By Working Gringos

Since we first wrote about dentists in Merida, we have had even more dental experiences here. We have had to go beyond simple cavities and checkups, though of course, we still do those. We have developed dental problems which have resulted in everything from root canals to implants to gum surgery. And we have come to appreciate even more the increasingly professional cadre of English-speaking dentists who are available to serve all our dental needs here in Yucatan.

Root Canals and Crowns

Most dentists who discover that you need a root canal will refer you to a specialized dentist who makes it his (or increasingly here in Merida, her) business to do root canals. Something you might find a little Dental XRays in Merida Yucatandifferent here in Merida is that most of the time, your dentist will bring the specialized dentist to his office for your convenience. In our experience, each time we have needed a root canal, the dentist doing the root canal has been scheduled to perform the task under the watchful eye of our regular dentist. And after the surgery is done, the regular dentist takes over with the temporary and permanent crown. Of course, the crowns are created by one of the many dental crown providers here, many of whom also provide crowns for dentists in the United States.

Dental X-Rays

Once you need something other than a dental cleaning, or maybe even as part of your checkup, you may need either a full or partial X-ray of your mouth, or your dentist might request a panoramic X-Ray of your mouth. While your dentist in Merida may have the ability to take a few X-rays on the spot in their office, full and more complicated X-Rays are performed by various service providers throughout Merida. Most recently, we went to a dental services office located near the hotel zone just off of Avenida Colon. The waiting room was full, but people moved in and out quickly. There seemed to be only one room for service, and a number of professionals providing those. In the lobby was a small retail section, selling some hard-to-find types of dental floss and other teeth care products. We went in for both a panoramic X-ray and a full mouth X-ray, with each tooth being X-rayed individually. The entire process took about 75 Dental supplies in Merida Yucatanminutes, including re-shooting about six teeth to make sure each print was perfect. The entire set of X-rays cost $1200 pesos (about $80 USD at today’s exchange rate).

Dental Implants

As we age and as the technology becomes more prevalent, we hear more and more about implants. And we’ve even been the lucky recipients of one, with all the work done here in Merida.

When our regular dentist found out we needed an implant, she first sent us to a maxillofacial surgeon who operates out of the Star Medica Hospital in the Alta Brisa section of Merida. Dr. Rodrigo Flores Flores specializes in everything from dental reconstruction after an accident and surgery for facial deformities to tooth extraction and implants. His clean and fairly standard office overlooks the Alta Brisa Shopping Center from the fifth floor, but that is little distraction when he is yanking on your mouth extracting a tooth. Trust us on this.

We spent many an hour in Dr. Flores’ office during the (what turned out to be…) twelve month process of extracting a bad tooth, growing bone around an implant and being pronounced “ready” for the crown on top. Not once in those many hours were we in pain. We may not have liked the sensation of having our tooth pulled, but it was amazingly never painful. Dr. Flores proved himself to be a very patient, careful and sensitive dentist, and since the implant was done, we have not spent another moment thinking about that tooth. We were very happy with Dr. Flores’ services, and we have heard from friends in Merida about other successful implant stories from other dentists as well. And of course there is the matter of cost. In the USA, we’ve heard prices ranging from $1500 USD to over $4000 USD per tooth. The entire process for us was $18,000 MXN, about $1400 USD at the time.

Recently, we met with another dentist in Merida who wanted us to know about the availability of a new technology here in Yucatan. Dr. Ricardo Peniche Rodriguez operates his office out of another Merida hospital, CMA (Centro Médico de las Américas, located just south of the Walmart in Merida). This hospital is much older than Star Medica and therefore, seemingly less modern. But in this office, Dr. Peniche performs some of the most advanced dental services available in the world. The technology that he specializes in (he’s actually one of Latin America’s experts on implants) is a brand new one called All on Four.

All on Four

Having gone through a dental implant process as well as having a large number of teeth crowned, we were interested to hear about this All in Four process which appears to be sweeping the dental world. After hearing about it from Dr. Peniche, we researched it on the internet of course. Reading about the ease of the process, the speed with which it can be accomplished and the naturalness of the results almost made us want to save up all our money and get both arches done immediately!

The All on Four procedure is an implant procedure that replaces an entire arch of your mouth at once. Instead of removing all your teeth and getting dentures or multiple implants, this procedure creates four implants into your arch, and fastens to those anchors an entire set of teeth. These are permanent teeth that never have to be removed, replaced or, as far as we can see, paid much attention to anymore. The link we provided below with frequently asked questions says that this technology is 98% effective… those are pretty good odds.

Dr. Peniche showed us how the All on Four technology works. It is a process that makes use of very modern technology, including 3D modeling of your mouth. The dental surgeon actually performs the All on Four Implantssurgery on a model of your mouth in the computer, making adjustments as he or she goes along. Once the procedure is perfected, an actual 3D model of your mouth is created, with holes where the surgeon needs to operate. The time spent in your mouth, therefore, is minimal and programmed so there are no mistakes. The other advantage is that it takes a lot less time than multiple implants. If you live out of town, Dr. Peniche says, two visits within a six month period is all that is needed to get an entire arch replaced.

Did we mention that Dr. Peniche speaks perfect English and travels around the Americas lecturing about and teaching this new technology? He works with the finest suppliers, including Nobel Biocare (as do others in Merida). His office may not be a large, swanky place like some of the dentists we have visited in cities in the United States, but apparently his care, along with many of the dentists in Merida, is just as professional.

Gums Matter

Of course, no further discussion about teeth and dentistry can proceed without addressing the issue of gums and gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease strikes many people and as we have learned, must be attended to if you do not want to lose all your teeth. (Although, if you’ve already lost them, it is good to know about that All on Four technology, isn’t it?)
Reception at Arelly's Office in Merida Yucatan
When gum disease struck our household, we were not looking forward to dealing with it. But we were assured that taking care of it was more important than filling any cavities or replacing any faulty crowns. So one of us (we will not mention WHICH one…) acquiesed to going under the knife. Because that is what gum surgery entails… knives and other torture devices. We hesitate to make too big a deal about this, but one person we talked to who had had gum surgery described it as “being worse than childbirth”. We are not sure we agree, but we are not sure we do NOT agree either.

As luck would have it, we were sent to a periodontist in Merida that looked like something out of a dental brochure. The offices, located in Colonia México, were spacious and spotless in what appeared to be a renovated private home on a very quiet street (lots of parking). The receptionist at Dr. Arelly Carrillo Avila’s office speaks perfect English, having spent many years in California. Dr. Arelly is an intelligent, professional and beautiful dentist, trained and raised in Merida. The room in which the dental torture takes place looks nothing like a dungeon… it is bright, exceedingly clean and has a view of a lovely backyard garden through floor to ceiling windows. Who would suspect what goes on in there?
Arelly Carrillo Avila in Merida Yucatan
In our case, the gum surgery took place on a Saturday. Dr. Arelly spent over three hours anesthetizing, cutting, scraping and stitching gums. It was not a pleasant experience for the patient, but headphones, audio books and music helped. Afterwards, prescribed medications against pain and swelling also helped. Within a week, all was well again and the gums were saved, as were the bones and teeth. We were not glad we had to go through that process, but we were happy to have found such a professional provider, setting and such good results. The fact that the cost was closer to $800 USD than the $3000 USD the procedure would have cost in the United States did not hurt either.

Dentistry in Merida

You remember that expression, “You’ve come a long way, baby?”. That is how we feel about dentistry in Merida. In early 2002, most dentists were still older men and the offices we visited were less professional than we were used to. Now, in 2015, we realize that all our dentists are at least twenty years younger than we are, and many of them are female. We have heard that the dentistry classes at UADY, the local dental university, have more females than males graduating. There are many dentists now that speak English, where that trait was a rarity ten or so years ago. Every expat we know gets their dentistry done at home in Merida, and we have met many people who travel to Merida just for dental work. And they save enough money doing it that they can pay for their trip!

If you need dental work of any kind, and you are worried about doing it in Mexico, look no further. Merida has quality dental care at reasonable prices. And, like us, you might find that the savings you realize from getting your dental work done in Mexico takes some, but not all, of the pain away. Probably a few margaritas, a visit to a beautiful hacienda and a swim in the pool will take care of the rest!

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All on Four technology described in Wikipedia

Star Medica Hospital

Centro Médico de las Américas

FAQ about All in Four dental implants

Nobel Biocare All on Four technology

By Khaki Scott

Weather: Cold and Wet

During this past week, over a period of approximately four days, the weather in Yucatan went down, in some places, to as low as 5 C (41 F) and 9 C (48.2 F), with scattered rain. This might not sound so bad to someone who lives in Canada or the northern United States, but they might have a different take on it if they tried those temperatures in houses built for the tropics, sleeping in hammocks with just a rebozo (shawl) to keep you warm. This was Norte # 36, complete with strong winds, and the winter is not over yet.

Progreso’s Impressive Carnival Numbers

We always have to laugh when we see old travel pages online that describe Progreso, Yucatan, as a “sleepy little fishing village.” Progreso has probably come farther, faster, than any other small city we can think of in the Yucatan. This year, 300,000 visitors attended Carnival in Progreso! We would imagine that some of that crowd live in Merida and drove up on a daily basis, but the crowds were definitely large and varied. With increasing numbers of local participants, plus domestic and foreign tourists, Progreso’s Carnival is ready to enter competition with those from other beach towns on both a national and international level. In the meantime, Progreso also produced 39 young athletes headed for the Mexican Youth Olympics, four young ballerinas who just participated in a dance contest and workshop in Merida, and hosted a group of foreign podiatrists who came to provide services to those who cannot otherwise afford them. If you are looking for a sleepy little fishing village, Yucatan still has them, but Progreso graduated from that category and never looked back.

Yucatan Classical Ballet Company Comes Home

The Yucatan Classical Ballet Company has been on tour in North Carolina, where they danced at the BeBe Theater. Asheville and Yucatan have a long history together. It often feels as if there is always a flow, in both directions, of cultural events between Asheville and Yucatan. Asheville is an official Sister City to Valladolid and, several times every year, we have cultural productions from Asheville performed in Merida. Merida is also home or a vacation destination for many residents of Asheville. Now that Yucatan’s Classical Ballet is back here at home, look for regular performances to begin again.

Second UFO Alert: What Did You Do Last Weekend?

Saturday, February 21, 2015. Carnival was over and all was quiet. Everyone was supposed to rest in preparation for the festivities that will happen during upcoming Semana Santa. And it was quiet, but no UFO aficionado was sleeping. Instead, they were all outside, at official locations throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, watching the sky for UFOs. This began as a fun little event that was only going to take place in Merida, Ticul, and Valladolid… but it did not take long for the news to spread throughout Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo. The only requirement for joining was to let the organizers know where the group would be and how many they expected to be watching. The hours were 9:00 PM until midnight or 1:00 AM, but some vowed to keep looking for UFO’s until dawn. There was no fee for adding a location and no fee for attending at any of the more than fifteen locations, and no special equipment to buy. The organizer simply wanted the stories of anyone who saw something odd in the sky that night. Findings of this event will be made available through a short film and at the Paranormal Museum in Merida (Calle 63-B #230 x 8 y 10, Colonia Cortes Sarmiento. Admission: $30 pesos adults and $20 pesos children, students and ISEN). For those of our readers who are not familiar with newspapers in Yucatan, the people here (including the expats) love a good mystery or legend and almost every major paper has an Enigma column. If you would like to participate in the next UFO Alert, e-mail the organizer at misterios03 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Marriage of Mars and Venus

Sunday, February 22: Yucatan is strategically located so that star gazers were able to see any number of wonderful events in the night sky. This time, it was the coming together of the images of Mars (the man) and Venus (the women). Although this event began at 5:00 PM, the angle here in the Yucatan made it visible for two hours.

Africanized Bees Attack Again

Since the beginning of this year, there have been three attacks on people by Africanized bee swarms that were growing in public buildings. These attacks occurred in the Atrium of the Cathedral in Merida, at Rogers Hall College, and now at the Merida Psychiatric Hospital. Several victims had to be hospitalized due to anaphylactic shock. Please keep an eye out for bees whenever you visit large public places and call the authorities if you have bees at your home.

City Council of Child Participation in Merida

There is to be a new arm of the City Council in Merida, made up of 19 sixth graders. Their job will be to consult with the City Council on issues that are important to young people. They will submit proposals and ideas on the problems they encounter in their family, school, environment and community. Merida, and all of Yucatan, has a long history of including children in government in this manner. This is part of what makes this state so stable when others are not always so. The City Council of Merida will also be working with the Municipal institute for women to find grant money for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. It looks as if we are off to a great 2015 in Merida!

New Culture of Urban Forestry in Yucatan

Through the years, residents of towns and cities have planted trees that ended up being in the wrong place or the wrong species. In other cases, residents have moved away and trees have either grown wild, grown through building walls, or become diseased. Many urban trees have been injured when their roots were cut so that new streets could be opened. Now, in a joint action by civil agencies, universities, industries and society at large, urban trees throughout the state will be cared for, removed or, in some cases, replaced with the proper species. This is yet another important step in successful urban planning. The new urban forestry activities will begin in Merida, so don’t be surprised if traffic is slowed in places because of tree work.

Congenital Heart Defects in Yucatan

National statistics show that Yucatan has approximately 300 babies born with congenital heart disease every year. But the good news is that the babies born with this in Yucatan have world class health care available to them. The babies who have congenital heart disease are identified at 16 weeks gestation through ultrasound. After that, the Augustine O’Horan General Hospital, ISSSTE and IMSS in Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas, plus the Cardiology Department of the Regional Specialty Hospital in Merida, all swing into action. Approximately a quarter of these babies will need surgery in the first year of their lives. All of the cardiology departments in Merida have a working relationship with the Division of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital in Mexico City, and the Regional Specialty Hospital has a 30-year relationship with Mercy Hospital of Iowa in the United States. The children’s cardiology program is called Cable Lifeguard and assists in the comprehensive care of up to 20 children with complex cardiac problems per year. With no identifiable cause for congenital heart disease, the children who suffer from it in Yucatan have a safety net of world class care to support them as they overcome all of their obstacles. As an aside, we wondered about care for children not covered by insurance. As it turns out, these hospitals and their foundations are not without hearts. Costs for the care of uninsured babies, especially surgical costs, are absorbed by the hospitals ISSSTE and IMSS, and that also includes Mercy Hospital of Iowa.

Dengue Fever Numbers Down 70% in Yucatan

Two factors are affecting the dengue fever numbers in Yucatan. First, temperatures have been low this winter, slowing the breeding of mosquitoes. Second, the people are working hard to clean not only their own property, but any vacant properties nearby, which also denies mosquitoes a place to breed. Health officials request that anyone with symptoms of dengue fever (headache, intraocular pain, fever of 39 C (102.2 F), nausea and vomiting) please do not self-medicate. Immediately begin oral hydration and seek medical attention.

Chicken Pox Cases Doubled

The number of cases of chicken pox, in January 2014, was 126. This year, for the same month, there were 234 cases of chicken pox in Yucatan. This disease is spread through the air and by touching the lesions on an infected person. While the rash is usually a benign viral disease of childhood, it remains in the human body, near the spine, and can reappear as painful and sometimes deadly shingles in adults. Some child care centers are closing due to high numbers of chicken pox. This results in more children in public places. Hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and staying out of crowds of children will help stall this outbreak.

Merida: “Safe City” Designation

For the past year, Merida has been going through the long process necessary to achieve certification as one of the Safe Cities of Latin America and the Caribbean. This is a program that began in Colombia in 1989 and is gaining ground now around the world. This is an honor earned by a rigorous certification process. The name does not mean that a city has no crime. What it means is that a city has zero tolerance for situations within their culture that stifle success for some groups but not others. Instead of working from the outside to simply bring down numbers of crimes, this program’s focus is on creating a sustainable cultural environment, supported by permanent governmental programs, that makes it possible for every group in a society to grow and flourish. Mexico’s only stumbling block was starting government social programs over with every new election. But that has changed and Merida now has 26 government programs of social support that are completely sustainable, permanent and under review. It is expected that, within four short more months, Merida, Yucatan will become one of the few certified Safe Cities of Latin America and the Caribbean. To learn more about this program, please visit the parent organization’s website: Institute Cisalva.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting February 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) February 23, 2015

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today… yet!

Tuesday (Martes) February 24, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Road to Guantanamo
(United Kingdom 2006). Directors: Mat Whitecross and Michael Winterbottom. Starring Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Wagar Siddiqui and Afran Usman. Part documentary, part drama. This is the story of three British young men of Pakistani descent who travel to Pakistan to attend a wedding. They end up in Guantanamo, accused by the U.S. of being terrorists. This is an extraordinary film on the topic of one of the most terrible products of the American invasions of the Middle East. Probably in English, probably with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Trio Los Andariegos
As the annual Festival of Trova begins, try not to miss any of these performances.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Jodorowsky’s Dune
(USA 2013) The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel. In English with Spanish subtitles. This has universally been hailed as an amazing and wonderful documentary, so do try to see it!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 25, 2015

Yucatan Living Concert: AnimeFest by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida
This is a wonderful event, addressing a growing interest in Animé among the people of Merida for quite some time now. Do come and enjoy!
Location: Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana, Circuito Colonias x 46
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Navajazo
(Mexico 2014) An imagined apocalypse is presented to us through portraits of characters struggling to survive in a hostile environment, where the only thing they have in common is the desire to live, no matter the cost. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Silly Love Songs by the Choir of the City of Merida
We don’t get to hear nearly enough from this wonderful choir. And everyone loves a silly love song or two, right?
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 26, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Bad Hair
(Mexico 2013) A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Cinema Classics: Documentary: Koyaanisqatsi
(United States 1984). Director: Godfrey Reggio. There are no spoken words in this movie, but it does not need them. Amazing photography and videography. If you have not seen it, do!!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Joan Sibila
This is a presentation of the singer’s new CD, Album Rosa.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Back to the Future
(USA 1985) A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. In English with Spanish subtitles. A classic!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mommy
(Canada 2014) A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) February 27, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Shakespeare and Victor Hugo’s Intimacies
(Mexico, 2008) Twenty years ago, Rosa met Jorge, a young tenant in her lodging house at the corner of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo streets in Mexico City. But after Jorge’s sudden death, Rosa began to discover a darker side of the man who had become her closest friend. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Latin American Movie Anthology: Frio Sol de Invierno (Cold Winter Sun)
A young man gets out of a psychiatric hospital and returns home to find a devastated neighborhood. He forms a relationship with a prostitute and her young son. Probably in Spanish, no guarantees about subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art: Art Alive
A show including art by Maestro Juan Pablo Bavio and his students. Participate in the raffle of an art piece of 100 x 80 cm.
Location: Juan Pablo Bavio Gallery, Calle 59 x 70
Time: 8:00 to 11:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos including ticket for the raffle.

Yucatan Living Arab Dance: Maktub “It Was Already Written”
This is a performance by the Padme Magusha Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Silly Love Songs by the Choir of the City of Merida
We don’t get to hear nearly enough from this wonderful choir.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas,Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Be Kind Rewind
(UK 2008) Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria’s Clouds
(Germany 2014) During her visit to Sils Maria in Switzerland, Maria Ender, a veteran actor looks back to examine her life. Emotionally recalling her years of success, she longs for the time in which everyone loved and recognized her. Envy takes hold when she meets Jo-Ann, a young talent who will play the role that made her a star. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) February 28, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: Mexican Wines
Discussion of Mexican wines and limited tasting. Presented by Elliot Diaz, owner of local wine store, Taninos Por Todos.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $ 100 pesos. Attendance limited.

Yucatan Living Movie: Waste Land
(USA 2010) An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey … In Portuguese with Spanish subtitles. Especially inspiring if you are an artist of any kind!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class: 7:15 PM in English and Spanish, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!

Yucatan Living Movie: Beetlejuice
(USA 1998) A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. That hardly begins to describe this amazing movie classic starring Michael Keaton. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Leviathan
(Rusia 2014) Kolya lives in a small village on the Barents Sea, north of Russia. It has a garage next to his house, where he lives with his young wife Lilia and her son Roma, from his previous marriage. The village mayor want to steal his land, his home and his workshop for their projects. In Russian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Sunday (Domingo), March 01, 2015

Yucatan Living AFAD Open House
Come see the dogs and cats and get ready to adopt one!
Location: AFAD Animal Shelter in Periferico
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 Next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan (OSY) in March
Note that this performance of OSY will take place at Teatro Manzanero on Sunday, March 1st. During the month of March there will be NO Friday performances, thus tickets and seating will be limited.
Sunday, March 1 features a program called A la Eslava with music by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Movie: Poltergeist
(USA 1982) As a family moves into their new home, they notice strange events that mostly affect their young daughter. One of Stephen King’s most famous ghost stories brought to film. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) March 02, 2015

Yucatan LivingNo events planned for today… yet!

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Musical Performances
La Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán will be performing three events in honor of the music teacher who was recently abducted and killed, Luis Luna Guarneros. The suspects have been apprehended (see article here), and these events are being held to commemorate his life and his dedication to the musical life of Merida. Certainly attendance by the expatriate community would be appreciated.
• Wednesday, February 25: At the Armando Manzanero Theatre (Calle 62 x 61), 8 PM, Quod stellae in caelo (Stars in the Firmament) with chorus, band and orchestra. The program will include some pieces from Carmen Burana.
• Thursday, February 26: At the Centro Cultural Pro Historia Peninsular (ProHispen at Calle 19 #94 x 18 y 20 in Colonia México), 8 PM, Battalia à 9 (Chamber music)
• Friday, February 27: At Templo Expiatorio de Nuestra Señora de la Consolación (Monjas) (Calle 63 x 64), 8 PM, Memoriam Concilium Musicae with Band and Organ. There will also be a mass in the Monjas church which the music will accompany. The music on this evening will include music by Bach, the Coronation Mass and Hallelujah Chorus by Mozart. It should be a pretty amazing evening.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Music Festival: Sunday March 8
Bands included are: CopyPaste (with an added Tribute to Amy Winehouse), Los Twangs (with old fashioned Rock-n-Roll), Lanugo, Lasgori, Maydel and her Cuban Band, atcada Do Fogo (all percussion), Divas (a tribute to the rock of the 80s),
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak, Carretera Uman-Hunucma, Km. 5 C.P. 97393 Uman, Yucatan
Time: 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos for general admission ($350 at the door the day of), $1000 pesos for VIP, this includes all food and drink in the Hacienda, $50 pesos for round trip bus from Hennessy’s every half hour starting at 1:00 PM. Tickets are available at several places in Merida. More info on the website. Tickets are also available at the beach by calling Jeff or Judy at 969-935-7700 or 9999-91-29-43.

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Blues – Friday March 13, 2015
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Steve Katz, formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears, on guitar and vocals.
Location: in the Garden of the Merida English Library
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Seating limited. Beverages available.

Yucatan Living Night Tour to Izamal: Saturday – March 14
This tour will take you to the Magical Town of Izamal, the Casa de la Fundacion (a private and beautifully renovated colonial home), and the Light and Sound show at the Izamal Convent, plus giving your support to Impulso Universitario, A.C.
Location: Begins at Impulso Universitario, Calle 62 #383 x 45 y 47, Centro. Free parking is available.
Time: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM when the tour returns to its starting point.
Admission: $80 USD or $1,200 pesos. Deadline to register: March 6
Register at: contacto [at] impulsouniversitario [dot] org [dot] mx or call (999) 928-4727

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan (OSY) in March
Note that performances of OSY in March will take place at Teatro Manzanero on Sunday, March 1st. During the month of March there will be NO Friday performances, thus /tickets/seating may be limited.
Sunday, March 1 – A la Eslava – Dvorak and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 8 – Concierto Didactico – Mozart, Prokofiev, Britten and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 15 – Republica Checa en la musica – Dvorak and Smetana
Sunday, March 22 – Del Clasicismo al Romanticismo – Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Liszt

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays in February and March 2015. Local and Foreign Artisans Market: to benefit the Chicxulub Food Bank. Attractions include Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuelleMarket

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class: 7:15 PM in English and Spanish, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Scheduled Meetings: Saturday, March 14, Saturday, March 28, Saturday, April 11

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Merida centro.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band: March 08
An icon of the music comes to Merida. Do not miss the opportunity to listen live to one of the musicians who marked an era, accompanied by some very accomplished artists in their own rights. This is a unique and unrepeatable concert not to miss.
Location:Coliseo Yucatan, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:from $425 pesos to $1825 pesos . Buy your tickets in advance here.

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Blues – Friday March 13, 2015
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Steve Katz, formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears, on guitar and vocals.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between 66 and 68, Centro
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Tickets on sale now at the library. Seating limited. Beverages available.

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

vacation rental Hacienda Sac Chich in Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental Hacienda in Yucatan

Vacation rental Hacienda in Yucatan

Dining area in the loggia for Hacienda Sac Chich

Sunbathing by the loggia at Hacienda Sac Chich in Yucatan

Bedroom in Casa Nueva at Hacienda Sac Chich in Yucatan

Bathroom in Casa Nueva of Hacienda Sac CHich

Casa Sisal vacation rental Yucatan

Casa Sisal vacation rental Merida Yucatan

Casa Sisal vacation rental Merida Yucatan

Casa Sisal vacation rental Merida Yucatan

 

Contact Us!

For information about renting Hacienda Sac Chich’s Casa Antigua, Casa Nueva or Casa Sisal, check our website

www.haciendasacchich.com/

 

 

Hacienda Sac Chich

Hacienda Sac Chich has three unique and amazing sections that can be rented for your next vacation to Yucatan. Each of the areas is unique, beautiful designed and decorated and probably unlike anywhere you have ever stayed on vacation! Rent either the Casa Antigua or Casa Nueva of the Casa de Maquinas (the original Machine House of the working hacienda), or rent the completely new and modern Casa Sisal.

 

Swimming pool vacation rental Hacienda Sac Chich

 

Get Away From Everything

Hacienda Sac Chich gives you the opportunity to get away from almost everything you know, while still being in the lap of luxurious comfort. All your needs are taken care of, while providing you with an environment of complete and total relaxation, tropical indulgence and peaceful and secure isolation. All this, only a half an hour south of the city of Merida, the capital of the Yucatan.

The Casa Antigua features the most authentic building of the centuries-old hacienda, with thick mamposteria stone walls, original arches and high ceilings and renovated bathroom and a traditional Mexican kitchen. The Casa Nueva adds three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sunken community living area and an outdoor private plunge pool and terrace. The Casa Nueva maintains the grandeur of the original building, with its height and large spaces, but provides you with a total modern and renovated environment. Find out all the room details by clicking here. Other amenities of these two Casas include:

  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Bikes and helmets- 3 adult, 1 child
  • Volleyball, Badminton, Croquet
  • Football, Soccer, Frisbee and other family games
  • Pool volleyball, Trampoline
  • Swimming pool at both Hacienda and Casa Sisa
  • Regulation size bocce ball court
  • Wi-Fi internet connection
  • iPod connections for stereo, CD player, CD and DVD library
  • Blue Ray DVD player at Casa Sisal
  • Flat screen TV at Casa Sisal
  • Reading and research library
  • A/C in Casa Nueva and Casa Sisal
  • Fireplace in loggia and in Casa Sisal
  • Washer and dryer
  • Barbeque grills at both houses/briquettes provided
  • Daily housekeepers and gardeners
  • All bedrooms at the hacienda have side tables, 600 count cotton linens, down pillows.
  • All bedrooms have large private double hacienda doors that lead to private gardens
  • All bathrooms have showers, milled soaps, towels, paper products and hair blower

Here’s what one guest had to say about Hacienda Sac Chich:

Dream Mayan Vacation Retreat
Wow — we had seen the pictures but they paled in comparison to Hacienda Sac Chich in person. We were blown away by every luxurious detail from the exquisite colonial and modern architecture of both buildings and the fabulous appointments of every room on the property to the drop-dead beauty of the pools, gardens and grounds. We felt like Kings and Queens since we had the entire Hacienda to ourselves. We relaxed by the pool, savored candlelight dinners in the magic of the loggia, climbed to the rooftop viewing area for star-gazing, played a little bocce ball, read in the soaking tub, and enjoyed huevos ranchos and other delights prepared by the lovely Yucatacan ladies in the comfort of the traditional mayan kitchen. Everything was perfect.

Read more glowing reviews here…

Prices

 

Casa de Maquinas

Hacienda Sac Chich (Casa de Maquinas) is available two ways:
Casa Antigua (2 BR/1 loft BR/2 baths) with the grounds, the loggia and pool.
Casa Nueva & Antigua: (6 BR/5 baths) The hacienda in its entirety, and both Casa Antigua and Casa Nueva

Low Season, May – October
Casa Antigua $400 per night
Casa Nueva & Antigua $650 per night

High Season, November – April
Casa Antigua $500 per night
Casa Nueva & Antigua together $900 per night

Holiday Season, December 15 – January 6
Casa Antigua and Casa Nueva (must be rented together during this season) $1400/night

For more detail on pricing, please see our website:

www.haciendasacchich.com/

 

 

Vacation rental Hacienda in Yucatan

 

 

 

Award Winning Vacation Rental: Casa Sisal

Casa Sisal was built completely new in what used to be henequen drying fields on the old hacienda grounds. The house was designed by architect Salvador Reyes Rios to be completely constructed of polished cement, giving it an authentic but modern feel. In addition, Casa Sisal takes complete advantage of the ability to enjoy indoor/outdoor living in the Yucatan. At Casa Sisal, you can roll back large glass floor-to-ceiling windows to open up the complete living and dining area to the environment outdoors, resulting in one large living area that extends from a peaceful lily pond surrounded by a grass lawn, through a complete modern kitchen and sunken living area to a back patio that overlooks the swimming pool and a soccer-field sized lawn, with the buildings of the Casa Antigua in the distance.

Casa Sisal has two completely separate master bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathrooms, featuring both polished cement and marble resulting in a peaceful living environment that is both private and open to the world of tropical nature just outside. Find out all the room details by clicking here.

What People Say About Us

Design in paradise….

The house’s pictures attracted us and when we arrived at Casa Sisal, what a shock! It was even better! The combination of the luxuriant nature, the old walls around, the grass so green and this beautiful design house was magic! Everything in the casa and outdoor was well thought and it was great to live there! The caretakers were helpful and so kind, they made our stay easier. Casa Sisal isn’t so far from Merida,and it’s very pleasant to come back home, after walking in this crowded town, to enjoy the peace of the house. the country around is beautiful, with many old deserted sisal factories to see and cenotes to go swimming.. Our stay in Casa Sisal was a fantastic experience!!!! We’ll come back! Sure! Guest: Pasval, France
Date of stay: 8/13

Read more glowing reviews here…

Prices

 

Casa Sisal (2 BR/2 BA)

Low Season, May – October
$250/night

High Season, November – April
$300 per night

Holiday Season, December 15th – January 6th
$400 per night

For more detail on pricing, please see our website:

www.haciendasacchich.com/

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

El Filibustero by Eligio AnconaEditors Note: This article is another well-researched review of a book in Spanish called El Filibustero (1864) by Eligio Ancona (available as an Amazon Kindle edition, February, 2012).

Pirates of the Caribbean

A “filibustero” is a freebooter or pirate, a variant of the French word fribustier derived originally from the Dutch word vrijbuiter. Our word filibuster, of course, comes from these words as well, as evidenced by its alternative meaning, “a person engaging in unauthorized warfare against a foreign country”. During the 17th century, a filibustero was a specific type of pirate who operated in the West Indies, attacking ships servicing the Spanish colonies. One of the most famous of them was Sir Francis Drake who spent so much time in the Caribbean that the main channel between the Virgin Islands is named after him. This era of Caribbean piracy began in the 16th century and ended in the 1830′s, but the era reached its height during the years between the 1660′s to the 1730′s. These pirates not only captured ships, but frequently attacked and plundered Spanish colonial cities, towns and haciendas along the Gulf and Caribbean coasts. Campeche was so plagued by them that it eventually built a protective wall around the city.

Governor, Author, Statue

In 1864, Eligio Jesus Ancona Castillo (1835-1893) wrote his third novel entitled El Filibustero. Ancona was born in Merida. He was an important political figure in his time and was several times Eligio Ancona from Merida Yucatanthe governor of Yucatan. Ancona’s importance is evidenced by a commemorative bust which sits where Avenida Reforma (Calle 72) meets Avenida Cupules. Along with Justo Sierra O’Reilly, he is also the best known Yucatecan writer of the 19th century. The flowery and exaggerated style of writing popular in the 19th century is no longer to modern taste and so these books are not read much anymore, but both of these authors made a serious attempt to capture the feeling and the way of life of colonial Yucatan, and especially of Merida. Because of their efforts, we can attempt to understand the circumstances in which people lived here in Yucatan 300 years ago.

Ancona also wrote a four-volume history of Yucatan. His historical interest is strongly reflected in his novels. This third novel is a good example of his historical bent, and also something of a record of life in Yucatan in the early 1700s.

A Yucatecan Romance Novel

A filibustero makes an excellent protagonist for a work of romantic fiction. In the hands of both Justo Sierra and Eligio Ancona, the protagonist becomes a daring adventurer, totally free of allegiance to any authority and a law unto himself, a rebel who survives by strength and cunning. And, of course, because he is starring in a novel of romance, this hero must somehow be a virtuous pirate, a physically and morally attractive Robin Hood of the Sea, and there must also be a virtuous and lovely young woman upon whom he can focus his curiously chaste but manly passion.

Ancona’s hero is called Leonel and the heroine is Berenguela. Leonel is the adopted son of Berenguela’s wealthy parents, and the two young people are raised together. At the age of 18, Leonel declares his love for Berenguela but is cruelly rejected by the girl’s parents and exiled from their home. He becomes unwittingly involved in a political intrigue and the murders of Fernando Hipolito de Osorno y Pedro cathedral in Valladolid YucatanGabriel de Covarrubias who had taken asylum in the Church of San Servacio on the central plaza of Valladolid. It might interest our readers to know that this gruesome murder is a true historical event known as El Crimen de los Alcaldes (The Crime of the Mayors). Though Leonel attempts to defend the victims from their attackers, he is wrongly accused of the murders themselves and is condemned to prison. He eventually escapes, only to discover that Berenguela, who had once sworn undying love for him, has married someone else.

When our persecuted hero reaches his most desperate and despairing moment, he comes face-to-face with a group of pirates. He says, in typical romantic fashion, “So you are the famous filibusteros who travel the oceans on a fragile wooden craft, defying nature’s storms and the power of men… who are free like the wind, going wherever you want or wherever the waves take you… who live outside that perverse society in which brother sells brother, in which those who should protect you sacrifice you to their disgusting passions, and in which the sweetest and most holy affections yield to the insatiable greed for gold or to the vile influence of power.” (Author’s translation) After this mouthfull of admiration and accusation has been delivered, Leonel joins this outlaw group and begins his new life as an infamous and feared pirate captain called Barbillas, raiding with his violent multinational crew along the Gulf Coast of Yucatan.

After many twists, turns, surprises, unexpected events, and overwrought emotions, this novel ends in tragedy for one set of lovers and happiness for another. I am not going to spoil it by telling you the details!

Political Undertones

It is interesting to note that the story told is in reality a vehicle for a political agenda. Ancona was a confirmed liberal, a supporter of Benito Juarez and an opponent of Maximilian and of Porfirio Diaz. Much of this novel is an attack on the injustice, intolerance and oppression of the traditional ruling classes–the Spanish administrators, the church officials, the wealthy hacendados–and it favors those who honestly work for a living, and those who are compassionate and generous toward the unfortunate and the poor.

In the hands of writers like Sierra and Ancona, literature was primarily an instrument for social and political change, and in their time these two Yucatecans were masters in the use of this instrument.

By Working Gringos

Type of Food/Restaurant: Coffee, wine & snacks
Name: Door 54
Neighborhood: Centro
Telephone: 999 289 3973
Address: Calle 54 X Calle 35, SE Corner
How to Get There from the Centro: Go north on Paseo de Montejo to Calle 35. Turn right to Calle 54. Turn right on Calle 54, and it will be on your left.
Air Conditioned: No
Outdoors: No
Wifi: Yes
Drinks: Wine and beer
Payments: Cash please.
Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM until March 1. After March 1, 8 AM to 10 PM.
Website: Facebook Page and their website, door54merida.com/
Notes: Besides selling food and drink, Door 54 sells pre-owned furniture that is sourced from the USA and shipped to Merida. Parking is in a lot two doors down on the right.

By Working Gringos

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I would like to put on your website if is possible on the section job wanted?

Job wanted anywhere in Yucatan Peninsula

Contact: Faik Geci
Email: info [at] sunflowerproduction [dot] net
Phone: +52-554-019-1364

By Khaki Scott

Weather at Dawn Headlines: “Almost Frozen”

Yes, the Wednesday morning temperatures were (according to local papers) terrible, especially at the beach. As dawn broke, Progreso’s temperatures were “almost frozen.” By 7:00 AM, the temperature was only 17 C (62.5 F), with a misty rain and 60 km/hr (37.3 mi/h) winds. Residents wore heavy coats with hoods and hugged their steaming hot mugs of hot coffee as they rushed to work and school. However, the weather in Montreal, Canada, was -12.2 C (10 F), with snow predicted for overnight. The noon weather in Milwaukee, on Wednesday, was 2 C (36 F) with snow all day and temperatures predicted to be -11.1 C (12 F) by night. Somehow, we suspect that most expats in Yucatan won’t really need one of those heavy coats after all. By the way, even with a slow morning start, temperatures, for Yucatan, should rise to about 25 C (77 F) Wednesday afternoon and 27.8 C (82 F) by noon Thursday. It’s winter (however brief the nortes may be) in Yucatan. Enjoy!

Yucatan to Export Pork and Beef to China

The first two, of three, agreements with China have been completed. Yucatan will be exporting pork and beef to China. As soon as turkey production can be increased, China will be importing turkey meat as well. This is in addition to the seafood that is already being exported to China. Poultry will not be exported to China because Yucatan is at its limit on how much the poultry industry can expand here and still maintain Yucatan’s food security. The current limit already is under contract, so there is no room for dealing with the Chinese on poultry. What this will do to food prices in Yucatan is unknown. In the United States, exports of beef to China have driven beef prices out of reach for many Americans, but Yucatan has a different form of government with different controls that are specific to food prices, so this will be an economic exercise worth watching.

Mexican Air Force: 100 Years Strong

The expats who have been in Yucatan a decade or more might remember when, every once in a while, clandestine airstrips and marijuana fields were uncovered in our state. During the week of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Air Force, it was announced that it has been seven years since the last of any sign of the clandestine drug infrastructure was found here, and daily military surveillance flights over Yucatan make certain that those kinds of situations do not come back to Yucatan. This kind of daily vigilance is a significant contributing factor to the safety and security of the state, and help to bolster Yucatan’s reputation as the safest state in Mexico. Yucatan Living, along with the entire expat community, sends a hearty thank you to the Mexican Air Force, along with our best wishes for what we know will be their next 100 years of success.

AFAD Celebrates 2014 Adoptions with Open House

Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido (AFAD) opened its doors a little more than twelve years ago, determined to not only help abandoned dogs and cats, but dedicated to educating the public about the need for pet sterilization. It seemed as if this concept was crawling along for the first few years. Then, little by little, all of Yucatan began to develop a passion for responsible pet ownership but, just five years ago, AFAD could only report that 50 animals were actually adopted during an entire calendar year. That is all changed now. The children who were exposed to AFAD in their schools are growing up and establishing homes of their own. They are young adults now, with influence in their extended families. It is no accident that AFAD can now happily report that more than 365 pets were adopted from their shelter in 2014. That is more than one pet adoption per day, in a culture that continues to grow in its passion for responsible pet ownership and sterilization. Through it all, Lidia Saleh Angulo, President of AFAD, has been the pioneer who insisted that this work would be successful. Now, Lidia, along with her volunteers, adopters, and students deserve many thanks and best wishes for the future. You can stop by and wish them well (and maybe adopt a pet of your own http://www.afad.org.mx/index.php/principal/Galerias/11 ) at the AFAD Open House on Sunday, March 1, from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Chicken Pox Rate Rising in Yucatan

Last year, Yucatan reported a total of 184 cases of chicken pox in January. This year, that number has risen to 340 for the same month. That is an increase of 45%. While this disease is relatively mild in children, it has a number of risks and potential long-term effects that can be life-threatening. The disease is airborne and presents with mild flu symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) and pearl-like skin blisters. It is contagious for about ten days, or from the time the symptoms appear until they finally erupt and crust over. Children should be monitored during this time because of the risk for secondary infections if they further injure themselves by scratching the blisters. In addition, this virus does not simply go away. Instead, it lodges near the spine and can appear as shingles in later stages of life. Shingles are extremely painful and can be life-threatening. Please be sure to wash your hands often and stay away from anyone who may not feel well until this outbreak of chicken pox is over.

Drug Testing: Who’s Driving You?

You go to a foreign country, maybe on vacation, maybe to live there, and you decide to take a bus, a combi-van, or a taxi instead of renting or buying a car. Did you ever wonder, about halfway to your destination, whether your driver might be impaired? You pride yourself with being pretty much able to spot someone who has been drinking alcohol and side-stepping that ride in favor of the next bus, combi or taxi. But what about drugs? Plus, what about the driver of that 18-wheeler that’s coming toward you? This past week, the Municipality of Progreso drug tested 320 bus, combi and taxi drivers, as well as truck drivers, all in the name of public safety. This is an important step because of the thousands of people who are on the road, literally at the mercy of these drivers, several days each week. Merida’s 2,400 commercial drivers have already been drug tested and all were drug-free. However, in the first five weeks of 2015 (January), six Merida public transport drivers were caught smoking marijuana on the job. They were fired immediately. Now, drug testing of commercial drivers of all kinds is to be made randomly, at least twice per year. Those who test positive will be given a warning and told they will have another random test soon. If it happens a second time, they will lose their licenses. If they get their job back and it happens a third time, they go to prison. While everyone is sympathetic to the need for rehabilitation for drug users, the safety of the traveling public, local and foreign, must take precedence in this case. We hope that every municipality takes the time and dedicates the resources necessary to carry a project like this out in their area.

Dragon Mart: Profepa Calls For Suspension and Investigation

Residents of San Benito, Quintana Roo, claim that, when Dragon Mart first made their application for permits, they claimed they are owned by the government of China. They also gave a detailed description of the size and scope of their environmental impact on the area. Now, it has been discovered that Dragon Mart is a privately owned megaproject that is continuously increasing its size and impact on the local environment. The people say they brought this to the attention of their current state government and were ignored. Profepa has called for a suspension of all work on Dragon Mart and a full investigation, by SEMARNAT, of any and all state and federal civil servants associated with the prior approval of Dragon Mart’s permits for construction and their environmental impact statements. Since there is an extensive list of both documents and civil servants to be investigated, this process is expected to take some time. SEMARNAT is Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, and Profepa is Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection.

Celebrating Salvador Alvarado’s Arrival: 100 Years Ago

Yucatan’s State Congress has announced that, throughout 2015, there will be a number of official events celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the arrival of General Salvador Alvarado as Governor of Yucatan. Although he ruled the state for only three years, his programs – especially the schools he founded – are still alive today. The following paragraphs were distilled from autobiographical interviews with Elvia Carrillo Puerto, younger sister of Yucatan’s beloved Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

Salvador Alvarado was a strange breed of governor, especially for Yucatan. He had been an unwanted child and was forced to grow up in a home that was not his own. He got mixed up with Adolfo de la Huerta, who helped him in his youth and actually helped him get his first job. They became lifelong friends. Yet, Alvarado grew up to become a liberal pharmacist, who had actually participated in rebellion and, for a time, had to stay across the border in Arizona. He wanted rights for the people, but still fully backed capitalism as an economic system. This means he would do things like give women more rights, but still stand up for the rights of landowners who were abusing their husbands.

Alvarado and Elvia became fast friends because of Elvia’s reputation during the Rebellion. She and her feminist friends not only influenced him to institute a number of women’s rights programs, but also to hire one of her friends as a military nurse. Another strange situation, at that time, was the fact that Alvarado’s own troops were made up of soldiers who were affiliated with “batallones rojos” de la Casa del Obrero Mundial (the red battalions of the House of the Worldwide Workers). Alvarado even allowed the formation of almost 500 workers’ unions in Yucatan!

Governor Alvarado visited with the Carrillo Puerto family on at least one occasion, perhaps more, in Motul. We now know that Alvarado, a widower, was falling in love with a lady who was known to Elvia, and would soon marry her. Shortly after his visit to Motul, in October of 1815, Governor Alvarado gave Elvia, little brother Eraclio, and their friend Frank Augustin, jobs with the government. Then he approved the First Feminist Congress in Mexico, to be held in Merida under the direction of Elvia’s friend Hermila Galindo, and he let Felipe out of jail. Alvarado didn’t stop there. He also appointed Felipe President of the Agrarian Executive Committee of Motul. At this point, the nearly 500 workers’ unions began to stir to life and would form the foundation of Felipe Carrillo Puerto’s Socialist Working Party in June of the very next year.

In 1917, Felipe Carrillo Puerto was elected to the Legislature. Alvarado was still straddling the fence, trying to do good for the workers, but standing up for the rights of the landowners. Felipe and Elvia begin to ease their organizations and disciples away from him. The Haberman brothers, Roy and Robert, quietly appeared in Yucatan, as so-called advisors to Felipe and his Socialist Working Party.

In 1918, along with Ceferino Gamboa, Felipe presented a law initiative, for the closing of the distilleries, before the Congreso Local. He organized the I Congreso Obrero Socialista (First Socialist Working Congress) in Motul. Together with Ceferino Gamboa, Manuel Berzunza (who would die with him less than 5 years later) and Manuel González, Felipe Carrillo Puerto founded the periodical Tierra, as an organ of the Partido Socialista (Socialist Party). For a brief moment in time, Elvia stepped back from the limelight and found herself a spot in the gallery from which to watch the political star of her brother finally rise.

Then, in the Fall of 1918, Governor Alvarado was recalled by Carranza. While he was in Merida, Alvarado actually accomplished a great deal. It was under his governorship that the first Montesorri School opened, under the direction of Elena Torres, another of Elvia’s feminist friends. Alvarado believed the way to change society was to begin at the primary level and did much for schools, but he still believed in the same capitalistic economic system. Alvarado, in a stunning move, saw to it that the Law of Cancellation of Debts was passed, so that the debts of the laborers would no longer be passed on to their children. It is as if he wanted to make the leap toward Elvia and Felipe, and their disciples, but just did not have the courage to do so. Instead, Governor Alvarado, friend of the Carrillo Puerto family, did the best he could and, for that, the women and the workers of Yucatan have always been very careful to give him the respect that he has earned.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting February 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) February 16, 2015

Yucatan Living Rides, Snacks, Crafts and More!
Come early and enjoy the Carnival fair! Plus, it doesn’t hurt to beat the traffic and have plenty of fun and food waiting for you when you get to the fairgrounds.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM Monday and Tuesday
Admission: Only the cost of your own purchases

Yucatan Living Regional Parade
Since every region of Yucatan has some history and association with the Caribbean, it will be interesting to see how this parade plays out. Usually, various groups of residents join the parade dressed in traditional dress of Yucatan, making this one of the most charming parades of the week.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert of the Guest Country: Cuba
This is to be a Grand Concert, so it will certainly be well worth attending.
Location: Dais Candela, Carnival Plaza at X’matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 10:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert of the Guest Country: Panama
This concert features Daphne Sweet Princess, an international Reggae and Urban Pop star.
Location: Tarima Playa Diversion (Beach Fun Stage), Carnival Plaza at X’matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 11:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) February 17, 2015

Yucatan Living Battle of the Flowers Parade
The Battle of the Flowers Parade is the biggest parade of Carnival week. This year, Africa Zavala and Lenny de la Rosa will be on hand to participate in this parade. Africa Zavala is an actress from Mexico City who admits to coming to Yucatan for the food. Lenny de la Rosa, also described as “eye candy,” is a Cuban actor, singer, model and dancer who currently lives in Mexico.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 1:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert of the Guest Country: Cuba
Come dance to some great music!
Location: Tarima Grupo Rivas (Rivas Group Stage), Carnival Plaza at X’matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 3:15 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Thing
(USA 1982) Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 18, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Mommy
(Canada 2014) A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living The Burial of Juan Carnival
Today is Ash Wednesday. Juan Carnival is the (straw man) personification of the spirit of Carnival. His mock death signifies that Carnival has ended and Lent has begun.
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace in Merida centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El Cielo Abierto
(Mexico 2011) First there was the word, then the bullets and then silence. So this vigorous documentary Everardo González about Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the voice of the voiceless in El Salvador, the shepherd who in the middle of one of the crudest civil wars on the continent, dared start saying that the mission of the Church is the identification with the poor. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 19, 2015

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays in February and March 2015
Local and Foreign Artisans Market: to benefit the Chicxulub Food Bank. Attractions include Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page.

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
(USA, 2012) A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Gloria
(Chile 2013) A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Club Sandwich
(Mexico 2013) Hector and his young mother Paloma go on holiday. Out of season their hotel is deserted. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) February 20, 2015

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. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Pulp Fiction
(USA 1994) The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Leviathan
(Rusia 2014) Kolya lives in a small village on the Barents Sea, north of Russia. It has a garage next to his house, where he lives with his young wife Lilia and her son Roma, from his previous marriage. The village mayor want to steal his land, his home and his workshop for their projects. First try to buy the land, but Kolya not stand the thought of losing everything you own, not only the earth, but the beauty around him since birth. Given the negative, the mayor will begin to be more aggressive. In Russian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) February 21, 2015

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are on sale now! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan Living Movie: Navajazo
(Mexico 2014) An imagined apocalypse is presented to us through portraits of characters struggling to survive in a hostile environment, where the only thing they have in common is the desire to go live, no matter the cost. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Moonrise Kingdom
(UK 2012) A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria’s Clouds
(Germany 2014) During his visit to Sils Maria in Switzerland, Maria Ender, a veteran actor looks back to examine her life. Emotionally recalled her years of success, longs for the time in which everyone loved and recognized her, but that time is past, and now she is an actress on the verge of retirement. Envy takes hold when she meets Jo-Ann, a young talent who will play the role that made her a star. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Sunday (Domingo), February 22, 2015

Yucatan Living Documentary: Cosmic Collisions
A look at the constant collisions in our solar system and beyond.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 Next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Soldier, Come Home
Award winning play based on real letters written during the Civil War will be presented in the garden. It is interesting to note that two of the main characters, depicting Civil War soldiers, will be played by local Yucatecans! Read here for more information.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, centro
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at MEL

Yucatan Living Movie: Before Midnight
(USA 2013) We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) February 23, 2015

Yucatan LivingNo events planned for today… yet!

