oversight and participates in long-range planning and budgeting with the Board, including recommending changes and improvements.
12. Attends MEL committee meetings as needed.
13. Maintains and secures MEL assets including computer backup.
14. Administrator reports to the Board President.

Job Qualifications:
1. Strong background and ability with computers and technology.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
3. Ability to supervise and train staff.
4. Creativity, flexibility, and positive attitude.
5. Cultural sensitivity.
6. Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others.
7. Ability to exercise leadership and motivate others.
8. Ability to establish effective working relationships with the community.
9. Warm and outgoing personality.
10. Ability to prioritize and organize job duties and work independently.
11. English proficiency.
12. Spanish intermediate proficiency.
13. Library experience helpful but not a prerequisite.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting June 23, 2014

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Yoga For All with Raul Novelo
Classes Begin June 23 and are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time:8:00 to 9:00 AM
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Admission: $35 General, $20 pesos per class. Call 924-9540

Yucatan Living Music and Literature: The Espejos (Mirror) of Fernando
This event is a tribute to the great Yucateco literary and musical talent of Fernando Espejo. Your hostess tonight is Maricarmen Perez, one of Yucatan’s greats in her own right.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 24, 2014

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 24, 26 & 28 are the remaining dates. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Nobles
This trio is one of the oldest and best loved trova trios in Merida and have earned their reputation as one of the best.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 25

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(Germany 2011) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Diario a Tres Voces
(Mexico 2012) We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
Location: Itzimná Church, Itzimna
Time: 10:30 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Flower in Otomi
(Mexico 2012) On February 14th, 1974, 19-year-old Dení Prieto Stock was killed by the Mexican army in the town of Nepantla, along with four of her comrades in the Fuerzas de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Forces), a forerunner to the Zapatistas.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library: Movie Night
The movie tonight is “The Goonies”, especially intended for children. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and water will be served during a short intermission but Xoco Loco will be open for you to purchase additional beverages and snacks. Please come and help support the English Library in Valladolid!
Location: in the palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $10 peso donation per person.

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Strangers on a Train
(U.S. 1951) Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Ruth Granger , Robert Walker and Ruth Roman. A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 26 & 28. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living DJ Concert: Rommel Vazquez aka RainBoy
Interested in Yucatan’s next generation of music and musicians? This is a great place to find them!
Location: Foro K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 63
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) June 27 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Lived In A Shoe
(Mexico 2013) This is the true story of a man, Jose Luis “El Guero” Robles Gil. It is also a story of reality versus imagination, love and madness, plus the opening and closing of the eyes: of a life poised almost at the border of fantasy. It is the story of a man who lived in a shoe, and the story of the woman who accompanied him, once upon a time.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Dial M for Murder
(U.S. 1954). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings. An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening Night
Tonite will be an opening of new exhibits at the Olimpo. In Sala 1, Pictures of Poetry, featuring Rafael Alberti, Eduardo Naranjo, Federico García Lorca. In Sala 2, Surrealist offerings by Dali and Goya. In Sala 3, Mitológicas: Aguafuertes del siglo XVI al XIX (Myths, Spirits of the 17th to 19th Centuries).
Location: Central Patio, Centro Cultural Olimpo, Corner of Calle 61 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: I Confess
(U.S. 1953). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter and Karl Malden. Refusing to give into police investigators’ questions of suspicion, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella Opera Singer Gabriela Thierry in Yucatan Mexico
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella). Last performance! The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Movie: Snatch
(England 2000) When a dizzying robbery takes place in the Orthodox Jewish diamond district, a flawless 86-carat gem, the size of an infant’s fist, is lifted in the snatch. Taking it to London, the diamond’s thief and courier, Franky Four Fingers arrives in the city as a stopover en route to New York to deliver the huge diamond to his bigwig crime boss, Avi.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cultural Night at the Plaza Grande
Performing in front of the Cathedral, Música: Saasil Jum. Free for the whole family!
Location: In front of the Catedral on the Plaza Grande
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Always a great documentary about nature!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corelli Musici | Música
Musical performance of Baroque music by Corelli, Bach, Albinoni and Handel, including choral and string arrangements.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo / Auditorio Silvio Zavala Vallado
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $50 pesos general/ $25 pesos estudiantes e INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: The Birds
(USA 1963) A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 30, 2014

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By Working Gringos

Anne's Sweet Treats Homemade Baked Goods Merida Yucatan Mexico

Delicious Homemade Baked Goods in Merida

You know you miss those homemade treats from your home country! Or you have been traveling and you want to remember those great treats you had on your trip. Or you just love great, homemade baked pies, cookies, perogies, brownies, cheesecakes and more!

Ready to Order NOW? Call us in Merida at 999-327-3097 (cel)!

Perfect Desserts For the Whole Family!

These are the perfect desserts for the average family dinner, the sweet end to date night, or easy and delicious catering for birthday parties, weddings and graduation parties! A taste of home, made with recipes passed down through the generations… every one is homemade and delicious.

Now are you ready to order? Call 999-327-3097 (cel)!

Choose From These Wonderful Sweet Treats

Banana Bread
Buttery Sweet and oh so moist! With or without pecans, and cream cheese frosting.
$200 MXN Loaf

Naniamo Bars
A Canadian favorite, made with graham or wafer crust, vanilla or cream custard and your choice of dark or milk chocolate.
$240 MXN per pan
$2000 MXN for 4 pans.

Personal Cheese Cake
Cupcake size, in Regular, Chocolate or Marble. Rich and delicious!!
$240 MXN per dozen

Butter Tarts or Pecan Pies: Buttery cream with pecans and-or raisins in a crumbly crust, straight from Mom’s kitchen.
$ 300 MXN for 1 dozen
$ 1400 MXN for 60 and and additional $40 MXN for each additional dozen

Frosted Cupcakes:

    Seasonal Berry
    Pear and Cinnamon,
    Apple Cinnamon,
    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip,
    Oatmeal,
    Carrot Cheese Cake,
    Moms Banana Bread
    Double Chocolate
    Chocolate Zucchini
    Maple Bacon
    Banana Cream

Don’t forget to choose your flavour of icing from cream cheese, vanilla, whipped chocolate, or cream. Sprinkles are not added unless otherwise requested at no charge.
$160 MXN for 1 dozen Regulars
$220 MXN for 1 dozen Large
$800 MXN for orders of 60 and $40 MXN for each additional dozen after that.

Cookies

    Chocolate Chip
    Oatmeal
    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip,
    Peanut Butter
    Maple Almond
    Sugar Cookies
    Short Bread
    Chunky Monkeys

$100 MXN per dozen
$140 MXN per dozen for Chunky Monkeys and Maple Almond.
$550 MXN For orders of 60, and additional $20 MXN for each dozen afterward.

Cakes

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake
    Chocolate
    Apple Cinnamon with Cream Cheese Filling
    Banana Bread
    Vanilla Lemon
    Maple Pecan

$200 MXN per cake. Serves family of 6 with some leftovers.

Perogies
Also for a great dinner idea try my homemade perogies! A recipe carried down from Ukraine with my great, great grandmother and made with love carefully following her written instructions and timely traditions. Homemade and hand-worked dough, creamy and buttery potato filling, boiled and baked to perfection!
$400 MXN a dozen.

For a twist you can request onion, sour cream, cheddar, cottage cheese, maple bacon, or beef stuffed perogies. Additions: $20 MXN a dozen.

For an additional cost of $200 MXN, add a cabbage roll casserole to the menu for a real traditional Ukrainian meal!! Cabbage, ground beef, onion, rice and delicious tomato sauce are cooked to perfection and table ready, just like the ones Grandma served!
Includes 8-12 large cabbage rolls.

Fruit Dessert
Don’t forget dessert! These are apple, pear, or seasonal berries wrapped up in a buttery, cinnamon-infused dough with a hint of cream cheese and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Unforgettable!!

$400 MXN per dozen, or paired with an additional order for $350 MXN .

Yes, We Do Special Orders and We Deliver

Keep in mind, If you do not see a flavor you were looking for, we would love to take a special request! Please advise us of any allergies before placing an order as we use real eggs, whole milk (unless requested otherwise) butter, and nuts. Add $20 pesos for delivery of any order.

24-48 hours needed for all orders, but perogie orders need 48-72 hours advance notice.

Contact Anne’s Sweet Treats

Call and order now!! You can reach us at 999-327-3097 (cel).

 

 

By Working Gringos

Markesha Thomas
Cell# 998-158-4774 Or 998-119-7184
Markeishathomas64 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Certified
Cleaning personnel, waitress, Receptionist, computer literate
Nursing Assisting, licensed practical nurse
Meeting the challenges of pediatric pain management
Clinical management of H.I.V in Adults in A.R.E of highly active Anti-retroviral therapy
Nursing guide and discharge planning
Prevention of sharp injuries in surgical setting
Promoting a culture of safety to preventing medication error

Personal Information
Name: Markesha Thomas
Date of Birth: November 10 /1985
Place of Birth: Belize City Central America 16 mile Hattieville Village
Marital Statues: Married
Objectives –To work in an Environment conducive to learning and striving for excellence
Language 40% Spanish 100% English, reading and writing

Education History
Gannett Education
Robert G Hess Jr,Rn,PHD.FAAN
Executive vice president
6400 Arlington Boulevard suite 1000
Falls Church VA 20242
Nursing Education, everyday ethics of nursing
Home care, physical therapy, Cancer and chemotherapy
Development leadership potentials

University Of Belize
Andra Wesley
Administrator of the Belmopan campus Belize
Studies in Nursing and Medical Science, Mental health
Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Four years (Completed studies)
Lays institute of Global health
Director: Mr. Josh Fix ,coordinator Mr. Cornelio Marfield

Health Evangelism, life guarded training, first response tram for accident
Belmopan city Belize

Work Experience
2010-2013 la lo ma luz hospital
San Ignacio Cayo west of Belmopan City
(501)822-7596
Director McPherson Grant
Nursing Assistance in home care hygiene care of patience needs daily duties included planning, discharge. Prevention of medication errors. And the well-being of the patience full recovery.

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Working as a waitress for 11 months

Kabeh, hostel, as cleaning personnel Alcatraces #45 sm22mza 10 lt26
Manager: Christina & David (998 892 7902)
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My family and I have now moved to Cancun México to start a new life and are seeking employment at your place of business during my past employments I have been working under intense supervision, understanding the importance of working as a team player have travel with those intent of bring them at your place of business if giving the opportunity to do so.

By Khaki Scott

Weather: Still Wet

Rain in Yucatan Peninsula A low pressure system is keeping temperatures high, with a 60% chance of rain on a daily basis. Increasing temperatures during the morning and early afternoon result in strong afternoon rains, with hot and humid hours following the rain. While some bemoan Yucatan’s fate and geography, it only takes a few seconds to look at the surrounding states to see floods and mudslides, many with corresponding deaths. Yucatan is in the tropics and the weather is certainly proof of that. As of now, no hurricane threats are predicted for this area.

Boat Registration Rules to be Enforced

There is a law, in Mexico, that every boat that fishes or goes in the water for recreational purposes must be registered, and that the registration and name of the boat must be clearly visible when the boat is on the water. The Port Captain’s Office, in Progreso, has not strictly enforced that law until now. In light of increasing incidents of poaching, as well as unsafe handling of diving equipment, the law will now be enforced and this will include river boats. Boats are subject to being boarded and inspected randomly. If you own a boat, even if just for pleasure, please stop by the Port Captain’s Office in Progreso and make sure your boat has the proper display format for its name and registration information.

Yucatan’s Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Scouts in Yucatan Mexico The National Association of Independent Scouts has plans for a celebration throughout Yucatan to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of scouting in Yucatan. These scout troops are located in every major city in the state and include troops of both boys and girls. The first troops began in Merida in 1914, and were extended throughout the state in 1916. They were accepted into the National Association of Independent Scouts in 1917. The scouting movement is yet another way that Yucatan builds good citizens who are, after all, the people who create the calm and peaceful atmosphere that drew the rest of us to this state. Happy Birthday to the young ladies and gentlemen of Yucatan’s Scouts!

IEGY: Puppet Show Fights Bullying

The end of the school year is almost here and every child is thrilled when any kind of program gets them out of class, even for a little while. This past week, the Institute for Gender Equity (IEGY) took its message and its puppets on the road and visited elementary schools throughout the area with a show to combat bullying. The show is designed to give children, of all ages, a better definition of what bullying actually is and how they can put an end to it. Yucatan has always known that it’s children are it’s future and, as a result, poured massive amounts of time and money into the creation of good citizens. We expats are the thankful beneficiaries of their efforts – and we hope the kids can get out of class for lots more great shows with great messages between now and the end of the term. Milenio Novedades has published links to both state and federal websites designed to allow students to anonymously report incidents of bullying. If you work with children in Yucatan, please make certain they have those links and know how to use them.

Kindergarten Kids Learn About Nutrition

School Children in Merida Yucatan Mexico Through the years, as the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure skyrocketed in Yucatan, young children began to look askance at adults and their eating habits. Today’s younger generation of Yucatecos, many now young parents themselves, are far more aware of nutrition than one might think. The next generation is coming on strong and, for many children, it all starts in kindergarten, where nutritionists explain the value of eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and fat. We suspect that many preventable diseases have reached their peak in Yucatan and it will be these children who will lead the way to longer lives and better health for everyone.

Interesting Move to Increase Summer Vacation

The Association of Travel Agency Promotion, as well as vendors and event specialists in the ports, are on board with increasing the length of summer vacation to two months, instead of one. Following Yucatan’s Week in Mexico, in D.F., there has been a sharp increase in interest, across the nation, in visiting Yucatan. Also, with the increase in the number of national and international flights to Merida, Yucatecos are visiting other places in Mexico and around the world. With this increased activity in the tourism industry, Yucatan has much to gain by a longer season for summer vacation. As of now, children attend classes 200 days a year. It would take a legislative change in the General Law of Education to enact such a change. At this point, a forum for discussion is planned, but the process is long and certainly will not be concluded this year. For 2014, Summer Vacation will be July 15 to August 15.

Anti- Pirated Movies and Slot Machines

Pirate Movies and Slot Machines in Yucatan Mexico
As we near the beginning of summer vacation, all sorts of quick-buck-artists tend to start showing up in the towns and villages where most city folks go to relax and visit with family and friends. Pirated movies and slot machines seem to be the favored forms of illegal activity and the Federal Ministerial Police has its work cut out for it before any holiday begins. So far, Motul, Progreso and Valladolid have all experienced sweeps that have cleared them of pirated movies and slot machines. The offenders were found to also be distributing pornography, so the citizens of the towns were the ones who reported them and who are the direct and thankful recipients of this action. Pirated movies and illegal slot machines have popped up and been squashed, in Yucatan, for as long as we can remember. They pop back up, but Yucatecos are never going to stop fighting them.

Tekax: Soccer vs. Circus, Soccer Wins

In San Ignacio, the circus came to town, only to find that the young people had roped off the field of performance and informed them that they must move along. The circus pointed out that they had permission to be there from the municipality. The kids pointed out that the animals would leave a mess that they would then have to play on. The circus raised more objections. The kids read the law for circus treatment of animals and got them on how they were treating a kangaroo. Back and forth they went, until the circus decided it would be easier to move to another municipality. Congratulations to all of the young soccer players of Tekax, to the parents who raised them and to the municipality that supported them in the end. Well done!

New Sleep Laboratory at UADY

With as many as 30% of all Yucatecos suspected of suffering from sleep disorders, the College of Psychology at UADY has recently opened a new sleep laboratory. The lab is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and, of course, at night for scheduled sleep studies on individual patients. With the technology and expertise available in the new sleep laboratory, these health care professionals have what they need to diagnose up to 50 different sleep disorders that can cause emotional, mental, social or medical problems. If you have – or suspect you may have – a sleep disorder, do go by and check out the sleep lab, located in the Facultad de Psicología del Campus de Ciencias Sociales-Económicas-Administrativas y Humanidades.

Third Annual Blood Drive

Blood Drive in Merida Yucatan Mexico Due to a variety of taboos, blood donation is still a problem in Yucatan. As of now, only 4% of the people needed to donate blood have done so. This leaves a huge need in the community, especially for the elderly, children, cancer and maternity patients. If at all possible, won’t you please go by Centro Estatal de Transfusión Sanguínea (CETS) de Yucatán, located in Hospital O’Horán and donate blood today?
Some reasons why a blood donation is not accepted are:

  • Suffering from an acute illness, such as flu or diarrhea infection
  • Having consumed drugs or alcohol in the last 48 hours
  • Consume any drugs
  • Intercourse with multiple partners
  • Past infection with hepatitis
  • Having been bitten by the bug kissing or “pic” (Triatominae sp), which carries a deadly parasite.
    To be considered suitable to donate blood:

  • Be of legal age
  • Be between 18 and 65 years,
  • Weigh more than 50 kg
  • Not having suffered hepatitis
  • Not be in menstrual period, pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have not had an abortion or a baby in the last six months
By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting June 16, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan LivingOaxaca in Merida: June 09-24
For the first time in Merida, there will be a Oaxaca festival at Merida’s Convention Center. The event will span ten days and will feature the culture, food, crafts, industry, tourism, song and dance of Oaxaca. You don’t want to miss this! The show will have over 50 exhibitors.
Location: Siglo XXI, North Merida
Time: All Day
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music Festival at Alianza FrancesaMusic Festival in Yucatan Mexico
The Alianza Francesa annual live music festival! This music festival features popular music, much of it free and open to everyone. First started in France in 1982, it has now become a worldwide event, celebrated in more than 100 countries. For more details, check their website here.
Location: Alianza Francesa, Calle 23 #117, Colonia Mexico, Merida
Date:June 21 and 22, 2014 (all the following events are on June 21)

Here are some of the events you might like:
Music of the World
This is a performance by seven members of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Toño López, Debora Katz, Victoria Nuño, Marketa, Natalia Merikhova, Charlie Mcgirr, José Luis
Location: Bistro Cultural, Calle 66 x 41 y 43, # 377. Centro
Time: 11:30 AM
Admission: Free

Concert: The String Orchestra of UADY
This orchestra is under the direction of Veselin Dechev. It began performing on January 30, 2010 and is currently building an impressive reertoire and reputation for itself.
Location: Canton Palace Regional Museum of Anthropology and History,Paseo de Montejo x 43 # 485. Centro
The majestic premises will be space to present the string orchestra of the UADY.
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Andres Tinoco in Concert
Hearing this guitarist is on the short list of “must do” in Merida. He has won awards in both the U.S. and Mexico and Merida is blessed to call him her own.
Location:Café crème,Calle 41 x 58 and 60. 5 local Centro.
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Traditional Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoMahache Jarana Maya Moots and Grupo la Charanga
This is a performance to showcase the new La Negrita.
Location: La Negrita, Calle 62 x 49. Centro
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

STM Gypsy Jazz Band
This garden performance will give attendees at the International Reading Fair an opportunity to dance the night away. The STM Gypsy Jazz Band is led by Etienne Walex.
Location: Alliance Française de Mérida, Colonia Mexico Calle 23 # 117 x 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Three Shows at UADY
7:00 PM: Concert by students at Música de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
8:00 PM: Concert by Orquesta de Guitarras de la UADY
9:30 PM: Concert by Grupo Itzá Quiché, Director: David Flores Sabido
Don’t skip any of these concerts. There’s a new vocal group (Grupo Re-Percusión Vocal) that will be part of the 7:00 PM concert. They are directed by Maestro Juan Carlos Hernández, so you know they’ll be exceptionally enjoyable! The last concert of the evening showcases Latin folkloric music.
Location: UADY Central Courtyard, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Shows begin at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Open Air ConcertsMusic in Merida Yucatan Mexico
7:00 PM: Raquel Martínez Arana (vocalist) and Ariel Carrillo Diver (vocalist and guitarist) will open this concert. Then, Manuel Basulto will grace the stage. Many will know his work from his many years as soloist with UADY’s Atril 6. Closing the evening will be the Troveros Universitarios (University Troubadors).
8:00 PM: Concert: Voices Without Frontiers Choir, Director: Maestro Carlos A. Tello Martinez, including a tribute to the career of the director.
Location: Explanade of Parque de la Colonia Alemán
Admission: Free

Afro-Caribbean Concert: Las Fabulosas del Ritmo
The cumbia, cha cha cha, and mambo never get old in Merida, nor do the songs of legend and folklore. This is a great way to spend an evening in Centro.
Location: La Rendija, Calle 50 x 51. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 16, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Galanes
This trio is a member of the trova troubadors association in Yucatan. They are the time-tested best of the best and never fail to please audiences.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 18

Yucatan Living Movie: Reportero
(Mexico 2012) A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an embattled weekly challenge the drug cartels and corrupt local officials during an unprecedented wave of violence against journalists in Mexico.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Movies in YucatanYucatan Living Movie: La Vida Loca
(Mexico 2008) This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of gang members in Central America.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
(Japan 2011) Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Secret Agent
(UK 1936). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud, Robert Young and Peter Lorre. After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera: New Voices of Mexican Opera
You will be amazed at the talent there is in this group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv & Ingmar
(UK 2012) A documentary about the 42-year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Marriage in Mendoza
(France 2012) Marcus and his brother Antoine land in Argentina to celebrate their cousin’s wedding and to discover the pleasures of the capital, Buenos-Aires.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) June 20 , 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Yucatan Living Movie: Stranger by the Lake
(France 2013) Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Movie: El Viaje de Chihiro
(Japan 2001) In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters, where humans are changed into animals, and a bathhouse for these creatures.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Gold Rush
(USA 1925) The Tramp, Charlie Chaplin, goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. A timeless movie… when is the last time you saw this?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Watching Tours: June 14 and 15
Register by June 12 by contacting Marigel Campos C. at +52 (999) 988-4436 ext. 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx
Location: Hobonil, Tzucacab, Yucatan
Time: 2:00 PM
Admission: $500 pesos (includes transportation and guide), does not include food and lodging.

