By Working Gringos

My name is Stephanie Lo Yir Tiane and I live here in Merida with my husband and my daughter. We had been here for a year (since March 2013).
Email: stephy_lo [at] hotmail [dot] com
Handphone: 81-19840339
House phone: 999-9415897

I am an MBA graduate from Staffordshire University, United Kingdom. I wish to apply for any job position available for English speakers living in Merida, Yucatan. I can provide my resume, transcript and academic references for your consideration if you contact me.

Working Experience

I have 2 years of working experience with SilkAir (S) Pte Ltd – the Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines, from 28th Aug 2008 until 7th September 2010 as a Customer Service Assistant. My job scope centers on administration and controls, with emphasis on airport operations. These include flight arrival/departure handling, supervision of ground handling operations, cargo operations, and backroom administration in support of our airline operations in general.
Academic achievements

I had been awarded a postgraduate degree (Masters in Business Administration, specialising in International Business) by Staffordshire University with merit. I had achieved 6 out of 9 distinctions from my courseworks which includes:
- Marketing and Economics [Distinction]
- Managing Through Information (accounts and statistics) [Distinction]
- Managing Risk [Distinction]
- Managing Strategy [Distinction]
- International Supply Chain Management [Distinction]
- International Study Tour [Distinction]

I also had a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biotechnology for my undergraduate and had obtained a 2:1 (upper second class).

Personal strengths and benefits
I am a well-organised person with a sense of professionalism. I am also responsible, hardworking, creative, innovative and is a good team player. I thrive on change and challenges.

As noted from my resume, I excelled in many curricular activities be it in school, university or in the local community and society. I am result-orientated and can work on my own initiative.

I am not foreign to multi-tasking environments, with my adaptability honed from both my academic and work challenges. I pride myself in my achievements in spite of the ensuing pressures to excel. I am able to exercise flexibility in changing situations and maintain a strong critical and analytical thinking to rise above occasions. My previous work with SilkAir has certainly contributed well to my self control under stress.

In addition to that, I am also keen in public speaking. I was an active member of the International Toastmaster Club for 5 years. I had achieved the level of Competent Communicator and was the club’s Vice President of Membership from 2007/2008. I was also the champion for Humorous Speech contest for the year 2008. I had been chosen as a master ceremony for various formal occasions such as the Annual General meetings for political parties in Malaysia.

Through my years of education, I am fortunate to be given chances to excel academically. I consider my self-independence as one of my strong suits. I hope my qualifications and achievements as well as the soft skills that I possessed will meet your requirements. I am available for an interview at a time of your convenience.

By Working Gringos

Name: Katheleen (Kat) Ballou
email: kat [dot] ballou [at] ymail [dot] com

Phone #’s: 999-289-8866 or cell: 999-112-0213

Want Work as:
-Social Media/Inbound Marketing Consultant/Director
-Virtual Office Assistant
-Copy Writer/Ghost Writer
-Typist
-English tutor
-Medical Terminology Transcription or Instruction

Qualifications:
-4 years writer/blogger
-1 year Social Media Consultant
-30 year career professional as Respiratory Therapist in Hospital Environment
-5 years Director and Manager of $10 million dollar budget for Respiratory, Cardiology and Neurology departments in a small community hospital.

Patient/Family Advocate and Mediary
If you or your loved one find yourself in an environment that seems scarry due to language barrier, I can help. My Spanish is not advanced. But my knowledge of the hospital environment, personnel roles, therapies, medications, etc., is. I’m a 30-year professional Respiratory Therapist who has worked in all levels of care in a hospital setting. I have advanced skills and knowledge in heart and lung treatment, therapy and medical terminology.

Let me help ease your anxiety and stress level during a time of hardship.

Kat Ballou

By Scott Wallace

Editor’s Note: In his two-day, 49 kilometer kayak trip from Bacalar to Chetumal, our guest writer, Scott Wallace, hoped to find a taste of the rich history of the region in the remarkable and diverse natural beauty one sees today. As you will learn below, it didn’t require very much searching.

Laguna Bacalar, Back in Time

Most early mornings, Laguna Bacalar is flat calm before the wind arrives and this morning is not an exception. We launch our kayaks into the rising sun and look back over our shoulders at the 17th century Fuerte de San Felipe on Bacalar’s main square. Along the shore we see a dozen or so snail kites. They gracefully overfly the shallow, reedy waters and occasionally dip down slowly to snatch a snail and fly off to feed. In very few minutes, we are away from the shore and head into the deep water of Laguna Bacalar and toward the “Pirate Cut”.

Trip from Bacalar to Chetumal BayLeaving Bacalar pueblo behind, our trip will take us past only a handful of places where the traveler sees anything other than just nature — very little evidence of humans and fewer signs of contemporary living. The waterway between Bacalar and Chetumal has meandered and in some places changed its course. But the water, the jungle, the wildlife, and the mangroves could be the same as seen by the first Spanish explorers — and Maya traders for millennia before them.

To Pirate Cut and Second Lagoon

We make our way across Laguna Bacalar’s dark-blue, deep (twenty meters) water. Soon we cross some shoals where we see the limpkins feeding, and then are in the fast-moving Pirate Cut. This thirty-meter wide, meter-deep canal drains much of the fifty-kilometer-long lake’s outflow, which is sourced largely in cenotes much of the year. The light-blue colors of the water are vibrant with the different depths, the rippling current, and the dappling sunlight. Left and right we see extensive grey mud flats with only occasional low mangroves and lots of bird signs, but few birds. As we drift past a large, low mangrove, we spot two roseate spoonbills on the far side who interrupt their feeding to watch us suspiciously.

Shortly, we enter the deep, darker blue water (fifteen meters) of Laguna Mariscal, sometimes called the Second Lagoon. It, too, is free of wind and waves during our fifteen minute crossing. After scuttling over some flats, we enter a two-meter wide channel that leads to the shallow Third Lagoon. The water is one-half meter deep. We bromeliads and orchids near Bacalar on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexicoreach the far end of the channel and beneath us can clearly see tapir tracks leading from the edge of a mangrove copse on the left, into the shallow water ahead and straight along the bottom until disappearing in the deeper water of the Third Lagoon entry. We follow and head south.

The Third Lagoon

Completely unlike Laguna Bacalar and the Second Lagoon, these southern waters of the Third Lagoon are slow moving and lead to an infinitude of channels, side-bays, islands, mangrove swamps, nearly-barren mud flats, and reed beds. Bromeliads and occasional orchids hang over the crystal-clear waters and a low mist is drifting around the many islands, inlets, and mini-peninsulas. Looking west, we can just see communication towers over Bacalar and some taller buildings. But our tether to the present is about to be cut.

Heron on the lagoon near Lake Bacalar Yucatan MexicoQuietly drifting and slowly paddling, we make our way south with the current. In the course of ninety minutes, we move like ghosts on the water, slowly creeping up on cattle egrets, little blue herons, white-tipped doves, great blue herons, green kingfishers, green herons, red-billed pigeons, tiger herons, belted kingfishers, tri-colored herons, limpkins, swallows, kiskadees, social fly catchers, ringed kingfishers, more snail kites and a sizable flock of very startled cormorants. Away from us and back in the low jungle, we hear other birds calling.

The sun is burning off the last of the mist as we exit these broad shallows and enter a narrower, mangrove-lined channel with more defined current. Five wood storks glide lazily overhead, making for their island nesting roosts. A solitary turtle plops into the water from a low-hanging mangrove. A heron flies north. The time goes by unnoticed and, were it not for many remarkable photos, this passage might be a dream.

Just ahead of us, the Third Lagoon joins the outflow of the Second Lagoon. We drift into the relatively swift current and are borne south on the River Section of the journey. The water is clear, a meter deep, with a very light turquoise tint and the bottom a combination of rock and sandy mud. Small fish dart away from the shadows of our kayaks and paddles. Many smaller birds — fly catchers, swifts, swallows and others — are feeding over the river and socializing at the water edge. We can see large flats off to our right, easily accessible from the main flow through side cuts and around sand bars.

The river narrows and picks up speed a bit. Soon we are traveling through a section with large rock formations sticking out of the water, almost volcanic in their appearance. There is a central channel of water moving nicely but we are wary of the sharp, jagged rocks that punctuate the flow. The banks are fairly close, and the water rocky and shallow away from the center. It is a comfort to emerge from this section into a more easy-flowing stretch of river and to see multi-colored blue water widen out ahead of us.

Lakes and Flats Section

The Lake and Flats Section meanders with enough islands and inlets to disorient the traveler and obscure the way. In size, it is less than a kilometer at the widest. The waters are very clear and the sunlight is bright off the shallow bottom. Near an island, we spot a large, adult osprey flying some meters overhead with a twenty-five Roseate Spoonbill near Lake Bacalar in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexicocentimeter fish aerodynamically held immobile in both talons. It’s large wings stroke slowly and gracefully as it powers away from us and toward the far jungle.

We continue around a peninsular toward large, shallow flats that occasionally narrow into a few slightly-deeper channels. As we pass another island, a small brownish hawk sits in a medium-height mangrove on the shore, not five meters from us. We silently watch each other; then the bird takes flight and we see that it, too, has prey — a very tiny fish clutched in its right talon. Soon, on our right, a spoonbill flaps noisily into the air and away.

Rio Chac

As the Flats Section narrows, the channel deepens to two meters and is perhaps twenty meters in width. In this Rio Chac section, the water remains quite clear. Ahead, we can see stout posts sticking out of the water in a line across the channel. As we approach, a fisherman wades across the stream holding out of the water a large, fabric sack nearly brimming with fish, including a five-kilo jack up from Chetumal Bay. He hangs his bag on one of the posts and lowers the fragile net that stretches from bank to bank for us to pass. Later in the day, he will retrieve his net leaving the passageway free for fish and boats.

The waterway narrows further and mangroves overhang our path. It is quiet and still as we drift and occasionally paddle to avoid branches above and below the water. From time to time, the mangroves recede and the Rio Chac widens with side channels that push the trees back and away from us. We see a few riverside palapas and small private or public picnic and swimming areas. The mangroves are still low here. There is lots of sky and lots of sun. The gently moving waters are cool, clear, blue and inviting.

Rather quickly it seems, we are upon the small channel that connects the Rio Chac to Laguna Milagros, a pleasantly-colored freshwater lake and our destination for the night. We paddle hard to enter against the flow. Fifteen minutes later, the small channel opens up to a one-and-a-half kilometer wide, mangrove-lined lake that narrows to a point about four kilometer ahead. A flock of blue-winged teals is paddling not far away. Some of us set up camp and some stay in cabanas for the night. Together we enjoy a pleasant, sunset sky and then a nice lakeside restaurant dinner before turning in.

The Next Morning Near Chetumal

Not long after first light, as we wake and prepare to head off, the lake is abuzz with kayaks, canoes, and other small water craft. Most paddlers are from nearby Chetumal, taking advantage of the early morning cool and the Olympic race course laid out in Laguna Milagros‘ center. Heading toward the lake exit and the channel to the Rio Chac, on our left sits a very large flock of cormorants, perhaps the same startled out of the Third Lagoon yesterday.

Soon we are back in the Rio Chac and paddling our way between narrow, tree-lined channels and open, deeper sections with reedy shores. Before long, the flow slows, the channel widens abruptly and we are looking ahead and left and right onto the eighty-meter wide Rio Hondo.

Rio Hondo on the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo, MexicoWe enter the Rio Hondo’s deep (seven meter), dark waters and are struck by the height and vigor of the jungle. The spare, dense soil that surrounds the Laguna Bacalar system has given way to rich, deep earth and the same species of mangroves we saw only a few kilometers north are tens of meters taller here. Admiring bromeliads and orchids, we drift slowly along the tall mangroves that hang over nearly all of the river’s shore leading to the Bay of Chetumal. It’s easy to feel lost in time and our dream of finding some history alive in the present is coming true before our eyes.

Bromeliads and Orchids by the Rio Hondo in MexicoAt exactly this moment, coming up the river, we first hear, then spot a boat directly out of the Bogart-Hepburn film, ‘The African Queen’. As we paddle closer we see a grey, well-maintained, sixty-year-old (that’s our guess…) Mexican Navy supply vessel heading upriver (see banner above). We deduce that it is probably going to La Union to stock a base there. We have our passports and documents at ready, anticipating a request to present them. (The river is an easily-crossed border between Mexico and Belize.) But the men are on a different mission and just wave. The vessel steams upriver and back in time. We paddle south, along the unspoiled banks of the Rio Hondo.

Aside from two bridges, a Navy base, a couple of boats, and a few homes (some in repair and some slowly returning to the earth), there is nothing but jungle or low selva along the entire twenty-seven kilometers to the Bay. It is spectacularly beautiful and solemn, with occasional birdcalls and egrets, night herons, and great blue heron fishing, as trogon fly among the branches. We drift and paddle. On several occasions, a kingfisher hovers meters above the water then plunges with a ka-chug sound to emerge moments later, a fish in its bill. But the best is, literally, around the bend.

A Riverside Puzzle and a Surprise

We come to a riverside quinta (country home) in good repair and are admiring the gardens. Suddenly, we notice in the water beneath us at the river edge two long, narrow, sunken barges. One is forty meters long; the other about half that. We hail the owner and ask about the boats. He explains that about ninety years ago, a sidepaddle steamboat Sunken Barges near Chetumal on Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico pulled the barges, one at a time, loaded with wood from Bacalar to this spot. Then, six barges would be rafted together and steamed down the Rio Hondo, up the Bay of Chetumal, and out to the Xcalak peninsula, where the wood would be transferred onto ocean-going vessels. The idea flummoxes us. Forty-meter barges loaded with many tons of wood pulled by a paddle wheel steamboats down the route we just navigated? Some parts of that river were not three meters wide nor one-half meter deep. We thoughtfully continue downstream along the tall jungle.

At one particularly wide spot in the river where the west bank is flanked by chit palms rather than the towering mangroves, two manatees surface not forty meters ahead. They are dark, grey-brown in color, and disarmingly slow-moving as they breach to breathe, and then submerge. They surprise us and we sprint toward them. Both of them definitely look large. From our low vantage, it’s difficult to judge but we agree they are four meters long. We circle near the spot their tails go under, hoping to see them below or when next they surface. But the water is dark and deep. Although we stay in the area for a while looking up and down river, that first glimpse of these two creatures is our only view.

Rio Hondo to Chetumal Bay

We pass many kilometers of river bank that are completely devoid of evidence of human beings. There are no clearings in the trees, no docks, no small boats, no cultivated fields, no planted tree groves, no small roads to the river, and no trash. Until now, our travels on the Rio Hondo could have been centuries or even millennia ago. Only the Navy supply boat (and a Rio Hondo river tour boat) have broken the spell.

Then, about five kilometers from the Bay of Chetumal, we feel our paddle journey start to change. The wind (which for most of two days has been at our backs and today is with the river flow) shifts a full 180 degrees. If we pause in our paddling now, we drift upstream, away from our destination. The closer we get to the bay, the stronger the headwind. It has taken us four easy hours to travel twenty-two kilometers on the Rio Hondo to here. It will take us half that time in an increasingly hard slog to make the last five kilometers.

Just one kilometer from the Bay, in the river center, at a spot where generations have fished, we come upon a man in a small boat who is slowly working a large tarpon by hand. He tells us he has been at it for half an hour so far. His line angles far out into the water, suggesting a lot of length, and the man is hauling it in hand over hand. From time to time, he pauses as the fish gathers strength and pulls the boat downstream or toward one bank or another. We stay with the fisherman long enough to see his two-meter tarpon break the surface twice and then we continue on our way. About twenty-five minutes later, as we approach the Bay of Chetumal, he motors past us with a grin and an enthusiastic thumbs-up gesture, a different outcome for this particular Old Man and the Sea.

Heading Home

At the head of the river, obscuring the Bay of Chetumal, lies Vulture Island. We paddle left, past the island which is populated largely by black vultures and some egrets. We continue paddling into the shallow waters of the Bay. Not a meter deep, the brackish water appears clear and gives us a bit of the Caribbean blue color that we can see much further out on the horizon. We soon haul out, pack kayaks and gear in the truck, and drive north and home on Highway #307.

In thirty-five hours, we have taken a trip through the past and into the heart of a practically pristine ecosystem that still lies between Laguna Bacalar and the Bay of Chetumal. Just thirty-five minutes later, we arrive in Bacalar pueblo. In an ironic nod to our return to modern life, we eagerly upload photos of our excellent adventure and begin downloading electronic details to catch up on the last day-and-a-half of our lives. It seems we were traveling somewhere out of time.

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This is the second of three recent articles on Laguna Bacalar by Bacalar resident Scott Wallace. The final article will cover the 74 kilometer Paddle Marathon at Laguna Bacalar this May 2nd and 3rd. For more info on the Bacalar Paddle Marathon, visit www.paddlemarathonlagunabacalar.blogspot.mx/. Scott wishes to extend a special thanks to Gunnar and Jacqueline of www.activenaturebacalar.com for their professionalism in guiding and presenting information about the plants, animals, geology and history of the larger Bacalar ecosystem. It was a pleasure to share their enthusiasm for adventure and their passion for the natural beauty and wildlife of the Laguna Bacalar area.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting April 14, 2014

Yucatan Living 1st Regional Artisan Fair in Mérida April 15 – 25
The 1ra Feria Artesanal Regional continues this week in Mérida’s Parque de la Paz. The last day is Friday, April 25. This fair features artisans from Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Tabasco, in addition to Yucatán. The event is designed to provide a showcase for those who produce handicrafts and other items. In addition having an opportunity to purchase items directly from the artisans, there will be also be music and entertainment each night starting at 7 pm.

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: The Coast of Yucatan: Flying Images and Sounds
This exhibition is of the work of José Luis Fajardo y Karín Mijangos. This exhibition has no end date listed and has been part of the traveling museum program for some time, so do expect that it will continue to move around the city.
Location: Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, Calle 50 Diagonal 460, Fracc. Gonzalo Guerrero
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mobile Museum: Exhibition: Epiphany April 11 – no end date listed
Group exhibition consisting of 23 works by students in the emerging workshop called Zoma Grafica. Participants in this exhibition include Gabriel Ramírez Aznar, Malú Johansen, Sergio Neri, Ernesto Novelo, Zeus Borges, Christian Pacheco, Rodolfo Baeza, Víctor Moreno, Rosaura Luna, Lizet Ortiz, Alonso Maza, Francesca Aldegani y Ugggo.
Location: Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, Calle 50 Diagonal 460, Fracc. Gonzalo Guerrero
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: FreeBenjamin Ramirez Art Show in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more. Opens March 27 and continues into May.
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C., Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Started March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) April 21

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: The Bastards
(Mexico, 2008). Director: Amat Escalante. Starring Kenny Johnston, Jesús Moisés Rodríguez, Rubén Sosa and Nina Zavarín. Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexicans living in Los Angeles, are hired to carry out the well-paying job of killing a woman. This movie examines why different people, all in the same circumstances, behave so differently.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoTuesday (Martes) April 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Quinteto Nocturnal
This concert is part of the April – July Artistic Season.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 23, 2014

International Book Fair in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living International Book Day
Reading, conferences, open mic, book expo and more!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti at Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

International Concert of Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Classical Music
To celebrate the International Book Fair, Ensemble Valsassina from Vienna will perform Mexican and Austrian Waltzes.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 24 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatecan Cuisine in EnglishYucatan Living Book Signing: Yucatecan Cuisine
David Sterling’s book hopes to become the definitive tome on the cuisine of Yucatan. Food from the book will be available.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $95 USD per person or $130USD per couple

Yucatan Living Movie: Casablanca
(USA 1942) Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. We’ll always have Paris!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free in April

Yucatan LivingMovie: West Side Story
(U.S. 1961). Directors: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno and George Chikaris.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
(Spain 2011) An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one of their member announces he has a terminal illness.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) April 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Life Aquatic
(USA 2004) With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Four Days in September (O que é isso companheiro? )
(Brazil, 1977). Director: Bruno Barreto. Narrators: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso and Fernanda Torres. a fictional version of the 1969 kidnapping of the United States Ambassador to Brazil, Charles Burke Elbrick, by members of Revolutionary Movement 8th October (MR-8). It was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 1998 Academy Awards.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Jackie Brown
(USA 1997) A flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) April 26, 2014

Opera Yucatan Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
Don Pasquale is an opera buffa, or comic opera, in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti with an Italian libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and the composer, after a libretto by Angelo Anelli.
Location: Sala Mayamax in Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Open Air Concert by the Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
The young people of la Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán are exceptionally talented. Do take advantage of this opportunity.
Location: Parque de San Juan, Calle 62 x 69
Time: 6:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie Marathon
Sixteen movies without stop. Free american coffee and if you stay awake you get free rentals for a year. LOL!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $240 pesos plus free popcorn and american coffee

Yucatan Living Movie: Hamlet
(UK, 1948). Director: Laurence Olivier. Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Basil Sydney and Eileen Herlie. You know the story…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Machuca
(Chile, 2004) Director: Andres Word. Set in 1973 Santiago during Salvador Allende’s socialist government and shortly before General Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in 1973, the film tells the story of two friends, one of them the very poor Pedro Machuca who is integrated into the elite school of his friend Gonzalo Infante. The social integration project is headed by the director of the school, Father McEnroe.
Location : Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero Calle 62 x 61
Time : 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 27, 2014

Yucatan Living International Day of Dance
This is a great, worldwide dance festival that offers a group meeting of different dance manifestations and genres. Fraciella Polanco Tores, Department of Dance.
Location: Yucatan Judiciary Complex, Av. Jacinto Canek s/n x 90, Col. Inalámbrica, tel. 930 0652
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Power of Rain
This documentary shows the critical interaction between animals and rain in the monsoon season of northern Australia.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Banda Sinfonica Juvenil del Estado de YucatanYucatan Living Open Air Concert by the Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
The young people of la Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán are exceptionally talented. Do take advantage of this opportunity… free!!
Location: Parque de San Juan, Calle 62 x 69
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Domingos de Cámara
This event is Sundays of Chamber Music. This week, there is the regular small orchestra and a classical guitar recital featuring Daniel Carrillo.
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $ 50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Yucatan Youth Symphony Band
This is a popular music concert. Please come out and support Yucatan’s young talent.
Location: Concha Acústica del Parque Las Américas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Official Concert Season IX: What a Wonderful World
This consert includes the Bones Trio, Septeto de Jazz del CEMUS and other invited guest artists. The event is a tribute to Bill Muntz.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: The Death of Pinochet
(Chile, 2011). Directors: Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff. Read a review of this movie when it played at Lincoln Center.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) April 28

Yucatan Living Street Dance: Extraordinary Merida
This event is under the direction of Daniel Alpuche. Should be fun!
Location: Parque Eulogio Rosado, Calle 56 x 64
Time: 6:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May Schedule
There will be three performances by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan in May 2014.
Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi May 9 & 11
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. http://stephaniechase.com/ Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014: June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6:
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Cuban National Ballet: May 2 & 3
The Cuban National Ballet is one of the best ballet companies in the world, and has been since it was founded by the great Alicia Alonzo in 1948. Featured in this performance is “The Carmen Suite,” a one-act ballet that was created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, to music written by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. Yucatan and Cuba have always shared a very close relationship, especially when it comes to music and dance. This performance is a treasure that must be seen. It is the second in a series of performances called Gran Gala Internacional de Ballet Danza de América.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 59
Time: Not Given
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Akumal Comedy FestivalYucatan Living Third Annual Akumal Comedy Festival April 29 – May 3
This popular festival is a benefit for the Riviera Maya Red Cross. The Tuesday through Saturday schedule includes:

Tuesday – April 29, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Gus Lynch, Featuring: Adam Quesnell, Turner Sparks, Ray Harrington and Headlining: Paul Hooper
Location: Tulum: Mateos Mexican Grill – Tulum Beach Road South
Time: 7:00 PM: Live Music, 8:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy –
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Wednesday – April 30, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Gus Lynch, Featuring: Craig Norton, JT Habersaat, Mike O’Keefe, Luke Bugeaud, Ray Harrington, and Headlining: Mary Mack. Live Music with Rio Funk
Location: Wah Wah Beach Bar in Playa Del Carmen
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Thursday – May 1, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Turner Sparks, Featuring: Tommy Ryman, and Headlining: Tim Harmston
Location: Akumal Center: The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Time: 7:00 PM: Live music with the Honey Chuggers, 8:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+
Host: Adam Quesnell, Featuring: Al Klemick, JT Habersaat, and Headlining: Chris Garcia
Location: North Akumal
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Friday – May 2, 2014
Live Music & Stand Up Comedy
Host: Adam Quesnell, Featuring: Ray Harrington and Headlining: Mary Mack
Location: Akumal Center: The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Time: 7:00 PM: Live Music with TASHA, 8:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+
Host: Craig Norton, Featuring: Mike Okeefe and Gus Lynch, Headlining: Paul Hooper
Location: North Akumal
Time: 9:00 PM: Live music with Natalie and the Foxes , 10:00 PM: Stand Up Comedy
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Saturday – May 3, 2014
Closing Ceremony y Comedia en Espanol
Tony Gabriel, Jarana Dancers
Comedia en Espanol: Host: Luke Bugeaud, Featuring: Rojo Perez, Headlining: Chris Garcia
Location: Akumal Center: The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free / gratis
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+
Featuring the best of the Akumal Comedy Festival
Location: North Akumal
Time: 9:00 PM: Live Music with Rio Funk, 10:00 PM: Best of the Fest Show
Admission: 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Yucatan Living Festival of Children’s Day: April 30

The theme of this event is “Magical Thinking”, perhaps as a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Everyone knows how Yucatan loves magic and magicians. This should be a great event for kids and for adults who are kids at heart.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

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Events

By Khaki Scott

Mexico: Artists Can Pay Taxes With Artwork

Art to Pay for Taxes in Mexico As part of a massive tax reform program, an old program that allows artists to donate works to cover their tax bill has been resurrected. If an artist reports selling between one and five pieces of art in a given year, they can donate one piece to the federal government. If they sell between six and eight pieces, they can donate two pieces, and so on. The annual cap is six pieces. After being evaluated by a committee of artists and curators, these artworks are currently traveling throughout Mexico, where everyone gets the benefit of exposure to some of the best artworks in the world. This explains why we have so many wonderful, new exhibitions traveling through Yucatan. The collection is called the National Heritage Collection. Some lament the money the country is having to spend on warehousing the growing collection, but others look at the value of the collection and note that, before this program, many artists never had the cash to pay taxes at all. We too hope that this program is continued.

Garry Kasparov: Huge Hit in Mexico!

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. He just made a three day visit to Mexico to launch the new Kasparov Chess Foundation center and to campaign for president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Garry Kasparov in MexicoWe couldn’t help but laugh when we read in “Chess Daily” that they knew that Mexico was excited about Garry Kasparov’s visit, “But we had no idea HOW excited and how well prepared! Everywhere Garry went there were huge crowds, top politicians, big sponsors, and even bigger signs.” We here at Yucatan Living have watched, for years, as children throughout the State of Yucatan have asked for chess clubs at their schools, and have even constructed their own chess boards and pieces when none were available. Mexico is an entire nation of chess lovers and Mr. Kasparov is welcome here anytime.

New Mexico: Mexico’s Maquila Boom

China’s workers are beginning to demand higher wages and the cost of fuel to get goods to the Western Hemisphere is going through the roof. Meanwhile, Mexico’s Mexico iMaquila Industrytechnical schools and universities have been in overdrive for a number of years and the U.S.-Mexico border is still 2,000 miles long. The good news just keeps on coming and is flowing in both directions across that border. For example, in New Mexico, companies are flocking to set up new businesses to supply goods and services to Mexico’s maquila industry. With these types of businesses now up 50% on the United States’ side of the border, good times are on the way for both sides of the line. Congratulations to Mexico for providing the infrastructure and education so this could happen, as well as to American investors for seeing an opportunity and making it work for both sides.

Utah Invests in Mexico: Wins Big

When Utah Gov. Gary Herbert took office in Utah, unemployment was 8.5%. This governor has improved education, created jobs, learned to manage public lands for multiple uses, and revamped both energy and taxes to the point that unemployment is now only 3.9% and Forbes rates the state as the number one place for business and careers. US and Mexico Relationship The Governor has managed a lot of this success by taking Utah international. Today, there are 130 languages spoken in Utah and 16% of the population is Hispanic. Now, he encourages Utah businesses to expand in Mexico itself to further the growth of their own businesses and to improve the economy in Mexico. It looks to us as if this is a win-win situation: more good jobs for Utah and for Mexico. There are far too few heroes around these days, but Utah Gov. Gary Herbert looks as if he has made it to the winner’s circle. Congratulations to everyone who is benefitting from his vision.

Idaho: First Annual Mexico Week

Idaho, it seems, has had a trade representative to Mexico for the past 20 years. Now, 10% of Idaho’s population, Idaho’s largest minority, is of Mexican descent, and the Mexico Fair in the USA First Annual Mexico Week is being hosted by Boise State University and The Consulate of Mexico in Boise. Although the arts will play a central role in this celebration, there will also be a full day-long conference on Business and Trade. This is as exciting as the good news from Utah. If anyone is considering making the trip to this event next year and suspects that Idaho’s weather must be awful, think again. While much of the rest of the country is still snowbound in mid-April, it’s sunny and 75 F in Boise Idaho. We wish everyone connected with the First Annual Mexico Week in Idaho all the best and good wishes for next year’s celebration.

Much Ado About Possible Fracking in Mexico

People in many parts of Canada and the U.S. are now living with the results of fracking, http://www.texassharon.com/2011/08/31/barnett-shale-has-highest-rates-for-invasive-breast-cancer/ good and bad. Last December, Mexico passed a new law that, according to the Washington Post, “has opened the country’s oil industry to private and foreign investment for the first time in 75 years, with the eventual goal of bringing in new technology, expertise and a risk-taking culture long missing at the state oil monopoly, Pemex.” U.S. oil companies and investors see fracking dollars on the South Texas horizon and can hardly wait. However, now is not the time to panic. It will be interesting to wait to see how they feel after they stand before SEMARNAT and PROFECA. From what we understand, there are safe ways to accomplish fracking and all comers should know that Mexico will care for its environment and the health of its people first. The best news is that there is much more to yet be negotiated before fracking has a chance to take hold in Mexico.

Mexico to Compile Drug Financing Blacklist

For several years, the United States and the United Nations have both issued their own drug financing blacklists. Unfortunately, the U.S. list has a lot of errors and one big defect, which is many names that sound the same. This leads to the assets of a great many Mexican companies, including companies owned by relatives of drug criminals, being frozen in the United States. These companies include such unlikely businesses as childcare centers, a dairy, a gymnasium and a mining company. Now, Mexico is forming a committee to investigate every business on the USA blacklist and create its own blacklist. Hopefully, the innocent businesses in Mexico will soon be cleared and yet another stumbling block between good relations between the two countries will be swept away.

Mexico Going Mobile Too

In the U.S., 55% of internet usage is via mobile devices and only 45% of all traffic comes from PCs. In Mexico, there are 82 mobile devices for every 100 citizens and Mobile Phones in Yucatan MexicoMexico leads all of Latin America in smart phone penetration. Unfortunately, mobile does not equal web. The stress on systems to run all of these mobility apps is pushing the architecture to its limit. Dealing with data in a mobile way is the next investment and research frontier. Mexico’s can-do attitude is pushing to “get it done” (i.e. solve the problem earlier, rather than later).

Endangered Languages in Mexico

If you have been diligent about learning Spanish, and even a little Mayan, it may shock you to visit an outlying municipality in Endangered Languages Spoken in Mexico Yucatan and discover that you can’t understand a word that anyone is saying. This is because there are quite a few indigenous languages still spoken around the rural parts of Yucatan. In Mexico, there are a total of 143 native languages, with 21 critically endangered and 122 definitely or severely endangered or vulnerable. With the world becoming interconnected like never before, Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish are becoming the dominant languages. All three are taught in Merida and two of those are required in public schools in Yucatan. In order to prevent the loss of the endangered languages in Mexico, the nation has joined National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project. UNESCO is also working on its Endangered Languages Project. Please support these organizations and their efforts to save the languages of each of our ancestors around the world.