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Musical Performances
La Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán will be performing three events in honor of the music teacher who was recently abducted and killed, Luis Luna Guarneros. The suspects have been apprehended (see article here), and these events are being held to commemorate his life and his dedication to the musical life of Merida. Certainly attendance by the expatriate community would be appreciated.
• Wednesday, February 25: At the Armando Manzanero Theatre (Calle 62 x 61), 8 PM, Quod stellae in caelo (Stars in the Firmament) with chorus, band and orchestra. The program will include some pieces from Carmen Burana.
• Thursday, February 26: At the Centro Cultural Pro Historia Peninsular (ProHispen at Calle 19 #94 x 18 y 20 in Colonia México), 8 PM, Battalia à 9 (Chamber music)
• Friday, February 27: At Templo Expiatorio de Nuestra Señora de la Consolación (Monjas) (Calle 63 x 64), 8 PM, Memoriam Concilium Musicae with Band and Organ. There will also be a mass in the Monjas church which the music will accompany. The music on this evening will include music by Bach, the Coronation Mass and Hallelujah Chorus by Mozart. It should be a pretty amazing evening.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays in February and March 2015
Local and Foreign Artisans Market: to benefit the Chicxulub Food Bank. Attractions include Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuelleMarket

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Last Meeting: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Merida centro.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour – February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archaeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

Yucatan Living Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band: March 08
An icon of the music comes to Merida. Do not miss the opportunity to listen live to one of the musicians who marked an era, accompanied by some very accomplished artists in their own rights. This is a unique and unrepeatable concert not to miss.
Location:Coliseo Yucatan, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:from $425 pesos to $1825 pesos . Buy your tickets in advance here.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan (OSY) in March
Note that the next performance of OSY will take place at Teatro Manzanero on Sunday, March 1st. During the month of March there will be NO Friday performances, thus /tickets/seating may be limited.
Sunday, March 1 – A la Eslava – Dvorak and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 8 – Concierto Didactico – Mozart, Prokofiev, Britten and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 15 – Republica Checa en la musica – Dvorak and Smetana
Sunday, March 22 – Del Clasicismo al Romanticismo – Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Liszt

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Blues – Friday March 13, 2015
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Steve Katz, formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears, on guitar and vocals.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between 66 and 68, Centro
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Tickets on sale now at the library. Seating limited. Beverages available.

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Name: Manuel Maldonado

Contact: manuel_abundio [at] yahoo [dot] com

Information: I would like to manage a farm. I am fully bilingual english and spanish. I am a retired pilot and have managed a farm for many years. I can travel for interview. At the present time I am living in Guatemala. I am familiar with the Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo area.

By Khaki Scott

Armando Manzanero to Receive Award

Yucatan has more treasures than just its Maya archaeology. One of these Mayan treasures is Armando Manzanero, one of the few remaining composers of 20th century music in Yucatan. On March 3, 2015, Armando Manzanero will be presented the 2015 Silvio Zavala Medal for Culture and the Arts. Even that prestigious award is not enough to thank this great composer, pianist, singer and cultural ambassador. Armando Manzanero received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States in 2014 and his career continues to provide the world with a vision of the romantic heart of Merida and all of Yucatan. One of our favorite Armando Manzanero performances is a duet of “Adoro” with Placido Domingo in concert at Chichen Itza. That performance can be watched here .

What Happens to the Recycled Christmas Trees?

For the past three years, Merida has carried out a program that provides free collection points for Christmas trees when the season is over. In January 2013 and 2014, there were only two collection points, with a combined total of just under 3,000 trees each year. This year (January 2015), the number of collection points doubled and the number of trees collected rose to over 4,000. Residents can still put their trees out by the street to be picked up, but there is a $20 peso fee. Bringing the trees to the collection points costs nothing. The question then becomes one of the final destination of the trees. The used Christmas trees are put through a wood chipper and turned into mulch for trees and plantings in public spaces. This keeps them from becoming fire hazards and/or the cause of environmental contamination. This is one of the most successful programs in the city and we hope everyone will participate in it.

Cancer Treatment News in Yucatan

It is a given that the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely it is that it can be cured and now Yucatan is equipped to provide the latest in medical skill and technology to do just that. Hospital General Agustín O’Horán is now equipped and staffed to provide the latest advances in chemotherapy, Nuclear Medicine and radiotherapy, including a linear accelerator, teletherapy and brachytherapy. These were formerly only available at the Red Cross Cancer Center. Now, O’Horan will be able to provide up to 60 or even 90 sessions per day, meaning that many more forms of cancer can be stopped in their tracks. Between the resources of the Red Cross Cancer Center and O’Horan Hospital, it looks as if Yucatan’s ability to diagnose and treat cancer has just taken a giant leap forward.

Poinsettia Industry Blooming and Booming!

Whatever happens to those little businesses the state supports? We see loads of articles about officials coming to small, interior towns, with money for, usually, local ladies to start sustainable businesses; but then what? Well, we would ask the six producers of poinsettia’s in Yucatan; but we doubt they would have the time to tell us. Last year, six producers, with greenhouses in Hoctun, Homun, Kanasin, Conkal, Mococha, Dzununcan and Teya, hit a home run for Christmas Eve! They actually couldn’t keep up with demand and are currently expanding their operations. They do have the money because, in just two years, they have grown their client base to the point where their association is free and clear. They are adding three more producers and taking on more contracts than ever before. They’re even exporting cut flowers, in the off season, to Canada. What a wonderful story of blooming success!

Spring Break Travel for Yucatan’s Students

The American Consulate in Merida issues 40,000 visas per year for Yucatecos headed north for business, school, and vacations. In order to get this done, they have a system for students and exchange students that starts online, 30 days before the applicant comes to the office. Merida is one of seven Mexican cities participating in this program. This takes well over 15,000 students and exchange students out of the long waiting lines and ensures that they can come and go on the dates they need to leave school and return to school. What a relief to have that kind of stress taken off of students! If this program works for them, maybe it will be in the future of the traveling public soon. We can only hope.

Street Dogs Headed North of the Border

Evolución Animal, a local shelter for dogs and cats, with the help of some of their volunteers, has been in contact with a number of animal shelters in Canada and the United States. It seems that those shelters have certain requirements in order to remain open, one of which is to be of service to a certain number of animals. If they fall below that number, they are in danger of being closed and the employees losing their jobs. Enter the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Yucatan. Sylvia Cortes Castillo, founder and director of Evolución Animal, and her volunteers have made arrangements to send some of their dogs north to underutilized shelters in Canada and the United States. With three success stories under their belt, they are ready to send six more dogs in search of new homes. What a wonderful opportunity! Many thanks to Sylvia Cortes and to each and every one of the volunteers!

Fire Season Comes Early This Year

Agricultural burning will take place this year (2015) from February 15 through May 30. Since there will still be strong winds during this time, please be on the lookout for smoke and fire when driving in rural areas and do not hesitate to call the fire department if you see a wildfire or a fire that is out of control. If you see smoke ahead, do not drive into it. If you have no choice, turn on your lights so that others can see you. Civil Protection has not yet issued the burning calendar for 2015, but we will watch for it and post it in the News when it comes. Last year, due to late rains, Yucatan had fewer wildfires than ever before. Hopefully, by moving the dates for the burning season, that will be the case for this year as well.

Merida Vies for Inclusion in Select Group of Cities

“Cities and Local Governments” Group, in association with UNESCO, is developing a list of the 500 most important local governments and cities in the world. Merida wants to be on that list and has an excellent chance of being accepted. This is all about power – cultural power – and Merida has been steadily increasing its visibility through contacts and networking with international partners to facilitate the mobility of artists and the sharing of culture. Merida also works hard to ensure that all aspects of culture have a sustainable foundation and her unique cultural characteristics are well known worldwide. Hopefully, it will not be long before Merida is named as one of the 500 most important cities in the world.

Center for the Development of Women: Izamal

We cannot help but remember the opening of the first senior citizens’ center outside of Merida in Yucatan. It didn’t take long for every town to have their own and for senior citizens to find their active and engaged place in the late 20th century. Now, centers for the development of women are springing up everywhere. Domestic violence is on the run. Women are getting more educational opportunities than ever before, and they are taking full advantage of the opportunity to own and operate their own businesses. With the opening of the new Center for the Development of Women in Izamal, this northwest corner of the state joins a network that will ensure the success of many more families in rural Yucatan.

Gasoline War on the Belize Border

It isn’t really going to be a gasoline war because Belize is simply going to beat the socks off of PEMEX from the word “go.” As the price of oil continues to drop, Belize has decided to pass the savings on to customers. This means that, in the Free Zone, with no taxes to pay, gasoline is now 12.76 pesos per liter and is expected to drop to 10 pesos per liter within a couple of months. The demand is already so great that Belize has built new gas stations with up to 12 pumps. Illegal gasoline outlets are already developing in rural areas on the Mexican side of the border, so we will just have to watch as this situation plays itself out.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting February 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
February 17: Fat Tuesday (the Last Carnaval Parade… events start on February 11)
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) February 09, 2015

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

Tuesday (Martes) February 10, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Kurt Cobain: About a Son
(United States 2006). Director: Al Schnack. Stars Kurt Cobain, Michael Azerrad (interviewer), and Courtney Love. Previously unpublished interviews from 1992/1993 in which Cobain tells the story of his rise to fame and the problems he encountered. Most likely in English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Mo’Mojo! Is in the Park!
What a way to begin Carnival week! Mo’ Mojo is a hard driving, high energy, Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” Band. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. Don’t miss this!
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Phase IV
(USA 1974) Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 11, 2015

Yucatan LivingQuema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Moods)
This event is the official beginning of Carnival. Entertainment will be by Los Super Lamas and will most likely include fire and fireworks.
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 12, 2015

Yucatan Living Children’s Carnaval Parade
This parade is probably the most charming and photogenic of all the parades in the next week. It begins in front of the Municipal Palace, makes its way around the Plaza Grande and then up Calle 60. Visit the Map of the Children’s Parade.
Location: Merida Centro
Time: 4:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Donnie Darko
(USA 2001) A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) February 13, 2015

Yucatan Living Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music with Maricarmen Perez
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website. The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Maricarmen Perez (vocals & guitar), Juan Palacios (electric piano), Darwin Valencia (acoustic bass), and Julian Lopez (percussion).
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos. Seating limited. Beverages available for purchase.

Yucatan Living Corso Parade
This parade will showcase the theme of this year’s Carnival: Caribbean Voyage, and it is going to be beautiful. Do try to get out to the fairgrounds to see it. There will be a special concert by the Banda El Recodo.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Dazed and Confused
(USA 1993) AThe adventures of incoming high school and junior high students on the last day of school, in May of 1976. In English. If you lived in a small town in the 70′s, you might just love this film.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos

 

Saturday (Sabado) February 14, 2015

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
There will be one more meeting this season, on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Yucatan Living Fantasia Parade
Actress and former model Ariadne Diaz, originally from Puerto Vallarta, will be on hand to participate in this parade, which will showcase Yucatan’s love affair with fantasy floats. We can only imagine how grand they will be when coupled with this year’s theme of Caribbean Voyage. There will also be a concert by Merenglass, the most popular merengue group in Mexico, as they celebrate 20 years on stage with a brand new CD.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dinner for Two in Cairo
3 course dinner for two for $350 pesos, includes one drink.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $350 pesos

Sunday (Domingo), February 15, 2015

Yucatan Living Bachata Parade: Sunday February 15, 2015
The heart throb of this parade is Jose Ron, award winning telenovela actor from Guadalajara and internationally well known animal rights activist. The Bachata Parade is always defined by its Dominican Republic ancestry with African roots. With this year’s theme of Caribbean Voyage, look for this parade to step it up a notch and be one of the best of the week.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fight Club
(USA 1999) An insomniac office worker looking for a way to change his life crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker and they form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more… In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) February 16, 2015

Yucatan LivingRegional Parade
Since every region of Yucatan has some history and association with the Caribbean, it will be interesting to see how this parade plays out. Usually, various groups of residents join the parade dressed in traditional dress of Yucatan, making this one of the most charming parades of the week.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays of January, February and March 2015
Local and Foreign Artisans Market: to benefit the Chicxulub Food Bank. Attractions include Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuelleMarket

Battle of the Flowers Parade: Tuesday February 17, 2015
The Battle of the Flowers Parade is the biggest parade of Carnival week. This year, Africa Zavala and Lenny de la Rosa will be on hand to participate in this parade. Africa Zavala is an actress from Mexico City who admits to coming to Yucatan for the food. Lenny de la Rosa, also described as “eye candy,” is a Cuban actor, singer, model and dancer who currently lives in Mexico.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 1:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

The Burial of Juan Carnival: Wednesday February 18, 2015
Today is Ash Wednesday. Juan Carnival is the (straw man) personification of the spirit of Carnival. His mock death signifies that Carnival has ended and Lent has begun.
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace in Merida centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Last Meeting: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Merida centro.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour – February 21
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are on sale now! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan Living Soldier, Come Home – February 22
Award winning play based on real letters written during the Civil War will be presented in the garden. It is interesting to note that two of the main characters, depicting Civil War soldiers, will be played by local Yucatecans! Read here for more information.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, centro
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at MEL

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour – February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archaeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

Yucatan Living Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, March 08
An icon of the music comes to Merida. Do not miss the opportunity to listen live to one of the musicians who marked an era, accompanied by some very accomplished artists in their own rights. This is a unique and unrepeatable concert not to miss.
Location:Coliseo Yucatan, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:from $425 pesos to $1825 pesos . Buy your tickets in advance here.

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan (OSY) in March
Note that the next performance of OSY will take place at Teatro Manzanero on Sunday, March 1st. During the month of March there will be NO Friday performances, thus /tickets/seating may be limited.
Sunday, March 1 – A la Eslava – Dvorak and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 8 – Concierto Didactico – Mozart, Prokofiev, Britten and Tchaikovsky
Sunday, March 15 – Republica Checa en la musica – Dvorak and Smetana
Sunday, March 22 – Del Clasicismo al Romanticismo – Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Liszt

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Blues Friday March 13, 2015
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Steve Katz, formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears, on guitar and vocals.
Location: Forum Cine Colón (72 street by Colon Avenue)
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Seating limited. Beverages available.

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By Working Gringos

Tax Filing Guidance for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the following guidance for U.S. citizens abroad preparing for the 2015 tax filing season. This IRS guidance is posted under Federal Benefits and Obligations on travel.state.gov. U.S. embassies and consulates cannot mail tax returns on behalf of U.S. taxpayers living abroad.

1. Who Must File?

All U.S. citizens and resident aliens must file a U.S. individual income tax return, even if they permanently live outside the United States and may not owe any tax because of income exclusion or tax credit.

2. When is the 2014 Federal Tax Return Due?

Due date for Form 1040: April 15, 2015

Extensions:
· An automatic extension to June 15, 2015, is granted for taxpayers living outside the United States and Puerto Rico. No form is required; write “Taxpayer Resident Abroad” at the top of your tax return.
o Caution: This extension applies only for filing your tax return, not for payment. If you owe any taxes, you’re required to pay by April 15, 2015. Interest and penalties will generally be applied if payment is made after this date.
· To request an additional extension to October 15, 2015, use Form 4868.
· Caution: This extension applies only for filing your tax return, not for payment. If you owe any taxes, you’re required to pay by April 15, 2015. Interest and penalties will generally be applied if payment make after this date.
· Other extensions may be available on IRS.gov.

3. Can I Mail My Return and Payment?

You can mail your tax return and payment using the postal service or approved private delivery services. A list of approved delivery services is available on IRS.gov. If you mail a return from outside the United States, the date of filing is the postmark date. However, if you mail a payment, separately or with your return, your payment is not considered received until the date of actual receipt.

4. Can I Electronically File My Return?

You can prepare and e-file your income tax return, in many cases for free. Participating software companies make their products available through the IRS. E-File options are listed on IRS.gov.

5. What Forms May I Need?

· 1040, U.S Individual Income Tax Return
o Instructions to Form 1040
o 1116, Foreign Tax Credit
o 2013 Instructions to Form 1116 – 2014 instructions will be available soon, please check on www.irs.gov
· 2350, Application for Extension of Time to File U.S. Income Tax Return (for U.S. citizens and residents abroad)
o 2350 in Spanish
· 2555, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
o Instructions to Form 2555
· 2555-EZ, Foreign Earned Income Exclusion
o Instructions to Form 2555-EZ
· 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
o 4868 in Spanish
· 8802, Application for United States Residency Certificate
o Instructions to Form 8802
· 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets,
o Instructions to Form 8938
· 14653, Certification by U.S. Person Residing Outside of the United States for Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures

6. How Do I Pay My Taxes?

You must pay your taxes in U.S. dollars.

· Direct pay. You can pay online with a direct transfer from your U.S. bank account using Direct Pay, the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or by a U.S. debit or credit card. You can also pay by phone using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System or by a U.S. debit or credit card.

· Foreign wire transfers. If you have a U.S. bank account, you can use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. If you do not have a U.S. bank account, ask whether your financial institution has a U.S. affiliate that can help you make same-day wire transfers.

· Foreign electronic payments. International taxpayers who do not have a U.S. bank account may transfer funds from their foreign bank account directly to the IRS for payment of their tax liabilities.

7. Other Reporting?

You also may have to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), by June 30, 2015.

8. Does the IRS Provide Help in Other Languages?

The IRS provides tax information in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Go to www.irs.gov and use the drop down box under “Languages” on the upper right corner to select your language.

9. Where Can I Get Help?

Contact the International Taxpayer Service Call Center by phone or fax. The International Call Center is open Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Tel: 267-941-1000 (not toll-free)
Fax: 267-941-1055
You may also contact the IRS office in London, Paris, or Frankfurt. For addresses and telephone numbers, contact my local office internationally.

10. I Received a Notice from the IRS – What Do I Do?

If you receive a notice from the IRS and need to contact the IRS, call the number listed on the notice or the International Taxpayer Service Call Center (see above).

11. Where Can I Get More Information?

For information on the IRS website about international taxpayers,see this page.
For general information about international taxpayers, see Publication 54, “Taxation of U.S. Citizens and Residents Abroad.”
For information on the Affordable Care Act and taxpayers outside the United States, see Publication 5187, “Health Care Law.”

12. I Haven’t Filed All My Tax Returns – What Can I Do?

If you have not filed all the returns required of you and want to catch up on your filing obligations, see this announcement: IRS makes changes to offshore-programs.

By Tom Kuhn

Editor’s Note: We heard about this quest to find the best hamburger in Merida. A few of our friends had been looking for the best burger for months. So when we heard that they had ended their quest and come up with a winner, we felt it was a great idea to share this with our readers. Enjoy!!

How It All Started

We all know how different subjects come up in conversations with your friends when you’re just sitting around shooting the breeze. This happened to John, Barry, and I while we were were sitting at a downtown coffee house, sipping our ground beans of choice one lovely but rather warm Friday morning in July. We had been meeting for coffee almost every Friday morning, feeling it was a good thing for us, especially since the women in our lives seemed to think so too. On this particular coffee outing during one of the few lulls in conversation, someone posed the question “Who do you think has the best burger in Merida?” It was at that point that we decided that we would go on a quest to find the best burger in Merida.

Half the Fridays

Our Burger Quest started on July 18, 2014 and ended at the end of January 2015, which means out of 28 possible Quest Fridays, we actually ate hamburgers on half of those days. Not a bad average considering that we are all retired, we like to travel and we have wives or significant others. Add to that the occasional medical thing or two that comes along from time to time at our age!

Looking for the best hamburger in Merida YucatanSo who says that we are qualified to determine the best burger? After all, I may not like what you like and how do you compare taste? In the end, we decided it came down to the fact that it was our quest, so we got to choose! Additional questing is open and available to all who have the time.

The Hamburger Quest Process

After some discussion, we decided that to play it this way: each Friday afternoon, one of us would choose a place to go and that person drove and picked everyone else up around 1:00 PM. There would need to be three of us in attendance. We have been hanging out together for many years and we knew that we may very well need a tie breaker! That rule became easier when our mutual friend Reg came down for the winter from the big “D” (Detroit), because then we had four people, making it easier to create a quorum of three each time.
The quest for the best hamburger in Merida Yucatan
Upon arrival we would order one burger, medium rare with nothing on it and have it served only with the bun. We referred to this as a “naked” burger. We then cut the hamburger into three equal pieces and we each ate a third. During the eating process, we would discuss, comment, judge and share our opinions.

Next, we would each order a burger the way we like to eat a burger. There was no sharing this time, as we could not seem to agree on the best toppings for a burger. We ate our burgers and made comments as necessary. This second tasting was for our own decision making process and carried no weight with the other judges, nor would it be a major part of the overall evaluation and rating. The second tasting was just lunch!

Burgerteers!

The Burgerteers of Merida YucatanOn or around the second restaurant visit, the term “Burgerteer” was coined. It seemed fitting since we were three friends, like the Three Musketeers, on a quest. So we adopted the name and wore it with pride.

Even We Have Limits

As the weeks passed, we came to the realization that we had taken on a daunting task. This led us to decide to stop our Burger Quest after twelve restaurant visits. Those twelve visits took us up until Thursday the 22nd of January 2015. On that date we revisited our top four favorite burger restaurants and that marked the end of our quest.

The Final Four

The final four, in no particular order, were La Rueda Parrilla Gaucha Norte, La Cabaña Sonorense Steak House, La Recova Sharing hamburgers in Merida YucatanMontejo Parrilla Argentina & Contemporanea and La Pamplona Steak House by Salamanca. The aforementioned names are the full names of each restaurant.

On the last day, we went to each restaurant in that order… not by preference but by time constraints and ease of flow from one to the other.

It is interesting to note that every quest in life changes the way we look at things. I like rare meat. Most of my compatriots liked their burgers less rare, but over the course of our quest, my fellow Burgerteers started to lean towards the rarer side of things and found themselves rewarded by the flavors they experienced. Don’t get me wrong… there is nothing wrong with having a burger or a steak cooked well done (or bien cocido, in Spanish), but… ah… uh…choke….yes there is! It just ruins the flavor! There, I said it.

The Final Analysis

Our final analysis was based on numerous factors that we agreed should be considered. The flavor of the meat and the Cabana Sonorense Steakhouse in Merida Yucatanbun were paramount! Other major factors included the quality and type of meat to be compared, the burger-to-bun ratio, the consistency from the first to second visit, and the wallet effect or, as it is better known, the “bang for the buck”! This last consideration had to be included, since we did not have a sponsor with deep pockets. Maybe next time!

And The Winner Is…

Our final choice for the best burger in Merida was…. envelope, please!

The winner of the Burger Quest in Merida Yucatan(drum roll….)

La Cabaña Sonorense Steak House!

Please stop by when you get a chance and tell Pedro that the Burgerteers and Yucatan Living sent you. He and his family will appreciate your business and your taste buds will be glad you did!

In the End…

Our top four restaurants would not have been chosen as the final four if they had not previously impressed us. Setting aside the inconsistencies that we all know arise in many of the restaurants in Merida, we Burgerteers felt that all of our Final Four restaurants are very good places to have a burger and each one offers their customers a different dining experience.

In addition, the Burgerteers want everyone to know that our Burger Quest was not meant to be, nor is it, the final word on burgers here in Merida. Needless to say we did not frequent any of the burger places that are open only in the evening, Looking for the best burger in Merida Yucatanand certainly we did not eat at every restaurant where burgers are sold. However, we stand united in our belief that our findings will tickle your taste buds and give you reason to smile! And maybe, this will even start you on your own quest!

We have been asked by many if there will be another quest. We have discussed what a future quest might be and in the top spot right now is a Pizza Quest. But at this writing, no definitive plans have been made.

In closing, the Burgerteers are pleased to be able to pass on the information about various restaurants that serve burgers here in Merida. We hope that you find our information useful and that we helped you find a great burger!

“All for one burger and a burger for all”!

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The Burger Quest went to the following twelve Merida restaurants:

Boston’s
La Rueda
Acqua
Hennessy’s
La Recova (Prolongacion Montejo)
Pamplona Steak House
El Tio Ricardo
Union Jack’s
Canada Burger
The Roadhouse
Salamanca Grill and Lounge
La Cabaña Sonorense

The details and links of all the Burger Quests can be viewed at Tom Kuhn’s Blog.

By Working Gringos

Type of Food/Restaurant: Steakhouse
Name: La Cabaña Sonorense
Neighborhood: Colonia Aleman
Telephone: 999-926-4055
Address: Circuito Colonias #297 x 17 y 19, Colonia Miguel Aleman, Merida
How to Get There from the Centro: Go north on Paseo de Montejo to the Walmart intersection (Avenida Colon). Turn right (north-east) and continue past two stoplights. Turn right at the third stoplight, Avenida Aleman. Continue to Circuito Colonias (also known there as Calle 20). Turn right and the restaurant will be on your right.
Air Conditioned: Yes
Outdoors: No
Wifi: TBD
Drinks: Wine and beer
Payments: Accept Mastercard and Visa.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 1 PM to 11 PM, Sundays 9 AM to 7 PM
Website: www.lacabanasonorence.com.mx

By Khaki Scott

Transpeninsular Train Canceled

Mexico has announced the cancellation of the proposed new train that would eventually travel between Mexico and Quintana Roo, passing through Merida. The reason given was that there are no federal resources available for the project and it cannot continue now that the contract with China Railway has been canceled. This move is alternately described as a cancellation and an indefinite suspension of the project. Only time will tell.

Koreans Came to Yucatan as Tourists

Knowing the sad story of how the original Korean immigrants came to Yucatan, we were thrilled to see that a group of Korean tourists visited the state just this past week. They are part of a documentary called “Atlas and Walk to the World.” The Korean tourists came to see all of our major tourist attractions, along with trips to markets and even small towns. While we are thrilled that they came, we are even happier that they love the food and culture and they want to come back. For a short history of Koreans in Yucatan, read Korean Yucatecos: 100 Years of History in our 2008 Yucatan Living News.

Real Estate Warning from Profeco

One of the oldest tricks in the book: selling a lot that cannot be sold to someone who either is not physically present or does not know what they are looking at, and who does not have sufficient legal representation to protect themselves. This is the case with a number of lots that are actually under water in the mangroves along Yucatan’s coast. Potential buyers are stuck for between a deposit of 10,000 and 20,000 pesos for these lots and told that the water will be filled in prior to construction. Sooner or later, Profeca steps in and stops the construction at whatever stage it is found. Owners are outraged that they have bought land that is actually public property. Unfortunately, “Buyer Beware” is about all that anyone can say. If you are purchasing property anywhere in Yucatan, please check with other expats for recommendations and make certain that you have your own legal representation in place before your real estate adventure begins.

Female Entrepreneurs Receive Recognition

Every week, there is at least one story in the news about entrepreneurs in Yucatan and we wonder if our readers really know how important this much support and publicity has been for our adopted state. Now we know. Most entrepreneurs in Yucatan are women. Banks and government lending institutions show that these women are better administrators and better at repaying investments in their businesses than are their male counterparts. These women-owned small businesses may not create massive numbers of jobs in the state, but they are credited with creating an environment that attracts those companies that do. It was noted at a meeting of the Mexican Association of Women Entrepreneurs this week that the State of Yucatan has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the nation. This is wonderful news and congratulations are in order for everyone in the Yucatan.

Traffic Chaos in Merida’s Centro

It all started with 115,000 visitors to Merida’s Plaza Grande for events related to the three week Anniversary of the City. Keep in mind that more Yucatecos than ever now have cars and everyone wants to attend the festivities. Then came the “streets closed to vehicular traffic” with no way to turn around and get out. Ah! The answer, of course, is to travel into Centro by bus. Well, not really. When the streets filled with cars, the buses couldn’t get in, so they just remained where they were. When the festival ended, at the end of January, traffic problems continued because the city is now doing what is called “major surgery” on all of the most traveled streets in Centro. This results in random street closures, as well as temporary changes in the direction of traffic.

Merida’s Busy Airport

Not only does Merida’s airport now serve 4,000 passengers per day, but it is also the third busiest import/export freight airport in all of Mexico. The two airports that handle more freight than Merida’s airport are Mexico City and Guadalajara. Merida’s airport handled 17,953,770 pounds of freight in 2014, of which 40% was exports and 60% were imports. The top trading partners included countries in Europe and the United States, Japan, China and South America. The countries Yucatan dealt with, in large part and on this side of the world, included the United States, Nicaragua, Barbados, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil and Ecuador. Those items most shipped included various industrial materials, parcels of documents, airplane parts, car parts, flowers and fish. This all comes after a 48% increase in Merida’s airport freight industry that came about after airport management throughout the Caribbean and South America graduated from a special program taught by experts from Madrid, Spain. We see how rapidly every industry is growing in Yucatan and can hardly wait to see what 2015 brings for Aeropuerto Internacional de Merida (MID).

In Yucatan, Trilingual Now Recommended

Yucatan’s young people are making their mark around the world and their dedication to learning foreign languages is one of the main reasons they are so successful. Today, Spanish and English skills are almost universal among Yucatan’s school age population because both languages are mandatory in school. Soon, it may be that a third language will be added. Choices there include Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian, Portuguese or German. Add all of these to the new requirement for some of Yucatan’s school children to master the Mayan language and what you get are young people who can hold their own in any nation or industry in the world. For those who think this cannot be true at all levels of employment, we can tell you that we have actually seen an advertisement for a boat mechanic, in Quintana Roo, that required all applicants to be trilingual. The world really is much smaller than it was when we were young(er) and young Yucatecos are ready to compete with the best of them.

Guadalajara to Try to Beat Merida’s Guinness World Record for Cochinita

In 2010, Yucatan earned its place in the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Cochinita. Now, Yucatan is a guest in Guadalajara, along with Yucatan’s native chef David Cetina, as they try to cook over four tons of meat and serve more than 18,000 tacos. That would beat Yucatan’s record by a mere 76 kilos and open the door to a rematch.

Classic Cars: Rally Maya: May 3 – 7

As we are all aware, a new case of diabetes is diagnosed in Yucatan every two hours. This disease is a huge burden on the families of diabetic patients, and more so on the families of children with diabetes. This rally will bring classic cars together to tour Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche, with the proceeds going to help pay for a camp that teaches diabetic children about food and the treatments they need. The last rally of this kind saw 1,120 cars on the tour. Hopefully, this one will be even bigger. This event is one of the best of the year, so do try to attend. Visit the Rally Maya Mexico Facebook page to learn more.

Handicapped Parking Comes to Yucatan

This past week, the handicapped citizens of the state received not only the familiar blue and white sign that will hang from their rear view mirrors when their vehicles are parked, but they also got word that 12 transport vans have been purchased to help those who do not have their own transportation. The general public has been asked to watch for parking spaces marked as reserved for handicapped citizens and to respect their human rights by leaving those spots open for them.

University Gerontology Graduate Institute of Yucatan Expands

This new graduate degree adds three new tracks to the standard Master in Social Gerontology degree: physical and emotional health, technology education, and entrepreneurship. From computers to dancing, and from advanced English to basic auto mechanics for women, these new graduate degrees are recreating a world in which age really is nothing but a number. Personally, we rather like growing older; but I do have to admit to being more than a little bit interested in taking a class in basic auto mechanics for women. How about you? The school is located in calle 21 número 371 colonia Miguel Hidalgo, interior Plaza las Palmas local 12. and the website http://www.inugey.mx/

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting February 02 , 2014

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
February 17: Fat Tuesday (the Last Carnaval Parade… events start on February 11)
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) February 02, 2015

Yucatan Living Holiday for Mexico’s Constitution Day. Banks and other places will be closed.

Tuesday (Martes) February 03, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder – February 3-7
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Feb 3, 4, 5 at Hennessy’s, Feb 6 at Lizard Joe’s in Chelem, Feb 7 at Villa Martine in Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 04, 2015

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. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Hennessy’s, on Paseo de Montejo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living Movie: Festival of Shorts
(Mexico 2014) 6 shorts produced by the Escuela Veracruzana de Cine Luis Buñuel. In Spanish.
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) February 05, 2015

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays of January, February and March 2015, enjoy the Local and Foreign Artisans Market that benefits the Chicxulub Food Bank. Attractions include Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
(USA 2008) The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Hennessy’s on Paseo de Montejo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living Movie: Ilo Ilo
(China 2013) Ilo Ilo chronicles the Lim family as they adjust to their newly arrived Filipina domestic helper, Teresa, (Angeli Bayani) who has come, like many other Filipinas, in search of a better life. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Eat, Drink, Woman, Man
(Taiwan 1994) A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters. The middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members. in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) February 06, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Canicula
(2011 Mexico) An engrossing ethnographic work, Canicula is a study of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Totonac people of Veracruz, Mexico, who have resided in this region for thousands of years. Beautifully photographed, this documentary features rare footage of the Totonac’s voladores ritual (“the flying dance”), named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Two Movies: Anthology of Latin American Cinema Series
Strawberry and Chocolate (Cuba 1993) and Azucar Amarga (Bitter Sugar) (Cuba 1996).
Strawberry and Chocolate: Directors: Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio. Starring: Jose Perugorria, Vladimir Cruz, and Mira Ibarra. The story of two men who are total opposites: one gay, the other straight; one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist; one suspicious, the other accepting; and how they came to love each other.
Bitter Sugar : (Cuba 1996). Director: Leon Ichaso. Starring: Rene Lavan, Mayte Vilan and Miguel Gutierrez. Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution and hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested when his father, a psychiatrist, can make four times as much by playing piano at a hotel for foreigners. His sweetheart, Yolanda, wants a career as a dancer and longs for the riches of Miami. His younger brother Bobby just wants to play rock music, so he is always in trouble with the authorities. Bobby joins the revolt and Gustavo is refused service at a foreigners-only bar. The contradictions in his resolve to become a “new man” push him to the breaking point.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living Movie: Siesta Time
(Mexico 2014) Documentary about the ABC Day Care and the 43 children who died there. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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 Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Splendor. Robert Carter Austin as Guest Director and Nikolay Dimitrov on the Viola. The Opera Norma by Italian Composer Vincenzo Bellini has one of the most famous arias of history for sopranos. Nikolay Dimitrov will present the Concert for Viola by Composer Cecil Forsyth.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Stoker
(UK 2013) After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos

 

Saturday (Sabado) February 07, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series
Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 7
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are $250 pesos, $300 at the door. Please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Yucatan Living Party Girl
(France 2014) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Villa Martine in Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living Movie: Mommy
(Canada 2014) A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Frances Ha
(USA 2012) A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), February 08, 2015

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, especially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: The Magic Flute
Robert Carter Austin as Guest Director and Nikolay Dimitrov on the Viola. The Opera Norma by Italian Composer Vincenzo Bellini has one of the most famous arias of history for sopranos. Nikolay Dimitrov will present the Concert for Viola by Composer Cecil Forsyth.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos

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) February 09, 2015

No events to report at the moment.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays of January, February and March 2015
Local and Foreign Artisans Market: to benefit the Chicxulub Food Bank. Attractions include Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuelleMarket

Yucatan Living Merida Carnaval: February 11 – 18
Location: Xmatkuil Fairgrounds
Time: Depends on the Day
Admission: To watch the parade $25 pesos for the chair, access to the fair is free.
This year, the theme of the Carnival season is all about the Caribbean, from costumes to music, from colors to music. Caribbean culture is one of the cornerstones of the culture of Yucatan and nowhere is that any more evident in the sights and sounds that can be experienced throughout Merida during the 2015 Carnival season.

Comparsa Contest Saturday February 7, 2015
A comparsa (conga de comparsa) is the band that plays a conga during a Latin American Carnival celebration. It consists of a large group of dancers dancing and traveling on the streets, followed by a Carrosa (carriage) where the musicians play.
Location: Parque de la Aleman, Calle 21 # 292-C entre 24 y 26, Colonia Miguel Aleman
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Moods) Wednesday February 11, 2015
This event is the official beginning of Carnival. Entertainment will be by Los Super Lamas.
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Children’s Parade Thursday February 12, 2015
Location: Begins in front of the Municipal Palace, makes its way around the Plaza Grande and then up Calle 60. Visit the Map of the Children’s Parade.
Location: Centro
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Corso Parade: Friday February 13, 2015 This parade will showcase the theme of this year’s Carnival: Caribbean Voyage, and it is going to be beautiful. Do try to get out to the fairgrounds to see it. There will be a special concert by the Banda El Recodo.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Fantasia Parade: Saturday February 14, 2015
Actress and former model Ariadne Diaz, originally from Puerto Vallarta, will be on hand to participate in this parade, which will showcase Yucatan’s love affair with fantasy floats. We can only imagine how grand they will be when coupled with this year’s theme of Caribbean Voyage. There will also be a concert by Merenglass, the most popular merengue group in Mexico, as they celebrate 20 years on stage with a brand new CD.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Bachata Parade: Sunday February 15, 2015
The heart throb of this parade is Jose Ron, award winning telenovela actor from Guadalajara and internationally well known animal rights activist. The Bachata Parade is always defined by its Dominican Republic ancestry with African roots. With this year’s theme of Caribbean Voyage, look for this parade to step it up a notch and be one of the best of the week.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Regional Parade: Monday February 16, 2015
Since every region of Yucatan has some history and association with the Caribbean, it will be interesting to see how this parade plays out.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Battle of the Flowers Parade: Tuesday February 17, 2015
The Battle of the Flowers Parade is the biggest parade of Carnival week. This year, Africa Zavala and Lenny de la Rosa will be on hand to participate in this parade. Africa Zavala is an actress from Mexico City who admits to coming to Yucatan for the food. Lenny de la Rosa, also described as “eye candy,” is a Cuban actor, singer, model and dancer who currently lives in Mexico.
Location: Carnival Plaza at X’Matkuil Fairgrounds
Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

The Burial of Juan Carnival: Wednesday February 18, 2015
Today is Ash Wednesday. Juan Carnival is the (straw man) personification of the spirit of Carnival. His mock death signifies that Carnival has ended and Lent has begun.
Location: In front of the Municipal Palace in Merida
Time: 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Music in the Garden Concert Series
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website:
• February 13: Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music with Maricarmen Perez
• March 13: Rock and Blues with Steve Katz
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour – February 21
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale January 22nd! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan Living Soldier, Come Home – February 22
Award winning play based on real letters written during the Civil War will be presented in the garden. It is interesting to note that two of the main characters, depicting Civil War soldiers, will be played by local Yucatecans! Read here for more information.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, centro
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at MEL

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour – February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archaeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

Yucatan Living Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, March 08
An icon of the music comes to Merida, do not miss the opportunity to listen live to one of the musicians who marked an era, this is a unique and unrepeatable concert not to miss.
Location:Coliseo Yucatan, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:from $425 pesos to $1825 pesos . Buy your tickets in advance here.

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Blues Friday March 13, 2015
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Steve Katz, formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears, on guitar and vocals.
Location: Forum Cine Colón (72 street by Colon Avenue)
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Seating limited. Beverages available.

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By Khaki Scott

Harlem Globetrotters Make Stop at Merida Orphanage

Nearly 300 children, who live at Merida’s center for the care of homeless children (Centro de Atención Integral del Menor en Desamparo (Caimede)), were treated to not only a performance in the courtyard of the orphanage, but to an extended visit after the performance. It seemed like a dream to the children and they could not stop talking about it. The Globetrotters went on to give four sold-out performances in Merida but, one thing is certain, their day at Caimede will be remembered and cherished for a lifetime by the children they befriended. The Harlem Globetrotters have played more than 20,000 games and there is a reason that, apart from fancy tricks with basketballs, they are one of the best loved entertainment groups in the world. No one is nicer to their audiences than the Harlem Globetrotters!

January Pet Sterilization Project Numbers In

For the sixth year in a row, the January Pet Sterilization Project has expanded its reach. This year, it took place in Valladolid, Progreso and Merida. Twenty five vets from Denver, California, Slovakia, Colombia, Mexicali, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Guadalajara, Quintana Roo and the Federal District came together to conduct 2,381 free sterilizations on pet dogs and cats. There were over 700 sterilizations in Progreso, over 1,000 in Merida, and 600 in Valladolid. This annual program is a combined effort between the State Ministry of Health, Planned Pethood Mexico, Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido (AFAD), Evolución A. C, UADY, and a number of local and expat supported organizations. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, and their donations of financial support and supplies for this worthy event. Because of this one program, it is estimated that – in the course of just the next three years – 42,858 unwanted dogs and cats will not be born into a life of fear, hunger, pain, sickness and early death. As a public health measure, the fact that these unwanted pets will never be born insures fewer diseases transmitted from animals to humans, and even reduces the number of traffic accidents and fatalities. The best thing that comes out of this program is that the poor are given an opportunity to own a pet that is going to be part of their family, instead of growing into a burden. Happy pets and happy families who love them.

Running: Rock ‘n’ Roll Merida Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll International already includes races in Canada (Montreal and Vancouver), Portugal (Lisbon), Spain (Madrid), the United Kingdom (Liverpool), and Ireland (Dublin). Now, this international marathon has come to Mexico, with a hugely
March 15: Rock ‘n’ Roll Mexico City: 10,000 runners already registered (sold out)
October 31: Rock ‘n’ Roll Merida Half Marathon: 5,000 runners expected
These are night runs, with entertainment along the route. Early registration, with a special rate of $65 USD, will be open for 24 hours on January 30. From February 6 on to race day, the registration fee will be $75 USD. For more information, visit Rock ‘n’ Roll Merida.

Police Use Social Networks to Find Runaway Teens

Puppy love may not be real, but its real to the puppy. Such is the case with a growing number of teens who meet online and decide to run away together. Those who choose Yucatan as a destination are doing so on the basis of safety and the opportunity to earn a living. Their problem is that they either can’t manage to stay off of social media sites, or they can’t manage to keep their location secret from friends. This past week, the police picked up a 16 year old girl who had run away from home in Monterrey to be with her 18 year old boyfriend in Merida. Then, they picked up another 18 year old boy and his 17 year old girlfriend in Progreso. She is still a minor and he had been reported as missing by his family, so both were returned to their parents in Merida. With great pride, Yucatan can boast that their police departments, at every level, have a stellar reputation when it comes to responding to Amber Alerts and to the use of social networking to find missing teens.

Quintana Roo Physicians to Study Specialty Medicine in Merida

Expats from around the world take superior quality health care in Merida as a given, but such has not been the case for the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula until the signing of a training agreement just last week. The Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad de la Peninsula de Yucatan is a resource that could not be used by physicians from Quintana Roo until the agreement with the official medical association of that state. This hospital was designed to serve not only as a specialty hospital for the people, but as a training hospital for specialty physicians. With this new agreement, it will not be long before the quality of health services across the Yucatan Peninsula will be on a par with the services found in Merida itself. Merida will certainly welcome the physicians of Quintana Roo and will take great pride in having had a part in creating an excellent health care system throughout the state.

2015 Annual Arms Exchange Underway in Yucatan

This program allows citizens to exchange guns, ammunition and/or explosives for household items, including appliances and even bicycles. In 2013, 70 guns were turned in and, in 2014, 45 guns made their way out of the hands of citizens to be safely disposed of. Throughout the month, the program will make its way through the municipalities of the state and will do so again at some point in the last half of the year. Many of these guns are old and unstable, having been passed down from one generation to the next. They were never disposed of because having unregistered firearms is against the law. This program bypasses that law and, as a result, prevents in-home accidents, as well as crimes. At any time, anyone can turn an unwanted weapon in to the military camps of 42 Sur or Valladolid.

Minimum Wage Going Up in Yucatan

Sadly, the minimum wage increase in Yucatan, set to begin March 1, will amount to just under two pesos. This will bring the daily minimum wage to barely over 70 pesos per day. Yucatan’s daily minimum wage has, traditionally, been one of the lowest in the nation. However, there is currently a national effort to standardize minimum wage across Mexico so that there will be less of a gap in with the lowest income families are able to earn nationwide. Although expats may not become involved in political topics in Mexico, we all are well aware of what things cost here. All we can ask is that everyone please take those costs into consideration when engaging the services of household and gardening help.

Happy 21st Anniversary Cecuny!

The Centro Cultural del Niño Yucateco (Cecuny) opened its doors January 24, 1994. Since then, this cultural center has become a model for early artistic education for children. The benefit to Yucatan is a steady flow of young authors, artisans, musicians, and voices who will be the new cultural face of Yucatan as their generations inherit the land and culture of their ancestors. Over the years, it has become evident that many places in the world train their children to play to an audience of tourists. The opposite is true in Yucatan. Here, these children would be studying the same artistic curriculum whether anyone outside of the state would be watching or not – and that makes all the difference. That is what defines authenticity and it is what allows true talent to shine. So, again, Happy 21st anniversary to Cecuny and congratulations to all of her students, past, present and future.

XXIV Expo Feria Valladolid January 23 – February 4

When this fair began, it was a cattle sale/horse show in what many thought of as still a frontier town. But there is something to be said for talent and location. Today, you can still find the cattle sale, but the horse shows have grown to be stunning. Add to that the fine jewelry from artisans across the Yucatan Peninsula, beautiful fashions by designers from Yucatan and Mexico, and this expo was already shaping up to be an international “must attend” event. The final touch came with imports and exports. Today, the Valladolid Expo and Fair combines a religious holiday with world class attention from business and tourism around the world. Valladolid’s location, between Cancun and Merida, near Chichen Itza, and close to beaches guarantees the future of this Magical Pueblo of Mexico for generations to come. To learn more about this fair, visit Expo Feria Valladolid 2014 on Facebook.

Tourism Goal: Unite the Yucatan Peninsula

A tourism delegation from Campeche is currently touring Merida and a similar delegation will soon arrive from Quintana Roo. A tourism delegation from Merida has already visited Campeche. The goal is to develop a combined tourism program that will showcase the best of activities, museums, and archaeological tours of Yucatan. Since these three states were once united, this is an idea whose time has come, especially with renewed interest in all things Maya. If we stop and think about it, there is no other place in the world with as rich and varied opportunities for tourism than the Yucatan Peninsula. Tourists need to keep an eye on this area for what will surely be some of the finest experiences to be found in the world and at some of the best prices. We hope everyone comes to the Yucatan Peninsula, even if it’s only for a visit.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting January 26 , 2014

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
February 18: Mardi Gras
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) January 26, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: The Lady from Shanghai
(United States, 1947). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, and Rita Hayworth, with a cameo by Errol Flynn. Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O’Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: The Body: The Treasures of the Soumaya Museum
Come and see this wonderful exhibition!
Location: The Salas of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 27, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series:The Immortal Story
(United States 1968). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau and Roger Coggio. The Portuguese colony of Macao in the 19th century. Mr. Clay is a very rich merchant and the subject of town gossip. He has spent many years in China and is now quite old. He likes his clerk Levinsky to read the company’s accounts to him at night for relaxation. Tonight, Mr. Clay recounts a true story he heard years before about a rich man who paid a poor sailor 5 guineas to father a child with his beautiful young wife. Levinsky says that is a popular old sailor’s legend and not true. Mr. Clay has no heir for his fortune and no wife either. He resolves to make the story true. First they engage the potential wife and mother, then go on the hunt for the sailor.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Pepe Arevalo and His Mulatos
Music in the parks is one of Merida’s finest signature events. Come out and enjoy!!
Location: Parque de San Sebastian, Calle 71 x 79
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: Exposicion Acervo Merida
This is a beautiful setting and should be a lovely evening.
Location: Municipal Art Gallery of Merida in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Nowhere
(USA 1997) The third film in a trilogy by writer-director Gregg Araki. Described as “90210 on acid”, the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 28, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Good Bye Nobody
(Various 2010) The mysterious world of the sleepless. Four insomniacs from around the world invite us to spend a night with them. While the rest of the world sleeps, they’re awake. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: Don Quijote
(Portugal, 2005). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Francisco Reiguera, Akim Tamiroff, Orson Welles. After reading too many novels about knights and heroic stories, Don Quijote and his servant Sancho Panza decide to wander the roads of Spain to protect the weak and to accomplish good deeds.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Troikal Forever
What an end to the Anniversary of the City! There is something for everyone in this concert. Come to the Plaza Grande to celebrate!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Siesta Time
(Mexico 2014) Documentary about the ABC Day Care and the 43 children who died there. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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) January 29, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Radio La Colifata
(Spain 2007) LT22 Radio La Colifata is a radio station run entirely by the patients of the J.T. Borda Psychiatric Hospital in Buenos Aires. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Immigration Communication: Questions, Procedures, and Concerns
This meeting is for all foreigners living in the region and anyone interested in learning more about the immigration services and requirements. A group from Merida will be presenting the information. The Valladolid Director of Tourism, Noe Rodriguez Cervera, will also be present. Francisco Hernandez will serve as the interpreter for the evening.
Location: Casa Hamaca Palapa in Valladolid
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: We think this is free

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Forum Cine Colón (72 street by Colon Avenue)
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan Living Movie: Ilo Ilo
(China 2013) Ilo Ilo chronicles the Lim family as they adjust to their newly arrived Filipina domestic helper, Teresa, (Angeli Bayani) who has come, like many other Filipinas, in search of a better life. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 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) January 30, 2015

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 with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living VEL Cuba Night Celebration
Details coming soon…
Location: Casa Hamaca Palapa in Valladolid
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Movie: Mommy
(Canada 2014) A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. In French 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

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: The Magic Flute
Robert Carter Austin as Guest Director and Joaquin Melo on the Flute. The Magic Flute Overture and Concert for flute by Mozart and Symphony number 7 by Beethoven. The first program devoted to Mozart!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 31, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series
Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(Germany 2011) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Joseph STOP in Merida, YucatanArt Opening: Joseph Kurhajec
Opening of an art exhibit featuring the amazing and ever-fascinating Joseph Kurhajec.
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452 A x 52 y 54, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:The Bastartds
(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. In French with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Micmas
(France 2009) A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), February 01, 2015

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, especially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: The Magic Flute
Robert Carter Austin as Guest Director and Joaquin Melo on the Flute. The Magic Flute Overture and Concert for flute by Mozart and Symphony number 7 by Beethoven. The first program devoted to Mozart!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos

Yucatan LivingDance: 2015 National Yousef Constantino Tour in Merida
This is a Grand Gala that features both soloists and groups.
Location: Teatro Armando, Calle 62 x 61
Time : 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60 pesos

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) February 02, 2015

No events to report at the moment.