<Opera in YucatanYucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner concludes with GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods). Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Stage Fright
(US 1950). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman and Michael Wilding. A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer. Classic Hitchcock!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Senna
(UK 2010) A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 22, 2014

Yucatan Living The Fury of the Planet: Hurricanes
Maybe this is a good time to remind ourselves just why it is so important to be prepared – just in case.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera: Recital of Arias and Songs
We get the best of Yucatan’s artistic engine in these recitals. These are, literally, the national and international stars of tomorrow.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella Opera Singer Gabriela Thierry in Yucatan Mexico
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 22, 24, 26 & 28. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Movie: Rebecca
(USA 1940) This Alfred Hitchcock thriller features a self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 23, 2014

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By Scott Wallace

Start of the Bacalar Paddle Marathon 2014Editor’s Note: This is the third of three articles on Laguna Bacalar by Bacalar resident Scott Wallace (see links to the other two at the end of the article). The piece highlights the experiences of two teams of women paddlers (two women shared each board). Each team paddled in the 74-kilometer marathon race that took place at Laguna Bacalar on the Yucatan Peninsula on May 1st and 2nd, 2014. Scott was one of two support personnel who accompanied the teams by motor boat during the two days. Here is his recounting of the women athletes’ adventure.

Pre-Dawn Wind and Rain

A 20-knot wind and rain are on the starboard stern as we motor north in the predawn light. While we are very grateful for the foul-weather gear we have brought along, it will turn out that the start of the day is not a portent for the remainder of it. But, wind and rain accompany us for most of the fast, forty-minute ride from south of Bacalar pueblo to the far north end of Laguna Bacalar, which is the starting point of Bacalar’s inaugural seventy-four kilometer paddle marathon.

Seventy-four kilometers is a very long way to paddle, even spread across two days. The total time on the water is considerable. Over eight hours in a kayak and nearly sixteen hours on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) makes for a physically demanding marathon. All those hours are spent with wet hands gripping a hard paddle handle, legs and back in constant tension, and torso rhythmically straining to exert force on water. Such effort takes a toll.

The Marathon Begins

Day One starts at the lake’s northern end in Pedro Santos and ends at the Balneario Aseradero in Bacalar, a forty-one kilometer run as the crow flies. Day Two starts at the same balneario , this time with sore backs and hands, and runs to the lake’s southern-most point at Xul Ha and back, a thirty-three kilometer round trip.

It is now Friday morning at 8:00 AM. As the start time approaches, the twelve paddle marathon entrants chat with friends and family, check equipment, warm up, and Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicotake some personal moments of pre-race preparation. The wind remains light from the southeast but there is no longer rain. It is chilly and a bit hazy. Those of us on the support crew stow the foul weather gear and prepare for our passenger-paddlers to board. Today and tomorrow, we will accompany the two SUP teams as support boat and transport for the paddlers. We will also transport their gear that is not on the boards. Our SUP teams are women from Cozumel and from Mahahual. These paddlers have considerable experience on stand-up boards and have trained hard for this strenuous event.

Shortly, organizers make final announcements and racers with their kayaks and boards enter the water and mill about the start. We are looking at three kayaks and five paddle boards. Two of the stand-up paddleboards are raced by pairs of paddlers who alternate time on the board. It is just after 8:15 AM when the starting horn blows and the paddlers head into the wind and away from the starting line. There is not a lot of sprinting in this race. Everyone is settled in for the long haul and, if someone was forgetting, the low chop and headwinds are a constant reminder of the need to conserve energy.

The first leg of the race is about eight kilometers and stretches from the lake’s northernmost tip until the dogleg to the right and west. The dogleg itself is four kilometers and is followed by two long stretches to the south. The first is fifteen kilometers between Pedro Santos and Villas EcoTucan, and the second is fourteen kilometers from EcoTucan to the Balneario Aseradero in Bacalar pueblo. These distances are not what the racers travel. Every racer will go as much as ten percent further due to shoreline irregularities and winds.

Paddling in Paradise

Within fifteen minutes, the field spreads out. The kayaks are making three times the speed of the paddleboards and are already well away. The individual SUP paddlers are ahead of us, making better speed than our two teams of paddlers. After months of preparation, it is time to find the rhythm of paddling, to settle in, and to enjoy the Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicolake. Here at the north end, Laguna Bacalar is still a bit tea-brown in color from seasonal runoff, but the bottom is clearly visible in two meters of water. The paddle teams stay close to the shore seeking relief from the five to ten knots of wind. Staying close to the shore has the added benefit of feeling like you are literally in the middle of the jungle.

The jungle overhangs the western shoreline and along almost the entire length of the race. To our delight, bromeliads and orchids are putting on their spring growth in the mangroves, making for quite a beautiful show as we go by. For meter after meter after meter, the quiet and beautiful selva displays itself. The paddlers seem to be in their own quiet world, a world of slow, physical rhythm and fluid, surrounding water, accompanied by colorful, boisterous natural beauty. The waves of the boards on the water, the vision of the racers ahead of us, the beautiful colors of the lake against the far shore… the scene is positively enchanting. Even the low drone of our motor as we idle along with the paddlers is comforting. Birds call out and fly about. In fact, within forty-five minutes the paddlers spot their first toucan and shortly after that, the first flock of parrots, about two dozen of them squawking overhead.

After an hour, our teams trade paddlers as planned, a procedure we will all become overly familiar with by the end of our two days together. Those on the boat have already had their snack and water (one to two liters per hour) and those on the SUPs prepare to board the boat. For both the starting and the stopping paddler, this involves a quick dunk in the lake for a cooling rinse off and a discreet bio-break.

Well Prepared and Well Supported

While we are with these two teams, Bacalar municipal police boats and Mexican Navy launches are monitoring the progress of the other racers, ready to offer aid as needed. Emergency response and medical personnel are standing by in the town and, though very little of the lake is accessible by land vehicle, ambulances are ready to rendezvous at various points along the length of the marathon course. The event, though sparsely attended, is very well prepared.

We are a bit more than two hours into the marathon and our teams have swapped paddlers twice. Wind continues to blow in our faces or slightly from the port, but the lake is calming down. We are a bit over five kilometers into the forty-one kilometer first day. The morning is beginning to get warmer, though it is still overcast. This is an undisguised blessing. Full sun would be very hot and, with the lake reflecting back up onto the paddlers’ faces, hours of paddling would be harsh, even for those who slather on SPF 50, wear black-lensed-wrap-around sunglasses, and are well-accustomed to these conditions.

Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan MexicoAt the three hour point, with the winds picking up a bit and now blowing head on, we spend nearly thirty minutes in a heavy rainshower. Our paddlers drop to their knees to reduce their profile and continue on. It is warm enough that no one is chilled and, for the paddlers, the rain has a nice cooling effect. It also creates a kind of isolation. All of us are enjoying the beautiful pattern the rain makes on the lake surface and the raindrops striking the water make musical sounds. It is a special moment.

The Bacalar Marathon Continues

Our two teams are now at the end of the dogleg and heading down the first long stretch, which is fifteen kilometers long. The rain has stopped and we are hugging the east shore for protection from the generally southeast winds, which continue at between five and fifteen knots. In the lee of the shore and in the shallows, there is no chop and less wind. The lake here is about four kilometers wide, leaving plenty of space for the wind and waves to get rolling.

Along this eastern shore there is no jungle, few plants and very little wildlife. We see only low scrub on saskab flats with the occasional stunted mangrove. The sky is clear now and though not quite sunny, it is turning out to be a nearly perfect day for a tour of the lake. In this stretch, our quiet paddlers come upon innumerable small fish, a large fresh-water ray, a few birds, and a rather large turtle. We are now six hours into the marathon and our teams are tiring.

Near the end of this leg, we pass the Mexican Navy jungle training base. We pause for a reflective moment to look at a series of flags on rough posts embedded in the saskab that march across several kilometers of open, deep water from the base. We are still pushing into the wind as we clear the point south of the navy base and enter the long stretch to Bacalar.

The Kayaks Have Finished

We hear on our radio from the race organizers that all the kayaks have finished. Moreover, they let us know there is no wind at all in the southern part of the race course. We are still in five to ten knots of unfavorable winds, now seven hours into the paddle, and have a good fifteen kilometers to go. At our current speed, which will Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicoslack as the paddlers tire further, there simply is not enough daylight to get us to today’s finish line. We have been encountering winds that the others did not. At the next paddler change over, we discuss the situation and decide to make our way another five kilometers to the take out at Villas EcoTucan.

It is a very hard five kilometers. Our teams are now quite tired, and while the southern part of the course is without breeze and the SUP paddlers ahead of us report calm, we are still very much in Bob Seger territory: against the wind. Our once-an-hour paddler swap becomes once-every-forty-minutes and the paddlers are craving food to power so much work. The sky is not yet showing signs of dusk, but the afternoon is definitely waning as we pull the boards out at EcoTucan and the paddlers make their wobbly way ashore to stow their gear. Over an evening meal, they consider their options and decide to simply omit the part of the course not covered and continue with the second day.

Day Two of the Paddle Marathon

It is a calm and beautiful day as the somewhat battered racers prepare to enter the water. For the kayakers, the primary issue is hands. Yesterday, each kayaker spent between four and a half and six hours with wet hands gripping dripping-wet paddles. In these conditions, even with kayaker gloves that cover the palm and fingers to the first knuckle, it is not possible to avoid blistering the inside of water-softened fingers. All wear adhesive tape around the fingers and over the blisters.

For the stand up paddlers, hands do not get so wet while paddling and are not so beat up. But their legs and lower backs are suffering. And for our two teams, the biggest problem now is how long they paddled yesterday. The two teams spent more hours in unfavorable weather and more time on the lake paddling than anyone else. Though they travelled fourteen fewer Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicokilometers, they are no less tired than the other paddlers.

Everyone is anxious to get going and soon the klaxon announces the start of Day Two. The lake is putting on a show this morning, with all its shades of blue and white, and the racers head off with almost no wind. Today will take them beside the southern part of Bacalar Pueblo along the populated Costera and then by Bird Islands, currently populated with roosting cattle egrets, roseate spoonbills, great egrets and wood storks. With the sun shining, our two teams quickly decide to adjust their one-hour-on-one-hour-off schedule to thirty minute shifts. Still, the paddlers find themselves overheated and ready for a plunge at both ends of their shift change. We are hot just riding slowly along in the boat.

In less than an hour we are entering the narrower channel and the water almost explodes with color. The two teams have their rhythms established and are making very good time. There is no wind to speak of and no waves. Between the sun, the angle of the light, the shallow water (one meter) and the white bottom, it is color therapy to be just here.

In a bit, ahead, we can see the water shoal and the way bends to the west. The sky clouds up. The lake soon narrows dramatically and we are now heading into a current of about three knots. We approach the Stromatolite Rapids, which are not really rapids but a fifteen-meter-wide channel with varying depth defined by undulating growths of stromatolites forming the shoreline and the channel sides and bottom. Stromatolites are believed to be the earliest form of life on earth, a rock-like cyanobacteria from the Precambrian period 2.5 billion years ago.

This 300-meter-long channel is formed by extremely-rare, Holocene‐era stromatolites (13,000 +/- years ago) also found at other sites in and around Laguna Bacalar. It is eerily beautiful and those in the boat look forward to passing back through it on the boards when we head north on our return.

Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan MexicoOur teams make quick work of the rapids and are soon at their southern end and heading into the next part of the lake, a four-hundred-meter wide, four-mile stretch of open water. Again, there is jungle on the west and low flats on the east, and just a hint of oncoming current. Our paddlers settle into their rhythm and over the next half hour, we pass the faster-moving kayakers returning north.

And Finally…

Two hours later, as the sky clouds up and threatens rain, we enter the north end of Xul Ha cenote and see our goal. Three kilometers ahead is the large, yellow buoy marking the southern end of the lake and our turn-around point, exactly half-way through today’s race. The other SUP paddlers have rounded the mark and we pass them and chat cordially for a moment before our paddlers return to work. All are quite tired.

That said, the yellow buoy so close ahead exhilarates our paddlers. It seems to maintain a distant position for a very long time. The Xul Ha cenote is draining north in a slow current and there is a slight wind from the southeast, so the paddlers hug the western shore and work hard to make way. After too much time, the buoy is rounded and the paddlers begin the return trip north.

Following the two-hour struggle to reach the buoy, the return seems almost leisurely. With favorable wind and current, the paddlers are moving quickly again. The sun seems to sense their urgency and pours light down, providing a bit more energy for the task at hand, and making the lake’s blue colors and jungle foliage sparkle, which lifts everyone’s spirits.

The trip north is easier than the trip south, due to good winds and the current heading out of Xul Ha. And, of course, the racers are now paddling toward the finish. Soon, it seems, we are passing down the Rapids again and out into the next part of the lake, and on to the next, and then at last we can see Bird Islands and the finish line.

In three hours and fifteen minutes, the paddlers made their way from the Day Two starting line to the turn-around buoy. The return trip to the finish line takes but three hours and twenty minutes. Counting the day before, the teams paddled for almost sixteen hours.

As we approach the finish, after a brief consultation, the paddlers decide to double-up to cross the line. Everyone should be aboard for this victory!

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The author would like to extend very special thanks to Laura Chisolm and Nicole Ferroni of Cozumel and Carolyn Thomas and Simone Kiedaisch of Mahahual. And, of course, to Bacalar resident and captain Jimmie Clarizio for the two-day boat ride down and up Laguna Bacalar.

The first article, Laguna Bacalar, Special Waters

The second article, Laguna Bacalar, Back in Time

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This Week… starting June 09, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts – April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living And of course, there’s the MACAY! New exhibits there as well!

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 09, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 10, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: Machuca
(Chile, 2004). Director: Andrés Wood, Starring: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim, Federico Luppi and Ernesto Malbrán. Santiago de Chile, 1973 Gonzalo Infante and Pedro Machuca are two eleven year old boys, living in two diametrically opposite worlds: one in a residential neighborhood, and the second in an illegal settlement a few blocks away. The director of a private religious school, Father McEnroe, is an idealist who, with the support of some parents, tries to integrate boys from the village into the elite college. Thus Pedro Machuca and Gonzalo Infante become classmates and friends in a time of serious division and confrontation within Chilean society.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Romanticos
Trio Los Romanticos will be performing this week. They are one of the best loved trova trios in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 11

Yucatan Living Movie: The English Surgeon
(UK 2007) This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of an English neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) situated in Ukraine as we are exposed to the overwhelming dilemmas he has to face and the burden he has to carry throughout his profession.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father Like Son
(Japan 2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 12 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Silvestre Pantaleon
(Mexico 2012) The story of an elderly man from the Nahuatl-speaking village of San Agustin Oapan, Guerrero, Mexico. Told with a lyrical combination of lingering imagery and ethnographic detail, ‘Silvestre Pantaleon’ follows the protagonist as he struggles to pay for a curing ceremony and provide for his family. He dedicates himself to the only remunerative activities he knows: handcrafting rope for religious ceremonies and building seldom-used household objects that he alone still has the skills to produce.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
Location: Santa Ana Church, Parque Santa Ana on Calle 60 at Calle 45
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv & Ingmar
(UK 2012) The 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living La Cava Francesa
Do you love wine? Would you like to know more about it? Tonite, Renaud Lignelet of France will teach participants about the great bubbly, champagne! You’ll get to try, learn about and enjoy different types of sparkling wines. Be sure to reserve your spot by calling 927-2403 or 926-9990
Location: Alianza Francesa, Calle 23 #117, Colonia Mexico, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $150 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) June 13 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: My First Contact
(Brazil 2007) Following their “first contact” in 1964, the Ikpeng people were relocated to the great Upper Xingu reserve, where their lives would no longer be threatened by settlers. Viewing a filmed record of this signal event in their history evokes a stream of memories and provides a rare account of contact from the indigenous point of view. The consequences of contact and resettlement still have an impact on the community, even as the Ikpeng gain more control over their future.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Gabriel Espinosa Music
This jazz concert features music from Yucatan to Rio, and is led by Gabriel Espinosa and his New York friends. The show was in Lincoln Center in NYC last summer and is now here in Merida for two nights only! Tickets on sale on Dante bookstore, at Teatro Fantasio and online at tusboletos.mx.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Parque Hidalgo, Merida centro
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM Friday
Admission: $300, 350 and 400 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Camera Buff
(Poland 1979) Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it’s the first camera in town, he’s named official photographer by the local Party boss, thus transforming his modest and previously contented life. Won big prizes at the Moscow and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Canallas
(France 2013) Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law’s suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy – though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Watching Tours: June 14 and 15
Register by June 12 by contacting Marigel Campos C. at +52 (999) 988-4436 ext. 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx
Location: Hobonil, Tzucacab, Yucatan
Time: 2:00 PM
Admission: $500 pesos (includes transportation and guide), does not include food and lodging.