More Than a Plea for Help – See the Students

This past week, Cindy Weber, head of Proyecto Itzaes, sent a link asking for educational assistance for five students served by this great organization. Those of us who live in Yucatan, even part time, have watched a number of educational groups begin and grow. In a new twist, Cindy has sent us a way to show you just what kinds of students these are and help you understand the future value of your contributions. When you visit The School Fund, you are taken to a page where requests are in order of deadlines. If you click on the box that is in front of “Country,” you can then scroll down to Mexico and find all five of Proyecto Itzaes’ students. They are from Chicxulub and Ixil. Read how far they have come and what they want to be when their educations are complete. Not that we would brag, of course – but – if these young people are any indication of Yucatan’s next generation, the rest of the world needs to take notice. It is easier than ever to donate to the cause of your choice. Thank you, Cindy, for bringing this one to our attention.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting April 14, 2014

Holy Week Activities in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Semana Santa’s Religious Days Observed in Mexico:
April 13, Palm Sunday
April 14, Holy Monday
April 15, Holy Tuesday
April 16, Holy Wednesday
April 17, Maundy Thursday
April 18, Good Friday
April 19, Easter Saturday (or Holy Saturday)
April 20, Easter Sunday (or Easter Sunday)
April 21, Easter Monday, a public holiday in some communities

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Exhibition: The Coast of Yucatan: Flying Images and Sounds
This exhibition is of the work of José Luis Fajardo y Karín Mijangos. This exhibition has no end date listed and has been part of the traveling museum program for some time, so do expect that it will continue to move around the city.
Location: Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, Calle 50 Diagonal 460, Fracc. Gonzalo Guerrero
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mobile Museum: Exhibition: Epiphany April 11 – no end date listed
Group exhibition consisting of 23 works by students in the emerging workshop called Zoma Grafica. Participants in this exhibition include: Gabriel Ramírez Aznar, Malú Johansen, Sergio Neri, Ernesto Novelo, Zeus Borges, Christian Pacheco, Rodolfo Baeza, Víctor Moreno, Rosaura Luna, Lizet Ortiz, Alonso Maza, Francesca Aldegani y Ugggo.
Location: Centro Comercial Gran Plaza, Calle 50 Diagonal 460, Fracc. Gonzalo Guerrero
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Admission: FreeBenjamin Ramirez Art Show in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more. Opens March 27 and continues into May.
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Winners of the 2013 Funds for the Visual Arts April 15 – No end date listed
The winners of support offered by the Ayuntamiento de Merida present the results of their projects. The winners include: Yoochel Kaaj, Cine Video Cultura, A.C.; Igor Solís, Mina Bárcenas y Paloma Menéndez.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida (1st floor) and in the Galeria de Arte Municipal, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Started March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) April 14

Yucatan Living Easter Monday
Semana Santa Begins!

 

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoTuesday (Martes) April 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Grupo La Siembra
This concert is part of the April – July Artistic Season
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free:

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cocalero
(Mexico 2008) A documentary centered on the union formed by Bolivian farmers in response to their government’s (which was urged by the U.S.) effort eradicate coca crops, and the man who would come to represent them, Evo Morales.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Diente por Diente
(Mexico 2012) The story of an employee who gets a gun for self-defense and creates a national hero.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 17 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Leviathan
(France 2011) A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Three Colors: Red
(France 1994) Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people’s privacy.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free in April

International String Quartet YucatanYucatan Living Concert: International String Quartet of Yucatan
The program has changed for this concert and everyone will really enjoy the selection. Included in the new program are Howells – Fantasy for String Quartet Op. 25
Grieg – String Quartet in G min. Op 27.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $200 pesos. There are only 15 tickets left, so please call 930-2149 and help sell this marvelous group out again.

Yucatan Living Movie: Wolf Children
(Japan 2012) Hana falls in love with a Wolf Man. After the Wolf Man’s death, Hana decides to move to a rural town to continue raising her two wolf children Ame and Yuki.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Bananas
(Sweden, 2009) Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) April 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Mosca
(Mexico 2011) Mosca is a night shift cab driver, a widower and father of two girls. Between his daily job and the memories of his wife, he tries to figure out his role as a father.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
(Spain 2011) An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one of their member announces he has a terminal illness.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Dance: Eco
This performance is part of the April – July Artistic Season. It is based on creation and direction in the mákinadT scene movement.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos, $25 pesos students and INAPAM

Traditional Maya Ball GameYucatan Living Pok ta pok: Representation of the Maya Ball Game
Come to the historic center of Merida and enjoy a live replay of the ancestral Maya ball game.
Location: Calle 62 entre 61 y 63
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(2011) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our framework of time and space upside down. The story of a drug – its discovery in the Basel chemistry lab, the first experiments by Albert Hofmann on himself, the 1950s experiments of the psychiatrists, the consciousness researchers, the artists. Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Earth Day at the MACAYSaturday (Sabado) April 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Celebrate Earth Day at the MACAY
Music, workshops, dance presentation, fair trade and more!
Location: MACAY, Calle 60 x Pasaje Revolución
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

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.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox
(USA 2009) An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Night of Cultures: Theater and Music Two Events
Both of these events are Free and both are located on Merida’s Plaza Grande
Theater: Meeting with Francisco de Montejo, Casa Montejo, 8:00 PM
Music: La Route du Rock, In front of the Cathedral of Merida, 9:00 PM

Yucatan Living Easter Dinner at Hotel Zamna
Hotel Zamna will be hosting a special, four course dinner, followed by one of their famous prize quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors Open at 7:00 PM, Dinner Served at 7:30 PM
Admission: $150 pesos available from hotel reception between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
More information: Call: (999) 924-0103

Dance in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Dance: Eco
This performance is part of the April – July Artistic Season. It is based on creation and direction in the mákinadT scene movement.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, $25 pesos students and INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: Zimbabwe, Liberation in Chaos
(South Africa, 2003). Director: Michael Raeburn. This movie is part of the Politics and Cinema series. This is a documentary that was originally released in French. It has since been translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Location : Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero Calle 62 x 61
Time : 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Life with Adele
(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 lossLocation: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Touch of sin
(China 2013) Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 20, 2014

Merida Marathon in April 2014

Yucatan Living Medio Maratón de la Ciudad de Mérida 21 km, April 20 in Merida
This is an official marathon. All of the details are online on the Medio Marathon’s website. Note: This event also includes a 5 km walk, so there is something here for everyone.

Yucatan Living Documentary: Asteroids: Deadly Impact
The collision between Earth and a large asteroid could cause a catastrophe that would exceed that of any other natural phenomenon. In 1993, geologists Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker identified a fragmented comet on a collision course toward Jupiter. Today, the threat of asteroids to Earth has finally been recognized and importance is being given to the Chicxulub crater theory that relates this event to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Classical Music Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Chris Lee and Nikolay Dimitrov (violin & viola)
This is a special concert that will include music by Mozart, Halvorsen and Martinu.
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: $ 50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Capote
(USA 2005)In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
(Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, 2003). Directors: Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Brian. Stars include: Hugo Chavez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms, Colin Powell, and George Tenet. In April 2002, an Irish film crew is making a documentary about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, when a coup from the opposition is made. This movie is part of the Politics and Cinema series.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Synecdoche, New York
(USA 2008) A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) April 21

Yucatan Living No Events plan for Today
One more week of school vacation!

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Bici-Ruta de Progreso New Bici Ruta in Progreso Yucatan Mexico
Bring your bike, your skates, or any other kind of non-motorized travel you may have, and come to enjoy a few hours of quality family time in Progreso. Additional activities include: sand sculptures, recreational games, soccer and volleyball as well as entertainment in the Parque de la Paz. This event will run from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and its route will begin at the Casa de Pastel (the Cake House), west on the Malecon and then back east on Calle 21.

Yucatan Living Ria de Progreso
This is an estuary and natural tourist site that is planning new activities to welcome local, national and foreign tourists this Easter holiday.

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – May Schedule
There will be three performances by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan in May 2014.
Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi May 9 & 11
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. http://stephaniechase.com/ Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014 June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6:
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

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By Working Gringos

Vacation in ProgresoPolice Head to Progreso for Spring Vacation

The preventive security operation, headed by the Department of Public Safety and Traffic, installed all of the police necessary to ensure the safety of residents and visitors from April 11 through April 27. This means that these 7,000 SSP and military officers will be on hand at all events where large crowds gather, as well as operating traffic stops and breathalyzers on land and in the water. With the increasingly massive influx of visitors to beach towns, it is to the credit of the police and the Navy that Semana Santa has fewer accidents than ever before. Please be careful as you drive in beach towns and villages. Children are out of school and may be playing in the streets. If everyone does their part, Semana Santa will be a great memory for everyone.

Progreso: Parents and Kids Fly Kites

This past week, parents and children from the first and second grades at Vicente Guerrero Primary School went to the International Malecon and flew kites of every size and design. The purpose was family togetherness. Teachers noted that many have forgotten traditional toys and games, and that parents and children seem seldom to cross paths anymore. This annual event is one that has the potential to bring families back together, if only for a day. Some call activities such as this a waste of time. Teachers observe that bringing children and their parents together has far-reaching benefits that increase their ability to learn and that has the potential to impact the quality of their entire lives. These kinds of activities occur in schools across Yucatan and the state is much the better for it.

Progreso Eco-Tourism: Camping at Corchito

The Corchito, in Progreso, has been open since 1990, but it has new life these days and offers camping for visitors. There are palapas available and a freshwater stream full of fish. There is a fishing pier available for anyone who wants to go fishing. From here, visitors can see the spectacular mangroves in the area, plus a large variety of wildlife. Progreso Yucatan Activities on VacationThe Corchito is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Fees are $25 pesos for adults and $10 pesos for children, and the fee includes a boat transfer. These mangrove developments are not only beautiful dream worlds, but they are also so beneficial to the environment. We hope everyone takes at least one day to rest and relax at The Corchito.

PROFECO Protecting Consumers: April 11 through April 27

There are two branches of the Federal Consumer Protection Agency set up in Yucatan for the sole purpose of protecting consumers during the Easter holidays. One is at the airport and will take complaints about airlines, car rental companies, and other businesses. The second is on the Malecon in Progreso. They will make operational checks in restaurants, retail stores, car rental companies, and several other types of businesses. The hours of the airport office are 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM. No times are given for the office on the Malecon. Yucatan is very serious about treating tourists well and it is important for visitors to know that someone is watching and is there to protect them.

Rotisserie Chicken Sales Up 100% During Easter Vacation

While this news came out of Playa del Carmen, it is virtually the same all across the Yucatan Peninsula. Rotisserie Chicken sales go up by 100%, as does BBQ chicken, while grilled chicken sales tend to go up 50%. No matter how you look at it, vacation is at least partially defined by not having to cook and Yucatan has discovered the key to that miracle is the fine art of cooking rotisserie chicken in massive quantities. This might be a good time to explain to new and potential expats that, if you don’t like rotisserie chicken, peas and carrots, rice, and spaghetti, you will not be able to take advantage of the marvel of an endless supply of great food that you don’t have to cook yourself. This might also be a good time to thank those who stand in the heat and make certain we have plenty to eat no matter what the temperature is outside.Lemon Price in Yucatan Mexico

Limón now $20 pesos in Two Markets

Just a few short weeks ago, limóns were off the chart at $60 pesos per kilo. Now, as the second harvest approaches, an array of prices can be found as this product rapidly decreases in price. For those who went into shock at the high price of limon, not to worry. Mercados Lucas de Gálvez and San Benito have both posted prices of limóns at $20 pesos per kilo. All is well in restaurants and kitchens throughout the state.

UADY Glove Guides the Blind

Blind People in Yucatan Mexico Dr. Alejandro Castillo Atoche, Dr. Luis Ricalde, and Maestro Ricardo Peon, all of the Mechanical Engineering Department of UADY have patented a Multidirectional Obstacle Avoidance System for the Blind. The actual device is a glove with an ultrasonic sensor that operates much like radar on a boat. It allows the user to detect nearby objects or people by moving their hand in different directions. A refined version of the glove will have an electronic system that will give the user the actual distance of objects. This branch of mechanical engineering is called Mechatronics Engineering and is sophisticated enough to produce this glove that operates via sensors that are actually only on the index finger of the user. Well done! Everyone in Yucatan is so proud of these engineering professionals. We can hardly wait to see just how far they can take their project.

Embroidery: Unexpected Treasures in Out of the Way Places

Women Activities in Yucatan Mexico The place is Yaxhachén, Oxkutzcab. The women’s group is “Flor de agua.” The produce is perfect embroidery. These ladies have completed a course in embroidery and have received a grant from The Productive Organization Program for Indigenous Women and the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous People. They are in business and ready to go. While we suspect that their sales will be wholesale to vendors in cities, we can’t resist the thought that they just might want a few individual customers. If you are in the mood to take a bit of an adventure, Yaxhachen might just be the out of the way place for you.

English Speakers Needed for Conversaciones con Amigos

This just in from the Merida English Library: MEL’s bilingual conversation group – Conversaciones con Amigos – first started meeting in the winter of 1999 and has met weekly since then. The original group had six participants. Attendance now averages 60 per week year round and often reaches 80. Many of the attendees are Yucatecan college students. CCA’s purpose is to provide a relaxed, nonjudgmental setting for persons studying Spanish or English to come together and engage in an “intercambio” — to help each other with their respective languages. It is not a class or a school, and participants should possess some basic knowledge of the language they are studying. MEL sponsors this activity both to help the individual participants and to “give back” to our local community. You can help us with this effort. We currently need more English speakers to participate. The meetings are on Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. If you are interested in helping our Spanish-speaking neighbors practice their English, or if you need to practice your Spanish with native speakers, come and give it a try next Monday night. Our longtime coordinators, Ellie Guidotti and Carlos Arias, will be there to assist.

Red de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes Difusores de sus Derechos

The Network of Children and Adolescents Difuses Your Rights met at Siglo XXI Convention Center to elect their officers. It is the purpose of this group to make certain that children know their rights so that they can be the instruments of change for the future welfare of society in Yucatan. The Governor was in attendance, Children and the governor of Yucatan Mexicoas were officials of DIF. Yucatan has long worked diligently to foster a sense of citizenship and ownership in children so that they will grow up and become voters who have the best interest of their society in mind. As with any population, the manner in which children are raised and the level of respect they are given is an underlying reason for both low crime rates and rapid advancement. This is a major reason for choosing the State of Yucatan as an expat destination.

By Working Gringos

From this page: http://www.impulsus-mx.com/index.php?page=view_job&post_id=10776

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:

The Jr. Accountant will support the Director of Finance and MX Finance team by performing a variety of general accounting support tasks including those listed below. Substantial company growth will lead to possibility of advancement for this position.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Review expense reports to ensure that they are in accordance with 4th Source Policy
Reconcile billable expense reports to invoiced amounts
Assist MX Accountant with general journal entries
Conduct bank reconciliations and other month-end closing activities
Verify the accuracy of invoices and other accounting documents or records
MaintainFixedAssetslistings

CORE COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

Recently graduated Degree in Accounting
80 – 90% English fluent in conversation
Good working knowledge of all MS Office applications, especially MS Excel
Organization skills
Attention to detail
Ability to work well on own and in a team environment
Excellent communication skills
Good problem solving skills
Financial experience and background

Other requirements:
US Visa and Passport (Preferably)
Job Location: Merida
Start date: Immediately
Salary: Competitive

Send resume to hr [at] 4thsource [dot] com

By Working Gringos

Living room in Santiago renvovation in Merida Yucatan for sale

Two Bedroom Renovated Colonial in Santiago

This 2 bed, 2 bath home for sale has everything you need to be completely comfortable in Merida. This completely renovated house is on a quiet street with numerous newly-remodeled homes, just five minutes walk to Parque Santiago, one of Merida’s most picturesque parks where every Tuesday night there is dancing under the stars. Ten minutes beyond Santiago is the Plaza Grande, which means that all the attractions of downtown Merida are within walking distance of this lovely house.

Kitchen in Santiago house for sale in Merida YucatanThe house includes a garage, a welcome feature in downtown. The garage is fully-enclosed, for security and off-street parking. The house is air conditioned, and features a backyard garden and a swimming pool.

All furnishings are brand new and included in sale.

The Master Suite is on second floor, which allows it to catch the evening breezes.

The modern kitchen features a side-by-side refrigerator. Both bathrooms have large and luxurious showers, with polished cement walls and tile floors. Minisplit air conditioners are in both bedrooms and in the living area.

The high ceilings throughout the house also feature ceiling fans.

The brand new swimming pool has modern filtration equipment. There are washer and dryer hook-ups. There is approximately 2,400 sq. ft. of living space.

Price: USD $249,000

Renovated colonial for sale in Santiago area of Merida Yucatan Mexico
If interested, please contact:

Steve Lassetter (in the USA) at 1-909-241-0598
or
Carlos Puc (in Merida) at 999-267-5065 (cel phone)

Swimming pool at house for sale in Merida Yucatan MexicoSee more photos at the website (www.tx2mxproperties.com/) by clicking here!

By Khaki Scott

Ticul Trade Fair: Began April 5 – No End Date Given

One would think that the Ticul Shoe Fair is the most important event in Yucatan and, depending on who you are, you just might be right. This fair runs in the Spring and in the Fall. Since there are so many marvelous artisans in the Ticul area, the “Shoe Fair” is now known as the Ticul Trade Expo and all sorts of wonderful crafts are Expo Comerce Fair in Ticul Yucatan Mexico presented to the public. There is no end date given for this festival. It used to run during the week before Semana Santa but, for the past few years, that end date seems to have been sliding over into the beginning of Holy Week so that more visitors could come to shop. While this is an opportunity to get in on some great sale prices, we suspect that any time you visit Ticul is a good time to buy shoes and pottery.

Tianguis Entrepreneurs: UADY Chemistry Students

Everyone is, by now, used to quite regular contests for recognition and start-up money between Yucatan’s young entrepreneurs. The local universities get involved and teach young business hopefuls how to not only create their products, but also how to market and manage their ideas. This past week, in the new chemistry building of UADY, the third annual Tianguis Entrepreneurs featured seniors in the in pharmaceutical, chemical, and biological specialties within the chemistry department. The 100 participants were divided into 15 teams, where they then were trained in every aspect of creating a product and bringing it to market. This included quality control, packaging, labeling, presentation of the product or service, and treatment of the public after the product is on the market. Products created and presented by the students included insect repellents, soaps scented with natural ingredients, lotions, hair gels and juice. This kind of encouragement is all too often reserved for entrepreneurs who provide services and products that do not require a technical or scientific degree. We are so pleased to see that these hard working students are now receiving their fair share of attention and praise.

Casting Call: Can You Tango and/or Sing?

We know of quite a few excellent tango artists in Merida who need to make an appearance at the casting call for the operita that is being taken on as a new project by the Department of Culture in Merida. The name of the project is “Maria de Buenos Aires, Operita Tango.” If your dancing and/or singing skills are of professional quality, please attend this casting call on Monday, April 14, in the auditorium of the Olimpo, at 7:30 PM. The requirements to participate are to be between 25 and 40 Tango Opera in Yucatan Mexicoyears old. Dancers, male and female, must present a tango of your choice (may dance alone or with a partner) and bring the selected track. The casting for singers is for women. Contestants have to submit a piece of your choice and a tango (required), score of the selected pieces or piano (tracks not accepted), and a text or poem of not more than one minute. The jury will be composed of professionals from culture, music and theater. In total the protagonist and four dance couples will be chosen. Best of luck to all who participate and all who go to cheer them on.

Permits and Permission: Be Careful in Biosphere Reserves

The quickest route to jail is not having your permission bracelet to visit the Biosphere Reserve of Arrecife Alacranes and Ria Lagartos. The organizers of fishing tournaments have their own list of requirements and, if they don’t follow them, they too will be in big trouble. Poaching of such endangered species as queen conch and pink snail can get you in trouble with rangers, the staff of the Navy, and Profepa, who can all board your boat at will. It is going to be a long, hot summer and there will be more visitors at the beach than ever before. There will also be more law enforcement and safety personnel on hand than ever before. Please follow the rules, get all of your permits and work with the people who are trying to serve the best interests of the environment and visitors alike.

Visit Ria de Progreso!

Several years ago, when they first cleaned out and began to restore the mangroves in Progreso, the project was seen as one that was being pushed by the children who, in turn, enlisted the help of a few good Navy men. Tourist Destinations in Progreso Yucatan Mexico The work then took on a life of its own. We recently wrote about a new hostel they will be building, as well as a new fishing pier. For now, there is still plenty to see and do in this environmental wonder in Progreso. At this point, it is an estuary and natural tourist site with plenty planned for Easter tourists. For those who wonder if Nature can recover and thrive with tourism, Ria de Progreso is the best example we can offer. Congratulations to everyone associated with this wonderful project.

New Water Park Coming to Merida

While reading the list of all the wonderful things Merida will enjoy with the remodeling of the Siglo XXI Convention Center, it was exciting to find that there will be a brand new water park installed right next to Animaya Zoological Park. There will be a total of fifteen “wet areas” with waterfalls. Animaya took a bit of time to come into its own and now is one of the best zoological parks in Mexico. Since Merida is now the busiest convention center in Mexico, we can expect plenty of business to support both Anymaya and the new water park.

Telchac Puerto: Yucatan Riviera

Telchac’s mayor has reported that officials from the National Fund for Tourism Development visited him and presented plans to develop the “Yucatan Riviera” to include Telchac Puerto. This is not, it seems, a long-range goal that may or may not be funded or completed. According to officials at Fonatur, Telchac has already been included in the development of medium-range tourism projects. What really caught our eye about this project is that an urban revitalization project has already been commissioned from the Architecture Department of UADY. It looks as if this is one tourism project that is actually starting at the right point. Congratulations to everyone who takes part in this project and those who will benefit from it.

Second Johnny Rockets Opens in Merida

USA Chain Restaurants in Merida Yucatan Mexico
Two months ago, Johnny Rockets opened their first restaurant in Yucatan in the Merida International Airport. Now, it has opened a second restaurant in Galerias Merida Mall. This gives customers access to hamburgers to their individual order, crispy American fries, hand-spun shakes and signature sandwiches. Johnny Rockets is growing fast and so is the economy of all of Mexico. Yucatan Living wishes both all the best in Merida. Now we know where to go when we get that urge for a real hamburger.

Invitation: Blogging for Partners of the Americas

We recently received a newsletter from a group called Iowa-Yucatan and discovered that they are a chapter of an online group called Partners of the Americas. We were already impressed when we then discovered that any group involved in improving lives anywhere in the Americas is invited to join Partners of the Americas and to blog for them. If you have a community service project and would like to broaden your reach, please visit the Partners of the Americas website and join them in improving life for everyone in the Americas.

Editorial: Tourists: Know Thy Destination

Someone just sent us a news story with an exciting – to us – headline that promised wonderful shopping and dining experiences in Yucatan. What we found inside was an article in a major online newspaper that they had gotten from another online travel magazine, and that had been written by a British girl who now lives in New York. By now, we were wondering if the author had ever really been to Yucatan but – she did say “Yucatan,” so we continued to read – only to discover that the entire piece was about places to shop and eat in Tulum. Suddenly, the words Yucatan and “the Yucatan” were swimming in our heads. We wanted to add a comment that “Tulum is not in Yucatan” but it was too much trouble to register for an account and hope we could find our way back to the article. So – we will let it go with an FYI for both writers and tourists who have never been here: “the Yucatan” refers to the entire Yucatan Peninsula, while “Yucatan” is the State of Yucatan. Best of luck to the young author and we hope she gets to see Yucatan soon.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting April 07, 2014

Art In The City

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

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more. Opens March 27 and continues into May.
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Started March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The MACAY
Merida is fortunate to have a thriving modern art museum, the MACAY, that has a quarterly schedule for changing exhibits. This quarter started April 1 and goes until the end of June. Exhibits include works by Juan Gabriel Peón, Ermilo Torre Gamboa, Natasha Gray, Joan Miró, Vicente Rojo, Lola Álvarez Bravo and more. Be sure to visit sometime before the end of June!
Location: MACAY, Calle 60 between Calle 61 and 63, next to the Cathedral
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s MACAY Joins Google Art Project
As of March 18, the works of Francisco Garcia Ponce will be available for few to museum quality art lovers around the world. This Google Art Project began in 2011 with just 17 museums. Today, it boasts over 300 collections with 55,000 works of art in museums around the world. The collection that will be shared by the MACAY contains 119 works by Francisco Garcia Ponce, completed between 1957 and 1986. The media includes acrylic paint, mixed media, collage, and printmaking. These works were all chosen in honor of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Francisco Garcia Ponce Museum in the MACAY.
Location: At the MACAY, and of course, online at Google
Admission: Free

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) April 07

Yucatan Living No Events planned for today

 

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoTuesday (Martes) April 08, 2014

Yucatan LivingTuesday of Trova: Dueto Zazil-Kay
This is an excellent duet with a real following here in Merida. If you want to hear some authentic trova, check them out.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free:

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Orquesta Tipica
(Argentina 2006) Twelve guys looking like punk rockers pushing a piano down the street. Their sound is elaborate but raw. Their music is politically committed while historically linked to counterculture.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico 2013) Love story between a young girl and a police man, both of them had connections with drugs but in opposite ways. This will create a conflict that love will try to overcome.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 10 , 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: El Misterio del Hezbola
(Mexico 2011) Documentary about war in Lebanon.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Three Colors: White
(France 1994) Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free in April

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: House of Flying Daggers
(China 2004) A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(Canada, 2013) A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) April 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: .56% What Happened to Mexico?
(Mexico) This is the story of the battle for power in Mexico; the story of a man, known as AMLO, who was once the mayor of Mexico City. He ran for President (a photo of his visit to Merida is here to the right), lost, and challenged his country’s institutions by proclaiming himself legitimate AMLO visits Meridapresident after losing the 2006.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Rushmore
(USA 1998) The king of Rushmore prep school is put on academic probation.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Pok ta pok: Representation of the Maya Ball Game
Come to the historic center of Merida and enjoy a live replay of the ancestral Maya ball game.
Location: Calle 60 entre 61 y 63, opposite the Cathedral
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Politics in Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie Series: Politics and Cinema: “Shadow of Caudillo” (La sombra del Caudillo)
(Mexico, 1960). Director: Julio Bracho The movie, situated in post-revolutionary Mexico, describes the way politics were done in that era. Ignacio Jimenez is chosen as the candidate of the Partido Radical Progresista, but he isn’t so sure about it because he knows his boss, El Caudillo, has chosen another candidate. Several political moves are done between the parties, leading to a thunderous climax.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Movie: Hair India
(Italy 2008) The journey of a young Indian woman’s hair, donated to the Temple to be then converted into exquisite hair extensions in Italy.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) April 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: La Gran Belleza
(Italy 2013) Italian documentary about the beauties of Rome, as seen through the eyes of an aging writer and Roman resident.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Classical Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Classical Music: Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de Yucatán
Please do take time out to come and experience this marvelous youth band. They work very hard and it pays off by their being one of the best youth bands in all of Latin America.
Location: Parque de San Juan, Calle 62 x 67
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1
(USA 2003) The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her, a team she was once part of. Stars the always-beautiful Uma Thurman in a killer role.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Politics and Cinema: “Z”
(France, Algeria, 1969). Director: Costa-Gavras. Starring: Yves Montand , Irene Papas and Jacques Perrin. Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles. This movie not only won the 1969 Jury Prize in Cannes, but the Oscar for 1970. It was a breakout movie in its time.
Location : Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero Calle 62 x 61
Time : 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission : Free

Yucatan Living Movie: First Position
(2011) A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. If you love dance, you’ll love this. If you don’t, you’ll still love the drama of this movie.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 2
(USA 2004) The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday in Merida

Yucatan LivingPalm Sunday
Look for crosses and other things woven from palm leaves being sold on the street in front of the Catedral on the Plaza Grande.

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

Youth Orchestra from Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living The Pedro Hoil Children’s Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil Pedro Hoil
This is the official VII Season Concert for this wonderful young orchestra. The title of the performance is “Around the Overtures, Waltzes and Polkas”. Guest Directors include Ivan Clemente, José Ruiz, Héctor Carvajal and Aarón Sánchez. Please do come out and enjoy the talent of these young directors and one of the best young orchestras in Latin America.
Location: : Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: : 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: : Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox
(USA 2009) An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Politics and Cinema: The Battle of Algiers
(Italy – Algeria, 1965) Writer/Director: Gillo Pontecorvo. Starring Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi y Brahim Haggiag. In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. This film won the 1966 Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) April 14

Yucatan Living Easter Monday
Semana Santa Begins!

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Bici-Ruta de Progreso New Bici Ruta in Progreso Yucatan Mexico
Bring your bike, your skates, or any other kind of non-motorized travel you may have, and come to enjoy a few hours of quality family time in Progreso. Additional activities include: sand sculptures, recreational games, soccer and volleyball as well as entertainment in the Parque de la Paz. This event will run from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM and its route will begin at the Casa de Pastel (the Cake House), west on the Malecon and then back east on Calle 21.

Yucatan Living Ria de Progreso
This is an estuary and natural tourist site that is planning new activities to welcome local, national and foreign tourists this Easter holiday.

Merida Marathon in April 2014

Yucatan Living Medio Maratón de la Ciudad de Mérida 21 km, April 20 in Merida
This is an official marathon. All of the details are already online on the Medio Marathon’s website. Please read that website carefully as such things as locations to purchase tickets change as time for the marathon draws closer. Note: This event also includes a 5 km walk, so there is something here for everyone.

Yucatan Living Semana Santa’s Religious Days Observed in Mexico:
April 13, Palm Sunday
April 14, Holy Monday
April 15, Holy Tuesday
April 16, Holy Wednesday
April 17, Maundy Thursday
April 18, Good Friday
April 19, Easter Saturday (or Holy Saturday)
April 20, Easter Sunday (or Easter Sunday)
April 21, Easter Monday, a public holiday in some communities

Yucatan Living Concert: International String Quartet of Yucatan April 17
The program has changed for this concert and everyone will really enjoy the selection. Included in the new program are Howells – Fantasy for String Quartet Op. 25
Grieg – String Quartet in G min. Op 27.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $200 pesos. There are only 15 tickets left, so please call 930-2149 and help sell this marvelous group out again.

Yucatan Living Easter Dinner at Hotel Zamna Saturday April 19
Hotel Zamna will be hosting a special, four course dinner, followed by one of their famous prize quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors Open at 7:00 PM, Dinner Served at 7:30 PM
Admission: $150 pesos available from hotel reception between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
More information: Call: (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Concert: Chris Lee and Nikolay Dimitrov (violin & viola) Sunday April 20
This is a special concert that will include music by Mozart, Halvorsen and Martinu.
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: $ 50 pesos

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – May Schedule
There will be three performances by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan in May 2014.
Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi May 9 & 11
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. http://stephaniechase.com/ Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living XXVII Marathon of the Marina 2014 June 8
This marathon has grown to be one of the largest in Yucatan. The prize pool this year is more than $500,000 pesos, and includes two compact cars, two motorcycles, and trips to the Riviera Maya. The marathon will be a total distance of 42.195 km and the half-marathon will be 21 km. Registration: May 5 to June 6:
Location: Begins at the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Ends at the Malecon in Progreso.
Time: Marathon will begin at 5:00 AM
Registration: Register in IDEY offices, located in Gimnasio Polifuncional (CALLE 60 x 21 # 312 Col. Alcalá Martín): 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Fee: May 5 through May 25: $150 pesos. May 26 through June 6: $180 pesos

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

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

Events

By Working Gringos

Living Room at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Kitchen at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental

Dining Room at Casa Esplendida

Master Bedroom at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan

Bathroom at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan

Garden View Bedroom at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Master Bedroom at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental

Pool View at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Patio at Casa Esplendida Vacation Rental in Merida, Yucatan Mexico

 

Contact Us!

For information about renting the beautiful Casa Esplendida check our website

http://www.meridayucatanvacation.com

 

 

Casa Esplendida

Welcome to Casa Esplendida, the splendid Merida Mexico vacation rental that is perfectly located and comfortably furnished for the most pleasurable vacation of your life, any time of year. We know what it is like to suffer from a cold, bleak winter or to be ready for something different on a summer vacation… and we’ve created the perfect vacation getaway to fulfill all your fantasies of sun, fun and relaxation in the city of Merida! on the Yucatan Peninsula! In Mexico!

 

City Hall in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Everything You Need in a House

Casa Esplendida has two master bedroom suites in the main house, each with attached bathrooms. At the end of the winding footpath through the garden, there are two additional master suites in the casita, each with their own spacious bathrooms as well. Casa Esplendida can accommodate 8 people easily. Other amenities include:

  • Air conditioning throughout the main house and in the bedrooms
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Two Master Suites with king-sized beds
  • 1st Master Suite is a tropical theme with iron and wood décor
  • 2nd Master Suite is a bamboo theme and opens to the terrace pool
  • 2 additional Master Suites in the casita beyond the garden
  • Each Master Suite has spacious attached private bathroom with shower
  • 800 thread-count linens
  • Walk-in showers with double-sink vanities
  • Fully-equipped, large modern kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Coffee-maker, blender, toaster, microwave, stove, refrigerator
  • Original tile floors and wrought-iron work
  • Accents of natural stone and tropical hardwood throughout
  • Comfortable and convenient floor plan
  • Beautiful pool and cascading water fountain of handcut stone
  • Shaded patio and terrace
  • Outdoor shower by the pool
  • Lounge chairs for sunning on patio or roof terrace
  • All pool and bath towels included
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Formal dining room that seats 8 comfortably
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Wireless internet
  • Free cellular phone provided to use for local calls
  • Cable TV
  • Cook, masseuse, and laundry service available upon request
  • English-speaking property manager available for emergencies
  • Washer and dryer
  • Very quiet neighborhood with street parking
  • Weekly pool, garden and maid service provided. More frequent maid service can be arranged for a fee.
  • Free airport pickup with English speaking escort for up to 4 people

 

Prices

This spacious house sleeps 8 people and is available on a weekly or monthly basis, with higher prices during the holidays:

 

Low Season: Apr 1 – Oct 31, $140 USD per night (3 Night Minimum)
High Season: Nov 1 – Mar 31, $1400 USD per week
Holiday Season: $1800 USD per week (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter)

For more detail on pricing, please see our website:

www.meridayucatanvacation.com

 

 

Fresh Vegetables at Merida Yucatan Market

 

 

 

 

By Working Gringos

VOTING IN 2014

Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. So, make your vote count and get your vote in!