Coming Soon

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 7
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are $250 pesos, $300 at the door. Please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays of January, February and March 2015
Local and Foreign Artisans Market: Benefits Chicxulub Food Bank
Includes: Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelery by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) – and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, Calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuelleMarket

Yucatan Living Merida Carnaval: February 11 – 18
Location: Xmatkuil Fairgrounds
Time: Depends on the Day
Admission: To watch the parade $25 pesos for the chair, access to the fair: Free

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder – February 3-7
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Feb 3, 4, 5 at Hennessy’s, Feb 6 at Lizard Joe’s in Chelem, Feb 7 at Villa Martine in Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Music in the Garden Concert Series
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website:
• February 13: Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music with Maricarmen Perez
• March 13: Rock and Blues with Steve Katz
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour – February 21
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale January 22nd! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan Living Soldier, Come Home – February 22
Award winning play based on real letters written during the Civil War will be presented in the garden. It is interesting to note that two of the main characters, depicting Civil War soldiers, will be played by local Yucatecans! Read here for more information.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, centro
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at MEL

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour – February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archaeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

Yucatan Living Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, March 08
An icon of the music comes to Merida, do not miss the opportunity to listen live to one of the musicians who marked an era, this is a unique and unrepeatable concert not to miss.
Location:Coliseo Yucatan, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission:from $425 pesos to $1825 . Buy your tickets in advance here.

Yucatan Living Concert: Rock and Blues Friday March 13, 2015
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This concert features Steve Katz, formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears, on guitar and vocals.
Location: Forum Cine Colón (72 street by Colon Avenue)
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Seating limited. Beverages available.

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By Working Gringos

I am a 25 year old English teacher from England I have just arrived 5 days ago, and sorted an apartment. Now all I need is a job.

I would really appreciate it if you could include me on the job board.

So here goes:

Name of Applicant: Ione Murray
Email Address: ionemurray10 [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk
Phone Number: 9993639379
Type of Work Desired: English Teacher (adults)
Job Location Desired: Merida
Resume or Qualification Description: CELTA-Qualified with over 2 years experience teaching adults English
Any Additional Information: available immediately

By Khaki Scott


Quintana Roo in New Time Zone (With Conditions)

At 2:00 AM on Sunday, February 1, 2015, clocks will change in Quintana Roo. At that time, the time in Quintana Roo will be the equivalent of Eastern Standard Time in the United States and Canada. However – this is a one-time-only shift forward in time. Quintana Roo is not going to use Daylight Saving Time. When everyone else turns their clocks back in the Fall, Quintana Roo will not be changing with them.

Yucatan Courting United States Business Investments

The State Government of Yucatan is putting together a plan to show American businessmen the advantages of investing in this state. These plans include guarantees, as well as information on attractions and public safety. There is an amazing array of areas of interest and all are now on the cutting edge of their fields. These include: education, science, technology, medicine, manufacturing, and import/exports. New railroad access, along with updated port facilities, bring Yucatan into the energy field, as well as do wind farms and renewed interest in solar energy production. Even agriculture, including horse and cattle ranching are growing industries in Yucatan. Overall, the future looks brighter than ever and everyone here believes that investments in Yucatan are some of the best in the world.

Tzucacab: Maya Ceremony May Disappear

Every sixteen years, a priest of the ancient Maya tradition officiates at a ceremony asking the gods to take care of the land, the animals, and the people who live in the area. This ceremony is called the “jetz lu’um.” The priests note that there are two reasons for a noticeable decline in the continuation of these ceremonies. First, the ceremonies are sixteen years apart and their story is not being passed down from one generation to the next. Second, the supplies for the ceremonies cost money that the rural poor cannot afford. When these situations are combined, we are lucky that there is renewed interest in all things Maya on university campuses. Modern research into the old ways may be what saves many of the customs of the ancient Maya, including the “jetz lu’um.” We certainly hope to be here for the next “jetz lu’um,” in January 2031.

Merida: Business Coalition Against Climate Change (CECC)

It is, indeed, a new millennium in Yucatan and the wonders we have seen in just the past few months are almost beyond belief. Legal representatives for companies in six industries have come together to form the Business Coalition Against Climate Change. In each of these industries, the companies that have signed as members of the CECC must already be doing business in an environmentally responsible manner, as well as being willing to contribute further to developing mitigation and adaptation strategies, as well as contributing to public education on the topic of climate change. These industries include: pork, cement, salt, wheat, Bepensa (Coca Cola), and electrical services. The coalition will be collaborating with environmental specialists from Universidad Marista. This is the first coalition of its kind in all of Mexico and we are extremely proud that it began right here in Merida. Estado de Yucatan, in the 21st century, has already defined itself as socially and environmentally responsible. This will let new businesses know to stay away if they don’t share those values, or that the welcome mat is out to those who do.

DNA Advances

The Genetics Laboratory of the Attorney General of the State of Yucatan has almost completed the genetic profile of the population born in the state and throughout the peninsula. The project only seeks to identify populations, not individuals. In fact, no individual information was even asked for from the participating subjects. The end result will be invaluable in the justice system, as well as in the field of health care. Comparisons between Yucatan’s population and that of other countries can provide a wealth of information for all branches of science. Missing persons can be brought home and genetic diseases can be caught early enough for treatment. There are so many ethnicities on this peninsula and understanding their minute fractional DNA has far-reaching implications. Every step we take brings us closer to understanding who the people of Yucatan are and how they came to be. Of course, there are fun facts in DNA as well. When Jessica Alba, the American actress, had her DNA profile done, she discovered that she is descended from the Maya!

Yucatan: Disease Statics are In and Down!

It seems that Yucatan is winning the war on more than a few diseases, not in the least of which is dengue fever. In 2013, there were 2,835 cases of dengue fever in Yucatan. That number dropped to 1,059 in 2014. According to authorities, much of this drop can be attributed to the efforts of the people to keep clean their patios, walkways, and the insides of their houses. The climate itself is having an effect on more common respiratory diseases. Overall higher temperatures seem to have significantly reduced the number of colds. Authorities still recommend flu shots to keep that disease at bay. Chlorination at water treatment plants and wells have significantly reduced the number of cholera cases in the state as well. This year, Mexico is making the polio vaccine mandatory. This is one disease that has not appeared in Yucatan in many years, but it is welcome news that, with vaccination, it never will again. While diabetes and obesity are still a significant health problem in Yucatan, the overall health report is positive and getting better all the time.

Cancun: 3D Pet Protheses

There is a company in Cancun (Impresiones 3D Cancun) that manufactures 3D printers. The owner, Alejandro Martin Canul, says that the market for 3D pet prostheses is greater in Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mexico City because they have more pets and more people who can afford the $400 peso price for producing these prostheses but, since they are so far away, this idea might catch on in Cancun. $400 pesos!? Is that all? Never underestimate the love that Yucatecos and expats have for their pets, or what they are willing to pay to improve the quality of life for a disabled pet. Be sure and ask your vet if he or she has looked into getting a 3D prosthesis for any of their patients who need one, and ask at the shelters and animal aid organizations too. You can find Alejandro Martin Canul on Facebook.

Fundraiser for Medical Bills of Bruce Pit Bull

As evidence of how well loved Yucatan’s pets really are, we are passing on the story of Bruce the pit bull. Bruce has a curable cancerous tumor, but his family needs help to pay for the five rounds of chemotherapy he will need. A local pit bull club (El club Ko’okMeyajYetel le Pitbull) has decided to host an event as a fundraiser. The following information details what will be going on:
Fundraiser: Chemotherapy Expenses for Bruce the Pit Bull January 25, 2015
Competitions: Confirmation, Pulling Weights (up and level), vertical jump, and stalking prey.
Location: Parque “Los Cantaritos,” Calle 59 por 42, Fraccionamiento Francisco de Montejo
Time: This will be an all day event
Admission: Free to the public, donations deeply appreciated. Fees to enter for pit bulls (per event entered): $50 pesos until the 22nd, $70 pesos from the 22nd through the 25th.

Exciting Week in Hunucma!

This past Sunday, 5,000 people filled the streets of Hunucma as the Virgin of Tetiz made her annual pilgrimage the few miles from her home in Tetiz. She will remain in Hunucma for two weeks before making her way the 8 km back to Tetiz. Just two days prior to the arrival of the Virgin, the Ministry of Rural Municipal Development arrived in Hunucma, where they went house to house until they had given out 6,000 vouchers for 10 baby chickens each. The chickens themselves were distributed on Tuesday. These chickens will add 60,000 sources of food to families in Hunucma, either as food or as a source of eggs. Either way, this visit of the Virgin of Tetiz is beginning on a high note and more good things are to come.

By Working Gringos

Contact: Carlos Montes de Oca
DOB: January 23rd, 1986
Nationality: Mexican
Address: Mérida, Yucatán.
Email: ct [dot] montesdeoca [at] gmail [dot] com
Cel: 044 999 324 1625

Profile:
Detail oriented team player. Organized, flexible and able to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment. Excellent problem-solving skills and a background in Production, Quality and Creative Arts.

Education:
Universidad del Valle de México
Communication (Drop Out)
2005 – 2007
Paseo de Las Aves 1, San Mateo
Naucálpan Estado de Mexico, 53220
Tel: 01 55 52 38 73 00

Miami-Dade College
Interior Design
January, 2007 – May, 2010
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Tel: 001 305 237 3000

- Design of a Louis XVI / Contemporary chair, showcased as part of the Architecture and
Design Museum of Florida International University. Miami-Dade College, Interior Design
Department. Professor Irina Mitina.
- Design of a Hotel Room showcased as part of the Architecture and Interior Design Fair
of Miami-Dade College. Miami-Dade College, Interior Design Department. Professor
Irina Mitina.

Art Institute – Miami International University of Art and Design
Digital Filmmaking and Video Production:
April, 2011 – December, 2013
1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33132
Tel: 001 305 428 5700

Resume
- Dean’s honor roll, MIU Summer 2011-Spring 2012.
- President of the Film Club (2012-2013)
- Faculty’s honor roll for thesis project. Faculty of Miami International University of Art
and Design, Phezman Jatala.

Experience:
Freelance
Hotel Banyan Tree, Mayakoba. Playa del Carmen.
- Concept and production of twelve videos to help improve the training of their employees; working hand in hand with directives of the Training and HR departments. Eiffel School of Arts. Mérida.
- Theatre and Drama Classes.
- Production and Directing of five theatre plays.
- Social media, increasing likes and 400% exposure with web traffic
- Graphic design, web and print.
- Production of promotional videos for social media.
Bread and Cake House. Mérida.
- Interior and graphic design.
Isabel Puente. Miami, FL.
- Production of background videos for women’s boutique.
Deco Models. Miami, FL.
- Photoshoots for books.
- Graphic design.

Methustos Studio, Miami. (04/12 – 12/13)
Production company; Recruiting, contracts, budgets, payrolls, logistics, production
books, equipment.
- “ I Love Miami”, producer.
- “Dawn of the Sheriff”, producer.
- “According to Lola”, producer.
- “The Glass”, producer, designer.
Resume
- “ Apple Tart”, producer, designer.
- “ Valentine”, producer, designer.
- “Dipped in Chocolate”, producer, designer.
- “Dead Hearts”, producer, designer.

KAPZ Design, Miami (02/09 – 03/2012)
Real State and Interior Design company.
-Design and supervision of Luxury properties in Miami, FL.
- Construction Materials, fixtures, flooring, window treatment, walk-in closet design, light
design, furniture, textiles, and wall treatment.
- Marketing and Graphic design.

Instituto Cultural de México en Miami (2008-2009).
Mexican Consulate in Miami. SRE.
- Graphic design.
- Concept and design of “festival Mexico-Miami”, still in use.
- Production and logistics of events to help promote the art of Mexicans in Miami.
Tetra-Emos-Arte (2008). Obra Pictórica de Diego Rosales (2008). Obra Grafica Original
de Rufino Tamayo (2008). Mexico en el Mainly Mozart Festival: Concierto Inaugural de
Artenostra (2008) Alexey Sabido (2009). Festival Mexico-Miami (2009). Vestidos y
Piezas Couture de Maria Félix (2009). NSN: No Somos Nadie/Si Somos Alguien (2009).

MAD in Italy, Miami (2006 – 2008).
Designer’s forniture.
- Interior Decorator, In-store Sales.

Software:
Advance Skills in Microsoft Office Package, Apple iWork, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro
X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe
After Effects, Final Draft.

Languages:
- Spanish, Native.
- English proficiency.

By Donna Martine

Editor’s Note: The following article was sent to us by a reader who wanted to share hers and her husband’s experiences of renting houses in the Yucatan. As you can see, they had a lot of experience in this, as they rented multiple times, in various areas around the city, looking for just the right place to settle down. They used our website, especially our article about the neighborhoods of Merida, to learn about and explore where they might want to finally live and build their own house.

We wanted to share this with our readers because we feel there is valuable information here… not only for people looking to rent a home in Yucatan, but also for those of us already living here who might have forgotten how people unfamiliar with the Yucatan experience it when they first arrive. All of us arrive with our north-of-the-border expectations firmly intact. We expect a certain minimum level of service in service providers, like we had back home. We are not prepared for a situation where lack of competition, clashes of cultures and the vagaries of history have created something subtly but completely different. We expect the same sort of amenities that we had back home, and are surprised to find such a huge range of offerings, from cutting edge technologies to centuries-old (sometimes literally!) solutions. We expect that the people we deal with, especially if they share our language, will think the same way we do about things and are surprised when something we think is unacceptable is perfectly fine with them. There are experiences in this story below that we can all identify with, no matter how long or how little a time we have spent in the Yucatan.

What we have seen here in the Yucatan is that gradually the realities of life in this climate and this culture wear away our rough edges and give us a sort of been-there-done-that patina that is the human equivalent of what we see in the houses, structures and establishments around us. We learn the ways of this world. We begin (just begin…) to understand that things are often not what they seem. We gain a perspective, not just on this unknown, puzzling culture, but we also see how much of our own culture we have taken for granted, assuming that cultures are all that way. It is one thing to visit another culture and be charmed by the differences we see. It is another thing altogether to live in another culture and be tripped up, confounded, stymied and puzzled by the differences we often cannot see.

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Rent Before You Buy

“They” say it is always best to rent instead of buy when you first move to a new location, especially in another country. Renting allows you time to settle in, find out where things are located and explore the various neighborhoods you might be interested in living in when you finally decide to commit and buy (or build).

Each year more people come to the Yucatan on vacation, or to live for three to six months. Some of them even come as we did… to live here for a year and then decide what to do next. We did our research and made many trips to the area prior to our move here. However, when it came to renting a home in the Yucatan, we have had more adventures than we ever anticipated. We have learned a lot about realtors, property managers, owners and rental agencies. They are all different, with different strengths and weaknesses. In the end, they are people and some served our needs better than others. Here, like anywhere, there is a range of services and service providers.

Let’s Start in the Centro

As with many first time visitors to Merida, we initially wanted to live in the centro historico and experience the much-heralded Merida lifestyle, with its great colonial architecture, neighborhood mercados and centuries-old culture. A lovely man who owns a small boutique hotel in Merida gave us the names of some realtors for us to begin our rental home search. We decided upon one of these realtors and began a telephone relationship with her prior to moving down here. We felt it was important for the person we were doing business with to really understand our needs and how we operate. We thought this person had understood us, but in hindsight, we believe she was more interested in her commission than in finding us the right house.

Cel Phone Tower ViewWe moved down here with three cats. Crazy, we know… but our cats are family. Because of them, having a home to move into the moment we got off the airplane was very important to us. Our realtor put us into what appeared in the photos to be a lovely large home in the south centro part of Merida. At the time we knew nothing about locations and had to totally rely on this person to be honest in describing the neighborhood. We rented this home for six months beginning in December. Fortunately we came down three months prior to moving in and rented the house for three nights.

After the first night we broke the lease. We did not care for the neighborhood. The neighborhood was noisy, and there was a huge cell tower beaming directly into the master bedroom and living room. We felt uncomfortable with the neighborhood and were far removed from the life we were seeking. As always, however, the people in the neighborhood were very kind.

The next day, the realtor showed us another one of her homes that we liked very much. We agreed to rent the home in December. A month prior to our move from California, I thought it odd that I had not received any paperwork to sign regarding the house, so I called the realtor. I was surprised to learn that the home we agreed to rent was not available. The person currently renting it was not going to move out in time for our arrival. My first question, of course, was “and when were you going to tell us this”? For an answer, the realtor told us how busy she was, how everything is getting booked up and how little is available. Of course, that was why we began our communication and search in July. Oh, well. Moving on!

House #3 looked fine in the photos, although it was much smaller than we had wanted. In addition, we had to sign a two-month lease. By now we were desperate, as our departure date was only weeks House on Calle 62away. The realtor said the home was on a busy street, but that the noise was not too bad. Again, since we were not there, we had to trust her judgement. We arrived at the house after 10pm at night. She kindly had put food in the refrigerator so we did not need to run out for provisions first thing in the morning. What she failed to tell us is the “not too busy street” was a major North/South thoroughfare, Calle 62. This seemed to us a street crammed full of buses, taxis, trucks, and cars from 5 in the morning until 9 at night. The exhaust fumes alone about killed us, not to mention the noise.

Exploring Our Beach Options

After two weeks, we explored the VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owners) site and found what appeared to be a nice home at the beach in Telchac Puerto. Our intention was to stay for two weeks, regroup our Beach house not maintainedshattered bodies and decide what to do. We connected with the property manager who was delightful. Unfortunately the property was not well maintained.

These particular photos seemed about ten years old and the house was really showing its age. Cabinets in the kitchen were broken, knobs missing, there was a leak in the bathroom… after a walk through, we could come up with a long list of things needing attention. With all that said, we felt that being there was nicer than living on Calle 62. We had Internet, television, and a washer/dryer… three vital necessities for us. We stayed for three weeks and kept looking at homes along the beach, realizing at this point that this was where we wanted to live.

North Merida Rental

To establish our current living situation, we returned to our realtor in the city and told her we were not moving back to Calle 62. Having had some time to explore the colonial city center, we decided to The Streets of Montebello in Merida Yucatansearch for a home in the north-eastern part of Merida. This was not our realtor’s territory, so she helped us contact another realtor for help. The second realtor found a lovely home for us in Montebello II, very close to the Altabrisa Shopping Center. We lived in Home #4 for six months. During this time we took advantage of what the city had to offer and learned our way around the neighborhoods. We discovered that Merida is a wonderful city, as most of you already know.

Beach Rentals in Yucatan

Long-term rentals at the beach are not easy to come by. Almost all the homes there are vacation rentals. Yucatecan families own many of the homes and they usually stay at those homes during the three week Easter break, and for all of July and August. Other homes are owned by expatriates who come down only during the winter months, or when they have time off to enjoy the beach. Finding a six-to-twelve month rental seemed almost impossible. With the help of a property manager we had met, we were able to rent a new home that was available in July, six months away, and we agreed to take it.

While we were staying in our Montebello home in the city, we also came out to the beach and rented the home we were going to rent long term (five months) in July. We spent one to two weeks at a time in Home #5. This rental home was not large, but very comfortable. Also, it was clean and everything worked initially.

When some strong rain storms began in late May with very high winds, we discovered a very serious leak right over the master bed. Water came down the wall and went right under the mattress. At that time, we were only there for a short stay and told the owner and property manager of the problem. They brought the contractor out to the house and he felt he fixed the problem. After we moved into the house later on, House on the beach with a leakthere were things that needed to be fixed that the owner did not have time to attend to during their stay, which was just prior to our moving in. During our first month in the house, the air conditioner stopped working. It was July, it was hot and humid and we had no air conditioning in the living room. There were a number of other issues that needed repair, requiring a lot of time and disruption to our lives while we waited for workers and repairs to take place. It turned out to be five weeks before the air conditioner was fixed.

That October, during another rainstorm, the leak we had discovered in May reemerged again, soaking our bedding, pillows and the mattress. We then realized that the problem had never been fixed. Based on what we were told it would take to fix the problem, including a jackhammer, arrangements were made for us to leave the house a month early.

Back in March, our health insurance representative had recommended a friend of his who runs an agency in Progreso that is owned by a Canadian company. We contacted his friend to see if he had any homes along the beach we could rent from December – June 2015. At that time, we were not sure if we were going to stay in Mexico, or move back to the states. The agent showed us a home in San Benito that we rented for a week in June to see if we would like it. The beach was lovely, the home was okay, but the Internet did not work well. However, we felt we could live there and be happy for six months. The agent agreed to come up with a solution for the Internet issue. Unfortunately, we learned that we had to move out of the house for three weeks during the Easter holidays so the owner could come out and enjoy their home. We agreed and put down a deposit to secure the home for our upcoming six-month stay.

During our time in Home #5 at the beach, we decided to make the move to Mexico. We contacted the realtor who found us the city home and told her where we wanted to be located. She was great and found a property that we decided to purchase.

Preparing to Build, We Needed To Rent… Again!

In making this decision we realized we needed to line up homes to live in for the twelve-month period it would take to build our own home. We already had one home from December – June so we only needed another home for six more months. We contacted the Progreso agent to see if he had any homes available and to inquire if the home we were renting from him for six months in December might be available for a longer period of time. He said he had a meeting coming up with the owner and would be in touch soon. A few weeks passed and when he contacted us, we were informed the owner had double-booked the home. She had a renter who always comes out the month of February to rent her home. This year he told her he was not coming, and then he changed his mind and threatened never to rent her house again if she did not rent to him. The owner chose to go with the one-month renter and not with us. Even the agent was upset with her decision.

The agent then began looking for other homes and took us to see two homes. We decided upon one we felt would work for us. However, it would only be until Easter vacation in March. He knew our most important needs (washer/dryer, Internet, Television). When he gave us a tour of the home, he pointed out a unit he called a combination washer/dryer and the television, which was buried under outdoor furniture. We trusted it was there, as he said. He also told us he had purchased a special box for the Internet that he said would work.

Home Number Six

So, in November, we moved into Home #6. On moving day, we learned that our agent was on vacation and we were working with two staff members. One was a handy person, and the other a possible agent in the making.

When we moved into the house, we had some surprises. There was a television, but it did not have a power cord. When the cord arrived a week later, we discovered there was no cable box. The agent told us the owner’s son was taking the box in to be re-formatted for use at the beach and it would be delivered to us the following week. As I write this, it has been more than three weeks and we still have no cable box. Now we are told that we are responsible for paying the monthly service provider rental, something we were not told earlier.

Also, the washer/dryer was not a combination unit as promised. You wash clothes on one side of the unit and spin them on the other side. The dryer was, by default, a clothesline. This is not what we were promised. As for the Internet, it does not work most of the time. Instead, we frequent a cyber café about 15 minutes away. It is part of the adventure now to be on the computer, while ten-year old boys have a great time playing video games and make loud noises right behind us.

For three weeks after our move in, we made calls to the rental agency. Our agent was on a month-long vacation, and of course was not responding to our calls and e-mails. The agent in the making was changing her mind about the cable situation daily, and then she stopped taking our calls and would not respond to our messages. Emails were going back and forth, sometimes daily, but there was never a sender’s name on the email communication. We thought that was very odd because we thought we were working with a small local office staff. Finally, after more than three weeks we connected with our apologetic agent. We learned the rental agency he works for is so large that they have service centers in the United States and Canada. Our emails went to one of those centers and someone responded based on their limited knowledge of our situation. The multiple stories regarding the non-existent cable box went from “the box will be delivered next week”, to “there is no box”, and “you aren’t paying enough rent to have a box”, and lastly “you can rent a box from us but they are all taken for the next three months”.

We decided to never again rent from a company not based here in Yucatan.

Homes Seven and Eight

We did get our other Homes #7 and #8 lined up for the next twelve months through an outstanding realtor who lives in Merida. We have never met a person who goes so far out of her way to help clients. First, she found us the beachfront property we wanted. Then she began finding us beach homes to rent when she learned of our rental problems. We regret that we had already put a deposit down with the ‘vacation rental’ agency, because this realtor would have taken much better care of us.

This realtor showed us approximately six different homes. In some cases, we would try to make the potential home fit our needs. When she saw we were not 100% happy, she kept looking without us asking her to do this. We have been very impressed with her ability to find homes and to be of outstanding service to her clients.

Building Home Number Nine

Home #9 will be the home we are building. We are looking forward to not having to move again for some time!

There are excellent people down here to work with. If you are coming to this area, we know you will have a wonderful time and we hope this article gives you some insight into the process of renting a home here. Merida is a city and Yucatan is a state that is filled with wonderful, helpful and friendly people. Have fun and enjoy the adventure!

By Working Gringos

Name: Jonjon Cooper
Contact: +447463315795. Local number 999 139 7617
Email: jonjoncooper61 [at] gmail [dot] com

A hard worker with good practical skills and an all round knowledge of tools. Enthusiastic, sociable and always willing to learn. A good team player and also able to work on my own initiative. Full driving licence.

I am originally from the UK and I am currently living in Merida. I have extensive work experience as a property maintenance person and I am available to start immediately.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

NVQ Level 1 Plumbing and Heating & Level 1 Construction Built Environment: 2001 to 2002
Southampton City College, St Marys, Southampton

9 GCSE passes including Maths, English & Science: 1997 to 2001
Redbridge Community School, Southampton

WORK EXPERIENCE

Maintenance Man, Rent in Bournemouth, Bournemouth : 2014
I work in various rented properties across Bournemouth and carry out a wide range of tasks that need to be done to the properties. This includes; painting, plumbing, plastering, tiling (bathrooms and kitchens) and general repair work.

Plumber, Evermore properties: 2009 to 2014
Duties included fitting sinks, toilets, baths, waste pipes, copper pipes and pvc. I also carried out general repair work. Photos are available on request.

Laminator, BMG, Swanmore: 2007 to 2009
Contract worker for Sunseekers in Weymouth and Poole. Duties included laying up moulds for boat structures and component parts. This involved using polyester resin, vinylester resin and all types of combi cloth, foam and filling materials and basic finishing work.

Laminator, Catapult Catamarans, Itchen Marine, Southampton: 2005 to 2007
Duties similar to above and also included instructing new employees.

Painter, A & P / Muhlan, Southampton: 2004 to 2005
I worked in the dry dock and painted ships such as the Stella Line vessels and the Q.E.2.

Skilled Labourer, Potters Construction, Hedge End, Southampton: 2003 to 2004
Duties included painting and decorating, tiling floors and walls, fitting flooring, plumbing and other general tasks as required.

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: I enjoy all types of sports including football, kickboxing and mixed martial arts to keep fit. I also enjoy music and can play the drums, guitar, piano and keyboard.

REFERENCES: Available on request

By Working Gringos

Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: 2015

The 2015 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx

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

January

Program 1: January 16 and 18
Waltzes and overtures by composers that include Ravel, Strauss and others.

Program 2: January 23 and 24
Romantic Germany.Prepare for an evening of romantic German music from the violin of Sebastian Kwapisz. Overture for King Esteban by Beethoven, Scotch Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Bruch and Symphony #1 “Spring” by Schumman.

Program 3: January 30 and February 01
The Magic Flute. Robert Carter Austin as Guest Director and Joaquin Melo on the Flute. The Magic Flute Overture and Concert for flute by Mozart and Symphony number 7 by Beethoven. The first program devoted to Mozart.

February

Program 4: February 6 and 8
Mozart Splendor. Robert Carter Austin as Guest Director and Nikolay Dimitrov on the Viola. The Opera Norma by Italian Composer Vincenzo Bellini has one of the most famous arias of history for sopranos. Nikolay Dimitrov will present the Concert for Viola by Composer Cecil Forsyth.

March

Program 5: March 1
To the Slovenian. Juan Carlos Lomonaco as Director and Cesar Martinez from the Mexico City Philarmonic in the Violoncello, Concert for Violoncello by Czech Composer Antonin Dvorak has American Jazz and folklore from his country in the notes.

Program 6: March 8 Didactic Concert with Gustavo Rivero Weber as guest director and Maria Jose Gil as narrator. This program aims to introduce the public to orchestral music, the concerts and the instruments. Pieces include Wedding of Figaro by Mozart, Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, the orchestral guide for young people and Slavic March by Tchaikovsky.

Program 7: March 15
Czech Republic through music. From the land of the Bohemian, the orchestra presents the music, legends and landscape of the Czech Republic. Concerto for Violin by Dvorak is in the repertoire for violin and is composed of 3 movements, composed in 1883, and was first presented in Prague. On this occasion it will be played by the Portuguese violinist Emanuel Salvador who is part of the Orchestra of North Portugal.

Program 8: March 22
This program takes us from classicism to romanticism. It will start with the first symphony of Beethoven that belongs to the classical period but shows elements of romanticism. In the second part, two works of the Romantic period will be presented, Capricho Italiano and Franz Liszt’s Preludes.

April

Program 9: April 17 and 19 Summer nights. Carla Dirlikov Mezzo-soprano and Juan Carlos Lomonaco as director. Carla is a Mexican singer who has work with the Orchestra on different occasions. She will interpret Summer Nights by Hector Berlioz and the Symphony Number 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov will be played for the first time in Merida.

Program 10: April 24 and 26 Nordic Charm. This program allows us to perform a musical journey through Norway and Finland. Hear the Piano Concerto and the Norwegian Dances by Grieg Edward performed by the Venezuelan pianist Edith Peña.

May

Program 11: May 15 and 17
Piano and Romance. Fernando Varcarcel as Guest Director and Dario Antonio Martin García on the piano. The first part is a tribute to the father of romanticism, Beethoven. It includes the Fidelio Overture and Piano Concerto no. 4. Also the young Cuban winner of the international Piano competition “Jose Jacinto Cuevas” will perform Symphony no. 101 by Haydn.

Program 12: May 22 and 24
Titan. As is traditional in every season, one program is intended for the soloists. In this occasion they will present two masterpieces. The Unfinished Symphony of Franz Schubert composed in 1822 and the Symphony no. 1 by Titan Gustav Mahler composed in 1888.

June

Program 13: June 19, 21, 23, 25 and 27 The Marriage of Figaro. Change is in the air and Figaro’s world is turning upside down. On the eve of the wily barber’s marriage to Susanna, Count Almaviva’s wandering eye has landed on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess herself must spring into battle when she learns of her husband’s plans. Or is she embroiled in a liaison of her own? From the breathless opening notes of the overture to the touching final curtain, Mozart’s comic masterpiece brilliantly bucks the conventions of his time to deliver an ageless message of love and forgiveness.

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.

Note: Programm 5,6,7 and 8 are in the Armando Manzanero Theater.

Buy your tickets starting January 13th at the Peon Contreras Theater.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting January 19 , 2014

Yucatan Living International Film Festival of Merida and Yucatan: January 17-24
This is the first Film Festival in Merida, they will present movies and shorts made in Yucatan and about Yucatan. Different locations and times. For more information visit the website here

Yucatan Living Merida Fest: The 473rd Anniversary of the City of Merida (January 6 – 27)
Every year, three weeks in January mark a huge celebration in honor of the birthday of the City of Merida. This event is called Merida Fest and is designed to bring together all of the people and cultures in Merida. We are blessed to enjoy one of the most peaceful big cities in the world, with one of the most complex populations. No matter the topic: food, music, ethnicity, age and even religion, Merida has it all and manages, without discrimination, to continue to celebrate our complex society as one of our greatest strengths. What that translates to, for visitors and residents alike, is three weeks of cultural events and entertainment that is found nowhere else. Stay with us here at Yucatan Living as we bring you the dazzling array of events that will take place during Merida Fest.

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
February 18: Mardi Gras
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) January 19, 2015

Yucatan Living Orson Welles Series: The Lady from Shanghai
(United States, 1947). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, and Rita Hayworth, with a cameo by Errol Flynn. Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O’Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Location: Video Sala del Olimpo Calle 60 x 62 centro of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 20, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: Macbeth
(France 1948). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O’Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, and Alan Napier. In fog-dripping, barren and sometimes macabre settings, 11th-century Scottish nobleman Macbeth is led by an evil prophecy and his ruthless yet desirable wife to the treasonous act that makes him king. But he does not enjoy his newfound, dearly-won kingship… Although the play is restructure for the movie, all of the dialogue is Shakespeare’s.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Yucatan… My Version
Tonight’s invited guest performers include Monica Medina, Ana Laura Jorge, Mariana Correa, Beatriz Castro and Maria Rosa Becil. Yucatan produces some of the finest female vocalists in the world and these ladies certainly are living proof of that.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
(UK 1989) The wife of an oafish restaurant owner becomes bored with her husband and considers an affair with a regular patron. That doesn’t BEGIN to describe this truly amazing film. If you have never seen it, be sure to see it. There are things in this movie that will stick with you forever.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 21, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment love and tenderness emerge. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: The Third Man
(United Kingdom 1949). Director: Carol Reed. Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, and Trevor Howard. Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Elena Duran, accompanied by Fernando Carmona
If you had to pick one event this week, this would be the one. Nowhere else in the world is the flute more magical than in the hands of Elena Duran. Tonight’s music is by Dvorak, Schumann, Milhaud, and Franck. To learn more about this international treasure, read Elena Duran’s Profile.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Second Annual Whodunit Dinner
This year, the IWC will offer packets in either Spanish OR English, so you can choose for your group’s preference. There are eight characters, so you will need eight to fill your table. If you cannot fill a table, there will be extras who can fill in. Your admission includes a 3 course meal, plus a simple beverage. Bar service will be available on a pay as you go basis. Contact Beth Knepp for information in English smiles4beth [at] yahoo [dot] com or Cathy Harrison for information in Spanish OR English at cathyharrison [at] yahoo [dot] com or 999-926-0014.
Location: La Parrilla Restaurant, Calle 30 # 87 x 17, Prolongacion Montejo, Col. Mexico.
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $275 pesos per person

Yucatan Living Movie: Club Sandwich
(Mexico 2013) Hector and his young mother Paloma go on holiday. Out of season their hotel is deserted. They spend their days sitting on the edge of the swimming pool. Then attractive Jazmin arrives and we see how Paloma loses her son to a summer-fling. in Spanish with English subtitles.
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) January 22, 2015

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Buffet Breakfast Social
Come join women from around the world who live in Merida and get to know your community. Spouses are welcome.
Location: at the Hyatt’s Peregrina Restaurant, Ave. Colon, corner of Calle 60, 100 meters from Paseo Montejo
Time: 9:30 AM Thursday
Admission: $130 pesos covers everything

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Lived in a Shoe
(Mexico 2010) 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: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: ¿Y si la edad no fuera verdad?
Well – what about it? Are you defined by your age? As you grow older, do you have less fun simply because someone else wants you to “act your age?” Or, do you throw age to the wind and enjoy every day without a thought or care as to what your age actually is? This performance, by the State of Yucatan’s Alsur Dance Company, presents five different stories of people going through this process and how they reacted to it.
Location: Plaza Grande in Merida, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: Othello
(United States 1952). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Micheal MacLiammoir, Robert Coote, Joseph Cotton, Jean Davis, and Joan Fontaine. General Othello is manipulated into believing that his new wife has been having an affair with one of his officers when, in reality, it is all part of a scheme by a bitter lieutenant.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Angelica Balado
This beloved Merida songstress sings lounge music like no one else.
Location: Remate de Paseo de Montejo, Calle 47
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Gastronomic Fair: Taqueros and Food Trucks
These folks are taking their cooking to college, literally. They are working hard to become successful business people, and to present Yucatan in the very best light. With food trucks all the rage around the world, trust the vendors in Yucatan to turn it into an art as well as a business. Do come out and sample their wares.
Location: Remate de Paseo de Montejo, Calle 47
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Food and soft drinks available for sale

Yucatan Living Arab Dance: Maktub. It Was Already Written
This is a performance by the Padme Magusha Dance Company, under the direction of Karla Gomez Franco.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: When You’re a Stranger
(USA 2009) A look at the late ’60s and early ’70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Incendies
(Canada 2010) Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother’s last wishes.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Fashion Show: Designer Gerardo Torres
This will be a showing of the designer’s Coleccion Pilar 2.0 collection and, if advance sneak peeks are any indication, it is going to be spectacular.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) January 23, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Bad Hair
(Mexico 2013) A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Jazz Night: This is an All Star Event
Appearing tonight will be international star Elena Duran and Trio, playing the Best of Claude Bolling, Along with the Merida Big Band, playing Jazz in Town by Pucheux and Patax, as well as flamenco jazz.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 7:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: ¿Y si la edad no fuera verdad?
Well – what about it? Are you defined by your age? As you grow older, do you have less fun simply because someone else wants you to “act your age?” Or, do you throw age to the wind and enjoy every day without a thought or care as to what your age actually is? This performance, by the State of Yucatan’s Alsur Dance Company, presents five different stories of people going through this process and how they reacted to it.
Location: Plaza Grande in Merida, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Rua do Lavradio or The Longest Distance Between Two Points
This is a performance by the Tumaka’t Contemporary Dance Company, with choreography by Fernando Melo.
Location: Teatro Carlos Acereto
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program Two
Prepare for an evening of romantic German music from the violin of Sebastian Kwapisz, directed by the fabulous Juan Carlos Lomónaco. Pieces played will be by composers Beethoven, Bruch and Schumann.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale

Yucatan Living Opera Tango: Maria of Buenos Aires
This is an opera by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer. It is performed by the Compania Opera Viva, under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo Calle 60 x 62 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: Confidential Report
(United States 1955). Director: Orson Welles. Stars: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave. An American adventurer investigates the past of Mr. Arkadin, a mysterious tycoon, and places himself in grave danger.
Location: Video Sala del Olimpo Calle 60 x 62 centro of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Arab Dance: Maktub. It Was Already Written
This is a performance by the Padme Magusha Dance Company, under the direction of Karla Gomez Franco.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Siesta Time
(Mexico 2014) Documentary about the ABC Day Care and the 43 children who died there. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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 Movie: Big Fish
(USA 2010) A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told about his life. Fabulous and touching movie.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 24, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series
The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection will be presented by Peter Johnson.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H20
(Mexico 2012) Mexico City grows unchecked. Before an area surrounded by lakes, now supplying water to this city is a real problem. H2Omx records shortages, waste and serious water pollution problems. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: Touch of Evil
(United Kingdom 1958). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joseph Cotton, and even Keenan Wynn with a bit part. This is a stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Location: Video Sala del Olimpo Calle 60 x 62 centro of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Veronica Valerio (Harpist)
Tonight, the artist plays contemporary Mexican music. Do come and enjoy!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Orpheus Group Presents: From the Classics to Rock
This masterful performance is under the direction of Amy Palma. And in such a lovely place, the walled garden behind one of the oldest churches in Merida.
Location: the Botanical Garden of La Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Rua do Lavradio or The Longest Distance Between Two Points
This is a performance by the Tumaka’t Contemporary Dance Company, with choreography by Fernando Melo.
Location: Teatro Carlos Acereto
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera Tango: Maria of Buenos Aires
This is an opera by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer. It is performed by the Compania Opera Viva, under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo Calle 60 x 62 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Ilo Ilo
(China 2013) Ilo Ilo chronicles the Lim family as they adjust to their newly arrived Filipina domestic helper, Teresa, (Angeli Bayani) who has come, like many other Filipinas, in search of a better life. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Delicatessen
(France 1991) Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. Odd doesn’t begin to describe it. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), January 25, 2015

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF: Canceled
The annual Merida English Library Chili Cookoff has been canceled. Please support the library this winter by attending the upcoming Artists Studio Tour and the Music in the Garden series. Check out both at the MEL website, www.meridaenglishlibrary.com.

Yucatan Living Krispy Kreme Donuts in the Park
Krispy Kreme donuts in Merida YucatanDo you love donuts? Buy a box of Krispy Kremes and support a worthy cause, Construyendo Sonrisas. Email comunicacion [at] construyendosonrisas [dot] org or call 999-982-3858/59 with your order. Be prepared to tell them your name, your email and your phone number, how many boxes you want and if you want Glazed (glaseados) donuts (cost $150 pesos per box). Orders will be fulfilled from 9 AM to 1 PM. Come early in case they run out of your favorites!
Location: Avenida Campestre, No. 271 entre 5 y 7. In front of the Parque de San Juanistas.
Time: Orders will be fulfilled from 9 AM to 1 PM, Sunday. Come early in case they run out of your favorites!
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, especially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingYucatan Symphony Orchestra
Prepare for an evening of romantic German music from the violin of Sebastian Kwapisz, directed by the fabulous Juan Carlos Lomónaco. Pieces played will be by composers Beethoven, Bruch and Schumann. Tickets at the box office.
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57, centro
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Various

Yucatan Living Music: Songs and Dances of China
This is a performance by an Artistic Ensemble of China in Mexico.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61, inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Orpheus Group Presents: From the Classics to Rock
This masterful performance is under the direction of Amy Palma.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: The Trial
(Italy 1963). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Elsa Martinelli, and an appearance by Orson Welles. An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of the charges against him.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Matute
This group plays music from the 80′s, we are told. Whatever.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
(USA 1999) A new kid must find a guy to date the meanest girl in school, the older sister of the girl he has a crush on, who cannot date until her older sister does. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) January 26, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Orson Welles Series: The Lady from Shanghai
(United States, 1947). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, and Rita Hayworth, with a cameo by Errol Flynn. Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O’Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: The Body: The Treasures of the Soumaya Museum
Come and see this wonderful exhibition!
Location: The Salas of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help! Little by little we “fill the closet” from which they choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate, please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families!
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 7
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida’s Got Murder – February 3-7
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Feb 3, 4, 5 at Hennessy’s, Feb 6 at Lizard Joe’s in Chelem, Feb 7 at Villa Martine in Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Music in the Garden Concert Series
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website:
• February 13: Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music with Maricarmen Perez
• March 13: Rock and Blues with Steve Katz
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour – February 21
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale January 22nd! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan Living Soldier, Come Home – February 22
Award winning play based on real letters written during the Civil War will be presented in the garden. It is interesting to note that two of the main characters, depicting Civil War soldiers, will be played by local Yucatecans! Read here for more information.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68, centro
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at MEL

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour – February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archaeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

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

My name is Dennis Azome. I am from Nigeria and I would love to work here in Merida.

I am 19 years of age, a student studying at the Universidad Autonoma De Yucatan‎.

I speak English as my first language, and also little Spanish.

I would love to work at any restaurant around Paseo de Montejo, any plaza, hotels and centro de cuidad and also any home service during ‎weekends such that it won’t affect my studies. I have experience in several areas, such as being a Secretary and working at a restaurant. My qualifications are my high school certificate with degrees from the universidad.

Here is my phone number 9992200033
My email is azomeboy3 [at] gmail [dot] com.

I would love to be at you service and start as quickly as possible so I could also support my daily needs.

Thank you!

By Working Gringos

Before we settled in Merida, we had traveled the world. We had been to Europe, at least, and Southeast Asia, and Nepal. We had seen communities of many kinds. And everywhere we had been, we had seen Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, Buddhist temples and Islamic mosques. One of our first impressions of Merida initially was how dominant the Christian, and mostly Catholic, religion was in the culture, to the seeming exclusion of almost every other world religion. We did find one small Buddhist gathering spot, but mostly what we saw were evidences of Christianity.

Over the years, we have seen the Church of the Latter Day Saints increase its presence in Merida’s centro in a big way (the Mormon tabernacle is on Calle 70, just south of Calle 65, and now takes up almost the entire block). We have seen various evangelical Christian sects expand in Merida as well, and now it seems that almost every religion is represented here in some way. What we still had not ever seen was any evidence of Islam.

Then the other day, we got this email:

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Dear Editor: Assalamo Alaikum – Greetings of Peace!

I am here in Mérida along with Imam Rana Noman, to open the first center in Mexico, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. We would like to meet with you to enter the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and discuss the objectives of our presence in Mexico. If possible, we would like to come during the next week at any time convenient to you.

Thank you and God bless. Was-salam – and peace!

A. Waseem Sayed, PhD
Member National Executive
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA

We Asked Some Questions

After reading some of the articles to which Dr. Sayed referred us, we emailed back and explained that we could not conveniently meet for awhile, but could we do an online interview. In the light of all that has gone on in the news associated with Islam and the Muslim community, we thought it would be important to share what we have learned with our readers. A summary of our question/answer session, supplemented with information from various Spanish-language articles written about Dr. Sayed and his community, are below.

Muslim Community Arrives in Merida

Finally, the religion of Islam has come to Merida. In particular, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, “a dynamic international movement, reformist and fast growing within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Community has spanned more than 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions of followers.”

Last November, they announced their presence by having a booth at the annual fair at Xmatkuil. Muslim Community at XmatkuilThey have rented a space in Merida’s centro, and someday hope to build Merida’s first mosque. According to an interview they gave to polemicarevista.com, they said that they had tried to establish a presence in Mexico before with no luck. Now, they have opened a center, and they “currently have approximately 100 members throughout Mexico, distributed in Mexico City, Puebla, Merida and a community in Chiapas composed of 70 people.” In another interview, in this article, they mentioned that they are still in Mexico in a provisional status. After a few years, according to the law, they will be able to register as a religious association, at which point, they will be able to have all the rights that religious organizations have in this country. At the moment, they are registered as a civil organization. Dr. Sayed also mentioned that his group “opened the first mosque in Guatemala. I was in charge of that. In 1989 that mosque was opened by the Vice President of Guatemala and the head of our community.”

The Mission of the Ahmadiyya Community

In another article, Dr. Waseem Sayed, a theoretical physicist by trade, communicated that his group’s mission was to “spread the message of peace and brotherhood that must exist between all cultural groups in the world, and to eradicate misconceptions linking the practice of Islam with negative practices such as war, terrorism, and many other incorrect issues that people in general have about Islam.” (translation from this article).

In that article, he also explained that the Islam religion believes that all religions come from God, that all prophets, including Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses and others are all prophets from God.

He added that the concept of the Islamic faith includes “Every religion taught mankind how to live alone and in peace. And the recipe of all religions to establish peace, we believe, is to know and worship God and serve humanity, the creatures of God. Worship means that everything that God has bestowed upon us must be used in the best suitable way and the most appropriately. If a human being has knowledge of how to do surgeries and to serve humanity, then by doing so, he is thanking and praising God. In Islam the concept of worship is constant.”

Dr. Sayed shared that he had been asked about the status of women in the Islamic faith. “I explained the true teachings of Islam about women. Islam teaches that women have the rights of inheritance, for instance. In the Quran, it is written that women and men are equal before God spiritually, a statement made by Mohammed 1400 years ago. In the Islamic faith, women have the right to divorce, as well as many other rights that are not given to women in many other religions around the world.”

Dr. Sayed also said “Our community exists in more than 206 countries… We have no desire to conquer any land. We have, as a spiritual obligation, no funding from any government, group or interest. Everything is funded by donations from members themselves. We have been blessed with some really great opportunities since arriving here a few months ago to explain to all our neighbors here in Merida the beautiful message of true Islam, as we understand it, summarized in our motto, “Love for All, Hatred for None.” We believe this summarizes, in practical terms, the profound implications of the unity and Dr. Waseem Sayed and Noman Ranauniqueness of God who has created all of us. If we love God, then how can we hate anyone or not love every one of God’s creatures?”

YL:When was the Islam community first established in Merida?
Dr. Sayed: About six months ago a couple of our Imams came to do some exploratory work and get to know the town and found it to be wonderfully peaceful and secure place – so they looked for and found a suitable location for a center/mosque – a place that would serve as both a center of operations as well as a place where Muslims could meet and offer the five daily prayers.. During this time they also took the steps to register ‘Comunidad Musulmana Ahmadia’ as an organization.

YL:If you are the person who has established it, where did you move from? When did you move to Merida?
Dr. Sayed: I was sent in mid 2014 to help establish the center/mosque and to get the word out to the local population about the existence of our center and mosque. Imam Noman Rana will be the one who will be taking the helm of our organization here moving forward. He has been serving as Imam in the USA since he arrived there a few years ago from Canada. In Canada, he completed seven years of training in the Jãmia Ahmadiyya Canada (the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Muslim Missionary Training College). He will be serving as Imam in Mexico once all the formalities are accomplished. Imam Rana has a wife and two young children currently in New Orleans. They will join him as soon as the necessary paperwork is finished.

YL:Does Imam Noman Rana speak English?
Dr. Sayed: His family and he speak English, and he is becoming very fluent in Spanish, by God’s Grace and his ongoing efforts.

YL:How did you announce your presence in Merida?
Dr. Sayed: I wrote to all consulates and governors of the Autonomous University and the Anahuac Mayab. The US Consul General (Sonia Tsyros) responded, and we went to talk to her. We spent almost an hour talking, explaining and telling her about our plans. We are the first Muslim community established in the USA in 1920. We are the oldest Muslim organization that exists there. We also have the oldest Muslim magazine in the United States. Our meeting with her very interesting and very informative and she was very grateful. One Sunday we went to talk with the Secretary General of the Yucatan Government, but as representatives of our sister organization called Humanity First, which provides humanitarian aid in 37 countries.

YL:How many people do you estimate are in the Islam community now in Merida?
Dr. Sayed: Since coming here we have been surprised by the number of calls and enthusiasm with which we have been greeted by people – Muslims and non-Muslims alike. I really have no concrete numbers but based on the number of calls and responses we have experienced to the very limited dissemination of info about ourselves I suspect there are many Muslims in the area maybe even in the hundreds. Several Egyptian students have come to our Friday prayers from UADY. So there are Muslims from abroad also here.