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
The series “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown Saturdays at noon. This week is SIEGFRID, the third in this series of four operas. Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Movie: Sins From My Father
(Argentina 2009) This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Gabriel Espinosa Music
This jazz concert features music from Yucatan to Rio, and is led by Gabriel Espinosa and his New York friends. The show was in Lincoln Center in NYC last summer and is now here in Merida for two nights only! Tickets on sale on Dante bookstore, at Teatro Fantasio and online at tusboletos.mx.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Parque Hidalgo, Merida centro
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM Saturday
Admission: $300, 350 and 400 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Sin City
(USA 2005) A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. Stars Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Bruce Willis.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro
(Guatemala 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market in Chelem
Loads of good stuff for sale, as well as some of Yucatan’s best food, including “Walk around (California style) breakfast burritos”, quesadillas, soft shell pulled pork taco’s with fresh jicama pico de gallo, plus Anita’s beer garden with German sausage & beers. Beautiful big shaded garden setting with many exotic plants & trees.
Location: Graciela’s Secret Garden, midway between Chelem & Chubarna on the north side of the main road, between Entrada Sol & Aruba.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: Free, but do come prepared to shop, eat, and enjoy

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living The Artic and Antarctica
Learn the secrets of our planet’s coldest places and how they affect the world’s environment.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Strangers on a Train
(USA 1951) This Alfred Hitchcock thriller features a psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 09, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

Yucatan LivingOaxaca in Merida: June 09-24
For the first time in Merida, there will be a Oaxaca festival at Merida’s Convention Center. The event will span ten days and will feature the culture, food, crafts, industry, tourism, song and dance of Oaxaca. You don’t want to miss this! The show will have over 50 exhibitors.
Location: Siglo XXI, North Merida
Time: All Day
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please Note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela features Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Bajo La Luz de su Alma 7 (Under The Light of Your Soul 7)
Please consider attending this very worthy art opening, featuring art by the students of PPPN, Patronato Peninsular Pro Niños, an amazing organization and facility that provides services to children with mental deficiencies. This is a wonderful facility and your purchase of art will help support it, as well as give much needed validation to the children.
Location: Centro Cultural José Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon at Calle 20, Garcia Gineres, Merida
Time: 12:00 Noon
Admission: Free
More Information at website: www.yucatankids.com

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown Saturdays at noon. On June 21, 2014, the last of the four-part series will be shown: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Music Festival at Alianza Francesa
The Alianza Francesa annual live music festival! This music festival features popular music, much of it free and open to everyone. First started in France in 1982, it has now become a worldwide event, celebrated in more than 100 countries. For more details, check their website here.
Location: Alianza Francesa, Calle 23 #117, Colonia Mexico, Merida
Date:June 21 and 22, 2014

Here are some of the events you might like:
Music of the World
This is a performance by seven members of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Toño López, Debora Katz, Victoria Nuño, Marketa, Natalia Merikhova, Charlie Mcgirr, José Luis
Location: Bistro Cultural, Calle 66 x 41 y 43, # 377. Centro
Time: 11:30 AM
Admission: Free

Concert: The String Orchestra of UADY
This orchestra is under the direction of Veselin Dechev. It began performing on January 30, 2010 and is currently building an impressive reertoire and reputation for itself.
Location: Canton Palace Regional Museum of Anthropology and History,Paseo de Montejo x 43 # 485. Centro
The majestic premises will be space to present the string orchestra of the UADY.
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Andres Tinoco in Concert
Hearing this guitarist is on the short list of “must do” in Merida. He has won awards in both the U.S. and Mexico and Merida is blessed to call him her own.
Location:Café crème,Calle 41 x 58 and 60. 5 local Centro.
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Mahache Jarana Maya Moots and Grupo la Charanga
This is a performance to showcase the new La Negrita.
Location: La Negrita, Calle 62 x 49. Centro
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

STM Gypsy Jazz Band
This garden performance will give attendees at the International Reading Fair an opportunity to dance the night away. The STM Gypsy Jazz Band is led by Etienne Walex.
Location: Alliance Française de Mérida, Colonia Mexico Calle 23 # 117 x 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Three Shows at UADY
7:00 PM: Concert by students at Música de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
8:00 PM: Concert by Orquesta de Guitarras de la UADY
9:30 PM: Concert by Grupo Itzá Quiché, Director: David Flores Sabido
Don’t skip any of these concerts. There’s a new vocal group (Grupo Re-Percusión Vocal) that will be part of the 7:00 PM concert. They are directed by Maestro Juan Carlos Hernández, so you know they’ll be exceptionally enjoyable! The last concert of the evening showcases Latin folkloric music.
Location: UADY Central Courtyard, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Shows begin at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Open Air Concerts
7:00 PM: Raquel Martínez Arana (vocalist) and Ariel Carrillo Diver (vocalist and guitarist) will open this concert. Then, Manuel Basulto will grace the stage. Many will know his work from his many years as soloist with UADY’s Atril 6. Closing the evening will be the Troveros Universitarios (University Troubadors).
8:00 PM: Concert: Voices Without Frontiers Choir, Director: Maestro Carlos A. Tello Martinez, including a tribute to the career of the director.
Location: Explanade of Parque de la Colonia Alemán
Admission: Free

Afro-Caribbean Concert: Las Fabulosas del Ritmo
The cumbia, cha cha cha, and mambo never get old in Merida, nor do the songs of legend and folklore. This is a great way to spend an evening in Centro.
Location: La Rendija, Calle 50 x 51. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Baroque Music in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
June 26: Itzimna Church
July 10: Santa Lucia Church
July 31: Asilo Celarain
Admission: Free

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Events

By Khaki Scott

Boats in a Street in Chelem

Streets in Chelem Yucatan Mexico One cannot help but feel sorry for residents who experience street flooding. Some actually need a boat to get out of their street. Chelem is a beach town and we are in the middle of rain, rain, and more rain. There are no ditches or canals to drain the water because, as we all know, Yucatan is sitting on a limestone shelf. The water percolates slowly through the limestone and/or out to sea with the outgoing tides. Either way, living at sea level, under these circumstances, suggests that at least a few streets are going to be wet for a few days each year. Would you not move to Chelem because of one or two streets flooding during one or two weeks a year? Before you answer, remember that there are about 350 perfect days of the year remaining in Chelem, so don’t strike the coast off of your list quite yet.

Weather: Wet

Yes, the 10-day weather forecast shows rain at least every afternoon and only once or twice all day. With the Caribbean to our east, the Gulf of Mexico to our north and west, and the Pacific to our west and south, we have little hope of avoiding rain for very long during this time of year. However, we are able to escape the horrific mudslides faced by other states due to Yucatan’s limestone shelf location and the fact that the Yucatan Peninsula is as flat as a pancake. As long as the winds of hurricanes don’t blow, and all we get is a few thunderstorms, we’re all fine in Yucatan, even if it is a bit of a sauna for a few hours a day.

La Solidaire du Chocolat Postponed

Mexico and France Relationship in Yucatan
Every other year, in even numbered years, Class 40 sail boats set out from France, and race to Progreso, Yucatan. Sadly, this year, citing the worldwide economic situation, not enough boats registered to give accreditation to the race. In light of this temporary situation, the race has been postponed until 2016. All other cooperative social and educational projects between the French and Yucatan are doing well on both sides of the ocean.

San Marcos: An Intra-Urban City in Merida

The development of intra-urban cities seems to be an idea that is growing around the world. As large cities become too unwieldy to manage and too costly to operate, the notion of building smaller cities within the larger cities has taken root. There are currently twelve such projects underway throughout Mexico, but it looks as if one in the southern part of Merida will be the first to be certified as environmentally and economically sustainable. San Marcos will have all of the bike paths, parks and green spaces everyone dreams of, as well as 12,000 brand new homes. The homes look a little close together, but professionals say that new design technologies are going to surprise us all. We can hardly wait to take a tour of San Marcos when it is finished!

The Pope Will Visit Mexico

Pope Will Visit Mexico The President of Mexico has been to see Pope Francisco and the Pope has agreed to visit Mexico. Now we wait for a date and a list of the places in the country he will visit. Of course, all fingers are crossed for Merida and Izamal, a city and a town that were both beloved destinations of Pope, now Saint, John Paul II. This pope has the potential to give a worldwide voice to Latin Americans that they have never had before. Thus far, he is leading by example and is showing the world a new view of Latin Americans and their cultures.

Merida English Library to Get New Administrator

Irving Cool has traded in his role as administrator of the Merida English Library for a new career in property management. Everyone wishes him well in his new career! Dan Karnes, MEL Board President, recently announced that a search for a new administrator has begun. In the meantime: “Lorna Gail Dallin, who was the library’s administrator from 2000 to 2006, has agreed to serve as part-time interim administrator. We appreciate immensely her dedication to MEL and her willingness to help.” For more information about requirements for this position, or to apply for the position of Administrator for the Merida English Library, go by the library (Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68) or call (999) 924-8401. It is expected that a decision will be made within three to four months.

Progreso: This-N-That Consignment Shop

If you are looking for great “good stuff,” gently used and at reasonable prices, there’s a new consignment shop in Progreso. It is owned by Ramona and Connie, two expatriates, who are filling a need that every expat has longed for at one time or another. They take anything — clothes, household items, you name it. They assign you a number that then becomes your number for whatever you bring in from then on. You set your own prices for your goods and their commission is 10% of that. The consignment store is located at Calle 25 y 34 in Progreso, Yucatan. To get there, go East on Calle 27 toward Chicxulub. Turn left toward the beach on Entrada 34 (Look for the SHAMBALA sign at Entrada 34 (since the town forgot to number the street) and turn left again on Calle 25. The house and shop will be on your left at that corner. For now, the store will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Isla Mujeres & Cozumel: Swimming With Manatees

Wild Animals in Yucatan Mexico Even in Yucatan, with all there is to see and do, we eventually all want something new and different to experience. Our find for this week is swimming with Manatees at the Dolphin Discovery Center, with locations on both Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. If you have a few extra dollars and, if the grandkids are coming for the summer, put Dolphin Discovery on your list and take a chance to see these animals up close. We hope (and assume) that the animals are well cared for and believe that this kind of encounter will educate future generations to take care of and preserve these and other species.

Kaxil Kiuic: Education, Research and Preservation

The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve is privately owned and managed by Kaxil Kiuic, A.C. It was developed and is managed by Millsaps College, where the professors and students continue to do research. They are conducting archaeological, biological and other research programs. The reserve consists of 4,000 acres of tropical forest that includes the ancient Maya center of Kiuic, as well as the remains of the historic community of San Sebastian. The State of Yucatan is continuing to work with INAH to develop this area as an internationally acclaimed ecotourism site while, at the same time, providing research and educational opportunities to scientists from around the world. Kaxil Kiuic has offices in Merida and private tours can be arranged for a day or for longer stays. For more information, go by Kaxil Kiuic, A.C. Their address is Calle 10 No. 66 por 7 y 9, Colonia San Antonio Cinta, Mérida, 97139, Yucatán, México. Or you can email them at callagja [at] millsaps [dot] edu. When you contact them, be sure to ask about joining the Amigos de Kiuic.

Yucatan’s Mangroves and Seagrass

Wild Nature in Yucatan Mexico The State of Yucatan now is home to between 50 and 70% of all of the sea grass that grows along the coasts of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as 55% of the mangroves. This gives the state unique status as Cinvestav scientists work to develop a symposium that will showcase the importance of Yucatan’s coastal resources in terms of carbon mitigation and climate change. Cinvestav is a national research and university system that boasts at least 55 graduate and post-graduate degrees, and has a campus right here in Merida. To learn more about this project, and about Cinvestav itself, visit the Cinvestav website.

Africanized Bees in Ucu

Sadly, an elderly gentleman was killed by Africanized bees as he worked his small plot of land behind a primary school in Ucu. The first question most people ask about these kinds of bees is how to recognize them. In reality, “killer” bees look much like their non-aggressive counterparts. If they are actually Africanized bees, they will be extremely aggressive and there will be little doubt as to what they are. These bees do not like movement or noise, so please do be careful. Do not attempt to fight these bees alone. Call the police immediately if you suspect that there are “killer bees” on your property.

By Working Gringos

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: entryway

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Dining room

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: master bedroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Master bathroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Additional bedroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Bedroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Bathroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Courtyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Casa Gloria!
Your Vacation Home in the
Colonial Heart of Merida

Only four blocks from Merida’s colorful central plaza and two blocks from Parque Santa Lucia, Casa Gloria is a renovated colonial home with three large bedrooms, a casita, four baths and a swimming pool. Casa Gloria is a place of peace and simple luxury, with high ceilings, original pasta-tiled floors, and an Art Deco feel that bespeaks Merida’s historic French influence. It is an ideal base of operations for a relaxed Merida vacation for groups of four to seven.

Entering from the street, you are immediately surrounded by a blend of old world beauty and modern amenities. The dramatic entrance hallway flows into a spacious outdoor sala (living room), and on into a shady central courtyard, open to the sky yet cooled by mature tropical trees.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: tvroom

 

A modern media room with large flat-panel TV (complete with English-language channels) and comfortable leather furniture leads into a splendid master suite plus two more large bedrooms, both of which open onto the courtyard. The casita is a small, freestanding private guest house with a foldout futon for sleeping.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico

 

Entertaining at Casa Gloria is a joyful enterprise centering around the colorful, fully-equipped kitchen, which opens onto the pool area, covered patio and adjacent dining room with its stained glass windows and French doors. The large pool with salt filtration system will be your oasis as you soak up the sun—then blend up the Margaritas, turn on the lights and savor the tropical night, amid the fragrant breeze and the overarching royal palm trees.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: the pool

 

Two newly renovated bathrooms serve the front of the house; two more bathrooms, linked by a stone-walled outdoor shower, are in the pool area and casita. All plumbing in the house is upgraded to high North American standards; the UV filtration system means that the water is safe to drink throughout the house. All rooms have efficient, modern ceiling fans; the media room and three bedrooms each have their own air-conditioning units. There is also a laundry room with washer and dryer.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: the beautiful gardens!

 

The house is served by its own WiFi network, so you can be both on vacation and online at the same time. House rental also includes use of Amigo local cell phone. Stereo/CD player with iPod hookup is in the dining room cabinet. We have a local, bilingual property manager available to meet guests and for emergencies.

Fall in Love With Historic Merida

In the TV room you will find a Casa Gloria binder with information on favorite restaurants, day trips, and getting around in Merida and the Yucatan. Great restaurants are literally a few steps away. You can amble to Merida’s zocalo (central plaza) in five minutes, passing along the way museums, the opera house, theatres, restaurants, and merchants of all kinds. The Merida English Library, Santa Lucia Park, and the great central market are all within easy walking distance. There are incredible adventures and day-trips in every direction—Chichen Itza, Uxmal and the Ruta Puc, Dzibilchaltun, Izamal, Progreso and Celestun are easily reachable by taxi, bus or rental car. If you rent a car, safe parking is available in the parking lot next door.

Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula are full of fascinating sights, sounds and pleasures…and Casa Gloria is right in the heart of it all.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Central courtyard

Casa Gloria Rates

Low Season - Apr. 1 – Oct. 31
$165/night, 3 night min.
$990/week (one night free for each full week)

High Season - Nov. 1 – Mar 31
(not including holiday period below)
$225/night, 3 night min.
$1350/week (one night free for each full week)

Holidays – Christmas – New Year
$275/night, 7 night min.
$1650/week (one night free for each full week)

Policies

Due to the unfenced swimming pool, we must request that guests at Casa Gloria do not include children under the age of 12.
Smoking allowed in the interior courtyard or pool area only.

Contact Us Now!

mominyucatan [at] yahoo [dot] com

 

By Working Gringos

Casa Millsaps face to the street in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Entry to Casa Millsaps in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Pool and courtyard at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bedroom at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bedroom for two at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bunkbeds at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bathroom at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Dining room at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Kitchen at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Sitting area at Casa Millsaps in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Conference room at Casa Millsaps

Terrace at night Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Roof terrace at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Millsaps

Casa Millsaps is a 9 bedroom, 10 bathroom vacation rental house in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Located just a few blocks from the hotel zone and Merida’s famous Paseo de Montejo, Casa Millsaps is set up to comfortably accommodate large parties of up to 20 people in the same house. A mixture of small suites with dorm-style beds and private rooms with queen or two twin beds makes Casa Millsaps is a perfect place for international classes, family or class reunions, retreats or any sort of group travel.

 

In addition to the ample sleeping facilities, Casa Millsaps also features a complete kitchen and covered patio dining area, a conference room that seats up to 20 people, a filtered plunge pool, a rooftop seating area and Wi-Fi throughout the house. Within a few blocks, there are hotels, car rental agencies, a wide selection of restaurants, Wal-Mart, banks, shopping and a traditional market at Parque Santa Ana.

 

 

Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Rates

The rates for Casa Millsaps range depending on the number of people staying and the length of stay. The rates are, for the most part, calculated on a per person basis.
The rates are approximately $30 USD per person per night. We request a minimum of four persons for a three night minimum. For a fully occupied house in all nine bedrooms, rates would be approximately $600 per night. However, slightly lower rates are available for larger groups and longer stays.

 

Children and Pets

There is an unfenced swimming pool at Casa Millsaps. Children must be supervised at all times and the guest assumes all liability and responsibility for children in and around the pool and all areas. Pets are not encouraged, but may be accommodated on a case by case basis.

Deposit

Typically, a 50% payment is expected within 2 weeks of the receipt of your confirmation that Casa Millsaps is available and reserved for your requested dates. If your desired arrival date is less than two weeks from the reservation date, then the full payment would be due at the time of reservation. The remaining fifty percent (50%) balance is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If your desired arrival date is less than 4 weeks from the reservation date, then the full payment would be due at the time of reservation.
In addition to the rental fee, we require a refundable deposit of $250 for lost or damaged items or as an excessive cleaning fee.

 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that guest cancels the reservation for any reason, a $250 cancellation fee will be charged. If the cancellation occurs at least thirty (30) days prior to the check-in date and Casa Millsaps is unable to re-rent the property by the guest’s check-in date, the guest will be liable for fifty percent (50%) of the rental costs. If the cancellation occurs less than thirty (30) days of the check-in date, all monies paid by guest will be forfeited if Casa Millsaps is not re-rented by the check-in date. Casa Millsaps will make all reasonable efforts to re-rent the home by the check-in date. We encourage you to buy travel insurance at the time of booking in the event you must cancel and forfeit funds.

 

Pool at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

Payment Options

Casa Millsaps accepts checks or bank wires in US dollars or Mexican Pesos as long as they are deposited one month prior to your arrival date. We can also accept Credit Cards or PayPal. Payment options and instructions will be given upon the acceptance of the reservation dates.

 

Contact

 

For more information, go to our website:

www.casamillsaps.com

 

You can use our reservation request form on the website to let us know about your group and check availability, or you can email us at info [at] casamillsaps [dot] com. We look forward to seeing you at Casa Millsaps!

By Working Gringos

A Colonial Dreamhome in a Perfect Centro Location

Casa Panadero Facade in Merida Downtown area

Living Room at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Spacious living room looking to dining room in Casa Panadero Merida Yucatan

Dining Room at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Hand Made Furniture at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Comfortable and Cool Bedroom at Casa del Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Spacious Bathroom at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Master bedroom of Casa del Panadero Merida Yucatan

Sitting Areas at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Patio View at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Patio at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Plunge Pool at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few city blocks from the center of town in one direction, and from the Remate of Paseo de Montejo in the other diretion, Casa del Panadero stands proud and tall, one of a group of four special row houses in the exclusive Santa Ana district. Just blocks from a myriad of events and attractions, Casa del Panadero envelops its guests in the history and culture of Merida and the Yucatan in a way that few homes can claim.

Come stay at Casa del Panadero for a memorable vacation in a tropical colonial home. Wake up every morning knowing that there are a hundred things to do… or you can spend the day gloriously doing nothing in the comfort and beauty of your own home away from home.

Casa del Panadero is located in the center of the picturesque and historic district of Santa Ana, just two blocks from Parque Santa Ana and only five blocks from the Plaza Grande (the center of town).

This vacation rental home is a centuries-old house and a former bakery whose name means “House of a Baker.” The structural walls consist of stone and concrete typical of the colonial building era known as “mamposteria.” The 18-inch walls provide natural insulation and coolness, as do the 18-foot ceilings, the interior patio and the north to south facing. The floors all have some of the original “pasta tiles” unique to the colonials of Centro. The house was originally renovated from its state of abandonment by the famous architect, Salvador Reyes Rios, the same architect responsible for many hacienda restorations in the Yucatan.

 

Mexican Style Kitchen at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Santa Ana District in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Amenities

 

At Casa del Panadero, you will enjoy…

  • Two spacious bedrooms with King beds and 400-count 100% cotton linens
  • Each bedroom has an armoire and a vanity desk with mirror
  • Two separate bathrooms with showers
  • Dining room and two seating areas
  • A central, Mexican-style kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven, toaster, four-burner Bosch stove, bottled water dispenser, coffeemaker and utensils
  • Furnished interior courtyard with tiled fountain that is visible from nearly every room in the house
  • Lush tropical garden with new filtered swimming pool with fountain, and outdoor shower
  • Local, bilingual property manager to meet guests and be available for emergencies
  • On your arrival, a bottle of wine will greet you, along with milk, juice, coffee and pastries
  • 32-Inch LCD TV, DVD player, and a selection of DVDs
  • Stereo/CD player with iPod hookup
  • Wireless internet (bring your computer for Skype-calling)
  • Printer, copier and scanner available to use with your computer
  • Two bicycles for your use
  • Amigo” local cell phone for local calls
  • Remote-controlled air conditioners in each bedroom and ceiling fans throughout the house
  • Washer/dryer, iron and ironing board
  • All new furniture, ironwork and artwork
  • Parking available in the front of the house
    on a non-bus, quiet street
  • Maid service, cooking service, and in-house massage
    service available by request and for an additional charge
  • A directory explaining the operations of Casa del Panadero and listings of some of our favorite restaurants, day trips, taxi drivers, and much of the local flavor of Merida and the Yucatan.

 

Prices

Rates for 2013

Low Season - May 1 to September 30
$150 USD per night, 4 night minimum; $900 USD per week (Every 7th night is free, making nightly rate $128.57)

 

High Season - October 1 to April 30
$200 USD per night, 4 night minimum; $1200 USD per week (Every 7th night is free, making nightly rate $171.85)

 

Holiday Season – December 15, 2013 to January 11, 2014
$225 USD per night, 4 night minimum; $1350 USD per week (Every 7th night is free, making nightly rate $192.85)

 

We can negotiate discounts with additional terms for stays longer than two weeks. 

 

Lush Tropical Garden at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Policies

Daily maid service is not included, but may be available at an extra cost and should be arranged before arrival.

 

Maximum occupancy 4 adults. Children under 12 not allowed. Smoking allowed in interior courtyard or garden area only. Casa del Panadero cannot accommodate pets.