How to Vote in 2014 Elections from Overseas

Registering to Vote: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Even if you have voted by absentee ballot in the past, you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote in the 2014 elections. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. It allows you to register to vote and to request absentee ballots for all regular, primary, run-off, and special elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) during the course of the year it is submitted in.

You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. It will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.

Receiving Your Ballot: Request Electronic Delivery!

States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office (President, U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives) and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online for most states.

Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources.

Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain via numerous websites such as Project Smart Voter. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the Internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote [at] fvap [dot] gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Returning Your Completed Ballot: Other Options.

If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest embassy or consulate. They must be in either postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and must also be addressed to the relevant local election officials.

For information on how to submit your completed ballot, click here.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the Voting Assistance Officer for your Consular District. The Voting Assistance Officer can be reached by email at VoteCiudadJuarez [at] state [dot] gov, VoteGuadalajara [at] state [dot] gov, VoteHermosillo [at] state [dot] gov, VoteMatamoros [at] state [dot] gov, VoteMerida [at] state [dot] gov, VoteMexicoCity [at] state [dot] gov, VoteMonterrey [at] state [dot] gov, VoteNogales [at] state [dot] gov, VoteNuevoLaredo [at] state [dot] gov or VoteTijuana [at] state [dot] gov.

By Working Gringos

Name: Katheleen (Kat) Ballou

email: kat [dot] ballou [at] ymail [dot] com

Phone #’s: 999-289-8866 or cell: 999-112-0213

Want Work as:
-Virtual Office Assistant
-Social Media Director
-Copy Writer/Ghost Writer
-Typist
-English tutor
-Medical Terminology Transcription or Instruction

Qualifications:
-30 year career professional as Respiratory Therapist in Hospital Environment
-5 years Director and Manager of $10 million dollar budget for Respiratory, Cardiology and Neurology departments in a small community hospital.
-4 years writer/blogger
-1 year Social Media Consultant

By Working Gringos

Hi, my name is Ollie Hunter (olly_hunter [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk) and I am looking for a teaching job in Merida. I have experience with all age groups up to eighteen but would prefer to work with ages 4-10.

English teacher, private tutor (English, math, sciences) or live-out nanny.

I will be ready to start in July 2014.

I am from England and have two years experience teaching English in China. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. My full resume is attached.

RESUME:

Mr Ollie Hunter
olly_hunter [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk
29/07/1991

Education:
BSc Environmental Science, (September 2009 – June 2012), Honours 2:2 (59%).
University of Nottingham, UK.

A level Mathematics: A
A level Geography: A
A level Chemistry: B
The Skinners’ School: Sixth form (September 2007 – June 2009), Secondary School (September 2002 – June 2007).
Also achieved Biology AS Level C, and ten GCSEs A*-C (including English).

Additional Qualifications:
Introduction to TEFL Certificate
ISIS Study Centres Greenwich, 259 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NB.
Course Director: Mark Lewis.

First Aid Training
Emergency Life Support – Adult.
Valid: 02 Nov 20– 01 Nov 2014.

Work Experience:
Wuchang Experimental Primary School – Nanhu branch.
I worked full-time teaching grades 1, 2 and 4 oral and written English between September 2012 and January 2014. I achieved strong and effective working relationships with my Chinese co-teachers and thoroughly enjoyed teaching and conversing with my students. I have been teaching from the Oxford University Press Chatterbox course, in doing so I am now experience in using visual, audio, written and game based teaching methods. My experience of teaching very young children with no prior knowledge of English has developed my communication skills and the patience with which I help my large classes in understanding the subject matter.

Wuhan Foreign Language School, Meiga Academy – Elementary School.
I work full-time teaching grades 1 and 2 oral American English between February 2014 and the present (contract terminates June 2014). I also run an after school English club every week. In both my classes and my club I enjoy a great deal of freedom as regards the curriculum and my methods. Therefore I am able to create my own resources and use much more constructivist teaching methods than my students are used to from their other lessons. This has provided an enjoyable challenge both in my lesson preparation before class and my teaching skills in class.

I have had some work experience as a teaching assistant for the Science and Geography departments at The Skinners’ School for three weeks over June and July 2011. My work here included assisting lessons and a field trip, covering lessons and creating teaching resources. Most of my work experience was spent with members of the lower secondary school although some of the time was spent with children up to the sixth form age.
Address: The Skinners’ School, St John’s Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 9PG

Day Camps is a non-profit organization that provides activities during the summer and Easter holidays for children mostly between the ages of eight to twelve with some slightly older between the hours of nine and four. I worked here at first as a volunteer and then as a fully paid member of staff over three years commencing in July 2007. My official title was Group Leader which meant that another member of staff and myself were responsible for the welfare and happiness of a group of a dozen children over the course of a day. Most of the activities were based outdoors and included things such as archery and climbing walls as well as simpler tag-based games and camp fire and den-building skills.
Address: Day Camps, The Rover Den, Downe Activity Centre, Birdhouse Lane, Downe, Kent, BR6 7LJ

I have had work experience for approximately five weeks at an incinerator which takes in domestic waste which is then burned in a furnace and the resulting flue gas produced goes under an extensive cleaning process before it is released into the atmosphere. I worked during week commencing 18th July 2011 shadowing the operations team and between the 25th July – 16th August I created a training program for all staff and contractors to educate them on the site’s IPPC legislation as well as doing work on their IMS and the waste water system running through the plant.
Address: Waste Recycling Group, Allington Waste Management Facility, Laverstoke Rd, 20/20 Business Park, Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0LE.

For two weeks in September 2010 I did work experience with the Environmental Protection section of Tunbridge Wells Council. This mostly involved work shadowing from which I attained knowledge of the practical application of scientific disciplines such as acoustics, air quality and water pollution.
Address: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS.

I was a student ambassador for my department at the university, this means that I work for the university by running and carry out the tours which are offered to all prospective students and their parents who have successfully applied for the course. My responsibilities for this involve giving a lecture-style presentation about student life, a short walking tour around the student services around the campus as well as a longer one in a coach around the entire campus including a hall of residence and the sports centre. In addition I am available to answer any questions posed by either student or parent.
Address: The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Interests:
I was a very active in student society at my university being president of the childhood games society and general secretary of the alternative film society. These are only some of my interests which encompass literature, music and history and through helping run these societies I have been able to share my enthusiasm for them with others. I also enjoy travelling and went Inter-railing around Europe last summer on my own; this meant I had to be entirely self-reliant as I travelled through a number of foreign countries. I have also more recently travelled through parts of Southern China and Vietnam.

By Working Gringos

ATV for sale in Yucatan MexicoHonda ATV’s (2) garage find. 500 & 420 cc’s

2008-less then 50 hours! Like new!

1-TRX420TM/FM Fourtrax 420/4×4 420cc approximately 400km – 38 hrs.
1-TRX500FE Fourtrax Foreman 4×4 ES 500cc approximately 425 km – 52 hrs.

Bought new in 11/2008 at Ecomotors in Merida, a Honda dealer. In the 6 years we have owned them, that have only been used for approximately 50 hours. It’s like buying new ones for the price of used.

They have had their first service, and the second service is due at 100 hrs. They’re are like new. I have all the manuals and original paper work. They are clean and in excellent/new condition. The ATV’s can be seen in Acanceh, Yucatan, on the eastern edge of Merida, just 10 minutes off the Cancun – Merida highway.

ATV for sale in Acanceh Yucatan MexicoAsking $9,500 USD for both.

For more info, photos or to arrange viewing,
Contact Howard at:
Local: 999/278-1178 US Cell: 415/559-7780 Email: mvhb [at] att [dot] net

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

This interesting and talented writer, born in 1966 in Mérida, has published several collections of short stories in Spanish. I will comment here on two of them: “Los Mártires del Freeway y Otras Historias” (Ficticia, México, 2008) and “Caída Libre” (Ficticia, México, 2010). First, however, a warning may be in order. Martín Briceño’s themes are for adults. These are not stories for children or for the squeamish.

Dramatic and Disturbing

The problem for contemporary Yucatecan writers is that dramatic sources are scarce. Life here today in Mérida and in the state of Yucatan is tranquil, and people are honest, normal and nice. It’s quite different in Mexico City, or Ciudad Juarez, or the states of Sinaloa or Michoacan. There’s plenty of drama in those places. But in Martín Briceño’s stories there are no blazing assault rifles, rampant and crazed narcotraficantes or bloody massacres. They are not action and adventure stories. That doesn’t mean they are light-weight comedies or romances. On the contrary, they are dark and disturbing.

The author tells us that his environmental circumstances force him to focus on a more universal theme, “the human condition”. These two collections of stories concern men and women who are usually located in Mérida or in some nearby small town (the most distant place of action in “Los Mártires” is Belize), but what he describes could happen in almost any other place in the world. Perhaps that is why the personages that inhabit his stories are somehow familiar to the reader, even though their circumstances, especially their sexual compulsions and prejudices, can be uncomfortable to the point of being repellent. The following are a few examples.

It Could Happen Anywhere

In “Todas las Tardes” (Every Afternoon) we get a brief glimpse of Catalina, the obese daughter of a recently deceased owner of a store, The Horn of Plenty, which specializes in imported luxuries. When Catalina’s mother dies giving birth to her, the father promises to dedicate body and soul to the business and to his daughter. By the end of this three-and-a-half page story, we begin to understand how literally he fulfilled his promise. In the twenty minutes before the store opens for another day, Catalina lies naked in bed playing with a huge ivory phallus and nostalgically remembering her deceased father.

Strong Women

Many of these stories deal with strong and domineering women. That is certainly the case with the old matriarch in “Helena o la Anunciación,” in which four women (a grandmother, mother, daughter and music teacher) interact in a strange drama. Playing the piano is a tradition in this family and when a new piano teacher is required for the daughter, a beautiful and enchanting foreigner named Helena is hired. As a result, the daughter discovers a new interest in music and the mother develops a growing appreciation (and physical attraction) for the new teacher. This continues until the teacher is living in the house and the neighbors in the small town of San Bernardo are beginning to gossip.

The daughter has a disturbing dream in which a young nude girl is condemned to death by guillotine. Soon after, the grandmother hears the rumors and demands that Helena be fired. Of course, she is. There is no question that the matriarch of this family is fully in control.

The Dark Side

In the longest story in this collection, “Los Mártires del Freeway (Martyrs of the Freeway),” a young police inspector in Merida is assigned the task of tracking down a serial killer of homosexual men. The killings themselves are horrific. The men are first fed delicacies and then tortured, their eyes gouged out, and their bodies thrown into the atriums of the Santa Lucía and San Juan churches. The reader’s first hint that not all is quite right is that the police commander chooses the protagonist, we are told, because he’s “the right type for the job”. This is an early example of numerous ambiguous suggestions regarding the sexual orientation of the inspector, an orientation he himself seems unsure about. The author provides a glimpse into the darker side of relationships and of sex in Merida and elsewhere. As you might expect, the view is not pretty.

In the second collection, “Caída Libre” (Free Fall), we have more views of the dark side of human relationships. In this case, the author focuses on dysfunctional parejas (couples), usually with the female in the dominant role.

One story in this collection that I found especially curious and well done is called “Round de Sombra (Shadow Round).” The scene is Merida, and the narrator is an ambitious and very sarcastic and manipulative young author. He seeks the endorsement of a highly successful writer named Patricia Santiesteban, who he thinks of in disparaging terms as “the oracle,” “an old libertine,” “the adversary,” and so on. He has no respect for her or her work, but his lying obsequiousness seems to be working in his favor. For several years he has been trying to get a publishing house interested in a novel he has written, and his hope is that Patricia will open the way for him. He sees the relationship he aggressively pursues as a series of boxing rounds, in which he repeatedly beats his adversary. In the end, and unexpectedly, it is she who wins the match. It’s a clever and surprising ending, as is the case with all of Martin Briceño’s stories.

Skilled Storyteller

This author is skilled in the development of his stories and in his presentation of unappetizing and disturbing aspects of human relationships. He often uses subtlety and understatement, suggesting that something is wrong without explicitly stating it, yet cleverly making it clear to any perceptive reader just what is happening. This is a writer who has received well-deserved recognition and numerous honors for his work.

For readers who like short fiction of high quality and challenging themes, this is a writer you should not miss.

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Martin Briceño’s blog, where he writes, “I write to reaffirm my relevance to this world, to feel that my life has meaning.”

A short bio on Martin Briceño.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting March 31, 2014

Art In The City

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

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more about this remarkable man. Opens March 27 and continues into May
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday, March 27
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Starts March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday, March 28
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s MACAY Joins Google Art Project
As of March 18, the works of Francisco Garcia Ponce will be available for few to museum quality art lovers around the world. This Google Art Project began in 2011 with just 17 museums. Today, it boasts over 300 collections with 55,000 works of art in museums around the world. The collection that will be shared by the MACAY contains 119 works by Francisco Garcia Ponce, completed between 1957 and 1986. The media includes acrylic paint, mixed media, collage, and printmaking. These works were all chosen in honor of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Francisco Garcia Ponce Museum in the MACAY.
Location: At the MACAY, and of course, online at Google
Time: Anytime
Admission: Free

 

In The City

Yucatan Living Oaxaca in Merida: March 14 to April 06
Food, Handcrafts, music and dance from Oaxaca. Delicious fresh Oaxacan cheese and other delicacies, beautiful Oaxacan handicrafts… well worth visiting!
Location: Parque de la Paz, Av. Itzaes x Calle 59, Merida centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) March 31, 2014

Yucatan Living VI Visual Arts Biennial March 31 – July 31
All the best of visual artists in the Yucatan. This exhibit starts today and continues until mid summer. Check it out!
Location: : Galeria Callejon de Congreso of Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: : Open schedule
Admission: : Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) April 01, 2014

English Comedy Show in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Comedy Show: “You People” Wed. April 2, Thur. April 3
This is a one woman comedy show performed by Mel Blosom, written by Mel Blossom and Andrea Fears. Mel Blossom is the Yucatan Peninsula’s first English speaking comic and is proud to present her brand new show: “You People.” This is all new material, in an all new space, by the same filter-less woman. (Mature audiences only, please!)
Location: Jim & Elke’s Place, Faces (Calle 23 # 66 x 48 y 50, Progreso
Time: Doors open: 5:30 PM, Show starts: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, includes one free print or postcard from Blossom’s Boutique.
Reservations: Space is limited! To reserve a seat, pre-sale tickets are available at El Estudio, Paseo Montejo. Calle 56-A #486 x 41 y 43 Centro

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
Always a great Trova Trio.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Bajo El Mismo Sol (Under the Same Sun)
(Mexico 2009) A documentary about the people in small towns that have been victims of genocide and other assaults against their humanity.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

English Comedy Show in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Comedy Show: “You People” Wed. April 2, Thur. April 3
This is a one woman comedy show performed by Mel Blosom, written by Mel Blossom and Andrea Fears. Mel Blossom is the Yucatan Peninsula’s first English speaking comic and is proud to present her brand new show: “You People.” This is all new material, in an all new space, by the same filter-less woman. (Mature audiences only, please!)
Location: Trattoria La Pasta, Paseo de Montejo #481 x Calle 39 y 41, upstairs in their new bar Karma
Time: Doors open: 7:30 PM, Show starts: 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, includes one free print or postcard from Blossom’s Boutique.
Reservations: Space is limited! To reserve a seat, pre-sale tickets are available at El Estudio, Paseo Montejo. Calle 56-A #486 x 41 y 43 Centro

Yucatan Living Movie: Exit Through The Gift Shop
(USA 2011) A documentary about the social grafitti artist, Banksy. Still being debated whether it is authentic, a commentary on authenticity or a complete hoax. Read more from the NY Times here.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) April 03, 2014

Yucatan Living Comedy Show: “You People” Wed. April 2, Thur. April 3
This is a one woman comedy show performed by Mel Blosom, written by Mel Blossom and Andrea Fears. Mel Blossom is the Yucatan Peninsula’s first English speaking comic and is proud to present her brand new show: “You People.” This is all new material, in an all new space, by the same filter-less woman. (Mature audiences only, please!)
Location: Trattoria La Pasta, Paseo de Montejo #481 x Calle 39 y 41, upstairs in their new bar Karma
Time: Doors open: 7:30 PM, Show starts: 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, includes one free print or postcard from Blossom’s Boutique.
Reservations: Space is limited! To reserve a seat, pre-sale tickets are available at El Estudio, Paseo Montejo. Calle 56-A #486 x 41 y 43 Centro

Yucatan Living Movie: El Cielo Abierto (The Open Sky)
(Mexico 2011) Vigorous documentary on Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the voice of the voiceless in El Salvador, the pastor in the midst of one of the bloodiest civil wars. Romero dared to say that the mission of the Church is to identify with the poor. Archbishop Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Violin Recital
Members of the Classic Quartet of Vienna Music and students from the Art Academy Yucatan will perform, including an opening number by a 9-year old Yucatecan, María Abril Mendoza Mena. A corresponding event will be held on April 6.
Location: Olimpo Cultural Center, Plaza Grande
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know more!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: La Gran Belleza
(Italy 2013) Italian documentary about the beauties of Rome, as seen through the eyes of an aging writer and Roman resident.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) April 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: La Vida de Adele
(France 2013) A social and sexual coming-of-age story of two young women.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Pok ta pok: Representation of the Maya Ball Game
Come to the historic center of Merida and enjoy watching a renactment of the ancestral Maya ball game.
Location: Calle 60 entre 61 y 63, opposite the Cathedral
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Havanyork
(USA ?) An artistic and documentary dialogue between the musicians and countercultures of Havana and New York City. Read more at their website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan Program 9: The Romantic Piano
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the piano of Abdiel Vazquez. Music is by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Schumann.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

 

Saturday (Sabado) April 05, 2014

Botanical Talks in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan LivingBotanical Talk: Los Condimentos de la Selva
The speaker for Jungle Condiments will be Biologist Jorge C. Trejo Torres. Maya land has contributed some of the most famous spices in the entire world. These include: vanilla, allspice, chiles, oregano and cocoa. It is important for those of us who live with these wonders on a daily basis to discover and acknowledge them.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $70 pesos, Students: $35 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Flores en el Desierto (Flowers in the Desert)
(Mexico 2009) Mexican documentary about the Huichol culture. See the trailer here.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: El Niño Fidencio
(2008) A documentary about a curandero from the Guadalajara area to whom many cures and healings were attributed.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Renewing Roots: A Rock Tribute to Yucatan Trova
This is a performance by the Colectivo Metalmorfosis, under the direction of Carlos Vivas. This is a perfect opportunity to see what we mean when we recommend rock and fusion concerts in Yucatan. They have their roots in trova and there is a palpable feeling of smooth romance running through them. This Rock isn’t just for young folks.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Nomadak TX
(2009) A documentary that follows a globe-hopping musical due from the Basque Country in Spain. See the trailer here.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) April 06, 2014

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

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan Program 9: The Romantic Piano
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the piano of Abdiel Vazquez. Music is by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Schumann.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Violin Recital
Members of the Classic Quartet of Vienna Music will perform. This event is dedicated to Wolfgang Mozart, and will feature various pieces by the famous composer.
Location: Olimpo Cultural Center, Plaza Grande
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

 

Monday (Lunes) April 07

Yucatan Living No Events planned for today

 

Coming Soon

Merida Marathon in April 2014

Yucatan Living Medio Maratón de la Ciudad de Mérida 21 km, April 20 in Merida
This is an official marathon. All of the details are already online on the Medio Marathon’s website. Please read that website carefully as such things as locations to purchase tickets change as time for the marathon draws closer. Note: This event also includes a 5 km walk, so there is something here for everyone.

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – April Schedule
Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

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

Events

By Khaki Scott

Fish farm in YucatanHunucma: Largest Fish Hatchery in Latin America

Who would have guessed that the largest fish hatchery in Latin America would be in Hunucma, Yucatan? But the latest news is that a family business, located on only eight hectares in the Municipality of Hunucma, is now the largest exporter of ornamental aquatic plants in all of Latin America. The farm has 600 ponds and produces 180 different species, including four types of ornamental shrimp and snails. It produces 12 million animals a year for the foreign and domestic markets and, beginning this year, will produce six million angelfish. The best part of this is that the family has a sense of social responsibility and, this year, will donate 100,000 animals of reproductive age for protected areas in the state. The main export markets include Georgia, Belize, the United States, Germany, Singapore, and soon will move into Chile, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru, as well as remaining the number one supplier of aquarium plants and animals to customers in Mexico. They recently also entered the export market of fish food and tilapia, so look for even greater things to come from Latin America’s largest fish hatchery and producer of ornamental aquatic plants.

Tours of the Cathedral Begin in English

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

Heat: Gastrointestinal Problems On the Rise

UADY’s colleges of Medicine and Nutrition are warning that extreme heat and drought have the potential to drive gastrointestinal problems up by as much as 25% this year. This creates a significant danger for children and for the elderly. Experts still agree that eating food purchased from street vendors is not a good idea, but those warnings tend to go unheeded when its simply too hot to cook at home. In that case, experts strongly suggest the importance of avoiding places of questionable hygiene. Since this is a public health issue, officials and academics from the UADY College of Medicine are currently designing a project to train staff members who prepare food in soup kitchens, restaurants and hotels. In the meantime, the faculty and students in UADY’s Nutrition Department will work with elementary school students, and sometimes with their mothers as well, to give them support and guidance about diet. For all of us, please be extra careful with food, in or out of your kitchen, as long as the temperature remains high.

Merida’s Bici-Ruta is Growing

When the Bici-Ruta first began, it was just an idea that families might like to ride bikes and take part in activities along the way through the closed-to-traffic streets of Centro in Merida. In a very few years, this idea has not only grown into multiple routes, but has spread to other parts of the state as well. Now, Merida has a new Bici-Ruta route, through Las Americas, and it’s on Saturdays! As with all the other Bici-Ruta routes, there is a map and a weekly updated list of activities at each stop on the Bici-Ruta website. The Bici-Ruta is listed in Yucatan Living’s Ongoing Events, but it is important that this expansion news is brought to new and potential expats. Tourist attractions are important, but these sorts of events are part of daily living in Yucatan and we hope everyone will take part and enjoy what our adopted home has to offer.

Yucatan Wins Big in Chemistry Olympics

The national phase of Mexico’s Chemistry Olympics is over and Yucatan’s college level participants scored a gold, two silver, and a bronze medal. Two high school students Yucatan studens win chemistry competitionplaced in the preset and great things are expected from them in the very near future. Eusebio Raúl Uc Santos, the gold medal winner, is now one of the top 15 best in the country. One more competition gives him a chance to be one of the four Mexican chemistry contestants to travel to the International Olympics in Vietnam in June. Yucatan has been producing this level of chemistry students since 2000 and many of them go on to stellar careers in biotechnology, a field that is just now coming into its own. We can’t help but look ahead to the wonderful futures that await these young people in exchange for all of their hard work and dedication. Congratulations to them and to their families, as well as to their teachers.

3rd Annual Workshop for Young Entrepreneurs

The value of entrepreneurs is beyond measure to any economy and Yucatan understood that a very long time ago. One of the most impressive things about this state is its willingness to teach and support young people who have a dream and are willing to work to make that dream come true. When Mexico came on board and recognized the value of supporting young entrepreneurs, the universities and young people of Yucatan were off to the races and halfway around the track by the time the first announcement hit the papers. Today, UADY works with the State Secretary for Youth (SEJUVE), and with the Organization of American States (OAS) through its Young American Business Trust (YABT). This year, they will hold the 3rd Training Workshop for Young Entrepreneurs between April 21 and 27, 2014. Sixty young entrepreneurs will separate into teams to create production projects. From those, the best will be selected and will receive support of up to $50,000 pesos. The project has actually already been of benefit to other groups of students who want to be entrepreneurs as well because there has already been a program that trained coaches for this formal group of 60. As the coaches went through their training, they each coached 60 young entrepreneurs, so there are a whole lot of young people out there, all across the state, with new skills and new knowledge that can only bode well for the future economy of the State of Yucatan. Our congratulations to everyone who participated in this program!

Milenio Article Lauds AFAD President Lidia Saleh Angulo

We often don’t give our local leaders as much recognition as they deserve and such is the case with Lidia Saleh Angulo, President of AFAD (Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido). When AFAD first began, Lidia was determined that education is the key to the better treatment of both animals and people, and she set Animal shelter in Yucatanabout to bring this concept to the schools of Yucatan. The first five years of AFAD were spent in planning and development of educational programs. Then, 10 years ago, the shelter was opened. While many work to improve the lot of women and children, Lidia continues to speak for those who have no voice to speak for themselves – the dogs and cats of Yucatan. The Working Gringos have personally known and worked with Lidia for years, and can attest to her integrity, her dedication and her tireless campaigning on behalf of the animals. There is a very nice article about Lidia in Milenio this week and we know that everyone will enjoy reading it. And we too applaud Lidia Saleh and her AFAD animal shelter for their contribution to life in the Yucatan.

Cultural and Economic Ties Between Yucatan and Cuba

The State of Yucatan and Cuba have always had a reverence for each other that is evident in every encounter. Now, the second Yucatan-Cuba Trade Mission has solidified that relationship and the two are moving on with new definitions and projects that include both cultural and economic projects. Trade between the two is

focused on construction, food, textiles, plastic derivatives, flour, fruit juices, and various machines and supplies. The two governments are working together, as are the Chambers of Commerce. Everyone is more than well pleased to hear this news and can hardly wait to see what some of the cultural exchanges will add to the experience of living in Yucatan.

Circus Without Animals Law Proposed

There is currently a law before the State Legislature in Yucatan to keep circuses with animal acts out of the State of Yucatan. This comes on the heels of the horrific abuse that was found among the circus animals in a recent event. Centenario Zoo has the animals now and they are receiving appropriate treatment. In one case, Bioparque de Convivencia de Pachuca has offered to fit the black bear with a titanium prosthesis so he can recover some function of the now missing leg. Sometimes, it seems to take Profepa a long time to act but, when they do, they do so with swift justice and move mountains to make things right. Many thanks to the Centenario Zoo in Merida, to Profepa, and to the rescue and rehabilitation units of Bioparque de Convivencia de Pachuca for all they do for the wildlife and exotic animals that have been harmed by humans.

By Working Gringos

Spacious & Charming
Colonial Vacation Home
For Rent

Come and enjoy the delights of Merida Yucatan Mexico in this historic colonial home, lovingly restored to make it your perfect vacation rental home away from home.

All our rooms have high beamed ceilings typical of these old colonial houses, with both minisplit air conditioners and ceiling fans. The kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated with modern fixtures and appliances, all centered around a courtyard with a plunge swimming pool and a rooftop deck… a great place for an outdoor breakfast or glass of wine while watching the sunset. And because this is the perfect Merida vacation rental, it even has a garage for your car! Look no further, Casa de Los Mosaicos is the perfect vacation house in Merida Mexico!

Better Than Home…

Because it’s in the Centro Historico of Merida! Casa de los Mosaicos (House of Tiles) is located on a quiet street between two parks in the centre of Merida, Parques Santa Lucia and Santiago. It is literally four blocks to the main square, the Zocalo. Here you can watch the world go by, sit in the traditional confidantes (chairs), enjoy the artisans stalls set up on weekends when the centre is closed to traffic. Walk easily to nearby shops, museums and restaurants. And at night, watch the salsa dancing in the parks and maybe even give it a whirl yourself!

The house is also just blocks away from Paseo Montejo with banks, hotels, gas station, restaurants and more.

All The Amenities of a Hotel

Here’s a list of just some of the amenities of this colonial rental home. For a complete list, please see our website:

  • 2 large bedroomswith flexible sleeping facilities that include a queen bed, two twin beds and a futon in the sitting room.
  • Ensuite bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a luxurious bathtub.
  • Spacious sitting room with plenty of space for entertaining.
  • Dining room with seating for 8.
  • Fully equipped and modern kitchen.
  • Central courtyard with plunge pool, sun loungers, table with umbrella and chairs.
  • Roof terrace for additional sunbathing.
  • Private garage with remote door opener.
  • Ceiling fans and remote AC in every room.
  • Cable TV and wireless Internet.
  • Radio and CD music system.

For more details, please see our website!

Prices

This spacious house sleeps 4 to 6 people and is available for $150 US per night in the Low season and $190 US per night in the High season.

We require a 3-day minimum. If you would like to rent by the month, please inquire.

Contact Us!

For information about renting Casa de Los Mosaicos, please see our website:

www.meridahouserentals.com

Or you can email us directly:

email:


jane [dot] galton [at] gmail [dot] com
(we speak English and Español)

 

Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you in Casa de Los Mosaicos.

 

 

By Working Gringos

Living Room at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan

Cozy Living Room for a Wonderful Vacation in Yucatan

Dining Room at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Yucatan

Main Bedroom at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Guest Bedroom at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bathroom at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Art Studio at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Yucatan Mexico

Lush, Tropical Garden at Casa Marina Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa de Los Artistas

This wonderful two-bedroom artist’s house is just one and one half blocks from Plaza Santiago, a bustling city center with a daily market, cocina economica restaurants, a fountain, children’s playground, church and open square. Every Tuesday night, Santiago comes alive with music, as a live Big Band serenades the neighborhood and the neighbors come out to dance under the stars.

Casa de Los Artistas provides a lovely space, with living quarters centered on a beautiful, intimate patio with a seating area with a marble bistro table. The back patio is planted with splendid bougainvillias, a fig tree, three orange trees, papaya, cacti… all provided with substantial shade from a copse of ramones trees. The patio is especially inviting during the heat of the day, providing a place to lie swaying in the hammock by the pool with a pina colada as the fresh catch purchased earlier from Santiago market simmers on the barbecue.

The house is furnished with many marble and ironwork tables and a mahogany bed. The bedroom and kitchen face the patios, each with French doors providing excellent cross ventilation. There is a small swimming pool for cooling off in the tropical air and a fountain that fills the patio with the sound of water.The scent of the orange trees in bloom might remind the visitor of the poetry of Garcia Lorca and maybe even forgotten corners of the gardens of the Alhambra.

From Casa de los Artistas, it is just a ten minute walk to the Plaza Grande, the José Peón Contrera Opera House, the Merida English Language Library, the Merida Centennial Zoo, multiple museums and central shopping. The house is also close to Clinica Mérida, one of Mérida’s leading hospitals.

 

 

Amenities

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed
  • floor fans
  • ceiling fan
  • full kitchen
  • marble dining table
  • marble coffee tables
  • patio tables
  • patio
  • hammocks
  • WIFI
  • pool and tropical garden
  • washing machine
  • CD-radio
  • original pasta tile floors
  • A/C in master bedroom
  • iron protectores throughout

Relax in the Pool at Casa de los Artistas Vacation Rental in Yucatan

Prices

$675.00 USD per month April-November
$250.00 USD per week
$900.00 USD per month December-March
$350.00 USD per week
Utilities and cleaning services not included

 

 

Casa de los Artistas  Vacation Rental in Yucatan Mexico

 

Contact

E-mail us at goldencalf [at] mindspring [dot] com

By Eben Lenderking

The Plight of the Honey Bee

Today we are all becoming increasingly aware of the plight of the honey bees. On every internet street corner, you can read about hive die-offs linked to pesticide use, genetically-modified foods, and mono-culture planting on mass scales that are diminishing bio-diversity and putting intense pressure on those tiny pollinators. The honey that many of us in the Western World usually eat comes from the European Honey Bee, apis mellifera. There is another honey bee, however, whose plight is more acute, whose honey is sublime, and who is teetering on the edge of extinction. Melipona beechi, or the stingless honey bee, is one of many species of bees that are indigenous to the Americas.

The Honey Bee of the Maya

bees of the Yucatan in MexicoMelipona beechihas been the honey bee of the Maya for millennia. Smaller in size than the European honey bee, the melipona beechi also cannot sting, making it a delightful species to keep at home. Traditionally, Mayan families would often have their hives tied to the sides of their homes, and indeed, in a handful of communities scattered across the Yucatan and in other parts of Mexico, primarily Puebla, you can find this practice still alive.