How does your community relate to the entire world of the Muslim religion?
Dr. Sayed: There are about 73 main divisions within Islam. We are the last to come, the youngest sect. We believe that our Holy Founder said there is no violence in religion. We don’t believe in jihad. Around the world, many other Muslims agree with us. The prophet told us that “only if you are attacked, then you have the right to defend.” Everything is happening with ISIS and others, that has nothing to do with Islam.

YL:What else can you tell us about your particular sect?
Dr. Sayed: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Islam is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long awaited Messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) The PRophet, Muslim community in Meridaof Qadian, India. Ahmad claims to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and to restore morality, tolerance, justice and peace. The coming of Ahmad has brought an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation in relation to other faiths. He condemns Muslims fanatical beliefs and vigorously defends the truth of Islam and its essential teachings that emphasize the mandate: no compulsion in religion.

YL:Do you have one mosque here in Merida? more than one?
Dr. Sayed: I believe ours is the only one formally registered and advertised. I believe there are other places where Muslims have been gathering informally to offer their Friday prayers in particular.

YL:What is the purpose of establishing Islam in Merida?
Dr. Sayed: Our purpose is to disseminate the beautiful message of love and peace that true Islam teaches. Ours is a purely religious organization that was established in 1889 in Qadian, India by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, peace be on him. He claimed to be the Messiah in whose person the prophecies regarding the metaphorical second coming of Jesus were fulfilled. He came to put an end to religious wars, establish peace and unite humanity. Our basic message of, “love for all, hatred for none,” stems from this belief in the absolute unity of God. If we love God and He is the Creator of all of us, how can we harbor hatred towards any of His creatures and not love all of them?

YL:Were there already people of the Islamic faith in Merida? or have you come here to encourage people to join the faith?
Dr. Sayed: There are Muslims everywhere in the world. But even if there had been no Muslims here, we would have come for the reasons I just mentioned above… to spread the beautiful message of love and peace that true Islam teaches. We believe the universality, uniqueness, and unity of God is a message that needs to be conveyed to every human being. Through this we can all begin the work to recognize and accept the equality of all of humanity, which is the first step to peace. These are fundamental truths that we want to share with everyone. This is the extent of our work. The rest has to do with how people take our message and in the hand of God. The Holy Quran teaches clearly, “There is no compulsion in matters of faith.” [Chapter 2, verse 256]

YL:What brought Merida to your attention?
Dr. Sayed: A member of our community in the US has some business connections here and this was the reason why we came to Merida. It was a wonderful choice. It is such a beautiful and peaceful place and everyone is so very devoted to civic affairs and activities.

YL:What has been the reaction to your arrival in Merida so far?
Dr. Sayed: This has been truly amazing. We have been welcomed by one and all. Wherever we have gone we have found the people friendly and inquisitive and very receptive to our message of ‘love for all, hatred for none.” The nature of questions has been also very impressive. Many professionals have come to our meetings and all of the people have been asking us some very profoundly important questions that have to do with concept of God and modes of worship in Islam.

YL:Many Americans (and others), after 9-11, are wary of the Muslim religion. What would you say to them specifically in regard to the violence that is reportedly visited by Muslim fanatics upon the world these days?
Dr. Sayed: When I came here on November 4, 2014, the first thing I did was write to Sonya Tsiros, Consul General of USA in Merida. She very graciously invited me to come and meet her and we spent a good hour discussing our purpose here and all over the world – that of spreading the message of Islam of love and peace and our own Community’s basic understanding that the Unity of God and our love for Him demands that we practice ‘love for all, hatred for none.’ We believe our faith has been hijacked by terrorists who are abusing our faith for their own nefarious objectives. They seem to be working hard to try and influence our Muslim youth all over the world. We feel it is OUR responsibility to counter all such efforts and not just tell others about the peaceful message of Islam but also teach these values to our own children and youth. Much more than this, actually. We believe we must not just focus on speeches and sermons but also involve ourselves as Muslims in the service of God’s creatures. This is precisely what the Holy Quran teaches. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been doing this since its inception 125 years ago and its record is not unknown to the world. The struggle to emphasize the prohibition against violence and to involve everyone in the doing of good is ongoing. By God’s Grace and Mercy, these efforts have not been without fruit. Now we are established in 206 countries of the world and winning the hearts of Muslims all over the world to these views of peace and love. We now number more than 160 million members. I could discuss this in an ongoing basis if anyone wants. Also, anyone who wishes can look at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its writings, speeches and works the world over. They can easily do so by scanning their own country’s media going back 125 years. The Muslim Sunrise (linked below), the longest running Muslim Magazine in the US (established in 1921) provides a permanent record of our activities in the United States.

I have been interviewed by CNN en Espanol, Radio 104.9 FM EXA, Diario Yucatan, Por Esto, Libertad de Expresion, La Verdad Yucatan etc and all their reports are available on our Facebook page “Comunidad Musulmana Ahmadia de Mexico” if you would like to see these also.

YL:I notice that you have events inviting people to learn about the Islamic faith. Are these conducted in Spanish? English? Any other languages?
Dr. Sayed: We do everything in every country in the local language. So although our Spanish may not be very good we conduct everything in Spanish. Sometimes we do translate if there are people in the audience who cannot understand Spanish.

YL:I also notice that you are teaching Arabic to anyone who wants to learn. Do these lessons cost money? If so, how much?
Dr. Sayed: This has been the most popular program. And there is a cost. It is the person’s time and his or her attention. But we do not charge anyone any money for these lessons.

YL:Does someone need to accept the Islamic faith in order to attend the language classes?
No one needs to accept Islam to attend any of our programs. Our center/mosque is even open for anyone Muslims or not, so long as they wish to worship the One God.

YL:What plans do you have for the future for the Islamic community in Merida?
Dr. Sayed: It is too early for future plans. Of course we have a strong desire to build a mosque here and to move to our own permanent location but this is very early. We are currently focused on trying to get everyone to know we are here and we also want to involve ourselves in humanitarian work. We have made some good progress so far on both fronts and we ask everyone to pray for us. We do want to thank everyone for their help and their warm welcome. May God bless everyone.

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Want to find out more yourself? The following are regular programs that take place at the Muslim Center in Merida located at:

Comunidad Musulmana Ahmadia de Mexico
Calle 60 No. 453A x 51
Cebntro, Merida
Yucatan CP 97000
Mexico

Every Day: Five Daily Prayers at the appointed times.
Every Friday: Jummua Prayers at 1 PM
Every Thursday: “Cafe, Pastel e Islam” at 7 PM
Every Saturday: ‘Basic Arabic Class’ at 4 PM
Every Sunday: “Mi Casa es Tu Casa” get together at 3 PM with light snacks.
Admission: All meetings are open to the public. The only cost for entry to any of our meetings is your time and interest.

Want a way to think about Islam in light of the news of recent weeks? Watch this video, where Reza Aslan explains Islam on CNN.

Read about the founder of this community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

The charity organization Humanity First.

Read about the Comunidad Musulmana Ahmadia in their own words on their blog.

Read the Muslim Sunrise magazine.

By Khaki Scott

Cenotes are Becoming Contaminated

As populations grow in Yucatan, and especially in Merida, so does the pressure on the clean water supply. While Yucatan has no above-ground rivers, there are approximately 400 rivers, with 2,660 cenotes, that run through and/or under the limestone shelf on which we all live. There are 85 cenotes in Merida alone. Until recently, a sparse population gave ground water time to percolate through the layers of limestone and what we ended up with was relatively good water even before water ran through the growing number of treatment centers. However, due to tourism and a staggering number of people moving to Yucatan to go to school, find work, or flee from violence in their home states, Yucatan has several municipalities that have more pressure from populations than do others. These include Merida, Valladolid, Tizimin, Progreso and Ticul. It must also be remembered that our crops and animal herds could soon be affected as well. Right now, the biggest source of pollution is coming from septic tanks, so a move is underway to have all new wells drilled to a minimum of 30 meters below the surface. Additional collaborative projects are going on at the Temporary Collection Center at the South Uu’um Tsil Metropolitan Ecological Park. The future value of a clean water supply is not lost on Yucatan, nor on expats. Look for more eco-friendly tourism and an even greater degree of cooperation among all of the residents of this state in the days to come.

Merida Collects Christmas Trees Again

Merida begins collecting Christmas Trees on the day after Three Kings Day (a.k.a. Epiphany). This program runs from January 7 through January 31. Residents are encouraged to donate their Christmas trees at one of twelve collection points throughout the city. They will then be processed into compost and given to families who need the compost for the sustainable backyard gardening programs. The collection points will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. If you choose, you may have your tree picked up by your regular garbage collector, but the fee is $20 pesos.
Collection points for Christmas Trees in 2015 include:
Parque de la Xtabay
• Parque “Los Cantaritos” (del Fraccionamiento Francisco de Montejo)
• Sam’s Club Montejo
• Prolongación del Paseo de Montejo con calle 33 (de la Colonia Gonzalo Guerrero)
• Animaya
• Centenario
• Mercado San Roque (de la Colonia San José Tecoh)
• Servicios Públicos Oriente (Colonia Emilio Portes Gil)
• Servicios Públicos Poniente (Fraccionamiento Yucalpetén)
• Sam’s Club avenida Aviación (Colonia Obrera)
• Sam´s Club (de la Avenida Correa Rachó y Calle 31 de la Colonia Díaz Ordaz)
• Parque de Monterreal (en la Calle 22 con 37 de esa Colonia)
• Parque Recreativo Oriente (en la Calle 10 con 55 y 57 del Fraccionamiento Del Parque)

Africanized Bees

Rogers Hall College had an incident in which at least a dozen individuals were stung by Africanized bees last week. Only two had a reaction bad enough to be life threatening, but help was quick to arrive and all twelve are doing fine at home. If you find aggressive bees on your property, call the police immediately. These bees must be removed and this is not a safe do-it-yourself project. Pets and vulnerable human population groups will be at risk until the swarm is completely eradicated by professionals.

Eight Undocumented Cubans Land in Progreso

A pregnant woman was among the small group of Cubans who made it past the Mexican Navy and the Port Authority last week, and were only found when the woman needed medical attention. Once all were discovered, they were transferred to Yucalpeten, where they received medical checkups and any necessary vaccinations. INM (the National Migration Institute) was called and will handle the case from this point forward. This was an extremely dangerous voyage, across the open sea, in a small, homemade boat. This group of refugees is lucky to be alive.

Canton Palace Remodeling

Canton Palace was originally the home of General Francisco Canton, a former Governor of Yucatan. It was built around the turn of the 20th century. By 1959, this magnificent building had become the Regional Museum of Yucatan. Today, just during the Christmas holidays, more than 8,000 visitors passed through its doors, almost 3,000 of whom made their visit between January 1 and January 6. With this kind of interest and devotion, it is past time for this gracious old lady to have a facelift. For the next few months, it may be a bit dusty at Canton Palace, but the exhibitions will continue. We suspect that the remodel itself will be worth more than one visit along the way.

Chichen Itza Light and Sound Show

The light and sound show at Chichen Itza is set up for 300 a night, but apparently over 600 people have been arriving in hopes of getting in. Since the trip to see a night show at Chichen Itza means an overnight stay for most people, its best to go to the website and register for your seat before taking a chance on not being able to get in. Noches de Kukulkan has a website, but let this stand as a warning: if you look at the trailer and at the slideshow, you are almost certain to move Heaven and Earth to get there. It looks spectacular! Click on the white arrow in the top left corner of the page to make your reservation.

Focus of Tourism Changing

Russia, long a mainstay of tourism for the Yucatan Peninsula, has hit a snag. They have had a devaluation of their currency and Cancun’s tourism industry immediately lost 30% of its visitors. Western European tourism to the Yucatan Peninsula increased by 11% this year, but a new focus was necessary to keep tourists coming and jobs stable in that industry. Brazil and Colombia have proven to be invaluable new prospects if more destinations in Mexico can be offered in a tour package. Experts are working on this now and hope to have everything ready as the middle classes throughout South America finally come into their own.

When All Else Fails: Eat Them!

When the first alarm went out that lionfish were in the water on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, it was noted that they are a voracious invasive life form and should be removed almost at any cost. The suggestion, even then, was to kill them and eat them. People were a bit nervous about that, since lionfish are known to also be poisonous. So, while chefs learned to cook this fish safely, the initial response was to pay a bounty for every lionfish caught. Today, this fish has spread even to the east coast of the United States and having regularized a way to safely cook and eat them is looking better all the time. In fact, today in Quintana Roo, the fishermen of Puerto Juarez, Cancun and Puerto Morelos are supplying more than 200 restaurants with lionfish and the safety of the product is all the talk of social networks. Although lionfish don’t seem all that interested in colonizing the coast of Yucatan, they are out there and can expect a swift end in any number of lovely restaurants in our fair state should they foolishly decide to make Estado de Yucatan a permanent home.

PROFEPA Comes to Playa del Carmen

In 2014, 70% of all of Quintana Roo’s complaints related to protected and indigenous species came from the northern part of the state. All sorts of jungle cats (and kittens) were included in that group and, in at least one situation, a hotel was the offender. Breaking any environmental law in Mexico will now result in a visit from Profepa (the Federal Attorney of Environmental Protection). Break those laws more than once and it looks as if Profepa is ready, willing, and more than able to put a new office in your neighborhood. The following penalties shall be assessed if the flora or fauna of Yucatan is disturbed or damaged:

Article 420 of the Federal Penal Code: A sentence of one to nine years’ imprisonment shall be imposed and the equivalent of 300 to 3,000 (minimum wage) days’ fine on anyone who damages a specimen of any species of flora and/or fauna, terrestrial or aquatic, considered to be endemic, threatened, endangered, or subject to special protection or regulated by any international treaty to which Mexico is a party. Furthermore, an additional penalty of three years in prison and up to 1,000 additional (minimum wage) days’ fine will apply when the conduct described takes place in or affecting a Natural Protected Area, or when undertaken for commercial purposes.

All of that to say: If its alive (plant or animal), and if it’s not a common house or garden plant, or a dog or common house cat, it’s far cheaper (free!) to simply call your local Profepa office and ask if you can keep it.

Lobster: News We Can Hope For

The Pescadores de Banco Chinchorro y Langosteros del Caribe, a fishermen’s cooperative, has applied to SEMARNAT for permission to put in 3,000 artificial reefs, designed as shelters for lobster, off the coast of southern Quintana Roo. They seem to have all of their ducks in a row and approval is looking good. If this happens, we will be able to adapt the concept to the waters off the shores of Yucatan and bring in more stable fishing jobs here in Yucatan. It is not lost on us that this will also increase the catch to the point where maybe, just maybe, more of Yucatan’s annual lobster catch will remain in the state, rather than being sent to far away places. Our best wishes to the lobster fishermen of Quintana Roo!

By Working Gringos

Even in Mexico, it is hard to imagine life without a cell phone. Well, maybe especially in Mexico. Mexico is the poster child for how so-called third-world countries leap-frog over technologies and adapt new technologies faster than the their first-world neighbors. It is not uncommon anymore to see a Mayan woman in a huipile on her cell phone. Every teenager certainly has one. And Carlos Slim, the owner of both Telmex (land lines and Internet) and Telcel (cellular phones) is not only the richest man in Mexico, but last time we looked, is also the richest man in the world. Think about that!

One day, we set out to upgrade our cellular phone service (which by the way, in Spanish, is called celular (sell-oo-LAR) or just plain cel). For the previous three years, we had been using a Telcel pay-as-you go system called Amigo. With the Amigo system (and others like it, though Amigo is by far the most popular), anyone can walk into almost any tendejon in Mexico and buy a ficha or card. Scratch the back of this card like a lottery ticket to reveal the hidden code, then marca (dial) star-33 on your cell phone, enter the code, and your account is credited with the face value of the card. Easy! Even easier, just walk into your local Oxxo or other store that sells the cards, and give them your money and your phone number. They will automatically credit your account with the minutes you paid for. Amigo cards come in denominations between $30 and $500 pesos, but you can put any amount on your card electronically. Telcel sometimes has a sale on these cards where you can buy a $500 peso card that credits your account with $900 pesos. But in general, the Amigo system will set you back about $4 pesos (about 26 U.S. cents) per minute for calls within your region.

There are advantages to the Amigo system. You can buy a phone and a card the moment you get off the plane or drive over the border. No credit necessary, no address, nada. On the flip side, the cards are rather unforgiving. If you run out of time when you are in the middle of a call, the call is over and you need to buy another card. With no money on your phone, you can’t place a call, although you can receive calls and instant messages. On a recent cross-country roadtrip, we found out that the cards are coded by date and location. So if you buy a card in Yucatan, you can use it in Tabasco, maybe, but maybe not in Nayarit. And whatever time you buy with a card has an expiration date built into it. Also, if you have a business in Mexico, you can’t write off the cost for tax purposes unless you buy from a store willing to give you an official serial-numbered receipt, a factura. Tendejons and street vendors don’t provide facturas. After awhile, if you live here, the Amigo system becomes either inconvenient or expensive or both, so moving up to a "normal" cellular phone account makes sense.

There are five major cellular phone companies here in the Yucatan right now: Telcel, Nextel, IUSAcel, Axtel and Telefonica Movistar. Our first decision was which of these to choose. We chose to look into Nextel and Telcel, making sure that which ever company we chose, we could keep our Amigo phone number.

A very nice gentleman from Nextel came to our office and gave us a thorough and intelligent sales presentation in English about Nextel services. Once upon a time, Nextel phones acted more like normal phones and a Nextel cell phone number looks like a land-line number to other phones. The Nextel phones themselves had a walkie-talkie service that was available between Nextel customers. Nowadays, Nextel has become more like other cellular phone services, offering contracts or pre-paid plans. Nextel once had a very limited phone selection, but they now offer Blackberry phones and many other cel phones. And if they don’t have a phone you like, you can even buy a chip with a Nextel number and plan, and install it on any phone you bought elsewhere. Now they have plans where you can call numbers from other cell phone companies using your minutes (but once your minutes are up, those calls cost more than Nextel numbers). With the Nextel prepaid service, you can buy credit for your phone in stores (like OXXO, Extra, etc.). Nextel advertises now that “all your calls are local”. They have no national roaming charges and claim that there are no extra charges for calling to the USA. (We have not investigated this detail yet, but we plan to look into it).

Years ago, despite the great Nextel salesman, we went with Telcel. We may have been influenced by our past experiences with the Amigo service, which has wide coverage and exceptional reception. We may also have been influenced by years of watching those ubiquitous Telcel commercials with the big, blue hot air balloons imblazoned with the Telcel logo floating dreamily over various gorgeous landscapes of Mexico. In the end, we wanted to make sure that next time we went ballooning, we weren’t going to miss an important call. We can’t help ourselves… we want to Vive Libre con Telcel (Live Free with Telcel). Anyway, we do appreciate a good advertising campaign.

We visited the Telcel website to see what it would take to sign up for a normal account and made a list of the documents they required to establish our credit. Knowing the process would be a challenge, we prepared as much as possible ahead of time. Then we marched into one of the large Telcel offices with the following paperwork:

  • Copy of our company constitution (our cell phone is a company phone)
  • Comprabante (utility bill) for our company
  • Copy of our individual passport (just one for one phone)
  • Copy of a comprabante from our residence in our name
  • Copy of our business RFC (Mexican Tax ID)
  • Copy of the predial (receipt for property taxes paid by our company)

It used to be more difficult to get credit in Mexico as an expatriate, but it has become a lot easier now. Since we had all the paperwork, the process went very smoothly. When we entered the Telcel office on Avenida Itzaes (just north of the Bodega Aurera), there were two lines. The line to the right was for telling someone why you were there and receiving a ticket with a number. Once you had your ticket, you were to stand in the line on the left. On this day, both lines went smoothly and before we knew it, we were in front of a very competent young lady who answered all our questions, with the help of Beatriz (our silver-tongued assistant). She told us the costs of the service and the phones, took our datos (information), our documentos (paperwork) and told us to come back the next day to sign our contract and pick up our phone.

Let’s take a minute to talk about the structure of cellular phone charges here. These used to be more straightforward than the convoluted financial puzzles offered in the States. At Telcel, with which we are now most familiar, there are different billing levels depending on how many minutes you want included "free" with your service each month. There are no rollover charges, no free nights and weekends, no time differences. Just a set number of “free” minutes per month for an eighteen month contract. The minutes over your allotted minutes are charged the same on all accounts: $1.10 pesos (ten U.S. cents) per minute for anywhere in Mexico. Roaming charges are a thing of the past. There are separate charges for downloading emails from the internet, for getting a detailed bill with each phone number on it and for various other special services, none of which we felt we needed. We selected the National Plan with 160 minutes for $516 pesos per month, which includes administrative charges you don’t pay when using Amigo cards, but definitely saves money if you use your phone very much.

One day later, Working Gringa went back at 10 AM to sign the contract, following the hard-learned lesson that if you want to accomplish something official in Mexico, you start in the morning. Well, not so fast, gringita! Just when you thought you had it all figured out! No, the contract no esta lista (isn’t ready). Come back tomorrow. Upon hearing this, Working Gringa forgot everything she has learned in the past five years and lost her composure. Why did they tell her to come today? Don’t they realize she is a busy woman and doesn’t have time for this?

Lady, you want your phone? Then come back later.

(sigh)

On the way to the Telcel office the next day, Working Gringa took a deep breath, remembering what her good friend Georgia Charuhas told her. After living in Mexico for 30 years, Georgia says that the two most important things she has learned are patience and diplomacy. Patience and diplomacy. Patience and diplomacy. Reciting her new mantra, Working Gringa stepped into the Telcel office for the third time, hoping not to emerge without her new cell phone.

First the line on the right. A long line this time, with no one behind the podium. Determined to go with the Mexican flow, Working Gringa stood there, munching on a delicious coconut candy she had bought from the man just outside the front door. She looked around, enjoyed the photos on the wall. Tapped her foot to the music. Finally, a woman showed up behind the podium and the line began to move. When Working Gringa arrived at the front of the line, the woman took one look at her name and walked into the back to find something. More foot tapping. Humming to the music. Ah yes, 50′s music… How Sweet It is To Be Loved By You. La la la…. the woman came back, Working Gringa got her little ticket and went to the second line.

There was a Diario de Yucatan newspaper on the table next to the line. Working Gringa read all four sections, understanding what she read better than ever before. Plenty of time to parse each word.

Someone came to change the music. Now it was show tunes. "Oh, what a beautiful mooooooor-ning!" The line crept forward. Finally Working Gringa was the next in line. Four different representatives in the row of cajas went on breaks before finally one of them called Pase! and Working Gringa stepped forward.

Ten signatures. Three copies. Show the passport. Wait while they find the phone. Patience and diplomacy.

While she was waiting, Working Gringa thought that maybe they had switched the music to American Show Tunes just for her, the only gringa in the building! Oh, that would be too embarassing, especially because they were playing particularly obscure and awful showtunes from the Seventies. Finally it was even too much for them, and someone flipped the station to Mexican pop music, much better and much more foot tapping all around. Finally, the phone arrived. The woman in the caja put in the new chip, gave Working Gringa a copy of her contract, and she was fuera de alli (outta’ there)!

In retrospect, the whole process was quite efficient and ultimately successful. The people involved were not only incredibly knowledgeable and smart, but terribly patient and diplomatic. Patient and diplomatic. Patient and diplomatic. Once Working Gringa remembered to be that way too, a foot-tapping time was had by all!

March 2009 Update: Working Gringa made the unfortunate mistake of washing her cell phone in the washing machine, necessitating a new phone. Much to her surprise, the Apple iPhone turned out to be affordable ($1800 pesos after applying “points” earned for paying her bill on time for the last eighteen months). The two year contract gave her monthly phone service and unlimited internet for less than $75 USD per month. Sold!

Confused about how to dial a number in Mexico? Check out our explanation article, How To Dial a Phone Number in Mexico.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting January 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Fest: The 473rd Anniversary of the City of Merida (January 6 – 27)
Every year, three weeks in January mark a huge celebration in honor of the birthday of the City of Merida. This event is called Merida Fest and is designed to bring together all of the people and cultures in Merida. We are blessed to enjoy one of the most peaceful big cities in the world, with one of the most complex populations. No matter the topic: food, music, ethnicity, age and even religion, Merida has it all and manages, without discrimination, to continue to celebrate our complex society as one of our greatest strengths. What that translates to, for visitors and residents alike, is three weeks of cultural events and entertainment that is found nowhere else. Stay with us here at Yucatan Living as we bring you the dazzling array of events that will take place during Merida Fest.

Yucatan Living 2015 Sterilization Clinic update.
The January 2015 Spay Neuter Clinic has begun! This event finds two Yucatan Animal Rescue organizations joining with the cities to manage the non-surgical aspects of the campaign at 3 locations. And for the first time, this is an initiative primarily funded by the Secretaria de Salud (Secretary of Health) for the State of Yucatan which will provide the materials for the surgeries. (Wow!!!). The main organizers are Planned Pethood, City of Progreso, AFAD & AFAD Progreso & Evolucíon.
1. Saturday, January 10 & Sunday January 11 – Progreso organised by AFAD & AFAD Progreso – Lidia Saleh & Mau Garcia
2. Monday, January 12, Tuesday, January 13, Wednesday, January 14 – Merida (location unknown to me at this time) organized by Evolution – Silvia Cortez
3. Thursday is a day off.
4. Friday, January 16 & Saturday, January 17 – Valladolid organized by AFAD - Lidia Saleh Angulo

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
February 18: Mardi Gras
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Monday (Lunes) January 12, 2015

Yucatan Living Outdoor Film Series: Morocco and Palestine
This film series is designed to go along with a number of international conferences being held in Merida this month.
Location: José Martí Cultural Center Calle 60 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 13, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: We are the best!
(Sweden 2013) Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. In Swedish with Spanish subtitles. A fascinating and visually amazing film.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 14, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Actor Auditions
“Soldier, Come Home,” the award-winning play by Frank W. Wicks based on his great-grandparents’ Civil War letters, will be performed at the Merida English Library in mid- February. Wicks, a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a theater professional, will direct the production. The play, performed as reader’s theatre, has been performed throughout the United States, including an Off-Broadway production in New York City. For additional information about “Soldier, Come Home” go to www.civilwarplay.com. Roles to be cast are one Woman, age 25 – 35 and five Men, ranging in age from 17 to 65. Interested actors please call Frank Wicks at 999-995-6722 or e-mail frankwicks [at] gmail [dot] com. Full story on MEL’s Web Page.
Audition Location: at the Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x66 y68
Time: 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Yucatan Living 1920s Gangsters’ Casino
Benefit for No Mas Perritos. Fundraising CASINO NIGHT! There will Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em. The theme is 1920′s Gangsters and Flappers, so dress the part if you would like! They have proper chips and games and this event is going to be BIG!!!!!
Location: The Bull Pen. Calle 1 #743 (Main St.), Chelem
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Tickets $100 pesos each which includes your starter chips. TEXAS HOLD ‘EM IS A BUY-IN GAME at 300 pesos per person. Please let them know in advance if you would like a seat at that table.
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613080098915789/

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment love and tenderness emerge. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Photography Exhibition & Book Presentation: Mandalas de Ciudad
The speaker for this presentation is Javier Barrera. You can learn more about this topic on its wiki: Mandala
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Calle 20 x Av. Colon
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Journey into the Fear
(USA 1943). Director: Orson Welles and Norman Foster. Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dolores del Rio, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, and Hans Conried. Following a conference, a Navy engineer, returning to the United States with his wife, finds himself pursued by Nazi agents, who are out to kill him. Without a word to his wife, he flees the hotel the couple is staying in and boards a ship, only to find, after the ship sails, that the agents have followed him.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trova Kin tun – Yesterday and Today
Beatriz Cervera brings us one of the most romantic trova voices in Merida.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: 58 Decent Women
This performance is by the Asheville (North Carolina) Contemporary Dance Theater (ACDT). The Producer is Roger Peche Sansores.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
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) January 15, 2015

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Buffet Breakfast Social
Come join women from around the world who live in Merida and get to know your community.
Location: at the Hyatt’s Peregrina Restaurant, Ave. Colon, corner of Calle 60, 100 meters del Paseo Montejo
Time: 9:30 AM
Admission: 130 pesos covers everything

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
Local and Foreign Artisans Market that benefits Chicxulub Food Bank. Includes: Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelry by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) – and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Various 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In Indonesian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Jazz Concert in the Garden at MEL
The Merida English Library presents its Music in the Gardens concert series. This first event is a Jazz Concert, featuring Naomi Murphy (vocals), Brian Richmond (saxophone), and Luis Romero Castellanos (keyboard).
Location: in the Garden of the Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 68
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $100 pesos. Seating limited… get your tickets now at MEL. Beverages available.

Yucatan Living Chocolate Blues
This performance is under the direction of Rainier Pucheux. Anywhere you find jazz, the blues won’t be far away and such is the case right here in Merida.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 50th Anniversary of Santa Lucia Serenades
The Director of this event is Yucatan’s beloved Luis Perez Sabido, award winning poet, composer, and cultural minister. This man’s resume is a volume of love and talent. If you haven’t been to a Santa Lucia Serenade in a while, this is the night to be there. To learn more about this beloved icon of Merida, read his resume at Trovadores-Yucatecos.
Location: Parque Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: 58 Decent Women
This performance is by the Ashville (North Carolina) Contemporary Dance Theater (ACDT). The Producer is Roger Peche Sansores.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Winter Dream
(Turkey 2013) Aydin, a retired actor, has a small hotel in Central Anatolie with his young wife Nihal, from whom he is emotionally distant, and his sister Necla suffering from her recent divorce. In winter, as snow covers the steppe, the hotel becomes their refuge but also the focus of their distresses. In Turkish 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) January 16, 2015

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. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: La Vida Bohème in Concert
You just never know what kind of international stars might turn up at one of these ongoing events. Tonight’s performance is by a very famous Venezuelan Alternative Rock group by the name of La Vida Bohème. Do plan to see this one!
Location: At the head of Paseo de Montejo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Circus: Reflections
Performances by the Ilaii Company, a local circus performance company that worked with Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss this!
Location: Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Orson Welles Series: The Stranger
United States 1946). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, and Richard Long. An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Yucatan … My Version with Eduardo Vazquez
This is a concert to hear. Eduardo Vazquez is a guitarist from Merida, but his influences run from hard rock to jazz and blues, and from classical to oldies and country. His influences are equally diverse and include such greats as Dizzy Gillespie to B.B. King. You might want to take a second look at this one and keep an eye out for Eduardo Vazquez in the future.
Location: Parque de la Colonia, Alemán
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingYucatan Symphony Orchestra: Between Waltzes and Overtures
Tonight’s performance marks the opening of this season of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. This performance includes performances of waltzes and more by Strauss, Dvorak and and Ravel. All directed by our very own Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Details on their website. Tickets at the box office.
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57, centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Various

Yucatan Living Interdisciplinary (music, dance, theater): Creation According to the Popol Vuh
This event is under the direction of Marcin Cristina and should be a wonderful performance of one of Yucatan’s most beloved Maya legends.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Songs from Cuba
This is a performance by the Duet: Sonido Abierto (Open Sound), under the direction of Rudy Vallado. This group and this director are extraordinarily talented, and never fail to please their audiences.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bad Hair
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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 Movie: The Five Obstructions
(Denmark 2003) A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 17, 2015

Yucatan LivingMovie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk her own life in the process, she has created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Circus: Reflections
Performances by the Ilaii Company, a local circus performance company that worked with Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss this!
Location: Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of Cultures
U Xiimbal eek’o’ob: The Walk of Stars: This event is under the direction of Miguel Angel Vazquez Tapia at 7:30 PM
Mexitanerias: The name of this group is Corazon Flamenco. Look for lots of rumbas and folk music from Seville, Spain. 9:30 PM
Carmane, Fado singer: Carmane is a Portuguese fado singer and the recognized first in his generation of a new life for this traditional music. Songs of ill-fated loves (fados) will always be with us and we are so lucky to have access to these talented international groups. 10:30 PM
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Interdisciplinary (music, dance, theater): Creation According to the Popol Vuh
This event is under the direction of Marcin Cristina and should be a wonderful performance of one of Yucatan’s most beloved Maya legends.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Tweny Feet From Stardoom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement
(USA 2009) After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early ’60s to the present day, the tireless community activists. 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), January 18, 2015

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, especially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingYucatan Symphony Orchestra: Between Waltzes and Overtures
The opening of this season of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra duplicates Friday night’s performance. This performance includes performances of waltzes and more by Strauss, Dvorak and and Ravel. All directed by our very own Juan Carlos Lomonaco. Details on their website. Tickets at the box office.
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57, centro
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Various

Yucatan LivingDance Marathon in Plaza Grande
This event features Los Méndez, Chicken y sus Comandos, and will be closed with the music of Los Ángeles Azules. Fun, dance and music for everyone!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of Cultures: Camane, Fado singer
Carmane is a Portuguese fado singer and the recognized first in his generation of a new life for this traditional music. Songs of ill-fated loves (fados) will always be with us and we are so lucky to have access to these talented international groups.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Stranger than Paradise
(USA 1984) A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) January 19, 2015

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Coming Soon

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help! Little by little we “fill the closet” from which they choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate, please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families!
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 10
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• January 17: Cancelled
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Music in the Garden Concert Series
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website:
• February 13: Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music
• March 13: Rock and Blues
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Second Annual Whodunit Dinner January 21, 2015
This year, the IWC will offer packets in either Spanish OR English, so you can choose for your group’s preference. There are eight characters, so you will need eight to fill your table. If you cannot fill a table, there will be extras who can fill in. Your admission includes a 3 course meal, plus a simple beverage. Bar service will be available on a pay as you go basis.
Location: La Parrilla Restaurant, Calle 30 # 87 x 17, Prolongacion Montejo, Col. Mexico.
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: 275 pesos per person
Contact Beth Knepp for information in English smiles4beth [at] yahoo [dot] com or Cathy Harrison for information in Spanish OR English at cathyharrison [at] yahoo [dot] com or 999-926-0014.

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 7
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour – February 21
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale January 22nd! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan LivingMerida’s Got Murder – February 3-7
Once again, a troupe of intrepid actors (murderers?) gather to solve a murder mystery… and you have front row seats. Join your neighbors and friends for this exciting murder mystery theatre with dinner! Find out more at the Merida Mystery Theatre Facebook page.
Location: Feb 3, 4, 5 at Hennessy’s, Feb 6 at Lizard Joe’s in Chelem, Feb 7 at Villa Martine in Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets on sale at Hennessy’s, Robert Abuda Salon in Merida and Lizard Joe’s Restaurant in Chelem. Include show and dinner. Do not include beverages and gratuities.

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour – February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archaeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

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 Khaki Scott

Welcome to 2015: The Year of Inclusion in Yucatan!

Merida: Property Tax Collections Soaring

One might think that, if property taxes are raised, as they were for 2014 in Merida, it would be a burden to middle and lower income property owners and collections would begin to lag. However, just the opposite has happened. In Merida, at the end of November, property tax collections were running 12% higher than the city’s goal, 17% higher than all of 2013, and 19% higher than last year in the same month. What would cause so many people to rush to happily pay their property taxes when this is traditionally the kind of tax that comes in slowly at best and, all too often, in arrears? The answer seems to be pride of ownership and value for their money. The citizens of Merida can take pride in the fact that they actually own a piece of this city and they are receiving value, in the form of both services and respect, in exchange for their hard earned pesos. The next stories are just a few examples of what the City is doing for its citizens.

The City of Merida: Citizen Services


You can call or visit whenever you need assistance from the City of Merida:
Call: 070 or 924-4000.
Chat:
www.merida.gob.mx and select Citizen Services.
In Person: office located on the first floor of the Municipal Palace.
Hours:
Phones and Chat: Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM; Saturday: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM; Sunday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Citizens served in 2014: Phone and Chat: 150,000, In Person: 25,000
Examples of Average Resolution Times: Street light outages: 48 hours, Dead animals in street: 2 hours

Merida Joined Buen Finthrough Part of Plan de Apoyo a Deudores

This Buen Fin program is part of the national Plan of Support for Debtors, which is a cooperative program between the Government of Mexico and the Association of Mexican Banks. The program provides a variety of loans to property owners, including loans for down payments on homes and even loans to pay property taxes that are in arrears. If these property owners remain current on their payments, they get the additional benefit of discounted payments over the next five years. When Merida joined this program in 2014, the city collected over $8 million pesos in back taxes in four days and 3,000 property owners were caught up. While 3,000 may not seem like a lot when compared to the well over a million people who live in Merida, it is a great number when we realize that there are now 3,000 more families who, as homeowners in good standing, are now more willing than ever to contribute to the cultural and financial security and tranquility of life in Merida.

Diversity in Merida: “For Want of a Nail…”

Around the world, societies tend to divide themselves into the “haves” and the “have nots,” with the haves often blaming the have nots for failing to take advantage of all of the opportunities they have been given to better themselves. It is a recipe for cultural disaster that has just been thrown out of the window in Merida. Instead, there are now 33 centers, located in marginal areas of the municipality, each with neighborhood staff members who are asking the people what they need in order to change direction and make their lives better. The goal here is to bring marginalized populations forward and significantly decrease the social and financial gaps in society in the City of Merida. For many of Merida’s citizens, this hand up might just be the nail that saves the kingdom. The proverb “For Want of a Nail…” can be found here.

New Year’s Eve is Merida’s Biggest Night Out

Every year, we watch Yucatan’s holidays so we can give our readers an idea, far in advance, of what they should prepare for next year. New Year’s Eve is Merida’s biggest night away from home of the entire year. In fact, we would go so far as to suggest that New Year’s Eve is all of Mexico’s biggest night out. People want to eat in restaurants, see fireworks shows, and generally enjoy whatever is going on. All of this is fine, right up to the point where drinking and driving get involved. This year, the City of Merida alone had 60 new checkpoints with breathalyzers and the State of Yucatan took this issue just as seriously. Next year, we suggest you find a designated driver early, make a reservation at your favorite restaurant at least a month in advance, and then relax, knowing that you will have the best New Year’s Eve ever! To read more about this holiday in Merida, visit Yucatan Living’s Ring In the New Year… 12 Times!

Yucatan: The State of the State

Crime Statistics for 2014
The statistics for 2014 are coming in and Yucatan still rules as the safest state in Mexico. The following statistics were reported at year’s end:
Homicide: 2 per 100,000. National average was 21.8.
Homicides: 98 (59 culpable, 39 intentional)
Kidnappings: Zero. Also with zero: Aguascalientes, and Baja California Sur.
Kidnappings and journalists killed or disappeared: Zero. National average was two, but also with zero were: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Colima, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Morelos, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tlaxcala, and Zacatecas.
Stolen vehicles: 10.4 per 100,000. National average: 160 per 100,000
Stolen vehicles: least reported crime (1%). National average: 8% of all reported crimes.
Complete results for these studies can be found at IMCO’s State Competitiveness website. IMCO provides information to be used by state governments to help accelerate the process of change. IMCO rates Yucatan as the safest state in Mexico and we agree whole heartedly.

Adaptive Buses Arrive for the Disabled

Six municipalities and the Center for Special Education and Rehabilitation in Merida each received a brand new bus with a lift for wheelchairs. Each bus has four docks for wheelchairs and space for 13 other disabled persons to sit. The goal is to make sure that disabled Yucatecos are able to get to and from work, school, and medical appointments, which will remove economic barriers for them and their families. The municipalities that received the adaptive buses included: Dzilam Gonzalez, Espita, Izamal, Progreso and Tekax. And the State of Yucatan did not stop there! They also delivered 50 adapted motorcycles, 176 pairs of eyeglasses, and 107 hearing aids. This is on top of the 1,100 hearing aids already delivered this month. Also, over 600 disabled Yucatecos received desperately needed prostheses in 2014 alone. The Governor insists that, before the close of his administration, all Yucatecos will walk together as equals and that includes those who are differently abled.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Children learn best when they have healthy food. Adults work best and care for their families when they eat well. In the past, being poor led only to malnutrition and life-long poverty. Yucatan has decided to close that road forever and embark on a nutritional campaign that includes every Yucateco in Yucatan state.
• LICONSA is a national program of support for dairies that supply low cost milk to the poor. Yucatan now has 225 Liconsa local dairies that supply excellent quality milk to 56,000 people in Yucatan. Soon, a dairy in Merida will receive its certification and 26,000 more citizens will have affordable milk. This program is growing in importance as the need is recognized in children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and for those who are chronically ill, disabled or elderly.
• SEDESOL has joined with LICONSA to provide free breakfasts for 5,041 children who attend public kindergartens in Merida. There are 196 of these daycare centers in Merida, each serving the needs of the children of working mothers.

Cultural Adaptations: Who Adapts to Whom?

There is an amazing array of foreigners in Yucatan, each bringing their own culture with them. This is especially clear on holidays, when foreigners celebrate with their own traditions and often meet in restaurants that serve the cuisine of their home countries. It would not be surprising if 500 years of immigration were to change the culture of Yucatan, but that has not happened. Instead, Yucatan has absorbed these foreigners and they have adapted to the culture of Yucatan. It seems that thousands of years of history trumps the relatively short amount of time that foreigners have been in the land of the Maya. This does not mean, however, that foreigners have lost their cultural characteristics. Instead, foreigners are encouraged to keep the best of their cultures and integrate themselves into the fabric of life in Yucatan. This diversity is part of Yucatan’s strength and nowhere does that show more than in the celebrations on major holidays. It is a new year now in Yucatan and, on New Year’s Eve, all who were here were Yucatecos.

2015: Dates You Might Want to Remember in Yucatan

These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon:
February 24: Mardi Gras (festivities will begin the Wednesday night prior)
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting January 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Christmas in “La Plancha” December 12 – January 6
This is a wonderful, “Viva la Navidad!” celebration for the family and kids. It includes mechanical games, live shows and a Christmas Village and it ends tomorrow!
Location: In the Old Train Station in Merida, Calle 43 x 48 y 46, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, with special circus shows on December 25, January 1, and January 6 at 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Fest: The 473rd Anniversary of the City of Merida (January 6 – 27)
Every year, three weeks in January mark a huge celebration in honor of the birthday of the City of Merida. This event is called Merida Fest and is designed to bring together all of the people and cultures in Merida. We are blessed to enjoy one of the most peaceful big cities in the world, with one of the most complex populations. No matter the topic: food, music, ethnicity, age and even religion, Merida has it all and manages, without discrimination, to continue to celebrate our complex society as one of our greatest strengths. What that translates to, for visitors and residents alike, is three weeks of cultural events and entertainment that is found nowhere else. Stay with us here at Yucatan Living as we bring you the dazzling array of events that will take place during Merida Fest.

Yucatan Living Mark Your Calendars for 2015
These dates are all governed by the cycles of the Sun and/or Moon and most are associated with major holidays and celebrations in Yucatan.
February 18: Mardi Gras
March 20 at 4:45 PM: Spring Equinox
March 29: Palm Sunday
April 4: Total Lunar Eclipse
April 5: Easter Sunday
June 21 at 11:38 AM: Midsummer Equinox
July 2 & 31: Blue Moon
September 23 at 3:20 PM: Fall Equinox
September 27: Super Moon
September 28: Total Lunar Eclipse
December 21 at 10:48 PM: Winter Equinox

Yucatan Living Donate Toys for San Simon Children
Anytime before January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany), bring new or like-new toys (no toy guns please!) or money to donate to the children of San Simon to the Hotel Hacienda Uxmal, right next to Uxmal Archaeological Zone. The toys and donations will help make Three Kings’ Day a happy event for the children of this tiny pueblo near Uxmal. If you go any other time to Hotel Hacienda Uxmal and want to donate, just ask for Enrique Valdes (he speaks English) or email him at enriquevaldes [at] mayaland [dot] com.

Yucatan Living Notice: Merida English Library Needs ACTORS/READERS
Audition: January 14
“Soldier, Come Home,” the award-winning play by Frank W. Wicks based on his great-grandparents’ Civil War letters, will be performed at the Merida English Library in mid- February. Wicks, a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a theater professional, will direct the production. The play, performed as reader’s theatre, has been performed throughout the United States, including an Off-Broadway production in New York City. For additional information about “Soldier, Come Home” go to www.civilwarplay.com. Roles to be cast are one Woman, age 25 – 35 and five Men, ranging in age from 17 to 65. Interested actors please call Frank Wicks at 999-995-6722 or e-mail frankwicks [at] gmail [dot] com
Full story on MEL’s Web Page
Audition Location: at the Merida English Library
Time: 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Monday (Lunes) January 05, 2015

Yucatan LivingThe Biggest Rosca de Reyes
The hotel zone’s chefs make the traditional bread. Money is to benefit vulnerable people in Merida.
Location: Calle 60 x Paseo de Montejo and Circuito Colonias
Time: 5:00 PM Monday
Admission: Buy a piece of bread and coffee to help people in need.

Yucatan Living Music: Alborada
Numerous Trios will be singing and playing for Merida’s Birthday.
Location: Calle 60 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 10:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 06, 2015

Yucatan Living 473rd Anniversary Mass
This event defines the opening of the 473rd Anniversary of the City celebration.
Location: Cathedral of San Ildefonso, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Dixie Jazz Orchestra
This great little orchestra is under the direction of Jose Carlos Rodriguez Arreola.
Location: Parque de La Ermita, Calle 64 x 79
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Orson Welles in 100 Years: Interview in Paris
(Paris, 1960). Director: Allan King
A vintage interview captures the artist reflecting on Citizen Kane and expounding on directing, acting and writing and his desire to bestow a valuable legacy upon his profession. Not your everyday video!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Too Much Johnson
(United States, 1938). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Joseph Cotton, Virginia Nicholson, Arlene Francis, Orson Welles. Includes cameos by John Houseman and Judy Holliday.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Armando Manzanero and Francisco Cespedes in Concert
A fabulous free concert by two wonderful and locally famous voices to celebrate Merida 473rd Anniversary.
Location: Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 07, 2015

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Piece of the Month: Gabriel Ramirez
This monthly exhibition currently features the work of artist Gabriel Ramirez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 11:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Priest’s Children
(Serbia 2012) A young priest gets an idea to pierce condoms before they are sold in order to increase the birth rate of his island. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Duet: Open Sound: Songs from Cuba
This performance is under the direction of Rudy Vallado.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Nico Jimenez: Charcutero Emeritense (Master Ham Cutter)
Nico Jimenez is from our sister city, Merida, Spain. He is presented by acclaimed writer Maria Teresa Mendez Mezquita. Born in Merida, Yucatan, in 1969, she is known around the world for her writings on all of the cities of Merida.
Location: Parque de la Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Dixie Jazz Orchestra
This great little orchestra is under the direction of Jose Carlos Rodriguez Arreola.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Central College Jazz Band
Under the direction of Gabriel Espinoza.
Location: , Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 centro of Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Five Broken Cameras
(France 2011) This shocking documentary film shows the life of Emad, a Palestinian farmer, who in 2005 set out to document some of the major acts of resistance that his people held against the advance of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. He used five cameras, which give rise to the title of the film, nominated for an Oscar in 2012. In Hebrew with Subtitles in Spanish.
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) January 08, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: Bad Hair
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: DueTango
Dance performance with Robbin and Julia. If you love tango, you’ll want to be there!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Central College’s Banda de Vientos
This great wind instruments band is under the direction of Gabriel Espinosa.
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Amour
(2012 USA) Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested. Academy Award winning film.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) January 09, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Ensemble “Karam Abdelhamid”
Arabic and Spanish music outdoors under the stars… how lovely!
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: DueTango
Dance performance with Robbin and Julia.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Mobile Museum: Morocco
This is a photographic and pictoral exhibition about Morocco.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés.
Time: 1:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Raul Di Blasio
Don’t miss this performance by Argentinian pianist Raul Di Blasio! He is famous for his rendition of Rhapsody in Blue, so maybe we will get to hear that piece tonight.
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Winter Dream
(Turkey 2013) Aydin, a retired actor, has a small hotel in Central Anatolie with his young wife Nihal, from whom he is emotionally distant, and his sister Necla suffering from her recent divorce. In winter, as snow covers the steppe, the hotel becomes their refuge but also the focus of their distresses. In Turkish 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

Yucatan Living Movie: The City of Lost Children
(France 1995) A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. In French with Spanish subtitles. A fascinating and visually amazing film.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 10, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more, presented by modern-day shaman, Miguel Angel Vergara.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: Opera Yucatan: Parsifal
PARSIFAL was the last opera composer Richard Wagner. He defined this work as a sacred scenic festival (Bühnenweihfestspiel). He began writing it in 1857 and premiered it 25 years later at the Bayreuth Festival Theater (July 26, 1882). The work is based on the medieval epic poem (XIII century) Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, about the life of a gentleman of the court of King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail or Holy Grail. The Holy Grail was the vessel that Christ used to eat and drink during the Last Supper and the same that was used to collect blood during the crucifixion.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2015 Sterilization Clinic
The January 2015 Spay Neuter Clinic begins today. This event finds two Yucatan Animal Rescue organizations joining with the cities to manage the non-surgical aspects of the campaign at 3 locations. And for the first time, this is an initiative primarily funded by the Secretaria de Salud (Secretary of Health) for the State of Yucatan which will provide the materials for the surgeries. (Wow!!!). The main organizers are Planned Pethood, City of Progreso, AFAD & AFAD Progreso & Evolucíon.
1. Saturday, January 10 & Sunday January 11 – Progreso Clinic organised by AFAD & AFAD Progreso – Lidia Saleh & Mau Garcia
2. Monday, January 12, Tuesday, January 13, Wednesday, January 14 – Merida Clinic (locations unknown at this time) organized by Evolution – Silvia Cortez
3. Thursday is a day off.
4. Friday, January 16 & Saturday, January 17 – Valladolid organized by AFAD – Lidia Saleh Angulo
More details to follow!