 

Contact Us Now!

www.casadelpanadero.com/

 

Come explore Casa del Panadero!

We just know you are going to love it…

 

 

By Working Gringos

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the upcoming Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and ends November 30. The Typhoon Season will last through the end of 2014, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now. This Travel Alert expires on December 1, 2014.

The Atlantic Basin, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects to see a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season this year with a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season. NOAA predicts a likely development of El Nino during the summer or early fall and a 70 percent chance of 8 to 13 named storms, of which three to six are predicted to strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher). Of those, one to two are expected to become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). NOAA recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming season now.

The Eastern Pacific: Hurricane season began May 15 and ends November 30. NOAA expects a near- or above-normal season, with a 50 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 percent chance of a below normal season. NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of 14 to 20 named storms, of which six to eleven are expected to become hurricane strength. Of those, three to six are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).

Western and Central Pacific: Typhoon season begins June 1 and ends November 30. NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) predicts a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, a 40 percent chance of an above- normal season, and a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season. CPHC expects four to seven tropical cyclones to affect the central Pacific this season. For information on typhoon warnings, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu, the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, and the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) Tokyo – Typhoon Center.

During and after some previous storms, U.S. citizens traveling abroad encountered dangerous and often uncomfortable conditions that lasted for several days while awaiting transportation back to the United States. In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability. Roads were also washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas. Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred. Security personnel may not always be readily available to assist. In the event of a hurricane, travelers should be aware that they may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the hurricane or typhoon season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency. If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State will work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens may depart as safely and efficiently as possible. Commercial airlines are the Department’s primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options. U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility. For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans. For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website, http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies.html.

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification). Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies. NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php and http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments. Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you will receive the most recent security and safety updates during your trip. Enrollment also ensures that you can be reached during an emergency. While we will do our utmost to assist you in a crisis, be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department’s “Hurricane Season – Know Before You Go” webpage. You can get updated information on travel to your destination from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada or, from outside the United States and Canada, 1-202-501-4444. We also encourage you to check the Country Specific Information and the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate with consular responsibilities for the territory you will be visiting. Follow us on Twitter and become a fan of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ page on Facebook as well.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, 06500 Mexico, D.F.and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy dialing from Mexico is (01-55) 5080-2000 and dialing from the U.S. is 011-52-55-5080-2000.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting June 02, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts – April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Collective Exhibit
New exhibits, including a photography exhibit by William Frej about Enduring Cultures and sculpture by Abraham Illescas.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingAnd of course, there’s the MACAY! New exhibits there as well!

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 02, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 03, 2014

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Entorno al Bel Canto
Tenor Gustavo Duran and Christian Ibarra. Plus, the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan, with Guest Director Jaime Lara.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Grupo Los Juglares
This is one of the oldest trova groups in Yucatan. Their talent has certainly stood the test of time and earned them a place in the hearts of all Yucatecos.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 04

Yucatan Living Movie: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years. How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: 130th Anniversary of BANAMEX
Sponsored by the Municipal Council of Merida and BANAMEX Cultural Promotion, A.C. Performance by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, featuring 100 years of music in Yucatan, both in music and song.
Location: Casa de Cultura Banamex, Museo Casa Montejo, Calle 63 # 506 x 60 y 62, Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Orquesta de Cuerdas de la UADY
Under the direction of Maestro Veselin Dechev, the Orchestra celebrates its second anniversary.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:No Quiero Dormir Sola
A drama about a young woman forced to take care of her alcoholic grandmother.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 05 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Big Boys Gone Bananas!
Dole Food Company wages a campaign to prevent a pair of Swedish filmmakers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Camille Claudel 1915
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) June 06 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pina
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Rock Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Calle+Music: La Ruta del Rock and Roll
This is a performance by Ruta 42, under the direction of Thomas Martin. The members of the group include Adam Escamilla on bass and vocals, Thomas Martin on guitar and Cesar Carrillo on drums and percussion. Route 42 is currently recording its first album in Grenade Studios in Merida. No one loves Rock and Roll more than Yucatan, so do try to see this group perform.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Secret Of Kells
The animated story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Deep Water
A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 07, 2014

Opera In Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie). Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Movie: El Foso
Documentary about the musicians under the stage.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Se7en
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Renoir
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir, son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste, returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 08, 2014

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6.
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary: Butterflies
Learn all about the life of this beautiful insects.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Dial M for Murder
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 09, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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By Khaki Scott

A Bit of San Francisco in Yucatan

Yucatan and San Francisco
Oxkutzcab, the Citrus Capital of Yucatan, is also more than a little bit San Francisco these days. This comes from the fact that so many migrants travel between the two cities. From Chef Eduardo Dzib Vargas, we learn that there are now at least five or six restaurants with Thai food in Oxkutzcab (which the chefs learned to cook while working in California), as well as murals depicting San Francisco cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. Currently, there are approximately 70,000 Yucatecos living in and around the Bay Area, with most speaking mostly Mayan and little Spanish. This is a problem when, for example, they train in Italian restaurants in San Francisco and return to Oxkutzucab with skills that do not match the culture in which they now must work. However, that does not diminish their love for their home town or for San Francisco. We would love to see the returning migrants have an opportunity to show off their skills. Perhaps that could be a new project for someone with vision and a love of the interior of the State of Yucatan. To read more about the migrants involved, visit this Seattle Times article
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Pattusa Was In Town!

A few years ago, Patt Barrington (Pattusa) was a gringa working in Yucatan. When her job ended, she returned to East Texas, but has continued to vacation in Merida and Progreso. When we saw this: “Each visit ended with torn emotions between hating to leave and a longing to return home. Nowadays, for me, that longing to return home just ain’t there,” we couldn’t help but think that Pattusa and Yucatan have not seen the last of each other. To read about Patt’s latest visit, learn from her suggestions and to see her photos, visit In the Yucatan Again! March 2014 with George Carpenter.”

U.S. Exchange Student Numbers Down

According to the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange, the number of American college students studying in Mexico has, over the past decade, dropped to less than 4,000, which is a drop of approximately 50%. Issues of safety are the major reason given for the drastic drop in the number of Americans studying in Mexico in the past decade. This does not seem to be an issue at Yucatan’s universities, but that news needs to be more widely disseminated. These exchange students will carry their experience with them for the rest of their lives. They are young and their knowledge and understanding of other cultures will ensure that the future is brighter for both countries. Wherever you see an opportunity to let members of the international community know that Estado de Yucatan is safe for all exchange students, please do so.

Airbus Defense and Space in Mexico Best Place to Work Again!

In 2008, Airbus Defense and Space in Mexico began its climb to become the best place to work in its class at the number 32 spot on CNN’s Expansion Magazine list and never looked back. It started with gender equality and went on to social responsibility. By 2011, it topped out at Number 1 and is still there in 2014. Participating international companies must have at least 100 employees and less than 500 employees to be reviewed by CNN. Findings, in this case, show that Airbus is committed to employee diversity and development, as well as to the national and international community. Congratulations to all of the employees of Airbus Defense and Space in Mexico on a job well done, and to the company itself for its vision for the future in Mexico.

Yucatan’s Children Winning Battle of the Bulge

Children and Obesity in Yucatan Mexico In 2008, Yucatan’s children were the most overweight in the nation. In 2011, they held second place and in 2014, they are in third place. In this case, falling in the rankings is a huge win for the children, for their parents, and for Yucatan. Losing weight and increasing the amount of exercise they get will have a direct and lifelong effect on these children’s risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Everyone in Yucatan is aware of this problem and a massive number of programs have been put in place to help win this battle. Parents are involved, as well as the government, with programs such as the Bici-Ruta and other sports programs, but the children themselves are the ones who have decided to win at losing.. for their health and for the health of the families they will build in the future.

“Big Mama” Loggerhead Deposits Eggs in Progreso

This turtle is almost 5 feet long and weighs approximately 198 pounds. Obviously, she laid her eggs anywhere she decided to lay them, and if she wanted to leave her babies on the beach near the pier in Progreso, no one had any intention of stopping her. In fact, in spite of the early hour, she had her own guards throughout the laying of her eggs. At 5:00 AM, Mama was back in the sea and the eggs were moved to the turtle camp at Setmar of Yucalpeten.

Ticul Creates Replicas Using Ancient Methods

Real Mayan Art Pieces in Yucatan Mexico
The Echeverria Castillo family, in Ticul, is making exact replicas of pre-Hispanic Mayan sculptures and ceramic pieces that are in collections in museums and private hands around the world. So far, they have made 50 replicas that are currently on display in Siglo XXI Convention Center. This is no small workshop and the talent of this family is growing as the prices for some of their work now exceeds $50,000 pesos. If you are a collector, you should know that the work of the Echeverria Castillo family is developing its own following and this may be the best time to invest in one or more of these wonderful pieces.

Yucatan Ranks Fourth in Mexico University Games

The National University Sports Federation Games are the final step toward competition in the International University Sports Federation Games. This is an Olympiad in and of itself! This year, Yucatan won fourth place in Mexico and brought home a total of 38 medals: 13 golds, 10 silver and 15 bronze. Participating universities included Universidades Autónoma de Yucatán, Anáhuac Mayab, Marista, Patria, Modelo, Latino, del Valle de México campus Mérida, and Interamericana para el Desarrollo, así como los Institutos Tecnológicos de Mérida and Superior de Progreso. Yucatan Living congratulates everyone involved in the success of these young athletes and we wish them continued good fortune throughout their careers.

Ticul’s Shoemaker’s Reputation Growing Nationally

Yucatan Shoes in Mexico CityEach year, Mexico gives each state in the nation an opportunity to promote and sell local products, find marketing channels, generate income and ensure more jobs for the people of their state. We have just completed the Week of Yucatan in Mexico and Ticul’s shoe industry is a clear winner for both Mexican and foreign visitors. The most prominent of the nine shoe manufacturing firms representing Yucatan was “Mayaek.” Overall, profits were far ahead of what they were last year, with shoe companies now financially able to branch out to include clothing and accessories. Everyone should remember that these locally owned businesses have grown into national and international players only within the past decade and with the help of a variety of government assistance programs. Where are the Maya? These are the Maya… smart, well educated, savvy young business people who are carving out successful futures for themselves and their families. They really are the pride of Yucatan.

Tizimin Animal Control Grasping at Straws

Street Dogs in Yucatan Mexico Stray cats and dogs, in Tizimin, have reached critical numbers and something must be done. The municipality is at the point of suggesting that a house-by-house survey be conducted, in which every animal there is chipped. If the animal is later found living on the street, the owner will be given a fine. They insist that it is time to hold owners responsible for controlling the reproduction of their pets, and point out that chips and fines would give the municipality a legal platform for preventing abuse of dogs and cats. It will be interesting to see how this issue is resolved. Tizimin is not the only municipality that is struggling with this issue and it would be wonderful if they come up with a workable, affordable solution.

By Working Gringos

About a year and a half ago, I returned from Thailand after four years of teaching English at a private school in Phuket. My home is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I decided last fall to explore Merida as a place for retirement. I am currently house sitting in Merida, Centro.

I find that I love Merida and choose it as a place to stay. In the meantime I have offered my Santa Fe properties for sale and am looking for a house to purchase here in Merida, both of which can take some time. I am also looking for a long term house sitting position beginning in October 2014. Since retiring from The New Mexico Parks Division as a program and budget manager, I have served in Peace Corps, Romania and, of course, have taught in Thailand.

I have a lot of experience managing properties which I have owned in Santa Fe and other places in the U.S. I am extremely conscientious and reliable. I will take good care of your home and maintain good communication with you (if you choose) while I am there. I have learned a lot about problems that can arise in Merida because of its tropical climate and I sure have learned a lot about the water problems that can cause so much frustration. I keep a clean and well organized home and will do the same for you.

I am very active in the Merida community and have met many new friends. I do not drive here as I have not brought my car here. I find the bus system very adequate for my needs. I love cats and would take very good care of yours. I do some writing for fun and pleasure and am active in volunteer work. I have excellent references.

If you need a house sitter and are interested, please contact me.
Cell is 999105123.
Email Geraldine at seamountainlady [at] gmail [dot] com

By Working Gringos

Antorchistas entering the church in UmanWe have been meaning to write about Uman for a long time… years! But that is the thing about Uman… it is so close to Merida, it is easy to overlook it. Because Uman is so close, it is not usually the place you think of when you want to go for a day trip into the Yucatan Peninsula. When you live in the Yucatan and you think of a Yucatan destination for a day’s adventure, it is usually Izamal or Uxmal or Valladolid that pops into mind.

We are here to tell you that Merida’s closest neighbor, Uman, is not only worth thinking about, it is also worth the visit. There is much to see and do there… and it is completely representative of a typical Yucatan pueblo, with the outstanding exception that it is only about 20 minutes and 18 kilometers from the center of Merida.

Why Uman?

Uman was established… well, no one knows when exactly Uman was established. In fact, in the early 1800′s, nearby Hunucma was the larger city and Uman was part of their jurisdiction.

Sometime between then and now, Uman grew into its own, probably largely due to its convenient location on the road out of Merida towards Muna and Campeche (before the 180 detoured the Campeche-bound travelers around it). Now Uman boasts a population of almost 40,000 people (as of the official 2010 census), which is fewer people than lived there in the previous two censuses, and almost a quarter of them speak Maya or Zapotec in addition to (we assume) Spanish. There are a few international corporation with maquiladoras in Uman (including Avery Dennison), but probably the majority of Uman residents work in or around Merida. In the Maya language, uman means ‘your purchase’, but it can also mean ‘the road’ or ‘the way’… all meanings which seem to be fitting.

The Mercado in Uman

For besides being along the way to other major destinations, Uman boasts a pretty large central market and may have been a place to stop and stock up before hitting the road for western and southern destinations. Today, Uman’s mercado is a bustling center of the town and a great place for visitors to get a feel for a Mercado in Uman YucatanYucatecan market, while skipping the overwhelm and crowding of the Lucas Galvez mercado in Merida’s centro. The market, as you can see in the photos, can be downright empty-ish if you go in the late morning or afternoon, which gives you the time and space to walk around and really look at what is there. It also gives you the ability to admire the huge Virgen de Guadalupe altar that is in the center, reminding everyone there who is really in charge.

Uman and la Virgen de Guadalupe

Speaking of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Uman is a center of activity on el día de la Virgen, December 12. While the area around the destination church in Merida, San Cristobal, The huge doors at the front of the church in Uman Yucatangets incredibly crowded on the night of December 11 and 12, the church in Uman, the ex-convento de San Francisco de Asís, does not. Many of the antorchistas (torch bearers), the runners and bicyclers who make a peregrinación (pilgrimage) from places all over Mexico, end up in Uman as well as in Merida. The church there is huge, as are the grounds around it (as is the big red front door, as you can see in the photo), and many teams of travelers end up there resting on the lawn or giving thanks inside the church.

Saying that the church is huge is a bit of an understatement. In fact, the San Francisco de Assis is one of the largest churches in southern Mexico, not just for its square footage, but also for the height of its stone walls. It was constructed by Franciscan brothers in the 18th Century, and it features a distinctive and beautiful entrance handmade sign for registering antorchistas in Uman Yucatanwith three concentric arches. The towers at the top were never actually completed, but that does not seem to detract from the majesty of it all. While there is not usually much inside in the way of decoration, the interior is also impressive (and is usually open from 7 AM to 1 PM, and again from 4 PM to 8 PM).

When we visited one year during that time, we arrived just after the sun had set and groups of travelers were streaming into the city, honking their bicycle or car horns. Runner with torches were easy to spot as night gathered, and traffic stopped to let them pass down the main street, up the steps and through the front gate of the church grounds. The groups of young men and Antorchistas arriving in Uman Yucatanwomen were all wearing uniforms, some of them looking quite tired and dirty, yet happy to have reached their destination. Group by group, they would park their bicycles on the grass and gather together. Then they would walk into the huge and fairly empty church, open and lit up, and kneel as a group in front of an altar to la Virgen on the side of the church. They would say their thanks for safe passage, Giving thanks to the Virgen of Guadalupe in Uman Yucatanas we are sure they were feeling accomplished, relieved and also excited that they had completed their promise to la Virgen… so now maybe she fulfill her part of the bargain. And then they would leave the church, smiling and laughing, to go find something to eat and a place to spend the night. Uman is a happening place during those days in December and a fun place to visit when you want to get an idea of what does on in honor of la Virgen during those important days in Mexico.

Any Time of Year

Gremio through Uman YucatanBut you do not have to wait for December to enjoy your visit to Uman… there is much more to see! After a visit to the church and the market, you can just walk the streets during the day, enjoying the small town atmosphere. You might even come upon a gremio, like we did, and take the time to stop and watch the local residents parading their patron saint on his or her annual walk around town before they return him or her to their place in their church. You might take a moment to visit Evolución, one of Merida’s two very active animal shelters. Evolución can always use an extra bag of dog food, a donation or a friendly pair of hands. If you are there at the right time of year, you might even participate in their annual Spay & Neuter Clinic for Uman, their effort to lower the stray population and the numbers of dogs and puppies dropped on their doorstep.

hacienda hunxectaman sign You might enjoy a visit to Uman’s colorful cemetery… yes, we know this might sound a bit counterintuitive. Who enjoys a visit to a cemetery? But in Mexico, lots of people do and you could be one of them. Uman’s cemetery is colorful and full of interesting miniature houses, built as homes for the spirits of loved ones. The cemetery is located on the road out of town (as in many Yucatan pueblos, there is one main road into town and one main road out of town, making navigation just a bit easier…).

Haciendas Near Uman

You might also enjoy a visit to one of the haciendas surrounding Uman. We have been to a few near there. The two we visited the day we took photos included Hacienda Hunxectaman, and we might love it mostly because of that wonderful old sign. The hacienda itself has a smallish (for a hacienda…) residence that is not open to the public. Next to that is a large area that has been renovated so that it looks picturesque for photos, hunxectaman outdoor space for parties in Uman Yucatanand it has large, clean, empty indoor and outdoor spaces and bathrooms. Obviously, this is one of those haciendas that is rented out for quinceñeras and weddings, neither of which was happening the day we stopped by.

More impressively and importantly, the Hacienda Dzibikak is also nearby Uman. This hacienda was renovated to perfection by expatriate Richard Nichols and his wife, who comes originally from Asia (the reason we mention this will become apparent shortly!). Besides being a lovely home for Richard and his family, the hacienda also has a few rooms that are occasionally rented out to guests. And it too is an event site, for weddings, corporate events and other parties, as well as for the increasingly popular Merida Music Festival, One of the entertainment spaces at Hacienda Dzibikakwhich is held on its grounds each year in the spring. Hacienda Dzibikak, like many haciendas in Yucatan, was originally a place that grew henequen and cattle, but fell into disrepair and neglect after suffering a huge fire. In fact, the name Dzibikak means ‘written with fire’ in the Maya language, which we would assume a tribute to the events that took place there.

Nowadays Dzibikak hosts events of a tamer sort, but is probably even more magnificent than in its heyday. When we visited that day, we were graciously hosted by the owner and shown around the elegant grounds. The place has lawns and gardens that seem to go on forever, making it a lovely place for a big event. The interiors are beautifully decorated in a updated hacienda style, hardly the kind of place we expected to find just on the outskirts of Uman. But that is how the Yucatan is these days… amazing contrasts, right next door to each other. After a short visit with Mr. Nichols, we mentioned that we would be leaving and looking for a place to eat lunch. Nichols encouraged us to try a cocina economica in town that was run by a woman from China. He and his wife had discovered this place and she said the food was very authentic and good. Woman with mangoes in Uman YucatanAs anyone who has lived in Merida for any length of time knows, it is difficult to find good Chinese food here, so we were anxious to try it. We took our leave and thanked them for the tip!

Mangoes and Chao Main

On the way back into Uman from the hacienda, we found this Maya woman sitting on the side of the road in what appeared to be a semi-deserted neighborhood, selling mangoes out of a color-coordinated plastic bucket. No doubt, these mangoes came from a tree at her house or somewhere nearby. How could we resist stopping? The woman gladly let Working Gringa pick the mangoes she wanted and sold her a bowl of them for $10 pesos. Highway robbery, if you ask me! We felt like we were stealing gold…

Once back in the town of Uman, we headed straight for the recommended cocina economica, which is located on one of the side streets that pour into the main intersection in front of the church, just about a block from the church. That was back in 2011, so we cannot guarantee the place is still there, but if it is, we highly recommend it if you are in the mood for Chinese food! Chow mein and chinese food in Uman YucatanThe woman who runs the place is from China, and moved here just a few years ago with her son. She barely speaks Spanish and at the time, could not communicate about much more than the food she was serving. She depended heavily on the menu, printed on the wall inside and outside the establishment. Which did we Chinese food cocina economica in Umanprefer… Pollo agridulce (sweet and sour chicken)? Or Chao Main? Ha! We had a delicious lunch with more than enough food for one person, all for the low low price of $30 pesos each, plus of course the ubiquitous Mexican Coca fria. We left completely satisfied customers, and by the looks of the line forming when we left, we were not alone.