The Mayan bees are famous for their docile nature, but they differ in other ways as well. Their colonies are much smaller, so while the productivity of an individual bee is similar to that of the European honey bee, a hive of melipona beechi will produce only 2-3 litres of honey per year. Their stinging cousins produce a whopping 50 litres per year, a factor that has contributed to their widespread cultivation. In a world obsessed with volume, that puts the peaceful melipona beechi at a severe disadvantage. Until you taste the honey. Then you realize that Melipona honey is the closest thing on earth to the nectar of the gods.

Melipona honey is also highly bio-active, and has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It is a fantastic topical antibiotic, its’ use helps reduce scarring, it is used for treating cataracts, and it makes a wonderful antiseptic if you are coming down with a cold.

The Melipona bees co-evolved with the flora of semi-tropical and tropical Mexico. They are the bees that originally pollinated the tomato plant, and along with the bumblebee, are the only natural pollinators of tomatoes. Today, most commercially-grown tomatoes are pollinated by hand using vibrating wands. The Melipona bees pollinate orchids and are the main natural pollinator of the vanilla orchid. They also pollinate all the glorious wild trees that cover the Yucatan, and all plants that conventional bees just do not visit. So in addition to saving these bees for themselves, saving these bees is also of critical importance to the natural flora of the Yucatan Peninsula.

beekeeping in the Yucatan

Beekeepers in Yucatan

In 2004, it was estimated by researchers at UADY, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, that there were only 200 Melipona beekeepers left in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. Today, this number has dropped to just 120. Because these bees have co-evolved with mankind for so long, managed hives are often more successful and healthier than their wild cousins. Young people in the Maya communities these days do not have the time or the patience to take care of them, and the practice of their care is dying out.

Becoming a Beekeeper

We have started raising and caring for these bees in 2012, with the goal of training the people in our area, growing the bee population, and harvesting the honey. It is a challenging practice. The Melipona bees are vulnerable to many of the same things that plague the European bees. Because they have no stingers, these bees are also vulnerable to attacks from ants, flies, and even European bees, which try to take over their hives.

We believe that the best way to save this species is to create a market for its honey, and to take it to the world. The honey of Mexico, and of the Yucatan Peninsula in particular, is among the best honey in the world. This rare nectar is without doubt the most unique and flavorful honey that exists today. We encourage you to take the time to seek this honey out and try it for yourself. You will often find it sold in little vials at some of the many markets that pop up around Merida and in Valladolid. It is expensive, as much as $1,000 pesos for a liter (versus $10-50 pesos for a liter of conventional honey). This honey is worth it. We think it is also worth it to know that when you are buying it, you are preserving a culture, a way of life, an endangered species, and a threatened plant ecosystem. When you taste it, you will see that it is worth every penny.

Please follow us on Facebook.com/melipona. Stay informed, as there will be events and training, and both are ways to learn more about these bees and to participate in their care.

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Travel Foundations’ Melipona Bee Conservation Project

Story in WIRED magazine about beekeeping Maya women in Yucatan

By Scott Wallace

History of the Special Waters of Laguna Bacalar

In the southeast corner of Mexico, close to the Bay of Chetumal and the northern border of Belize, is Laguna Bacalar (Lake Bacalar). Spectacularly colored, with large submarine cenotes that feed it that clear water, with extensive uninhabited mangrove and jungle shores, Mexico’s second-largest freshwater lake is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, just a few hours from Merida. Laguna Bacalar is remarkably beautiful with near-pristine waters, and it is becoming a favored destination for many residents of the Yucatan Peninsula who want to enjoy the weather, the beauty and the serenity of that area.

The lake has often been called La Laguna de Siete Colores, leaving one to wonder if the seven colors refer to the traditional light spectrum (ROYGBIV) or are a Maya reference to the water’s seven shades of blue. Lying in a hammock on the shore and looking out over those pleasing blue waters, luxuriating in a cooling breeze, it is easy to imagine that people have been coming right here to do exactly the same thing for a long, long time.

When Did Mayans Come to Bacalar?

It might surprise you to know that experts cannot reach a consensus about an approximate date (even to the nearest couple of thousand years!) when humans came first to live along Laguna Bacalar. Until recently, it was generally believed that the Maya were the original inhabitants of Quintana Roo, establishing civilizations south of and in the Yucatan Peninsula between 3500 and 2000 years ago.

maya civilization timeline on the Yucatan PeninsulaThe various Meso-American city-states and cultures of the Maya rose to prominence in different eras and regions, creating a mosaic of power and influence that waxed and waned across central America over at least three millennia. Western scholars generally agree on a framework of Maya history that looks something like the diagram to the right. The Maya have a rather different framework for viewing this history, believing that their ancestors have been coming here for a much longer time.

Recently, archaeologists working in submerged caves and cenote systems near the Tulum seashore (in places that were as much as 30 meters above sea level at the end of the Pleistocene Era, just 11,700 years ago) have discovered artifacts that seem more in line with the Maya version of history. They have found human skeletons radio-carbon dated to be between 8050 and 11,670 years old. Research is incomplete and there is little that ties these humans to any specific cultural heritage. That said, some anthropologists can imagine an enduring and separate maritime Maya culture that was built upon the long-range coastal and freshwater canoe-borne trading known to occur through most of Maya pre-Colonial history. These mobile traders and wayfarers were from their regional city-states, but their sea-faring, trans-regional roles in trade provided them a wider worldview and a more arms-length relationship with their political, religious, and even commercial hierarchies. In other words, they may have identified as Maya, but they were also rather independent and roamed far from their original homes.

Location, Location, Location

Though it is not clear when they began, prosperous trade routes ran through Laguna Bacalar and traders (plus a population that supported that trade) inhabited the lake shores. It seems probable that Maya settlements became well established along the lake sometime between 4000 and 3000 years ago, whether or not these were aligned with a regional Maya power. Some histories propose that 1580 years ago, the Itzaes culture, known for aggressively establishing and managing trading networks that circumnavigated the Yucatan Peninsula, founded Siyaancaan de Bakhalal, the Maya port city of Bacalar.

Fast forward 1100 years. The Spanish subdue the local Maya and Gaspar Pacheco founds the colonial pueblo of Salamanca de Bacalar on the formerly Maya site, a process that is done all over the Yucatan Peninsula. Fast forward another 100 years and Bacalar falls to pirates, becoming a lawless trade outpost. After another 100 years, colonialists reclaim Bacalar, build Fuerte de San Felipe (San Felipe Fort) from deconstructed Maya monuments, and establish a mestizo culture. 130 years later, the War of the Castes kills or Trade route from Guatemala to Yucatan Peninsulaexpels non-Maya and returns Bacalar and much of Quintana Roo to a purely Maya rule. Not for long, however. Because soon Federal Mexico regains control of Quintana Roo and the Maya rebels are quashed. 80 years after that, archaeologists discover Ixcabal, a vast Maya city complex comparable to Calakmul. It is only about 25 kilometers west of Bacalar, and the barely-explored site has hundreds of structures and a much larger and taller pyramid than El Castillo in Chichen Itza. For being situated on a low jungle plain with thin soil, no above-ground water and unforgiving weather, it seems to have been a curiously popular spot. Little is known about the culture that apparently thrived there, but perhaps it was related to the once-popular trade routes along Laguna Bacalar.

Trade Routes

The 110-kilometer peninsula/isthmus of Xcalak, east of the 65-kilometer-long Bay of Chetumal, provided a protected passage up the important Honduras-Belize-Yucatan water corridor. Archaeological findings and historical records indicate that this coastal passage was a core canoe trade route between the Maya states with access to the southern Caribbean coast of current-day Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula.

From the Bay of Chetumal, the large seagoing dugout canoes continued north in the lee of the Xcalak Peninsula and then through a cut (perhaps pre-Hispanic and man-made) and into calm waters behind the barrier reef along the Caribbean coast. Other local routes headed further north up into the Bays of Ascención and Espiritu, and from there, through inland waterways and a pre-Hispanic canal connecting the saltwater Chunyache Lagoon to the inland Muyil freshwater lagoon. Trade continued seaward along the coast past Tulum, Cozumel and Cancun and around the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. This is where traders exchanged obsidian and other goods for valuable salt that is still produced on the northern parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. This would have been a one-way journey from Rio Motagua, Honduras, of about 1000 kilometers.

The Bay of Chetumal was probably an important way-point in the journey. It provided protection from weather, fresh water, and river access to inland trade. Geography shows us that from the Bay of Chetumal, mariners in paddlecraft can navigate fresh water to the upper reaches of the New and the Rio Hondo Rivers, providing access to northwest Belize. The Rio Hondo also provides access to Laguna Bacalar through the Canal Chac. It goes to a 15-kilometer freshwater riverine-and-flats system that passes through Huay Pix and is the principal exit of water from Laguna Bacalar. Approximately 52 kilometers long, Laguna Bacalar is fed by a few cenotes and many underwater springs. There are also several streams flowing into the lake from large seasonal marshlands to the west, north, and northeast of the far north end of the lake.

The Three Waters of Laguna Bacalar

It turns out Laguna Bacalar is not actually a single body of water. It is actually three irregular but parallel waterways that run more or less north to south, with a slight east-west slant. Close by is another lake-and-marshlands system, Chile Verde, that drains low-lying marshlands north and east of the lake into Laguna Guerrero and the Bay of Chetumal. The westernmost body of water is the largest and also the closest to civilization and Highway 307, and this is the water that is usually referred to as Laguna Bacalar.

If you head due east across the Laguna Bacalar from the town of Bacalar, you will pass through a 800-meter navigable cut called the Pirate Canal and into a second lake that is five kilometers long. That lake exits to the south toward the Canal Chac and eventually into the Rio Hondo. Here, the water ranges from one to fifteen meters deep, and the “Bacalar blue” water of this lake is very clear. The bottom is covered with light-colored sand or silt, and the shore is sandy with a few low shrubs and trees.

If you continue east across this second lagoon, you will pass through a half-kilometer shallow cut into a third lagoon of meandering backwaters with many narrow side channels. This body of water runs parallel to the main Laguna Bacalar for almost its entire length. It is a gently-flowing, shallow and clear waterway that is bordered on the west by low wetland flora and on the east by low jungle. Sometimes kilometers wide and sometimes only meters wide, these waters require some local knowledge to navigate, as it would be easy to get lost here. The waters are home to a number of bird and a few mammal and amphibian species. Strangely, there are very few fish in the lake. And also strangely, but wonderfully, in each of its many channels and passages, the water is extremely clear. The principal lake, Laguna Bacalar, shows vibrant blue colors with Laguna Bacalar water systems on Yucatan Peninsula in Mexicosurprising variation in hue, not only from place to place but in one place from time to time, almost moment to moment. Whatever the reason, the blue of Laguna Bacalar has always seemed somehow special.

Blue is the Coolest Color

What about that blue color? For one thing, the shades of blue and the intensities of the colors change as tradewind-driven clouds come and go, often many times an hour during the day. And the lake presents different colors of blue in different places at any one moment, probably due to the varying water depth and bottom color and the viewer’s height above water. The lake also presents different colors of blue at different moments of the day, probably due to changes in sunlight and turbidity, or suspended solids, in the water. One of the beauties is the changeability of the lake coloring; but mostly it’s the blue. There is just a special “Bacalar blue” that seems to please everyone who sees it.

Many of us who live here have a special fondness for the blues of the Caribbean on a clear bright sunny day. Other people might love the blue found in deep ice or snow. The source of this special coloration and, as it turns out, the color of water itself, is a somewhat complex thing. In nature, the eye/mind sees specific colors because the object we look at absorbs some parts of the sunlight bathing it and reflects other parts. The reflected parts of the spectrum are what we perceive to be the object’s colors. That’s the way color works for everything we look at in sunlight. Well, everything *except* water.

Water is unique in nature in that some sunlight is absorbed and agitates the water molecule’s electrons, causing them to radiate – not reflect – light at a specific blue frequency. This process is called vibrational transition. Water is the only naturally-occurring substance to exhibit this property and this may account for why the “special blue” of certain waters is so pleasing to the eye for many people. “Bacalar blues” are special colors. The clarity and mineral content of Laguna Bacalar, combined with the radiant blue the sun brings out, lend the lake an especially pleasing and ever-changing range of colors.

Generally, the deeper the water and the clearer the water and the brighter the light and the more reflective the bottom, the more vibrant the color your eye will see. So varying depths of similar water will yield different colors and intensities of blue. And varying whiteness of the lake bottom will also vary the color. As will varying light intensity, varying turbidity, varying sky color and cloud cover. Laguna Bacalar has all these things playing together, like an orchestra creating a constant symphony of blue, a spectral ballet. These factors combine, producing an astonishingly dynamic and beautifully-colored lake from moment to moment of every sunny day. We are not the first to be enchanted by these waters, and probably, we will not be the last.

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Stay tuned for another upcoming article about traveling from Chetumal Bay to the north end of Laguna Bacalar. For almost ten years, Scott Wallace and his wife Peggy have operated www.bacalarmosaico.com, a website about Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar with information useful to visitors.

By Working Gringos

Position Wanted: Spanish, French and ESL Teacher, Translation, Copywriting, Sales or Tour Guide in or around Merida

Contact: Kathleen Price at kprice [at] vcs [dot] net

Resume:

Summary:
Student-focused teaching professional with strong multicultural knowledge, 29 years working in Europe, both in companies and university level business schools. Actively engages all students; incorporates fun activities to cultivate a highly motivated learning environment. Has worked as interpreter for U.S. Embassy in Madrid, translated for pharmaceutical companies and CPA firms in Spain and France.

QUALIFICATIONS

Multilingual (Spanish, French, Italian)
French and Spanish educator
Curriculum development
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ursuline High School Aug 2010-Present
Spanish teacher, SP III, SP III H, SP IV

St. Joseph’s School of the Sacred Heart Oct 2008-June 2010
French and Spanish Teacher
-Lower school French teacher and middle school Spanish teacher

Pinewood School Aug 2006-June 2008
Spanish and French Teacher
-Taught high school Spanish and middle school French

San Anselm School Sept 2005-June 2006
Part-Time Spanish Teacher
-4th and 5th grades

Marin General Hospital Sept 2005-June 2006
Curriculum Designer + Instructor
-Designed and taught course, “Medical Spanish for Health Care Professionals”

Marin School of Arts and Technology (MSAT) (replacement) Jan-June 2005
Spanish Teacher
-Taught Spanish I through bilingual students, using project based learning

Valley Christian High School Aug 2003-June 2004
French and Spanish Teacher
-Set up and taught French IV AP program, French II and III; Spanish I and II
Language Exchange International, Boca Raton, FL
Oct 2002-July 2003
ESOL instructor
-Also started own company, teaching Spanish to executives, journalists

Highlights of international experience:

Theramex, (Merck Pharmaceuticals, Monaco) Jan 2001-June 2001
Business English trainer

VIRBAC Laboratories, Carros (Nice), France
Jan 1995-Jan 2001
English and Spanish Corporate Trainer, Training Manager
-Was in charge of English and Spanish language training in France’s leading veterinary pharmaceutical firm.
-Developed curriculum and organized all courses in-company, and abroad.
-Taught specific seminars: “Holding Effective Business Meetings”, “Negotiation Skills”… Consulting and translating

ESADE School of Business Administration, Barcelona, Spain Sept 1979-Sept 1985
Business English Teacher

Previously employed as Professor of Business English with EDHEC Business School (9/1994-3/1995), Nice, France;
Professor of Business English with ESCP+EAP Business Schools and Hopital Broca+Fondation de Gerontologie (9/1992-
6/1994) Paris, France; Business Manager with Echotext Productions (5/1990-6/1991); English Trainer with LePoint
weekly news magazine, Paris France; (11/1985-6/1989); Part-Time Sales Rep with EF Educational Tours (11/1987-
6/1988); Freelance Translator with Revlon Corporation; Visiting Spanish Lecturer with Kirby College, Middlesborough,
England; (10/1977-6/1978); Curriculum Designer and teacher with The Dutch School,Madrid, Spain (10/1973-6/1975);
Freelance Interpreter with American Embassy, Madrid Spain (1973-1975).

EDUCATION

New York University in Madrid, Spain
Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature

University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
B.A., Major in Spanish, minor in French
Graduated with honors

St. Lawrence University Canton, NY
Undergraduate studies, Junior Year in Madrid, Spain

*References available upon request.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting March 24, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exhibition: Spring Colors: Benjamin Ramirez
This is an exhibition of contemporary art by Benjamin Ramirez. Please see Yucatan Living’s article about Benjamin Ramirez, Gentleman Artist, to learn more about this remarkable man. Opens March 27 and continues into May
Location: Galeria del Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday, March 27
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: Habanerorama Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera, a local artist with a very distinct style. Samuel’s view of the world is fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work. Starts March 28.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday, March 28
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s MACAY Joins Google Art Project March 18 and beyond
As of March 18, the works of Francisco Garcia Ponce will be available for few to museum quality art lovers around the world. This Google Art Project began in 2011 with just 17 museums. Today, it boasts over 300 collections with 55,000 works of art in museums around the world. The collection that will be shared by the MACAY contains 119 works by Francisco Garcia Ponce, completed between 1957 and 1986. The media includes acrylic paint, mixed media, collage, and printmaking. These works were all chosen in honor of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Francisco Garcia Ponce Museum in the MACAY.
Location: At the MACAY, and of course, online at Google
Time: Anytime
Admission: Free

 

In The City

Yucatan Living Oaxaca in Merida: March 14 to April 06
Food, Handcrafts, music and dance from Oaxaca. Delicious fresh Oaxacan cheese and other delicacies, beautiful Oaxacan handicrafts… well worth visiting!
Location: Parque de la Paz, Av. Itzaes x Calle 59, Merida centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) March 24

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Tuesday (Martes) March 25, 2014

Classic Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: The War of the Worlds
(USA 1952). Director: Byron Haskin. Starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson and Less Tremayne. This is the first film adaptation of the H.G.Wells story told on radio of the invasion of Earth by Martians.
Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque de Las Américas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
Always a great Trova Trio.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) March 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cantunis
(Spain 2007) In 1978, Barcelona launched a social program for Can Tunis, a neighbourhood where people hovered between life and death. Twenty years later, things are not going well. The movie shows how they fight the utter deterioration and indifference of inhabitants and authorities. A teacher tries to motivate his students. He knows that education makes them aware of their reality and offers them the only opportunity.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: La Sociedad de la Nieve (Stranded)
(Uruguay 2008) Documentary about the Uruguayan rugby team that was stranded in the mountains after a plane crash. Interviews with the 16 survivors years later. Read more about it in this NYTimes review.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Remembering the Composers
This is a very special event that showcases the work of past composers of Traditional Yucateco Trova. AND its at the Music Museum… if you haven’t visited yet, this is a great excuse to go. It’s a very special location!
Location: Museum of the Yucateco Song, Calle 57 x 50, Merida centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Thursday (Jueves) March 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Light Game: JAM Celebration
This concert includes live music by Leika Mochan (Mexico), but it is really an opportunity for the teachers and students to interact on stage. They have been involved in a wonderful international workshop for the past week or so and this is going to be a great performance! The show is open to the public and you may learn more about the project here.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61, Merida centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Ladrones Viejos (The Old Thieves)
(Mexico 2011) A documentary that interviews old men behind bars for crimes committed long ago. Apparently a fascinating way of looking at the Mexico City of 30-40 years ago. Certainly in Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Light Game: Go: Organic Orchestra (IBU Invites: Music of the World)
This performance is also part of the Light Game project. It is an IBU production, under the direction of Adam Rudolph. This project is billed as an International Meeting Under the Tent and is intended to be a merger between the performing arts, music and circus. Learn more about the project at: ilaii.com/es/projecto/juegoluz and www.facebook.com/ilaiiAC
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know more!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Radio: La Colifata
A documentary about the famous musical group Manu Chao. Most certainly in Spanish, but the music is so wonderful, you might enjoy it even if you are struggling to understand it. More about it here on the website.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) March 28, 2014Yucatan Bird Festival 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: El Hombre Que Vivio en el Zapato (The Man Who Lived in a Shoe)
(Mexico 2011) Directed by Gabriella Gomez Mont, this film presents the story of José Luis “El Guero ” Gil Robles, an unknown man – until now – with an eccentric behavior ranging between madness and genius. Read more here (in Spanish).
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Invitation: Program of Activities for Festival of Birds 2014
It is time to begin to plan for this fall’s activities. Since Yucatan has become a major birding destination, the program of activities for the Bird Festival has become an important part of activity planning earlier and earlier each year. You are cordially invited to the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Birds in Yucatan where they will outline the entire program for this year.
Location: Multiple Use Salon, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Merida
Time: 6:00 PM, Friday
Admission: Free: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Concert: I Know You’ll Be Back at First Light
This performance is under the direction of Francisco Sobero Tanicho. Stars include: Tanicho, Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen and Beatriz Rosado. Executive Production by Ivan Rubio and Grupo Arpa Merida.
Location: Casa Teatro Tanicho, Calle 66 # 369 x 41, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $60 pesos. More Information: 927-3207

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: La Gran Belleza (The Great Beauty)
(Italy 2013) Tonite’s open air movie is a story of Rome. 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. Sounds wonderful!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director; Shari Mason, Violín
Music for the evening includes: Overture “Così fan tutte”, K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concert for violín, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Creative Dance in Yucatan Mexico 2014

Yucatan Living Light Game: Show: Collective Creation
This performance features Jazz ensemble Moving Pictures (Adam Rudolph, Axel Marcelo, Ralph Jones and Kenny Wessel. It is billed as produced by Creative Synergy: IBU Ilaii AC & Production. Learn more about the project at: ilaii.com/es/projecto/juegoluz and www.facebook.com/ilaiiAC
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 57, Merida centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) March 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: La Gran Belleza (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. Sounds wonderful!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Merida Music Festival
Finally, the Merida Music Festival is here! Come and listen, dance, drink and eat to your heart’s content!
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE
More Information: Merida Music Festival website. The email is info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Movie: Vuelve a la Vida
(Mexico 2011) Back by popular demand, the story of a supermodel from New York, a Mexican scuba diver and a shark. Fun!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: I Dance in America
This is a Ballet Gala featureing different Pas de Deux, and the Ballet “Bolero” with music by Maurice Ravel. Featured dancers are from the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Juan González and Emmanuel Gutiérrez.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Light Game Concert: Moving Pictures Jazz Ensemble & IBU Invitation to Music of the World
Featured musical artists: Adam Rudolph, Alexis Marcelo, Ralph Jones and Kenny Wessel. Learn more about the Light Game International Meeting Under the Tent Project at: ilaii.com/es/projecto/juegoluz and www.facebook.com/ilaiiAC
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Call for Donations: II Evolucion Spay/ Neuter Clinic in Uman
Goal: 100 animals spayed or neutered, with more expected
Cost per animal: $400 pesos, which covers the cost of surgical supplies, anti-parasite meds, follow-up meds and additional vaccinations and antibiotics if required. Most animals get their nails trimmed and their ears cleaned. Vets, vet techs, vet students and volunteers donate their time.
Sponsorship: Can you sponsor one animal? Can you ask your friends to sponsor one animal? Evolucion will send donors, via email, a photo of each animal that they helped sterilize.
How to Donate to the Uman Spay and Neuter Clinic: Online via credit card or Paypal on the Evolucion Animal AC website go to www.evolucionanimal.org/donate.php. Click on the Donate button. Please mark your donation as “Clinic.” If you would like to make a cash donation, please email patintheyucatan [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks for being part of the solution!

Yucatan Living Documentary: Spirits of the Rainforest
Travel through time and space to visit the Manu Tropical Reserve. Located at the foot of the Andes, this rainforest is known for the simple form and difficult lives of its inhabitants.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director; Shari Mason, Violín. Music for the evening includes: Overture “Così fan tutte”, K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concert for violín, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office.
Please refer to the OSY website for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: I Dance in America
This is a Ballet Gala featuring different Pas de Deux, and the Ballet “Bolero” with music by Maurice Ravel. Featured dancers are from the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan, under the direction of Juan González and Emmanuel Gutiérrez.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

 

Monday (Lunes) March 31

Yucatan Living VI Visual Arts Biennial March 31 – July 31
All the best of visual artists in the Yucatan. This exhibit starts today and continues until mid summer. Check it out!
Location: : Galeria Callejon de Congreso of Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: : Open schedule
Admission: : Free

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – April Schedule
Program 9: The Romantic Piano
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the piano of Abdiel Vazquez. Music is by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Schumann.
Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan LivingBotanical Talk: Los Condimentos de la Selva
The speaker for Jungle Condiments will be Biologist Jorge C. Trejo Torres. Maya land has contributed some of the most famous spices in the entire world. These include: vanilla, allspice, chiles, oregano and cocoa. It is important for those of us who live with these wonders on a daily basis to discover and acknowledge them.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $70 pesos, Students: $35 pesos

English Comedy Show in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Comedy Show: “You People” Wed. April 2, Thur. April 3
This is a one woman comedy show performed by Mel Blosom, written by Mel Blossom and Andrea Fears. Mel Blossom is the Yucatan Peninsula’s first English speaking comic and is proud to present her brand new show: “You People.” This is all new material, in an all new space, by the same filter-less woman. (Mature audiences only, please!)
Location: Trattoria La Pasta, Paseo de Montejo #481 x Calle 39 y 41, upstairs in their new bar Karma
Time: Doors open: 7:30 PM, Show starts: 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, includes one free print or postcard from Blossom’s Boutique.
Reservations: Space is limited! To reserve a seat, pre-sale tickets are available at El Estudio, Paseo Montejo. Calle 56-A #486 x 41 y 43 Centro

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary)
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold)
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

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By Khaki Scott

2014 Drought Predicted for Yucatan

Sequia in Yucatan Mexico
The scientists at the Meteorological Observatory at UADY are predicting an El Niño drought for this state, especially during the month of April and on through the summer and fall months. These conditions, i.e. periods of extreme heat between cold fronts, along with an active hurricane season and warming of the waters in the Pacific Ocean, are exactly the same as those that produced Hurricane Isidore in 2002. We cannot suggest strongly enough that everyone hope for the best and prepare for the worst. In the meantime, a backyard garden might be a better idea than ever.

Yucatan: Protestant Churches

This week, we received multiple requests from individuals interested in church services for denominations other than Catholic and non-denominational. Since religion is a topic that does not often come up, we thought we would give our readers links to at least two of the mainstream Protestant churches that are here in Yucatan.
Methodist: Rose of Sharon Temple (Templo “La Rosa de Saron”). You can find them on the Templo La Rosa de Saron Facebook page. Their address, phone number and e-mail address are all on their “About” page.
Baptist: Iglesia Bautista Merida Norte A. R.
Assembly of God in Mexico: Iglesia Emanuel
To find a listing of more churches, with a variety of denominations, and religious organizations, please go to Yucatan Living’s Service Listing online document, where all necessary contact information is provided.

Hurricanes: Better Safe Than Sorry

The 2014 International Hurricane Seminar was held in Merida this past week and scientists announced that hurricane activity this year is expected to be 60% above normal. They declined to predict a specific number of hurricanes to be expected, nor the strength of those hurricanes. They did state that both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans will be affected and reminded us that Yucatan has the potential to be affected by hurricanes that come out of both areas. While we usually wait until June 1 to ask residents to begin preparing for hurricanes, this may be a year when it is prudent to begin a little early. There is plenty of information online about preparing for hurricanes, so please do take advantage and make sure that your families, your pets, and your neighbors are safe. Please be certain to read all of the documents provided by Civil Protection of Yucatan (PROCIVY) . If you cannot read Spanish, please have someone help you so that you and yours will be safe during the upcoming hurricane season. And you might want to read our article on Hurricanes in Yucatan.

Agricultural Burning Schedule Online

As many current residents already know, the burning of the fields is an integral part of agriculture in this region. As a matter of public safety, the State of Yucatan releases a schedule of burnings each year, giving those who need to protect themselves an opportunity to do so. This year’s burning schedule, along with the locations of local fire departments, is online at the 2014 Yucatan Schedule of Agricultural Burning. It might be of interest to expats that incidents of wildfires are down this year, which lends support to the public education programs put on by firemen throughout the state.

Gringo in Mexico Came to Valladolid

TV Show in Valladolid Yucatan
The unicable pay television channel of the Televisa Network sent the stars of their show, Gringo in Mexico, to Valladolid. There, Erika Honstein and Robert Alexander tried out all of the local markets and tasted the most common local dishes. They also took in the sights, including the artisan markets, Cenote Zaci, and the flamingo and crocodile sights along the coast. Sometimes, we forget just how much there really is to see in the very northeastern corner of the State of Yucatan. Perhaps seeing this show will give us a fresh view of the wonders we often take for granted.

Chichen Itza: Weather Wars a Rare Tie

Spring Equinox in Chichen Itza Yucatan Mexico
Over 5,000 visitors from Brazil, the United States, Japan, Russia, Spain, and other nations watched as the Rain God Chac won out over the Great Plumed Snake God Kukulkan with just a few drops of rain. As many visitors grew discouraged and left the area, the sun came out and Kukulkan regained control with all seven inverted triangles of light showing along the staircase of El Castillo. In the end, the contest was declared a rare tie. The next day, March 22, almost 30,000 people came to pay tribute to the coming of Spring in Yucatan’s Archaeological Zone. Tourism officials are pleased to report that the numbers of visitors continues to grow each year.

Yucatan’s Beach Water Earns “Clean Beaches”

Clean Beaches in Yucatan Mexico
On the eve of Semana Santa, Conagua has given the beaches of Estado de Yucatan the designation of “Clean Beaches,” meaning that the water is safe for swimming and recreation. This designation was not earned as a squeaker. Coliform density was almost half of what they would have needed to qualify as Clean Beaches, so this is an honor earned with many points to spare. All of Yucatan’s beach towns are to be congratulated for their dedication and hard work on this issue.

Badly Abused Circus Animals Rescued in Yucatan

A traveling circus came to Dzidzantun with a black bear, a lion, a Bengal tiger and three spider monkeys all suffering from severe injuries. Profepa immediately stepped in to rescue these animals. The black bear and the monkeys are on SEMARNAT’s endangered species of native flora and fauna, while all of the animals were judged to have been severely abused. The General Wildlife Act can charge the owners and operators of the circus up to 50,000 times the minimum wage, as well as confiscate the animals. As the animals have already been confiscated and sent to Centenario Zoo in Merida, they are safe and receiving the care they need to recover. At the present time, a law prohibiting the use of live animals in any kind of entertainment is working its way across Mexico. That one is having a hard time, but at least everyone is on notice now that the kind of abuse suffered by these circus animals is not something any circus owner wants to bring to the State of Yucatan. We are thrilled to see that this happened and hope that more animals will be rescued in the months and years to come.

New Tourist Site Coming to Chicxulub

Touristic Project in Chicxchulub Beach in Yucatan Mexico
In order to maximize the potential and safeguard this important ecosystem coastal site, it has been decided to consolidate the tourism activities surrounding the topic of the Chicxulub Crater as a site for local, national and international tourism interest. This new site will be a corridor along the old road. It will include a hostel, a tourist center, what they are calling an interpretive center of the Chicxulub Crater, and a new jetty for boat transportation to the three cenotes known as El Corchito .” The interpretive center will, in all likelihood, take the place of the center in Merida as a more logical place to keep information related to the history of the crater. It looks as if Chicxulub’s small village environment is about to go global. Hopefully, the current residents will begin now to develop policies and programs that will preserve the best of life in Chicxulub.

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: It has been awhile since we wrote this article, so we updated it with newer information. We hope that those of you who are new to the Yucatan and who have pets will find this helpful. If there is anything you need to know, please ask us in the Comment section.

Pets Are Inevitable in the Yucatan

URL, The Amazing Mexican Wonder Dog!Inevitably, as an expatriate living in the Yucatan, you will probably own a pet or rescue one. There are few of us who are able to live here without adopting a homeless dog or cat, and many of us bring our furry friends when we make the big move to Mexico.

The Working Gringos have two sets of furry dopplegangers, so we speak from experience. We brought our cats, Penguin and Byrd, with us from California. It was surprisingly easy to import them to Mexico. The vet in California knew the correct form to fill out. We took them on the plane in cat carriers and presented the form in Cancun when we arrived. It took the bureaucratic wheels about 45 minutes to spin out a permission and voilá! we had Mexican cats. Much easier than importing a car

We were soon to learn that our homegrown cats are about twice the size of a typical Yucatecan cat. Cats here don’t generally eat as well as ours have all their lives, and we think their DNA makes for a smaller cat as well. Our office (a small colonial building in the centro historico) had roof access, so we were adopted by about ten neighborhood cats Cats on a hot Merida roofwho realized that if they came around and looked hungry, we might feed them. Soon we found ourselves arranging for them to be fed when we went away, and discovered that their numbers began to grow. One black cat in particular that we call Sbu, (for short, black and unattractive), brought us her two kittens one day. We found homes for the kittens, had Sbu sterilized, and she was a permanent fixture in our office back yard for years afterward. She earned her position through tenacity and because she was an affectionate animal. The other dozen or more cats were demanding and typically unaffectionate… in other words, feral. When our two dogs arrived in our lives, we were not unhappy to see that the majority of neighborhood cats no longer seemed interested in hanging around.