Yucatan Living Movie: Machete Language
(Mexico 2011) RAY AND RAMONA are a young couple (30′s) who spent many years together. They live in the DF. They are hyper aware of chaos and injustice of the social context of which they are part. Each in his own way, want to change that reality, fight for a fairer world. His life fluctuates between that world and excesses engagement party and night. She works for an NGO and she is a singer of a punk band. Their relationship is intense, often problematic. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Good Vibes 3: Alika and Other Groups
This performance is under the direction of Jorge Carlos Cabrera Milan. Alika is from Buenos Aires, with Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Reggae Roots. Visit her website to learn more about this young lady and her causes.
Location: Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Kong Fuzi: The Intrinsic Journey of Corporeal Philosophy
This performance is under the direction of Abraham Joshua Palma.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Citizen Kane
(United States, 1941). Director: Orson Welles. Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, and Everett Sloane, with a cameo by Nat King Cole.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Night of the Cultures: Mayan Dances
Come watch the representation of the Mayan Dances in the main square of Merida. A lovely way to spend a Saturday evening!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria Sabina
(Mexico 2009) María Sabina was a Mazatec Curandera who lived her entire life in a modest dwelling in the Sierra Mazateca of southern Mexico. Her practice was based on the use of the various species of native psilocybe mushrooms, such asPsilocybe mexicana. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Amelie
(France 2001) Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Ensemble “Karam Abdelhamid”
Arabic and Spanish music under the stars.
Location: Parque Principal, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cultural Expressions: Culture for Peace
A dance show designed for the Plaza Grande that brings together cultural expressions ranging from the Maya to new, contemporary cultures, including the cultures that have influenced the city. These include the Lebanese culture, as well as the dances and songs of China and Portugal. If you love styles as different as jazz and flamenco dancing, this is the event for you.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 10:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), January 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, especially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2015 Marathon of the City of Merida
This marathon is in honor of the 473rd Anniversary of the Founding of Merida.
Everyone over 18 is welcome to participate, including wheelchair participants. There will be great cash prizes and even a car for the lucky winner.
Events will include:
6:00 AM: a 42 km marathon
7:00 AM: a 10 km family run
7:00 AM: a 2 km family walk
Location:Remate de Montejo
Time:6:00 AM
Admission: Walk is free, race $ 100 pesos.
Download Registration Materials here from the Marathon of the City website. Further information will be given to registered participants.

Yucatan Living Opera: Chip and his Dog
Opera for children under the direction of Victor Gonzalez Perez.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMusic: Yuri Buenaventura
Colombian singer borned in Buenaventura city. Come listen and get ready to dance Salsa!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Kong Fuzi: The Intrinsic Journey of Corporeal Philosophy
This performance is under the direction of Abraham Joshua Palma. No idea what this is, but it sounds interesting!
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Magnificent Ambersons
(United States, 1942). Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck. Staring: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Return to Oz
(USA 1985) Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) January 12, 2015

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Gorro Girls Knitting & Crocheting “bee”
Dates: Second and Fourth Mondays
This group makes caps for the Cancer Kids of Hospital O’Horan. Knitting and crocheting instruction is available from members. Possible that it will NOT be happening this week.
Location: Merida English Library (MEL) patio
Time: 10:00 AM Mondays
Admission: Free

 

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living 2015 Sterilization Clinic update.
The January 2015 Spay Neuter Clinic begins today. This event finds two Yucatan Animal Rescue organizations joining with the cities to manage the non-surgical aspects of the campaign at 3 locations. And for the first time, this is an initiative primarily funded by the Secretaria de Salud (Secretary of Health) for the State of Yucatan which will provide the materials for the surgeries. (Wow!!!). The main organizers are Planned Pethood, City of Progreso, AFAD & AFAD Progreso & Evolucíon.
1. Saturday, January 10 & Sunday January 11 – Progreso organised by AFAD & AFAD Progreso – Lidia Saleh & Mau Garcia
2. Monday, January 12, Tuesday, January 13, Wednesday, January 14 – Merida (location unknown to me at this time) organized by Evolution – Silvia Cortez
3. Thursday is day off.
4. Friday, January 16 & Saturday, January 17 – Valladolid organized by AFAD – Lidia Saleh Angulo
More details to follow as they are being organized.

Yucatan Living 1920s Gangsters’ Casino – Wednesday, January 14
Benefit for No Mas Perritos. Fundraising CASINO NIGHT! There will Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em. The theme is 1920′s Gangsters and Flappers, so dress the part if you would like! They have proper chips and games and this event is going to be BIG!!!!!
Location: The Bull Pen. Calle 1 #743 (Main St.), Chelem
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Tickets $100 pesos each which includes your starter chips. TEXAS HOLD ‘EM IS A BUY-IN GAME at 300 pesos per person. Please let them know in advance if you would like a seat at that table.
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613080098915789/

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help! Little by little we “fill the closet” from which they choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate, please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families!
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 10
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Music in the Garden Concert Series
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website:
• January 15: Jazz Concert
• February 13: Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music
• March 13: Rock and Blues
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Second Annual Whodunit Dinner January 21, 2015
This year, the IWC will offer packets in either Spanish OR English, so you can choose for your group’s preference. There are eight characters, so you will need eight to fill your table. If you cannot fill a table, there will be extras who can fill in. Your admission includes a 3 course meal, plus a simple beverage. Bar service will be available on a pay as you go basis.
Location: La Parrilla Restaurant, Calle 30 # 87 x 17, Prolongacion Montejo, Col. Mexico.
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: 275 pesos per person
Contact Beth Knepp for information in English smiles4beth [at] yahoo [dot] com or Cathy Harrison for information in Spanish OR English at cathyharrison [at] yahoo [dot] com or 999-926-0014.

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 7
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

Yucatan Living The Artist Studio Tour – February 21
This unique self-guided tour is a yearly fundraiser for the Merida English Library and gives important exposure to local, national and international artists living and working in Merida. Many of our 24 artists are represented in galleries and museums around the world, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their studios are open to the public. One day, 24 great artists! The Artist Studio Tour allows you to spend quality time discussing the creative process with each artist and if, the mood strikes, you can pick up a piece for your home. You’ll find sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, papermakers and more in this talented group. Visit www.meridaenglishlibrary.com for updates on the tour, ticket sales locations and artist profiles.
Location: Downtown Merida. Map made available to ticket holders.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Tickets go on sale January 22nd! Buy your tickets before February 21 and pay only 200 pesos. Tickets are 250 pesos the day of the tour so get them early!

Yucatan Living IWC Tour: The Amazing Archaeological Tour February 24 to March 1, 2015
This tour includes:
• Five nights accommodation
• Bilingual guide service
• Transportation by motor coach for the duration of the tour
• Breakfast each morning
• Entrance tickets to all specified attractions
• Donation to IWC Charity Committee
You will visit the archeological sites of Edzna, X/puji, Balamku, Becan, Chicana, Calakmul, Kohunlich, and Coba, as well as a visit to Laguna Bacalar. Contact Joanna at http://writingfrommerida.com/2014/10/26/off-the-beaten-trail-tourism/ for more info on this trip.

Yucatan Living Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle
First and Third Thursdays of January, February and March 2015
Local and Foreign Artisans Market: Benefits Chicxulub Food Bank
Includes: Slow Food Market Vendors, Jewelery by Jorge, Carvings by Martine, Olga Cuevas: Clothing Designer, Mano de Nano (aka Naomi Murphy): homemade mustard, salad dressing, marinades, granola, meat rubs, baked goods, and a variety of pickles, Anita’s Salchichones (German Sausage) – and many many more !!!
Location: D’Mar Salon de Eventos, calle 28x21y23, Chicxulub Puerto
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free to shoppers. Vendors contact for more information.
More Information: Call Nola (English): (999) 109-6319 or e-mail: muellemarket [at] gmail [dot] com or keep up with new announcements on the Muelle Market-Bazar del Muelle Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MuelleMarket

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 Dr. Leroy Osmon, DMA & Dr. Cay Smith Osmon, EdD

Editor’s Note: Everyone we meet comes to Merida for their own reasons. And one of the wonderful things about Merida and the Yucatan is the wide range of places and people that you can find here… there is something for everyone, it seems! In this article, a couple of expatriates from Texas put into words why they love the part of Merida where they have chosen to live. Do you live somewhere else, and love that as much? Send us an email (info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com) and tell us why!

Merida’s Best Kept Secret

High rise in North Merida, YucatanWhen we started thinking about retirement, there were a lot of places that came to mind. We considered the places for the rich and famous… the kind of places you read about but most of us could never afford. In the past few years, we have been hearing more and more about places that the average hard-working person actually can afford and one of them is closer than you might think. The city of Merida, capital of Yucatan has made it to the top of several retirement and vacation home lists. More times than not, the article or video only talks about the ‘historic center’ or the centro historico. You know the type of article… talking about how Merida is filled with colonial homes just waiting to be returned to their original glory. As we know, those claims are true, and the centro is filled with beautiful renovated colonials, as well as many colonials still waiting to return to glory. But there is a secret about Merida, the City of Peace. The centro is not the only wonderful place to live here… the north/northeast section of Merida is a place where the living is easy and the prices are great!

Our Story

Leroy is a former public school band director in Houston, Texas and faculty member of the University of Houston School of Music. After retirement, he dedicated his time to composition and has become an Leroy and Cay Osmon in Merida Yucataninternationally-known composer nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and the recipient of several national and international awards. Cay taught journalism in the Texas public school system, worked for Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Research Center in Austin, was editor of an international music journal, and for 15 years worked as an administrator at the University of Houston.

We are like many other working-class Americans. We were both public school teachers, we owned a small business, and when we got closer to retirement, we started looking for a place with a good quality of life where we could live well on our retirement income.

Like a lot of North Americans we know here, we came to Merida on a short vacation and fell in love with the city. When we returned six months later, we bought a house. As we have gotten to know our neighbors and other expatriates in Yucatan, we have discovered that this was really not all that uncommon. Many others like us have discovered the beautiful weather, beaches, gardens, and houses that often sell for a fraction of the cost of what you would have to pay for anything similar in the United States.

Many of our friends chose to live in the historic center, but we decided to look at the north side of Merida. What we found were several residential areas (called colonias or fraccionamientos, the equivalent of neighborhoods) with beautiful houses that reminded us of Santa Fe or other vibrant suburban areas in the southwestern USA. We found every conceivable Inside Costco in north Merida Yucatanstyle of architecture for Merida, from Spanish hacienda style, to southwestern and contemporary.

We realize that this part of town does not appeal to everyone, but we have been more than satisfied with our decision. We want to share a few of our reasons why we love living on the north side of the Ciudad Blanca.

Convenience, Just Like Back Home

Convenience! Merida is growing very quickly and much of it is growing to the north/northeast. Because of this, there is a greater availability and accessibility of goods and services. We believe that being retired should bring with it a level of convenience and ease of living. Shopping on the north side offers retail stores such as Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, Office Depot, etc. that we North Americans Wide boulevard in north Merida Yucatanknow and trust. This area of Merida features planned areas of growth and development to fit the needs of an educated and informed shopper.

Fifteen years ago, the housing market for foreigners appeared to be exclusively in the centro (downtown). Fifteen years ago, development on Prolongacion Montejo pretty much stopped at the Gran Plaza. Ten years ago, Altabrisa Mall and Las Galerias (or City Center and Macroplaza, for that matter) did not even exist. If you had a house in Cholul or La Ceiba, you felt like you lived in the country, far away from everything. In less than a decade, the north/northeast parts of Merida have exploded with housing, shopping, and entertainment venues, complete with wide boulevards, avenues, spacious lots, totally free parking when shopping or eating out, big beautiful trees and lots of parks.

Practicality and convenience were at the top of our retirement list! As we have gotten older, we have found that it is the little things in life that often have the biggest effect on our attitude. We love getting in our car and driving a couple of minutes on a nice wide boulevard to a store or a restaurant, having plenty of parking and easy access. We like convenience.

Medical Care

Dentist office in north Merida YucatanThe finest medical and dental care in this part of the country is located in the north. Merida has several fine medical facilities but only one hospital that is fully certified to treat the President of the United States of America and that is Star Medica Hospital. Also on the north is the new Federal high specialty hospital and one of the finest cancer treatment centers in the country. One of our favorite dentists is located in Altabrisa. Maybe the fact that he had an office in Houston, Texas for more than 15 years has influenced our decision as well, but it probably also influenced his decision to locate in the north. I always feel more comfortable talking about dental and medical issues in English and every doctor we have seen at Star Medica Hospital has spoken English. I have not found this to always be true in other parts of the city.

Entertainment Venues

Many of the best entertainment venues are located in the north. The new Maya Museum is there, as is the Coliseo, the ice skating rink, various golf courses and a number of high-quality movie theaters. Yucatan Country Club in Merida YucatanThe Via Montejo development complex will soon begin construction and the largest Costco in Mexico will open in the Spring of 2015, all in the north of Merida. Did I mention the golf courses being on the north side? The two big country clubs in Merida also have excellent tennis courts and swimming pools!

As for concerts and events that take place in the centro at one of the four concert halls, we have been able to enjoy those as well. We have found it is between a 15- to 20-minute drive from the north/northeast at peak driving times. We have left our home on some Sunday mornings to go to the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan and we are parked and entering the concert hall in an amazing 12 minutes! Also, if we want to go in the other direction to enjoy the Yucatan Gulf Coast, with the wonderful new road to Progreso, it is a pleasurable drive on a four-lane highway to the beach.

Restaurants in North Merida

Many new restaurants featuring a wide variety of cuisine have opened in the north that offer more than the usual tourist fare. We love eating out and a variety of restaurants is at the top of our list of things we miss about the USA, and especially Houston. For many years here in Merida, you would be hard pressed to find any place to eat real Chinese food and now we have two of the best just a few La Recova in north Merida Yucatanminutes from our home in Montecristo. Great seafood, Lebanese, Thai, vegetarian or even vegan dishes are no longer difficult to find in Merida, but you will have to come to the north side of the city for such variety! We have found that the restaurant options in north Merida are beginning to cater to the discriminating palates of a growing middle class, as opposed to restaurants in the centro, which still focus mainly on tourists and traditional Yucateco cuisine.

North Merida Real Estate

In the northern area of Merida, residential developments have been planned and built since the late sixties and early seventies, continuing to this day. The residential areas are built with more parking, faster circulation, and easier access for automobiles. The homes are newer and the infrastructure available is newer and in better condition. Things like water lines, septic systems, street drainage, the electrical Real estate choices in north Merida Yucatangrid, cables for high-speed Internet access, etc. are relative new and up-to-date. This all translates for us to more leisure time to enjoy life (and play golf!). Newer homes have been built as free-standing structures, mostly, and many of those free-standing homes are on large lots (allowing for more landscaping options and shade trees to help cut down on electric bills). Many of the houses also have large pools and yards with more visually-aesthetic openness. And if you like living in a high-rise, condo, or an upscale apartment, those ONLY exist in the north.

Close to the Beach

Safety and tranquility are extremely important to us. If you are considering retirement to Merida, you probably already know that Merida has the lowest crime rate of any city of its size in all of North America. The neighborhoods in the north/northeast have lower crime rates than other areas of Merida, so that makes them doubly safe. Because of the types of businesses and property values in the north, Sailing off of the Yucatan Gulf Coastwe believe there is a greater and more professional police presence there as well. When we looked for and eventually found our perfect home, safety and tranquility had to be part of the package, and after living here for a few years, we have not been disappointed.

Of course, there’s the sun and fun factor. If you love to walk or lay on the beach, swim in the ocean, or just enjoy fishing or boating, living in the north of Merida puts you just about twenty-five minutes or less from the water! When we were looking for that perfect place to retire, living close to the beach was an important factor. Now, we keep a sailboat in Progreso. We love waking up, hopping in the car and finding ourselves on the boat in just a matter of minutes. Quality time! Isn’t that what retirement should be about? Isn’t that what LIVING should be about?

We think retirement should be about enjoying the rest of your life. And living on the north side, as one of our Yucatecan friends once told us, just “makes life easier.”

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Dr. Osmon says that if you want more information on Merida’s best-kept secret, contact him at leroy [dot] osmon [at] gmail [dot] com

By Working Gringos

LIBRARY COORDINATOR WANTED
The Valladolid English Library (VEL) is seeking a Library Coordinator. This job will pay $2,000-$3,000 pesos a month, based on experience and qualifications. The coordinator will be responsible for managing library operations, including maintaining regular library hours, and participating in evening and weekend activities, as scheduled.

The VEL library coordinator will work under the direction of the VEL Board in organizing and maintaining a variety of library functions. He or she will coordinate communication and promotion of library events, including building and maintaining a VEL website and updating the library’s Facebook page. In addition, the library coordinator will be responsible for organizing and maintaining all library materials, including the collection, equipment, records, and facility. The coordinator will assist in the recruitment and development of a team of library volunteers, coordination of their schedule and tasks, and management of all aspects of library membership.

The VEL library coordinator must be bi-lingual, with the ability to speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish. For a complete job description, or to apply, contact vel [dot] library [dot] 1 [at] gmail [dot] com.

All applications must be received by January 15, 2015.

By Working Gringos

* Job Description: Real estate sales, procure new listings, maintain correspondence with clients

* Job requirements:
Experienced real estate agent, currently licensed in the US or Canada
Must be able to re-locate or already be living in Merida Mexico, or surrounding area, Bilingual a plus
Self motivated

* Name of company: Yucatan Beach and City Property
Company website: www.yucatanbeachproperty.com
Contact: Elizabeth Rodriguez-Stacy
Contact info: Info [at] YucatanBeachProperty [dot] com / telephone: 999 112 8576 / 727 515 1303

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting December 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Christmas in “La Plancha” December 12 – January 6
This is a wonderful, “Viva la Navidad!” celebration for the family and kids. It includes mechanical games, live shows and a Christmas Village.
Location: In the Old Train Station in Merida, Calle 43 x 48 y 46, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, with special circus shows on December 25, January 1, and January 6 at 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Fest: The 473rd Anniversary of the City of Merida (January 6 – 27)
Every year, three weeks in January mark a huge celebration in honor of the birthday of the City of Merida. This event is called Merida Fest and is designed to bring together all of the people and cultures in Merida. We are blessed to enjoy one of the most peaceful big cities in the world, with one of the most complex populations. No matter the topic: food, music, ethnicity, age and even religion, Merida has it all and manages, without discrimination, to continue to celebrate our complex society as one of our greatest strengths. What that translates to, for visitors and residents alike, is three weeks of cultural events and entertainment that is found nowhere else. Stay with us here at Yucatan Living as we bring you the dazzling array of events that will take place during Merida Fest.

Yucatan Living Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here in 2015.

 

Yucatan Living Donate Toys for San Simon Children
Anytime before January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany), bring new or like-new toys (no toy guns please!) or money to donate to the children of San Simon to the Hotel Hacienda Uxmal, right next to Uxmal Archaeological Zone. The toys and donations will help make Three Kings’ Day a happy event for the children of this tiny pueblo near Uxmal. For more information, check the website or email

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) December 22, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today, everyone is busy with Christmas shopping!

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Liztomania
(UK 1975) A send-up of the bawdy life of Romantic composer/piano virtuoso Franz Liszt, with ubiquitous phallic imagery and a good portion of the film devoted to Liszt’s “friendship” with fellow composer Richard Wagner. The film begins during the time when Franz would give piano performance to a crowd of shrieking teenage fans while maintaining affairs with his (multiple!) mistresses. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Christmas’ Eve
For Christmas dinners and other events, check our listings here.

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Christmas’ Day

 

Friday (Viernes) December 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Vuelve a la Vida
(Mexico 2010) The love story between a top model from New York, a Mexican scuba diver and a shark. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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 Movie: Old Boy
(South Korea 2003) After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. In Korean with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: Deep Water
(USA 2006) A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race. 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 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. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop
(UK 2010) The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), December 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, specially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Note: BiciRuta Montejo Route Temporarily Suspended. December 7 – January 11
All other BiciRuta routes will function as usual. Check here for more information.

Yucatan Living Movie: Click
(USA 2010) A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 29, 2014

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Gorro Girls Knitting & Crocheting “bee”
Dates: Second and Fourth Mondays
This group makes caps for the Cancer Kids of Hospital O’Horan. Knitting and crocheting instruction is available from members. Possible that it will NOT be happening this week.
Location: Merida English Library (MEL) patio
Time: 10:00 AM Mondays
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) December 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Always a great movie.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 31, 2014

Yucatan Living New Year’s Eve
Enjoy the party! Check our list of events for Christmas and New Years.

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 01, 2015

Yucatan Living Happy New Year

 

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 10
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Merida’s Marathon 2015, January 11, 2015
This includes a marathon, a race and a walk, so everyone can participate. For the race and marathon due date is January 10, the family walk 30 min before start.
Location:Remate de Montejo
Time:6:00 AM
Admission: Walk is free, race $ 100 pesos.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help! Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate, please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families!
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Music in the Garden Concert Series
Check the performance details at the Merida English Library website:
• January 15: Jazz Concert
• February 13: Latin, Mexican & Yucatecan Music
• March 13: Rock and Blues
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68.
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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

Type of Food/Restaurant: Modern American Cuisine
Name: Soma Restaurante
Neighborhood: Fraccionamiento Malaga
Telephone: 9991-95-64-74
Address: Calle 21, 375 y 60 x 21
How to Get There from the Centro: Take Calle 60 North, first set of lights past Mega will be Calle 21 but you can’t turn left there. Go half a block to the retorno, take it to end up going South on Calle 60. Turn left at the next light, which is Calle 21. Soma Restaurant is on the right near the end of the block. Plenty of parking.
Air Conditioned: Yes
Outdoors: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Drinks: Licensed to serve alcohol.
Payments: Accept Mastercard and Visa.
Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM, Thursday through Monday
Facebook: somarestaurante

By Working Gringos

Name of Company – Yucatan Riviera Realty
Job Location – Merida
Name of Contact – Glen MacFarlane
Phone Number -999-298-8998
Email Address – glen [at] yucatanrivierarealty [dot] com
Job Description – sales/marketing
Job Requirements – Spanish or english
Any Additional Information -complete training and development for career in sales and marketing in fastest growing industry in Mexico!!

YRR has an unrivaled track record for the sale of homes and ocean front property in the Campeche/Yucatan Riviera.*** Construction is about to begin!

SALES EXPERIENCE IS NOT necessary. Honesty, trustworthiness and coachability are!
Hard working people are needed to follow up on the many leads from people all around the globe who want to know more about the area and how to retire in the sun!!
If successfull, you will be selling either ocean lots, or turn key homes on the ocean.

All calls will be in strictest confidence.

By Working Gringos

About this time of year, if you don’t already HAVE plans, you are wondering what to do for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Here’s our annual rundown of what the local hotels are doing (all prices are in Pesos). For sure there are more activities going on, so If you know of another special event for either of these two days, feel free to add it in the Comments area.

Christmas

Hyatt Regency Merida
Christmas Eve at Peregrina
Peregrina will be serving an International buffet Christmas dinner the night of the 24th. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. Live saxophone music 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Full deposit required to make a reservation.
Price: $565 pesos per adult, $280 pesos per child
Hours: 8:00 PM to Midnite
Location for both: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone for Peregrino: 999-942-1234 ask for the Christmas Dinner
Christmas Eve at Amuza
New Hyatt restaurant will be serving an eight course dinner. Drinks not included.
Price: $475 pesos per adult, $240 pesos per child
Hours: 7:00 PM to Midnite

Hotel Casa del Balam
Price: Call for more information
Location: Calle 60 x 57, Merida centro
Tel: (999) 924-8844 x 1702

Fiesta Americana Merida
Christmas at Cafe Montejo
Cafe Montejo will be serving an International buffet Christmas dinner on the 24th. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. 50% payment required for reservation.
Price: $625 pesos per adult, $280 pesos per child from 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free.
Hours: 7 PM to 11:30 AM
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 942-1111

Soma Restaurante
Soma will be having a Christmas Day Lunch, with seatings at 11:30 AM or 2:00 PM. Reservations are required.
Price: $265 pesos per person
Location: Calle 21 #375 x 60 y 12, Frac. Malaga, Merida
Tel: 999-195-6474

Intercontinental Maria Mercedes Merida
Christmas with Family
An International buffet Christmas dinner on the 24th at the Gran Salon. Dance and dinner with live music and a special area for children. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. 50% payment required for reservation.
Price: $715 pesos per adult, $275 pesos per child from 5 to 10. Children under 5 are free. This includes dinner, dance, traditional toast and soft drinks.
Hours: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 942-9000 Ext: 5400

Hacienda Xcanatun
A special Christmas Eve dinner will be served at their fabulous restaurant. Includes a four course dinner and a special dinner for children. Full payment in advance is required for a reservation. Service charge of 15 % and drinks not included.
Price: $720 pesos per adult, $250 pesos per child up to 11.
Location: Off of the road to Progreso in the town of Xcanatun
Telephone: 999-930-2140
Website: www.xcanatun.com

Rosas and Xocolate
An elegant five-course dinner will be served here. Dinner includes a complementary Christmas drink. All other drinks are a la carte. Live Chamber music from 9 PM to 11 PM.
Location: Paseo Montejo at Calle 41
Price: Call for prices
Telephone: 999-924-2992

Hotel Aluxes
Hotel Aluxes’ Christmas Eve dinner will be at the Popol-Vuh Salon and includes live music for dancing and an international buffet dinner. The price includes a Christmas toast, soft drinks and dinner, accompanied by a live musical group for dancing.
Price: $450 pesos per adult, $290 pesos per child 5-11 years. IVA and tip included. Additional $150 pesos for open bar, including national beer, brandy, rum, vodka and tequila.
Hours: 9 PM to 2 AM
Location: Corner of Calle 60 and Calle 49 in Merida centro
Reservations: Call 999-924-2199

Hotel Zamna
Traditional Christmas Dinner at Hotel Zamna on Thursday, December 25. This event includes a traditional five course Christmas dinner, which includes the complementary welcome drink of your choice and unlimited wine served with dinner.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Doors open at: 2:30 PM, Dinner served at 3:00 PM
Price: $350 pesos per guest. Please purchase tickets early as the event is limited to 30 guests. Tickets are available from the hotel reception and, due to catering timelines, are available only for purchase in advance.
Telephone: 999-924-0103

Valladolid: Xoco Loco Palapa at Casa Hamaca
Christmas Celebration
Santa will be visiting with gifts for the children following our dinner. Turkey, pork, pasta, and paper goods will be provided. Please bring something to share with our group. If possible, please prepare enough for 8-10 people. Thank you! We always need appetizers, side dishes, relish trays, and desserts. No outside beverages are allowed. Xoco Loco will be open for us to purchase drinks, profits from which help support the staff who will be working that day. There will be a silent auction to raise money for the Associacion Protectora de Animales de la Calle. If you would like to donate something for the auction, please be sure it is at Casa Hamaca by 3:30 P.M. on Christmas Day, so it can be on display throughout the social time when people will be making their bids. They are looking for anything you might not be using anymore and would like to see someone else enjoy! Homemade baked goods, candies, wine, whatever you have that you can live without! You can even wrap something up like a Christmas gift and we will bid on the unknown! All that is donated will help to raise money to provide food and services to the animals helped through APACCC.
Price: $625 pesos per adult, $280 pesos per child from 6 to 12. Children under 6 are free.
Hours: 3 PM to 5:30 PM, Drinks, Appetizers & Silent Auction. 5:30 PM Buffet Style Dinner.
Location: Casa Hamaca in Valladolid

New Year’s Eve at Hotels and Restaurants in Merida

Hyatt Regency
New Year’s Eve at Peregrina
New Years Eve celebration includes an international buffet dinner and live music. You can bring your own liquor and wine.
Price: $990 pesos per adult, $495 pesos per child, which includes IVA and tip.
Hours: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Music from 9:30 PM to 1:45 AM

New Year’s Eve at the Regency Salons
New Years Eve celebration includes an international buffet dinner and live music. You can bring your own liquor and wine. This is the celebration everyone wants to attend! Kids club included.
Price: $1350 pesos per adult, $650 pesos per child, which includes IVA and tip.
Hours: 9:00 PM –4:00 AM, Live music and dancing from 9:30 PM to 2:45 AM

New Year’s Eve at Amuza
The New Years Eve celebration here includes a nine course dinner, drinks not included.
Price: $900pesos per adult, $450 pesos per child, which includes IVA and tip.
Hours: 7:00 PM –4:00 AM, Live music and dancing.

Location for both: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone for All: 999-942-12-34 ask for the New Year’s celebration.

Hotel Casa del Balam
Price: Call for more information.
Location: Calle 60 x 57, Merida centro
Telephone: (999) 924-8844 x 1703

Fiesta Americana
Candles and Lights
This will be a lavish affair in the Grand Salon of Hotel Fiesta Americana. International buffet, the traditional 12 grapes of midnight, national drinks are included and there will be entertainment by Montana, a great musical group. Full payment is required before the event. 20% discount on New Year’s brunch. IVA included.
Hours: 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Price: $1645 pesos per adult, $749 pesos per child 7-11
Location: Paseo de Montejo #451 x Avenida Colon, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 999-942-1123 or 942-1100
Email: banquetesfamd [at] posadas [dot] com

Hotel Aluxes – New Year’s Eve Dinner
Buffet dinner includes a glass of house wine, live music and a sparkling wine toast and 12 grapes at midnite. Open national bar and soft drinks. IVA and parking included. Dinner starts being served at 7 PM. The menu consists of four choices of salads and soups, main dishes (stuffed turkey, Pork with plum sauce, fish with shrimp, filet mignon, and chicken with cheese and herbs sauce). Desserts include Christmas chocolate cake, cheese cake, and others.
Price: IVA and service are included in the price of $750 pesos per adult and $390 pesos per child
Hours: Festivities start at 9:00 PM and end at 2:00 AM
Location: Calle 60 at Calle 49
Tel : 999-924-2199. Call for reservations and to put down a 50% deposit.

Holiday Inn
Call for details.
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and Paseo de Montejo, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 999-942-8800 ext. 609

LA68
Dancing and toasting under the stars at Merida’s most hip cultural center. $200 pesos per person includes a complimentary drink for a New Year’s toast. Find out more here.
Location: Calle 68 x 55, Merida centro
Telephone: 924-9540

Intercontinental Maria Mercedes Merida
London Style Party
An International buffet dinner with live music for dancing, and the traditional twelve grapes. Price includes IVA, and la propina (tip) but no drinks. 50% payment required for reservation. Parking included. Kids club available until 3:00 AM.
Price: $1100 pesos per adult.
Hours: 8 PM to 2:30 AM
Location: Avenida Colon at Calle 60, in the Hotel Zone in Merida
Telephone: 9429000 Ext: 5400

Hennessy’s Irish Bar
Join old and new friends for a champagne toast, a selection of appetizers including lobster bisques, raspberry salad and duck carpaccio, a main course (choose from prime rib, lamb curry or poached salmon) and marvelous desserts. Also, music and prizes… you know it will be fun! Call soon and make your reservations. Space is limited!
Price: $795 pesos
and additional $100 pesos to party with the crowd. This will give you a free drink.
Location: Paseo Montejo or Calle 56-A No. 486A x 41 y 43, across from the Archaeological Museum
Telephone: (999) 923-8993

Hacienda Xcanatun
Hacienda Xcanatun’s restaurant is having a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Enjoy a four-course dinner, sparkling wine and the traditional 12 grapes. There will be music, decorations and dancing as well!
Price: $1190 pesos plus 15% service per person. Full payment for reservations
Location: Off of the road to Progreso in the town of Xcanatun
Telephone: 999-930-2140

Trotter’s
Trotter’s will have a special four-course meal for New Year’s Eve. Call for more details.
Price: TBD. Drinks and service not included.
Location: Circuito Colonias, between Paseo de Montejo and Mega grocery store
Telephone: 999-927-2320 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Pancho’s
Pancho’s will have a special New Year’s Even dinner. Call for details or reservations.
Price: TBD. Drinks and service not included.
Location: Calle 59 x Calle 60 y 62, Merida centro
Telephone: 999-923-0942 (call after 6 PM) for reservations (50% deposit required)

La Tratto
La Tratto will have a special four-course meal.
Price: TBD. Drinks not included
Location: Prolongacion Montejo # 479 C between the Monumento a la Bandera in front of Centro Cultural Dante (the Dante Bookstore).
Telephone: 999-927-0434 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Bryan’s
Call for more information.
Price:TBD. Drinks and service not included
Location: Calle 20 # 116 x 5 y 7, Col. Montecristo
Tel: 999-927-0434 for reservations (50% deposit required)

Soma Restaurante
Soma will be having a New Year’s Day Brunch, from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Chef Alberto will be serving special dishes, including Crabcakes Eggs Benedict, Tizimin Ribeye Steak & Eggs, Lobster Omelet, Soma’s Special French Toast with local honey & fresh berries, and much more. Reservations are required.
Price: Dishes cost between $89 and $200 pesos each.
Location: Calle 21 #375 x 60 y 12, Frac. Malaga, Merida
Tel: 999-195-6474

New Year’s Eve at La Barca in Chelem
You are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 at La Barca Restaurant in Las Dunas Hotel in Chelem. Special dinner by reservation, New York New Year’s Eve Live on Big screen, midnight toast and one of the best bands to rock, Aneurisma is back! Reservations are recommended for the special dinner, but not required for the entertainment and celebration. Join the crowd for great drink specials and to enjoy live music.
Location: La Barca Restaurant in Las Dunas Hotel in Chelem
Time: Music begins at 9:30 PM
Admission: Please book your reservation online via La Barca’s inbox on Facebook

New Year’s Eve at Lizard Joe’s with Joe King Carrasco
You can’t have New Year’s Eve in Yucatan without Austin Music Hall of Famer Joe King Carrasco at Lizard Joe’s.
Location: Lizard Joe’s Beach Club in Chelem
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

New Year’s Eve at Faces
New Year’s Eve with live music, an international buffet, a toast at midnight and a burning of the Old Man (traditional in Yucatan.) $375 pesos per person. Reservations required at 999-191-9510.
Location: Caras (Faces), Calle 23 #66 x 48 y 50, Progreso, Yucatan
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

 

That’s everything we know right now! We will add in any new events we find out about when we know. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to more Yucatan Living in 2015!

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Editor’s Note: Since we first landed on the Yucatan Peninsula, we have been fascinated by its history. One visit to the Governor’s Palace with its magnificent murals by Fernando Castro Pacheco was all it took to fan the flames of that fascination. Just beneath the calm and tranquilo-seeming exterior of the Yucatan lies a tumultuous past. Jacinto Canek, after whom the Avenida Jacinto Canek that goes west from Merida’s centro is named, was one of Yucatan’s most amazing figures, rising as he did from relative obscurity to become a revolutionary leader. He made a name for himself that lives on to this day, and paid dearly for his subordinance. Guest writer James Gunn gives a glimpse into a book about Canek by a well-known Merida-born writer.

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Yucatan-born Writer

Ermilo Abreu Gómez (Mérida, 1894 – México City, 1971) was a writer, university professor and literary critic. He had a particular interest in prehispanic and colonial times in Mexico, an interest that was Canek book by Merida author about Yucatan historic figureawakened in many writers with the social changes that occurred during and after the difficult years of the Mexican Civil War that lasted for a decade beginning in 1910.

Ermilo Abreu was a prolific writer, his works were varied and extended over most of this lifetime, but his best known work is a book called Canek, published in 1940.

Canek is a short book, only 75 pages long, about the life and brutal death of one of Yucatan’s most interesting historical characters, Jacinto Canek. It is written in poetic prose, in which a mix of allusion, metaphor, and imagination combine to develop the essence of who this 18th century Maya rebel leader was, or at least the person Ermilo Abreu imagines him to have been, and to memorialize a long-ago and long forgotten Maya rebellion.

The Story of Canek

The story develops using a series of very short vignettes, some as short as four sentences. The first half of the story describes a special and caring relationship between Jacinto Canek and a young boy named Guy, the nephew of the owner of the hacienda on which Jacinto Canek works.

…nobody loves him. He seems dumb. His family … have sent him to the country to get him out of the way. He’s so skinny, he says such things, such nonsense, that his presence annoys them. His siblings have started saying he’s not a member of the family. When Guy hears this his eyes water, but he says nothing.

At least one critic has claimed that Guy is really Ermilo Abreu himself. It is suggested that Guy is a sort of sad, poetic, autobiographical representation of the author as a young child. Whatever the case, Canek increasingly becomes the best friend and protector of Guy. The purpose of including this vignette, apparently, is to show Canek to be a sensitive, intelligent and caring Maya man, who befriends an outcast white boy. In that respect, the ploy is effective.

Jacinto Canek monument in MeridaThe second half of the book describes the reasons why Canek becomes the instigator and leader of a short-lived 18th century Maya rebellion against the white skinned oppressors who enslaved and brutalized the Maya people. It describes, too, the barbaric punishment he received from the white authorities after his capture. What it does not capture, perhaps, is what a larger-than-life figure Jacinto Canek became after his death. Since then he has been viewed as a martyr and a warrior of mythic proportions.

In his frequent musings in the book about the nature of life and of mankind, Canek notes that the Maya are satisfied with little but that the whites are greedy, they always want more. At one point he says

What is the difference that separates men from animals? Some say it is a soul. That is what people ruled by pride think. Some say it is reason. That is what philosophers think. But I think what separates men from animals is the faculty that the former have of repressing or eliminating appetite.

Fascinating History

As I read more of the many outstanding Yucatecan writers, I find repeatedly a return to the long and tragic history of the relationship between the white and the Maya population of the Yucatan Peninsula. Though I’ve been told by young Yucatecos that they hear little or nothing about these things in their schools, to this outsider who is trying to come to a better understanding of the thinking and culture of Ermilio Abreu Gomez statue in Merida Yucatanthis extraordinary place, it appears that there is a trauma under the surface and that terrible wounds and injustices from the past are not entirely forgotten, just as they are not in my own country of the United States.

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Writer’s Note: translations to English are my own.

More about Jacinto Canek on Wikipedia

A little bit about Ermilio Abreu on Wikipedia in English and in Spanish.

A statue to author Ermilio Abreu is in Pensiones in Merida (Google map location here).

By Khaki Scott

School Holidays Begin Friday, December 19

When school lets out on Friday, there will be more than 590,000 children, teens, and college students out of school until Wednesday, January 7, 2015. They and their teachers will be getting steep discounts on everything from Christmas shopping to public transportation, so expect streets and stores to be busier than ever. And it doesn’t stop there. The students and their teachers are also getting discounts on national and international tours, so they are ready to see the world. We hope every student and every teacher has a safe and wonderful Christmas. Please drive carefully, especially in outlying areas where children often think of their street as a really great place to skate and/or play a game of soccer.

Visit the Zoos!

Children's Activities in Yucatan In 2014, Merida’s zoos had a population explosion and, now, there are over 100 new babies to see for over 40 different species. Included in the list are over 40 babies at El Centenario: ocelots, Bengal tigers, macaws, scarlet monkeys, Nile hippos, Capuchin monkeys, rufous-collared sparrows, and stunning guaiabero parrots. At Animaya, there are now over 60 babies less than a year old. They include: Barbary sheep, guanaco (a species of llama), spider monkeys, black neck antelope, European mouflon sheep (huge, curled horns), guar (the largest wild cow, native to India and South Asia), white tailed deer, deer that are actually all white, red deer, brocket deer, squirrels, antelope wildebeests (with white beards), emu, monkeys of several species, parrots and Tortuga jicotea (active both day and night).

Virtual Library of Yucatan Hits New Heights

The Virtual Library of Yucatan has been open since 2007. Since then, researchers have been allowed free access to over 500,000 scanned pages. At this point in time, the Virtual Library of Yucatan has 8,000 visitors per month, with access to over 20,000 books, documents, and audio/visual files that provide instant access to the history and culture of Yucatan. These are not ordinary files. They include books and manuscripts from as far back as the 16th century, as well as the work of at least 150 contemporary Maya writers. In addition, there are copies of the graduate and post-graduate work done by researchers housed in the Virtual Library of Yucatan. To date, over 400,000 visitors have used the library, many of them from Europe, and all totally free. Do pay a visit to the Virtual Library of Yucatan and see what marvelous documents, books, pamphlets, and videos they have available.

What Children’s Graves Tell Us

Over the past few years, as Merida remodeled older districts and constructed new ones, it seemed as if they were discovering a new archaeological site almost every month, and the rerouting of traffic created inconveniences that had everyone on edge. Today, of course, all inconveniences are forgotten and everyone is Yucatan is proud of the groundbreaking research that has taken place in Merida and was shared last week at the First “Ichkaantijo” Symposium of Maya Culture, held in the library of Yucatan’s branch of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Who would ever have thought that, underneath a neighborhood in the city, there would be enough children’s graves to completely change our understanding of the degree of importance of children to societies? That is exactly what has happened in Fraccionamiento Los Heroes, now known in archaeological circles as Zona Oxmul. Babies were buried in urns, while older children were buried in a type of sarcophagus. In either case, the formerly neglected topic of the role of children in Mayan society is now being discussed for the first time. In addition, new methods of excavation and recovery of the remains of children has been developed, which will be of use around the world. This brings new meaning to the term “living history” in Yucatan.

Twelve Year Old Mayan Girl Wants to be Orchestra Conductor

Young Mayra Gabriela Medina Gonzalez wants to be an orchestra conductor and she is well on her way. Thus far, she has reached her goal of mastering three instruments (piano, saxophone, and clarinet), goes to a free form alternative school where she attends primary and secondary school at the same time (with stellar marks), and has spent two years training as a high performance athlete without neglecting her music or academic work. Assisted by the Jose Jacinto Cuevas Music Center, Mayra began with the piano at four years of age, then the saxophone at age seven, but then fell in love with the clarinet and has now dedicated herself to it. This past week, Merida’s Deputy to the State Congress was instrumental in seeing to it that Mayra received a new clarinet, something her family would find extremely difficult to afford. All eyes are on Mayra now, which is an odd thing to say because Mayra has flown through her twelve years of life, racking up one amazing accomplishment after another, and she is not only blind, but also a former victim of bullying. Will Mayra become the first female orchestra conductor from Yucatan? Our bet is on Mayra earning whatever she sets her mind to. How about you?

Two New Places to Shop Coming in Early 2015

For the shoppers among us, life is going to be better than ever in Merida in 2015. These are the new malls that are being built at break-neck speed:
(1) Costco: Construction is moving fast, but no opening date yet. Location: Next to Plaza Galerias, where the old henequen fabrics factory was. This will be a great shopping location for those who live at the beach and dread the drive all the way into the city.
(2) Plaza Aurea: two story mall with 21 stores. Location: at the entrance of Fraccionamiento Auria. It is designed to serve both the Aurea and Francisco de Montejo areas.
(3) There are also two new hotels already under construction: a Hampton Inn and a City Junior Hotel.

Mayan Language in Schools: Reading and Writing

With the Constitution being translated into Maya, this indigenous language is positioning itself to stand on equal footing with Spanish in Yucatan. Until now, the different dialects of the Mayan language have Photo courtesy of SIPSElargely been an oral tradition and almost impossible to teach in schools. With the recent standardization of Mayan grammar and spelling, courses in basic, intermediate and advanced Mayan will be compulsory in the schools of Yucatan, as are French and English now. Both reading and writing will be taught beginning in preschool. This is wonderful news and gives the next generation of Maya Yucatecos yet another tool with which to not only preserve their culture, but to meet the rest of the world on their own terms and with their own perspectives. We cannot, at times like this, forget the somber, young, East Texas plumber who, several years ago, informed us that “the Mayans are extinct.” Well, look out world, here they come! This next generation of Mayan children will not only out-write you, but will continue to beat you at chess as well. Our congratulations to every educator who has made this possible!

Need to See a Man about a Horse? Come to Yucatan!

Yucatan now has five new associations, incorporated and registered with Sagarpa, as being specialized in equine production, and every one of them has a membership of cattlemen! We have watched as these five groups of livestock producers spent almost the past decade moving past being just horse lovers to breeding and raising some of the finest horses we have seen. If you missed them at the municipal and state fairs, you really need to go looking for them next time you have an opportunity to do so. To add to the uniqueness of this occasion, the certification of these specialized horse breeders’ groups as associations is a first in all of Mexico. The five associations and their presidents are: Sucila: Isac Portillo Duarte, Uayma: Alejandro Ay Xooc, Buctzotz: Pedro Eduardo Castro Madera, Colonia Yucatan: Emir Perez Estrada, and Tizimin: Mario Alberto Romero Cervera. If you love horses, or know someone who does, spend some time in each of the municipalities listed above. One of them just might be where your expat dreams come true.

By Working Gringos

United States Mission in Mexico

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Travel Precautions

LAST UPDATED: DECEMBER 19, 2014
The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.
This Travel Alert expires on March 19, 2015.

An analysis of past attacks and threat reporting strongly suggests a focus by terrorists not only on the targeting of U.S. government facilities but also on hotels, shopping areas, places of worship, and schools, among other targets, during or coinciding with this holiday period. ­U.S. citizens abroad should be mindful that terrorist groups and those inspired by them can pose unpredictable threats in public venues. U.S. citizens should remain alert to local conditions and for signs of danger.

December 12, 2014
With the approaching holiday season, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico are receiving increasing reports of highway robberies and carjackings on popular transit routes into the interior of Mexico, including on toll roads (“cuotas”). Criminals are very aware that many travelers coming from the United States at this time of year are carrying gifts, often expensive electronic items and jewelry. The criminals monitor the highways to identify potential targets, and appear to be targeting individuals displaying valuable items or driving vehicles they believe likely to contain these items, including vehicles with U.S. license plates. Most criminal activity occurs after dark, currently between 6:00 P.M. and sunrise.

While U.S. citizens have, in the past, been murdered in highway robbery and carjacking incidents, in recent reports most victims who complied with robbers’ demands have reported that they were not physically harmed. In some cases, robbers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee. Robbers have used a variety of techniques, including roadblocks, bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop, and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur after dark and on isolated stretches of roads. To reduce risk when traveling by road, we strongly urge you to travel between cities throughout Mexico only during daylight hours, to avoid isolated roads, and to continue to use toll roads (“cuotas”) whenever possible.

The Government of Mexico’s Programa Paisano provides support to U.S. residents returning to Mexico for the holiday season, including providing security information. http://www.paisano.gob.mx/

The current Travel Warning for Mexico provides more specific information by Mexican state. Travelers traveling by road are urged to review the sections on each state they will transit, as well as their final destination.

Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico are encouraged to report incidents to the police and to the nearest U.S. consular office.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

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). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our freeSmart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

Embassy
Mexico City: Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone: +(52)(55) 5080-2000.

Consulates (with consular districts):
· Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua): Paseo de la Victoria 3650, telephone. (011)(52)(656) 227-3000.
· Guadalajara (Nayarit, Jalisco, Aguas Calientes, and Colima): Progreso 175, telephone (011)(52)(333) 268-2100.
· Hermosillo (Sinaloa and the southern part of the state of Sonora): Avenida Monterrey 141, telephone (011)(52)(662) 289-3500.
· Matamoros (the southern part of Tamaulipas with the exception of the city of Tampico): Avenida Primera 2002, telephone (011)(52)(868) 812-4402.
· Merida (Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo): Calle 60 no. 338-K x 29 y 31, Col. Alcala Martin, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050, telephone (011)(52)(999) 942-5700 or 202-250-3711 (U.S. number).
· Monterrey (Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, and the southern part of Coahuila):Prolongacion Ave. Alfonso Reyes No. 150, Col. Valle Poniente, Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, 66196, telephone (011)(52)(818) 047-3100.
· Nogales (the northern part of Sonora): Calle San Jose, Nogales, Sonora, telephone (011)(52)(631) 311-8150.
· Nuevo Laredo (the northern part of Coahuila and the northwestern part of Tamaulipas): Calle Allende 3330, Col. Jardin, telephone (011)(52)(867) 714-0512.
· Tijuana (Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur): Paseo de Las Culturas s/n Mesa de Otay, telephone (011) (52) (664) 977-2000.

Consular Agencies:
· Acapulco: Hotel Emporio, Costera Miguel Aleman 121 – Suite 14, telephone (011)(52)(744) 481-0100 or (011)(52)(744) 484-0300.
· Cancún: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico C.P. 77500, telephone (011)(52)(998) 883-0272.
· Los Cabos: Las Tiendas de Palmilla Local B221, Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 27.5, San José del Cabo, BCS, Mexico 23406 telephone, (624) 143-3566 Fax: (624) 143-6750.
· Mazatlán: Playa Gaviotas #202, Zona Dorada, telephone (011)(52)(669) 916-5889.
· Oaxaca: Macedonio Alcalá no. 407, interior 20, telephone (011)(52)(951) 514-3054, (011) (52)(951) 516-2853.
· Piedras Negras: Abasolo #211, Zona Centro, Piedras Negras, Coah., telephone, (011)(52)(878) 782-5586.
· Playa del Carmen: “The Palapa,” Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, telephone (011)(52)(984) 873-0303 or 202-370-6708(a U.S. number).
· Puerto Vallarta: Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros #1, Local #4, Interior #17, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, telephone (011)(52)(322) 222-0069.
· San Miguel de Allende: Centro Comercial La Luciernaga, Libramiento Manuel Zavala (Pepe KBZON), telephone (011)(52)(415) 152-2357.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting December 15, 2014

Yucatan Living NEW: Free Light Show at Chichen Itza: December 11 – 19
These Nights of Kukulcan light and sound shows will feature a huge ceiba on the side of the pyramid, and will artificially bring the Feathered Serpent down the side of the staircase. There will also be a representation of the ball game, as well as the underworld filled with skulls. The show is free without passes from December 11 – 19, and will continue to be free with passes from Ticketmaster after that.
Location: The Castle of Chichen Itza
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas in “La Plancha” December 12 – January 6
This is a wonderful, “Viva la Navidad!” celebration for the family and kids. It includes mechanical games, live shows and a Christmas Village.
Location: In the Old Train Station in Merida, Calle 43 x 48 y 46, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, with special circus shows on December 25, January 1, and January 6 at 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Fest: The 473rd Anniversary of the City of Merida (January 6 – 27)
Every year, three weeks in January mark a huge celebration in honor of the birthday of the City of Merida. This event is called Merida Fest and is designed to bring together all of the people and cultures in Merida. We are blessed to enjoy one of the most peaceful big cities in the world, with one of the most complex populations. No matter the topic: food, music, ethnicity, age and even religion, Merida has it all and manages, without discrimination, to continue to celebrate our complex society as one of our greatest strengths. What that translates to, for visitors and residents alike, is three weeks of cultural events and entertainment that is found nowhere else. Stay with us here at Yucatan Living as we bring you the dazzling array of events that will take place during Merida Fest.