Uman, Close to the Heart of Merida

Our day in Uman when we took these photos was a few years ago, but judging by a recent visit, not much has changed. Though Uman continues to grow and improve and add the services necessary to living in the 21st Century, it still also continues to maintain its small-pueblo feeling. We are not sure if the restaurant is still there (if you see it, let us know!) and we are pretty sure the lady selling mangoes is not still there (although someone is bound to be there selling something from their back yard!). But the haciendas are still there, and more beautiful, more popular and more accessible than ever. The mercado, the city streets, the cemetery, the animal shelter and the church with the big red wooden doors are all still there, too.

Flamboyanes in Uman Merida Yucatan MexicoAnd of course, when you go to visit, you will find something else special there. Uman is a special town, close to Merida and close to the hearts of many who have visited there. But in the end, there is no town more special than the one you just visited… or better yet, the one you plan to go to next weekend or next month. The Yucatan Peninsula may seem like a finite geographical place, but the magic you can find there is endless!

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Hacienda Dzibikak
Hacienda Yaxcopoil (also within Uman’s municipality, also available for weddings and overnight stays)
Hacienda Hunxectaman’s wedding rental page
Watch our video on the celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe in Yucatan
Uman’s Facebook page
Evolución Animal Shelter in Uman

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: This guest writer, Emma Hodge, investigated and wrote this brief history for our website. As someone who grew up with a Korean-born woman as a close friend of her family, Working Gringa has always been especially fascinated with the history of Koreans here in Yucatan. More to the point, she grew up loving Korean food as much or more than Yucatecan cuisine. We hope this little article is just one more addition to the information out there about Koreans in Yucatan, and will somehow contribute to the establishment of some great Korean restaurants in Merida sometime soon! How lucky Yucatan is to have Koreans in their mestizaje!

A Brief History of the Korean Expat Community in Yucatan

Many people will have seen the Korean plaque at the corner of Calle 72 and 57 in Merida. Many more will have walked past the Museo Conmemorativo La Inmigracion corner plaque of boat that brought Koreans to MexicoCoreana in centro without reading it or thinking much about it. But how many people really know the history of Korean immigration to Merida in 1905 and how this helped shape the expatriate community in Yucatan and in Mexico as a whole?

Migration from Korea

Natural disasters and social instability led to more and more people wanting to leave Korea in the late 1800s, with many choosing to head to the likes of the Russian Far East and northeast China. This trend continued into the early 20th century but by then, many people were choosing to travel even farther afield. In 1902, Hawaii became a popular destination for emigrants. This choice of destinations was controversial because of the influence of the Japanese in Korea and a belief that this trend might harm the chances of the Japanese who were migrating to Hawaii.

Japanese labor brokers lobbied Konura Jutaro, the Japanese foreign minister, to put an end to the Korean migration to Hawaii. This coincided with a desire in Mexico to ad for workers to go to Mexicohire Asian workers to fill gaps in the agricultural workforce… gaps probably widening due to the amazing success of the Yucatan henequen industry. Eventually, a British Mexican international agent named John G. Myers and Genichi Taisho, a Japanese businessman, placing advertisements in newspapers throughout Incheon in Korea calling for workers to head for jobs in Mexico.

About ten advertisements were placed in all. A typical ad, run on December 17, 1904, said: ‘Located near the United States of America, Mexico is a civilized and rich country. It has warm weather, clean water and fertile soil. The world knows it is a place where no diseases exist. In Mexico there are many wealthy people, but few poor people, so it is very difficult to find laborers. Like many Japanese and Chinese who went to Mexico and profited a lot last year, Chosun (Korean) people too will benefit much when they go there. Farmers will have free access to medicine. And you will work 9 hours a day and will be paid from a minimum ’2 Won 60 Jun’ up to ’6 Won’.’

Original Koreans in YucatanSadly, the reality was very different. In total, 1,033 Korean migrants arrived in Merida in 1905 after defeating efforts by Korea’s government to stop them, only to find out that there is no truth in advertising. The sign on the corner of Calle 72 and 57 shows a picture of a boat and the words El Chemulpo. That was the name of the British cargo ship that transported the migrants to Mexico.

Like the many tourists of today who sail into Mexican ports expecting stunning scenery, a great climate, and friendly people, these Koreans undoubtedly looked forward to their stay as they docked at the Salina Cruz port in Oaxaca. Unlike those people who arrive in Mexico on planes and cruise ships today, however, their stay was to be anything but enjoyable. Most were sent to Yucatan henequen plantations, where they became known as Aenikkaengs and were treated as slaves, like the Maya people along whose side they found themselves working. Those that survived a four or five-year contract generally did not even make enough money to fund their return to Korea. So most of them settled permanently in Yucatan and other areas of Mexico. There are also some reports that even if they had the money to pay for the journey, they were at that point barred from entry to Korea, which had become a Japanese colony.

The Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigracion Coreana serves as a reminder of the hardships and lives of these emigrants. It also provides a valuable link Yucatan girls practicing Korean dancingbetween history and the Korean descendants that live in Yucatan today. The Korean Immigration Museum holds cultural events each month in order to pass on knowledge of this rich history to younger generations of Yucatecans who have Korean ancestors.

More Recent Migration

Many of the young people today who are descended from Korean families are the offspring of a large wave of people who decided to move to Mexico in the 1970s. Many individuals and families left Korea, when expatriates from places like Argentina and Paraguay also decided to head for Mexico. There was another boom in the number of Korean emigrants in the 1990s. Statistics from the South Korean government reveal that the Korean community in Mexico reached a peak of around 19,500 in 1997. This large number of Korean descendants and expatriates in Merida is probably responsible for the establishment of the Mexico-Korea Friendship Hospital, which serves underprivileged children in the Yucatan and was built with the help of money from South Korea.

Hospital of Korea Mexico Friendship for underprivileged children in YucatanThe latest figures from the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade show that this had fallen slightly to 11,800 by 2011 but there are a huge range of figures around that indicate that this figure is actually much higher. A New York Times article in September 2013 quoted staff at a new Korean cultural center as saying that Mexico was home to at least 12,000 Korean people, whilst a Los Angeles Times’ report in 2008 said that just the descendants of the first henequen plantation farm laborers could number at least 30,000 people.

Continuing Influence of Korea in Mexico

As recently as August 2013, the 8th year that the hospital has been in operation, a ceremony was held at the Hospital in Merida, attended by the current governor of Yucatan, Rolando Zapata Bello and by the Ambassador of Korea to Mexico, Hong Seong Hoa. The ceremony celebrated the 68th anniversary of Korea’s independence, and both dignitaries underscored the importance of the relationship between the two countries. According to an article written about the event, Mexico is Korea’s fifth largest trading partner. They quoted the same statistic of 30,000 Korean descendants living in Mexico, sang the national anthem of both countries and celebrated numerous joint academic and cultural projects that both countries support.

Just another fascinating corner of the multifaceted history of the Yucatan!

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Sources and Further places to investigate this subject include…

The Korean Commemorative Museum in Merida (Sadly, this website seems “frozen”. It also reports of a recent (?) robbery where many of the artifacts were stolen.)

Korean Immigrants in Mexico – “Aenikkaengs”

The Korea Herald English Edition

The 1905 Korean Immigration to Merida, a well-written blogpost.

Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigracion Coreana a Yucatán and Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigración Coreana a Yucatan

Diaspora, a website about Korean migration around the world

Another good blogpost about Koreans in Yucatan.

Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigracion Coreana a Yucatán

By Khaki Scott

Merida to Get 300 Street Drains

Drains in Yucatan Mexico We have all become used to a number of well-traveled streets in Merida becoming flooded during rain storms. The water may not come up into the houses unless the streets are full and a vehicle causes waves, but it does stop people from moving about the city easily and is an expensive inconvenience for many businesses. That is all to end soon. Within 15 days, the city will begin drilling 300 new storm drains in Merida. They are to be located in all quadrants of the city. This should be a significant help to everyone who has to drive to work and shop, continuing to make Merida a more and more liveable city.

Findings of Medicinal Plant Conference

This past week, the X International Meeting on Natural Products Research was held in Merida. The goal was to share findings and research on biological, biotechnological and pharmaceutical issues. From a study of 15 species of medicinal plants native to the Yucatan Peninsular, specialists from the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research (CICY) were able to show that it is possible to develop herbal medicines, in the future, that could treat diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, cancer or HIV. Mexico is one of the four nations that can boast the largest diversity of plants in the world. It is no surprise, given their long history of traditional medicine, that Mexico – and Yucatan – will lead the way in the development of traditional and herbal medicine far into the future. We are definitely looking forward to hearing more about this. We also know that Casa K’in (www.casakin.org) recently held a workshop on traditional herbal medicines and is planning to hold another one in the fall. All good news!

200,000 Families to Receive Televisions

New Television to Poor People in Mexico
From August through December 2014, 200,000 families who receive benefits from SEDESOL will receive a new, digital, 24-inch flat screen, high definition television, equipped with ports that will allow for extending their capabilities to receiving signals with higher quality picture and sound. The televisions will be energy efficient and are expected to reduce the electricity consumption of analog televisions by more than 60%. The energy savings throughout the country will be enormous. The families who will benefit from this national program live in priority developments, are agricultural laborers, are 3×1 migrant families, are participating in a temporary employment program, are in the SEDESOL program for Seniors, or participate in a life insurance for heads of household program. While it may not seem at first glance to be a politically correct thing to do, replacing those old televisions is a very practical thing to do and you cannot deny those kinds of savings.

Senior INAPAM Games Held in Merida

Progreso is moving on up in the National Games for Older Adults. A group of grandmothers won in dominos and 76 year old Juan Jose Vivas Ceballos sang his way to first place. This is a good time to let our older expatriates know that, if they are at least 60 years old, they too qualify for an INAPAM card in Mexico. Rolly Brook has an excellent description of the benefits, as well as all relevant links at INAPAM Senior Discount Card. While some may think it really might not be worth it to apply for their INAPAM card, they think better of it the next time they catch a bus to Cancun. And, no matter your age, do always try to come out and support the talented Older Adults of Yucatan.

Yucatan and Oaxaca Negative for Pork Virus

Pig and Pork Virus in Yucatan Mexico
The pork virus that has killed at least 7 million young pigs was originally identified in the United States. Since the virus was first identified in the United States, Mexico began restricting the importation of live pigs from the USA. Still, the virus was found in 17 of Mexico’s 19 pork-producing states. Yucatan and Oaxaca both tested negative for the virus and both are in the southern part of the country. It is important to know that the pig virus is not contagious to humans, but it kills so many pigs, so rapidly, that it ends up driving the price of pork up and causing economic hardship for producers and consumers. Hopefully, the virus will soon be under control and tragedy can be avoided.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting May 26, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts – April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Collective Exhibit
Galeria Eskalera will feature new exhibits starting at Noche Blanca, including a photography exhibit by William Frej about Enduring Cultures and sculpture by Abraham Illescas.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 19, 2014

Yucatan Living 119th Anniversary of the Fall of Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary when Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. In addition to being a national leader, he was also a poet and a writer, whose work continues to inspire Latin Americans to this day.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avendia Colon por Calle 20, Colonia Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Classical Guitar Concert in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Eduardo Rodríguez Ricalde: Noche de guitarra (Night of Guitar)
If you love music, this really is the best time of the year to be in Merida. The sweet sounds of guitars are everywhere!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2014 Concert of the Maestros
This is a performance of the best-of-the-best from Academia Yamaha Mérida Music Center.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 27, 2014

Maria Teresa in Concert in Yucatan Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Maria Teresa
This lady is another of Yucatan’s beloved stars. Her concerts are always very special evenings of entrtainment.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
A fabulous trova group!Trova Music in Yucatan Mexico
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Alberto Palomo Jazz Trío
If you came to Merida, we already know you love Jazz, so this is a concert for you!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: April Rivas and Emilio Rosado
With a title of “If you knew,” this concert promises plenty of romance and loads of talent.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61 Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 28

Waste LandYucatan Living Movie: Waste Land
An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Tom Kubin’s Soul Train
Would it really be Spring Festival without Tom Kubin’s Soul Train? Maybe, but it sure wouldn’t be as much fun.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trova: A Yuca in Cuba
This is going to be a wonderful concert. This lady never fails to thrill her audiences.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 25th Anniversary of the Death of Dr. Carlos A. Tello Solis
Invited guest artists include: Bingo Show, Cony Ancona,Chelo Medina, Alfredo Bolio, José Rey, Los Juglares, el mariachi Real de mi Tierra, Ana Rosa Bojórquez, the Voices Without Borders Choir, and invited special guest: Mario Esquivel. This is going to be a great concert and a wonderful tribute to Dr. Carlos A. Tello Solis.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Quo Vadis String Quartet Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Latin Dances
This is a performance by the Quo Vadis String Quartet. This group is a long-time favorite in Merida and everyone loves them.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El niño Fidencio, El Taumaturgo de Espinazo
El niño Fidencio, el taumaturgo de Espinazo documents how thousands of people congregate every year in the Hacienda del Espinazo in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to commemorate Fidencio de Jesus Sintora Constantino. Grateful for the miracles that El niño Fidencio, they engage in fervorous healing rituals.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 29 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The One Man Village
Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village of Ain al-Halazoun in the Lebanese mountains. The hamlet was completely emptied and destroyed in combats during the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many years after an official reconciliation, its inhabitants, who are all from one family, regularly go back to the village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de YucatanYucatan Living Classical Music: Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
The title of this performance is Del solar al salón, el Danzón. For those who are unfamiliar with the musical genre Danzón, this is the official musical genre and dance of Cuba. It is also an active musical form in Mexico and is still beloved in Puerto Rico. The danzón evolved from the Cuban contradanza (also known as the habanera). In Cuba, these dances were influenced by African rhythmic and dance styles and so became a genuine fusion of European and African influences.This type of music is perfect for the talents of a Youth Symphonic Orchestra. Edgar Sulú is the director of this performance. Franklin Brokks and Héctor Hernández are soloists.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ensemble del Refugio
This concert is billed as popular music for popular instruments.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Stranger By The Lake
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: El Albergue
A grandmother owns a home that might as well be a shelter due to how many people live there. Family as well as outsiders. This plot is a comedy gold mine with colorful and wacky characters.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 30 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Insolitos Peces Gato
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha’s health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Opening of Cultural Center in Espita YucatanYucatan Living Opening of Cultural Center in Espita
Inauguration of the “House of Culture” in the village of Espita, Yucatan. Traditional activities, traditional dances, music, food and more! This event is going to be very special, both for the people of Espita and for those who attend in order to experience an evening with El Grupo Boom, a group of young graduates from Cuba’s National School of the Arts. It has been a long time since we were blessed with a performance by El Boom and missing it would be unthinkable!
5:00 PM: La Charanga el Gremio y Ramilletes (walk around the parquet)
6:00 PM: In the Kiosco the Jaranera Orchestra begins the Vaqueria
7:00 PM: Unveiling of the plaque and opening address by the Governor of the
7:15 PM: Yucatecan Trova (groups of trios, the Espita Rondalla)
8:00 PM: Acto Protocolario (Official Act)
8:30 PM: Fireworks (in the square in front of the flagpole)
9:00 PM: Balle Popular (Cuban music enlivened by the group Boom)
Location: Village of Espita, Yucatan
Time: 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VEL Lecture Series: Regional Projects of Grupo Xcaret
Elizabeth Lugo Mojarras from La Casona de Valladolid will be the guest speaker. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, plus delicious snacks available for purchase at CasaHamaca’s own Xoco Loco!
Location: the Palapa at CasaHamaca, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 7:30 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos donation requested.

Yucatan Living Movie: Reinas del Tropico
This movie series has presented movies with such stars as María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina. Tonight’s documentary expands our understanding of the importance of these movies, as well as how they were made.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Andres Tinoco in Concert in YucatanYucatan Living Andrés Tinoco in Concert
“By the strings of my guitar” is a theme that is defined by the talent of Andrés Tinoco.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sseo-Ni
New high-school transfer student Na-Mi comes from a small town in Jeolla Province to her new school in the capital city of Seoul.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Trbute to Buenavista Social Club
Grupo Yahal Kab performs “Sounds of Truth.”
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Great Beauty
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 31, 2014

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold). Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Movies in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Movie: Hasta el último trago… corazón!
Documentary starring Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Astrid Hadad, Eugenia León, Iraida Noriega, Chayito Valdez, Julieta Venegas, La Negra Graciana…all famous Mexican singers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Ensemble Fantasya: Wings of Piano
This performance is part of the Urban Musical Expressions series that has recently been promoted in Merida.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Poems
This is a performance by Trio Ars Nova, a new name to us. Everyone is looking forward to seeing their work.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living More Urban Musical Expressions
Amaury León, Rogelio García, Mario Ortiz,Addy Teyer, Karen Ancona, and Diana Tinajero. Music under the stars… what could be better?
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 20Av Colon x
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Seven Psychopaths
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: When You’re Strange
A look at the late ’60s and early ’70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingGypsy Market: Postponed til June 8!
Loads of good stuff for sale, as well as Yucatan’s best food, including walk-around (California style) breakfast burritos and quesadillas, soft shell pulled pork tacos with fresh jicama pico de gallo, plus Anita’s beer garden with German sausage and beers. Beautiful big shaded garden setting with many exotic plants & trees. The best Sunday outing of the month!
Location: Graciela’s Secret Garden (midway between Chelem & Chubarna on the north side of the main road, between Entrada Sol & Aruba).
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free, but do come prepared to shop, eat, and enjoy

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 02, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunda
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014: June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6.
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Working Gringos

Editors Note: A reader asked us if we knew about Lorena, the subject of this article. We did not, but were interested enough to find out more. Having moved to Yucatan from California, we were at first quite discouraged by the lack of healthy eating alternatives back in the day. Since then, Yucatecans have become more health-conscious, and the world of food in Merida is changing. If the subject of healthy food interests you, we think YOU might like this story about Lorena too!

Macrobiotic Restaurant in Merida?

A Mexican Macrobiotic restaurant in the Yucatan Peninsula? It could become a reality thanks to a 22-year-old culinary student from Merida.

Lorena Basteris Rubio packed her bags last year and headed from Merida to Austin, Texas to pursue a love for healthy food. Lorena says, “Growing up in a tropical area such as Yucatan was amazing. You get to do, experience and taste so many different things, from the beautiful cenotes to the delicious exotic fruits such as guanabana, guava and dragon fruit. I was really fortunate.”

Healthy Food Chef coming back to Merida

A Need for Healthy Alternatives

Despite her love of Yucatan, Lorena saw a need to promote healthier food in and around her hometown. “I love Yucatan’s cuisine… it has so much potential, especially when you go back to the roots of it.” The issue for this soon-to-be-professional chef is that “in the present day, Yucatan overuses animal products and fats it does not need. There is already so much flavor with all the cooking methods, herbs and spices that are traditional here!”

Thank You, Facebook

As a matter of fact Lorena started shifting toward vegetarian choices when she was just 14. Eventually this led her to search for a healthy cooking school that followed her beliefs. Lorena says she spent months looking until the name “Natural Epicurean” popped up on her Facebook feed.

The culinary student says the Austin, Texas school was perfect for her. She is learning five different healthy cuisine modalities. She now gets to learn Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine, along with Ayurvedic, Raw Foods and, the cuisine she is most passionate about, Macrobiotic.

Why Macrobiotic?

A Macrobiotic diet is heavy on whole grains (30-60% of daily food intake) and vegetables (25-30% of daily food intake). It avoids the use of highly processed food and most animal products. Natural Epicurean CEO Rich Goldstein says “When whole grains are combined with a good variety of other unrefined plant foods, all the elements that are necessary for human development become available to us.”

During the Macrobiotic module in school Lorena has found herself cooking with leafy vegetables like dinosaur kale, dandelion greens, sugar snaps peas and scallions to name a few. On the grain side, quinoa, barley or even brown rice may be on the menu.