Coated XoloitzcuintleDogs of course, are a different experience altogether. Both of our dogs, URL and Mali, are street dogs. That is, we found them on the street. URL was a dying puppy laying by the side of the highway outside of Taxco in the state of Guerrero. That’s him at the beginning of this article, two days after we found him. Mali was a six-month old lost soul wandering in Santa Ana Park here in Merida.

We Love Our Malixes

The Mayan word for dogs of uncertain breed is malix (ma-LEESH), and that’s what the locals call our dogs. But we suspect there’s a bit of cultural bias in their appraisal. Our dogs are (mostly) the coated (hairy) version of the Mexican hairless dog, called Xoloitzcuintle (show-low-eets-KWINT-lee), depicted in pre-Hispanic art as the "dancing dog". These dogs are thought to be the oldest breed of dog in the Americas. While the hairless variety are carefully bred for show, the coated variety are commonly associated with Native Americans, hence the cultural bias. A lot of Mexicans prefer razas finas (breeds) and we have often found ourselves suggesting to a local Meridano that they considering adopting a dog instead of buying one. Finally, this idea seems to be getting some traction in the Yucatan. Still, most Yucatecans look down on street dogs… and when we walk our dogs, they ask us, “Que raza es?” (What breed are they?). We gently reply that these are their much-maligned street dogs (perros de la calle or callejeros) and that when you love and feed them, they look like this!

The Xoloitzcuintle does seem somehow ancient. The coated variety does not have fur, but they have very short hair like a deer or horse. They have almond-shaped eyes ringed with black "eye-liner", traces of a mane around their unusually long necks, bat-like ears and rubbery skin exposed on their bellies. We consider them the essence of dogness and they are probably the most wonderful dogs we have ever known: gentle, sweet-natured and incredibly hardy. They don’t shed much and they don’t smell, but they can wolf down an entire chicken from Pollo Brujo – bones and all – without taking a breath.

Caring for Pets in the Tropics

Caring for pets in the tropics can be a bit different than up north in more temperate climates. The most common ailment for dogs and cats here are problems with skin and ears due to the heat and humidity. Allergies are also an issue, again because of the humidity and also the polvo (dust) that’s kicked up in building and renovation. Even if you aren’t renovating, a neighbor a few houses away can kick up enough dust to cause a problem for your pets. The youngest of our cats developed a terrible allergy after being here for two years, which manifested as heart-wrenching coughs and sneezing. The vet eventually put Byrd on a monthly schedule of shots (delivered at home) which kept the nasty allergy at bay.

Pulgas (fleas), garrapatas (ticks) and parásitos (parasites) are also more of a problem here. A monthly regimen of Frontline or the equivalent treatment seems to keep our dogs flea and tick free. Our cats don’t get out of the house much, so they don’t have those problems.

Resting in the Yucatan SunAnother thing that a pet owner needs to be more aware of here is the heat. There are months and months of the year when we just can’t bring our dogs anywhere in the car if we have to leave them for more than a couple of minutes. The heat is just too great, even with the windows rolled down. They are better off at home where at least they have a cool tile floor to lie on. And for those same months, we get up at 5 in the morning to walk them, because walking them any later in the day would be punishing to both dog and human.

Pet food is easier to come by than it used to be, but there are not as many varieties available as you might be used to. For months, we shopped at one particular store because it was the only one that carried the cat food that our cats would eat. In the States, a can of salmon Friskies was easy to find… but not so here in Merida for many years. Dog food that is easily available is sometimes not nutritious enough for a dog with certain ailments. Specialty dog and cat food is only available at a few pet stores and through your vet. There are a few good pet stores now (every major shopping mall has one) and the ability to buy supplies is getting easier all the time. But you can’t just drive to your local store and find your favorite organic brand of dog or cat food, and the range of toys, clothes and pet accessories is more limited.

Vets in Yucatan

Veterinarians in Merida, YucatanOne of the most important people a pet owner needs to know, as you can imagine, is a veterinarian. There are many veterinarians here in Mexico and we’ve put a short list of our favorites at the bottom of this article. Apparently, it isn’t as difficult to get into veterinary school in Mexico as it is in the States. That means there are more vets, but their skills and experience vary. If your pet is a member of the family (like ours is), it is important to find a vet that you and your pet can trust. We have found some wonderful vets and can vouch for the care they have given our animals. One of the things we LOVE about vets here is that house calls are a common practice. So the cat gets her allergy shot at home. And when our dog, URL, had his backside visited by a tourist bus, our vet was at our house within an hour to care for him – on a Sunday!

Vets provide the grooming services that are often a separate business in the States, and they often have a small shop set up in their office selling collars, leashes, medicine and food. Your vet can put you in touch with a trainer for your puppy, should you be so inclined. Vets will also occasionally board your pet, but don’t expect five-star accommodations. Medically, pet care is the same here as anywhere else in the world, but boarding services are more basic. Fido just needs a place to sleep that is safe and dry, a good meal and ample water. Air conditioning, play time and a down pillow are out of the question. The best place in Merida to board a pet that we know of is Perro Paraiso, on the highway from Merida to Progreso.

Veterinarians in Merida, YucatanWe have found a few good vets who speak English and some who don’t, because what matters more to us is how well they communicate with and care for our animals. We certainly welcome your recommendations to add to our list. Feel free to send us your vet’s name and number if you have found one you like.

Stray Animals

Sadly, there are far too many dogs and cats in Mexico in relation to the number of people with the resources to be able to care for them adequately. Anyone who has traveled in Mexico has seen street dogs that look too neglected to be happy or healthy. The Yucatan presents an even more difficult situation for an animal living on the street, because the heat is punishing and water is often hard to find.

URL TodayIf you see a dog or cat in need of rescuing, what should you do? First of all, be careful. Some animals are feral and may be dangerous if you approach. If you have determined that the dog or cat is friendly, and you want to help, the first thing is to take the animal to a vet to be evaluated and vaccinated. If you choose not to be that involved, we know of two places that rescue and care for stray pets in Merida and they are listed below. (We have also listed similar shelters on the Mayan Riviera.) If you want to adopt a pet, we encourage you to visit these shelters and adopt an animal from them. They will have given the animal the required vaccinations and sterilization. In our experience, the shelters are full of friendly, healthy animals deserving good homes.

Some Meridanos let their pets roam the streets freely… especially on Sundays, because there are fewer cars in the city then. This is not something we would recommend. But this means if you find a dog on the street, it isn’t necessarily without a home. As a pet owner, you should know that the city of Merida (and most other big towns in Yucatan) do their best to keep the stray pet population to a minimum. In Merida, this involves rounding up stray dogs and routinely euthanizing them. A dog wandering the streets without a collar is liable to be picked up, taken out to the Perrera (dog pound) on the Periferico and destroyed if it hasn’t been claimed in a week. So always keep a collar on your pet, just in case he or she gets out of the house and finds itself on the street.

If You Lose Your Pet

If your pet does get out and is lost, try not to panic. We have heard stories of many pets that have escaped for one reason or another and been found a few hours or even days later. One of our cats decided to explore after we moved into a new house in San Sebastian. We were heartbroken because she was gone for days. But on the night of the third day, she came strolling back in, hungry and tired, and she never left again. We suppose she figured out it was nicer at home. Dogs have often gone missing too, and most of the time, they are found within a day or two. We have found that the best results come from putting posters up around the neighborhood where they were lost. Usually, some kind family has taken them off the street and once they see the poster, they contact the owner. Certainly, it also does not hurt to let your expatriate friends know when your dog or cat has gone missing by announcing it on Facebook as well.

The Love You Make…

If you rescue a stray dog or cat and give them a loving home, we can’t say there won’t be times when you’ll wonder what you were thinking. When Mali chews a hole through a precious article of clothing or URL tracks mud through the house, we are not pleased. But precisely at these times, they turn on their charms and look up at us with their big, brown eyes and wry smiles to remind us that, while they may occasionally be burdens, they are also our teachers. They teach us that playing, walking, resting, eating and simply being can be their own rewards. Through our pets, we learn unconditional love of life and our complicated human hearts are softened. Honestly, we cannot imagine living without them.

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Pets and Company
Location:
Calle 17 #222, Depto 2 x 20-C
Colonia Jardines del Norte near the Periferico
Sandra (for cats and dogs) and Jose (for horses)
Jose speaks English
Pets and Company carries Science Diet and Royal Canin food
Tel: 999-943-7787

Emergencies: 044-999-900-9445

Planned Pethood
Location: Calle 10 #344 x 3 y 3C
Colonia Gonzálo, near CostCo
Nelson and Tony (both speak English)
Tel: 999-944-2310
Emergencies: 044-999-156-9806

Dra. Beatrice Carajal Garcia
Location: Calle 29 # 98B between 66 & 68, Progreso

If you see an animal that needs rescuing badly or if you want to adopt a rescued animal in the Merida/Progreso area, please contact either of these two organizations:

AFAD (Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido)
Director: Lidia Saleh (she speaks some English)
Tel: 920-5019
Cel: 044-999-947-6319
Location: Just off the Periferico on the road to Cholul, on the left hand side.
About AFAD: Lidia and a very tiny staff work very hard to provide the dogs (mostly) and cats (some) that they rescue with the best care. They are always in need of donations in money, food, medicine, blankets, towels, leashes, toys… you name it.

Evolucion Animal Shelter
Director: Silvia Cortes
Cel: (044)-9991-9306-28, 9991-7744-91
Location: on the road to Uman
About Evolucion: Visit their website here

Rescate Malix
Dog Shelter in Cancun, check their website for more information

CANDI
This International association has a spay and neuter clinic in Cancun. Read more about it here

Peanut Pet Shelter
Phone: 984 – 116 – 7701
Location: Playa del Carmen

Asociación por Los Derechos de los Animales en Yucatán
Tel: 999-920-7501
Cel: 044-999-958-0583

Perrera
The place of last resort if you’ve lost your dog.
Location: Periferico at 34.5 KM Poniente
Tel: 911-0250

If you wish to donate money to AFAD, you may do so by clicking the Paypal button below. Please make a note with your payment that your donation if for AFAD. The money will go into our account and you will have to trust us that we’ll give it to the animals. We will… you have our word!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting March 17, 2014

In The City

Monday (Lunes) March 17

Yucatan Living St. Patrick’s Day

Yucatan Living Birthday of Benito Juarez
An amazing man in Mexican history. Find out more about him here!

Yucatan Living Casa Zamna’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
The doors open at 7:00 PM and a full St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be served at 7:30 PM. Live music will be provided by Matt’s Music.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos, tickets available at hotel reception between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Yucatan Living Chinese Opera: The Festival of Opera of Peking

El Instituto Confucio de la UADY has been part of UADY Global since 2008, providing students with access to learning not only the Chinese language, but to learning about Chinese Culture as well. During these years, wonderful business relationships have been forged between students from UADY and China. Every year, there is a celebration of the Chinese New Year in Merida. Now, we are privileged to have a Chinese opera here in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Tickets available at the Confucius Institute at UADY (IC-UADY).

Yucatan Living First Merida Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival March 14, 15, 16 & 17
This Festival is important to both Mexicans and Irish because, in 1846, the Batallón de San Patricio (Saint Patrick’s Battalion) fought with Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Most of this battalion had deserted or defected from the United States Army. Their original countries of origin included: Ireland, and Germany, as well as Canada, England, France, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. Most of its members were members of the Catholic Church. Their ranks also included a number of escaped slaves from the Southern United States. This will be the first Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival ever to be celebrated in the city of Merida, and it will be organized by Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Heineken, with support from the Merida City Hall and Patronato del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Mérida.
Location: in front of Hennessey’s Pub
Time: Friday (14) and Saturday (15): 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) March 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Concert: Academic Chamber Orchestra of CEMUS
This performance is by one of our wonderful groups in the Youth Orchestra System of Yucatan and is part of the Fifth Official Concert Season. Please do go out and see what a great future Yucatan has on this part of the world stage. Director: Jaime Lara. Soloists: Maria Jose Alonzo, Ruth Coyoc, and Manuel Gil del Prado.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio del Sureste
This trio is one of the most well respected trios of the Association of Trios in Merida. They are always crowdpleasers.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) March 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Rio de Oro
(2010) This is an enigmatic tale of a man’s attempt to regain a lost period of youthful happiness.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Pina Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico (2010 Germany) A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: Latin Passion
This performance includes international folk dances, as well as dances from Yucatan and Mexico, and invites the audience to take a journey through several countries in Latin America. The director of the Yucatan Chamber Choir is Maestro Jonathan Rentaria, and the director of the Crystal Music Group is Maestro Alberto Leon. Directing the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan will be Raul Castillo.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) March 20, 2014

Dia del Trovador Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Floral Offering: Day of the Trovador 2014
This is the day that trova lovers meet at the Monumento a los Creadores del Cementerio General to lay a wreath in honor of the troubadours who have passed away. This year, the remains of Trovador Juan Pablo Manzanero will be laid to rest with the rest of Yucatan’s great trova interpretors.
Location: Monumento a los Creadores del Cementerio General
Time: 11:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Camille Claudel 1915
(2013) Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Before Midnight
(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. These films won numerous awards and accolades for the writing and the acting.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
(2007) When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents’ jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother’s wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Sins Of My Father
This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) March 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Mass in Honor of the Fallen Trovadores and the Founders of the Day of the Trovador
Father Joaquin Vazquez will be officiating this mass in honor of Yucatan’s famous singers, writers and musicians.
Location: Iglesia del Sagrario Metropolitano (Cathedral in Merida)
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Le Havre
When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Spring Breakers
(2013) Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying/drinking/taking drugs they are arrested only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Concert: I Know You’ll Be Back at First Light
This performance is under the direction of Francisco Sobero Tanicho. Stars include: Tanicho, Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen and Beatriz Rosado. Executive Production by Ivan Rubio and Grupo Arpa Merida.
Location: Casa Teatro Tanicho, Calle 66 # 369 x 41, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $60 pesos. More Information: 927-3207

Yucatan Living Movie: Kick Ass 2
(2013) The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(2012) A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director, Mimi Stillman, Flutist
Music for the evening includes Concert for Flute, by Jacques Ibert. Also, Fantasy on the Themes of Carmer, by Georges Bizet and Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. A lovely evening is in store!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Light Game: Kali (Circus)
There are some interesting workshops going on at the Olimpo for the next week or so. If you love contemporary dance, this is the place for you. This performance will be followed by a variety of performances next week that combine the effects of light with everything from photography, to painting, to music. The music concert will be wonderful, so do keep an eye out for any performance under the Light Games project name.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) March 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father Like Son
(2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blue Jasmine
(2013) A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love. Cate
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Theater: De Profundis
If you speak Spanish, this letter, by Oscar Wilde, will be under the direction of Jair Zapata, and will star Francisco Sobero Garavito “Tanicho” It is a production by Ivan Rubio and the Grupo Arpa Merida.
Location: Casa Teatro Tanicho (Calle 66 # 369 x 41, Centro)
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $80 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos. Reservations: 927-3207

Yucatan Living Light Game: Kali (Circus)
There are some interesting workshops going on at the Olimpo for the next week or so. If you love contemporary dance, this is the place for you. This performance will be followed by a variety of performances next week that combine the effects of light with everything from photography, to painting, to music. The music concert will be wonderful, so do keep an eye out for any performance under the Light Games project name.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Farewell
(2009) The story of Lady Grace.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blue Is The Warmest Color
(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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director, Mimi Stillman, Flutist
Music for the evening includes: Concert for Flute, by Jacques Ibert, Fantasy on the Themes of Carmer, by Georges Bizet, and Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office.
Please refer to the OSY website for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Movies in YucatanYucatan Living Movie: Short term 12
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Selfish Giant
A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

 

Monday (Lunes) March 24

Yucatan Living No Events Planned For Today

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – March Schedule
Program 8: Friday, March 28 & Sunday, March 30
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director; Shari Mason, Violín
Music for the evening includes: Overture “Così fan tutte”, K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concert for violín, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: Habanerorama March 28Art Shows in Merida Yucatan Mexico
This is an exhibition of the works of Samuel Barrera. Samuel Barrera’s work is among the most distinctive you will ever see. His eyes are fresh and clear, and his work is easily recognizable. Everyone can find something to love about this man’s work.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Invitation: Program of Activities for Festival of Birds 2014 March 28, 2014
It is time to begin to plan for this fall’s activities. Since Yucatan has become a major birding destination, the program of activities for the Bird Festival has become an important part of activity planning earlier and earlier each year. You are cordially invited to the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Birds in Yucatan.
Location: Multiple Use Salon, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Merida
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free: Free

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE
Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows: Arts and crafts – MX$1,000, Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000, Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000. Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no two are alike (i.e. only 1 burger stand, etc.)
More Information: Merida Music Festival website. The email is info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan LivingCall for Donations: II Evolucion Spay/ Neuter Clinic in Uman March 30
Goal: 100 animals spayed or neutered, with more expected
Cost per animal: $400 pesos, which covers the cost of surgical supplies, anti-parasite meds, follow-up meds and additional vaccinations and antibiotics if required. Most animals get their nails trimmed and their ears cleaned. Vets, vet techs, vet students and volunteers donate their time.
Sponsorship: Can you sponsor one animal? Can you ask your friends to sponsor one animal? Evolucion will send donors, via email, a photo of each animal that they helped sterilize.
How to Donate to the Uman Spay and Neuter Clinic: Online via credit card or Paypal on the Evolucion Animal AC website go to www.evolucionanimal.org/donate.php. Click on the Donate button. Please mark your donation as “Clinic.” If you would like to make a cash donation, please email patintheyucatan [at] gmail [dot] com
Thanks for being part of the solution!

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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

Events

By Working Gringos

IV Hotel Investment Conference in D.F.

The association of hotel investors was founded in the United States 33 years ago. Since then, it has grown into a well respected international group of hotel owners, tourism specialists, and interested investors. This year, they met in Mexico City’s Federal District to discuss things that will have a positive effect on the hotel and tourism industry in Mexico. Topics included accountability and transparency, infrastructure, education, as well as public relations and networking among themselves. Some of the St Patrick's celebration at Hennessy's in Merida Yucatan biggest names in the hotel and investment industries in the world were represented at this conference, like Hyatt, Accor, Banamex, Hilton and Intercontinental. It is easy to see why Mexico is moving forward so rapidly in both ecotourism and luxury tourism.

Merida’s First Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival March 14, 15, 16 & 17

This event is important for both Yucatan’s events and news because it concerns the history of Irish immigrants to the United States and to Mexico. In 1846, the Batallón de San Patricio (Saint Patrick’s Battalion) fought with Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Most of this battalion had deserted or defected from the United States Army. Although most were Catholic, their original countries of origin included Ireland, Germany, Canada, England, France, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. Their ranks also included a number of escaped slaves from the Southern United States. Of course, this event is also about the party! This will be the first Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival ever to be celebrated in the city of Merida, and it will be organized by Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Heineken, with support from the Merida City Hall and Patronato del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Mérida.

West Virginia: Physical Therapy Students’ Feedback

Seventeen students from Wheeling Jesuit University’s Physical Therapy Department have returned home and their interview has pronounced the people of Yucatan “wonderful.” This group went to Merida and Izamal, and are coming back to spend time in Valladolid next year. They not only work with patients in need of physical therapy, but also volunteer with local charitable and cultural groups. So far, they have volunteered in nursing homes, in programs for disabled children (at the PPPN, in particular), and a cultural tour to Chichen Itza. These are the best ambassadors Yucatan can have to the world. You can read Physical Therapy students visit the Yucatantravel-to-mexico” target=”_blank”>more about their experiences here.

Motul: Carnivals Blossom Around the State

Keeping some of our newest group of potential expats in mind, we thought we would give them a little insight into what the towns and villages are like during celebrations such as Carnival. We have always been impressed by Motul, a college town where one is as likely to see the celebration of something wonderful just learned by a toddler as the celebration of something political or religious. It is this focus on both education for those who need it and quality of life for the very young and very old that keeps Carnival in Motul Yucatanus coming back to Motul. It was this photo of Motul’s Children’s Queen and King of Carnival that helped us remember what living in Yucatan is really like.

Is it Fire Season Again Already?

As fire season (March, April and May) begins, the State of Yucatan is investing more than ever before in proper uniforms and equipment for local Civil Protection firefighters. Once again, every firefighter in the State of Yucatan is asking that people please refrain from throwing cigarettes on the side of the road, whether they think the cigarettes are still burning or not. There will soon come a time when any amount of added heat may be enough to cause that first deadly spark that results in a terrible forest fire. People are also asked not to throw anything shiny on the side of the roads. This includes any type of shiny foil and/or glass bottles. These items serve only as magnifiers and have the potential to start fires. As every year, please do not drive into smoke on the highway but, if you find yourself surrounded by smoke, do keep your headlights on so that others can see you. Protecting people and natural resources from fire will be the main focus of Civil Protection for the next three months. Please do your part.

Another Sunday Service in English

Until now, all of the Sunday worship services in English have been during the morning hours. Now, there will be a Sunday service in English in the late afternoon. Please mark your calendars. This service is every Sunday, at 5:00 PM, at the Church of the Nuns (Iglesia de Monjas (Calle 63 x 64). If anyone knows of any other worship services, for any denomination, please let Yucatan Living know and we will be happy to pass that information on to our readers.

Another Fuel Spill in Progreso

Fishermen are complaining about yet another diesel spill in the area around the pier in Progreso. The problem seems to stem from the fact that the pipelines are more than 30 years old and in need of replacement. PEMEX divers worked all day to fix the problem. We hope that soon all of these pipelines will be replaced within the next few years. As of now, PEMEX will continue to repair the pipelines at the spots where failures occur.

Julio Iglesias in Merida Yucatan

Marc Anthony and Julio Iglesias Coming to Merida!

Some may have heard that Marc Anthony had to postpone his March concert in Cancun. In a response to questions about the new dates of his March schedule, no answer was given. The press release did say that the Cancun tickets are only postponed, not canceled, so they cannot be used for his May 13 concert in Merida. On top of having Marc Anthony perform in Merida, Julio Iglesias will also be coming to town on June 8. He will be performing at the new Coliseo Yucatan. Is it just us, or do there seem to be significantly more Latin Super-Stars these days? …and are quite a growing number of them coming to Merida?

Yucatan’s MACAY Joins Google Art Project

As of March 18, the works of Francisco Garcia Ponce will be available for few to museum quality art lovers around the world. This Google Art Project began in 2011 with just 17 museums. Today, it boasts over 300 collections with 55,000 works of art in museums around the world. The collection that will be shared by the MACAY contains 119 works by Francisco Garcia Ponce, completed between 1957 and 1986. The media includes acrylic paint, mixed media, collage, and printmaking. These works were all chosen in honor of the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Francisco Garcia Ponce Museum in the MACAY.

Canadians On the Wing

As Semana Santa draws near, more than 7,000 Canadian Snowbirds are packing up and heading for home. Estimates are that only 20% of the Canadians remain in Yucatan snowbirds in Yucatanyear-round. Of the more than 7,000 who are headed home, a significant majority were newcomers this year. We hope they found Yucatan to their liking and that they will be back with us again next year.

By Working Gringos

Name of Applicant: Kat Eastman

Email Address: katbearfoot [at] yahoo [dot] com

Type of Work Desired: Visual artist (painter, printmaker, photographer), Museum worker/ archivist, Gallery worker, Anthropology intern

Job Location Desired: Merida/ Yucatan

Resume or Qualification Description: Resume is below, and to the right is an image of my work. I hold a bachelor of arts degree in painting and printmaking with a minor in anthropology (emphasis in cultural). I have museum and gallery experience, including design and installation of anthropology exhibits, art exhibits, and archival work. I am a visual artist with art displayed and sold in the US and China.

Any Additional Information: I am available to begin employment starting July 2014. I also create humorous artwork that is ‘edgier’ and sillier than the work posted here. I am also open to an unpaid opportunity as well!

RESUME:

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts, Emphases in Painting and Printmaking May 2011
Minor in Anthropology, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS USA GPA 3.0

EDUCATION & MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

English Language Teacher, Meijia Bilingual Kindergarten, full-time Oct. 2012- July 2014
Private school, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
-Taught students ranging from age 2-7
-Created lesson plans, performed child care, taught sign language (ASL)

English Language Teacher, EF English First Shijiazhuang, full-time May 2012- Sept. 2012
English training school, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China
-Taught students age 4-adult, taught levels ranging from beginner to advanced
-Generated lesson plans, performed placement testing, conducted student evaluations and progress updates

Museum Camp-In Specialist, Exploration Place, Jan. 2012- May 2012
Science Museum, Wichita, KS USA
-Instructed children in science related activities, taught concepts such as simple machines, gravity, and polymers
-Supervised and directed groups of children during overnight stay at the museum

Volunteer, The Kansas African American Museum, Admin. Assistant Dec. 2011- Mar.2012
Archivist Intern, The Kansas African American Museum Nov. 2009- June2010
Wichita, KS USA

Participant, Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Wichita, KS USA 2010
-Small Museum Exhibitions Course, Designed and installed exhibit:
“Life in Prehistoric Kansas: Waconda Lake” (on exhibit 2010- Present)

ACADEMIC HONORS

Miller Trust Fine Arts Scholarship, Wichita State University 2009 & 2006
Alfred and Esther Perry Scholarship, Wichita State University 2009, 2008 & 2006
Wallace Paddock Art and Design Scholarship, Wichita State University 2009
Nancy Kassebaum Baker Scholarship, Wichita State University 2008

By Working Gringos

Colonial home for sale in Merida Yucatan

Colonial Home Revisioned

This colonial home on Calle 57 in Merida’s centro historico has been raised from the level of plain and simple to magnificently modern. Using all the best of the colonial architecture in Merida, this house has been revisioned by local architects Mercedes Sanchez and Alvaro Cervera to a home that supports a modern lifestyle, while keeping all the best features for which Merida architecture is becoming so well known. In this home, you’ll find pasta tile floors, high ceilings with original but repainted vigas, polished cement and light, airy spaces that take advantage of the beautiful Yucatan weather. There is even an indoor garden space for green plants, with a skylight… just another feature that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors… a welcome feature in the tropical climate of Merida.

Colonial home for sale in Merida YucatanThe house provides 210 square meters (2260 square feet) of living space, on a lot that is 13.35m by 30.70m (a total of 381 square meters).

There are two bedrooms, each with their own bathrooms. There is also an additional half bathroom for guests. Bathrooms have large mirrors, stone countertops and recessed sinks. The house has a water pressure system.

The kitchen features quartz stone countertops with a built in stainless steel sink, a built in stove with oven, a roomy pantry and a lovely view through the dining room to the backyard patio, garden and swimming pool. There is recessed lighting throughout, as well as skylights and large floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.

Kitchen in remodeled colonial home for sale in Merida Yucatan

Indoors and Outdoors in the Yucatan

The patio looking out onto the garden and pool is shaded and the floor is covered in aqua blue pasta tiles, echoing the blue of the swimming pool beyond. The swimming pool is filtered, surrounded by a terraced garden and a backdrop of a patterned tile wall. There is a bodega by the pool for outdoor storage. For those warm summer nights, there is even an upstairs roof terrace… a perfect place to sit and enjoy a morning coffee or a drink at sunset.

Swimming pool in colonial home for sale in Merida YucatanAn added feature that is very much appreciated in a house in the centro is a one-car garage, allowing for off street parking.

This house is offered for $265,000 USD. This colonial gem is ready for you to move in immediately and enjoy living in Yucatan!

Interested parties should contact Alvaro Cervera at cervera_sanchez_arquitectos [at] msn [dot] com.

By Working Gringos

Casa Pescador Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Swimming pool at Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Swimming pool at Vacation rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

flipkey.com/merida-vacation-rentals/p53047

 

 

Fantastic Colonial

in Merida Centro

 

FANTASTIC HOUSE in a FANTASTIC LOCATION!

Recently the great vacation rental house has been awarded the Flipkey badge of Top Vacation Rental 2013.

In the heart of historic Merida, Casa Pescador is walking distance to all activities that the city has to offer… museums, galleries, theaters, opera, fine restaurants and shopping. The casa is located just two blocks from historic Santiago Park with its mercado, grocery store, cinema, pharmacy and Tuesday night dancing under the stars. This vacation rental home is a perfect spot to discover all of the Yucatan attractions, including archaeological ruins, Mayas pueblos, haciendas and cenotes. And, it is only 30 km from Progreso and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

This original colonial house has been recently renovated to modern standards while keeping its old world charm. It has original 100-year-old pasta tile floors, and the high beamed ceilings and thick stone walls add a cheerful atmosphere and elegance to every room. The modern, Yucatan-style kitchen, with all appliances, dishes and cutlery that you might need during your stay, is connected to the living room which has a flat screen TV. There is also a huge dining room.

The house has three big bedrooms, two with air-conditioning. The third one, off the master bedroom, is set up as office/study and has a sofa bed. There are two bathrooms with showers, and the master bathroom has two sinks.

The backyard is large and features a covered patio (just outside the kitchen), a tropical garden and a huge swimming pool (5m x 10m) with an outdoor shower. Everything is surrounded by high stone walls for privacy and fully lighted for your nighttime entertainment needs. There is always available parking on the street in front of the house.

House Rental Amenities

* Sleeps five
* All rooms with high beams ceilings
* Original old pasta tiles floors
* 3 rooms with flexible sleeping arrangements, that include a king size bed, two twin beds and sofa bed
* Two bedrooms with air-conditioning
* Ceiling fans throughout
* Large dining room with seating for 6
* Large fully equipped kitchen
* Living room with cable, flat screen TV
* Wireless, high speed internet
* Covered patio area with table and chairs and relaxing fountain
* Tropical garden
* Large swimming, filtered, lighted swimming pool
* 2 sun loungers
* Charcoal BBQ
* Ironing board and iron
* Laundry room with washing machine
* Weekly swimming pool cleaning service
* Gardener twice a month
* In town property manager who speaks Spanish and English

Additional Vacation Rental Information

* Maid service upon request
* Smoking only outside please
* Meter will be read upon arrival and cost of used electricity will be charged separately

Prices

The price for Low season (April 15 – November 15) is $550 per week or $1100 per month, plus the cost of used electricity.

High season prices (before April 15 and after November 15) will be $800 a week or $1800 a month, plus the cost of used electricity.

After Dec 15, 2014, the house will be run as a bed and breakfast.

 

Contact

For more information or to reserve your dates for Casa Pescador, contact the owners by email:

casadelpescador59a [at] gmail [dot] com

You can see more photos at the Flipkey or Airbnb websites.

 

By Working Gringos

I’m seeking a bi-lingual bartender for a restaurant in Puerto Morelos. We’ve been open for only a month but we are busy.

Name of Company- La Sirena Restaurant and loung
Job Location- Puerto Morelos
Name of Contact- Anthony Chalas
Phone Number-998-293-2669
Email Address- antchalas1017 [at] hotmail [dot] com
Job Description- Bartender
Job Requirements- Minimum 1 year experience, must be female, motivated, and quick

Contact: Anthony Chalas
Mobile 001 (201) 783-3281
antchalas1017 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Owner & Operator
La Sirena Restaurant and Bar
Avenida Jose Maria
Morelos M24 LT5 02 SM2
Puerto Morelos
Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo Mexico

By Working Gringos

Name of Applicant: Kat Eastman
Email Address: katbearfoot [at] yahoo [dot] com
Type of Work Desired: English teacher, all ages and skill levels (preferably pre-school, kindergarten, or 1st grade/ ages 2-7), Private English tutor, child-care worker, or live-out nanny
Job Location Desired: Merida/ Yucatan
Short Description: I am an American (native English speaker) with over 2 years experience teaching English abroad. I hold a bachelor’s degree in painting, printmaking, and anthropology.
Additional Information: I am available to begin employment starting July 2014.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts, Emphases in Painting and Printmaking May 2011
Minor in Anthropology
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS USA GPA 3.0

EDUCATION & MUSEUM EXPERIENCE
English Language Teacher, Meijia Bilingual Kindergarten, full-time Oct. 2012- July 2014
Private school, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
-Taught students ranging from age 2-7
-Created lesson plans, performed child care, taught sign language (ASL)

English Language Teacher, EF English First Shijiazhuang, full-time May 2012- Sept. 2012
English training school, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China
-Taught students age 4-adult, taught levels ranging from beginner to advanced
-Generated lesson plans, performed placement testing, conducted student evaluations and progress updates

Camp-In Specialist, Exploration Place, Jan. 2012- May 2012
Science Museum, Wichita, KS USA
-Instructed children in science related activities, taught concepts such as simple machines, gravity, and polymers
-Supervised and directed groups of children during overnight stay at the museum

Volunteer, The Kansas African American Museum, Admin. Assistant Dec. 2011- Mar.2012
Archivist Intern, The Kansas African American Museum Nov. 2009- June2010
Wichita, KS USA
Participant, Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Wichita, KS USA 2010
-Small Museum Exhibitions Course, Designed and installed exhibit: Life in Prehistoric Kansas: Waconda Lake” (on exhibit 2010- Present)

ACADEMIC HONORS
Miller Trust Fine Arts Scholarship, Wichita State University 2009 & 2006
Alfred and Esther Perry Scholarship, Wichita State University 2009, 2008 & 2006
Wallace Paddock Art and Design Scholarship, Wichita State University 2009
Nancy Kassebaum Baker Scholarship, Wichita State University 2008

RECENT ART WORKS AND GALLERY AFFILIATIONS
Work displayed and sold, Kat’s Econ Gallery, 2008- Present
Wichita State University’s Economics Department, Wichita KS USA

Public mural, Meijia Bilingual Kindergarten, nature and magic motif 2014
Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Residential mural, commissioned by Wang Ximin, nature motif 2013
Menglun, Shishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China

Contribution to Public Group Mural, Manytrees Hostel 2013
Jinghong, Shishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China

Volunteer Art Gallery Attendant 2006-2011
Wichita State University ShiftSpace Gallery, Wichita, KS USA (Intermittently)

By Working Gringos

I have thirty years experience in the architectural profession. I am well traveled to different regions and cultures and have enabled diverse experience into the built environment. My passion for art and architecture is evident in these experiences where all phases from production of CD’s, Project Management, and Design, furniture design and fabrication are evident in the Firms’ referenced in resume below. My experience [in the field] includes working with Construction Superintendents’ and tradesmen has always been the challenge of problem solving and an emphasis to safeguard the integrity of project design.