Yucatan Living Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here in 2015.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) December 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Violin Recital: Students of Edwin Schrip of Centro Cultural Wallis
This is one of the best schools, we think, in the world! This should be a great performance.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
This week the trio will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Much Ado About Nothing
(USA 2012) A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Last Movie
(USA 2013) A famous American filmmaker travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The Mayan Apocalypse intercedes. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, centro of Merida
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
(2013 USA) 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. This movie premiered at Sundance, and was shown at South by Southwest. And now you can see it here! In English
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) December 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Suspected
(UK 2010) A young man awakes to find himself facing a real life nightmare. Accused of murder, he must fight to prove his innocence. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living An Evening with Christopher Collins Lee and His Violin
Tonight, you will have the opportunity to hear one of the great violinists of our time perform and talk about his life, his violin, and the music he will perform. The evening begins in the restaurant and continues in the small hall where the ISQY normally performs. Christopher travels around the world performing, but he always returns to Merida. A great opportunity… don’t miss it!
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $850 pesos per person: includes wine, meal and concert.

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library: Los Cholombianos – Mexican Street Style from Monterrey
Amanda Watkins spent four years traveling between London and Monterrey to document this cultural subgroup. Now, this London designer’s work has been published in a book (Cholombianos). This should be a very interesting lecture.
Location: Xoco Loco in Casa Hamaca, Valladolid
Time: 7:45 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 peso donation, with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase at Xoco Loco in Casa Hamaca.

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
This is the last performance of this wonderful event.
Location: Cathedral of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
(France 2014) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Festen
(Germany 1998) At Helge’s 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) December 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Halley
(Mexico 2012) 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 Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Lizard Joe’s Christmas Party
From Lizard Joe: “Join us for a night of glamour and dancing at Lizard Joes. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this year. Please join us for an evening of romantic music, think Frank Sinatra and the Big Band Sound. There will be a special guest appearence from Naomi Murphy who will sing some wonderful songs from back in the day. So put on your glad rags, break out the bling and get ready to be razzled and dazzled at our special Christmas dance. Snacks provided, also Lizard Joes will be offering a special menu for the evening. This is a ticket only event. Tickets just 50 pesos each. They will be on sale from Casa Rosa, Lizard Joes, Denise Wittman Hanson Cindy Morrissey and Dany Hibner Ream also from Paws on the Beach Vet Center. Tickets on sale from 6th December. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle.”
Location: Calle 17-I 24 y 26 Chelem, Yucatan Gulf Coast
Phone: 999 18 18 756
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Christmas Party at La Barca in Chelem
La Barca’s official Christmas Party is on December 19, featuring Los Twangs. They will also have a night of Jazz with the one and only Cony Ancona on December 26.
Location: Calle 21 # 1049, 97233 Chelem, YUC, Mexico
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: No Cover
Phone: +52 999 199 5314

Yucatan Living International String Quartet of Yucatan
This wonderful quartet continues its fourth season with music by Corelli, Purcell, Albinoni, Britten and Mozart.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Please call Hacienda Xcanatun to make a reservation: 930-2140.

Yucatan Living Movie: Remember
(UK 1993) Directed by John Herzfeld. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Priest’s Children
(Serbia 2012) A young priest gets an idea to pierce condoms before they are sold in order to increase the birth rate of his island. In Serbian 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

Yucatan Living Movie: The Big Lebowski
(USA 1998) “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Make your reservations by calling the library.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(SA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In English and Japanese 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 Movie: Tormented
(USA 2011) Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living International String Quartet of Yucatan
This wonderful quartet continues its fourth season with music by Corelli, Purcell, Albinoni, Britten and Mozart.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun, on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Please call Xcanatun to make a reservation: 930-2140.

Yucatan Living Spectacular Folkloric Dance Event
This performance includes both the adult and youth folkloric ballet companies of the Ayuntamiento de Merida, as well as two groups from Estampas Mexicanas: Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua. It is the purpose of Estampas Mexicanas to make certain that every state in Mexico is able to enjoy the folkloric traditions of every other state. So look for a wonderful performance here tonight.
Location: Esplanade of the Cathedral
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bad Hair
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Pulp Fiction
(USA 1994) The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), December 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Great documentaries, specially for children. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Note: BiciRuta Montejo Route Temporarily Suspended. December 7 – January 11
All other BiciRuta routes will function as usual. Check here for more information.

Yucatan Living December Gypsy Market
This could be the biggest Gypsy Market yet. It is being held in conjunction with Natural Thangs Garden Center, just 100 meters further west. Food will be served at either venue, Anita’s German sausage and Pablo’s famous breakfast burritos to name but two. Artists and artisans from everywhere will be there, as well as bazaar items to be sold to aid local charities.
Location: Graciela’s Secret Garden, midway between Chelem and Chuburna.
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Masculine-Femenine
(France 1966) Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life. As his girlfriend builds herself a career as a pop singer, Paul becomes more isolated from his friends and peers (‘the children of Marx and Coca Cola’, as the credits announce) and their social and emotional politics. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 22, 2014

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club: Gorro Girls Knitting & Crocheting “bee”
Dates: Second and Fourth Mondays
This group makes caps for the Cancer Kids of Hospital O’Horan. Knitting and crocheting instruction is available from members.
Location: Merida English Library (MEL) patio
Time: 10:00 AM Mondays
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 10
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help! Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate, please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families!
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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 Khaki Scott

This Week… starting December 08, 2014

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) December 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
This week the trio will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Passion of Joan of Arc
Director: Dreyer. Starring: Renee Jeanne Falconetti
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Trazing Aleida
(Mexico 2008) During the 1970s, Mexico engaged in a “dirty war” against left-wing dissidents and suspected “subversives,” resulting in the arrest and “disappearance” of hundreds of its own citizens. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Great Beauty
(Italy 2013) 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. In Italian 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: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English
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) December 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Around Midnight
(USA 1986) In ‘Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950′s New York jazz world. Dale gets an offer to play in Paris, where, like many other black American musicians at the time, he enjoys a respect for his humanity that is not based upon the color of his skin. A Parisian man who is obsessed with Turner’s music befriends him and attempts to save Turner from himself. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There are only two more performances of this wonderful event.
Location: Itzimna Church, Colonia Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Free Radicals
(France 2012) Pip Chodorov his work as a pretext to talk about the great artists of underground film and video art, the context in which they lived and the works they left for posterity as the free radicals that they were. Probably in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

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. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) December 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Priest’s Children
(Serbia 2012) A young priest gets an idea to pierce condoms before they are sold in order to increase the birth rate of his island. In Serbian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can read all about it and you can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Yucatan Living Movie: East of Eden
(USA 1955) In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Persecution
(France 2009) Daniel has problems with his girlfriend, which prioritizes his career before their relationship. In the midst of this, a strange starts to pursue Daniel and persevering with unhealthy obsession. In French with English subtitles.
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 Movie: The Darjeeling Limited
(USA 2007) A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer with James Gunn.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful teenager living in the poor southern suburbs of Belgrade. She likes to burn everything around with a mobile camera phone. She makes videos, friends, family and Djole – the boy of her dreams. Jasna’s father is battling a terminal illness and desperate mother, accompanies him throughout this terrible battle. In Serbian 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 Music and a Movie
Music: Musike Quartet: Juan Mendez (viola), Francisco Granados (cello), Mahonri Aban (Oboe), Christopher Canche (piano).
Movie: Faust (Germany 1926). Director: Friedrich W. Murnau.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 # 411 x 47 y 45, Centro Historico
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The White Shadow
(USA 1924) In Paris a wild girl becomes possessed by the soul of her twin who died to save her life. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Admission: Free
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday

Yucatan Living Movie: Morbido Film Fest
Marathon of Morbido movies.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome! Tumakat has beautiful wood floors that we want to protect, so please bring shoes with clean, soft soles to dance in, or dance in socks or bare foot.
Location: Tumakat Dance Studio (blue building, middle of block), Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54, Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. Volunteers needed to help set up for the band and clean up when the dance is over. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!

Yucatan Living Movie: Scott Pilgrim
(USA 2010) Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo), December 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature: Volcanoes
Observe the cataclysmic events that result in what are both tragic and beneficial events on Earth. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Senna
(USA 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. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Violin Recital: Students of Edwin Schrip of Centro Cultural Wallis
This is one of the best schools, we think, in the world!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, January 17
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite, attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan Living CHILI COOK OFF UPDATE Date: January 25
Invitation from MEL: Dust off your greatest Chili Recipe and sign up for the Premier Event of the Year when the competition is on for the Chili Cooking Crown at MEL’s Annual Chili Cook Off – 2015 Edition.
The event will take place on January 25, Sunday, 1 – 4 PM. Lots more details to come but don’t delay, Chili Chefs should register now to ensure your spot in the cook off. Competition is brisk! If you have a big pot and a good recipe, please sign up at the library or contact us at: MELchilicookoff [at] gmail [dot] com. Now’s your chance to show off your chefability. Also, HELP NEEDED! They also need about 15 people to be general volunteers the day of the event — setting up tables, selling beverages and helping keep things tidy. Go to www.meridaenglishlibrary.com to volunteer.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers
Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna Chris Parkin yucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com and Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
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Yucatan Living Benefit Concert for educate Yucatan, A.C.: Steve Katz – January 29
Steve Katz is a founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and a member of the original Blues Project. We hope you will be there for an acoustic evening of story and song.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Donation of $250 pesos
Tickets: Available at www.educateyucatan.org and at cells: 999 995-3769 & 999 260-1922

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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 Khaki Scott

Casa del Cultura in Tizimin

As a project of the itinerant art program of the MACAY, Merida’s contemporary art museum, a new Casa del Cultura has opened to promote art and culture in Tizimin. On Saturday December 6, the House of Tizimin Cultural Center in YucatanCulture “Tizimín Kah” opened. It houses the first cultural space that Macay AC Cultural Foundation has created through the itinerant art school and it is open to the public.

Xíimbalarte is the name of the program, and it has as its objectives to bring art to all corners of the state. Each cultural space will include a temporary exhibition room, a library and reading room.

The opening ceremony of “Tizimín Kah” was chaired by CP María del Rosario Diaz Gongora, Mayor of Tizimín and Licenciado Roger Metri Duarte, Secretary of Culture and Arts of Yucatan State, who were joined by other special guests.

Playa Del Carmen, Q.R. to have Snow!

Yes, Playa del Carmen is going to have a Christmas Fair (December 12 – January 16), and they are going to have snow and an ice slide, and a place to make snowmen. Rides will be free to all citizens of the municipality, and the area to make snowmen will be open and free to everyone. Yucatan has a sizeable community of expats from Canada and the Northern United States. We think it would be a fine idea if they head over to Playa del Carmen, build a snowman, and show us how it’s done. Photos as proof will be gleefully accepted and posted right here on Yucatan Living!

Rain of Falling Stars of the Virgin, December 6 – 19

The annual rain of meteorites of the Virgin should be visible in the night sky over the Yucatan Peninsula between December 6 and December 19, and will probably drop about 100 meteorites per hour. It is so much more romantic to claim that these shooting stars are in honor of the Virgin, or that Geminids (the twins) are shooting at Virgo, than it is to report that all of that wonder is just the dust and debris from a partially disintegrated meteor that comes around and falls on us every year about this time. They tell us that the best nights to see the Falling Stars of the Virgin will be between 7:00 PM and midnight on December 11 through 13. What a wonderful way to begin the Christmas Season!

Merida Hosts IV Mexican Tourism Convention

An amazing number of tourism boards, agencies, and representatives are in the city this week for the fourth annual strategic planning conference for all of Mexico. We have 47 international representatives, 31 national representatives, 112 representatives from individual tourism destinations, 26 directors of the Mexican Tourism Board, 46 representatives from the Mexican central offices of tourism, and three representatives of the Mexican Tourism Board itself. They will be planning the national and international strategy for tourism throughout Mexico for the next year and beyond. Merida and Yucatan welcome them and will make sure they have a wonderful week in the White City.

Chichen Itza Airport Maybe?

The State of Yucatan is proposing to partner with the Government of Mexico, and possibly private investors, to finally open the Chichen Itza International Airport as a cargo center. There are still a lot of variables that are hindering talks and plans. One of those variables is where would the air cargo center be located: at the airport? or in Valladolid? Another issue is that you can’t get investors unless you have customers who say they will use the airport, but you can’t get the customers unless you either actually have the airport or have the commitment to do the work necessary to open it. No matter which way it goes, an investment of $120 million pesos is needed to get this project underway. We should know something by the end of this month, because work is actually planned for the first quarter of 2015. In fact, further investigation shows that some decisions have already been made with regard to this project. First, it will be in the Municipality of Valladolid and, second, it will be a multiyear funded project that is set to begin in 2015 and continue until the end of the present administration (mid-2018).

Work on Progreso’s Logistics Center Ready to Begin

A new 330-hectare logistics center will begin construction at the beginning of 2015 and is funded through the end of the present administration (mid-2018). The entire project should run between 240 and 300 million pesos.This project has been coming for some time, mostly due to the fact that the oil and gas industry, in states that border the Bay of Campeche, has run out of coastal space to expand. They have only been waiting for the results of a number of 2014 studies and funding to bring this logistics area to Progreso. In Spanish, this facility is a plataforma logística, which is an area that provides space to different companies and in which all activities are related to the storage, transport and distribution of goods, both for domestic and for international traffic. So this is much more than just a storage area for oil and gas. This is a long-awaited storage facility that will allow Progreso to function on an international scale, as a complete service distribution center for Mexico and other parts of Central America. The best part of this news, at this point in time, is the number of jobs this project will bring to the Progreso area. Also, the current governor estimates that he can have 15% to 20% of the spaces developed (that means paying customers!) by the time the project is finished. What a wonderful beginning to the new year for everyone who lives along the beaches of Yucatan!

Recipe for Misdiagnosis

Spanish-speaking physician + indigenous patient who does not speak Spanish + volunteer interpreter (sometimes certified, most times not). Taken together, that combination can lead to misdiagnosis and death. At the present time, there are approximately 300 certified indigenous language interpreters in the justice system in Mexico, and only approximately 100 certified indigenous language interpreters in the health care system. This last group is spread over Guerrero, Veracruz, Chiapas and Yucatan. Realizing that any individual encounters the health care system far more often than the judicial system, INDEMAYA looked at why there would be so many more certified interpreters in the judicial system, rather than in the health care system. The answer came down to payment for services, which equates to professional respect as well as to simply being paid for one’s time. With a full dozen newly-certified health care interpreters under its belt, INDEMAYA is in a perfect position to effect change and save lives throughout the nation. This is an important issue and we congratulate Yucatan’s INDEMAYA for championing this worthy cause. We can also see that this might be a great career opportunity for qualified young people here in the Yucatan.

CRIT Goal: More Than 5 Million Pesos

Yucatan has approximately 140,000 disabled citizens and does everything it can to see to it that all of their needs are met, as well as giving them every opportunity to rise above their limitations and live as normal a life as possible. Major funding for these efforts comes in the form of an annual Disabled Children’s Telethon (CRIT) in Merida and throughout Mexico. Indeed, the country of Mexico takes this issue seriously and has a national goal of more than 400 million pesos. This year in Merida, CRIT has sponsored everything from wrestling matches to costume competitions, anything and everything to make donating not only fun, but meaningful as well. We look forward to hearing that their goal has been met.

Living the Experience of Disability

Unless someone is disabled, they have no idea what kind of strength it takes just to try and get around, especially in crowds or unfamiliar situations, and especially with uneven sidewalks and speeding buses! The week before the CRIT marathon, 80 physically fit individuals, many of them university students, divided into three supposedly disabled groups: motor, vision, and hearing. Then, with blinders, or ear plugs, or in wheelchairs, they made their way across Merida’s centro as part of the V Cultural Week for Human Rights. Now, there are 80 people who clearly understand what it is to try to go to school, or seek health services, or even take part in any kind of recreational activity if one is disabled. These are the people who will now lend their voices to helping make Merida a city with true accessibility for people with disabilities.

About that Environmental Impact Study

Those who own property or conduct business near the coast or near state or federally protected areas are required to do an Environmental Impact Study prior to making any changes to that land or to the nearby public land. This verbiage is in Section 171 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection. The Environmental Impact Study is filed with SEMARNAT (the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources). If you are required to file an Environmental Impact Study and do not do so, SEMARNAT turns the issue over to Profepa (The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) in Yucatan and they remind you with hefty fines. If you actually went ahead with construction, or other land-altering projects, you will be shut down and fined even more. The fine will be 30,000 to 50,000 daily minimum wages, and you will be kept shut down (in whole or in part) until your fine is paid and the property is restored to its condition prior to the changes. If it cannot be restored, you will pay Mexico (the Mexican people) for the damage you have done. That is not a difficult law to understand. Yet, people continue to attempt to evade or ignore the rules, always to their own ruin. From what we have seen, Yucatan takes its environmental laws quite a bit more seriously than some other places in Mexico. So, please, even if you are not an environmentalist in your heart, obey the law in Yucatan. SEMARNAT and Profepa mean business.

Christmas Seguridad y Tranquilidad en Yucatán (Security and Tranquility in Yucatan)

Wherever your home is, if you are an expatriate, you recognize that Christmas security is probably necessary to keep shoppers in check the few days before Christmas and again on New Year’s Eve. Not so in Yucatan. Here, the Christmas holidays last from the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12) until the day after Three King’s Day (January 7). That’s a long time, almost a full month, for relatives to come for family reunions, for tourists to visit in droves, for everyone to shop pre- and post-season sales (sometimes far into the night), for the family to go out to eat, and for young people to dance the night away in local clubs. Big crimes are seldom an issue in Yucatan, but accidents are a species all their own. Please be extra careful this holiday season and not to worry, Yucatan has 303 SSP members in 77 units on the job to protect the security and tranquility of the entire Yucatan State during the next month. Yucatan has 127 policemen in 37 units, plus two K-9 units, four motorcycles and that helicopter you just saw flying over centro. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday vacation!

By Working Gringos

Josefina and Constantino of Merida Yucatan, Hammock BoutiqueA few months ago, we were contacted by a woman via email asking about advertising on our website. She wanted to advertise her hammock business and we thought that was a great idea, so we arranged to meet with her. We did not really know what to expect, but we certainly did not expect the people and organization that we met! We were so impressed with the creativity and dedication of the people we met, along with their inventive combination of altruism and entrepreneurship, that we decided to tell our readers their story. This is that story.

It All Started When…

We arranged to meet at their store, Hamacas Merida, on Calle 65 just south of the Plaza Grande. We had probably walked by this store a few hundred times without giving it a second thought. And we almost walked by it again, as it was closed, with the metal doors almost down to the ground. Since we had an appointment, we knocked on the metal door and within seconds, a handsome and tall young man raised the door and welcomed us in. This was Constantino, hot and tired from taking inventory in the heat of a Merida summer afternoon. He was soon joined by his equally attractive sister, Josefina, Josefina and Constantino with their mother, Maria Isabel Caceres Menendez de Urzaiz from Hammock Boutique in Merida Yucatanand they both proceeded to show us around their store while telling us their story.

Growing Up, Leaving, Coming Back

Growing up in Merida, Josefina and Constantino were raised by a mother who worked as an attorney and a father who worked in the family businesses of hotels and shoe stores. While their mother provided an example of working with charity organizations, Josefina grew up working in the hotels and Constantino worked in the shoe business. Eventually, these family businesses were all sold, leaving the two children to find other ways to make their way in the world.

Constantino earned his college degree at Tecnologico de Merida, and as with many educated children here, he decided to spend some time in the United States furthering his education. Early in 2001, Constantino left Merida to go to graduate school in Pensacola, Florida. While he was there, the tragedy of 9-11 happened and, as a foreigner, he found it impossible to find work. He had previously asked his mother to send him a few hammocks from Merida to give to his friends in Florida, and they were such a hit, he asked for more. In an effort to support himself, he went to a local flea market with hammocks, and sold over 100 in one day. Recognizing an opportunity, he moved back to Mexico and, with assistance from his mother, started Hammock Boutique, and began the business of exporting Yucatecan hammocks.

Josefina Urzaiz from Merida, Yucatan, Hammock BoutiqueIn 2005, his younger sister Josefina, graduated from Universidad Anahuac Mayab and moved to Washington D.C. to go to graduate school at Georgetown University. In 2007, she graduated and moved to New York City with a job in investment banking. Seeing how well her brother’s business was going and the additional opportunities they could create together, she initially helped him with financial investments. In 2012, as she puts it, she became Constantino’s partner, a “full-time hamaquera“, and they opened up the wholesale side of the hammock business.

That is their background, but that is not the most impressive or important part of this story. For that, we have to explain how this business works and how they are growing and promoting the business to benefit so many people.

Giving Back While Getting Ahead

From the beginning, Constantino and Josefina have been committed to running a business that gives back to the community and and the employees of the business. This includes paying higher wages to the weavers, donating household items on a regular basis to the weavers and their families, and supporting activities that benefit the communities that weave our hammocks. Each week, about eight “managers” come in to the store in Merida and trade completed hammocks for new yarn to make more hammocks. The Hammock Boutique provides their hammock producers with all the yarn they use, ensuring that the hammocks are made with quality yarn and in color combinations that they know will sell in the global market. The finished hammocks come from small pueblos throughout the Repairing a hammock at Hammock BoutiqueYucatan Peninsula where the leaders, once producers themselves, have cultivated a community of producers. Each week, they are paid for the completed hammocks, and given the new yarn to produce more hammocks. Through this network of local producers who work out of their own homes, Josefina estimates that they work with about 500 families who are supplementing or earning their income through producing hammocks, while still able to stay in their homes and communities.

In addition to ensuring that the hammocks are produced with the best materials and the right colors, the organization employs a few people in Merida who perform a quality check on each hammock, making repairs as necessary before the hammocks are shelved and ready to ship. The Hammock Boutique ships traditional Maya hammocks, hanging hammock chairs and American-style hammocks all over the world to individual buyers, but now, they are also beginning a thriving wholesale business. They have recently become a minority supplier to Lowes Hardware in the United States. In fact, Lowes will be coming in January to film Constantino and Josefina and their business as an example of Lowe’s Supplier Diversity efforts. Anyone can now buy hammocks made in Merida on Lowes.com (see link at the end of the article) and starting January, Lowe’s will be promoting hammocks from Constantino and Josefina’s hammock business in 152 stores across five states.

Social Responsibility Recognized

As you can see, there is no question that these two young Meridanos have created a thriving and successful business. But what sets this business apart is the way that they are weaving entrepreneurial interests together with their determination to benefit the workers as well as themselves. Since the beginning, they have attempted to run their hammock business as a socially responsible enterprise. As Josefina still lives in the United States with her American husband, she is able to tell their story to organizations that can recognize and promote the work they are doing in Yucatan. Through her efforts, Constantino taking hammock inventory in Merida, Yucatan at Hammock BoutiqueHammock Boutique has been designated as a B Corporation business, which means the business must “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.” There are more than 1,000 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 34 countries, and Hammock Boutique is the 8th Mexican Company to be certified. Hammock Boutique has also been recently awarded a Fair Trade Federation Membership.

Breaking The Poverty Cycle

All this is great, but Josefina and Constantino recognized that it was not enough. After their regular Christmas giveaway in 2013, Josefina realized that she wanted to create permanent change in the communities. The giveaways, like so many charitable activities here and elsewhere, were providing temporary wellbeing for the recipients, but they were not changing the root causes of the poverty found where these families worked and lived. Josefina and Constantino wanted to make a bigger, more long-lasting impact.

So the siblings decided to take their efforts to assist the communities of weavers one step further. In the summer of 2014, they established Fundación Cielo, a non-profit organization, whose mission is, as their website says, “working to end the cycle of inter-generational poverty in the Yucatan by improving the health, education and leadership skills of the Yucatan People”. They chose the towns of Chumayel and Teabo to start, planning to eventually expand their efforts to more neighboring communities.

Fundación Cielo is working to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in Mayan communities in the Yucatán through an integrated system of socioeconomic development. We are introducing the SHE Network (Sustainable Holistic Empowerment Network) concept on Social Impact / Social Entrepreneurship. Our Sustainability comes from running a profitable hammock business. The Holistic component comes from the integrated approach of not limiting ourselves to provide just jobs but also act in other aspects to help improve their overall living conditions. Empowerment comes with the economic independence that results from being lifted out of poverty. The Network represents the institutions that make this impact possible as well as each family of weavers and their communities.

In 2014, a program called Impact on Air launched a contest looking for fifteen ideas that are changing the world, in five categories. Impact on Air is backed by Google, Impact Hub Seattle and VentureScale, and based out of Seattle. Fundación Cielo was selected as a Winner under the Poverty Alleviation Category, providing more opportunities to spread the word, grow the business and help the Yucatecan families.

Plans for the Future

Their main goal now is to build a Community Center in Teabo. They plan for the first stage to be completed by the end of 2015. At the same time, they are also working towards increasing production capacity for the hammocks. They hope to help these chosen communities break out of poverty through education, one family at a time. Josefina also views this as an opportunity to demonstrate in Mexico Weaver in Teabo for Hammock Boutique, Merida, Yucatanthat the private sector can be and should be involved in the development of her country. She is hoping that “through our hammock business and the foundation, we will bring about change to these marginalized communities. I want the teenagers to have opportunities to choose their futures. If they choose to stay, that’s awesome but if they have the brains to go work at NASA, I want it to be possible for them.”

In 2015, Hammock Boutique will also be teaming up with Boomerang Communities to bring members to the Yucatan to see how they can contribute. Boomerang is dedicated to creating “city-based communities where you can learn about sustainable international development. We will provide overseas opportunities for you to see with your own eyes, touch with your own hands, and walk alongside full-time development workers serving communities in need. Then, we will help Boomerang members find meaningful opportunities to serve in their spare time using their unique skills.”

Making It Work

We began living in Merida about the same time that Constantino moved to Florida, and we have seen many expatriates trying to help Maya families, including ourselves of course. We all employ local workers, give to their families when we see need and do what we can to alleviate poverty when we see it. But like Josefina, we can also see that our individual efforts are but drops in the bucket, and often those drops evaporate in the hot sun of generational poverty. What Josefina and Constantino are doing, with Hammock Boutique and Fundación Cielo, is a viable blueprint for the future, combining sustainable business activities with community activism in a place they understand, creating meaningful work for themselves while helping others.

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Fundación Cielo website

Hammock Boutique website

Hammock Boutique hammocks on Lowes.com

Find out more about B Corporations

The Fair Trade Federation

Impact on Air

Josefina’s video about Cielo Foundation for Impact on Air, and Josefina’s appearance on an Impact on Air video about the winners.

Boomerang Communities Trip to Yucatan

By Working Gringos

I am a young journalist and photographer. Currently on a fixed-term contract at the international news channel France 24 in Paris. I am willing to move to the Yucatan Peninsula and am looking for job opportunities there.

I speak fluent French, English and Spanish, as I grew up in France and then lived in Australia and Bolivia.

I am a versatile journalist, since I can write, take photos (here is a link to my website thomasnicolon.wix.com/photography) and film, and I have my own gear.

I am also very passionate about wildlife and conservation, and I hope to find a good fit in a Yucatan company.

Feel free to e-mail me or call me at any time to discuss further details: thomasnicolon [at] gmail [dot] com

Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely yours,

Thomas Nicolon
Assistant rédacteur en chef / Assistant senior producer
FRANCE 24
Photography: http://thomasnicolon.wix.com/photography
Blog de cinéma: http://thomasnicolon.wordpress.com/

By Khaki Scott

Reptilian Visitor Strolled Briefly in Progreso

Progreso had rather a bit of excitement this week. A moreleti crocodile, more than 8 ½ feet in length, came walking up the street in one of Progreso’s neighborhoods. The police were called and the creature was picked up by the Municipal Police, ecology personnel, and members of the SSP’s fire department. There were no injuries to the animal, nor to any of the people. This is the second time this has happened in the past seven months. These crocodiles live in areas of swampy fresh water along the coast of Yucatan and travel inland along the underground river outlets. During cold weather, they come to the surface to sun themselves on the warm limestone on the surface. Crocodiles are not something anyone should hurt themselves trying to run from, but, if you see one where it shouldn’t be, stay away from it and call the authorities immediately.

New Quarterly Magazine: ‘Merida: City of Museums’

Somehow, around the world, the notion that museums are for the elite continues to be pervasive enough to discourage a significant portion of the population from visiting them. Since museums are the repositories of who we are as human beings, how we came to be, and how our cultures continue to evolve, it is important that all of the people visit museums. Merida has long been a city of museums, and now it has a quarterly magazine that will showcase all the many museums that the city has to offer. In addition to articles about museums and the people involved with them, the magazine will have detailed information about current and past exhibitions. A copy of ‘Merida: City of Museums’ is available at the major museums in Merida. The first issue is 60 pages in length and presents not only the construction of the Great Museum of the Maya World, but also the recent Festival of Mayan Culture, and special reports on ongoing cultural shows and historical cultural figures, such as Guty Cardenas. We suspect that 2015 will be the year of the museums in Merida and that this new magazine is going to be a must-have guide, so pick up your copy of the very first issue of ‘Merida: City of Museums’ as soon as you can.

Carnival Will Remain at Xmatkuil

The Mayor of Merida has announced that Carnival (2015) will again be held at the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds. This year (2014) was the first time that Carnival parades did not roll down Paseo Montejo and through the historical center of the city. There is always resistance to change in traditions that have lasted for many decades. However, facts must also be taken into consideration. Merida is growing rapidly and the crowds that attend Carnival had grown to beyond the point where police and emergency personnel believe they can guarantee everyone’s safety. That alone was enough to move to an area that allows for growth for many years to come. Another point of complaint was that moving Carnival to the Fairgrounds would have an adverse effect on the annual earnings of businesses in centro because many depend on holiday travelers for their annual profit. That has been addressed by allowing businesses to have booths throughout the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds. Throughout the year, the fairgrounds have seen constant improvement, with both the State Fair and Carnival in mind, and the City of Merida is poised to put even more investments into infrastructure between now and Carnival 2015. Be sure to mark your calendars and make arrangements to be in Yucatan for the week of Carnival: February 11 through 18, 2015!

First Disability Inclusion Expo Held in Merida

When we try to define “quality of life,” we have to include meaningful work, friends and family, and the perception that we can make a difference in our own lives, as well as in the lives of others. For several years now, a significant amount of resources and effort have been invested by the State of Yucatan in improving the quality of life for its disabled citizens. Now, the first Inclusion Expo in all of Mexico has been held right here in Merida. During this three day event, disabled Yucatecos were able to visit exhibits showing a wide range of opportunities for employment and academic growth that are now available to them. Yucatan well understands that satisfaction with both professional and personal lives, by all of its citizens, is the key to peaceful prosperity. Those who are disabled may be classified as belonging to a vulnerable population by others but, here in Yucatan, they hold an enormous productive and creative potential that is helping to propel Yucatan into first place on many fronts. While Yucatan is mindful of the rights and protections needed by the disabled population, Yucatan state continues to work toward the day when Yucatan’s disabled citizens are just ordinary folks, living a life that has all of the pleasures and successes of any other Yucatecos. We hope every other state follows Yucatan’s lead and holds an Inclusion Expo of its own.

First Laughter Therapy for Police Workshop Held in Merida

Over the past few months, the world has watched as tensions between police and citizens escalate worldwide. The Ministry of Public Security in Yucatan is working hard to see to it that those kinds of stressful situations do not happen here. Laughter and music have long been recognized as stress relievers, with strong mental and emotional benefits, so that is where they began. The suggested prescription for those of us who do not have the benefit of a laughter therapy class, is to laugh for more than one minute, more than three times a day. Actually, they discovered that almost all of an individual’s stress dissipates after laughing for about ten minutes. Laughter really is the best medicine and is essential to improving one’s quality of life.

Mexico/Yucatan/France: International Security Talks in Merida

Members of Yucatan’s arm of the National Gendarmerie, a division of the Federal Police of Mexico, met this past week with representatives of Yucatan’s State General Prosecutor’s Office, and with members of the French National Police to address issues related to combating crime. All of these agencies have agreed to work together to ensure peace and tranquility on an international scale. They shared their experiences and detailed their resources so that each can benefit from their alliance. Those who still think of Yucatan as a backward city surrounded by jungle would be surprised to see her today. Here they will find the best forensic labs in the entire region, as well as police forces that work seamlessly with their counterparts around the world. We are very proud of the level of security and tranquility we enjoy because of their vigilance and congratulate everyone who attended these international security talks.

Yucatan Adopts National Code of Criminal Procedure

Yucatan’s Legislature has decreed that the State of Yucatan will go under the National Code of Criminal Procedure on September 22, 2015. This will give them time to sift through the present code for the state laws that must be brought along, such as some tax laws. It is the criminal code that will be most affected, with due process as the most visible characteristic of the new code. Mexico has adopted these codes so that it will be easier to enter into a number of necessary political and economic treaties with other nations. This will be a new era for the Mexican judicial system, but Mexico now has excellent quality of life characteristics in every other category, so this new national criminal code procedure is welcomed throughout the nation.

Congratulations to Rene Gonzalez Puerto, PhD and More

A short 32 years ago, a deaf baby was born in Yucatan, with the good luck of having a well educated primary school teacher as his mother. While specialists were consulted, the baby grew to school age and off he went to regular school. Once it was realized that his deafness was causing him to feel isolated, resources were gathered to teach him to read lips and to talk. Young Rene forged ahead, earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Universidad Marista. He then earned his master’s degree and doctorate from Universidad del Mayab. He is continuing his education with postgraduate work in the field of Educational Governance. Young Dr. Gonzalez is the first deaf Mexican to reach that level of education. At just 32 years of age, only the limits of his own imagination could keep Rene Gonzalez Puerto from becoming a leader in deaf education both here in Yucatan and throughout the nation. His influence has also helped to lead Yucatan to a place where it has the strongest educational opportunities for deaf children in all of Mexico. This past week, the First Peninsular Congress of educators for deaf children met in Merida with the goal of helping teachers develop new strategies for teaching deaf and disabled children. This includes having sign language interpreters and teachers on hand as well. Yucatan Living congratulates Dr. Rene Gonzalez Puerto for being the kind of human being who can turn his own success into an opportunity for success for so many others, including deaf and disabled children, their families, their teachers, and the societies in which they live.

Unplug to Save on Electricity Bill

All those Christmas lights. All that money added to electric bills… At this time of year, people are busy adding the cost of Christmas lights to their electricity bills, but not realizing just how much they are spending. Experts across the energy field are pointing out that vampire use of electricity is on the rise, throughout Mexico, even with the use of surge protectors. This is caused in large part to the standby or sleep modes of modern electronics, such as televisions, computers, game consoles, battery chargers, and microwave ovens, among others. It can also be attributed to not turning off and/or unplugging appliances and electronics when not in use. It is estimated that 10% to 12% of the annual energy consumption and over 20% of the energy costs to consumers in Mexico is now due to this type of use. In the United States, this sort of energy consumption is now costing consumers upward of four billion dollars per year. No one is suggesting that people forego the use of Christmas lighting, but please do unplug them when not in use. Your wallet and the environment will be deeply appreciative. If you would like more information about how to save energy costs, visit the EPA’s Energy Star website.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting December 01, 2014

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event Beginning Saturday! November 29 through December 7
Oc’-Ohtic: XX National & International Festival of Contemporary Dance

 

Monday (Lunes) December 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events plan for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Los Galanes
This week, Trio Los Galanes will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 03, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Walesa
(Poland 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. In Polish 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: Blue is the Warmest Color
(France 2013) 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. In French 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

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: La Fiesta Inolvidable
(USA 1958) A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There will be several of these performances throughout October, November and December. Please see all of the performance listings in our Coming Soon section below.
Location: Pinacoteca “Juan Gamboa Guzman”, Calle 59 x 60
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan + the Chamber Orchestra of Merida
Classical guitars galore! What a wonderful treat to begin the holiday season!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos general, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: The Crash Reel
(USA 2013) Fifteen years of 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. As Kevin recovers from his injury, Shaun wins Gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though medics and family fear this could kill him. We also celebrate Sarah Burke who crashed in Park City and died January 19, 2012. In English 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) December 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Taming of the Shrew
(USA 1967) Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewish wife, Katharina. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan
Yucatan’s love affair with guitars has long made Merida home to some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos general admission, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
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 Movie: Pierrot Le Fou
(Italy 1965) Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) December 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
Birding in the Yucatan with Cherie Pittillo.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Rusalka
Opera in three acts with music by Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)and writen by Jaroslav Kvapil.
Location: Sala Mayamax, in Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 11:30 AM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living 8th Annual Yucatan Polo Open – December 6 & 7
Find directions on their website here: www.yucatanpoloclub.com/. Great fun, food and entertainment… and its free! Don’t miss it.
Location: Yucatan Polo Club
Time: 1:00 PM both days
Admission: There is no entrance fee

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
(France 2013) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French 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 Movie: Julius Caesar
(USA 1953) The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cuando Justicia Se Hace Pueblo
(Mexico 2002) This documentary includes testimonies of peasants and indigenous people who undertake an initiative of civil resistance in Guerrero, a poor and violent state, where drug trafficking, corruption, poverty and crime are the main problems facing its population. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Drive
(USA 2011) A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. In English with Spanish subtitles
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Within Four Walls
This is a showing of the newest works of Barbara McClatchie, in collaboration with Sanlly Vera.
Location: Gallery of the Museum of the City, Calle 65 at 58
Time: 9:00 PM (Noche Blanca)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Blanca

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exhibit: The Split Tail Hummingbird, Small Resident of Yucatan.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 x Avenida Itzaes
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photography of Jerome Direz: Looks of Venice.
Location: La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 #547B Por 68 y 70, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: painting and sculpture by Artists Without Frontiers
20% discount on selected pieces.
Location: SOHO Galleries, Calle 60 x 45
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Traditional Vaqueria
Danced by Gremio Ferrocarrilero of Merida, Tecoh, Maxcanu, Tekax and Kanasin.
Location: Railroad Museum, Calle 41 x 46
Time: Visiting Hours 7:00 PM until 2:00 AM.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Historic Tour
Location: General Cemetery of the City of Merida
Time: 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Mayab Jazz
Location: Parque Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Food Without Frontiers
Location: Parque San Juan, Calle 67 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM until 1:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of Trios
Traditional trova music outdoors in the park. Wonderful!
Location: Parque de la Ermita, Calle 66 x 77
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exhibits: Genova, Lizama, J.L. Rodriguez
Location: Central Patio and Galerias of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: La Rondalla of the Museum of Yucateca Song
Do try to get to this performance. This group is wonderful.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance + Dance Exhibit: Ballet Tribute to Cyntia Ricalde
Location: Fundacion Casa Museo de la Danza, Calle 82, behind the zoo.
Time: 8:00 PM, exhibition open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibits: Impressions of the Time
Location: Municipal Art Gallery, Calle 56 x 65
Time: 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM

Yucatan Living Exhibits: David Hubbard: Belleza Subestimada (Underestimated Beauty) and Chad Seals: Momentos Meridanos (Meridanos Moments)
Location: La Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Lila Downs in Concert
WHAT? This is amazing. If you aren’t there for this, you’re crazy. What a treat!
Location: Plaza Grande
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living ExhibitSeis Años (Six Years)
This exhibit is sponsored by the students of Maestro Pablo Bavio on the seventh anniversary of the gallery.
Location: Galeria Juan Pablo Bavio, Calle 59 x 68
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music + Exhibit:
Namu dai bosa (Union with the Great Enlightened) – work by Armando Saenz Carrillo; Plus Jazz with the sax of Pepe Ballote.
Location: Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 x 71
Time: 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Elaborate Ice Sculptures by Marco Ocaranza
This man’s talent extends to intricate works such as hammocks and lace.
Location: Casa Oriol, Calle 59 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Meaning of the Word Ephemeral
This exposition presents three views of the word ephemeral by visual artists from UADY.
Location: Anonimo, Venta de Arte
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM (sale at 11:00 PM, 11:30 PM and 12:00 AM)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Photography and Jewelry of Socorro Chable: Remembering Ancient Times
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x Parque de Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Geoffrey Aronson: Retrospective Photography: Still
Plus: Music by Manolo Flores and Juan Fogarty
Location: Galeria Merida, Calle 59 x 50
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Mexican Muralists
Location: Centro Cultural y Artistico la Bodega, Calle 70 x 55 # 470
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Collective Exhibit: Anniversary 1
Works by Sandra Nikolai, David Sierra, Oscar Ortiz Otero, Gildo Gonzalez y Carolina Rozas.
Location: Le Cirque Galeria, Calle 55a 538 (68 Y 70), Centro
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Art Creation: Mural style Mexican Kitsch in Full Color
Location: In front of the Museum of the City
Time: Open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Work: Ruinous Subject of Demolition
Artist: Eugenio Encarnacion
Location: in front of Galeria Manolo Rivero, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Acts of Magic, Visions of Cuba through Tarot, Tente
The Light in Cuban Society, and Carlos del Toro: Africa, dance, and Santeria.
Location: Galeria Tataya, Calle 72 at 57
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Photographic Exhibit: I Die Because I Am Dying
Music: Songs written by Tony Martin
Location: Amaro Foro Cultural, Calle 59 x 60
Time: Concert at midnight, open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: The Cult of Death
Featuring artists: Christian Pacheco, Juan Pablo Quintal, Cristi Itza Tores, Jeronimo Freymann, Jazz Rivera and Oscar Bastarrachea V.
Location: El Jardin de Santa Ana, Calle 47 x 60
Time: Open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibit: JAAR: Mexican artist Jorge Alberto Aguilar Rojas
Location: Robert Abuda Salon on Paseo de Montejo
Time: Exhibit open until 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guided Visit: Korean Museum
Includes art, as well as personal objects belonging to the first Korean immigrants in Yucatan (1905).
Location: Museo de Koreana Yucatan, Calle 65 #397a between 44 y 46
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Chacho Siller
…and a grand time will be had by all
Location: Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo), December 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginning of the planet. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 8th Annual Yucatan Polo Open
Find directions on their website here: www.yucatanpoloclub.com/. Great fun, food and entertainment… and its free! Don’t miss it.
Location: Yucatan Polo Club
Time: 1:00 PM both days
Admission: There is no entrance fee

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)

Yucatan Living Movie: Moon
(UK 2009) Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to Report at the Moment

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, December 13
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite, attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 15
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach. Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and to maybe make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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!

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This Week… starting November 24, 2014

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
This is the last week of the Fair at X’matkuil. Don’t miss an opportunity to see as much as you can
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event All Week!
Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition, November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM. First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event Beginning Saturday! November 29 through December 7
Oc’-Ohtic: XX National & International Festival of Contemporary Dance

 

Monday (Lunes) November 24, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events plan for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Los Galanes
This week, Trio Los Galanes will keep traditional trova alive and fresh for yet another audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Alucarda
(Mexico 1977/1985) A young girl’s arrival at a convent after the death of her parents marks the beginning of a series of events that unleash an evil presence on the girl and her mysterious new friend, an enigmatic figure known as Alucarda. Demonic possession, Satan worship, and vampirism follows. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: First Cousin Once Removed
(USA 2012) Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner chronicles the deeply personal story of his mother’s first cousin–well-known poet/translator/professor Edwin Honig–on his journey into the depths of Alzheimer’s disease. Shot over the course of five years, the film presents an unflinching portrait of Edwin’s work and life while documenting his slow mental deterioration through visits and interviews with Edwin and his friends, former students, and others, along with archival footage and more.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Night of the Divas
Inauguration of the roof terrace at Hennessy’s. Come listen to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Whitney Houston and more!
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Folklorick Dance: Latin Passion
The Yucatan Folkloric Ballet presents latin dances under the direction of Maestro Raul Alfaro.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(USA 2012) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. In English 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

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful teenager living in the poor southern suburbs of Belgrade. She likes to burn everything around with a mobile camera phone. She makes videos , friends , family and Djole – the boy of her dreams. Jasna ‘s father is battling a terminal illness and desperate mother , accompanies him throughout this terrible battle. Jasna , disappointed and angry with life, looking distracted by sex, drugs and partying. He soon developed an intense sexual relationship with Djole , that will depend on him and losing control in your life. In Serbian, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Dr. X
(Mexico 1935) A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist’s quest to unmask The Moon Killer. In Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living You are Cordially Invited to a “Big Lighting Sale”
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, November 27, 28 & 29
10% to 50% Off of Handcrafted Designer Lighting by TAKTO Design Group.
Location: Calle 24 #96 x 15 y Laureles, Cholul, Yuc.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
More information: Cel. 999 995-3769

Yucatan Living Thanksgiving Dinner in Valladolid
You are cordially invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving with Friends of Casa Hamaca and the Valladolid English Library. Drinks and appetizers will be served during social hour. Your hosts will provide the turkey, pork, pasta and paper goods. You provide the appetizers, side dishes, salads, relish trays and deserts. Please prepare enough to serve 8 to 10 people. Drinks may be purchased at Xoco Loco. Water & Soda: 10 pesos, Beer: 20 pesos, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey, & glass of wine (red or white): 40 pesos, Bombay gin: 50 pesos, bottle of wine (red or white): 150 pesos, Bottle of rum or vodka (includes set-ups): 300 pesos.
Location: Xoco Loco Palapa at Casa Hamaca
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Social Hour; 4:00 PM: Buffet Style Dinner
Admission: Please bring a side dish (listed above), enough to serve 8 – 10 people.

Yucatan Living Movie: Nisida
(France 2012) In the prison Nisida Island, off the coast of Naples, live about forty young people, aged 14 to 21 years. To preserve their anonymity, they wear masks. Enzo, Rosario and Samir, confronted with incarceration on a daily basis, tell about their daily life of school and work, boredom and confinement. According to the Italian Constitution, the purpose of punishment is rehabilitation. These images bring that into question. In French, probably with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Ishalem. Memorias de un vampiro
(Mexico 2013) Tells the story of Daniela, a vampire of more than 400 years, who, after violating the laws of Vurdalak (the oldest vampire race in the world), manages to escape from captivity. The city of Ishalem becomes her refuge. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) November 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In English and Japanese.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Most Dangerous Game
(USA 1932) An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers. In English.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Kommunalka
(France 2008) In post-Soviet Russia, in St. Petersburg, people still live in communal apartments, a relic of the Soviet system. They are forced to live together with people from all backgrounds and social class, a true showcase of Russian society. Kommunalka tells us a piece of his life on the community floor at Sovetskaya Street. In French 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

Yucatan Living Movie: Batman Begins
(USA 2005) After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 29, 2014

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Monthly Meeting
The goals of the IWC are Friendship and Community Service while, at the same time, offering members social outlets, a variety of volunteer opportunities, and the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of living in Yucatan with a diverse group of supportive women. IWC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and looking forward to growing their reach in both membership and in service to the community.
Location: Auditorium of Technologia Turistica Total A.C., Calle 57 #402 x 56 y 58 in Downtown Merida.
Time: 9:30 AM Saturday (Last Saturday of each month (except July, August & December) (including this Saturday))
Admission: free

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Business Meeting (Follows Monthly Meeting)
This meeting will include remembrances by members of the past 30 years to help celebrate IWC’s 30th year anniversary.
Location: Auditorium of Technologia Turistica Total A.C., Calle 57 #402 x 56 y 58 in Downtown Merida.
Time: 9:30 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bering
(Mexico 2013) The film closely follows a group of characters who live in the Bering Strait and delves into the fundamental aspects of their daily lives, their sense of survival and the contrast between their traditions and the modern world. With an array of stunning images, Bering shows a community struggling to maintain their culture in this mythical part of the world. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Seventh Victim
(France 1984) A retired journalist, Bastien Grimaldi, is the victim of unknown assailants. After he is assaulted and beaten, he starts receiving threats. Neither he nor his friends can understand this. Bastien has no known enemies and no political objective. The police are informed, but lack effectiveness to clarify the matter. Grimaldi himself who will have to investigate the matter. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Dark Knight
(USA 2008) When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Caped Crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Twenty Feet From Stardom
(USA 2013) This is a tribute to the background singers, who are on stage, but are secondary compared to the famous singers they support. Their voices provide harmony to the best bands in popular music. In English.
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 Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making. Buy your tickets at Hennessy’s Irish Bar.
Location: At a private residence in Merida.
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 30 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginning of the planet. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Insomnia
(USA 2002) Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn’t set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to Report at the Moment

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, December 13
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan + the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, Thursday, December 4
Classical guitars galore! What a wonderful treat to begin the holiday season!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan Friday, December 5
Yucatan’s love affair with guitars has long made Merida home to some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general admission, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Within Four Walls – December 6
This is a showing of the newest works of Barbara McClatchie, in collaboration with Sanlly Vera.
Location: Galerry of the Museum of the City
Time: 9:00 PM (Noche Blanca)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living International Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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 Khaki Scott

Henequen Production Up 40 Percent in Yucatan

Over the past two years, the 1,600 henequeneros of the Yucatan, farming in 39 municipalities, have increased their production of Yucatan’s Green Gold by an astonishing 40 percent. That has earned these farmers 9.6 million pesos from a mixture of state and federal funds to finance their next crop. The money will go to pay for planting both old and new fields, for marketing, for the salaries of farm workers, and even money for local schools. This comes at the same time that the state is delivering new tinacos to entire villages under the Program for the Development of Priority Areas (PDZP). In addition to all this, SEDESOL (Ministry of Social Development) has 26 million pesos that it is using to bring new water treatment plants in rural areas as a public health measure. Yucatan’s henequeneros were overdue for their turn at prosperity, but it’s a new day in rural Yucatan and life is better than ever before.