Lorena says the chance to learn these types of “healing kitchens” wasn’t something she saw offered anywhere else. Natural Epicurean also made the immigration process a breeze for Lorena. For his part, CEO Goldstein proudly points out that it is wonderful to have students like Lorena “because we recognize the value of the cross cultural influence of cuisine and the global need to educate our world, regardless of national borders, that food is the ultimate medicine.”

Coming Back to Merida

Lorena says after graduating later this year she wants to start her career out by doing Macrobiotic counseling and cooking classes. It won’t be hard to find a spot to set up those classes, as her mom runs a holistic center where Lorena is looking forward to teaching students what she has learned.

In the long run, though, she hopes to open that Mexican Macrobiotic restaurant she has been dreaming about here in Merida. She says she is already working on healthier and vegan versions of all her favorite dishes.

A Great Choice For All of Us

As she carves her path to her ultimate goal Lorena says traveling to the USA to attend school at Natural Epicurean “has definitely been an eye-opening experience on so many different levels, both personally and professionally. I truly think it is one of the best choices I have made.”

We look forward to hearing more about Lorena, her restaurant and other healthy eating alternatives in Yucatan!

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If you would like to find more about Lorena’s future restaurant or consulting, you can contact her at lorenabasterisrubio [at] gmail [dot] com

Lorena’s school in Austin, Texas: Natural Epicurean

Do you know of a restaurant in Merida that serves healthy alternative food? Leave us a comment with your favorite one!

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting May 19, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Noche Blanca: Saturday, May 24
Billed as una velada de arte y cultura, Noche Blanca is a night in Merida when art galleries and museums open their doors until late into the night. Art exhibits are accompanied by music, food and parties, creating a very festive atmosphere.
Location: All over town in downtown Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts – April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

SoHo Gallery during Noche Blanca in Merida Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living SoHo Galleries Special Exhibition: Friday and Saturday.
The night before Noche Blanca, SoHo Galleries is having a Noche de Colores exhibition with D.F. artist Jorge Aguilar and sculptor Federico Rivero. Jorge will be painting on piece on canvas live in the gallery, and that painting will be auctioned off at 9:00 PM. The proceeds from the auction will go to help support Brazos Abiertos. Jorge Aguilar’s work is bold with a modern Mexican flavor. Both nights will be open with food and wine.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 x 43 y 51, Centro
Time: Friday and Saturday: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free, includes food, wine and 20% off selected paintings

Yucatan Living Collective Exhibit
Galeria Eskalera will feature new exhibits for Noche Blanca, including a photography exhibit by William Frej about Enduring Cultures and sculpture by Abraham Illescas. The open starts at 8 PM, the exhibit continues even after the weekend.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Art in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli: May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com or call 999-928-6566.

 

In Valladolid

Music and Culture in Valladolid Yucatan
Valladolid: V Festival of San Bernadino de Siena
If you haven’t been to Valladolid in a while, this festival is a great excuse to go visit. The events are all so special and underscore why this festival is growing into one of the best in all of Yucatan.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Monday May 19: Trova Night with Trio Itzá. Esplanade
No festival would be complete in Yucatan without a night of romantic trova.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Tuesday May 20: Three Events
6:00 PM: Procession of San Bernardino of Siena and accompanying images and associations . (through five of the Convent of Sisal Streets )
7:00 PM: Closing Mass of the V Festival in San Bernardino. Mass will be celebrated by Sr. Pbro. Lic. Rodrigo Santos Sánchez, Párroco de San Bernardino de Siena and by Pbro. Lic. Armín Rivero Castillo, Párroco de la Iglesia Santa María de Guadalupe, de Mérida, Yucatán and distinguido vallisoletano (distinguished citizen of Valladolid).
8:00 PM: Regional Vaquería with the Alexandrian Jaranera Orchestra and the parish community.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 19, 2014

Yucatan Living 119th Anniversary of the Fall of Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary when Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. In addition to being a national leader, he was also a poet and a writer, whose work continues to inspire Latin Americans to this day.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avendia Colon por Calle 20, Colonia Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Jazzeando los 80’s
This is one of those times when one can’t help but smile when we first see the director’s name. Mauricio Bonfiglio is a household name in Jazz in Yucatan and is one of the “best of the best.” If you love jazz, follow that name and go to this performance tonight.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Audiación: Children and Contemporary Music
This performance is under the direction of José Elías Puc Sánchez and María Teresa Novelo. Please come out and support our talented children.
Location: Cineteca in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Inspiracion
A fabulous trova group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Popular Music: Dixie Jazz Orchestra
This fine jazz orchestra is under the direction of José Carlos Rodríguez Arreola. Never miss jazz in Yucatan!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61 Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Contemporary Dance in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Natura
Al SurDanza company under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 21

Yucatan Living Movie: No
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Music for Guitar and Bass
Carlos H. Rodríguez Marfil on guitar and Samuel Piña on Bass and Contrabass. Should be a fabulous and moving show.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: The Song of the Bards
This concert is by Víctor González Pérez.
Locations: Iglesia del Jesus, Tercera Orden , Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Between Sky and Moon
This is a performance by Grupo Atversus. We are not familiar with their work, but are looking forward to this event.
Locations:Casa de La Cultura, Calle 63 x 64, Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concepción Garma in Concert: Just a Women
This is going to be a wonderful concert. This lady never fails to thrill her audiences.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Back To Nadia
Nadia was an 11-year-old girl In the Taliban Afghanistan. To be able to survive, Nadia had to dress up as a boy. She did that over the next 11 years; until 4 years ago, when an NGO took her out of the country and she was established in Cataluña, Spain as a woman. Last summer, Nadia went back to her country for the first time and the cameras joined her.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 22 , 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Diario A Tres Voces
We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire. Well, this movie is about that.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Musician, poet and crazy
This movie is part of the series “The Queens of the Tropics,” which includes movies by María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina”. Enjoy!!
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Desde que a ti te quiero
What a strange title… Google Translate tells us it means “when you love you”. All the more reason to go and see this performance by Juan Luis de Pablo Enríquez Rohen.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Los Hermanos Ruz Tribute to Marco Antonio Muñiz and Carlos Lico
The Ruz Brothers are a long-time favorite on the stages of Merida. This performance is a great choice for the evening.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Blame It On Fidel
A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 23 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Tiniest Place
The director interviewed survivors of the war in El Salvador, who have rebuilt a small town in the forest. Yet the film is not a montage of “talking heads.” Instead, the interviews are layered on top of images of contemporary life in the village.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Aventurera
This movie is part of the series “The Queens of the Tropics,” which includes movies by María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina”. More to enjoy!
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Lenny Sanchez in ConcertYucatan Living Lenny Sánchez in Concert: When you remember me
We never see enough of this treasure of Yucatan. Isn’t it about time for a new CD? Lenny was just given an honor in the musical world. Read about it in this week’s Yucatan News.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9: 00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Hunt
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance
Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes the Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for Sugar Man
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. This movie has won multiple awards and is an amazing story.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner:
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary). Here is your chance to see the very famous The Ring! And to have explanations about it all. Don’t miss this great opportunity!
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Movie: Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, to live with white families and to be educated in white schools.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

La Noche Blanca Merida YucatanYucatan Living Noche Blanca
All the art galleries are open late and there are parties everywhere. Don’t miss it!
Location: Downtown Merida
Time: May 24
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: In The Cut
This movie is part of the series “The Queens of the Tropics,” which includes movies by María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina”. Keep enjoying!
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grupo Ceiba Flava: Hip Hop In the Rain
This group of young performers is defining Yucatan’s fusion for their entire generation.
Location: Parque de las Américas, Calle 20Av Colon x
Time: 8:00 PM Saturdey
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Guard
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Insolitos Peces Gato
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha’s health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance
Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes: Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Traditional Maya Music: El camino a Ichkansihó (The Road to Ichkansihó)
This is going to be a big event that includes performances by Moisés Hernández and Los Niños Percusionistas del Chak Xulub Chen, with Grupo de Danza Maya “Zamná” and original music by Moisés Hernández. Scene Creation is by Maricruz Hernández Sosa. If you are unfamiliar with Maya music, come and be prepared for a toe-tapping good time and a cultural adventure.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Music in YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Alberto Selem: Corazón de Guitarra (Heart of Guitar)
This performance includes The Original Squires. Never miss a chance to hear Yucatan’s guitars.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Rope
Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime. Nice.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Eduardo Rodríguez Ricalde: Noche de guitarra (Night of Guitar)
If you love music, this really is the best time of the year to be in Merida. The sweet sounds of guitars are everywhere!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living 2014 Concert of the Maestros
This is a performance of the best-of-the-best from Academia Yamaha Mérida Music Center.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014: June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6.
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Khaki Scott

Lenny Sanchez Named Voice of the Mexican Bolero in Cuba

Lenny Sanchez Yucatan Trova Singer When we write our weekly events column, it is sometimes hard not to go a bit overboard with excitement when describing some of Yucatan’s international stars for our readers. Such was the case this week when we had to keep calm when suggesting the Friday, May 23, 7:00 PM, Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez performance of Lenny Sanchez. After six years of participation in the International Boleros de Oro Festival, in Cuba, this well-established lady of Yucateca song has been named the Voice of the Mexican Bolero in that island nation. Lenny Sanchez says that it is her own love of the romantic music of Yucatan that has led her to work so hard to research, rescue and disseminate the music of Yucatan. We know that it is her immense talent that keeps Lenny Sanchez in a group of international stars that all have a heart for their state and its music. Congratulations to Lenny Sanchez, Voice of the Mexican Bolero, and we hope to be the beneficiaries of her talent for many years to come.

Merida: Science in Merida Yucatan MexicoCentro de Investigación de Crudo Extrapesado y Recuperación Mejorada

The Science Park, plus several well-known research universities, plus Merida’s proximity to oil partners in Texas and distribution pipelines throughout Mexico and Central America, as well as newly proposed shipping routes throughout the Caribbean have all come together and resulted in the new Center of Investigation for Extra-Heavy Crude and Improved Recovery. For some time now, Yucatan has been educating a workforce in the professional and technical career fields necessary to make Yucatan a strategic hub for energy, including electrical energy, in all of Latin America. It looks as if the place to be, for many years to come, will be in and around the Science Park just outside of Merida, Yucatan.

Tourism: Welcome to the Germans

German Tourism in Yucatan Mexico There are two reasons this story is important to those who live in Yucatan. First, of course, there is the fact that growing numbers of Europeans, especially Germans, are now visiting the Peninsula of Yucatan. They are most welcome and we hope their stay is enjoyable enough to bring them back again and again. Second, we want to commend whomever it was who came up with the concept of billing the entire peninsula of Yucatan as the perfect combination of both a beach and cultural vacation. In some places on the Yucatan Peninsula, there is little to do except fish and/or dive. In Yucatan, one can fish, visit a variety of ruins and cenotes, and then enjoy world class performances and art in Merida, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. With direct flights now coming to Cancun from several points in Europe, German tourism was up 11% in the first quarter of 2014, enough to open tourism offices in other European nations, such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. State governments in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Chiapas, Campeche and Estado de Mexico are working together with tourism operators to bring the wonders of Mexico to all of Europe. If the increase in German tourism is any indication, there can be little doubt that Yucatan and Europe will be well connected once again.

AMA Yucatan Donates to Sueños de Ángel A.C.

Volunteer Oportunities in Yucatan Mexico Amigos Multiplicando Alegría [Friends Multiplying Joy] – aka AMA Yucatán – has made a significant donation to Dreams of Angel, A.C., which supports underprivileged children who have cancer and are hospitalized in O’Horan Hospital. They provide treatment for emotional problems among these sick children, as well as providing them with celebrations for such events as their birthdays and first communions. Above all, Sueños de Ángel tries to keep the children excited and hopeful during their treatment and do their best to fulfill their dreams. While we are here today to give public thanks to AMA Yucatan for their donation to Sueños de Ángel, we also want to give everyone else an opportunity to meet or support them. You can always reach them through their website, Sueños de ángel A.C, on Facebook at Sueños de ángel A.C, or by calling Atenea Evia at (999) 178-4879. AMA Yucatan is also on Facebook. We have a number of community service programs supported by expatriates, but these are two local organizations that do such wonderful work that they deserve all the help we can give them.

Izamal, City of Light, Goes Solar

The State of Yucatan is investing $98 million pesos in a two square hectare photovoltaic plant that will make Izamal the first magical town with sustainable electricity. There will be a total of 10,000 square meters of solar panels to support the generation of all of the electricity currently consumed by Izamal, as well as plans for future growth of the project. People will still pay an electric bill because the $98 million pesos must be repaid and plans to remodel the system, in 30 years, must be in the budget, but this is far better than wondering what the price of electricity will do on a month-by-month basis. This project alone is expected to increase tourism as more and more people who are interested in a greener, safer planet, come to Izamal to see how such a project works.

Semana de Yucatán en México: May 25 – June 1

The week of May 25 through June 1 will be the Week of Yucatan in all of Mexico. This is an important way to showcase the best of Yucatan throughout the nation. It is especially important to those who own or work in restaurants in Yucatan. This year, the goal is to sell four tons of cochinita pibil and the Cámara Nacional de la Industria del Restaurante y Alimentos Condimentados en Yucatán (Canirac) (National Chamber of the Industry of Restaurants and Spicy Foods in Yucatan) says the local vendors are ready to meet the challenge. Also on the menus will be panuchos, sopa de lima, escabeche, queso relleno, vaporcitos, and more. As we all know, Yucatan is unique in all of Mexico and so is our food. Statistics point to an approximate 15% increase in visitors to this event this year, which means an influx of approximately 120,000 people and $400 million pesos. Not a bad week for dining in Yucatan! We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to sample the best of Yucatan’s food and culture during the last week in May.

The Chamber Orchestra of Motul

Youth Chamber Orchestra in Motul Yucatan Mexico On Saturday, May 17, at 8:00 PM, a dream was fulfilled in Motul. The Chamber Orchestra of Motul performed its first concert at the first anniversary celebration of the Imagine Cultural Center in that city. This event has been a long time coming. Maestro Chan Sabido has given his time and talent to developing youth orchestras throughout the state and the children have responded with more talent and dedication than anyone could have imagined. The State System of Youth Orchestras is growing and we continue to ask everyone to, please, come out and show the children and young people of Yucatan how much they are appreciated. This is the beginning of successful lives for all of these young musicians and congratulations are due to them, to their teacher, to their parents, and to their cities.

First Peninsular Horse Fair, Tizimin: May 29 through June 1

Horse Fair in Tizimin Yucatan Mexico
Believe it or not, Yucatan is not all about the Arts and the Beach. If you are all about horses, we are happy to report that you could live quite happily in Tizimín, Buctzotz, Colonia Yucatán, Uayma or Sucilá. If you love polo, this horse fair will feature a competition between a team from Cancun and one from Yucatan. What you may not know is that this area produces some of the finest horses anywhere in the world. If you are looking for a horse for any activity, or just looking period, there will be exhibitions of thoroughbreds, quarter horses, a cross between the two, as well as native Aztec breeds. This fair has it all, including a competition featuring dancing horses and, of course, a parade. By the way… maybe you need a tractor or a truck? Look to this fair for familiar brands, such as John Deere, Caterpillar and Komatzu, as well as Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan. There will also be handicrafts available for sale. This is an area where saddlery is an art, so don’t overlook this opportunity if you are in the market for one. Overall, anyone who loves horses is missing a treat if they miss the first ever Feria Peninsular del Caballo in Tizimin.

Hurricane Season: 2014

Most of us are used to hurricane season being defined as falling between June 1 and November 30. Few are aware that there is another hurricane season, in the Eastern Pacific, that has the potential to affect us as well. That hurricane season begins on May 15 and there are already signs of disturbances on the way. Although most of these storms will affect only the western coast of Mexico, some will cross the country at its narrowest point and enter the Gulf of Mexico at Campeche. It is these storms that have the potential to cause flooding and mud slides that can affect those expats who drive down in the early Fall. The Governor of Yucatan has just returned from the 2014 National Civil Protection Convention, in Acapulco, where issues of evacuation and rescue, as well as communication and legislation on emergency and risk were discussed. Wherever you are, and whatever hurricane season affects you, please be prepared. Now is the time to bookmark and read the entire Yucatan Civil Protection site online. We want everyone to stay safe this year so that expat life in Yucatan will be as good as always.

Dengue Fever Expected to Rise with Rain

For a while, Yucatan had fallen to the number five spot, in Mexico, for new cases of dengue fever. Now, with all of these rains, it has risen to fourth place and the numbers do not seem to be dropping. Part of the problem with these numbers is that every case of fever and/or suspicious death is, initially, considered for inclusion in the dengue numbers. This means that you are likely to see lots of suspected and/or probable numbers that can vary widely with confirmed numbers. Since the beginning of the rainy season, there have been 1,374 probable cases, but only 337 have been proven. In another example, of 70 deaths that were likely dengue hemorrhagic fever in Mexico, only 10 were in Yucatan. Six have been dismissed and four are still in the process of study. In other words, none have been confirmed. This gives confusing impressions to the public, but it is the best that can be done at this time. No one wants to hide the risk, so an over-abundance of information is given and the public has to sort it out for themselves. Confusing though it may be, it is better than having no warning at all. Please, especially during this season of rain, do all you can to eliminate standing water from your property and keep mosquitoes out of your home.

By Khaki Scott

Cirque du Soleil to Open Permanently on Riviera Maya

Cirque du Solei in Riviera Maya Mexico
The title of the show will be “Joya,” and it will tell the magical story of an alchemist who teaches his granddaughter the secrets of life. The Cirque du Soleil tent will be located near the Grand Mayan Resort, located just 30 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, 45 minutes from Cancun itself, and only 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen (the world’s fastest growing town, according to Guinness World Records). This is a wonderful addition to the entertainment offerings in the Riviera Maya and will surely bring even more worldwide attention to the hotels, resorts, spas, and eco-parks in the area.

Germans in Yucatan: More of the Story

We were recently asked about “Germans in Yucatan,” and discovered that, apart from a few old anecdotal stories about Santa Elena, we actually knew very little about the origins of German immigration to Mexico or to Yucatan. This week, we found a graduate paper online that speaks directly to this topic. The researcher is Alma Duran Merk. The paper, ‘Only “Selected” German Immigrants in Yucatán? Recent Findings about the Colonization Policy of the Second Mexican Empire’ was presented at the 11th Deutschsprachige Mesoamerikanisten Tagung (German Language MesoAmerican Meetign) in Hildesheim, Germany (26th, 27th, January, 2008). A copy in English can now be found online. We hope you enjoy finding out more about the German immigrants to Yucatan. Links to more of Duran-Merk’s work, as well as links to information about German immigrants throughout Mexico, can be found in the Resource section on Wikipedia’s German Immigration to Mexico page.

Valladolid: V Festival of San Bernadino de Siena

This year, the Festival of San Bernadino de Siena will be held from the 16th to the 20th of May. The construction of the Monastery of Saint Bernardino of Siena was begun in 1552. By the time Friar Diego Lopez de Cogolludo published his historia de Yucatan in 1688, the monastery was up and running, complete with convent and with its vault built over a large cenote. In the 21st century, this was one of the areas in Mexico that was so loved by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II. The story of this monastery is the story of how Catholicism came to much of Mexico and the people take great care to celebrate this festival every year. This is the fifth year that they have shared their festival with the world. And each year it gets bigger and better. If you have an opportunity to visit Valladolid during the Festival of San Bernadino de Siena, please do plan to spend at least one night so you can enjoy the many festivities.

Migrant Farm Workers Return to Ontario

Last month, 16,000 migrant farm workers returned to the fruit orchards of Ontario Canada to work in the 48-year-old Seasonal Agricultural Program. The workers return time and time again, ensuring that farmers can safely invest in growing their operations. The farmers continue to pay their migrant workers as much as five times what they would earn at home. This is a win-win situation for Canada’s farmers, for the Canadian economy, for the migrant workers, for the workers’ hometowns and countries. Their program is being used as a model worldwide and it is wonderful to see programs like this work so well in agriculture.

Papaya Goes to U.S. in Huge Numbers

Just a few days ago, Yucatan papayas began making their way to market on the east coast of the United States. This is no small export project. Yucatan will begin by Maradol Papaya from Yucatan to USAexporting 60 tons of papayas to this market per week and quickly escalate to 100 tons per week. The Maradol papayas will be traveling in style, in special packaging and in refrigerated containers to ensure the health and safety of both the product and the buyers on the other end of this project. According to Yucatan’s Papaya Product System, over 60 hectares of papaya are devoted to this one project and the future looks brighter than ever for this abundant crop in Yucatan.