My experience aside from architecture is varied including industrial jobs as Lab technician, machine shops, steel mills, two apprenticeships, [carpentry, commercial roofing]. Closely linked to my profession had been grant writing and art and architectural program authorship and implementation with a non-profit, art Foundation in Cleveland. A family tragedy of two years duration precluded moving forward professionally.

Resume:

Selected Projects:
Hilton Garden Inn Project Manager Tucson, Arizona
G.M. Rembowski Architect, Inc. 2006 Fairlawn, Ohio

Northern Savings and Loan Chief Designer Elyria, Ohio

Blackwell Barn, (ca.1851) Chief Designer Avon, Ohio
Lorain Co. Rehabilitation Award 2004

RWL Architects Elyria, Ohio

Atlantic Villas Project Manager New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Sidney D. Corhern Architect, Inc. 2001 New Smyrna Beach, Florida

University Of Hawaii
Student Services Center Draftsman Honolulu, Hawaii
A.I.A. Award of Excellence ’93

Franklin Gray and Associates Honolulu, Hawaii

Education:
The Ohio State University
pre-law, political science, history ‘68-‘74, Columbus, Ohio

Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Associate Degree, School of Architecture and Environmental Design ‘82

Tadao Ando, Osaka, Japan
Visited Firm and projects, 2/’92, Kobe, Japan

Personal Profile:
■ A.I.A. member, Honolulu, Hawaii
■ Volunteer / Environmental Sustainable Task Force, Honolulu, Hawaii
■ Hawaii Forest Association’s Woodworking Exhibit, Honolulu, Hawaii
(In collaboration with Island Wide Woodworking, design and fabrication)
■ Board member of Art Advantage Projects, Cleveland, Ohio
■ Water Safety Instructor American Red Cross, Cleveland, Ohio
■ Boy Scouts of America / Star Scout, Canton, Ohio

Name: Gregory J. Pavell
Email: pavelldesign [at] yahoo [dot] com
Phone: 216-644-9599
Job Wanted: Architectural Project Manager/Designer
Location: Merida/Yucatan Peninsula location
Website: www.Archinect.com

By Working Gringos

Comfortable Living Room at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Living Room at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico
Kitchen at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Bedroom at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Master bedroom at Casa Granada in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Master Bedroom at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Elegant Bathroom atCasa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Sitting Area at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

Refreshing Pool at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

 

 

Casa Granada

Casa Granada is a two bedroom, two bath colonial vacation rental in the heart of Merida’s historic centro.

Tucked away behind a beautiful facade on Calle 62 just north of Calle 47, this Merida vacation rental is only a two block walk from Santa Ana Park, a lovely grassy city square with flamboyanes trees that bloom in the spring, shading park benches that look out to a central fountain. Many events are held in Santa Ana Park during the year, and it is the site of the Santa Ana Mercado. The mercado sells fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as sundry items, gifts and clothes. Half of the mercado is a lively food court, ringed by a handful of local cooking establishments who serve up delicious Yucatecan food daily. Just one block beyond Santa Ana is Paseo de Montejo, with all its attractions. Walk five blocks in the other direction down Calle 62, and you will find yourself in the Plaza Grande, the center of Merida.

Casa Granada is an airy, open house with the sound of water from the central courtyard fountain that can be heard in every room. The living room, dining room and kitchen are bright with skylights, open to the courtyard or enclosed with glass doors to be air conditioned for comfort.

The two spacious bedrooms look onto the back garden, where original hand-built stone walls surround an inviting swimming pool. A patio equipped with outdoor furniture is the perfect place for enjoying a coffee in the morning or dining al fresco on a tropical night. And there are plenty of those here in Merida! You are sure to enjoy them in Casa Granada.

Romantic Getaway at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

The following amenities are available to guests of Casa Granada:

  • 2 bedrooms, with a king bed in the master bedroom and a full bed in the guest room
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • All linens provided
  • 2 bathrooms, one with indoor shower
  • 1 outdoor shower
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Professionally landscaped courtyard & patio
  • Washer and drier
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with gas stove and oven
  • All rooms open to courtyards
  • Ticul stone floors, Mexican Talavera tile counters
  • Ceiling fans in every room
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • 20-foot beamed ceilings
  • Beautiful and comfortable designer furniture
  • Dining room that seats six
  • Internet connection
  • Cell phone provided with minutes included
  • Wine, flowers and breakfast food provided upon arrival
  • Bilingual property manager
  • Weekly maid service

Prices

All prices are in USD

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

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

December 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015 = $200/night; $1,250/wk

January 5, 2015 – March 31, 2015 = $170/night/$1,000/wk; $3,300/month

April 1, 2015 – April 30, 2015 = $140/night; $850/wk; $2,200/month

May 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015 = $135/night; $900/wk

All dates have a 4 night minimum.
Monthly rates upon request.
Rates include all utilities except electricity.

Contact

If you are interested in renting Casa Granada, please contact Delphia Lamberson at hokeholt [at] earthlink [dot] net. She will return your email promptly!

Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan

Courtyard at night at Casa Granada Vacation Rental in Yucatan, Mexico

 

By Khaki Scott

Maya Online Writers’ Network Conference

This week, the Secretary of Culture and Arts Department of the State of Yucatan and UADY is holding literature conferences in the Siglo XXI Convention Center and throughout the library system, as well as workshops that are both in the city and in rural areas. These conferences cover many issues related to all forms of writing, but one caught our eye. The first annual meeting of the Online Network of Artistic Education: Online Writers Network, will be held at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. That same day, one of the other conferences is concerned with Maya Radio Education. Chances are these will all be held in Spanish, a great chance to practice your comprehension skills!

Lady Beekeepers Revive Art of Raising Stingless Bees

Yucatan Women Cultivating Honey The Xunan kab, which translates as “royal lady bees,” and are Yucatan’s famed stingless honey bees, are now being cultivated by the ladies of the Co’oleel Caab Collective, in Yucatan. The art, usually reserved for men, is centuries old and these ladies are determined that it will survive. Environmental risks and improper management have put these bees in danger of extinction and these ladies are determined to save them. The stingless bees do not produce as much honey as European bees, but their value for health care products makes them worthy of saving and these ladies are doing just that. Since these bees are stingless, they are safely raised in earthen pots that are hung on the walls of houses. When we searched for the location of the stingless beekeepers, we found that the largest group is just outside of Poza Rica, not far south of Tuxpan, and the lady beekeepers there are Nahuatl. We have many Nahuatl descendants in Yucatan and the language is still spoken here in several areas. Perhaps the indigenous ladies all along the eastern coast of Mexico will be able to save the art of raising stingless bees. We certainly hope so.

Municipalities With Best Schools in Yucatan

Potential expats with children often look only to the municipalities (counties) of Merida and Progreso as potential homes, thinking that their schools are likely to be the best in the state. There are excellent schools in quite a few of the municipalities in Yucatan and Yucatan Living’s list of schools is a great place to get an idea of where those best schools might be. This past week, the state’s Department of Education published a list of the 45 high schools that have more requests than space, meaning that students will have to be tested in order to be admitted. These schools are in the municipalities of Chemax, Merida, Progreso, Valladolid, Hunucma, Motul, Kanasin, Tzucacab, Tizimin, Oxkutzcab, Peto, Tixkokob and Uman. Some of these municipalities are rapidly rising stars and an exploratory trip might be a good idea. To learn more about their location, visit the interactive Municipalities of Yucatan map.

Yucatan Recognized as Pioneer in Women’s Rights

Mexican President in Yucatan
It is amazing what a difference a few years can make. In the early 1920s, Elvia Carrillo Puerto was a well known political activist, feminist, and suffragette. She managed to hold the very first women’s rights conference in Merida, with the permission and protection of her brother, Yucatan’s Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Today, as the President of Mexico inaugurated the Justice Center for the Women of Yucatan, he invoked the name of Elvia Carrillo Puerto, that first women’s rights conference in 1923, and Yucatan’s reputation as a state that has always worked toward obtaining rights and improving conditions for women. The Justice Center that opened in Merida is the eleventh in the nation and Mexico is well on its way to justice for all.

Happy Eighth Birthday to Milenio Novedades

Milenio Novedades (New Millennium) is part of the SIPSE Southeast Media Group. This newspaper has gained respect as one of the leading sources of truthful reporting in the region. Yucatan Living is happy to thank Milenio Novedades for its eight years of hard work, for being a resource of news for all of us and we wish them all the best for many years to come.

Progreso’s Carnival: Huge Success

Progreso's Carnaval 2014 Final numbers for all of Progreso’s Carnival events are not yet in, but it is known that more than 100,000 people enjoyed just the Sunday parade on Progreso’s Malecon. Winning dance troupes, at Saturday’s Fantasy Masks parade included Merida’s “Forever Jazz,” Oxkutzcab’s “Fiesta Latina,” and Progreso’s “Carnival Intense.” It looks as if Progreso’s Carnival is developing quite nicely and visitors can expect bigger and better in 2014. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this Carnival celebration such a grand success.

Chinese Opera in Merida

We are going to put this event in our News, as well as in our Events, because we think it is important for our readers and visitors to know that Merida is host to a growing number of international wonders. El Instituto Confucio de la UADY has been part of UADY Global since 2008, providing students with access to learning not only the Chinese language, but to learning about Chinese Culture as well. During these years, wonderful business relationships have been forged between students from UADY and China. Every year, there is a celebration of the Chinese New Year in Merida. Now, we are privileged to have a Chinese opera here in Yucatan. On March 17, the General Public is cordially invited to The Festival of Opera of Pekin, presented by La Asociacion Lingnan de la Opera China.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo
Time: 7:00 PM, March 17
Admission: Tickets available at the Confucius Institute at UADY (IC-UADY).

International Swimming Competition Coming Soon

Swimming Facilities in Merida Yucatan Mexico Three million pesos are being invested in the Kukulcan Sports Unit to ensure that Merida will soon be able to draw such events as the Diving Grand Prix and put this city on the map as part of an international swimming circuit. In addition to remodeling the pool area, a perimeter track, tennis courts and multiuse arenas are being constructed. Great news!!

Valladolid: PepsiCo Foundation Donates to Education

When one considers all of the indigenous populations, plus the immigrant populations, Mexico has one of the most diverse cultures in the world. This means that Mexican folk art varies widely across the nation and even across states themselves. The educational program “Knowing the Heart of Mexico” is designed to introduce public high school students to the diversities of Mexican folk art. In cooperation with Casa de los Venados, in Valladolid, 330 children and 33 teachers from 11 public high schools and tele-high schools were able to participate in this project. The program included an essay contest for both teachers and students. Winning teachers received a fully-equipped media room for their school from the PepsiCo Foundation. Winning students will be treated to a trip to PepsiCo in Merida with family and teachers. Although the program took place in Valladolid, participants were from Dzitnup, Popola, Yalcoba, Kanxoc and Valladolid. As communication lines grow more common across Mexico, it is important that young people learn what a vast, complex and special place their country really is. Programs like this are a wonderful way to accomplish this kind of learning. And congratulations to Casa de los Venados for its participation in this wonderful program.

Interesting Food Shortages and Prices to Watch

Lemon Price in Yucatan Mexico In the northern section of Yucatan, surprising numbers of Carnival visitors cleaned out the storage freezers of fish in restaurants along the coast, but prices still remained at 100 pesos per kilo. In Valladolid, however, the cost of fried fish went as high as 120 pesos per kilo before leveling off. Now, there seems to be a shortage of limón amarillo in other states, so Yucatan’s citrus growers are collecting $800 pesos per 20 kilo box for limón and $500 pesos for a box of limon amarillo (yellow lemons). This in a year when they were happy to originally predict that prices could go as high as $400 pesos per 20 kilo box. To show how wildly prices can swing when markets are flooded, the June bumper crop of lemons will probably fall to $20 pesos per 20 kilo box. In the end, if one lives in Yucatan and doesn’t like the price of groceries, they can always go fishing and pick their own fruit, usually right out of their own front yard. We wish all of the agricultural sector the very best during the growing and harvest seasons of 2014.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting March 10, 2014

In The City

International Book Fair in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Monday (Lunes) March 10

Yucatan Living UADY International Reading Fair 2014: March 08-14
Lots of events going on this week at the International Book Fair. Dancing, music, theatre, conferences, book presentations and more! Look for a complete list of events here: www.filey.mx/calls.php
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: Noon to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) March 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Paris, I Love You
(France, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Germany, 2006). This is a brilliant collection of short films whose central theme is love in the city of Paris. In Paris, love is everywhere: in bars, cafes, beneath the Eiffel Tower, and even in the subway … Paris , I love you shows the French capital through the eyes of some of the most acclaimed directors in recent years.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Martí, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) March 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month: Pilar Camara: Artist and Woman
This event is in honor of Merida’s own Pilar Camara, well known art teacher and talented visual artist. Following a brief illness, Pilar Camara passed away on December 15, 2013, at the age of 71. She left a large family, a larger circle of friends and art lovers too numerous to mention to mourn her passing.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 10:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El Puente
(Spain 1984) Exciting adventures experienced by those who for injustice or poverty have fled their countries and decide to try their luck on this side of “The Bridge”.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Cultural Promotion: Niños Musicos de Cacao of Comisaria Abala
We hope everyone takes the time to come and see every performance given by the children of Yucatan. The choirs are simply magnificent, whether they are from the city or from small towns. Each of these children has their own special voice. We hope you enjoy them.
Location: Area Ludica del Salon Chichen Itza, Siglo XXI Convention Center.
Time: 5:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Children Choir in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living
Music: Cultural Promotion: The Children’s Choir of Yucatan

Once again, please do not miss a chance to see a wonderful performance, as well as the opportunity to let the children and young people of Yucatan know how much their hard work is appreciated. This choir is accompanied by pianist Maria Teresa Novelo and directed by Maestro Gaspar Gamboa.
Location: Salon Merida,, Siglo XXI Convention Center.
Time: 6:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living March Chelem Elves’ Raffle
The Chelem Elves are back at work!! Last Christmas, they gave away over 1000 toys to children from all over Yucatan and their coffers are empty. So now its time to play some Bingo and raffle off some great prizes.
Location: The Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: When: March 12 at 7:00 PM (Just show up at the old time of 6:00 pm – have some drinks and buy some raffle tickets, have some more drinks, buy some more raffle tickets, rinse and repeat)
Admission: Free – but please do come prepared to play Bingo and buy some raffle tickets

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria y Yo
(Spain 2010) María lives with her mother May, in the Canary Islands, 3000 km from Barcelona, where Miguel Gallardo lives. Sometimes Miguel and María go on holiday together, spending a week at a resort in Gran Canaria South; an unusual setting that doesn´t often have among his guests a single father who used to be a well-known underground comic books author and his fourteen year old autistic daughter. This is the story of one of their journeys, but above all its an original tale, full of humour, irony and sincerity, about how to live with a disability. See the trailer on YouTube here.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) March 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
(USA 2008) The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Frances Ha
(2013 USA) 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Traditional Trova from Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: Trio Trova Nova
Trio Trova Nova is a long-time member of the Yucatan Trios Association, but this performance is billed as youth music and is in a venue that usually hosts young people. This sounds as if it is going to be an evening of discovery for young and old alike.
Location: Foro K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Synecdoche, New York
(2008 USA) A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: The Life of Adele
(France 2013) Shown at the Telluride Film Festival. Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss..
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) March 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Post Tenebras Lux
(Mexico 2012) Juan and his urban family live in the Mexican countryside, where they enjoy and suffer a world apart. And nobody knows if these two worlds are complementary or if they strive to eliminate one another. (Probably in Spanish, maybe with English subtitles).
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Pantomime Routine
This performance is part of this week’s ongoing literature convention. It is under the direction of Laura Zubieta.
Location: Area Ludica of Salon Izamal and Valladolid, Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil from Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil
This performance is under the direction of Maestro Emilio Bueno Salazar,
Location: Escenario de la Explanada in Siglo XXI Convention Center
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Bling Ring
(2013 USA) Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Popular Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Popular Music: I Know You’ll Be Back at First Light Fridays: March 7, 14 & 21
Director: Francisco Sobero “Tanicho” Starring Tanicho, Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen and Beatriz Rosado. Executive Production: Ivan Rubio / Grupo Arpa Merida.
This is a weekly musical soiree that is well suited for foreigners because this music has no language or borders.
Location: Casa Teatro Tanicho (Calle 66 # 369 x 41, Centro)
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $60 pesos. Reservations: 927-3207

Yucatan Living Movie: Don Jon
(2013) A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living First Merida Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival March 14, 15, 16 & 17
This Festival is important to both Mexicans and Irish because, in 1846, the “Batallón de San Patricio” (Saint Patrick’s Batallion) fought with Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Most of this batallion had deserted or defected from the United States Army. Their original countries of origin included: Ireland, and Germany, as well as Canada, England, France, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. Most of its members were members of the Catholic Church. Their ranks also included a number of escaped slaves from the Southern United States. This will be the first Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival ever to be celebrated in the city of Merida, and it will be organized by Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Heineken, with support from the Merida City Hall and Patronato del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Mérida.
Location: in front of Hennessey’s Pub
Time: Friday (14) and Saturday (15): 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Not sure about the other two days.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Symphony of Yucatan Performance: 100% Russian
The guest director for this performance is Mark Kadin.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office.

Yucatan Living Movie: Venganza!
There are many movies with this name. We think it will be the one from Mexico in 2007: Ramon, an ambitious criminal and the ultimate adrenaline junkie is part of a crew that specializes in impersonating the DEA and steal drug shipments from the Mexican mafia. Coming off the buzz of his last drug heist, Ramon is blinded by an infatuation with Carolina, a young and beautiful college student. After being rejected, Ramon becomes maniacally determined to posses Carolina, destroy her family and take down one last score. Ramon’s insatiable appetite for easy money and revenge lead to a Mexican standoff where greed, passion and betrayal meet in a deadly dance of blood and bullets.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Art Opening at Galeria In LakeechYucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Bajo La Superficie
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of Barbara McClatchie’s new exhibition. This invitation is extended by La Secretaria de Cultura de Yucatan, La Direccion de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Merida, El Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia and la Galeria In La ‘Kech.
Location: Calle 59 s/n entre 58 y 60, Col. Centro. Located between la Sagrada Familia and El Congreso del Estado
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) March 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Artisan Festival
Festival of local artisans featuring local fine artists and craftsmen, live music and a flavorful vegan cuisine by Lo Que Hay Café.
Location: Hotel Mediomundo, Calle 55 between 64 and 66 in Centro.
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free!

 

Yucatan Living Movie: Italia Inacabada and El Alumno
Unfinished Italy… we believe this is an architectural documentary. Here’s the website: www.unfinished-italy.com/. And, another documentary from Mexico in 2010 (probably in Spanish): “Usain Bolt just made history breaking two sprint world records at the World Championships in less than a week. At the same time, Javier, a young disabled man, whose life is arranged according to a series of routines difficult to modify, dreams of becoming the next top sprinter.”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: How to Make a Book with Steidl
(Germany 2010) Amazing documentary, in English: The movie observes the publisher, as he collaborates with the world famous photographers Joel Sternfeld, Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Wall and Robert Adams, at their studios and other places of work, in New York, London and Paris, in the Katar desert, and, last but not least, in Göttingen. Here, in “Steidlville”, their works are printed on Steidl‘s own machines, in three shifts. In goes the idea, out comes the finished book.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Drinking Buddies
(2013) Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn’tLocation: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Trova Concert in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living First Merida Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival March 14, 15, 16 & 17
This Festival is important to both Mexicans and Irish because, in 1846, the “Batallón de San Patricio” (Saint Patrick’s Batallion) fought with Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Most of this batallion had deserted or defected from the United States Army. Their original countries of origin included: Ireland, and Germany, as well as Canada, England, France, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Mexico. Most of its members were members of the Catholic Church. Their ranks also included a number of escaped slaves from the Southern United States. This will be the first Saint Patrick’s Irish Festival ever to be celebrated in the city of Merida, and it will be organized by Hennessy’s Irish Pub and Heineken, with support from the Merida City Hall and Patronato del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Mérida.
Location: in front of Hennessey’s Pub
Time: Friday (14) and Saturday (15): 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Not sure about the other two days.
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMusic: Guitars… Guitars… Guitars…
This will be the event of the week in music in Merida! It includes a Guitar Concert, the Coronation of the Queen of the Trovadores, and the 2014 Festival of the Day of the Yucateco Trovador all rolled into one. This will be an evening to remember!
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan LivingMovie: Hidden Agenda
(U.K. 1990). Director: Ken Loach Starring: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox and Brad Dourif. When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man’s girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth… which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo
(Mexico 2009) Yulene Olaizola’s debut film is a thought-provoking portrait of two lonely and strangely intertwined friends. For years, Olaizola’s grandmother Rosa told stories of a handsome young lodger. Living under (and on top of) her roof in the 1980s, he painted strange pictures on the walls and played an important role in Rosa’s emotional life. But this picture of a pleasant, harmless and creative young man slowly gives way to a shocking end. Won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Miami Film Festival.
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Kings Of Summer
(2013) Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Artisan Festival
Festival of local artisans featuring local fine artists and craftsmen, live music and a flavorful vegan cuisine by Lo Que Hay Café.
Location: Hotel Mediomundo, Calle 55 between 64 and 66 in Centro.
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free!

Yucatan Living The Ultimate Guide to Predatory Birds:
Learn more about the habits and behaviors of predatory birds and see how they hunt their prey.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grand Opening: Progreso’s Humane Society Clinic
The opening of this state-of-the-art clinic has been a long time in coming. On this day, a brand new clinic will belong to the people of Progreso, fully equipped and debt free. To make this day all the sweeter, the opening is set for Kitty’s Birthday! It has been more than a few years since those first meetings at Natasha’s, but the end is in sight and that makes it worth every struggle along the way.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Special Symphony of Yucatan Performance: 100% Russian
The guest director for this performance is Mark Kadin.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office.

Yucatan LivingSunday Service in English
Mass in English… this doesn’t happen every day.
Location: Church of Las Monjas, Calle 65 at Calle 64
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Frances Ha
(2013 USA) 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Clown Show in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Theater: Impropulsion: A Spectacular of Clown in Movement March 16
This project is part of the Sacbe Circuit, which showcases regional scenic arts. Proceeds will go to benefit the Patronato Tampanco on the Second Anniversary of the Tapanco Centro Cultural.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Tickets on sale in Tapanco, Calle 47 x 68, Centro, Merida.

Yucatan Living Movie: Before Midnight
(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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) March 17

Yucatan Living St. Patrick’s Day

Yucatan Living Birthday of Benito Juarez

Yucatan Living Casa Zamna’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
The doors open at 7:00 PM and a full St. Patrick’s Day dinner will be served at 7:30 PM. Live music will be provided by Matt’s Music.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $150 pesos, tickets available at hotel reception between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Chinese Opera in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan LivingChinese Opera: The Festival of Opera of Pekin
El Instituto Confucio de la UADY has been part of UADY Global since 2008, providing students with access to learning not only the Chinese language, but to learning about Chinese Culture as well. During these years, wonderful business relationships have been forged between students from UADY and China. Every year, there is a celebration of the Chinese New Year in Merida. Now, we are privileged to have a Chinese opera here in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Tickets available at the Confucius Institute at UADY (IC-UADY).

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – March Schedule
Program 7: Friday, March 21 & Sunday, March 23
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director, Mimi Stillman, Flutist
Music for the evening includes: Concert for Flute, by Jacques Ibert
Fantasy on the Themes of Carmer, by Georges Bizet
Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms

Program 8: Friday, March 28 & Sunday, March 30
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director; Shari Mason, Violín
Music for the evening includes: Overture “Così fan tutte”, K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concert for violín, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Invitation: Program of Activities for Festival of Birds 2014 March 28, 2014
It is time to begin to plan for this fall’s activities. Since Yucatan has become a major birding destination, the program of activities for the Bird Festival has become an important part of activity planning earlier and earlier each year. You are cordially invited to the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Birds in Yucatan.
Location: Multiple Use Salon, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya de Merida
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free: Free

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE
Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows: Arts and crafts – MX$1,000, Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000, Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000. Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no two are alike (i.e. only 1 burger stand, etc.)
More Information: Merida Music Festival website. The email is info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan LivingCall for Donations: II Evolucion Spay/ Neuter Clinic in Uman March 30
Goal: 100 animals spayed or neutered, with more expected
Cost per animal: $400 pesos, which covers the cost of surgical supplies, anti-parasite meds, follow-up meds and additional vaccinations and antibiotics if required. Most animals get their nails trimmed and their ears cleaned. Vets, vet techs, vet students and volunteers donate their time.
Sponsorship: Can you sponsor one animal? Can you ask your friends to sponsor one animal? Evolucion will send donors, via email, a photo of each animal that they helped sterilize.
How to Donate to the Uman Spay and Neuter Clinic: Online via credit card or Paypal on the Evolucion Animal AC website go to www.evolucionanimal.org/donate.php. Click on the Donate button. Please mark your donation as “Clinic.” If you would like to make a cash donation, please email patintheyucatan [at] gmail [dot] com
Thanks for being part of the solution!

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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By Working Gringos

Type: Italian
Neighborhood: Santiago, Centro, Mérida
Telephone: 999-329-8918
Address: Calle 55 No. 522 por 64 y 66 Centro
How to Get There from the Centro: You are there!
Parking: Street Parking.
Air Conditioned: No. Floor fans available.
Outdoors: No
Drinks: No alcohol yet… coming soon!
Payment: Cash Only
WiFi: Yes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dadaumpa/744277072254958?ref=stream
Hours: Open daily, 5 PM to Midnite. Closed Tuesdays.
Pricing: Main courses run about $100 pesos
Notes: This restaurant is getting lots of word-of-mouth. Check it out!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting March 03, 2014

Ongoing Exhibits in Merida

Yucatan Living Historical Photographs of Marcelo Cervantes: From February 7 to March 9.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso del Teatro Peon Contreras (next to the theatre, on the walk street)
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) March 03

Yucatan Living Carnaval

Tuesday (Martes) March 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Battle of the Flowers Parade
The last parade…
Location: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil
Time: 12:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free, chairs are $30pesos

 

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) March 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: In Search of Sugar Man
(2012) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance Benefit for educaTEYucatan, A.C. Wednesday, March 5Dance to Benefit School Programs in Yucatan Mexico
Dancer and choreographer, Tatiana Zuga will perform Arbolada as a benefit for A.C. educaTEYucatan, a Non Profit Association founded in 2010 with the goal of helping children and young people in Cholul with resources and tools so that they can reach their potential. Currently 47 students have sponsors. Sponsors’ donations pay for school fees, enrollment costs, school supplies, uniforms, and shoes. Additionally 25 primary school students receive a nutritious breakfast every school day. In our office in Cholul, students have access to computers to assist with their school work. Regular tutorials, English classes, and psychological services are also offered to students. Sponsors and volunteers are major resources for our programs, but they cannot cover all of our expenses. With this benefit concert, we hope to raise funds in order to maintain our current services and expand our impact on children’s lives. New projects include recycling, reforestation, and sports. Immediately following the dance performance Arbolada, La Tratto Santa Lucia is offering a complimentary drink to all attendees.
Locations: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are $250.00 and are on sale at the following locations: Yamamoto Coffee (Calle 60 X 41 y 43 Centro), the Merida English Library (#524 Calle 53 X 66 y 68 Centro), Cafe Latte (Calle 18 #96C X 21 y 21A Itzimna), Fuera de Centro (Calle 21 #938 X 14 y 18 Itzimna), Hennessy’s Irish Pub (Paseo Montejo #486A X 41 y 43 Centro), Takto Katrin Schikora (Calle 24 # 96 X 15 y Laureles Cholul), or through Barbara Harris (barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com).

Folckloric and Classical Ballet in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: Suites, Danzas y Andanzas
Classical Ballet Company, Folkloric Ballet and Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten, a combination not to be missed. This is for sure a great event!
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x Calle 557Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014
Burial of Juan Carnaval
The last event of Carnival takes place in downtown Merida. Time to put the partying behind us and get back to daily life!
Location: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63),
Time: 8:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(2011 USA) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our framework of time and space upside down.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) March 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: What About Me?
(2011) One Giant Leap have created a unique music, TV and film project. What About Me? is the culmination of 4 years work visiting 50 global locations collecting wisdom and musical film jewels.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Blue JasmineYucatan Living Movie: Blue Jasmine
(USA 2013) A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love. Amazing performance by Cate Blanchett (for which she just won the Oscar for Best Actress), directed by Woody Allen.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Capote
(2005 USA) In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. Probably Philip Seymour Hoffman’s most amazing performance.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Quebranto
(2013 Mexico) The memory and testimony of two characters: One, who was a child actor in the seventies, and Lilia Ortega, his mother, an actress. Fernando came out as a transvestite some years ago, and now calls himself with a different name. They live together in Garibaldi yearning for their past in the movies, while Coral bravely comes to terms with her gender identity. They both still perform.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) March 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Ultimos Cristeros
(2011 Mexico) The plot occurs around 1925 in Mexico when the Mexican government decides to severely restrict religious freedoms. It is the story of a few rebels, The Cristeros that fight for the right to freely and publicly practice their Catholic faith. The movie follows a few of those rebels with their doubts and their struggles. The movie is loosely based on true historical facts.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Spectacular Now
(2013 USA) A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Popular Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Popular Music: I Know You’ll Be Back at First Light Fridays: March 7, 14 & 21
Director: Francisco Sobero “Tanicho” Starring Tanicho, Juan Luis de Pablo Enriquez Rohen and Beatriz Rosado. Executive Production: Ivan Rubio / Grupo Arpa Merida.
This is a weekly musical soiree that is well suited for foreigners because this music has no language or borders.
Location: Casa Teatro Tanicho (Calle 66 # 369 x 41, Centro)
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $100 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $60 pesos. Reservations: 927-3207

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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: La Vida de Adele
(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.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Saturday (Sabado) March 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: My Life Inside
(2007 Mexico) Teenage immigrant, Rosa Jimenez, is accused of committing murder in a Texas.Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Anna Bolena Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Ana Bolena
Donizetti’s Anna Bolena is loosely based on a familiar episode from English history — the short-lived marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry’s six wives. The opera was first performed in 1830, in Milan, and was an instant hit, putting Donizetti on the map not just in Italy but in Paris and London as well. It stayed in the repertory for 50 years, then fell out of favor. The opera got a new lease on life at La Scala in 1957, thanks to a spectacular performance by Maria Callas in the title role. Since then, it has been heard more frequently, attracting such superstar sopranos as Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills and Montserrat Caballe.
Location: Sala Mayamax Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living UADY International Reading Fair 2014: March 08-14
Lots of events going on this week at the International Book Fair. Dancing, music, theatre, conferences, book presentations and more! Look for a complete list of events here: www.filey.mx/calls.php
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: Noon to 10:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Inside Job
(2010 USA) Takes a closer look at what brought about the financial meltdown.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(Canada 2011) A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Broken Circle Breakdown
(USA 2012) Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
Always a great documentary.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: All is Lost
(USA 2013) After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. Supposed to be an amazing performance by Robert Redford.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Movie: Strangers By The Lake
(France 2013) Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) March 10

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – March Schedule
Program 7: Friday, March 21 & Sunday, March 23
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director, Mimi Stillman, Flutist
Music for the evening includes: Concert for Flute, by Jacques Ibert
Fantasy on the Themes of Carmer, by Georges Bizet
Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms

Program 8: Friday, March 28 & Sunday, March 30
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director; Shari Mason, Violín
Music for the evening includes: Overture “Così fan tutte”, K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concert for violín, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Art Opening at Galeria In LakeechYucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Bajo La Superficie March 14
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of Barbara McClatchie’s new exhibition. This invitation is extended by La Secretaria de Cultura de Yucatan, La Direccion de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Merida, El Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia and la Galeria In La ‘Kech.
Location: Calle 59 s/n entre 58 y 60, Col. Centro. Located between la Sagrada Familia and El Congreso del Estado
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grand Opening: Progreso’s Humane Society Clinic – March 16
The opening of this state-of-the-art clinic has been a long time in coming. On this day, a brand new clinic will belong to the people of Progreso, fully equipped and debt free. To make this day all the sweeter, the opening is set for Kitty’s Birthday! It has been more than a few years since those first meetings at Natasha’s, but the end is in sight and that makes it worth every struggle along the way.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Clown Show in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Theater: Impropulsion: A Spectacular of Clown in Movement March 16
This project is part of the Sacbe Circuit, which showcases regional scenic arts. Proceeds will go to benefit the Patronato Tampanco on the Second Anniversary of the Tapanco Centro Cultural.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $100 pesos. Tickets on sale in Tapanco, Calle 47 x 68, Centro, Merida.