The Importance of the 3×1 Program

Just prior to the beginning of the new century, it was realized that the remittances from Mexican migrants in the United States amounted to a great deal of money, but this money was only being used to briefly benefit the household of the migrant. Once that money was spent, it was gone and help was needed for the family again. In the 3×1 program, the migrant sends his or her remittance to a local migrant’s association. They enter it into a fund which is then matched by the migrant’s home municipality, state, and federal governments. Local municipalities are then able to complete projects that benefit the entire community. The current Governor of Yucatan said it best when he said that this whole effort of the three levels of government is about always linking our migrants to their identity, commitment, and, no matter where they live, keeping them connected with their homeland so they will have a sense of attachment to Yucatan and each of its municipalities. This motivates them to contribute, through their own efforts, to the efforts being made by their families. Through the 3×1 program, migrants have seen to it that their home municipalities now have better schools, homes with new roofs, better parks, new community centers, health clinics, the best roads, and that no one goes hungry. Thus far in 2014 through the 3×1 program, migrants have been responsible for 29 million 3×1 pesos flowing into the infrastructure of Yucatan. It isn’t hard to see the changes this one migrant program has had on the quality of life throughout Yucatan.

Migrants Coming Home for Christmas

There are over 180,000 Yucatecos living and working in the United States. Thousands return home for major holidays throughout the year, but Christmas sees the largest number coming in through all major airports and bus stations. Many of the migrants bring their children home with them and need help with a variety of immigration issues, such as travel formalities for themselves or dual citizenship for their children. Last year, these INM booths helped make the holidays easier than ever for 4,500 migrants who needed their questions answered. This year looks as if it is going to be a record-breaker with respect to sheer numbers of migrants coming home for Christmas. INM is at the ready with booths already set up in the airport to help with the growing numbers of home-for-the-holidays migrants.

Mexican Migrants to Vote Absentee in Next Elections

Yucatecos who live in the United States are, for the most part, concentrated in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, with a significant number also living in the states of New York and Texas. Until now, Mexicans leaving their home states and the country effectively disenfranchised themselves. According to the Confederación de Federaciones Mexicanas en Estados Unidos, the rights of migrants have not been protected because they do not have the power to vote, in spite of the millions of United States dollars they send home to Mexico in remittances each year. But this is a new era. Other nations have had absentee voting laws for decades and now, so does Mexico. Migrants will now be able to vote online for President and Federal Members of Congress, as well as for Governor of their home states. The right to vote absentee at the state and federal level will be of benefit to both the migrants and to Mexico. On the one hand, it gives migrants an edge when asking for increased funding for the 3×1 program and for Mexico to become a more visible interested party in immigration reform in the United States. On the other hand, it gives the Mexican federal and state governments a means of knowing who the migrants are and if there are more migrants in the United States than they originally believed.

INM Revisits Yucatan’s Immigration Numbers

The foreign population in the state of Yucatan is growing rapidly and has tripled in size over the past two decades. In 1990, there were 2,011 foreigners registered in Yucatan. In 2000, the number of foreigners rose to 3,489. In 2010, the registered foreign population of the State of Yucatan was 6,951. This number is based on people born abroad, whether they have become citizens of Mexico or not and is more than three times the number of foreign born residents of Yucatan listed in 1990. 31.1% of foreigners living in Yucatan are Americans, 11.6% are Cubans, 7.4% are Canadians, 3.8% are from Argentina, 3.7% are from France and the remaining 42.4% are from other nationalities. The numbers now are focusing on domestic immigration and the potential that has to affect services and the economy. The 2010 Census showed that 50,000 people from either other states in Mexico or from abroad were then living in Yucatan. When those who moved out of the state were subtracted from the population, there was a net gain of 37,932 people to the population of Yucatan. Almost five years have passed. Many more immigrants have come to settle in Yucatan, with a corresponding spike in efforts to ensure the survival of the culture here. It will be interesting to see what changes take place over the next five years which will all be reported in the next census in 2020.

Green Roofs and Vertical Gardens Coming to Merida?

In the name of saving energy, we will soon see three companies planting roofs in grass and as gardens throughout Mexico. According to their experts, these natural systems can be cultivated as green roofs, vertical gardens, facades and walls with vines. While the goal of turning the White City into a Green City seems laudable, it should be noted that researchers from the Faculty of Engineering at UADY and the University Anahuac Mayab are just now beginning to test these claims. Water-weight on roofs can cause severe damage if the project is not carried out properly. The roots of vines can completely destroy concrete walls in only a few years, so planting the right types of plants is very important. Engineering and Architecture majors are working hard to develop systems that could make these projects lighter and of lower cost, but state officials warn that we do not have any regulations concerning the building or maintenance of these systems. If and when this happens, we suspect there will be a special permit necessary and neither the government nor the construction industry have a favorable view of that right now. When the university researchers’ findings are published, only then will we know if this is a safe thing to do. In the meantime, watch and wait. Cooler days in the shade of your own home may be on the way. Do you have questions about this issue? One might be: Why would I put irrigated grass, a mosquito magnet, on my roof in a country that is trying to rid itself of dengue fever? On the other hand, we know people who have successful roof gardens. We are excited to see what the future will bring in this arena!

Public Health Conference Held in Merida: Announcements

The announcements that came out of the Public Health Conference in Merida are quite interesting and present a picture of Mexico that is growing and changing. The announcements include:

• Dengue Fever vaccinations will be available to the general public in 2016.
• Mexico has been declared free of Polio and Measles.
• Diseases declared “Under Control” in Mexico: cholera, influenza, malaria, dengue fever
• Pregnancy related deaths: in Yucatan: 3 per 100K. In Mexico: 30 per 100K. In the United States: 16.7 per 100K and in Canada: 6.6 per 100K
• Major focus of Public Health now is the war on obesity, hypertension and diabetes through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.

To find out just how serious Yucatan is taking this initiative, look outside your window to the sidewalk early any morning and count the number of walkers and runners. If you live in a village, count the number of local vegetable producers you see. If your area has a farmers’ market, let us know and we will do our part by listing it. Even the state government has come out with promises of focusing on health and jobs. This is a great time to be living in a much healthier and more economically stable Yucatan!

The Fair at Xmatkuil Had Trade Fair Visitors

A group of individuals who are the presidents and organizers of trade fairs across the nation came to see how the Fair at Xmatkuil operates and to give their opinion of what they saw. They commented that investments in such fairs are high when compared to investments in the fair in Yucatan, specifically citing the billion pesos invested in the Fair at Guadalajara. Yucatan’s organizers reminded them that the City of Guadalajara has a population of six million, while the state of Yucatan has a population of three million. The visitors also seemed surprised to see how many free and reduced cost events were put on at Xmatkuil. Organizers of Yucatan’s Fair at Xmatkuil were quick to point out that their goal here in Yucatan is to have the fair be self-sufficient and for the vendors to make a profit. They work hard to achieve that balance. This year, 900K visitors entered the fair with a paid ticket and 500K came through free or reduced-price promotions and programs. We are just happy that, even if it does cost $50 pesos to get into the state fair in Sonora, anybody can purchase a ticket to go to the Fair at Xmatkuil for a whopping $15 pesos! Well done and thank you to the organizers of Yucatan’s Fair at Xmatkuil.

Surprise Party for the Public in Uman

For the past 24 years, Uman has celebrated the day it officially passed from being a village to a city. For the past three years, this celebration has included an Expo Campo, featuring producers of cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, and fish (tilapia). They also had exhibitors of fighting roosters (Hopefully that will soon change). Also exhibiting were agricultural schools from around the state, as well as representatives of agricultural government agencies. On the last day, the organizers decided to throw the closing ceremonies open to the public and to hold the event at the nearby Rancho Las Veletas. The Cobay Folkloric Ballet danced a performance showing snapshots of life in Yucatan, and the wonderful Yucalpeten Typical Orchestra ended the evening with a flourish. In between, there was a show put on by the beautiful Spanish-style trained horses of Rancho Las Veletas. If you are planning to visit Yucatan, these are the types of events that are not publicized until they end. So, when we report on something like this, make a note of when, where and what it is. It might just fit into your travel plans and become the highlight of your trip next year!

Progreso Gets New Motor Therapy and Multi-Sensory Stimulation Center

Slowly, but surely, Progreso has left behind the notion that it is a sleepy little fishing village. In Progreso today, expats feel comfortable with a wide variety of health care options. Every year, it seems that new medical technology and expertise arrive. The children and young people who attend the new Motor Therapy and Multi-Sensory Stimulation rehabilitation center can expect to go much farther than they ever could have without this resource nearby. Congratulations to the Municipality of Progreso, to the DIF, and to everyone who worked so hard to bring this rehabilitation center to the people.

By Working Gringos

I am a 20 year old Nigerian girl who has arrived in Merida to begin her studies in medicine. I am here as one of a group of Nigerian students studying at Anahuac Mayab University in Merida.

I Speak fluent English and a little Spanish.

I would love to Stay with a Mexican family when I arrive, so I could settle in and familiarize with the environs and immerse myself in the culture. I would not mind helping out with the house needs while I adjust to the new environment.

Please contact me if you have any information that could help me.

Name: Arua Nnenna
Tel no:+52 1 55 3513 9674
Email: nnennarua [at] gmail [dot] com

By Working Gringos

My name is Patrick Canterbury and I am from England.

I am interested in literally any job that would not require me to speak Spanish as my Spanish is not good. I have experience in manual labour, and experience in bar and restaurant work as well as having previously worked as a secretary. Recently I have just been working in a school in South Africa as a young teacher, so I enjoy work with kids and any kind of sport coaching. My qualifications are 3 English A-levels as well as 12 GCSEs which are another English qualification. I am going to University in England in October to study geology. I am an enthusiastic person who will give my best in any job but I also possess a willingness to learn. Any job no matter how big or small is perfect for me.

My phone number is +52 (999) 351 5220.

By Working Gringos

Editors Note: The timeliness of this notification has come and gone. But the details about the prohibition of political activities in Mexico by foreigners is true at any time. If you are a foreigner in Mexico, it is good to be aware of this.

United States Embassy Mexico City
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:
Mass Demonstrations Expected in Mexico City / country of Mexico (November 20, 2014)

This message is to inform U.S. citizens that several mass demonstrations are expected in Mexico City on Thursday, November 20, 2014 to protest the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero state. Beginning at approximately 10:00 am, university students plan to blockade all avenues and boulevards leading to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez international airport such as: Circuito Interior, Blvd. Puerto Aereo, Eje 1 Norte, and Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza. Traffic to and from the airport is expected to be severely impacted by the blockades. The Embassy has advised personnel to consider changing travel plans or alternate routes to and from the airport, including travel via metro (Terminal Aerea stop on the yellow line). U.S. citizens arriving into Mexico City’s airport should expect to wait at the airport for several hours for the protest to end. If riding the metro or the city bus system, U.S. citizens should take extreme care with valuables and belongings. Passengers arriving at any airport in Mexico should take only authorized airport taxis after pre-paying the fare at one of the special well-publicized booths located inside the airport. U.S. Embassy employees in Mexico City are prohibited from using “libre” taxis (hailed on the street), and are authorized to use only “sitio” (regulated stand) taxis.

Additionally, several social organizations, unions and university students will meet at approximately 5:00pm at the “Plaza de las Tres Culturas” (Tlatelolco), the Revolution Monument, and the Independence Monument (Angel) to then march to Mexico City’s central square (Zócalo). Traffic along the planned routes, Paseo de la Reforma (where the Embassy is located), and nearby roads will be impacted by the protests.

There are reports that similar protests may take place in other cities in Mexico. U.S. citizens are urged to monitor local news outlets for information about possible protests in their area.

· The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Travelers should avoid political demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Demonstrators in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major arteries, or take control of toll booths on highways. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.

· Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates and any news of other protest activity throughout the country of Mexico. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

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By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting November 17, 2014

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

Yucatan Young Creators Festival: November 12 to 23
This festival is FULL of events… too numerous to mention. Events include music recitals, trova and hip hop performances, theatrical performances, anime movies… an amazing selection of art performances! And not just in Merida. Performances are also in places like Tizimin, Acanceh, Progreso, etc. Maybe there is something you’d like to see!! Check out the schedule here: Yucatan Young Creators Festival List of Events.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Offical Holiday to commemorate the Mexican Revolution

Yucatan Living Concert: The Heat of Trova
This is a performance by the Rondalla Juvenil of the Museo de la CancionYucateca. This is a wonderful group and the performance is guaranteed to be excellent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 7:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Son de Trova
Tonight’s performance is by Rubi Annahi Munoz, an increasingly popular voice in music in Merida.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Ensueño
This is one of the premier trova trios in Yucatan. They and their fellow trovadores keep trova – and romance – alive in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Trick or Treat
(United States 2007). Director: Michael Dougherty. Starring Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Samm Todd, and Quinn Lord.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20.
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Two Flutes, One Piano: 14th Century Music
This performance is under the direction of Gabriela Loolbej. We have seen this performance in Merida and everyone loved it.
Location: Valladolid Casa de la Cultura
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: 2 of Three
Maria Moctezuma and Maria Cristina Auais present their version of different styles, such as cumbia, Gypsy, flamenco, and samba. They love improvisation and experimentation with different instruments and footage they have previously recorded. Their love of what they do spills over to their audience and everyone has a wonderful time!
Location: Sala de Arte, Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Urban Music, Identity and Life
This is a performance by the Colectivo Metalmorfosis, Polok Tolok and Reggae.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El evangelio de las Maravillas
(Mexico 1998) “La Nueva Jerusalem” is a small community of believers lead by Papá Basilio (Rabal) and Mamá Dorita (Jurado). They’re waiting for the second coming of Christ, so they’ve abandoned the world, searching for a new spiritual life. Mamá Dorita sees in young Tomasa (Gurrola) the signals of the chosen one. The young girl will be the new leader in “La Nueva Jerusalem”. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
The movie that documents the protest by four young girls in Russia. In Russian 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 Valladolid: Meet the Founders of Asociacion Protectora de Animales de la Calle “Conciencia Carinosa” (APACCC)
You are cordially invited to come and meet the people involved in helping the street animals of Valladolid. One by one, the dogs are picked up, examined, bathed, fed, given shots, spayed or neutered, pampered a bit, and ultimately adopted by a family, or returned to the street. We have all seen what a difference an organization like this can do in the communities where they exist. Valladolid is lucky to be on the road to their own successful impact on the quality of life for their street dogs and, ultimately, for their people as well.
Location: Xoco Loco Palapa at Casa Hamaca
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos donations are encouraged. Xoco Loco will be open to purchase drinks and botanas.

Yucatan Living Concert: Umbrella of Light
This is a performance by Amaury Leon, a multi-talented young person who is going to take Merida by storm.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of the Divas
Inauguration of the roof terrace at Hennessy’s. Come listen to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Whitney Houston and more!
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Los Acordes Mas Cuerdos: Andres Tinoco
The Chords More Sane, of course, would come from the smooth voice of Andres Tinoco. This is a concert to see.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61 inside Parque Hidalgo
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: De Raices Profundas (Deep Rooted)
This performance is by the Kambal Folkloric Dance Company, under the direction of Abraham Espinosa.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Walesa
A movie about the social movement and its leader in Poland in the 1970′s who started it all. In Polish 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

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
At 60 years old, Angélique is an unconventional woman. She loves the night, partying and men. She earns her living working in a cabaret in Strasbourg, on the border between France and Germany, until the day that customers become scarce and one of them, Michael, falls in love and proposes marriage. In French, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ghost Ship
(USA 1943) Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good, Stone sees Merriam as a younger version of himself and Merriam sees Stone as the first adult to ever treat him as a friend. But after a couple strange deaths of crew members, Merriam begins to think Stone is a psychopathic madman obsessed with authority. He tries to tell others, but no one believes him, and it only makes Stone angry. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 80′s Disco Night
Come dance and play at Hennessy’s to the sounds of disco. Ticket proceeds go to support Evolución Animal Shelter and include a free drink with each ticket.
Location: Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Paseo de Montejo x 41 y 43
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $150 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Vicor Gonzalez (Contratenor)
These concerts are all around us as the fall season continues on its way and we are the beneficiaries of a host of special events. This is one of them.
Location: Seminario Mayor deItzimna
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Nam
This performance is by the Compania de Danza Pies en el Aire (Feet in the Air Dance Company), under the direction of Tobias Ojeda.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Escala
In Athens, the modest apartment of Amir, an Iranian immigrant, becomes a place of passage for migrants who, like him, decided to leave their homeland. But Greece is only the first step. They all hope to reach other Western countries. In French, probably with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan 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 with English subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) November 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
Jasna is a beautiful teenager living in the poor southern suburbs of Belgrade. She likes to record everything around with a mobile camera phone. She makes videos of herself, her friends, family and Djole, the boy of her dreams. Jasna’s father is battling a terminal illness and her desperate mother accompanies him throughout this terrible battle. Jasna, disappointed and angry with life, tries to become distracted by sex, drugs and partying. In Serbocroatian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Bird-a-thon Xocch’ich’ November 21 through 23
The birdathon has begun. Activities start today at 5 PM with registration of participants. At 5:30, reading of the rules. At 6 PM, a lecture about the birds in Celestun. And then at 7 PM, a ceremony announcing the winners of the photography and drawing contests.
Location: MACAY, Calle 60 x 61 y 63, centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Friday 13
(USA 1980) Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto: Tribute to Margarita
This is a concert by Sinai Freire and Daniel Herrera.
Location: Telchac Puerto Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valladolid: De Nuevo a Ti (Back to You)
This is going to be an excellent concert. The music is by Juan Carlos y su Bomba and they are great crowd pleasers.
Location: Valladolid Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Viaje en Sol Major
40 years old, Aimé plans a great trip to Morocco. He reads all the guides, marks all the maps and takes many notes. However, his wife stubbornly refuses to accompany him. When Aimé turns 93 years old, his grandson decides to take him to Morocco. In French 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

Yucatan Living Movie: Memories of Murder
(Korea 2013) In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. In Korian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 6 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Movie: First Cousin Once Removed
Filmed over five years, this film masterfully documented the life of poet Edward Honig, creating a portrait of his life with the same honesty that resonates in his poetry. In addition to film of Honig and his children, ex wife, friends and alumni, Berliner chronicles the metamorphosis of Honig using archival footage, family photos, home movies, poetry readings and finding visual metaphors to help to better understand the process of memory loss due to Alzheimer’s. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Progreso: Reggae Flavored
This performance is by Bolontiku.
Location: Progreso Municipal Palace
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Let Me In
(UK 2010) A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
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 2010) Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion.In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
Before Bad Brains, Sex Pistols and The Ramones, there was a group called Death. Playing punk music before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early 70′s started a band in their bedroom, played small clubs and even recorded a single with the hope of getting signed to a label. In English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 23 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginning of the planet. In Spanish.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Time: 9:00 AM, Sunday
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Miraculous Medal Race
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: We would assume early but …?
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Memento
(USA 2001) A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 24, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to Report at the Moment

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, December 13
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan + the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, Thursday, December 4
Classical guitars tonight and tomorrow night! What a wonderful treat to begin the holiday season!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Concert: Ivan Adriano Classical Guitars of Yucatan Friday, December 5
Yucatan’s love affair with guitars has long made Merida home to some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos general admission, $25 pesos Students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Within Four Walls December 6
This is a showing of the newest works of Barbara McClatchie, in collaboration with Sanlly Vera.
Location: Galeria of the Museum of the City
Time: 9:00 PM (Noche Blanca)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingInternational Open Chess Tournament “GM Carlos Torre Repetto” In Memoriam XXVI edition
This big chess tournament will be held from 18 to 22 December 2014, with the support of various institutions, including the Board of Carlos Torre Repetto GM Chess, Chess Players Association of the State, the State Government of Yucatan, Municipal Government of Merida, the National Chess Federation of Mexico, AC and various private companies. Not sure yet about location. More at their website here.

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• November 22: The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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 Khaki Scott

The Pilgrimages of the Guadalupanas Has Begun

Please drive carefully between now and December 28. The Guadalupanas are on the highways and will be in the streets as they enter and leave the cities. The busiest day will, of course, be December 12 (The Day of the Virgin), but that will simply be the beginning of their return home, so it is important to continue driving with great care and attention. Last year, the Church of San Cristobal saw 25,000 people in the procession on December 12 alone. To learn more about the Guadalupanas, please visit Yucatan Living’s article about The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. There’s a link there too to a video… you’ll love it!

Yucatan Has New Regional Hydro-Meterological Center

Yucatan’s new Regional Hydro-Meterological Center is linked to other similar centers in Chiapas (already online) and others in Veracruz, Sonora, Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua (to be built next year). This will give coordinated emergency weather tracking and monitoring to both the northwest and southeast of the country. The new center in Yucatan tracks hurricanes for the benefit of Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo, and has close ties with weather tracking systems throughout the Atlantic Basin and the Caribbean. This state-of-the-art facility is already sending out weather reports every three hours, so Yucatan is well protected with one of the best early warning systems in the world today. This is especially important to Yucatan’s fishermen, who have lost all too many of their number to weather-related events in the past.

Fifteen New Pedestrian Crosswalks Coming in Merida’s Centro

Mexico’s answer to lead-footed drivers are topes and pedestrian crosswalks. To learn more about topes, visit Yucatan Living’s article on Topes. Be sure to read the comments! While a tope is, by any other name, a speed bump, a pedestrian crosswalk is an entirely different matter. These structures can either be a simple crossing lane painted on the street, or they can be like topes that are wide enough for several people to cross at once. There are very tough fines for drivers who enter a pedestrian crosswalk when people are crossing, and woe be unto the driver who actually hits a pedestrian in one of these crosswalks. Several years ago, a number of pedestrian crosswalks were abandoned and the accident rate, especially near schools, has gone up. The first fifteen of the new crosswalks will be near a primary school in Merida’s Centro to help fix that problem. There will be more crosswalks completed in the near future.

Hanal Pixan Goes to Atlanta

The Governments of Mexico and Yucatan joined together this year to bring the altars of Hanal Pixan to the Office of the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta. They also brought along Los Juglares, one of Yucatan’s beloved trova trios, to give the folks from Atlanta a little taste of the romance of Yucatan. Chefs from UNO (University of Valladolid) also went along and conducted a workshop that taught people how to cook the traditional Hanal Pixan menu. Thousands of people came to visit the presentation. New friends were made and we are certain that Yucatan can expect many new visitors from Atlanta in the very near future.

Mayan Art Around the World

In addition to the Hanal Pixan display at the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta, the first ever display of Mexican art and sculpture is currently being shown in China. The collection consists of 238 pieces and was escorted by the President of Mexico. Next year, the exhibition will head off to the United Kingdom. In the meantime, Japan’s puppets came to Yucatan to participate in the Mayan Cultural Festival and everyone loved them! As the world grows progressively smaller, Yucatan is finding herself to be one of the increasingly popular and accomplished areas in the world. We cannot help more than a little pride in our adoptive home.

Study Shows: Cell Phones and the Internet Affecting Productivity

There are currently 254 Chambers of Commerce in Mexico, representing 670,000 member companies. The section of the Chamber of Commerce that falls under the heading of Services and Tourism represents 52.5% of the total economy of Mexico and 53% of the formal jobs. A new study among these employees shows that the use of personal digital devices, such as tablets, smartphones and the internet, during working hours, slashes productivity for the company by 15%. The individuals participating in this behavior have a very high lost level of productivity. For example, those who use their phones to check their personal e-mail do so approximately 36 times per day and receive approximately 61 e-mails per day. This behavior results in a productivity loss of 65%, meaning that these employees are actually working only about 20 minutes per hour. Since no one wants new, more restrictive labor laws, companies are restricting the use of these personal digital devices and making it possible for workers to receive urgent personal calls on the company phones, with oversight by supervisors. If employees knowingly and willingly contribute to a loss of productivity for the company over an extended period of time, then they can, under current law, be terminated without cause. Look for more alert and engaged employees in Yucatan beginning immediately. During this presentation, it was also mentioned that this is a problem in classrooms and government offices as well, so those areas are also looking at restricting access to the use of personal digital devices. This is a worldwide problem that needs attention immediately and it is laudable that Yucatan is addressing it early.

State of Yucatan Fights Back Against Obesity and Diabetes

The slogan is: Eat Better, Exercise and Measure Your Blood Sugar. The numbers are staggering. Fifteen percent of Yucatan’s population has now been diagnosed with diabetes and it is believed that another 15% have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed. This means that 250,000 people have been diagnosed and another 250,000 are living a life that is limited by not feeling well. Sooner or later, their illness will force them into a doctor’s office, but the damage to kidneys, their circulatory system, even their eyes will already be done. The 15% is not just about the numbers of the population who have diabetes. Now we learn that 15% of the state’s health care budget goes for diabetes-related illnesses and that number is projected to double in the next 15 years if nothing is done to stop it. The root cause of the high incidence of diabetes in Yucatan is poor nutrition, obesity, and lack of exercise. Everyone is being asked to make the necessary lifestyle changes for just one week. If they can make it one week, they might be able to go on. Everyone has to start somewhere and maybe this is the starting place for you, too!

Mid-Season Smiles All Around in Yucalpeten

We started to say that it has been a long time since the fishing fleet in Yucalpeten has had such a successful season – but that isn’t true! Happily, mid-season prices for pulpo (octopus) and mero (grouper) are higher than they have ever been! The income of the fishermen is a major component of the economy in all of the beach communities in Yucatan. If they have a bad season, there are food pantries and make-work jobs provided by Yucatan state, but very little extra beyond just survival. The level of success they are enjoying now means that they might actually get an end of the season bonus. There are 600 ships fishing out of Yucalpeten. Eighty percent fish for pulpo and 20% fish for mero. We hope they have a wonderful season and that everyone returns home safely every night.

Hunucma: Up On the Roof-Top…

Every once in a while, a neighborhood will have one of those special people who have a very special holiday skill set. These are the people who decorate for holidays and people come from miles around to see their creations. For the past ten years, one neighborhood in Hunucma has enjoyed the talents of Luis Alberto Romero Cuytun. At the present time, there is a tall skeleton, dressed in rags and holding the severed head of a doll. Soon, the skeleton will be replaced by Santa Claus, complete with sleigh, bag of toys and even Christmas carols. What a treat for the children and families who live in his neighborhood. If you are near Hunucma during the holidays, the home of Luis Alberto Romero Cuytun is located at Calle 37 x 22 y 24. Do stop by and enjoy the show!

Valladolid: Centro Medico San Lucas

Centro Medico San Lucas is a Christian mission hospital in Valladolid. They are affiliated with the doctors of the International Medical Assistance (IMA). Their mission is to provide health care, including specialty surgeries, for the poor in the area in and around Valladolid. You can watch the building of the hospital in photos on the Centro Medico San Lucas Facebook page. This week, the ENT’s will be in Yucatan and will be conducting surgery at Centro Medico San Lucas. They have plenty of volunteer positions, and new projects starting all the time, but there is a fee to the volunteer that covers room, board, and a portion of the cost of the project. The founders have been conducting medical missions to Yucatan for decades and are well known in the area. If anyone is interested in having surgery at Centro Medico San Lucas, you can register at the hospital in person or by calling (985) 856-2786. The only cost is a small maintenance fee, plus a recovery and support fee.

By Khaki Scott

Expat Consumer Awards: Vote for Yucatan Living!

An international marketing company in England has created a new award, the Expat Consumer Awards. Voting for these awards is the motivation they are giving you for participating in three surveys that they have created, the first of which is now online. By answering these surveys, you will also be eligible to vote in the consumer award categories. This first survey asks for write-in votes in categories related to publications, and thus, related to Yucatan Living! We encourage you to take the survey and then vote for Yucatan Living as Best Expat Website. We realize that a regional website such as ours may have a small chance of winning, but we’ll never know unless we try, right?

There are also categories for “best expat newsletter” and “best expat blog” that Yucatan Living would qualify for, if you prefer to vote for us there. Next year is YucatanLiving.com’s tenth year of existence… what better way to celebrate that than to win this award! Take the survey here: www.theexpatsurvey.com. The next two surveys, which should be online soon, will allow you to vote for categories like Best Professional Advisor, Best Banking Service, Best Insurance Provider, Best Relocation Specialist, among others. We look forward to finding out the results of the survey questions, as well as seeing what websites will be winning. Stay tuned!


Archbishop of Merida Reaches Age of Mandatory Resignation

The Archbishop of Merida has reached the age of 75 and has tendered his resignation. The Holy Father can take up to two years to accept that resignation and name a new Archbishop. Yucatan is a predominantly Catholic state and the Church is closely associated with social programs and projects. The leadership role of the next Archbishop of Yucatan will be more than interesting, given the coming social changes and popularity of the current Pope. Everyone will be interested to watch this exciting era of Church history in Yucatan.

Dengue Vaccine 95.5% Effective

A research project testing the effectiveness of a vaccine for dengue fever has shown that it is 95.5% effective in preventing deaths from this disease. The study was conducted with 20,000 subjects, half of whom were in Mexico. Most of the Mexican subjects were children in Yucatan, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Morelos. By late 2016, it is expected that a French company will have 100 million doses of the vaccine available for use in Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Mexico.

Defining Merida: More Troubadours than Police

If it is Thursday night in Merida’s centro, at least 1,000 people are moving in the general direction of Parque de Santa Lucia. During tourist season, that number rises to 2,000 or more. This is the park where you will find the Altar of Trova (those busts of historical trova figures) and hear the romantic music of the Serenata Yucateca (Yucatecan Serenade). It is where you will hear the finest trova trios and groups, all of whom are members of the Yucatan Trovadores Association. This year, as the Serenata Yucateca draws near to its 50th anniversary, with almost 2,500 Thursday night performances under its belt, this Thursday night’s event (November 13, 2014) will take place in its newly remodeled Parque de Santa Lucia. The mother of internationally acclaimed Merida guitarist Cecilio Perera is quoted as saying that Merida is the only Mexican city of its size where one can find more troubadors at night than policemen. Now, THAT’s a great statistic!

Two Successful Young Software Engineers: More to This Story

It is a story we see all the time in Yucatan. Two young men embark on a path to success and their lives are forever changed by the opportunities provided to them by their hard work and study. But this is not the usual story. These two young men, Luis Ángel Berrios Rivera, 19, and Russell Santos Charruf, 20, both have Asperger’s Syndrome. This diagnosis usually results in a lower quality of life if for no other reason than the difficulties in social interaction these children face. With the help of Ingenium, ABP, these young men are not only on their way to stellar careers of their own, but are also already highly prized contributing members of the community. Of course, Luis and Russell are not the first successful young men with Asperger’s Syndrome. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who may have also shown symptoms of Asperger’s, turned out to be pretty smart themselves. Ingenium, ABP is a private charity founded in 2000 for the purpose of providing education and support for mental health issues for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, major depression, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and dual diagnoses, as well as their families. They partner with health care providers, private hospitals, medical associations, companies, and institutions that are working on prevention and the proper treatment and support for all persons concerned. Luis and Russell are living proof of the value of Ingenium’s programs. Their families and all of Yucatan are their beneficiaries. Our congratulations to everyone concerned.

Andrea Survived and Saw the Sea

Andrea is a nine year old little girl from Tizimin, who has recently beaten cancer. It had always been her dream to see the sea and now, through the program “Te cumplo un sueño,” which is part of the national “Doctor Sonrisas” Association, she was able to not only see the sea, but take a ride in a boat as well. “Doctor Sonrisas” (Doctor Smiles) is a Mexican national association that was started by a group of young people in 2003, when they realized there was a great need for programs that meet the need of terminally ill children. Their mission is to change the pain and suffering of children with moments of hope, fun and joy, while helping them fulfill their greatest dreams. We are constantly amazed by the support given to the ideas of young people by the Government of Mexico and by Mexican states and local areas. “Well done!” to all involved in all of the projects supported by Dr. Smiles.

Kanasin’s World is Changing

The leap from being a little bit backward to being a full-fledged member of the 21st century is often an amazing thing to watch, and no more so than today in Kanasin, Yucatan. The area in and around Kanasin has been growing for some time now, with new and/or improved roads, and with such conveniences as local farmers’ markets. Now, the federal and state governments are sharing the cost of giving 21,000 homes a new tinaco. This will not only ensure a steady supply of healthy water to Kanasin families, but it will also improve public health in the entire area. The newest news is that Kanasin is also getting a new health center that will double the available health care services for the area. As Kanasin’s projects move forward, it was also announced that this is only 25% of the total project of bringing new tinacos to the people of seven different at-risk municipalities.

Coming Soon: Cross-Border Industrial Complex

This is great news for Mexico, for the United States and for Tamaulipas and Texas! At least 150 Mexican companies, of all sizes, have partnered with companies in the United States to form a 14-county wide industrial complex that will straddle the border between the two nations. From what we can see, these partnerships are mostly between energy companies (oil, gas, and electricity), but other trade industries will benefit, as well as will the job markets in both Tamaulipas and Texas. Even the universities of the two states are on board and looking forward to new research opportunities and Mexico’s National Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext) is standing at the ready to support the financial needs of the domestic energy companies. It is said that Tamaulipas will benefit most from this project and that is good to know because they have not had a real break since they were struck by Hurricane Alex in 2010.

New Judicial System at Work

The judicial system of Yucatan began to evolve in 2011 and has, thus far, done an excellent job of modernization. This past week, it worked as it should when a prisoner suffering from acute schizophrenia was deemed incompetent to stand trial and sent to a hospital where he can receive proper care. Everyone on both sides of this particular case behaved perfectly as they moved to have the judge declare the man incompetent. This is not to say that this man could commit murder and walk away unpunished. The judge understands that he is a danger to the public and will not let him go free. However, it is good to know that those who are mentally ill will no longer languish in prison, but can receive the care they – as human beings – deserve.

Cancun Underwater Museum

The goal for the Cancun Underwater Museum is 10,000 pieces of sculpture underwater in a period of ten years. Currently, there are 500 statues on the west side of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun, and Punta Nizuc National Parks. When it was realized that, in one year, over 220,000 people are coming to snorkel to see these statues, and that the number of visitors is growing by 10% per year, it suddenly made sense to begin a program to officially grow the number of statues and expand the project to even greater numbers. It has recently been announced that those who visit the museum will be asked for a donation of 20 pesos, a paltry sum to see the amazing underwater art. The statues will sit at eight feet and four feet below the surface of the water. They will be by six international artists and the collections will be organized into two halls. Organizers are currently working on the process by which donations can be made tax deductible.

By Working Gringos

Name: Heather Patenaude

Email address: Heather [dot] Patenaude [at] gmail [dot] com

Phone: (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 de Carmen area as well

Additional information: I have a TESL 100 hour certificate, my Bachelors degree (I also have done a graduate diploma in French). References are also available. Are you looking to hire a TESL/TESOL/TEFL certified teacher for the winter term? I am a Canadian who taught in San Luis Potosi last winter. I 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.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting November 10, 2014

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

Fifth Yucatan Theatre Festival: November 7 to 15
This may be a hard event to fully appreciate if you are not fluent in Spanish… but maybe not! Might be interesting to go to some of these events. See the Yucatan Theatre Festival Events here.

Yucatan Young Creators Festival: November 12 to 23
This festival is FULL of events… too numerous to mention. Events include music recitals, trova and hip hop performances, theatrical performances, anime movies… an amazing selection of art performances! And not just in Merida. Performances are also in places like Tizimin, Acanceh, Progreso, etc. Maybe there is something you’d like to see!! Check out the schedule here: Yucatan Young Creators Festival List of Events.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Art Show: Los Pinceles de la García
Art show from local artists living in Colonia García Ginerés.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Concert
Enjoy the beautiful Yucatan Classic Quintet concert “Gala Musical Yucateca” by the Vienna Music & Art Academy – Yucatan. They will be accompanying the tenor Miguel Mena, under the direction of Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: The Municipal Auditorium, The Colosito, in Telchac Puerto
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month: Alfonso Duran
These monthly presentations of different aspects of Yucatan’s culture are some of the best you will ever see, and certainly in one of the best locations in the city.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio K’ay T’aan
This group is part of the newest generation of trova artists.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cronos
(Spain 1993) A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingFood Trucks Merida!
Three, at least, gourmet food trucks will be parking tonite and serving their GREAT food. Come support these young chefs that are having trouble getting city permits.
Location: Calle 32 x 55 y 53, Colonia San Ramon Norte
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Chebabs from Yarmouk
(France 2012) The Chebabs are a small group of Palestinian youths known since adolescence. The story takes place in the present time they become adults to discover their enormous thirst for living fully , but also face complex realities. Among his desire for freedom , the need for group membership , the desire for rebellion and peaceful life , the choices are hard ; everything is more complicated when a Palestinian Yarmouk refugee Chebab a camp in Syria. In French 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

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk her own life in the process, she has created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There will be several of these performances throughout October, November and December.
Location: Church of San Juan, Calle 64 x 65
Time: 7:15 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida: 100 Years of Yucatecan Music
What a wonderful performance and venue!
Location: Regional Museum of Yucatan (Canton Palace)
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Chebabs from Yarmouk
(France 2012) The Chebabs are a small group of Palestinian youths known since adolescence. The story takes place in the present time they become adults to discover their enormous thirst for living fully , but also face complex realities. Among his desire for freedom , the need for group membership , the desire for rebellion and peaceful life , the choices are hard ; everything is more complicated when a Palestinian Yarmouk refugee Chebab a camp in Syria. In French 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) November 14 , 2014

Yucatan Living El Buen Fin
Shopping opportunities from November 14- 17.

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In Englsih and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the 2014 Birdathon
At 5 pm, sign up and registration. At 5:30, reading of the Birdathon rules. At 6 PM, a talk about the Birds of Celestun. Then an awards ceremony and opening of the exhibition of photography and drawing contests.
Location: MACAY, entrance between Calle 58 and Calle 60 at Pasaje de Revolucion
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VI Anniversary: SoHo Galleries’ Back to Cuba Exhibition
Meet the artist: Jorge Jacas Vivanco, enjoy the works of Sandra Dooley Medina, toast the artists with Cuban drinks, and enjoy the gourmet delights made by Anita, the Sausage Lady.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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 Xmatquil: The Great Vaqueria
This performance is what we would call “the real deal.” Do plan on being here on Friday night.
Location: Teatro de Pueblo at the Fairgrounds in Xmatkuil
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday (Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22)
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Sacbe: Regional Circuit for Performing Arts: Requiem for an Alcavaran
This is a theater performance in Spanish. However, we suspect that it is going to be a wonderful show even if some in the audience do not understand the language. The performance is by the Transnational Performing Arts Company of Oaxaca and it will be well worth attending.
Location: Tapano Centro Cultural, Calle 46 x 68, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Dance Count Dracula in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Dance: Count Dracula
This is a dance performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 y 59, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free, but pick up tickets before the performance

Yucatan Living Movie: The Key to the Laundry Room
(France 2013) In building number 85 on Lausanne St. in Genève (Switzerland ) , the key to the laundry is more than a simple key to open the door, is the encounter between an order and the life of the inhabitants of these apartments. The laundry room is located at the entrance of the building, becomes the perfect setting for a human comedy. In French, we think, 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

Yucatan Living Movie: Inception
(USA 2010) A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
Important women of the Yucatan. George Ann Huck.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 6 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

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 Movie: Balad and The Great Ecstasy
(Germany 1976/1984) BALLAD OF LITTLE SOLDIER . Half MISURA fighters , in Sandinista Nicaragua , are children. Little soldiers in combat who find time to sing.
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner . It is the story of an incredible athlete and sculptor. Werner Herzog retrara the best moments of weightlessness Swiss Walter Steiner In German 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 Movie: The Leopard Man
(USA 1943) A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy new Mexico town. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
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 Game
(USA 1997) Wealthy San Francisco financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Dance Count Dracula in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Dance: Count Dracula
This is a dance performance by the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 y 59, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free, but pick up tickets before the performance

Yucatan Living Sacbe: Regional Circuit for Performing Arts: Requiem for an Alcavaran
This is a theater performance in Spanish. However, we suspect that it is going to be a wonderful show even if some in the audience do not understand the language. The performance is by the Transnational Performing Arts Company of Oaxaca and it will be well worth attending.
Location: Tapano Centro Cultural, Calle 46 x 68, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment love and tenderness emerge. In Serbian 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

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 16 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Life from the beginnig of the planet. In Spanish
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Panic Room
(USA 2002) A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house’s safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Offical Holiday to commemorate the Mexican Revolution

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Sat. 15 | The Leopard Man
Thu. 20 | The ghost ship
Fri. 21 | Friday 13
Saturday. 22 | Let Me In (Déjame entrar Jue)
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
18 | Trío Ensueño
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh – November 23
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series: October – March
• November 15: Important women of the Yucatan. George Ann Huck.
• November 22: The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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 Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The incumbent may manage conservation data, participate in planning process, develop project packages, and will maintain files records. May include collecting, assembling and analyzing various types of data and assisting in the production of reports. Work will be based in an office setting, but some field work may be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct work of office volunteers or interns.
  • Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • May assist with program budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Makes day to day decision as delegated by the supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High school diploma and 6 months of related experience
Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR and driver’s license).
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 year related work experience or equivalent of education
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources and work independently.
  • Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases, create reports and produce manual files.
  • Experience utilizing databases for data entry and report production.
  • Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to position number 42570, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 21, 2014.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp [at] tnc [dot] org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of _**The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process._**

Job Title: Selva Maya Assistant
Job ID: 42570
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Mexico

Find the original job opening by clicking here.

By Working Gringos

Timeshares for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexico

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Merida timeshares are ideal for traveling families because of the spacious living quarters, plush furnishings and multiple bedrooms. They are also very suitable for couples searching for romance due to the doting staff members attending to the guests’ every wish. For a mixture of contemporary and colonial formalities, nothing is quite like the timeshares in Merida. The suites here offer a modern feel with high speed internet and a flat screen TV, but still hold true to the colonial style with high ceilings, mosaic tile floor, and rooftop terraces. These rooms also sleep up to eight people and have on-site amenities like a bar, pool, and restaurant to make your vacation convenient and relaxing.
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Resorts like Hotel El Castellano are great places to stay with favorable location in the heart of Merida and close by key attractions.

Yucatan Region

City theatres, museums, and art events give you full exposure to the culture right outside your door in downtown Merida. In this elegant city you will find restaurants, malls, and a large central market within
walking distance. Most activities of interest are located close to the timeshare resorts in downtown Merida.

If you decide to check out other destinations around the area you can easily take a day trip to many places in Yucatan that can be booked conveniently by the resort concierge service. Some of the trips
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By Khaki Scott

Hanal Pixan Altars in Merida

More than 90 exhibitors set up altars to honor their departed family members in Merida’s Plaza Grande this year. The entire area was inundated with the smell of incense, and the sounds of pre-Hispanic music. Scenes of everyday Maya life were depicted with structures made of wood and guano and small animal pens. Both men and women prayed for peace for the souls of their departed and celebrated their lives with the wonderful foods they so enjoyed. If you have never been to this event, put this on your list to go and see next year. This and the Corredor de Las Almas in L’Ermita on Friday night are two amazing spectacles you cannot see anywhere else.

Progreso Market Bursting With Shoppers

Day of the Dead flower sales in Progreso were a huge economic boon to the market this year. The big shopping day was Friday, so that people could stay home and cook on Saturday, then make their way to the cemeteries on Sunday. But cemeteries were already filled with flowers by the end of Friday. Although Progreso is not unique in its celebration of the Day of the Dead, it is the city in which the cemetery is easy to find and easy to get to, so Progreso’s cemetery is a perfect place to go and see the spirit of the Day of the Dead without all of the crowds in the General Cemetery in Merida. Add this to your list of places to visit during this holiday next year, too!

Trick or Treating in Maxcanu


If that picture won’t melt your heart, nothing will. These little ones have the right idea and are in the best possible place for trick or treating. They live in a small town in western Yucatan, and are too young to be out trick or treating after dark. Instead, their teachers escorted them to the local market, where they promptly cleaned up on candy and other treats. Never mind that house-to-house foolishness. Get all of those people in one place, in the market, already in the mood for shopping, and knowing that they have a little cash in their pockets – and the rest can be trick-or-treating magic. We know that no one could possibly refuse these kids. They are simply too cute. How do we feel about the influx of Halloween into the Yucatan? Well, let’s not get started on that. Let’s just enjoy it all, and anticipate that like everything else in the Yucatan, this holiday will eventually become some mezcla of the two!

Merida Bans Cockfights and Shows that Use Animals

This week, the Cabildo in Merida banned all torneos de lazo, cockfights, and shows that use animals. This news is no surprise, but it has been a long time coming. It is not lost on anyone that continued events that cause harm to animals have a negative influence on both tourism and recruiting environmentally-responsible industries to Yucatan State. This is a very emotional topic to almost everyone, no matter which side of the argument one takes. We tend to come down on the side of the animals and are thrilled to finally see the end to animal exploitation, at least within the boundaries of our adopted home.

Cemetery Mosquito Control

When the weather turns cold, the problem of mosquitoes usually goes away. Unfortunately, that is not the case at the present time. Insead, mosquitoes are searching for a warm place to breed and are trying to find it near the doors and windows of homes, as well as in the warm concrete paths of cemeteries. In order to alleviate this problem, municipalities fumigated the cemeteries in advance of Day of the Dead activities. However, this does not mean that visitors can throw caution to the wind. This is a time to wear long-sleeved shirts and wear mosquito repellent. Although the incidence of such diseases as dengue fever have dropped, the holidays are not a time to tempt fate. Everyone needs to continue all activities related to denying mosquitoes a place to breed.

Weather: Wet, Cold and Windy Plus Flu

Norte Number Nine arrived in Yucatan with 10 C (50 F) degree winds and rain. These are brief incidents of weather in the tropics, but they are enough to disrupt the ebb and flow of daily life. Harbors are closed, which grinds the fishing industry to a halt, and the incidence of weather-related illness is on the rise. So far, 210 cases of flu have been confirmed and five people have died of complications related to flu, so this is a very serious issue. It has been announced that more nortes than usual are expected this winter, and people are being asked to please be sure to get a flu shot. The best advice, in addition to getting a flu shot, is still to eat well, sleep well, and stay out of the weather if possible. After all, “This is Yucatan” and the weather will soon be beautiful again.

Crime Prevention: Civil and Social Organizations Partner with State

New reforms in the Justice Department of the State of Yucatan are coming out all the time now, as lawmakers pass and implement them one at a time. This week, it was announced that Yucatan is the first state in the country to partner with the Citizens Network for Monitoring of Preventive Measures to ensure that human rights are being respected for all prisoners and defendants. Further investigation showed that this is not the only citizen group that signed a cooperative agreement with the state. In fact, such organizations as Alcoholics Anonymous and a variety of addiction and rehabilitation centers, plus mental health and youth organizations also signed on to the agreement. What this looks like is that the citizens of Yucatan are being given a vested interest in maintaining the peace and tranquility of the state and that they are more than ready to show the world how one responsibly creates and maintains a very low crime rate. We have complete faith in their ability to succeed.

Future Farmers and Ranchers in Yucatan

…and while adults all over the world are fussing and fighting over one political stance and then another, the young people of Yucatan keep forging ahead into a future they will own. Such is certainly the case with these three young men: Jairo Torres Valdes, Elmer Tun Arana and Marcos Poot Parra. Each is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Technology Center for Agriculture No. 118 in Oxkutzcab, and all three will be attending a university in Costa Rica on four year scholarships. Their tuition will be free but their families must pay for their living expenses. They will be majoring in Agriculture and Livestock Management. The Bachelor of Technology Center for Agriculture No. 118 in Oxkutzcab says its success in producing three of the four scholarship winners is that it teaches both theory and practice as it is related to agriculture and livestock management.

Missing Ship Found Off Veracruz Coast

In late August, the Cuauhtemoc X, a small fishing vessel, disappeared while fishing in the waters off the coast of Yucatan. There were only two men on board, the captain and one crew member. An all out search by civilian and military resources failed to turn up any trace of the Cuauhtemoc X or its crew. This past week, the ship was found semi-sunk 35 miles out from Tuxpan, Veracruz. There is still no trace of the crew.