Tianguis Turistico Mexico 2014

Touristic Tianguis in Quintara Roo Mexico There is a whole lot of news coming out of this annual tourism event and we can hardly wait to see these projects as they develop. This year’s event was held in Quintana Roo during the first week in May. Early news hints that there may soon be a tourism tax that will be used to benefit the Maya because, without the Maya, their history, culture and people, tourism in this part of the country could not develop as it has. In addition, there is a report that there will soon be additional air service between Monterrey and Cancun, since Monterrey is being turned into what we think of as a hub center. This means one-stop flying from places like Puerto Vallarta to Cancun and then on to destinations in Central and South America. Finally, in a project that is dear to the hearts of so many who love and respect the environment throughout the Peninsula of Yucatan, it has just been announced that Isla Holbox is soon to join the ranks of Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns) of Mexico. This will bring not only worldwide tourism attention to the area, but worldwide assistance and support for eco-projects. It looks as if the whole of the Yucatan Peninsula is finally coming into its own and everyone is so proud of the people who have brought it this far.

Progreso Casa de la Cultura Often Overlooked

This past week, the work of contestants in the First Regional Plant Fiber Competition. Art work was made from plant fibers that ranged from sisal to coconut and all 198 pieces were unique winners. If you are interested in meeting some of these artists and seeing their work, do stop by the Progreso Casa de la Cultura when Progreso Yucatan Mexicoyou go to the beach. This exhibition may be over, but you never know what wonders you might find on display there, including a crafts show that just opened there. We leave it up to you if you want to go on cruise ship days, but that might really be an experience in and of itself. With or without the crowds, Progreso’s Casa de la Cultura is a place to add to your stops in Progreso.

Art for Students With Disabilities

There is another new program in Yucatan that is going to make a tremendous change for students with disabilities. In the beginning, this program is taking place in just the municipalities of Dzoncauich, Cantamayec, Mayapán and Tixkokob. Students and their family members have already met with trainers from the Ministry of Culture and the Arts. They have constructed the program that will now be called the Instructor’s Artistic Training Program for Students With Disabilities. It looks as if this program will include any and all artistic disciplines, each suited to a particular student’s talent and capabilities. It is not going to be long before these students will be a regular part of the artistic scene in Yucatan and everyone will be proud to see them there!

Ferry News

There is probably no more hotly debated topic for expatriates and travelers interested in Yucatan, than the prospect of the long-awaited ferry between Florida and Progreso. This past week, the Governor of Yucatan went to Miami to meet with the Director of the Port of Miami. The goal of these two men is to consolidate trade shipping between Yucatan and a number of countries by first sending goods through an established maritime trade route. While there, the Director of the Port of Progreso brought up the topic of the ferry. The Director of the Port of Miami pointed out that there is much still to be discussed before such a project is attempted, but that he does appreciate the interest of the Government of Yucatan and that he will be here soon to further investigate. Whether the ferry ever happens again or not, at least the right people are now considering it and that is a big step, as this issue has languished for so long.

Children’s Runway Show at Gran Chapur

Children Activities in Yucatan Mexico The fact that this 2014 Children’s Runway Show at Gran Chapur even took place is testament to the hard work of parents and grandparents in Yucatan. Many expatriates still listen to tired, old ramblings from folks back home about how they moved to a Third World Country and live in huts and such. Others continue to “tsk-tsk” at this type of show of wealth in a land of so much poverty. But the children who wear these clothes and live this comfortable, middle-class lifestyle are the beneficiaries of their parents and grandparents, who took advantage of every opportunity as soon as those opportunities arose. These parents and grandparents went to college, when possible. They became entrepreneurs, and they invested their lives in the future of Yucatan. Today, they think of themselves as just ordinary, middle-class Yucatecos – nothing special – and that is an amazing thing. If the evidence of hard work is shows like this, a worthy goal would be to work toward every child in Yucatan being able to afford to plan their spring and summer wardrobes just like these children do. We hope everyone enjoys the show!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting May 12, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more. Opens March 27 and continues into May.
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts – April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Started March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Call for Participating Artists -Deadline May 15
This call is for visual artists, both Yucateco and foreigners, who live in Merida to submit work to the International Festival of Contemporary Art in Apilles Province, France. The festival itself will not take place until July 4 – August 31, 2014, but it is time to collect and judge the works submitted. These works can be paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, video-art and installations that are in harmony with the work of Goya. Submissions should be sent, in digital form, to convocatoria [dot] apart2014 [at] gmail [dot] com, along with a CV, and proof of one individual and two collective exhibitions.
More Information: Consult the official website.

Art in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli: May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
May 8: In collaboration with the Merida English Library, the La Artesa collection will be shown. This event will include a wine tasting.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
May 9: More collections will be opened and your invitation includes a delicious tasting of 7 kinds of Oaxacan moles. This is a special event that requires a reservation because space is limited. However, this night is well worth attending because you will be able to participate in a raffle of a beautiful print by one of the most important Masters from Oaxaca. After this day, the Oaxacan prints will be available in the Nahualli Gallery for view and/or purchase.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com or call 999-928-6566.

 

In Valladolid

Music and Culture in Valladolid Yucatan
Valladolid: V Festival of San Bernadino de Siena
If you haven’t been to Valladolid in a while, this festival is a great excuse to go visit. The events are all so special and underscore why this festival is growing into one of the best in all of Yucatan.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Friday May 16: Opening Mass
Mass will be celebrated by Señor Monseñor Joaquín Vázquez Ávila. Participating choirs will be from Merida and Valladolid. They will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Saturday May 17: ” Harmonies to San Bernardino”
Concert: Chamber Choir of the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Yucatan, led by Maestro Jonathan Renteria.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Sunday May 18: Youth Symphonic Band Concert
This performance is billed as a Conciertode by the Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de la Secretaría de la Cultura y las Artes de Yucatán. It is a long name for a wonderful group. Please come and support them as they grow into one of the best youth symphony bands in the world. They will be led by Maestro Luis Luna Guarneros.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Monday May 19: Trova Night with Trio Itzá. Esplanade
No festival would be complete in Yucatan without a night of romantic trova.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Tuesday May 20: Three Events
6:00 PM: Procession of San Bernardino of Siena and accompanying images and associations . (through five of the Convent of Sisal Streets )
7:00 PM: Closing Mass of the V Festival in San Bernardino. Mass will be celebrated by Sr. Pbro. Lic. Rodrigo Santos Sánchez, Párroco de San Bernardino de Siena and by Pbro. Lic. Armín Rivero Castillo, Párroco de la Iglesia Santa María de Guadalupe, de Mérida, Yucatán and distinguido vallisoletano (distinguished citizen of Valladolid).
8:00 PM: Regional Vaquería with the Alexandrian Jaranera Orchestra and the parish community.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 12

Frozen The Musical in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Music: Frozen, The Musical
This is a repeat performance, due to the success of the April performance. They have toured Mexico with the music of one of the favorite animated films of the year and were kind enough to bring the show back to Merida because the audience loved it so much the first time.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call: 924-0040 and 924-9990

Yucatan Living Music: Mayab Jazz
Well, they just can’t help it in Yucatan. Sooner or later, it all comes down to trova and/or jazz. What a wonderful way to feel! If you look back at some of the old Maya songs, you’ll see that they just might have invented jazz long before anyone else. Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Rene Monterrosa.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9: 00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Ligia Camara HomageYucatan Living Ligia Camara in Jazz and Yucateca Song
This is a performance that will bring tears to the eyes of those who lost our friend just this past year. Ligia Camara was in a class by herself, as a woman and as a musician. This tribute will be in the hands of those who loved her and who worked with her to bring more joy to audiences than anyone could ever have expected. Featured tonight are Maricarmen Pérez, Maru Boeta, Cony Ancona, Mario Esquivel Ríos and his group, along with Pedro Carlos Herrera and his group. At tonight’s event, there will be a presentation of a new CD of Ligia Camara’s work, in both song and poetry. The audio-visual presentation will include the great lady herself, as well as Los 3 Yucatecos. Maestro Luis Pérez Sabido is the conductor and artistic director for this event.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Chamber Music Recital
This is a recital by Ivan Adriano, playing the classical guitar. This is really the best time of year for concerts and recitals in Yucatan. The Spring Festival is full of them and, like this one, they are all excellent events.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Traditional Yucateca TrovaYucatan Living Traditional Yucateca Trova Gala Concert
This concert features Maricarmen Perez and the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. Never miss a chance to see Maricarmen Perez or the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten. They, along with Pedro Carlos Herrera, are true treasures of Yucatan and we never see enough of them.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
A fabulous trova group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Traditional Yucateca Trova: Our Trova
This is a performance by the trovadors of Yucatan who belong to the Pastor Cervera Union of Trovadores. These are the folks who keep trova alive and fresh in Yucatan.
strong>Location: Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Fatima, Calle 20 #204 X 23 Y 25, Colonia García Ginerés
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Grupo Café Canela
We are not familiar with the work of this group but, with a name like Cinnamon Coffee Group, how can they miss?
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free (we think…)

Yucatan Living Music: Celebrating 15 Years of Reggae Wave
This performance features the I & I Group and Friends.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 14

Movies in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Halley
Alberto is dead and can no longer hide it. Make-up and perfume can no longer conceal his quickly decomposing body. Dismayed, he decides to withdraw from the world. But before surrendering to his living death, Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Silvia, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Panorama Guitarristico. A Duo of Guitar Classics
This performance features Manuel Rubio and Victor Celis, two award winning classical guitarists. Their work is outstanding and we can only imagine the two together!
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Chamber Music: Caribrass Metal Ensemble
This is an up-and-coming group in Yucatan, under the direction of Omar Cabrera Rosas.
Locations: Iglesia del Jesus, Tercera Orden , Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8: 00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: One in a Million
…and yes he is! Emmanuel Pinzon “Macky” is Yucatan’s answer to Bobby Darin and a young Frank Sinatra, all rolled into one. Lots of growing has been done here and the future looks brighter than ever.
Locations:Casa de La Cultura, Calle 63 x 64, Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Cony Ancona in ConcertYucatan Living Cony Ancona in Concert: What Will You Do For the Rest of Your Life
This lady can sing it all and we never see enough of her.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Marc Anthony in Concert
This long awaited concert is part of Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida world tour. It is a huge understatement to say that Marc Anthony is one of Yucatan’s favorites. You just have to see it to believe it!
Location: Yucatan Colosseum on the Carretera Merida-Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP $3,248 pesos/ 1st level $2,352 pesos/ Boxes $2,128 pesos/ 2nd level: $1,568 pesos/ General $337 pesos.

Yucatan Living Movie: Joy Division
A teenage orphan fights against the Red Army at the end of WWII and in the aftermath is ‘adopted’ by a Commissar. Years later he is sent to London during the Cold War to work for the KGB, where he questions his life.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 15 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Life With Adele
Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Classic Mexican Cinema in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Quartet of Guitars: Tempo 1
For those who do not know, Yucatan has an entire classical guitar orchestra. Each year, during this festival, we are treated to some of the most wonderful recitals anyone could ever hear. This is one of those performances.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Angelica Balado en Acustico
This is one of those nights when you want to run from one exciting event to the next. You do not want to miss Angelica Balado, but look below at what else you can see tonight!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Rudy Vallado y Veronica Cabrera in ConcertYucatan Living Popular Music Duet: Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera
See? You can’t miss this one either! Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera are in a class of their own when representing Yucatan and they do what they do very well. This performance is billed as an “open sound Trova.” What a night and what a decision to make!
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Diario A Tres Voces
We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Papá Ivan
A filmic approach to well-known Argentinian guerilla fighter Iván Roqué by his daughter María Inés Roqué.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 16 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Folkloric Ballet in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan’s Musical Magazine and a Tribute to the Bingo Show
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a treat like this. If you have never been to one of these performances, do take advantage and see this one tonight. Included in the entertainment are Trío Trovanova, Mario III and his Compañía, Tony Espinosa, Iván Niquete, Ballet Folklórico del Estado “Alfredo Cortés Aguilar,” (Raúl Castillo Alfaro, Director), Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab (Felipe de Jesús Chi Naal, Director) and the poetry of Professor Luis Pérez Sabido, all under the General Direction of Maru Boeta. What a list of stars!
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9: 00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Network
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 11
Tonight, we hear the music of the great Anton Bruckner’s Symphony #4, under the direction of Carlos Lomonaco.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: Rectangulo en el Ojo
(Chile 2014) Movie about four Chilean photographers and how they make pictures.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars: María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Urban Music: Retro Game Music
This is a concert that features Grupo Rágnarok, Mazinger Z, Mario Broos, Candy Candy y Killer Instic.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8: 00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Ska Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Urban Music: Festival Ska-Bezon
Did you ever wonder what kind of music young people like in Yucatan? Come out and hear Jam Gorilla, General Ras and Sector Obrero to find out.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Revista Musical Folklorica (Folkloric Musical Magazine)
This performance celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Compañía de Danza Folklórica Kaambal.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Maria Jose Gil in Concert
A pretty girl with a pretty voice and music in her heart. This should be an excellent concert.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Traditional Yucateca Trova: A New Sun in the Mayab: A Review of Chan Cil
This is going to be wonderful music and you really can’t miss it. The performance is by soloists and coral groups of the Rondalla Juvenil del Museo de la Cancion Yucateca. Please do come and show the young people how much they are appreciated.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: In Bruges
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $150 pesos disc included, $100 pesos general entrance and $60 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 11
Tonight, we hear the music of the great Anton Bruckner’s Symphony #4, under the direction of Carlos Lomonaco.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 Marisela Vargas in Concert in YucatanYucatan Living Marisela Vargas in Concert: Of Today and Yesterday
This is a young female singer with plenty of tomorrows ahead of her.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Night of Swing
This is a performance by the Merida Big Band, under the direction of Ranier Pucheux.
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman in Colonia Aleman
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Songs of Italy and Spain With Love
This is a wonderful performance by Eduardo Rosado, Tenor, and Zuleika Diaz, Pianist. This kind of performance is a hallmark of classical music in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Notorious
The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 19

Yucatan Living 119th Anniversary of the Fall of Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary when Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. In addition to being a national leader, he was also a poet and a writer, whose work continues to inspire Latin Americans to this day.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avendia Colon por Calle 20, Colonia Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Concert: Jazzeando los 80’s
This is one of those times when one can’t help but smile when we first see the director’s name. Mauricio Bonfiglio is a household name in Jazz in Yucatan and is one of the “best of the best.” If you love jazz, follow that name and go to this performance tonight.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Noche Blanca
All the art galleries are open late and there are parties everywhere. Don’t miss it.
Location: Downtown Merida
Time: May 24
Admission: Free

 

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance, May 23 & 25. Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes the Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014: June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6.
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Troy Gilbert

Editor’s Note: The second race in this story, Regata al Sol, started today and will end up in Isla Mujeres in a week. So many of us who live in Yucatan have no idea that these races even happen. We thought a short story about the races by Troy Gilbert, and hopefully a first-person account of the race in a few weeks, might be of interest to our readers. Enjoy!

Two Sailing Regattas

Getting scoped out by high-speed Cuban Navy patrol boats in the middle of the night is a common occurrence for American sailors as they compete in two bluewater regattas that finish in the marinas of Isla Mujeres. Raced continuously since the 1960′s, these two separate regattas originate from St. Petersburg and Pensacola, Florida and both have a deep history and connection to Isla Mujeres in Mexico. These races are also legendary for their week-long post-regatta parties! Late spring is an ideal time to travel (or sail) to Isla Mujeres and if you plan it right, you can experience the Gulf Coast’s unique sailing culture mixed with the people and culture of this culturally-rich island off the Yucatan Peninsula… it is a fun mixture!

In the marinas of Florida, crews of eight to ten men and women on over 50 boats have been prepping for upwards of six months on everything from racing sleds to heavy cruising sailboats. Their preparations are leading to a race of over 500 miles from the shores of the Gulf Coast in Florida to a Caribbean island in Mexico. Depending on the wind, these regattas last for four or five days, with crews sailing the electric blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, far from the safety of any home port or immediate rescue.

A True Adventure

These crews are undertaking and participating in true adventure in austere conditions rarely found in this day and age. Battling the weather and a massive 4+ knot current that steams north through the Yucatan Straits, this is not a simple day out sailing on the water. Dismastings of sailboats in heavy weather are fairly common and in 2012, one sailor died in a capsizing event in a similar regatta that sailed from Galveston, Texas to Mexico. But the payoff is huge as the sailors log innumerable experiences. These wonderful days under sail include dolphins surfing their bows for days, giant Kemp-Ridley turtles and tuna popping up from the deep waters and the phosphorescence of their wakes sparking in the water at night while the Milky Way explodes above their masts.

Meanshile, On Shore…

Onshore events ramp up almost immediately for these events as wives, husbands, friends and “racer chasers” arrive on Isla Mujeres, where the sugar sand beaches and free-flowing rum drinks beckon. It does not hurt that the local government and island residents treat them as honored dignitaries while they await their racing crews. Boats continuously stream to the island for days. The sailors and their friends hold Mardi Gras-style parades with elaborately decorated golf carts, cruising along the cobblestone streets. There are also water-borne events where skippers and crews sail the local children out onto the pristine waters surrounding Isla Mujeres. The camaraderie and traditions are unequaled. All around the island, in the restaurants and beach bars, the sailors and their friends celebrate. It all culminates when the large trophies are presented as the sun sets at Buho’s on North Beach.

Two Races Organized by Mexico

These races were originally organized by local Mexican officials who saw the potential to grow tourism on the undeveloped Yucatan Peninsula. They were especially interested after the cancellation of a multitude of Gulf Coast regattas that no longer went to Havana, Cuba after the revolution in 1959. Today these Florida to Mexico events have been celebrated for over 50 years and any sailor worth their salt on the Gulf Coast participates, or plans to in the near future.

The Regata al Sol which runs from Pensacola, Florida to Isla Mujeres, is the oldest of the two and first ran in 1964. Originally launching from New Orleans, over the years the start eventually migrated to Pensacola Yacht Club in Florida and is now a biennial event. Because of geography, the Regata al Sol crews run directly into the Loop Current that pours due north between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula and because of this, the boats tend to skirt the eddies and currents that are thrown off the major northward current. This adds a significant amount of mileage to their course.

“The Gulf is different,” says Guy Brierre, who co-chaired the Regatta al Sol for many years. He was describing the race in 2012. “On this race you can be 300 miles from nowhere. That’s over 350 miles with absolutely no land effects. Yet this race was one of the strangest ones I’ve seen in the Gulf, with the wind shifting back and forth in the middle of nowhere. There were no clouds whatsoever and the wind was going back and forth 30 degrees. And don’t forget that the Gulf’s Loop Current is a big deal. You have to play the rhumb line until you hit the current and then start your strategy.”

The Regata del Sol al Sol which starts in St. Petersburg, Florida is 100 nautical miles shorter. In this race, the crews catch the downward leg of the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico, which gives them an extra kick south towards Cuba. Then they catch the winds towards the Mexican coast. The St. Petersburg version has the added history of virtually following the old St. Pete to Havana, Cuba route.

Hard to Resist

The guerilla marketing that pours out from the veteran sailors holed up at any Gulf Coast yacht club bar makes it virtually impossible to not get caught up in this race. The crews rehash the stories of the austere and focused racing which are then rapidly followed by tales of the gonzo whirlwind of partying that erupts on the non-commercialized, six-mile-long Mexican island. The rustic beach bars and restaurants are quickly overrun when the boats divest their crews onto the pristine white sand beaches, and the racer chasers and return crews fly in to meet them. It all leads to a carnival like atmosphere, and it is great fun for everyone. And Isla Mujeres welcomes these sailors with open arms and has for nearly 50 years.

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Regata del Sol al Sol: St. Petersburg, Florida to Isla Mujeres – April 25 – May 2, 2014. (regatadelsolalsol.org) -

Regata al Sol: Pensacola, Florida to Isla Mujeres – May 7 – May 15, 2014. (regataalsol.org)

History of Regata al Sol

By Khaki Scott

New Crime Prevention Project

The Attorney General of Yucatan, along with the participation of nine municipalities, are setting about to develop crime prevention projects. Each project will be aimed at promoting a culture of self-care among the citizens of Abala, Baca, Cuncunul, Hunucma, Ixil, Motul, Temozon, Uman and Valladolid. The focus of the projects will not

necessarily be things that we might think of. Great stress will be placed on assistance to victims, education, and training individuals to help in crime prevention. In effect, everyone will become a public servant to their communities because they, as a group and as individuals, are the community. Everyone who works with both victims and perpetrators will receive instruction in law, social work and psychology. No crime will have a one-size-fits-all aftermath. Instead, “appropriate” treatment will be the watchword. Since so many criminals are repeat offenders, it will be interesting to see if this new approach brings us better results. There is much to be proud of in Yucatan and its low crime rate is part of the state’s identity. We can only imagine what Yucatan will be like if this new project drops the crime rate even lower! Best of luck to all nine participating municipalities and many thanks to the Attorney General for this creative project.