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE
Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows: Arts and crafts – MX$1,000, Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000, Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000. Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no two are alike (i.e. only 1 burger stand, etc.)
More Information: Merida Music Festival website. The email is info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan LivingCall for Donations: II Evolucion Spay/ Neuter Clinic in Uman March 30
Goal: 100 animals spayed or neutered, with more expected
Cost per animal: $400 pesos, which covers the cost of surgical supplies, anti-parasite meds, follow-up meds and additional vaccinations and antibiotics if required. Most animals get their nails trimmed and their ears cleaned. Vets, vet techs, vet students and volunteers donate their time.
Sponsorship: Can you sponsor one animal? Can you ask your friends to sponsor one animal? Evolucion will send donors, via email, a photo of each animal that they helped sterilize.
How to Donate to the Uman Spay and Neuter Clinic: Online via credit card or Paypal on the Evolucion Animal AC website go to www.evolucionanimal.org/donate.php. Click on the Donate button. Please mark your donation as “Clinic.” If you would like to make a cash donation, please email patintheyucatan [at] gmail [dot] com
Thanks for being part of the solution!

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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By Working Gringos
Light-filled living room at furnished rental apartment in MeridaLiving room and kitchenLiving roomClean and tiled kitchen in furnished apartmentFull refrigerator in kitchenBedroom deskBalcony off living room in furnished rental apartment in MeridaStairs leading to apartment for rent in Merida

 

 

Budget Apartment

for Rent

in the Centro Historico

If you are looking for a private accommodation but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this 1 bedroom, 1 bath furnished vacation apartment rental may be just for you.

Shared downstairs patio at apartment in Merida

 

Everything You Need

This vacation rental apartment is nothing fancy, but it has everything you need to have a home in the Centro Historico of Merida. There is a living room with windows that look out onto the street, an open kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, two-burner hotplate and a toaster oven. Of course, the kitchen also has utensils, dishes, and everything you need to serve and eat your meals.

The bedroom is spacious (about 260 sq. ft.), with a full-size bed, a dressing table and a desk. The bedroom has air conditioning, allowing comfortable sleeping even in the hottest season.

 

Another beautiful bedroom at Casa Colibri

 

Private and Peaceful

The apartment shares a small central courtyard with the owner’s apartment downstairs, and then an outdoor staircase leads to the private entrance. There are ceiling fans throughout, and windows to let in the breezes. There is a balcony off the living room, a small terrace off the bedroom for air, and a spiral staircase providing access to the roof of the building. There is cable TV service, and a radio in the apartment. Internet access can be arranged easily (through Cablemas).

 

Dressing table in bedroom

 

Best Location in Merida

Not only is the apartment located right between the Santa Ana and Santiago areas of Merida, but it is on the same street as the Merida English Library, a valuable resource for any English-speaking traveler and a convenient place to pick up reading material, meet local expats and find out about all sorts of activities.

If you stay here, you will be only blocks away from Santiago and Santa Lucia Parks, Santa Ana Park, Paseo de Montejo and the Plaza Grande.

Prices

This 700 sq. ft. vacation rental apartment rents for the following prices:

In December, January and February:

  • 2 weeks for $449 USD, plus Electricity.
  • 1 month for $599 USD, plus Electricity.

Other months:

  • 2 weeks for $399 USD, plus Electricity.
  • 1 month for $549 plus Electricity.

We have a one year lease for $449 USD per month, not including utilities.

All prices include housekeeping service once per week.

We require a 1 month deposit for rental periods 1 month or more, refundable upon inspection by the property manager, and (in the case of longterm rentals) upon proof of utility payments. We regret that this apartment is not suitable for either pets or children. Smoking is allowed.

Contact Us Now!

If you want to rent this apartment, or have further questions, please…

Contact: Luis Gillum
lougillum [at] yahoo [dot] com
Local Phone: (999)928-4370

Facade of the vacation rental apartment

 

By Khaki Scott

Yucatan To Be First to Test Dengue Vaccine

Only recently has Yucatan lost its designation as the Mexican state with the most dengue fever cases. This dubious distinction, along with years of tireless dedication by Dengue Shot Will Be Applied in Yucatanresearchers in France and at UADY, has insured that Yucatan will be the first state anywhere to test a new vaccine that has the potential to eradicate dengue fever worldwide. Testing of the vaccine will begin in late March or early April, 2014. If, after a year, the vaccine is successful in Yucatan, then testing will be expanded to other states in Mexico, as well as to other nations in Latin America. According to the WHO Dengue Fact Sheet: “Over 2.5 billion people – over 40% of the world’s population – are now at risk from dengue. WHO currently estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year.” With this in mind, we can be certain that everyone in Yucatan will do whatever they can to help in this heroic humanitarian project.

Building Permits and Other Documents

This past week, a construction site was closed because the project is partially located on land that has been designated as a coastal dune system. The owner did not do the required impact statement for SEMARNAT so Profepa shut them down. No information was given concerning the identity of the owner, but the closure of the property has been lifted while the owner takes proper remediation steps and obtains the correct documents. This story is important because it finally gives us concrete information about what the possible punishment could be for not taking care of all required paperwork. Under Article 171 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection, the sanctions can range from a fine of 30,000 to 50,000 days’ minimum wage to temporary or permanent, total or partial closure of the project. This is just a reminder for everyone to be certain that all documents have been filed and approval is in your hands before beginning any building or remodeling project anywhere, not just in Yucatan.

Carnival in X’Matkuil: A Boon for Progreso

Since Merida’s Carnival is being held out at the X’Matkuil Fairgrounds this year, Progreso is taking full advantage of the situation and expects between 100,000 and 150,000 visitors to opt for Progreso over X’Matkuil for holiday fun. They were so confident of success that the Municipality issued a brand new invitation to the general public. Highlights included a competition between troupes (wonderful event!), a Fantasy Mask Contest, and multiple parades, including a Battle of Flowers parade. Progreso Municipal officials are thrilled over this success and plans for next year are already underway.

10,000 Teachers Receive Laptops

Computers for Teachers in Yucatan Mexico
The first phase of the Program of Information and Technology has begun and 10,000 laptops are currently being delivered to teachers throughout Yucatan. These teachers have already taken several IT courses and have passed rigorous evaluation. They will also participate in continuous IT education. These programs are extending all the way down through to the level of Basic Education teachers in primary schools. We are encouraged to see that the Yucatan education system is taking steps to educating its teachers in this important skill.

Death of an Expat Mourned in Chelem

Patrick Fenton, one of the owners of the Bull Pen in Chelem passed away this past week while on business NOB. Patrick will be missed by many in the Chuburna/Chelem community of ex-pats. A memorial get together was held on February 22 at the Bull Pen in Chelem. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends both at home and in Yucatan.

Temozon Home Featured by ArchDaily

Modern Houses in Yucatan Mexico
In little more than five years, two young architects from Chile recognized the need to showcase the work of young architects who understand the growing need for and changing focus of architecture itself. These young men are David Basulto and David Assael, co-founders of the website ArchDaily. In the span of five years, they went from an idea to the most visited architecture web site in the world, with over 7 million monthly readers, and a staff of over 50 people working in 9 different countries. This month, their featured house was built in Temozon, Yucatan, on a trapezoidal lot, and it is amazing. We wish ArchDaily all the best and congratulate local architect firm Carrillo Arquitectos y Asociados for producing a vision in Yucatan that has now been admired around the world.

Afro-Mexicans Finally Recognized

There may be as many as two million Mexicans of African descent in Mexico today. Yet, this population has continued to be, for the most part, marginalized throughout the country. That ended with a new law that compares their situation to that of the Indigenous populations and, when passed, will protect Afro-Mexicans under the same laws as the Indigenous people. The initiative was signed by the five members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs: René Juárez Cisneros, Eviel Pérez Magaña, Isidro Pedraza Chávez, Luisa María Calderón Hinojosa and Yucatan’s Rosa Adriana Díaz Lizama. Once legal recognition is complete, public policies can be designed to meet the needs of these most vulnerable citizens.

AA Updates in Yucatan

Alcoholic in Yucatan Mexico
We often receive questions from readers concerning the availability of AA meetings in English. We are happy to report that the Merida English Library hosts several AA meetings each week and now there are new meetings in Progreso.

Available AA meetings include:

Every Tuesday: Alcoholics Anonymous: Steps
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Admission: Donation

Every Wednesday: Al Anon
Location: Merida English Library
Time: 5:30 PM
Admission: Donation

Every Thursday: Alcoholics Anonymous: Discussion
Merida English Library
Time: 7 PM to 8 PM
Admission: Donation

Every Tuesday: Alcoholics Anonymous: Open Meeting
Location: Iglesia Jesus Presbyterian Church, Calle 35 x 82, Progreso
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Donation

Every Friday: Closed Meeting
Location: Iglesia Jesus Presbyterian Church, Calle 35 x 82, Progreso
Time: 5:30 PM
Admission: Donation

For more information about meetings in Progreso, mailto: Aaainprogreso [at] gmail [dot] com

By Working Gringos

Cruz Roja Bilingual Services in Merida Yucatan

Cruz Roja Mexicana Bilingual Services

Thanks to the dedication of Todd Mosley, a former American Red Cross staffer from Mississippi who moved to Merida, the Merida Cruz Roja (Red Cross) now can offer services in English for local English-speaking residents and visitors. Todd had the idea of establishing this program when he realized that emergency services across Merida have little or no English-speaking capability. In an emergency, language abilities can make the difference between life or death, but at the very least, they can make things go a lot smoothly. By working with local staff, Todd and Cruz Roja have now established a bilingual services program. The program began operation on February 8th, 2014.

More Volunteers Will Mean More Days

Both bilingual Mexicans and local expatriates are stepping up to volunteer. Currently, eight (8) active volunteers have committed to work one 4-hour shift per week. To begin with, Mondays and Saturdays were chosen because cruise ships are in port in Progreso on those days. This results in an increase in English-only visitors to the area during those days. We currently cover business hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 am to midnight. As additional bilingual volunteers step forward, additional days will be added, and many more shifts need to be covered. The ultimate goal is to provide bilingual services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, in Merida, Progreso and Valladolid.

Are you interested in being a volunteer? You can do that! Additional bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers are needed in Merida, Progreso, and Valladolid. No experience is necessary, except to be bilingual in Spanish and English. All additional training will be provided.

Red Cross Bilingual volunteers in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Why Cruz Roja?

Cruz Roja, or the Red Cross, is the most recognized name in emergency services around the world, and therefore is the perfect place for bilingual services to be added. Cruz Roja Mexicana Bilingual Services currently supports radio communications for ambulances in Merida, and plans soon to provide the same service for Progreso and Valladolid. Bilingual Services also plans to expand to include mass care for hurricane shelters and mass care for crippled cruise ships.

Currently, the volunteers cover shifts of 4 hours at the main Cruz Roja ambulance dispatch headquarters in Merida’s centro, on Calle 64 between Calle 67 and 69. If there is an emergency that involves a person that speaks English only, whether it is over the phone or involving an EMT on the scene, a volunteer will now be there to translate so the person that only speaks English can communicate with the EMTs, many of whom only speak Spanish.

More Help Needed!

In addition to more volunteers, this new service needs other supplies or donations. Donations that are needed include printed tshirts or embroidered polo shirts, design services and printing services for bilingual training materials, and donations to go towards expenses for traveling to establish the program in Progreso and Valladolid.

If you are an individual or organization interested in participating or receiving additional information on Cruz Roja’s Bilingual Services, please contact Todd Mosley at ToddnMX [at] aol [dot] com. Todd can be reached by phone at 999-362-5949, or on FaceBook at Cruz Roja, Merida, Bilingual Services (a private group that you must ask to join).

By Working Gringos

When you move to the Yucatan (or anywhere in Mexico), one of the systems you eventually must come to terms with is the medical system. We are fortunate in Merida to have a number of hospitals and clinics to choose from, and in this article, we will do our best to list and describe the hospitals in Merida so that you can make an informed choice.

What is A Tercer Nivel Hospital?

One thing to understand is that in Mexico (and other places like Cuba, Spain and some other Latin countries), hospitals are designated according to levels: First, Second and Third Level Hospitals (hospitales de primer nivel, segundo nivel, tercer nivel). While these designations are not used in the USA or Canada (as far as we know… not generally, anyway), these are common references in Mexico. A hospital de tercer nivel in Mexico is one that provides all the services that we would associate with a top hospital: doctors and specialists on staff, surgery facilities, recovery rooms and any number of additional specialized treatment facilities. It is a Hospitals in Merida Yucatanhospital that is able to provide integrated care for whatever ails you, and it is usually also a teaching hospital. A secondary level hospital is characterized by the ability to provide surgical and recovery facilities, as well as providing the services of specialists, but without emergency facilities. A first-level hospital provides care for patients without serious injury, usually has testing equipment, monitoring equipment and provides First Aid. After being seen at a first-level hospital, you might be referred to a second- or third-level hospital for further treatment. As you can see, the levels have nothing to do with quality, but rather quantity and breadth of facilities and care.

Expatriate Hospital Experiences

We know many expatriates that have been cared for in the various hospitals around Merida, and have mostly heard very good things from them all. We see and hear about stories like this all the time:

“Posted January 20, 2014, at 12:13 PM by Yolisto member Dave_in_Ont

…I have just gotten the clearance to head back to Chelem after a 4 day stay at the Centro Medico Americano in Progreso. I thought I had pulled a groin muscle last Wednesday, went to the hospital on Thursday to have it checked out. They did x-rays on the spot and it turned out I had broken my hip. An orthopedic surgeon, from Merida, did a hip joint replacement on Friday morning and I am outta here today (Monday), using a walker, as soon as I pay the bill!!! The surgery was performed at CMA in Progreso. I couldn’t have asked for better service or care. Virtually every doctor and nurse spoke some English and with my limited Spanish we got along just fine.
For those who might be curious… At my age with pre-existing conditions and for the length of time we spend in Mexico, private medical insurance is way too expensive. I paid for this procedure on a credit card, which will be totally reimbursed by my Ontario health insurance once I submit all the paperwork, including X-rays. Total cost was 77,000 pesos or appx. $6500. AND the procedure was done within 14 hours of the diagnosis. Pretty quick service!”

You can also read about various expatriate experiences in healthcare in our Health Section on this website.

For U.S. comparisons, consider the information in this article in the New York Times. Here’s a quote from that article, where the person in question chose to go to Brussels for his hip replacement, but many of the facts are relevant no matter where outside of the USA you decide to go:

““Very leery” of going to a developing country like India or Thailand, which both draw so-called medical tourists, he ultimately chose to have his hip replaced in 2007 at a private hospital outside Brussels for $13,660. That price included not only a hip joint, made by Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings, but also all doctors’ fees, operating room charges, crutches, medicine, a hospital room for five days, a week in rehab and a round-trip ticket from America.

“We have the most expensive health care in the world, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best,” Mr. Shopenn said. “I’m kind of the poster child for that.” “

Hospital and Clinic Choices in Yucatan

Whether you are going for a minor issue, elective surgery or major surgical procedures, cancer treatment or any other medical treatment, it is good to know what your options are regarding medical care in Merida and how things are done in Yucatan and Mexico.

Unlike in the USA, you do not necessarily have to go to a hospital for surgery. In Merida, there are about twenty different clinics that also provide surgical and recovery services. (A clinic is similar to a second level hospital, but usually it only provides for one specialty, such as Obstetrics or Cancer Treatment. A second level hospital will provide services for multiple specialties.) For instance, if you need your gall bladder removed, your doctor can quote you the cost for having it done at a tercer nivel hospital like Star Medica, or at a local clinic. We recently got a quote on gall bladder surgery (non-emergency), by the way, in late 2013. The prices quoted by the doctor were approximately $7,000 USD for the entire procedure at Star Medica, versus $5,000 USD for the procedure at a local clinic. Both surgeries would be done by the same doctor, just in two different places.

Our friend, a Yucatecan, went to a different doctor and was quoted a price of $20,000 pesos for the same surgery at a different clinic, with one overnight stay for recovery. We also have a friend who recently had a baby. Instead of going to a third or second level hospital, she chose to deliver her baby at a clinic that specializes in Obstetrics (Maria Jose, listed below), thus realizing significant savings. As an example, delivering a baby at Clinica Esperanza in 2013 cost approximately $15,000 pesos. At another similar clinic, $20,000 pesos. Compare that with the cost of delivering a baby at Star Medica, which is about $50,000 to $60,000 pesos.

While we have listed a few clinics, this is not a comprehensive list. Usually your doctor is associated with clinics where he or she can practice. If you choose to go the clinic route, your doctor can recommend the best clinic for your procedure.

Who Can Go?

You will notice that while some, like StarMedica and Clinica Merida, are private hospitals, many of the hospitals below are subsidized by the Mexican government. Of course, private hospitals accept anyone who can pay. While some expatriates living in the Yucatan have signed up for IMSS health insurance, others have either no insurance, insurance from their country of origin or expatriate private insurance. It is good to know that expatriates living or traveling in the Yucatan are eligible for all available medical services, though you will not enjoy the subsidized prices unless you are an IMSS member. If you are an expatriate who needs care, you can receive it. You are not required to have medical insurance, only to pay your bills. Though you do not receive subsidies, you will find that the prices are probably less than what you would pay out of pocket for the same services back home. Medicaid, Medicare, and private U.S. medical insurance are at this writing not accepted in Mexico.

A Wide Range of Choices

As in many things in Mexico, there are a range of choices. We submit this list for you so that you can be well-informed and make the best choice for you. If you have questions or experience with any of these hospitals, we welcome your Comments!

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List of Hospitals in Merida

 

Clinica de Merida

Phone: +52-999-942-1800
Location: Centro Merida
Address: Av. Itzáes No. 242, Colonia García Ginerés, Merida
Email: clinmer [at] sureste [dot] com
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : Blood Bank, Diabetes Education, Centre for Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Sports, Osteoporosis Center, Cardiovascular Diagnosis, Sensorineural Diagnosis, Dialysis and Hemodialysis, Electrodiagnostic, Tomographic scintigraphy, Clinical Laboratory, Extracorporeal lithotripsy, Hyperbaric Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, X -Ray, Ultrasound and Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Ambulance Service, Helical Computed Tomography, Intensive Care Unit , Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, General Emergency, Pediatric Emergency, Vaccination Center.
Comment: Clinica de Merida was originally started by a group of doctors as a small consortium (probably why it has “clinic” in its name…), and has grown to be a very comprehensive hospital and a mainstay of Merida medicine. For those of us who live in the centro, it has the closest Emergency facilities of a tercer nivel hospital. The hospital is familiar with dealing with the expatriate population, and many of the doctors speak English.
Website: www.clinicademerida.com.mx/

 

Starmedica

Phone: +52-999-930-2880
Location: North Merida
Star Medica Hospital in Merida YucatanAddress: Calle 26 #199, por 15 y 7, Col. Altabrisa, Merida
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : Emergency room, Surgery and rehabilitation, Tocosurgery(Surgery in Pregnancy), ICU and recovery, Nursery and neonatal intensive care, Blood bank, Imaging, Clinical Laboratory, Cardiology, Pathology, Endoscopy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Interventional Radiology, Hemodialysis, Inhalotherapy, Cardiovascular Center.
Comment: Star Medica is part of a national Mexican chain of hospitals, and is the newest, most modern private hospital in Merida. The top floors house offices of various specialists, and the bottom floors house the hospital itself. Hospital rooms are roomy, modern and some of them even include sitting rooms and TVs for the families that come to visit. We have one friend who had emergency surgery there who said that if it hadn’t been for the surgery, it was one of the nicest hotels she ever stayed in. Star Medica also has a responsive Emergency Room with English-speaking doctors usually somewhere close by. This hospital is also becoming more familiar with expatriate clientele.
Website: www.starmedica.com.mx

 

Centro Médico de las Américas

Phone: +52-999-926-2111
Location: Centro Merida
Email: cma [at] centromedicodelasamericas [dot] com [dot] mx
Address: Calle 54 #365 x 33-A y Avenida Pérez Ponce, Colonia Centro, Merida
Levels: Second Level Hospital
Services : Blood Bank, Cardio CT, Physiological Nursery, Diagnostic Imaging, Hemodialysis, Hospitalization, Laboratory, Maternity Packages, Physical Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Operating Rooms, Magnetic Resonance, Preventive Screening, Ambulatory Surgery, Coronary Care, Intensive Care, Infant Care, Emergency Adults, Pediatric Emergency.
Comment: Founded in 1984, the Medical Center of the Americas (CMA) is a private hospital with over 50 beds. This hospital is affiliated with the Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Website: www.centromedicodelasamericas.com.mx

 

Centro de Especialidades Médicas

Phone: +52-999-920-4040
Location: Centro Merida
Address: Calle 60 #329-B x 35, Colonia Centro, Merida
Levels: Second Level Hospital
Services : 24 HR Emergency, Laboratories, Pharmacy, Hospitalization, Operating Rooms, X-ray, Labor rooms, Recovery Room, Ultrasound, Adult Hospital workers in Merida Yucatanintensive unit, Neonatal intensive care unit and pediatric, Endoscopy and Gastroenterology, Pediatric Surgery.
Comment: This small hospital (CEM) has 26 patient rooms, doctors offices, an Emergency Room and other facilities, and is located in the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone), across the street from the Hyatt Regency. CEM is specifically available for tourists and visitors, although it serves the Merida population as well.
Website: www.cemsureste.com

 

Centro Medico Pensiones

Phone: +52-999-920-0184
Location: West Merida
Address: Calle 7 #215A x 32 y 34, Colonia García Ginerés, Merida
Levels: Second Level Hospital
Services : 24 HR emergency, Laboratories, Pharmacy, Hospitalization, Operating Rooms, X-ray, Labor rooms, Recovery Room, Ultrasound, Adult intensive unit, Neonatal intensive care unit and Pediatric, Pediatric Surgery, Hemodialysis, Tomography and Mammography.
Comment: Founded in 1986.
Website: www.centromedicopensiones.com

 

Centro Medico Americano

Phone: +52-969-935-0769
Location: Progreso
Address: Calle 33 #320 x Calle 82, Colonia Centro, Progreso
Levels: Second Level Hospital
Services : 24 hrs emergency, Laboratory studies, Pharmacy, Hospitalization, Operating Rooms, X-ray, Labor rooms, Recovery Room, Ultrasound, Pediatric, Hemodialysis, Ultrasound, Mammography.
Comment: Centro Medico Americano was founded December 6, 1989 and is the only hospital located along the Yucatan Gulf Coast.
Website: www.cmaprogreso.com.mx/en/

 

IMSS T-1 Ignacio García Tellez

Phone: +52-999-922-5656
Location: Merida
Address: Calle 34 x 41, Ex Terrenos “El Fénix”
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : All the services of a major third-level hospital.
Comment: You have to be part of IMSS to use this hospital. All services are free for IMSS members. Depending on where you live in Merida, as an IMSS member, you will be assigned to either “T-1″ hospital or Benito Juarez. If the specialist you need is not here, you will be sent to the other hospital.
Website: Not available

 

IMSS- Hospital Benito Juarez

Phone: +52-999-925-0866
Location: Merida
Address: Av. Itzáes x Av, Colón s/n, Colonia García Ginerés
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : All the services of a major third-level hospital.
Comment: You have to be part of IMSS to use this hospital. All services are free for IMSS members. Depending on where you live in Merida, as an IMSS member, you will be assigned to either “T-1″ hospital or Benito Juarez. If the specialist you need is not here, you will be sent to the other hospital.
Website: Not available

 

Hospital General “Dr. Agustín O’Horan”

Phone: +52-999-930-3320
Location: Merida
Address: Av. Itzáes por Av. Jacinto Canek s/n, Colonia Centro
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : Blood Bank, Transplants, Hemodialysis, Hospitalization, Laboratory, Outpatient surgery, laboratory, Gynecology, Intensive Care, Infant Care, Emergency Adults, Pediatric Emergency.
Comment: Founded in 1906 by Porfirio Díaz, this hospital has been a school for all doctors in Yucatan. It is a hospital run by the government and takes people from first and second level hospitals from around Yucatan State. Services are subsidized if you are part of Seguro Popular. It is a teaching hospital and also has been the site of donations of time and money from visiting doctors from University of Michigan. This article is just one example of the programs between the two. Because of its strong history in the area, it runs many government programs. So for example, when Working Gringa needed rabies shots (from a dog bite), she was sent to O’Horan where the shots were recorded as part of a government tracking program, and administered for free.
Website: http://horan.yucatan.gob.mx/wp/

 

Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad

Phone: +52-999-942-7600
Location: North Merida
Address: Calle 7, No. 433 por 20 y 22, Fracc. Altabrisa
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : Cardiovascular and neumonology, neuroscience, hematology and oncology, intensive care for adults and children, internal medicine, nefrology, transplants, blood bank, laboratory.
Comment: This highly specialized hospital is run by the Mexican government and services are subsidized if you are part of Seguro Popular.
Website: http://www.hraeyucatan.salud.gob.mx/

 

Hospital De la Amistad Corea-Mexico

Phone: +52-999-168-7067
Location: South Merida
Address: Calle 60 Sur S/N San José Tecoh por Anillo Periférico, San José Tecoh
Levels: Third Level Hospital
Services : Children’s Hospital
Comment: This hospital is run by the Mexican government and services are subsidized if you are part of Seguro Popular. It was built with a $1 million dollar donation from the South Korean government in honor of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Koreans to the Yucatan.
Website: N/A

 

Clinic waiting room in Merida Yucatan

General Hospital de Valladolid

Phone: +52-985-856-2883
Location: Valladolid
Address: Avenue Poligono Chanyodzonot
Levels: Second Level Hospital
Services : Ambulances, 60 beds, Blood laboratory, pharmacy, general surgery, internal medicine, gynecology and obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, anesthesiology, nutrition, physical therapy, psychiatry, psychology, and radiology. Read more in our article about the new Hospital in Valladolid.
Comment: This hospital is run by the Mexican government and services are subsidized if you are part of Seguro Popular.
Website: N/A

 

Clinics in Merida

Centro Anticanceroso Cruz Roja

Phone: +52-999-928-5679
Location: Merida
Address: Calle 59 N/A x Avenida Itzaes, across from the Zoo
Services : Cancer specialty hospitals. Services include Pap tests, Colonoscopies, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Pain Medicine, Operating Rooms
Comment: Run by Red Cross and Mexican Government
Website: https://www.facebook.com/CentroAnticancerosoMerida/info

 

Clinica Benefactora Esperanza

Phone: +52-999-928-6231
Location: Merida
Address: Calle 76 # 446 x 45, Colonia Centro, Merida
Services : Maternity
Comment: One of the best maternity clinics in the city.
Website: Not available

 

Hospital de Ortopedia de la Cruz Roja

Phone: +52-999-983-3454
Location: Merida
Address: Calle 65 #104, Colonia San Jose Vergel, Merida
Services : Orthopedic Hospital
Comment: Run by Red Cross and Mexican Government
Website: Not available

 

Maria Jose Clinic for Mothers and Babies

Phone: +52-999-928*5325
Location: Merida
Address: Calle 53 #484, Colonia Centro
Services : OB/GYN and Pediatric clinic
Website: Not available

 

By Working Gringos

Relaxing Pool at Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Peaceful Sitting Area in Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Full Equipped Kitchen in  Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Comfortable Bedroom in  Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Central Courtyard at Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Colonial Vacation Rental In Merida

The key to a relaxed, luxurious vacation in Merida Yucatan is here, at Casa del Pocito. Experience the magic of Merida and the surrounding Yucatan Peninsula from the privacy of an historic home in the Centro. Just behind the massive wooden entry doors is a place of peace and simple luxury.

Luxury Everywhere at Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Casa Pocito’s Kitchen

Merida, now known as the Gateway to the Mayan World, is the perfect place from which to visit colonial cities, Mayan pueblos, the beaches along the Yucatan Gulf Coast and the Mayan ruins, including Uxmal and Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

And what better way to end the day than in your own colonial villa? Cool off and relax in your private pool, enjoy your own music and even entertain friends in your own tropical garden patio.

Your Private Pool and Tropical Garden

For the price of a hotel room, this privately owned townhouse is offered as a vacation rental to those seeking privacy, unstructured days and independent adventures in travel. This is not your typical B&B or hotel experience. Casa del Pocito offers an opportunity to immerse yourself into the local culture, color and richness of this undiscovered colonial Mexican city.

Casa del Pocito is available as a vacation rental home all year round. For more information, please go to our website:

www.casapocitoyucatan.com

Relax and Enjoy at Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Spacious Living Room at Casa Pocito Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

By Working Gringos

carpaccio at Apoala in Merida YucatanType: Mexican and Oaxacan Restaurant
Neighborhood: Santa Lucia, Centro, Mérida
Telephone: 999-923-1979
Address: C.60 #471 x 55 Local 2, Portales de Santa Lucía
How to Get There from the Centro: You’re already there! It’s in Santa Lucia Park, at the corner of Calle 60 and Calle 55.
Parking: Yes, behind the building. Entrance on Calle 60, just past La Tratto Santa Lucia. Oh, and it isn’t free.
Air Conditioned: Yes
Outdoors: Yes
Drinks: Full bar
Payment: Cash and Credit
WiFi: Yes
Website: http://www.apoala.mx/
Chicken and Pasta at Apaola Restaurant in Merida YucatanHours:Monday to Saturday: 1:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Sunday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Friday and Saturday Bar closes at 2:30 AM
Pricing: Reasonable.
Notes: This restaurant is a favorite of local expatriates… and it became a favorite almost overnight. The food is delicious… you can have a meal just from appetizers and you won’t be unsatisfied. Or you can try the more generous entrees. We enjoyed a yummy beef carpaccio, a chicken and pasta dish and tacos… all different, all really great. Sitting outdoors here is lovely… you are far enough away from the street that you aren’t bothered by the noise or exhaust, but you still get to enjoy the outdoor ambiance. Inside, the decor is interesting, with low lighting… but most people seem to prefer to be outdoors. Don’t miss going to the bathroom while you are there to see their innovative sink treatment!

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted to us by a new advertiser on our website, John Ohe with Hola Expat. We felt that this is important information to pass on, as any American expatriate living in Yucatan should be aware of the requirements for filing taxes in the USA. If you have anything to add to this, we welcome your information in our Comments section. Also, if you have additional questions, please ask those in the Comments section as well… we will encourage John to answer the questions and perhaps write us another article with more detail if people show an interest.
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FACT: American expatriates are subject to United States income taxes, regardless of where they live and where they make their income.

For 2013, Americans with income over $9,750 USD (or married couples filing jointly with income over $19,500 USD) must file a federal tax return, wherever they live in the world. It is important to note that self-employed Americans have a much lower threshold. They are obligated to file a tax return if they have $400 USD or more in earnings.

The failure-to-file penalty is 5% of the unpaid tax amount (per month), with the maximum penalty capped at 25%. Furthermore, there is a minimum penalty of either $135 USD or 100% of the unpaid tax amount (whichever is smaller) when the tax return is filed more than 60 days beyond the normal due date or extension date. Over the past few years, the IRS has been increasing its scrutiny over American expatriates, so “better safe than sorry” is an applicable quote if you are an American citizen living outside the United States.

paying taxes abroad for US citizensWithout a doubt, the filing requirements cast a wide net… a wider net than they used to. But many American expatriates end up not owing taxes because of certain exclusions and credits available to the expatriate community. The most important of these are the foreign earned income exclusion (FEIE) and the foreign tax credit. With the FEIE, up to $97,600 of foreign-earned income while living abroad can be excluded from federal income tax. The $97,600 USD works in conjunction with other deductions. As a result, one can have more than $100,000 USD in income, and pay no taxes. With a working spouse, the excludable amount is doubled. In order to qualify for the FEIE, one must meet either the bona fide residence or physical presence test.