Xmatquil State Fair Begins This Friday

The 2014 Fair at Xmatquil will begin on Friday, November 7 and will run through Sunday, November 30. Admission is $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. Free public transportation will be provided from the city to the fairgrounds. Over 1,800 shows and events will take place during those short three weeks. For a full listing of events, please see Yucatan Living’s Events.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting November 03, 2014

X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 03, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Tuesday (Martes) November 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Frankenstein
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Trio Inspiracion
As always and excellent group playing Yucatan’s Trova.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Canoa
(Mexico 1976) A group of students take a bus to go to a small town, in order to finish a professional practice. All of them are friends, and they decide to sing some modern songs, while the other passengers are trying to sleep. One of the passengers gets angry and shouts “stop rowing”, so they shut up. But when they arrive in the town, and after knowing the incident, everybody treats them as if they were criminals. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) November 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Gremio to begin Week Long Festival
There will be a gremio (procession) in the seaside town of Telchac Puerto to herald the beginning of a week-long traditional festival in honor of San Diego Alcala.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 11:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Metamorphosis
(USA 2008) Based on ‘Frank Kafka”s Metamorphose story, the documentary presents 2 metamorphosis of the present society: anorexia, as an disruption of our self-perception; depression, as an isolating illness ; and physically handicapped conditions, as mobility problems. 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 Music: International Choir Festival
Singer Children from Yucatan and Orquesta Tipica Infantil along with Choral Red from Yucatan are present on the opening of the 2014 International Choir Festival taking place in Yucatan from November 05 to the 10th.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Cendres
(France 2009) Exiled from her country since her husband’s murder ten years earlier, Judith lives in Marseille with her three children. After having refused to see her family for years, Judith, in spite of her fears and secrets, allows herself to be influenced by her children’s wishes and accepts an invitation to their cousin’s wedding. They set off to spend a summer in the old country, discovering their roots and their past. But Judith’s return revives old hatreds between rival clans. In French 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

 

Thursday (Jueves) November 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Telchac Puerto Mass
Mass at the corner of Calle 29 and Calle 24 in Telchac Puerto, as part of a week-long traditional festival in honor of San Diego Alcala.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 7:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMusic: Nights in Paris
The performance of the musical group “Night in Paris” will be a delight for everyone present since the group has with a French star, singer Priscillia Urroz. Admission is free, so expect a crowd. “Nights in Paris” is a musical ensemble of the Vienna Music & Art Academy-Yucatán. (This group will also be playing in Telchac Puerto next Monday)
Location: French Alliance in Merida, C 117 x 23 and 24 col. Mexico
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Los Romanticos
Romantic music for the soul.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Thing from Another World
(USA 1951) Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. This must be in English, most likely with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Casa
(France 2011) Before the family home is sold, the filmmaker decides to film their memories and the sorrows that still inhabit the place where his father died some years ago. In French, we think, 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) November 07 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Diente por Diente
(Mexico 2012) Pablo Kramsky, a crime reporter for a tabloid newspaper is the victim of a home invasion. A colleague offers him a gun for self-defense, and this leads Kramsky to kill a person when he feels endangered. Kramsky is not brilliant at his job, but when he writes an article about a possible vigilante taking justice into his own hands, he gains the recognition of his superior and the admiration of his coworkers. Thus, Kramsky repeats the formula, committing crimes and writing about them, creating a crime fighting national hero. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living X’matkuil State Fair: November 7 – November 30
These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico right now.
Location: Fairgrounds at Xmatkuil, south of Merida.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
Admission: $15 pesos, $30pesos parking

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Laughs
(USA 1928) When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday (Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22)
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Temporada XXII: Program 5. 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, feature OSY’s bright harpist Ruth Bennett, and the cheerful and energetic Russian Seventh Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday. Must be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Movie: Klip
(Serbia 2012) Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life of the postwar generation in Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment love and tenderness emerge. In Serbian 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

Yucatan Living Vaquería Dance
This traditional dance will be presented in the corridors of City Hall as part of a week-long traditional festival in honor of San Diego Alcala. Providing music will be the Victor Soberanis Orchestra and the Medardo Kantunial Gamboa Orchestra. They will also present the ambassador to the festival, Graciela Ortega Fesyejos Tamayo, age 17, a student at Cobay.
Location: Telchac Puerto
Time: 10:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida English Library – Saturday Lecture Series
November 8: Three interesting & easy day-trips from Merida. George McClellan.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 6 y 68
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday
Admission: free

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan, A.C. Begins Fifth Season With Mozart’s Don Giovanni
This organization was created as a non-profit civil association to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. Their objectives are purely educational and cultural.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: 11:30 Opera Talk, 12:00 PM Video begins
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Event Taurino
Comic bullfighting will be presented, along with a lot more shenanigans, no doubt.
Location: The lot on Calle 22, opposite Temple Sinai, Telchac Puerto
Time: 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Transformación del Mundo en Música
(Germany 1996) The Opera Festival Bayreuth transforms for a few days, the entire city in music, and also, in a more humane and perhaps less Wagnerian site. Walking the scenes of the opera, Herzog travels orchestral universe and confirms his theory: the opera is another world. Part of a simple but important thing: make the world music. In German 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 Movie: The Curse of Frankenstein
(UK 1957) Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended. Probably in English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: The Magic of the Movies
This event includes a three course dinner followed by one of the famous Zamna quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM, Saturday
Admission: Tickets are $150 pesos and are available from hotel reception.
More Information: call (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
(USA 2011) Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Party Girl
(France 2014) An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. In French 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 LivingDancing!
Dancing in the streets… everyone is invited. Live music!
Location: Opposite the Municipal Palace, Telchac Puerto
Time: 10:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo), November 09 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Prehistoric Life
Life from the beginnig of the planet. In Spanish
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan and Spain in Music
Spanish and Yucatecan Music together in a wonderful event. Get ready to listen to some Zarzuela!!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 and 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Temporada XXII: Program 5. 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, features OSY’s bright harpist Ruth Bennett, and the cheerful and energetic Russian Seventh Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Sunday: 12:30 PM, must be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

Yucatan Living Event Taurino
Comic bullfighting will be presented. Great bullfighting involving Papadzul and Moloch Wiros, directly from Channel 13
Location: The lot on Calle 22, opposite Temple Sinai, Telchac Puerto
Time: 4:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The social network
(USA 2010) Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) November 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Art Show: Los Pinceles de la García
Art show from local artists living in Colonia García Ginerés.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Concert
Enjoy the beautiful Yucatan Classic Quintet concert “Gala Musical Yucateca” by the Vienna Music & Art Academy – Yucatan. They will be accompanying the tenor Miguel Mena, under the direction of Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: The Municipal Auditorium, The Colosito, in Telchac Puerto
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Sat. 15 | The Leopard Man
Thu. 20 | The ghost ship
Fri. 21 | Friday 13
Saturday. 22 | Let Me In (Déjame entrar Jue)
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
11 | Trío K’aay Ta’an
18 | Trío Ensueño
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VI Anniversary: SoHo Galleries’ Back to Cuba Exhibition Friday, November 14
Meet the artist: Jorge Jacas Vivanco, enjoy the works of Sandra Dooley Medina, toast the artists with Cuban drinks, and enjoy the gourmet delights made by Anita, the Sausage Lady.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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 Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition- November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh – November 23
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan Living “My Sister’s Closet” 5th Annual Fashion Show: At the Hop – January 29
The Fashion Show Committee needs your gently used, summer clothing for the Boutique. Even one outfit will help Little by little we “fill the closet” from which we choose the 36 model outfits, selling the rest to the 180 women who attend. If you have clothing to donate please contact these wonderful volunteers: Chelem: Frances Cummings cummings_fh [at] yahoo [dot] ca, Chuburna: Chris Parkin ucatanchris [at] gmail [dot] com, Progreso: Diane Clinton dminerdc [at] gmail [dot] com, Chicxulub: Karen Cloutier klcloutier [at] hotmail [dot] com. Without this clothing, the event, in support of El Programa de Apoyo Escolar de Chuburná Puerto, would not happen. Thanks on behalf of the students and their families
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series October – March
• November 8: Three interesting & easy day-trips from Merida. George McClellan.
• November 15: Important women of the Yucatan. George Ann Huck.
• November 22: The history of chocolate in Mexico. Presenter to be confirmed.
• November 29: US Thanksgiving weekend. No program.
• December 6: Birding in the Yucatan. Cherie Pittillo.
• December 13: Justo Sierra O’Reilly – 19th century Yucatecan writer. James Gunn.
• December 20 (Winter Solstice): What are labyrinths, how are they used? Offsite; attendance limited to 15 persons. Dan Karnes.
• December 27: Christmas weekend. No program.
• January 3: New Year’s weekend. No program.
• January 10: Popol Vuh – the Maya creation story and more. Miguel Angel Vergara.
• January 17: Writers’ Workshop. John Gray.
• January 24: The history of the Yucatan-Cuba connection. Peter Johnson.
• January 31: Mexican history: A hero and a villain: Juarez and Diaz. George Ashley.
• February 7: Eldercare Choices in the US. Catherine Hawes & Charles Phillips.
• February 14: Valentine’s Day & Carnival weekend. No program.
• February 21: MEL Artist Studio Tour. No lecture.
• February 28: Mexican wines – discussion and limited tasting. Elliot Diaz. Attendance limited. Admission 100 pesos.
• March 7: TBA
• March 14: TBA
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Most lectures are free, some have a nominal fee

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival – February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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

Hammock Boutique

Hammock Boutique is not just a hammock company. They see themselves as “an instrument of change in our home region looking at transforming the lives of the weavers and to provide opportunities for their children.”

Hammocks in Merida

Hammock Boutique operates out of a retail store on Calle 65 in Merida’s historic centro. From there, Constantino and Josefina Urzaiz run what has become an international operation of selling hammocks. Constantio and Josefina are Josefina and Constantino of Hammock Boutique in Merida Yucatanbrother and sister, born and raised in Merida. They operate their business with a global outlook, conscious of the effect that they can have on the world around them by running that business in a sustainable, holistic way that empowers the people they work with.

For the over ten years that they have been running Hammock Boutique, Josefina and Constantino have been promoting Yucatecan hammocks and the techniques and workmanship of hammock weaving around the world. HammockBoutique operates as a business cooperative. The company provides over 500 weavers in villages throughout the Yucatan Peninsula with the materials to weave the hammocks. Based on demand and current styles, they suggest colors to the weavers, who make the hammocks in their own homes. Each hammock is a unique work of craftsmanship, created by a unique individual. The hammocks sold at Hammock Boutique are made by people Christmas in Yucatan with Hammock Boutiquesupplementing their family income and working out of their own homes. The weavers do not need to invest in supplies in order to start working and they are able to enjoy working from home, where they can still care for their children and even teach their children the Maya art of hammock weaving. They work at their own pace and deliver the finished product when it is ready to a Hammock Boutique representative who comes to their village to pick up the completed hammocks.

The hammocks are inspected for quality, and are then stored in Hammock Boutique’s warehouse in downtown Merida, ready to be shipped to customers around the world. If you come to Merida and are looking to buy an authentic, handmade hammock of the highest quality, come to Hammock Boutique where you can choose from an amazing selection. Buy a hammock in the colors and weave of your choice to take home or keep in your home in Merida. Hammock Hammocks stored at Hammocks Boutique in Merida Yucatan MexicoBoutique has thousands of hammocks to choose from and more arriving every day.

Hammocks Around the World

Not only does Hammock Boutique sell hammocks in Merida, but they also ship these same hammocks around the world. Their website, www.hammockboutique.com, makes it easy to order from the different types of hammocks that they provide. Choose from single, double, queen or king-sized hammocks. Or get a jumbo hammock! You can buy a regular nylon hammock, a thick-cord hammock, or one made from mercerized cotton. You can get a woven hammock or a crocheted one. You can get a Yucatan-style hammock or an American-style hammock. Hammock Boutique also sells both hanging hammock chairs and wooden hammock chairs, hammock packages (that come with ropes and a hammock saver), as well as wooden vamp chairs and hammock mosquito nets. Hammock Boutique ships hammocks and other accessories around the world using FedEx.

Prices and More

Hammock prices at Hammock Boutique are based on weight. For example, a small hammock that weighs .09 kg costs $348 pesos, tax included. A larger thick-cord hammock costs $638 pesos. At Hammock Boutique, you know you will be paying a fair price and your purchase helps the people of Yucatan maintain an independent lifestyle without having to leave their homes and villages.

Hammock Boutique is a certified B CorporationWhen you shop at Hammock Boutique, you can also be assured that this is a company that works hard to maintain business practices that empower their workers and improve the planet. Hammock Boutique is a certified B Corporation.

About Hammock Boutique

Address: Calle 65 No. 510 Loc. 2 x 62 y 64, Col Centro C.P. 97000, Mérida Yucatán México
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 7 pm. Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.
Mexico Phone: +52 (999) 924 0440
USA Phone: +1 (202) 817-3979
Email: info [at] hammockboutique [dot] com
Website: www.hammockboutique.com

By Working Gringos

AANY Arte e Mano crafts fair in Merida Yucatan

Arte A Mano, Merida Craft Show

Holiday shopping is off to an earlier than usual start with the biggest and best ever craft show, ARTE A MANO, sponsored by AANY, AC (Amigos de los Artistas/Artesanos Nuevos de Yucatán)! For the first time the show will open on Friday, November 14 from 5-9 PM. The show will also be open on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, and the hours are 10 AM-7 PM. Once again the show will be held at CANACO, Avenida Itzaes and Calle 31, 3 blocks south of the Clinica de Mérida.

Over 75 craft artists will present work in all media and 20 new participants will be featured. All year long the selection committee of AANY has scoured the three states of the Yucatán to find the best craft artists of the Yucatan Peninsula. A few of our new artists are Adriana Castrejon of Mérida, presenting contemporary ceramic planters in all sizes and shapes (for those in the renovation process, take note of these for your garden!); Arsenio Manzanero of Ditzya, master stone carver who specializes in rustic birdbaths, benches and tables; Carlos Ordaz Solis of Valladolid, who makes sculptural orchid arrangements; Daniel de la Cruz of Chetumal, will introduce his amazing model boats; Lourdes Castillo Gonzalez of Ticul, is introducing a new line of striking vessels and planters and Martin Francisco Pech Ancona of Izamal, is a true folk artist who creates whimsical birds and animals of coconut shells – to name just a few.

AANY Arte e Mano crafts fair in Merida YucatanOf course AANY followers will have a chance to reconnect with many familiar artists presenting new work. As always, the craft art at Arte A Mano includes a combination of high quality traditional work and work by studio artists. The range of work available can enhance decorating needs, garden accessories, jewelry and accessories and all of your holiday gift buying dilemmas can be solved at this show. There is work in all media and all price ranges. And here you can buy a gift for someone that you can guarantee no one else will have!

AANY was founded in 2009, and the first one-day Arte e Mano show featured 22 artists and an attendance of 450 people. Who could have thought that the shows now feature over 75 artists and are attended by 3-4,000 people!

The show this year coincides with Buen Fín, the national holiday sales promotion. Many of the AANY artists will present some specially priced work as a Buen Fín promotion. Yes, there may be some traffic issues but visiting Arte A Mano will be well worth the effort. Buying handmade crafts directly from the artist is a lot more fun than buying a refrigerator! Visa and MasterCard will be accepted by most artists. AANY, AC is a Mexican non-profit run by volunteers from both the foreign and local communities. All sales profits are retained by the artists and for many the sales at ARTE A MANO represent a major source of income for the year. Additionally, retailers from all over the Peninsula attend the shows to find new sources for their stores and galleries.

Visit AANY.org or AANY, AC on Facebook for further information.

The Chelem Elves

The Christmas trees are springing up in the stores and, before you know it, you’re going to find yourself humming “Jingle Bells”, even though Christmas is still almost two months away. Everywhere you go, people are grumbling. “It’s not even Halloween, or Día de los muertos, yet, I don’t even want to think about Christmas.” Or, “There should be law against playing Christmas music in the stores before the first of December”. There’s one group you won’t hear complain, though, they’re the Chelem Elves and they think about Christmas 365 days a year.

The Chelem Elves emerged in the Yucatan six years ago from a handful of newly arrived strangers from the North. Tired of working all their lives in the cold, dark winters of their homes, they were ready to kick back and relax on the sunny beaches of the Yucatan and enjoy the fruits of their labors and just take it easy. Until one day, while enjoying a few of the local beverages and comparing their CFE bills that had been tossed over the walls of their compounds, they glanced up to see a child pulling another child down the sandy dirt road on a piece of cardboard. A makeshift sleigh, so to speak. They looked at the date on their bills and realized with a start that Christmas was right around the corner, the year round sunshine had caused their sun-soaked brains to lost track of time, but now, as they watched the children playing in the streets, they realized it was time to get back to work. Because if they didn’t, many of the children who lived in the town they now called home would not receive a toy for Christmas. In fact, many of them had probably never received a shiny new toy on Christmas Day, or any other day, for that matter, and the new Elves felt the situation needed to be rectified immediately. While the Elves recognized that there were other important needs that needed to be addressed in their new communities, they also remembered how a simple toy brought a wealth of joy and magic to their own childhoods, and they decided a childhood without joy and magic wasn’t much of a childhood at all.

And so the Chelem Elves were born.

Chelem children enjoying a visit from Santa Claus in YucatanThe new band of Elves went right to work and managed to gather enough money to buy toys for the children of the neediest families of Chelem that first Christmas. It was all well-intentioned, but as Santa was delivering the toys, word spread and soon Santa’s own makeshift “sleigh”, a pick-up truck with Santa perched in the back, was being chased through the streets by crowds of children. Unfortunately, there were not enough toys for all of them, and the Chelem Elves made a promise, then and there, that they would never let that happen again. It was declared that every year, every child in Chelem would receive a toy from the Chelem Elves, and, henceforth, it would no longer be a charity toy drive, instead it would be a gratitude toy drive, a chance for the new citizens of Chelem to show their appreciation to the native citizens for the welcome they had extended to us, their new neighbors.

There are many myths surrounding the Chelem Elves. Some people believe that the Chelem Elves are a small secretive band of little people with pointed ears and curly-toed shoes who work day and night throughout the year to bring toys from the far reaches of the North Pole to the children of Chelem. That could be true. It might also be true that the Chelem Elves come in many shapes and sizes and can be found in the least likely of places. You might find them running a fancy hotel on the Riviera de Maya or behind the stove of your favorite local restaurant. They may be the man delivering plants to your home or the shop owner selling you a beautiful leather purse. They like to play bingo and buy raffle tickets, but they also like to give their time and money just because it makes them feel good. It doesn’t take any special skills, anyone can become an elf, all you have to do is want to make a child smile. In fact, you may already be an elf, without knowing it.

Another myth about the Chelem Elves is that they only bring toys to the Children of Chelem, but in truth, they also provide toys to the special needs children of the Progreso Unit of Basic Rehabilitation and the children who suffer from AIDS in Merida. Every year, if there are toys left over, and there always is, the Elves offer them to other groups who might need them. They could keep them until the following year, but the Elves believe if they’ve been blessed with a surplus that’s a sign that they should share what they’ve been given. Therein lies the true joy and magic of Christmas, it’s all in the giving.

The Chelem Elves hold several fundraisers throughout the year. The most popular fundraisers are the Bingo/Raffle Extravaganzas that are held several times a year in which the bingo profits are split between the bingo winners and the toy drive. The Elves have been very fortunate in attracting hundreds of associate elves with big hearts who donate stays at hotels and resorts all across the Yucatan Peninsula, arts and craft work from local artists and artisans, free dinners at the several area restaurants, and a variety of services from area businesses to be used as raffle prizes. Every single prize is donated.

Details, Details

With Christmas only two months away, the Chelem Elves are scurrying around doing our best to make sure that once again this year all of their kids have a toy. In November, they will be holding two fundraisers to finish up the year. On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Chelem Elves will be holding the Annual Chelem Christmas Dreams Rummage Sale/Pancake Breakfast at 9:00 am at Rico’s Grill-n-Chill on the highway coming into Chelem. The Chelem Elves are accepting donations for the rummage sale, so if you have something that you’re tired of stumbling over, they’d love to take it off your hands. They will pick up items in the surrounding area, including Progreso and Merida.

The Pancake breakfast consists of bacon, scrambled eggs, all-you-can-eat pancakes, and juice or coffee. Tickets are 100 pesos. If you have something you’d like to donate for the rummage sale, if you’d like to donate a service or item as a raffle prize for an upcoming fundraiser, if you’d like to get some raffle tickets, or if you’d just like to find out how you can become a Chelem Elf or perhaps start a toy drive in your village or neighborhood, the elves would love to talk to you. Please call Mary Reid at 999 137 3521, Sherri Sullivan at 999 227 1304 or Lisa Lefever at 999 902 6832. Or drop by Rico’s to pick up your tickets for the Pancake Breakfast.

The final fundraiser for the year will be the Chelem Christmas Dreams Sparkly Holiday Bingo/Raffle Extravaganza on Saturday, November 29 at 6:00 pm at the Bull Pen in Chelem. The two feature raffles for this event are a two-night stay at the swanky 5th Avenue Hotel in Playa del Carmen and a one night stay at the local favorite, Luz en Yucatan Hotel in Merida. There will be many more raffle prizes as the list always grows in the weeks leading up to the event. For every 25 pesos donation, the Elves will throw one ticket in the raffle of your choice. For a 100 pesos donation, you’ll get five tickets in the pot. Raffle Tickets will be available the night of the fundraiser also.

And finally, Santa hits the square in Chelem at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 17! The Elves can always use some extra hands to give out toys, so come join in on the fun! It’s a magical night!

To make a donation to the Chelem Christmas Dreams Toy Drive visit chelemdreamstoydrive.com/donations/ or email: chelemchristmasdreams [at] gmail [dot] com. To keep track of the Chelem Elves and what they’re up to, please visit the Chelem Christmas Toy Drive Facebook Page.

By Working Gringos

Expats Get Younger

Years ago, we met Donard and Fabienne, an extremely likeable and good-looking couple who moved to Merida about a year after we did. Donard came to Merida as one of the two new owners of Luz in Yucatan, and Fabienne, of course, Homeschoolers having fun in Merida Yucatancame with him. And they brought their children. They were one of the first expatriate couples that we met, in fact, that were younger and most definitely not retired. That was quite a few years ago, and much has changed… not the least of which is that Donard and Fabienne have more children now!

While once it seemed that all the expatriates we knew in Merida was older than us (we moved to Merida in our early fifties…), now it seems that many of the expatriates moving to Merida are younger than us. And many of them are families with children. One of the most common type of inquiries we get here at Yucatan Living, in fact, is about schools and our Schools in Merida article is one of our most well read. So we were delighted to reconnect with Fabienne on the subject of homeschooling when we found out she is spearheading a new group that has formed, the Homeschooler Group of Merida.

Homeschoolers Connect

Fabienne was having breakfast at Monique’s Flow center one day, when she was introduced by Monique to another homeschooler. They discussed that the community of foreigners in Merida, as well as the local Mexicans, would profit from a Homeschooler group. People who choose to homeschool their children do so for many reasons, but one of the concerns they all share is that their children can tend to be isolated since they do not attend school every day. A group of homeschooling parents and children where one could get information and support is a great place to make friends, while also honing children’s social skills. And the parents benefit from connecting too. They can exchange ideas, share fields trips and resources, and avoid isolation themselves.

Homeschooling in Merida

So Fabienne started the Homeschoolers in Merida Group (see a link to their Facebook page below). The group has been meeting once a month at Flow Holistic Center in Merida, and now also has recently started to do field trips. And what better place to do field trips than Yucatan?

Milking Cows along the Ruta de Queso in YucatanThe first field trip took the group along the Ruta de Queso to the Ecohotel Las Aguilas, where the kids milked cows, made cheese and ate delicious pizza. The second field trip was at the Galerias shopping center for some ice skating. The kids had a blast and the parents were able to sit and visit while the kids enjoyed themselves. Plans for future trips include visiting bee keepers, visiting where salt is mined along the coast of Yucatan and going to the Merida airport.

Homeschoolers ice skating in Merida YucatanRight now, Fabienne assures us, the group is very open. Some families are not homeschooling at all, but find that they just enjoy the company of other families, especially on field trips.

Another plus is that there are many different nationalities in the Homeschoolers Group. Fabienne, the founder, is originally from Switzerland and her husband from Ireland. There are American, Canadian, and of course Mexican families who participate as well.

Even if the children attend regular school in Merida, exposure to different families and cultures is a valuable lesson in itself. Carry on, homeschoolers!

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For more information, contact Fabienne via Facebook at Homeschoolers in Merida or by email at fabienneo [at] hotmail [dot] com.

By Working Gringos

Job wanted: Nanny/au pair/home help

Name: Mae Diansangu

Email: mdiansangu [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Work desired: I am available to work as a nanny. This work could also include helping the children with English or Spanish, cooking, cleaning and general household chores. I have experience working with disabled people, so I can also offer help to those who need help in their own homes doing basic tasks for example washing, tidying the house, cooking, grocery shopping etc.

Location: Merida

Qualification/resume: I have now been in Mérida for 3 weeks. I came here as a volunteer helping children and adults learn English in a school and language academy. I have 4 years experience assisting people with physical and learning disabilities, specifically autism and cerebral palsy. I love working with children and have experience teaching English to school children in Ghana. In addition to this I was a live in au pair for a six year old boy in Spain. I consider myself to be reliable, resourceful and dynamic. My past jobs have required me to ensure the health and well being of others while taking care of household tasks such as cooking and cleaning. English is my first language, but I also speak a competent level of Spanish.

Interests: I have always been passionate about performing arts and have been involved in many theatre, dance and musical projects. History, literature and culture are of great interest to me; I enjoy visiting museums and galleries, reading, writing and watching films. Keeping fit and healthy is also important to me. I’m very interested in yoga for both its physical and mental benefits.

By Working Gringos

What is Cook It Raw? And Why Do We Care?

Alessandro Porcelli preparing food in Yucatan for Cook It RawCook It Raw is an annual gathering organized by chef Alessandro Porcelli of internationally recognized and emerging chefs from around the world. The gathering aims to bring them together with food producers, community leaders, academics and cultural leaders to explore the politics of food through four guiding principles: environment, tradition, creativity and collaboration. The program aims to immerse the chefs in a culture, allowing them to examine local food systems, practices and traditions… all of which will, hopefully, be fodder for their creative endeavors in the future.

This year, Cook It Raw came to the Yucatan Peninsula. The program came without a pre-programmed agenda, planning only to be influenced by the people, products and ingredients that they met along the way during numerous field trips. This year of exploration and preparation is coming to a close and to a grand finale of sorts this week in Merida.

Ritual, Tradition and Day of the Dead

Starting October 28, chefs from around the world will gather in Merida for a week of events and programs. They will be focusing on Maya cuisine as it relates to Hanal Pixan, the Maya twist on the celebration of Day of the Dead. Hanal Pixan in Merida Yucatan Celebrating Day of the Dead is a tradition now celebrated throughout Mexico, but it apparently dates back to ancient MesoAmerica. The way Hanal Pixan is celebrated today shows that, like most others here, the traditions have been mixed with those of the Catholic Church to create a unique celebration unlike others in Mexico.

Hanal Pixan is officially a nine day celebration, from October 31 to November 8. Separate feasts are held over eight days, with offerings made to the souls of ancestral children and adults. Hanal Pixan rituals incorporate the Catholic festivities of All Saint’s Day and the Liturgy of Souls, based on the idea that the dead live on in a separate realm from which they come to visit us every year. In Yucatan this week, residents will be preparing their households, cleaning and painting and setting up altars to welcome the dead when they come to visit.

The Maya roots of Hanal Pixan are seen mostly in the types of dishes served for this special occasion. Many of the dishes prepared during this time, including mucbil pollo and chilmole, were mentioned in the Popol Vuh, the Maya “Book of the People”, a sacred text for the Maya culture. In the Popol Vuh, it is apparent that creation and death myths are very tied in to the food of the culture, including the myth that the Maya people were created by God from corn.

Traditional Maya Food

Turkeys in a Yucatan back yardMany of the traditional Maya dishes are made with poultry… originally (and still in smaller, traditional villages) with turkey, but now in Merida mostly with chicken, which was introduced by the Spanish in the 16th Century. It is traditional to include three round mucbil pollos (also known as pibs) on household altars if the deceased is a woman, or four pibs if the deceased is a man. These numbers apparently come from the three-stoned hearth, signifying women, and the four-cornered milpa, traditionally the realm of men. The Cook It Raw program also mentions this, an important thing to keep in mind:

For the ancient and modern Mayan, the dead are never truly gone and remain connected to us throughout our lifetimes. Offerings of food and drink year after year are symbolic of the idea that the place of ancestral burial was in the home, and that the dead continue living with relatives, long after they are gone from this world.

Open cacao pod in YucatanThe Cook It Raw explorations during this past year have also realized the importance of cocoa, known in Maya as ka’kau. They found that there are “several mixtures of cacao described in ancient texts for ceremonial, medicinal and culinary purposes. Some mixtures included maize, chili, vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), peanut butter and honey from the native bee named Xunan-kab (Melipona beecheii), a stingless species.”

Keeping all this in mind, the chefs of Cook It Raw will be gathering together, exploring various parts of the Yucatan and will end their adventure here with cooking their own creations based on what they have learned.

Cook It Raw Yucatan Participants

The participants in this event (with their Twitter handles in parentheses) are:

Chef Albert Adria – Tickets, 41° Experience (@adallo13)
Chef JP McMahon – Aniar, Cava Botega (@mistereatgalway)
Chef Amanda Cohen – Dirty Candy (@dirtcandy)
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne – OXO, McCrady’s (@jjlanghorne)
Chef Will Horowitz – Ducks Eatery (@will_horowitz)
Chef Spike Gjerde – Woodberry Kitchen, Parts and Labor (@spikegjerde)
Chef Justin Leboe – Model Milk (@justinforabite)
Chef Roberto Solis – Nectar in Merida (@nectarmerida)
Marcellus Hall – Illustrator (@MarcellusHall)
Silvia Barbotto – Artist
Alanna Hale – Photographer (@alanna_hale)
Josephine Rozman – Photographer (@j_rozman)
Illegal Mescal (@IllegalMezcal, @skilife027)
Cocina Arte (@cocinarte)
& the MUNCHIES video crew (Bernardo and Will)

Cook It Raw Events

The events of this week begin with a dinner at artist Jorge Pardo’s house, where Alessandro will formally introduce each participant and give an overview of the week. The next day, they will leave early for Xocen, near Valladolid, where Maya Ceremony in Yucatanthey will meet with local farmers Fatimo and Tomas Canul, who have let Alessandro use their milpa to plant local seeds purchased and planted earlier this year. The seeds were purchased at the Valladolid Seed Fair and include watermelon, Chinese bean, cucumber, melon, small pumpkin, lentils, and purple and red corn. The group of chefs will harvest the plantings and use their harvest for the dinners they prepare on November 2nd. While they are at the milpa, they will also participate in a Maya ceremony to thank the Gods for the harvest.

Later that day, the chefs will be introduced to students at Cocina Arte who will be assisting at the cocktail party on November 1st and the final dinner. After work, the participants will celebrate at La Negrita where the owner, Patricia Martin, will introduce the world of Mezcal, followed by dinner at Apoala in Santa Lucia.

Maya Yucatan cuisine from Roberto Solis at NectarOther events include a foray to a Tikul cacao plantation, lunch at Principe de Tutul-Xiu in Mani, breakfast at the new Wayan’e in Mejorada, private parties, a trip to Sisal to meet with local fishermen, lunch at Ku’uk where chef Mario Espinosa uses his home-grown herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruits, dinner at Nectar whose chef, Roberto Solis, worked with Alessandro at Noma in Copenhagen, and of course, attendance at the Hanal Pixan festivities in Ermita on Friday night.

There are two events (on November 1st and 2nd) where the chefs will finally prepare food of their own creation based on what they have seen and learned. Those events are open to the public and you can find out more about them in our Merida events listing this week. During those events, guests can enjoy an art exhibit curated by locals John Powell and Josue Ramos, which will feature work from local and international artists including Marcela Diaz, Joseph Kurhajec, Guillermo Olguin Mitchell and Silvia Barbotto.

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Follow Cook It Raw!
Twitter: @cookitraw / #mayanraw ‪ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Instagram: cookitraw

Yucatan Living (@YucatanLiving) will be also retweeting Cook It Raw information.

The Cocina Arte cooking school in Merida, Yucatan.

Read about our first encounter with mucbil pollo.

Read about Hanal Pixan in Merida.

Read an interview with Alessandro Porcelli for Yucatan Living.

By Khaki Scott

New Archaeological Site Found in Merida


As the City of Merida expands and remodels, more than one area has revealed pre-hispanic Mayan ruins. Such was the case just two weeks ago when, while excavating for the building of a new section of Fraccionamiento “Los Héroes,” on the east side of the city, the work revealed the largest pre-hispanic funeral complex ever found. The new find consists of 72 burial urns of various sizes, along with several jars that contain human remains, in four buildings that surround a large central patio. Because the remains of infants and unborn babies are located within an area that is obviously the remains of a small pyramid, the site is thought to be from the Tardio Early Classic Period, which was from 600 AD to 900 AD. DNA studies are already getting underway. The quality of the pottery and burial urns found here shows that the people who were buried in this site were from the upper classes. Remains found at the site prove that the Maya cremated their dead. There is no doubt but that this new find will renew interest in the pre-hispanic city of Ichcaansihó. Needless to say, the area is now being protected and will be developed as a new archaeological site.

Getting Ready for Day of the Dead


Individual families are completing their maintenance and upkeep of graves across the State of Yucatan. Two hundred new burial vaults have been built throughout the towns and villages in the Municipality of Merida alone. Maintenance crews have almost completed their annual tree trimming and sidewalk maintenance. Members of the Public Service Commission are making their rounds and declaring the cemeteries, one by one, to be ready for Dia de Muertos. It is time for everyone to stop and reflect on those who have gone before and their importance in maintaining the strength of the family. We hope everyone who lives in Yucatan has a wonderful weekend and that our visitors will come away with a new sense of what this holiday means to families across Mexico and beyond. They may even perhaps adopt this very meaningful tradition as one of their own.

Aguinaldo News: Early Partial Payment

In Mexico, the Aguinaldo is an annual Christmas bonus that businesses are required by law to pay to employees. The aguinaldo is at least the equivalent of 15 days wages and may be pro-rated if the employee has been with the company less than a full year. The aguinaldo must be paid by December 20. This year, Federal employees will receive an early payout of 33% of their Aguinaldo, while State and Municipal employees will receive 25% so they can get an early start on their Christmas shopping. Retirees will get 50% of their annual bonus early. This huge infusion of cash will come during Buen Fin (Good Weekend), which will be held November 14 – 17 this year. Estimates are that the economic benefit to Yucatan alone is expected to involve 10,000 businesses and services and add over $6 billion pesos to the economy this year. Just one month later, by December 20, the remainder of the Christmas bonuses will be paid. Much of that will go into getting homes ready to begin the New Year with their homes cleaned, repaired, and with the fresh coat of paint that will bring good luck throughout the coming year. We suspect that this early partial payment of the aguinaldo is enough to ensure that everyone will have happy holidays in Yucatan in 2014.

Parque de Energía Solar Inaugurated in Merida

With the grand opening of the Solar Energy Park in Yucatan, La Lupita (the snack company), became the first business at the state and national level to now produce 100% of the electricity they need to operate and expand their business. They were able to do this with a grant from the State’s Entrepreneur Fund. What brings home the extended value of this particular solar power park is knowing that, in terms of environmental impact, its very existence is equal to planting more than 16,000 trees. It is particularly heartening to know that the current administration feels a responsibility to invest in projects like this in order to create conditions that will help companies grow and create new jobs. This solar park project began just eleven months ago, with an investment from Yucatan of $13 million pesos. The plant will serve the entire Yucatan Peninsula and its total cost was $30 million pesos.

DNA Research to Protect Mexican Turkey Branding

In Mexico, turkey consumption is approximately two kilograms per year per person. In Yucatan, that figure rises to five kilograms per year per person. The major producing states of this popular meat include Chihuahua (24%), Yucatan (21%), and the states of Mexico and Puebla with 11% each. The major reason for the popularity of turkey here is that turkeys elsewhere have been exposed to genetic modification and their meat tends to be hard, dry and tasteless now. The opposite is true of Mexican turkeys, which now hold a unique place in the world for genetic purity and quality of meat in the marketplace. With the new push on for rural, backyard gardening, especially in states like Chiapas and Campeche, it is now necessary to conduct genetic research to insure that the rural, small producers are able to maintain the genetic purity of the Mexican turkeys that will help to lift them out of poverty. They want to continue to preserve the wild turkeys that often interact with these backyard birds. The Mexican turkey has been a breed apart for over 500 years and we now have the tools to ensure that they survive and thrive throughout Mexico.

First Anniversary of Conalep in Your Community


How many times have we seen government programs, all over the world, that do not meet the realistic needs of the populations they hope to serve? Such is not the case with a program developed by students in Yucatan’s National College of Professional Technical Education Planning. Almost one year ago, they set out to offer the population free comprehensive health care, vehicle repair, appliance repair, haircuts, computer classes, eye exams and more. Students operate the program under the supervision of their teachers. The areas served are all in vulnerable populations in outlying municipalities of Yucatan. The goal is to bring services that will allow entire communities to move forward. The one year assessment shows that more than 5,000 individuals have benefited from Conalep in Your Community which, in turn, is a direct benefit to their families and to their communities. As these students begin their second year of service, Yucatan Living would like to congratulate each and every one of them, as well as their teachers, for seeing the real need and finding a way to meet it. These students are the future leaders of Yucatan and we believe she is in good hands.

Merida Now Has Chinese Sister City


Chinese legislators, along with officials from the Provincial Committee of the People’s Political Consulatative Conference of China, and a delegation of authorities from the Province of Anhui, China, arrived in Merida to sign the documents that “twin” the cities of Merida and Anhui. Anhui is located just to the west of Shanghai and lies across the basins of the Yangtze and Huai Rivers. This gives Anhui as unique a position, near the coast of China, as Merida enjoys near the coast of Yucatan. The Province of Anhui, with a population 59.68 million, has a few more people than the Municipality of Merida, but outlying areas show the same tranquility we find here. To see more of Merida’s new twin city, visit Anhui Travel.

The Evolution of Mayan Gastonomy

While expats and visitors were taking advantage of hundreds of entertainment events during the International Festival of Mayan Culture (FICMaya) 2014, others were attending almost non-stop academic conferences and presentations. One of the papers presented was “Notes on the History of the Peninsular Kitchen,” by Jose Ortiz Lanz. This paper shows that the cuisines in Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo were all basically similar prior to the arrival of the Spanish, but each had its unique differences based on location, and that none of these kitchens included either tortillas or chili. The object of studying the pre-hispanic Mayan kitchen is to ensure the preservation of the original culture, to help in an understanding of the Maya’s place in the world, and to understand overall human development around the world. One recent conversation among expats was concerned with whether or not there is information regarding pre-hispanic Mayan humor. Perhaps we will learn more from FiCMaya this year or next. In any case, the research that comes out of this important international festival is extremely valuable and Merida is lucky to have the resources necessary to be the host of the International Festival of Mayan Culture (FicMaya).

SodaStream Comes to Mexico


That SodaStream has finally come to Mexico is great news for those of our expats who are unashamedly addicted to carbonated drinks. According to the advertisements, SodaStream is capable of significant reductions in the number of calories per glass, as well as in the price of carbonated drinks. Beginning now, SodaStream and the supplies necessary to operate it will be on sale throughout Mexico in major department store chains and convenience stores. Models sold in Mexico will be Jet, Genesis, and Source. There can be no doubt but that this inexpensive alternative to bottled drinks will find a willing and waiting market in Mexico.

Criminals on the Run: Yucatan is Not an Option

We hear, all the time, about how safe it is in Yucatan. The bad guys hear it too and some decide that Yucatan will make a great place to hide from law enforcement. Some are small-time crooks who are caught as they attempt to ply their trade in Yucatan. Others are “big fish,” who are caught living peacefully in the better neighborhoods in Merida and even sending their children to private school here. The operative word in all of this is “caught.” The SSP, the Mexican Army, and the Attorney General in Yucatan all work with the FBI, the CIA, and all major law enforcement agencies around the world to ensure that Yucatan is soon rid of any criminals who attempt to come here and hide in the peace and tranquility of the state. More on the stories of drug traffickers, fugitives from other countries, and even terror suspects who were caught hiding in Yucatan, can be found online in Milenio Novedades.

Winter hours is here

Yesterday, we all turned back our clocks… did you? Winter has officially begun in the Yucatan.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 27, 2014

Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
The big event this week starts on Friday. Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!

X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection. Why Egypt? No idea…
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: Opens at 10 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Monday
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova Grupo Cafe Canela
This is a new group to many of us, so we are excited to see who they are.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Santa Sangre
(Mexico 1989) A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Stop the Pounding Heart
(USA 2013) The parents, Leanne and Tim, raise their twelve children according to a strict interpretation of the Bible, homeschooling them to limit negative influences. It’s an austere life of prayer, work and religious studies at mealtime, with no sign in the house of such standard communication tools as television, computers or telephones. When their daughter Sara meets Colby, a young rodeo rider, she begins to question her upbringing. 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 Merida / Valladolid Combined Chorale Concert
You are cordially invited to attend this combined Merida / Valladolid chorale concert of Latin American music. A complementary reception will follow so that you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the choirs.
Location: Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: When You’re Strange.
(USA 2009) A look at the late ’60s and early ’70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage. In English.
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) October 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
(India 2013) A boat has many powers: to gather a society in its making, to distribute goods, to carry people and ideas across places that, it seems to us, are more different than ever before. From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf is a result of four years of dialogue, friendship and exchange between CAMP, an Indian art collective, and a group of sailors from the Gulf of Kutch. In Arabic with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: M, the Murderer
(Germany 1931). Director: Fritz Lang. Peter Lorre stars as a serial child killer. When is the last time you saw a Peter Lorre movie?
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Rock Route
This performance is under the direction of Thomas Martin. Sounds like rock ‘n roll!
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra Presents Two New Groups
You are cordially invited to attend the concert debut of two professional artistic groups of Vienna Music & Art Academy Yucatán: The Vocal Octet “Franz Joseph Haydn” directed by Maestro. Miguel Angel Medina y Mena and the Fritz Kreisler Chamber Orchestra directed by Maestro José Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: in Cathedral Idelfonso (Merida’s main cathedral), Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Five Broken Cameras
(France 2011) This shocking documentary film shows the life of Emad, a Palestinian farmer, who in 2005 set out to document some of the major acts of resistance that his people held against the advance of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. He used five cameras, which give rise to the title of the film, nominated for an Oscar in 2012. In Hebrew with Subtitles in Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan LivingThe 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. In Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 31 , 2014

Yucatan Living Hanal Pixan in Merida’s Centro
Location: Plaza Grande
10:00 AM: opening ceremony and journey through the sample of altars
5:30 PM: Concert: Los Maya Internacional (wonderful performers!)
18:30 PM: Mock funeral procession from Plaza Grande to Parque de Santa Ana
Location: Parque de Santa Ana
Spectacular Show “Dellrio Theater” artistic program
5:30 PM: Concert: Trio Trovanova
6:30 PM: Dzereco and Nohoch
7:00 PM: “Theatrical Delirium”
8:00 PM: folk dancing with the Night Club Orchestra

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage)
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Paseo de Las Animas (Corridor of the Souls)
Activities, music and much more to celebrate Day of the Dead or Hanal Pixan, as we call it in Yucatan.
Location: From San Juan Park to The Cemetery
Time: 6:00 PM til midnight, Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living Movie: Fausto
(United States, 1926). Director: F.W. Murnau. Starring: Gosta Ekman, Emil Jannings, and Camilla Horn. The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man’s soul.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday ( Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22)
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan LivingMini Marathon of Horror
3 horror movies from Canada, USA and France. Popcorn included and prize for best Halloween costume.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission:$100 pesos

Yucatan 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, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) November 01, 2014

Yucatan LivingHoliday: Day of the Dead

Yucatan Living Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Saturday, November 1
This is Seaside Rotary’s major fundraiser with all event proceeds going to support charitable programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. The tournament will be a non-handicap scramble” with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Do visit their website to see some of the amazing prizes that have been donated by the sponsors.
Location: Grand Coral Rivera Maya Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: carretera federal cancun tulum, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 8:00 AM Saturday
Registration Fee: $1500 pesos/ Golfer, $1200 pesos/ FMG Member, 20% Discount for Foursomes. You may pay with your PayPal, debit or credit card.
Register Online at Seaside Rotary Golf Classic.

Yucatan Living Cook It Raw Hanal Pixan Party
This is a cocktail party for the chefs and artist who are participating in the 3rd and final session of Cook it Raw in Yucatan. The chefs who are coming are Albert Adria from Barcelona, Amanda Cohen from New York, J P McMahon from Galway, Jeremiah Langhorne from Charleston, Will Horowitz from New York, Justin Leboe from Calgary, Spike Gjerde from Baltimore. There will be drinks from Illegal Mezcal from New York and El Negrita/Fundacion Mezcaleria & Apoala from Merida. The event will be filmed for Munchies at vice.com There will also be an exhibition of art including the works of Marcela Diaz, Joseph Kurhajec, Guillermo Olguin Mitchell and Silvia Barbotto curated by John Powell and Josue Ramos to celebrate Hanal Pixan. Tickets available at La Fundacion de los Artistas in advance or at the door.
Location: La Fundacion de los Artistas, Calle 55 #520 x 64 y 62
Time: 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Saturday
Admission: $700 pesos (includes drinks and light food)

Yucatan Living Movie: Lessons from the Darkness
(Germany 1992) An apocalyptic vision featuring the oilwell fires in Kuwait after the Gulf-War, as a whole world burst into flames. This film is stylized as science fiction, as there is not a single shot in which you can recognize our planet. In German 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 Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
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 Artist is Present
(USA 2012) Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk her own life in the process, she has created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved. 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

 

Sunday (Domingo) ,November 02 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
This tour is supported by the City Council of Merida. This will be repeated again on the first Sunday in December.
Location: Self-guided tour of art galleries in Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free + complimentary refreshments provided by gallery owners

Yucatan Living Cook It Raw Hanal Pixan Party
This is a meal prepared by the chefs who are participating in the 3rd and final session of Cook it Raw in Yucatan. The chefs who are coming are Albert Adria from Barcelona, Amanda Cohen from New York, J P McMahon from Galway, Jeremiah Langhorne from Charleston, Will Horowitz from New York, Justin Leboe from Calgary, Spike Gjerde from Baltimore. There will be drinks from Illegal Mezcal from New York and El Negrita/Fundacion Mezcaleria & Apoala from Merida. The event will be filmed for Munchies at vice.com There will also be an exhibition of art including the works of Marcela Diaz, Joseph Kurhajec, Guillermo Olguin Mitchell and Silvia Barbotto curated by John Powell and Josue Ramos to celebrate Hanal Pixan. Tickets available at La Fundacion de los Artistas in advance or at the door.
Location: La Fundacion de los Artistas, Calle 55 #520 x 64 y 62
Time: 3:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $1400 pesos (includes drinks and food)

 

Monday (Lunes) November 03, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan Friday, November 7, Sunday, November 9
Temporada XXII: Program 5
For this performance, the regular director, Juan Carlos Lomonaco, will be on hand, with Jesus Medina as Guest Director. Music will feature concerts for Harp.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: Friday: 9:00 PM, Sunday: 12:30 PM, must be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan, A.C. Begins Fifth Season With Mozart’s Don Giovanni : November 8
This organization was created as a non-profit civil association to promote the art of opera in Yucatan. Their objectives are purely educational and cultural.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: 11:30 Opera Talk, 12:00 PM Video begins
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Romantics November 6
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: The Magic of the Movies Saturday, November 8
This event includes a three course dinner followed by one of the famous Zamna quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors open at 7:00 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM
Admission: Tickets are $150 pesos and are available from hotel reception.
More Information: call (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living November Film Series: Terror and Other Demons
Wed. 6 | The enigma of this world
Friday. 7 | The Man Who Laughs
Sat. 8 | The Curse of Frankenstein
Sat. 15 | The Leopard Man
Thu. 20 | The ghost ship
Fri. 21 | Friday 13
Saturday. 22 | Let Me In (Déjame entrar Jue)
Sun. 27 | Dr. X
Fri. 28 | The Count Zaroff
Sat. 29 | The Seventh Victim
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living November Tuesday of Trova
4 | Trío Inspiración
11 | Trío K’aay Ta’an
18 | Trío Ensueño
25 | Trío Los Galanes
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes Sunday, November 9
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

Yucatan Living VI Anniversary: SoHo Galleries’ Back to Cuba Exhibition Friday, November 14
Meet the artist: Jorge Jacas Vivanco, enjoy the works of Sandra Dooley Medina, toast the artists with Cuban drinks, and enjoy the gourmet delights made by Anita, the Sausage Lady.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400-A x 43 y 41
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

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 Chamber Orchestra of Merida November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

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 Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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!

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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

I will be in Merida from 1st January until 22nd April next year. My details are as follows:

Name - Elizabeth Cohen
Email addressliz [dot] cohen294 [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone number – +44 7825 154095 (but this will probably be expensive to call as I am in England. My Mexican number is (999) 157 8241 but this won’t work until I am in Mexico from the evening of 30th December)
Type of work desired – anything which doesn’t involve me having to speak much Spanish as my Spanish isn’t great at the moment! Cleaner, hotel chambermaid, house sitter, pet sitter, babysitter….
Job location desired – Merida
Resume or qualification – I have worked as a legal secretary for 10 years, I regularly do voluntary work including with children. I spent 3 months in Merida earlier this year volunteering at Pastoral del Amor special needs hospice, and also at AFAD animal shelter (I’m a huge animal lover!). I am also currently studying for the TEFL qualification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) but don’t think I will finish this until early next year.

By Working Gringos

Trade show help Nov 9-11 Cancun 75 USD/day (Cancun casa magna Marriot)

75 USD per day

We need a personable helper to work three days at an event about living outside of North America being held at the Marriot Casa Magna in Cancun. We sell land and homes in Costa Rica. No experience is necessary but must speak English and be available November 9 from noon to 7:00 PM, and on the 10th and 11th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Send photo and resume or CV, cash paid at end of event. See www.PacificLots.com for more information about our company.

Respond to Steve [at] Pacificlots [dot] com

Steve Linder
Pacific Lots of Costa Rica
www.PacificLots.com
305-295-0137 direct
877-481-0300 US only toll free
Read our blog: www.PacificLots.com/Costa-Rica-Blog
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By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
There are many free events this week, put on for your enjoyment by the city of Merida or another government organization. Though the tickets are free, you usually are required to pick them up at the venue BEFORE the event. In this way, tickets DO sell out. So don’t be caught with high expectations and no way to fulfill them! Get your tickets early from the venue ticket office and be prepared!

And now, be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival is happening this week. Read below for all the different events each day… it’s pretty impressive!

Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!

X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection.
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

Yucatan Living Concert: The Life in Pink in the Voice of Arianna
This concert has been a success wherever it goes.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Antonio Serrano Piano and Harmonica
This is going to be a wonderful evening of entertainment and a great opportunity to see this new stage. The music will be Flamingo and Jazz.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Baroque Music and the People of Italy
This is a concert by Marco Beasley and Guido Morini. You will hear music as poetry, as well as the Baroque music of Italy in the 17th century.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living City Ballet: Merida’s Architectural Era and Ballet
This performance is a journey through the archives of the great classics and dances from the architectural epoch in Merida. The Ballet of the City of Merida is under the direction of Erika Arguelles.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Festivals and Traditions of the Campeche Gran Ballet Folclorico
This production brings us a look into the traditions, values and cultural identity of Campeche.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maria Teresa: Elis Music to Remember: A Voice in Brazil
This concert is a tribute to Brazilian singer Elis Regina, considered to be one of the greatest representatives of Brazilian Popular Music.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
See the full listing of trova trios performing for the month in our Coming Soon section.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Guitar Concert
This performance is an inventory of Mexican music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Pacho Flores and His Trumpet of Gold
This young man is sure to have many successful years ahead of him in the music world.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Alim Qasimov and the Music of Azerbaijan
This is a performance by a world renowned musical artist. The young lady who stars with him is his daughter.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Dear Merida – The Bohemians of Your Heart
Together for the first time, a group of the greatest Yucateca voices of yesterday, today and tomorrow: Ofelia Medina, Arianna, Imelda Miller, Irma Dorantes and Maria Medina.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tango: Passion Tanguera Sergio Meneses
Beautiful traditi