Yucatan’s Bakeries Headed for Modernization

Currently, there are approximately 2,500 bakeries in the State of Yucatan, 800 of which are in Merida, but two in five are operating in the informal economy. Both the registered and non-registered bakeries are having a hard time making a living these days due to rising prices and Bread Making in Yucatan Mexico competition. In order to serve them all, the State of Yucatan is going to help them with modernization and training. Toward achieving that goal, a new pilot project has already begun and includes 21 bakeries.

Social Media: What do Young People Like Best?

With all of the media hype about Facebook, one would think that it would be the absolute favorite choice for personal interaction among young people in a virtual world, but new research by UADY says “Not so.” In fact, the young people of Yucatan only mention Facebook rarely when talking about their favorite connection to each other. Their favorite is an instant messaging service called WhatsApp. Once the young people meet in the virtual world, then they can decide if they want to meet either in person or in video calls. Specialists in many fields recently met at UADY, in a conference hosted by the Department of Anthropology, to talk about the future of research in this new way of socializing. Is it helping or harming interpersonal relationships? Is it helping or harming the social fabric of communities? How big is the risk of fraud and sexual predation? Will this way of communicating continue or will it not, and why? All of this comes at the beginning of a brave, new world and we are all interested in the outcome.

UADY Weightlifter Wins Gold

It’s been five long years since UADY won a gold medal in any sport in the Universiada Nacional, but Alfredo Dzul Cuy has changed all of that by bringing home the Gold from Puebla this past week. Alfredo Dzul is an Archaeology student at UADY and won his medal by lifting a total of 208 kilos. Congratulations to Alfredo Dzul Cuy, his parents, his coaches and to UADY for a job very well done!

Merida Hosts Caribbean Summit

Our hats are off to every agency of law enforcement in and around Merida. Not only did they seamlessly oversee the return to school of 580,000 children to school, following Semana Santa, but they also provided security for the Caribbean Summit, which met in the hotel zone in central Merida last week. This was the third Police in Merida Yucatan Mexico meeting of the Mexico-Caribbean Community Summit of the Association of Caribbean States. Their focus was on building not only a strong Caribbean community of nations, but also to enhance trade and tourism via improved air and sea connectivity. Disaster prevention and cooperation for sustainability in the region are also extremely important to these nations. The two major meetings held during this conference included 31 heads of state and ministers of 32 states and territories of the wider Caribbean. Mexico is leading the way in this association and Yucatan is showing itself to have extraordinary powers of organization building. Keep an eye on the Association of Caribbean States. They have only just begun to hit their stride and will be a leader in international trade far into the future.

Six Years to New & Improved Infrastructure

In the past, what Mexico and Yucatan did were not necessarily well planned, and certainly not planned in coordination with each other. But that has all changed. With Mexico’s new status as a member of the Association of Caribbean States, most eyes are turning southward and Yucatan is going to be the beneficiary of a significant part of the new and improved highway and rail systems, as well as new and improved maritime and air travel communities. The state could not have been located in a better place. International Conference in Merida Yucatan As much as Yucatan has changed in the two decades that many expatriates have lived here, we can only imagine what it will be like when those of our readers with only five or six years to go to retirement finally arrive. This means jobs, tourism, new training technology schools, and a host of other wonderful things we have not even thought of yet. This is Mexico’s six-year plan and Yucatan is ready to be the gateway to it all.

Pipeline: Guatemala to Oaxaca

While the heads of so many states were in Merida for the Mexico-Caribbean Community Summit, the President of Guatemala met with the President of Mexico. During their meeting, Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, witnessed the signing of a contract to build a 600-kilometer natural gas pipeline between Salina Cruz, in Oaxaca, and Escuintla in Guatemala. The value of this pipeline to Guatemala will help to stabilize the auto industry there, as well as the energy sector. Since Yucatan has undocumented Guatamalan immigrants both moving to this state and passing through on their way north, anything that could help to stabilize that country is of interest to Yucatan.

May – Last Month of Official Fire Season

Although May is the last month of the official fire season in the Yucatan region, agricultural burning will continue until June 15. Please visit the Calendar of Agricultural Burning to see when there will be agricultural fires in your area. If you have respiratory problems, or problems with allergies, this is a good time to stay indoors, or perhaps to take a vacation out of the area. If you are on the highways, please try not to drive into smoke on the highway or, if you must do so, drive slowly and keep your lights on so that others can see you. Also, when driving, please do not throw anything that could start a fire out of your car. This includes lit cigarettes, and even shiny glass or paper. For those who live in the city, fire season comes and goes with little more than complaints about the heat of summer. Those who live in outlying areas must consider their location and alter their behavior accordingly.

Rain Rain – Go Away

Yucatan Living gets all kinds of weather-related questions, and “Does it flood?” is one of them. The answer is “Well, it depends.” The key here is remembering that Raining Season in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan lies on a limestone shelf, rather than on (for lack of a better word) “dirt,” so there is not much hope for extreme amounts of rain to soak in or run off as fast as it comes down. The rain falls faster than drainage can take it away and faster than it can percolate down through the limestone. Is it dangerous? Not in Yucatan, at least not if everyone follows rules of common sense. Will there be mudslides? No. Will there be property damage? Not if the cars and trucks stay off of the street so they won’t slosh water into the houses. Overall, the weather is forecast to be hot and wet. We forecast that everyone will be just fine if they are careful.

A Case of Alleged Child Exploitation in Yucatan

The people of the State of Yucatan are quite serious about the treatment of children in this state and, this past week, citizens of a nearby city went to the police with what they suspect to be a case of child exploitation. On the face of it, a mother and four little girls, one still a baby, were begging in the street for food and coins. She claimed she could not work because she has four very young children. However, after a few days of this, the people noticed that, at the end of the day, the father Children Explotation in Yucatan Mexicojoined the group and they all went home in a truck. The citizens are now appalled and insist that it is totally unacceptable for the father to take his family to ask for alms and live on what they make, when it is his responsibility to feed them with the sweat of his brow. They want both the father and mother investigated and the appropriate actions taken because this may be a case of child exploitation. It is not often that we hear of someone trying something like this in Yucatan. This state is just the wrong place for that sort of thing and it does not take long for such offenders do leave the state amid a slew of media headlines. We hope the children, in this case, are okay and, if not, we have no doubt but that they will be just fine when the authorities finish their investigation.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting May 05, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more. Opens March 27 and continues into May.
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Started March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Call for Participating Artists April until May 15
This call is for visual artists, both Yucateco and foreigners, who live in Merida to submit work to the International Festival of Contemporary Art in Apilles Province, France. The festival itself will not take place until July 4 – August 31, 2014, but it is time to collect and judge the works submitted. These works can be paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, video-art and installations that are in harmony with the work of Goya. Submissions should be sent, in digital form, to convocatoria [dot] apart2014 [at] gmail [dot] com, along with a CV, and proof of one individual and two collective exhibitions.
More Information: Consult the official Festival a-part website .

Art in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
May 8: In collaboration with the Merida English Library, the La Artesa collection will be shown. This event will include a wine tasting.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
May 9: More collections will be opened and your invitation includes a delicious tasting of 7 kinds of Oaxacan moles. This is a special event that requires a reservation because space is limited. However, this night is well worth attending because you will be able to participate in a raffle of a beautiful print by one of the most important Masters from Oaxaca. After this day, the Oaxacan prints will be available in the Nahualli Gallery for view and/or purchase.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com 928-6566

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 05

Yucatan Living Aniversario de la Batalla de Puebla (Mexico defeated the French)
Cinco de Mayo around the world, but mostly in the U.S.A.

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday Monkey Market in Chelem (formerly Funky Market)
This market is an ongoing event, but we wanted to make certain that everyone knows its there, so we will put it in all of our events listings this week. If you don’t see it next week, please do refer to Yucatan Living’s Ongoing Events. You can find almost anything at this market, including: Garage Sales, Arts and Crafts, and much much more – so be sure to put the Tuesday Monkey Market on your shopping list of best places to shop.
Location: Lol-Ha Maasai Maya in Chelem
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free but buy your own food and drinks – plus do bring plenty of money to buy, buy, buy.

Yucatan Living ESAY Chamber Music Recital
The XXV edition of the “New Values in Concert Music” presented jointly with the School of Arts of Yucatan (ESAY) will be a recital of chamber music under the musical direction of Amos Lucidi.
Location: ProHispen Cultural Center, Calle 19 No. 94 x 18 and 29, Col. Mexico
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Tipica YukalpetenYucatan Living Opening of Spring Cultural Festival
With Orquesta Tipica Yukalpetenunder the direction of Carlos Herrera.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Trovanova
A fabulous Trova group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 07

Yucatan Living Movie:
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Jesus Armando in ConcertYucatan Living Spring Cultural Festival: Jesus Armando
Young and fresh voice from Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 08 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Village Without Women
On a mountaintop in southwest Serbia lies the womanless hamlet of Zabrdje, where the Jankovic brothers hold the fort. Veering between the utterly hilarious and deeply poignant, this beautifully-crafted film follows one brother’s quest to introduce women back into the once-vibrant community. But with no roads or running water, convincing a Serbian woman is out of the question…
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blackmail
(UK, 1928) Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood and Charles Paton.
Location:Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Chamber Orchestra: Wagner’s Labyrinth
Presenting pianist Carlos Camacho under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero from Opera Viva.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Oasis
The stories recounted by Alejandro Cárdenas in his documentary OASIS, about a local home for HIV and AIDS victims, are tales that stir the soul. The images, sounds, music and words reflect enormous pain, anger, sadness, love and a lot of dignity. Three characters who share a sexual preference, a disease and a daily battle to survive amidst prejudice and machismo.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) May 09 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: El Acordeon del Diablo
(Mexico 2003) The movie seems to follow the principles of magic realism. Schwietert, the director, loves Gabriel García Márquez. But this movie is about reality. Magic reality, yes, but reality, in fact. Around the Caribbean and Colombia, things that might look weird actually happen there. The accordion, vallenato and the Caribbean style of life is very well told in this documentary combined with poetry and a touch of loneliness.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Murder
UK, 1930). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Herbert Marshall, Norah Banning and Phyllis Konstam.
Location:Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra: Wagner’s Labyrinth
Presenting pianist Carlos Camacho under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero from Opera Viva.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Beat that my Heart Skipped
(France 2005) Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. Stephanie Chase, Violinist Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: No
(Chile 2012) An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(Canada 2012) A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Juno and the Peacock
(UK, 1930). Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Starring: Sidney Morgan, Sara Allgood, John Laurie and Dave Morris.
Location:Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: Eco
Dates: All Fridays in May except the 9th, and all Saturdays except the 3rd. This is a performance, from the indigenous perspective, that looks at the possibilities of the present and future.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM $25 pesos.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Prestige
(USA 2006) The rivalry between two magicians becomes more exacerbated by their attempt to perform the ultimate illusion.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Maria Moctezuma in Concert at LA 68 Casa de CulturaYucatan Living Music: Maria Moctezuma in Concert
This young voice along with acoustic guitar presents her new disc Tierra Animal.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $150 pesos disc included, $100 pesos general entrance and $60 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. Stephanie Chase, Violinist Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day at Lizard Joe’s
Dinner and a mostly acoustical performance of the Best Rock Hits of All Time by Likkido 3PM-5PM. No reservation required, but preferred. Please send a note to lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com or call 999-210-7826 no later than Thursday May 8th. If you want to celebrate Dia de Madre on May 10th … They have their full menú of BBQ and Mariscos available 6PM – 10PM and Live Music by Yerbabuena.
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: Noon to 5:00 PM

Yucatan Living Movie: Rear Window
(USA 1954) A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 12

Frozen The Musical in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Music: Frozen, The Musical
This is a repeat performance, due to the success of the April performance. They have toured Mexico with the music of one of the favorite animated films of the year and were kind enough to bring the show back to Merida because the audience loved it so much the first time.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call: 924-0040 and 924-9990

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 11: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 May 16 & 18
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco.
Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance May 23 & 25
Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes: Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella) June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28
Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM
The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Marc Anthony in Concert: Tuesday May 13, 2014
This long awaited concert is part of Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida world tour. It is a huge understatement to say that Marc Anthony is one of Yucatan’s favorites. You just have to see it to believe it!
Location: Yucatan Colosseum on the Carretera Merida-Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP $3,248 / 1st level $2,352 / Boxes $2,128 / 2nd level: $1,568 / General $337

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014: June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6.
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera to make amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Have an event you want to promote? Email us at info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com and we’ll be happy to list it in our Events listing and our Month-at-a-Glance Calendar!

Events

By Working Gringos

La Artesa

La Artesa is the name of the art, music, dance, and poetry of the Mexican descendants of the former slaves. Originally artesa was the name for La Artesa dancing and art comes to Merida Yucatanthe canoe which brought the slaves to Oaxaca and Guerrero. When turned over, the canoe became a platform for dance. Now, they no longer dance on the back of a canoe, but the same dances are performed on boxes created from the same kind of wood. The boxes, now about 3×4 feet in dimension, are often decorated with depictions of horses, bulls or lizards, and the dance is performed at almost every celebration in parts of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

On May 8, 2014, Nahaulli Gallery in conjunction with The Merida English Library, is presenting a show of prints from the Valleys of Oaxaca. These prints, created by descendants of former slaves, depict their current lives in Mexico, their history and the importance of La Artesa. For the show, artists from that part of Mexico are bringing a taste of La Artesa to Merida.

Shinzaburo Takeda and TAKEDARTE

Maestro Takeda in Merida YucatanThe project that led to the creation of these Oaxacan prints was spearheaded by TAKEDARTE A.C. This group is an association of approximately 80 artists from different generations, artistic, and literary paths, all who have been supported by Master Shinzaburo Takeda, the honorary director and an accomplished artist himself. In collaboration with Father Glyn Jelmont, TAKEDARTE A.C., has worked exclusively with artists in the African descendant regions of Oaxaca and Guerrero to teach painting and printmaking to the children and people of Oaxaca.

Takeda PrintMaster Takeda trained at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. He visited Mexico City in 1963 and apparently felt at home in Mexico, because he never left after that. In 1978, he moved to Oaxaca, and began a career as a professor of art at the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez in Oaxaca. He is sometimes referred to as the “most Mexican” of Oaxacan artists. Eventually, Takeda was considered a master printmaker and he imported the first Japanese woodblock tools to Oaxaca. Takeda also teaches painting and drawing but feels his Oaxacan students have a special affinity for woodblock printing. Maestro Takeda has also recently established a Biennial of Printmaking. From the website popularizing the last event, “The Shinzaburo Takeda Biennial of Printmaking has brought a new energy to Mexican art and life, especially to the city of Oaxaca which is a Mecca for this art form. A city of over 300,000 inhabitants, Oaxaca has an incredible print scene lead by a rare mix of young and old talent.”

TAKEDARTE awards scholarships to boys and girls living in extreme poverty. With the help of this association, these boys and girls achieve the hope of going to school and learning a skill which can support them, thus keeping them from having to emigrate abroad to support themselves and their families. Recording and supporting the Art by Alberta Nicolas from Oaxacaculture of these boys and girl through the arts is integral to the recovery and sustainability of regional culture throughout Mexico, but especially in these areas that are not as tourist-friendly as places like Cancun or Puerta Vallarta.

Alberta and Obdulia

Alberta Nicolas and Obdulia Nicolas are two of the artists whose work will be exhibited at Nahaulli Gallery in Merida beginning this week. With the aid of scholarships, they are an example of students were were able to study at the School of Fine Arts at UABJO University. Both are from El Tamal, a village of 150 families in Oaxaca, where they grew up as members of a family of eleven children. Obdulia was born without arms, and therefore she amazingly paints with her mouth and feet. Her sister, Alberta Art by Obdulia Nicolas from Oaxaca(Beti) accompanied her to the university so they could study in Oaxaca together, and she is an artist as well.

Alberta and Obdulia’s first workshops were taught by alumni of the School of Fine Arts in Oaxaca as part of a project supported by Father Glyn and another renowned artist in Mexico, Rufino Tamayo, then-director of the Plastic Arts Workshop. Additionally, Master Takeda and other artists have over the years collaborated to teach courses and workshops to local students, many of whom have become world-class painters and printmakers. These activities eventually have led to exhibitions such as the upcoming show in Nahualli Gallery, the Casa de los Artistas.

Sponsored by the Merida English Library

Art prints and paintings from Oaxaca in Merida at Casa de los ArtistasThe Merida English Library’s very successful monthly program “An Evening of Merida Magic” is sponsoring the presentation of La Artesa, as part of a series of three special events for the summer of 2014. Each event, like this one, will be hosted by an art gallery in Merida that was once a home, and the event will include wine tastings and food pairings. For this particular event, the ticket sales benefit the Library. Any and all La Artesa print sales benefit the artists of Oaxaca.

Elliot Diaz, owner of Taninos Para Todos, a local wine shop, will be the wine guide for this event. His ability to find unique and tasty wines is winning him many kudos from Merida residents and from former attendees of the Evenings of Merida Magic. Also returning is Chef Marco Meneses and his scrumptious food pairings.

Oaxaca in Merida

Over the last ten to twenty years, Merida has continued to grow as a center for artistic endeavors. The charms of this city include a life that is not run by the clock and the pocketbook, and allows residents a life leisurely enough for creativity. Nahualli is an increasingly important center for arts in Merida, run by two artists from Oaxaca and Michoacan. We are fortunate that these artists, Melva Medina and Abel Vázquez not only have brought their own art to our city, but are also bringing artists from around Mexico to share their artistic visions with us. Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Nahualli Casa de las Artistas Gallery is located at Calle 60 #405 x43y45, Santa Ana, Centro, Merida

The opening will be on May 8, 2014 starting at 7 PM.

You can see a video of the La Artesa dance here.

By Working Gringos

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By Working Gringos
Facade of Hacienda Petac
Outside at Hacienda Petac in Yucatan
Meals at Hacienda Petac
The master bedroom at Hacienda Petac
One of the five bedrooms at Hacienda Petac
One of the five bedrooms at Hacienda Petac
The pool at Hacienda Petac
The Casa Principal of Hacienda Petac
Petac's magnificent gardens

The Ultimate Hacienda Vacation Rental

Hacienda Petac

 

For the ultimate luxury hacienda experience, nothing compares to Hacienda Petac.

Nestled in the Mayan countryside near the colonial city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, this award-winning estate offers an extraordinary combination of luxury, service and total privacy within the walls of a beautiful 18th century hacienda.

Experience the graceful life of centuries past and, as the hacienda’s sole guests, savor the artistry of personal care.

Explore the Mundo Maya, or simply relax as on-site amenities bring the cultural highlights of the Yucatan to your door. An attentive staff, exotic natural surroundings and exquisite details make Hacienda Petac the perfect setting for a unique and memorable holiday.

Hacienda Petac is perfect for corporate retreats, family vacations or special-interest outings that are seeking a spacious, private and luxurious setting.

 

Fascinating Surroundings

Surrounding Hacienda Petac are some of the most interesting and fascinating activities imaginable. One day you might be diving into a crystal-clear cenote, a fresh-water practically-bottomless pool inside a cave. An hour later, you could be climbing to the top of centuries-old stone structures, overlooking the vast tropical-desert countryside of the Yucatan Peninsula. The next day, you could be wandering the cobbled streets of the colonial town of Izamal, designated one of the Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, a magical step back in time when the Spain conquered Mexico and brought their architecture, religion and culture to this foreign land. Today, you can witness the fascinating mixture of cultures that is the modern day Yucatan.

The countryside around Hacienda Petac

Prices

The following 7-night rates apply year-round. For shorter stays or smaller parties, please contact us.

1-5 people – $8400 USD

6-10 people – $10,500 USD

Weekly rental rate includes…

  • Rental of the hacienda with all the facilities, and a full-service team of manager/hostess, cooks, maids and gardeners.
  • 17% Mexican government tax
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily laundry service
  • Roundtrip airport transfer from Merida (surcharge for more than one arrival)
  • Guided bird-watching walk of the hacienda grounds
  • One lecture or meeting with an expert on Mayan culture

For more information, please see the Rates page on our website:

www.HaciendaPetac.com

 

More Info on the Website

Hacienda Petac has a very comprehensive website with information about exploring both the hacienda and the Mayan, Colonial and mo