With the foreign tax credit, taxes that are paid to a foreign country offset U.S. tax liabilities. The foreign tax credit is normally utilized when one has paid income tax to a country with a higher tax rate than that of the United States.

Many people with modest income do not file tax returns (e.g., are not required to file because their income falls below the dollar thresholds). However, they are losing out on valuable tax credits that are fully refundable. For example, the Child Tax Credit is worth up to $1,000 USD per child. There is a good chance of qualifying for this credit (if you have a child under the age of 17 that is a dependent) as long as your earned income is at least $3,000 USD.

Lastly, Mexico signed an intergovernmental agreement with the United States to improve international tax compliance in November 2012. That means that Mexican financial institutions will soon begin reporting to the IRS the names, tax identification numbers and balance information of American citizens with Mexican financial accounts (e.g., banks, brokerage, mutual fund, annuity, life insurance accounts). The deadline for compliance is December 31, 2014.

All American expatriates with aggregate balances in foreign financial accounts above specific thresholds are required to file the appropriate informational reports. There are two such reports that every expatriate should know about. The first is called FinCen 114 (formerly known as FBAR). The threshold is met if the aggregate balance (combining all the accounts) exceeds $10,000 USD at any point during the year. The second report is Form 8938 (FATCA), and for that, the threshold is much higher. For expatriates filing an individual tax return, the threshold is $200,000 USD aggregate balance on the last day of the year, or $300,000 aggregate balance at any point during the year. For expatriates who are married filing jointly, the threshold is double.

The penalties for failing to disclose are even more onerous than the filings themselves. With the FinCen 114, failure to report carries a penalty up to $10,000 USD. Willful non-compliance potentially raises the penalty up to $100,000 or 50% of the taxpayer’s foreign assets (whichever is greater). With FATCA, the maximum penalty for failing to file Form 8938 is $60,000 USD for each foreign asset that you failed to report (even more onerous than for the FBAR). Again, better safe than sorry!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article has been written by John Ohe, a managing partner at HolaExpat.com. The article is for general information, and should not be construed as personal tax advice. Tax laws and regulations change frequently, and their application can vary widely based on the specific facts and circumstances involved. If you would like to submit a tax-related question, please email John at info [at] holaexpat [dot] com.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting February 24, 2014

Yucatan Living There are Carnival celebrations being held in all of Yucatan’s 106 Municipalities this week. There is not a lot happening anywhere in Yucatan early in the week because everyone is getting ready for Carnival which will begin on February 26. Later in the week, everyone will be out at the X’Matquil Fairgrounds for the parades. The following is the list of parades for Merida.

Merida Carnival 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014: February 26 through March 05
Quema del Mal humor: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM Wednesday
Pre-School Parade: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55), 4:00 PM Thursday
Carnval: Corso Parade: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Fantasy Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Bachata Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Carnaval: Regional Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Battle of the Flowers Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Burial of Juan Carnaval Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM

Ongoing Exhibits in Valladolid

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photos by Francisco Hernandez Until February 20
Francisco Hernandez, a Mexican born U.S. citizen and director of the Valladolid English Library, graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from Iowa State University. Francisco has had the privilege of working for and on behalf of minority and marginalized populations in Mexico, U.S.A., El Salvador, Haiti and Jordan. He enjoys international travel and has visited parts of India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Europe. All photos in this exhibition are for sale.
Location: : CONATO Restaurant, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
Time: All Day during restaurant hours
Admission: Free

Ongoing Exhibits in Merida

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – February 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero/Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Historical Photographs of Marcelo Cervantes
From February 7 to March 9.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso del Teatro Peon Contreras (next to the theatre, on the walk street)
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) February 24

Yucatan Living Lizard Joe’s: SkyMed Medical Insurance Information
Instead of our Tex-Mex Monday offerings of Enchiladas, Hard Shell Tacos and Quesdillas ….. Lizard Joes will host SkyMed who will be presenting their medical insurance offering to expat community. We will be serving free appetizers and a free drink provided by SkyMed.
Locations: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free. : Lizard Joe’s, in Chelem, will be closed for remodeling during March 2014.

Tuesday (Martes) February 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Lecumberri
(Mexico, 1976). Director: Arturo Ripstein. This is a documentary about incidents that took place during the Presidency of Luis Echeverria. After it was shown at a film festival in Acapulco, the film was banned. The topic concerns the escape of several prisoners, one of whom was supposed to have been involved in the murders of several Mexican heroes early in the 20th century. If you speak Spanish, this is an excellent film.
Location: Centro Cultural José Marti, Calle 20 x Av. Colón
Time:8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Principes
This trio is one of a group of trios that are dedicated to keeping classic trova fresh and alive in Yucatan.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Herederos
This is an eloquent portrait of the lives and daily struggle for survival of rural communities in today Mexico. While the children may have inherited tools and techniques from their ancestors, they have also inherited their day to day hardship. Generations pass, but child workers remain captive in a seemingly endless cycle of inherited poverty.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: From Mexico to Havana
Director: Carlos Tello. Merida and Havana have always had a very close and heart-felt relationship. The two never miss an opportunity to share their cultures.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Carnaval Merida 2014

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Quema del mal Humor
Dance with this cumbia group.
Location: Plaza Municipal, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Ciclo
(Mexico 2013) In 1956 brothers Arturo and Gustavo Martinez made a bicycle trip from Mexico City to Toronto, in Canada. They were the first to accomplish this feat, and it changed their lives forever.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 27, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: La Vida de Adele
(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.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: All is Lost
(2013 USA) After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Concert: Andrea Vazquez Live
We hope everyone takes the time to see this performance and enjoy the atmosphere in this wonderful venue. These are the stars of tomorrow and every performance is special.
Location: K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Salsa Music from Mexico to HavanaYucatan Living Music: From Mexico to Havana
Director: Carlos Tello. Merida and Havana have always had a very close and heart-felt relationship. The two never miss an opportunity to share their cultures.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Spectacular Now
(2013 USA) A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Volver a Nadia
(Span 2011) This Spanish documentary follows an Afghan girl damaged in a bomb blast. After recovering from her wounds and returning home, the Taliban have taken over and she is forced to pretend she is a boy in order to work to support her family. 52 minutes in Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) February 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Troll
(2005 Spain ) Movie about Troll, a drug addict leaving on the streets.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Short Term 12
(2013 USA) A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Lecture: Alternative Programming for a Comprehensive Human Development of Yucatan, A.C.
This lecture is part of the 2014 Valladolid Lecture Series. Alter-Int’s office is located in Valladolid. The agency has 17 staff members and they all work in conjunction to develop, coordinate and run the programs across many of the rural areas in the state, including Valladolid. Last year, Alter-Int reached approximately 3,000 people who, the large majority of them, lived in rural and disenfranchised Maya communities. They help with everything from HIV education to organizing a new business incubator. They are especially focused on women and children’s financial and health needs.
Locations: In the Palapa at Casa Hamaca, Colonia San Juan, Calle 49 #202-A x 40
Valladolid, Yucatan, 97780, México, Phone: +52-985-100-4270
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $50 peso donation to the Valladolid English Library, all of which will be turned over to Alter-Int to help support its many programs.

Carnaval Merida 2014Yucatan Living Carnaval: Corso Parade
After the parade, enjoy Yuri in Concert.
Location: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free, chairs are $30pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
(USA, 2012) A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Don Jon
(USA 2013) A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Peninsula TreesSaturday (Sabado) March 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Talk: Yucatan Peninsula Trees
Come listen to Biologist Jorge Trejo talk about the 20 different species of palms found in the peninsula.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $70 pesos, $35 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Fantasy Parade
Location: > Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free, chairs are $30pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: La Vida de Adele
(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.
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) March 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about nature
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Bachata Parade
Location: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free, chairs are $30pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) March 03

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Regional Parade
Location: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free, chairs are $30pesos

 

p>Tuesday (Martes) March 04

Yucatan Living Carnaval: Battle of the Flowers Parade
Location: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil
Time: 12:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free, chairs are $30pesos

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – March Schedule
Program 7: Friday, March 21 & Sunday, March 23
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director, Mimi Stillman, Flutist
Music for the evening includes: Concert for Flute, by Jacques Ibert
Fantasy on the Themes of Carmer, by Georges Bizet
Symphony No. 4, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Program 8: Friday, March 28 & Sunday, March 30
Juan Carlos Lomónaco, Director; Shari Mason, Violín
Music for the evening includes: Overture “Così fan tutte”, K. 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concert for violín, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Symphony No. 1, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014: February 26 through March 05
Burial of Juan Carnaval Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Dance Benefit for educaTEYucatan, A.C. Wednesday, March 5Dance to Benefit School Programs in Yucatan Mexico
Dancer and choreographer, Tatiana Zuga will perform Arbolada as a benefit for A.C. educaTEYucatan, a Non Profit Association founded in 2010 with the goal of helping children and young people in Cholul with resources and tools so that they can reach their potential. Currently 47 students have sponsors. Sponsors’ donations pay for school fees, enrollment costs, school supplies, uniforms, and shoes. Additionally 25 primary school students receive a nutritious breakfast every school day. In our office in Cholul, students have access to computers to assist with their school work. Regular tutorials, English classes, and psychological services are also offered to students. Sponsors and volunteers are major resources for our programs, but they cannot cover all of our expenses. With this benefit concert, we hope to raise funds in order to maintain our current services and expand our impact on children’s lives. New projects include recycling, reforestation, and sports. Immediately following the dance performance Arbolada, La Tratto Santa Lucia is offering a complimentary drink to all attendees.
Locations: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are $250.00 and are on sale at the following locations: Yamamoto Coffee (Calle 60 X 41 y 43 Centro), the Merida English Library (#524 Calle 53 X 66 y 68 Centro), Cafe Latte (Calle 18 #96C X 21 y 21A Itzimna), Fuera de Centro (Calle 21 #938 X 14 y 18 Itzimna), Hennessy’s Irish Pub (Paseo Montejo #486A X 41 y 43 Centro), Takto Katrin Schikora (Calle 24 # 96 X 15 y Laureles Cholul), or through Barbara Harris (barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com).

Art Opening at Galeria In LakeechYucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Bajo La Superficie March 14
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of Barbara McClatchie’s new exhibition. This invitation is extended by La Secretaria de Cultura de Yucatan, La Direccion de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Merida, El Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia and la Galeria In La ‘Kech.
Location: Calle 59 s/n entre 58 y 60, Col. Centro. Located between la Sagrada Familia and El Congreso del Estado
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grand Opening: Progreso’s Humane Society Clinic – March 16
The opening of this state-of-the-art clinic has been a long time in coming. On this day, a brand new clinic will belong to the people of Progreso, fully equipped and debt free. To make this day all the sweeter, the opening is set for Kitty’s Birthday! It has been more than a few years since those first meetings at Natasha’s, but the end is in sight and that makes it worth every struggle along the way.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE
Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows: Arts and crafts – MX$1,000, Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000, Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000. Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no two are alike (i.e. only 1 burger stand, etc.)
More Information: Merida Music Festival website. The email is info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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Events

By Working Gringos

The Season of Benefit Events

One of the most common questions received by Yucatan Living is “What can I do to help?” January brings the miracle of spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats, but what about the people of the Yucatan? Those who come to Yucatan to stay for a while, or forever, soon find that there are many social programs that are always in need of help and depend on one or two annual fundraisers to keep them going. The time between Carnival and Semana Santa (the Two weeks surrounding Easter) sees more than a few benefits for both the elderly who reside in local shelters (nursing homes) and the poor among the elderly population who still reside in their own homes. Catholic women’s organizations, church-by-church and all across Mexico, as well as many civil organizations, are dedicated to seeing to it that this kind of help is sustained. They also make sure that these events are a positive experience for everyone who participates. Such will certainly be the case in Hunucma, where the local Catholic congregation will hold a dance on February 28 and a bull fight on March 2. The proceeds of these events will go to support a shelter for the elderly where only five residents live, but support will also be in place for many of the elderly poor in the area. If you would like to help in Yucatan, do look for the kinds of experiences where you can attend an event, become part of the community that supports the program, and know that all of your donation will go where you intended it to go. Photo from Yucatan a la Mano - elderly in Hunucma

Health: Climate Change and Respiratory Illness

Those of us who have warm coats, solid walls and comforters on our beds tend to grumble about a few days of cool weather and go on about our business when the sun returns. Unfortunately, people who live in tropical countries often do not even own luxuries like fleece pajamas, fat socks and fuzzy slippers… even sweaters and coats. This year, among Yucatecos, the incidence of respiratory illness is running a little greater than 13% over the same time period last year. The numbers are telling us that new respiratory illness numbers, on average, are running at a little more than 14,000 per week, except for week number five of 2014. That week saw 15,477 new cases of respiratory illnesses reported in Yucatan. Older expats remember when nortes were few and far between. Virtually everyone walked around with a plastic bag of peeled fruit in their hand and bragged that almost no one ever got sick in Yucatan. Over the past 15 years, climate change has brought the common cold and the flu to Yucatan. It’s time to eat well, including foods high in vitamins A and C, get plenty of rest and dress warmly in thick cotton clothing. Healthcare professionals also recommend sneezing into a tissue or into the bend of one’s arm to help stop the spread of germs. As always, frequent hand-washing is a must!

Yucatan: Of Microbes and Green Homes

This photo is of a typical house in rural Yucatan… well, maybe a lucky family who had money to build a cement house to weather a hurricane and a cement floor to stay out of the mud. They even have a small concrete block outhouse, courtesy of the Yucatan government after Hurricane Isidore. As modern services spread to every corner of the state, their cost is rapidly becoming a burden for the people. It does not help that the government builds low cost housing if utility bills make it impossible for the poor to live in a modern home. While the world worries about running out of fossil fuels, Yucatan’s researchers at the Specialists Scientific Research Center of Yucatan (CICY) got busy finding a way to run a rural Yucatan home without the use of House in Yucatan Mexicofossil fuels. This past week, these researchers presented a model of a sustainable green home that uses solar panels on roofs and microbes painted onto septic tanks to generate the electricity necessary to completely cover the electrical needs of the home. This, added to the use of recycled materials to insulate the home and create insulated interior walls, and windows that are also waterproof. From roof to foundation, these new homes will be moisture proof and their hybrid electrical system will even allow for the removal and treatment of the home’s wastewater. Many thanks to CICY, to UADY and other participating universities, to the social and governmental associations that support this project, and to the members of the private sector who will make all of this a reality.

XVI Anniversary of Sustainable Use of Wildlife in Yucatan

Sixteen years ago, Yucatan, under the strict supervision of SEMARNAT, embarked on a plan to conserve wildlife in a way that would allow both the raising and harvesting of wild fauna and flora. Since then, 298 grounds have been created to manage wildlife in confined areas, plus 76 farms that raise and protect both common and rare species of plants that are native to Yucatan. The white-tailed deer is, by far, the most popular beneficiary of this program. This photo was taken of a white deer on a small preserve in Muna, Yucatan. In addition to the deer, visitors can find everything here now Deer in Muna Yucatanfrom rare parrots and monkeys to orchids. This, of course, brings up the topic of a renewed interest in ecotourism. Those sixteen years were going to pass whether Yucatan did anything to create these areas of conservation or not. Now the program has been assessed and found to be wildly successful. Everyone is very proud of those who were and still are interested in creating a true paradise in Yucatan.

SEMARNAT Supports Ecotourism Certification

With no access to jobs and little access to resources, many of the rural poor were floundering in Yucatan. Then, SEMARNAT recognized the national and international trend toward ecotourism and things began to change for the better. Rural residents across the State of Yucatan are now in the process of meeting the requirements for certification as ecotourism destinations. Environmental tourists need a place to stay and access to areas of interest without disturbing the environment. Even local residents are getting interested in the flora, fauna and geography of their native lands, and traveling to explore them. (See our recent article about Bird Photography in the Yucatan). Tourist operators need access to credit to support their projects and proof that they are capable of earning money through their efforts. SEMARNAT has a list of all the criteria necessary to meet these requirements and the people are rapidly meeting them all. From the beach to the southern cone, rural Yucatecos have formed associations and built facilities that meet all of the requirements given to them. Their determination has brought them success and has drawn investments to their projects. It won’t be long now until the very people who lived so deep in poverty will be sitting in the cat-bird-seat, living the good life in the paradise they love.

Up From Poverty – the Organic Way

Of the 106 municipalities (counties) in the State of Yucatan, 12 have been found to suffer from food poverty, mostly stemming from a scarcity of jobs in the rural areas in which they live. When the numbers came in, the State of Yucatan had just begun a Temporary Employment Program and SEMARNAT was able to contribute 18.8 million pesos to the program. The twelve municipalities in need soon had brand new tools and are now in the organic farming business. The program is called the Organic Gardens Project. Since Mexico encourages small businesses and self-employment, these new farmers are also being given classes in the management of water, waste and wild life. rural organic gardening in Yucatan MexicoSoon, these organic farmers will be independent agri-business owners. Considering that their crops will be organically grown, all of Yucatan will be the better for their work and food poverty in their municipalities will be little more than a bad memory.

Telecommunications and IT Jobs Six Percent of Yucatan’s GDP

In 2002, there were 20 telecommunications and information technology companies in Yucatan and they provided 300 jobs. Today, there are more than 120 of these companies in Yucatan and they employ over 2,000 people. This past week, at a convention at Siglo XXI, 14 companies offered 200 new jobs with salaries ranging from 6,000 pesos to 35,000 pesos per month. The average salary was 14,000 pesos. Because Yucatan has an educated work force, the telecommunications and IT companies continue to come to Yucatan. Currently, negotiations are ongoing with a company from Texas. The jobs in this field are stable and provide a good living for the families who benefit from them. This is not lost on Yucatan’s young people as they flock to the computer science programs in Yucatan’s universities. Look for telecommunications and information technology to be a growing segment of Yucatan’s GDP for many years to come.

Yucatecos Recognizing Rampant Consumerism

The Department of Economic Development estimates that half of all wage earners in Yucatan have faced problems, at one time or another, due to either exceeding their credit limit or for making late payments. There was a time when Mexico had a cash economy. People saved until they could pay for what they wanted. We cannot make the claim that those were the good old days, but at least people were not buying things they did not need or could not afford. As Yucatecos raced into spending beyond their ability to pay, especially on innovative products and services, the problem was recognized. There were, of course, many symptoms, including family problems and even health problems, all of which often stemmed from financial difficulties. PROFECO already has a magazine for consumers, and other agencies are developing programs that will better educate the public on how to both budget their money and use credit wisely. All of these programs stress the need to increase savings and reduce levels of debt. This is one of the hardest lessons for modern consumers to learn, and Yucatecans are no different. Since consumerism has the potential to damage families, as well as local, state and federal economies, we hope that Yucatecos play the credit game smarter than consumers in many other countries.

Full Moon Jazz Raffle: Winning Tickets

If you are the holder of a raffle ticket from the Full Moon Jazz Festival, please check your ticket to see if it is a winner. The 50/50 raffle is a pink theater-like ticket. The other raffle tickets are the tickets that are on the bottom of your entrance ticket, or the ticket itself has numbers. The following tickets are winners:
50/50 Pink Ticket: #76160
Tai Spa Manicure and Pedicure: #339, 289, 333, 353, 104
Eduardo Romero Free Haircut: #147, 338
Happier at Home book, signed by author: #517
Restaurant Le Bistrot, dinner for two: #354, 357
Amici’s Specialty Pizza with side salad, two sodas: #326
Watercolours: 344 (claimed)
Bull Pen: 327 (claimed)
The proceeds from this annual event go to support the Telchac Education Foundation.

By Working Gringos

Name: Maria Lagarde
Email: marialagarde [at] hotmail [dot] com
Phone: 55 29 505683
Work desired: videographer/editor
Location: Merida
I offer my services as videographer and editor. I have my own equipment or looking for a partner to start a small production house in Merida.
www.marialagarde.com

By Working Gringos

cat for adoption in meridaRagdoll mix, female kitten available for adoption. She is about 6 months old. She’s vrey gentle and extremely affectionate. She has been fixed and has had her vaccinations.

Young, male tabby cat, about 1 year old, available for adoption. He is very sweet and very affectionate. Loves being around people and is very social with other cats. He has been fixed and had his vaccinations.

For more information, please contact Jeff or Deborah Simpson at 999-247-2953 or ullrich365 [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Cat for adoption in Merida

By Mercedes and Alvaro Cervera

Editor’s Note: The Yucatan has long been a haven for birds flying south for the winter, whether they winter here or are just passing through. Over the last few years, we have seen birding and bird photography growing in importance as both a local and a tourist activity. Our good friend, Alvaro Cervera, is an architect by trade, but in his heart, he is a bird photographer. And he has been pursuing this new venture around the Yucatan Peninsula more and more over the last few years. We asked Alvaro and his wife Mercedes to write to us about this activity, how it started and what kind of opportunities the Yucatan presents for an avid birder. Here’s what they wrote.

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A Growing Passion

It all started in our back yard in Mérida, when Alvaro discovered a little Owl, who we called Viejita. Viejita was just a little bird sitting in the trees Little owl in the trees in the Yucatanaround our house. He seemed to like to stay in our trees and he did not mind having his photo taken. Over the next couple of months, a ritual was created and repeated. Every day, Alvaro went outside to water the garden and Viejita came a little closer. Alvaro would come inside to get his camera and the little bird would stay until Alvaro returned, posing for his photograph. Now we know that Viejita is a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, known in the Yucatan as tecolote bajeño, or Tóaka Xnuk (TOE-ah-kah ISH-nook) in Maya.

Bird Watching Groups in Yucatan

When Alvaro showed the Viejita photos to a friend of his, the friend mentioned that there was a group of photographers, sponsored by a local non-profit called Pronatura. They were holding a photography contest that coincided with the annual Festival de Aves Toh, the Yucatan Bird Festival. Alvaro decided to find out more, and he attended a meeting, meeting and getting to know the other people in the group. Before we knew it, he was joining them in weekly or biweekly bird-watching trips around Mérida. Much to our surprise, he discovered that there are a lot of birds to see on the Yucatan Peninsula. Some of them are migratory, and others are indigenous to this area. I say “much to our surprise” because we both have grown up in Merida, and have lived here all our lives. We now have children here as well… and we had no idea!

Alvaro started taking our older children with him on these bird-watching outings, discovering that these outings were a great opportunity to spend time with the children… time that was outdoors, adventurous and were thankfully as interesting to the kids as television or video games. After all, taking photos of the birds still involves technology, still involves looking at a screen… but of course, it is also about being outdoors, nature, animals and camaraderie with other people. Bird photography by Alvaro Cervera in Yucatan

A Typical Bird Photography Outing in Merida

There are two typical types of outings that Alvaro and the kids take. One is an outing where he takes our daughter, who is 16 years old, and goes out with his best friends (a couple with their daughter who is 14 years old). They plan where they are going in advance a few days before they go, and they usually go to just one site. The day before, they check cameras, batteries, memory cards, car, etc., just as a fisherman or a hunter would to prepare for a day in the Yucatan wildnerness. It doesn’t matter if you go to take photographs or just to watch birds, you must take a good bird guide and light weight binoculars (6X-10X42mm are good, Alvaro uses 10X42mm). We have found it is best to dress in long pants, a short-sleeved shirt, closed comfortable shoes, and a hat… and don’t forget to wear and bring insect repellent. It is pretty much always hot weather, but Alvaro always wears long sleeves because of the sun. He also takes a vacuum-insulated water bottle instead of buying water in plastic bottles. It’s better for the planet, no one throws it away, and the water stays colder too.

They wake up about 5:30 AM to meet at 6 after a light breakfast. Each family takes their own car, and they caravan to the planned destination. They usually go Birds in the Yucatansomewhere that is within 30 minutes from the city of Merida. Since this is a photographer’s outing, there is no need to arrive too early in the morning because they need good light to take photographs… early morning light is wonderful in the Yucatan. When they are on the road, they are always looking around for any bird, so they are also watching to see if the other car stops along the way. Once they arrive (around 6:30 or 7:00 AM), the daughters make one team and the adults make another one. The girls like to take their time because they also take pictures of flowers, bugs, nature, and whatever pretty thing they find along the way. The older team likes to walk, chatting in whispers but staying alert for songs and/or movements of branches. If any of them see a bird, they signal silently where the bird is perched. The first one observing the bird is the one who gets priority to take photographs of it. When the first photographer is done, the others get a chance too. It really is exciting when an unexpected bird shows up. Sometimes they find themselves spending more than an hour just observing the behavior of only one or a pair of birds. It is a peaceful and lovely way to enjoy the natural landscapes in our own state of Yucatan. We photo by Alvaro Cerveraare so fortunate here, because a birdwatcher can be in a savannah, in a mangrove forest or in a jungle… and they are all just minutes away one from each other.

The group usually returns home about 11:00 AM or noon when the light gets too stark and strong for good photographs. Then it is time for a good shower and a beer (adults only, of course)! In the afternoon, they usually spend time on the computers downloading the photographs, selecting the best ones and deleting the rest. The rest of the week is for what Alvaro calls “the darkroom process”. That’s when he spends time with the photos, cropping and perfecting them on the computer, showing his own perspective of what Mother Nature has shared with them. Alvaro likes to share his photographs on his Facebook wall and in some other places on Facebook, like Comunidad Mexicana de Fotógrafos de la Naturaleza (The Mexican Community of Nature Photographers), as well as other nature and wildlife photography groups (see links at the end of the article).

Formal Bird Photography Outings in Yucatan

The second kind of outings are ones that are organized every month by The Yucatan Bird Club or the Festival de las Aves Toh. When they go on these Bird Marathon in Yucatanoutings, they wake up at about 4:30 AM because they have to meet the others at a central point. Usually the meeting place is close to the road that takes them to their first destination. At those outings, they are joined by other photographers, birds watchers and photo-birdwatchers. They go to see the birds starting at dawn, and they usually go to more than one site. Often, the activity is farther outside of Merida.

When they go with TYBC, they usually carpool to the locations. If Festival de las Aves Toh leads the outing, then they usually meet in a parking lot or street and go to one of those formal punto de encuentros you see painted on the ground or on a sign (Never knew what those were for, did you? Now you know!). At the meeting point, they meet with the official guide and he provides the vehicles for the outing (1 or 2 vans depending of the number of participants). They have to pay at the end of the tour (usually $200 pesos for each participant). For that $200 pesos, they get the transportation and there is someone to instruct them about birds, usually someone who knows well the area they are visiting. They visit archaeological zones or wetlands or mangroves or jungles. It depends on the season and the kind of birds they are looking for that day. They usually get back to the meeting point in Merida around 1:00 PM, and they make a checklist of the species they observed and/or listened to, and they share those lists.

New Opportunities for Exploring the Yucatan Peninsula

By sharing this new hobby, Alvaro and my daughter have made a lot of new friends in Merida. They also have some old friends who have joined him and the kids in this passion. We have been able to coordinate family trips to visit more far-off places too. One of those places was Chicaná in Campeche, where we not only saw many birds but also wild monkeys living free in the jungle, snakes, little foxes, and a lot of unusual and interesting insects.

We have also enjoyed visiting various cenotes in the Yucatan, such as Yodzontot on the old road to Valladolid, where we found that the community is taking care of this area, keeping it clean and providing a tour and food for visitors. Cenotes are favorite places for birds in the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula, as they provide water, shade and nesting areas. By promoting these activities, we know we are helping these communities earn an income and also helping to preserve the birds’ habitats. It is unfortunate that the business of capturing birds, putting them in cages and selling them for profit is still big among these rural communities. We are hoping that with more tourists and residents coming to see and photograph birds in their natural habitats, the communities will see the potential to preserve the habitats and the birds within them. The locals make good bird watching guides, and we hope this can be a better source of income in the future.

As Alvaro’s bird photography interest continues, and as the children get more and more involved, we are going to continue to travel around the Yucatan Peninsula in search of new venues to photograph more and different birds. The coast of Yucatan, Valladolid, the Mayan Ruins of Ek-Balam, Cobá in Quintana Roo, places to the east such as Rio Lagartos, San Felipe and Las Coloradas… these are all places that are homes to many different kinds of birds and are places that we hope to visit in the Mercy and Ana Birdwatchingcoming months.

Family Bird Watching and Photography

As a family, we are so pleased to discover these beautiful creatures that are in our neighborhood. We love that taking trips to see and photograph them does not require a lot of money. And we love that our entire family is able to participate in the activity, with each person able to enjoy the trips at their own level. We also think that involving our children in the love and appreciation of this land and the animals that depend upon it will assure the survival of all these wonders in the Yucatan Peninsula for the next generation.

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Bird watching is a growing activity in Yucatan. If you are interested in learning more, here are some resources you might like…

www.facebook.com/groups/fotonaturamx

www.facebook.com/groups/NaturePhotographyWildlifePhotography

The Yucatan Bird Club

These groups are working with local people in pueblos throughout Yucatan to educate them about the importance of preserving and respecting birds and nature. They are also training local youth as official local nature guides!

Yucatan Jay Valladolid Birding
Brown Jay Mayan Birding

And in Cancun…
Green Jay Mayan Birding

All photos in this article were taken by Alvaro Cervera.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting February 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Everyone is getting ready for Carnival to begin on February 26. See Yucatan Living’s Schedule of Carnival Parades in our Coming Soon section toward the end of this page.

Yucatan Living Opichen Fiesta: February 23 – February 27
Opichen is just west of Muna and borders on the State of Campeche. This is a traditional “county fair.” Look here for great leatherwork.

Ongoing Exhibits in Valladolid

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photos by Francisco Hernandez Until February 20
Francisco Hernandez, a Mexican born U.S. citizen and director of the Valladolid English Library, graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from Iowa State University. Francisco has had the privilege of working for and on behalf of minority and marginalized populations in Mexico, U.S.A., El Salvador, Haiti and Jordan. He enjoys international travel and has visited parts of India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Europe. All photos in this exhibition are for sale.
Location: : CONATO Restaurant, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
Time: All Day during restaurant hours
Admission: Free

Ongoing Exhibits in Merida

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – February 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero/Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Historical Photographs of Marcelo Cervantes: From February 7 to March 9.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso del Teatro Peon Contreras (next to the theatre, on the walk street)
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) February 17

Yucatan Living No Events planned for Today that we know of…

Tuesday (Martes) February 18, 2014

Russian Ballet in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Ballet Gala: Russian Ballet
The title of this performance is “Love and Passion,” performed by dancers from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev. This is the first visit to Merida for the stars of the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg. The Gala will feature pieces from the “White Swan” “Black Swan,” “Tarantella” (choreography by George Balanchine with traditional Italian music), “Bhakti” and duets from “Diana and Actaeon.” “Carmen.” “Les Sylphides.”” Romeo and Juliet.””Spartacus” and “Don Quijote.” The Gala will be divided in two acts, all the dancers will be performing in the final number.
Locations: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Tickets on Sale at the box office: Prices are 500, 400 and 300 pesos.

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Andariegos
These performances of Yucatan’s beloved trova are by a growing number of signature trova trios and they are always crowd pleasers.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Alamar
From the NY Times: “a luminous semi-documentary film that plays on the border of reality and fiction, Natan Machado Palombini, a young boy, goes on an enchanted expedition with his father to the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico.”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: The Party
(U.S. 1968) Director: Blake Edwards. A clerical mistake results in a bumbling film extra being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired. Stars Peter Sellers, of course!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The English Surgeon
(2007 USA) Henry Thomas Marsh, (born 1950) is a leading British neurosurgeon, and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine. What is it like to have God like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? What is it like to try and save a life, and yet to fail? This film follows brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he openly confronts the dilemmas of the doctor patient relationship on his latest mission to Ukraine.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pina
(2011 Germany) Pina is a 2011 German 3D documentary film about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch. It was directed by Wim Wenders. The film premiered Out of Competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: I’m So Excited Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico
(2013 Spain) When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie Last Elvis
(2012 Spain) A tragic accident causes an Elvis impersonator to reassess his priorities.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Raymundo
(2003) Biography of the award-winning Argentinian leftist filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer, who was kidnapped by the CIA-backed military junta in 1976 at the age of 35. Features extensive clips from his movies as well as interviews with the people who knew him.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) February 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: J.C.Chavez
(2007 Mexico) Directed by Diego Luna. A documentary about the life and career Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: The Spectacular Now
(2013 USA) A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.”
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Merida English Library: A Reading by George Dila
This reading will be from Mr. Dila’s latest collection of highly praised short stories, “Nothing More to Tell.” Learn more about the man and his work on the George Dila website. Mr. Dila will be joined by Mindy LePere, with a reading of selections from her published poetry. Both of these fine writers are from Michigan, so we are certain they can expect a big crowd for their event.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 68, Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Boyfriend
(UK, 1971). Director: Lewis Gilbert, Starring: Anicee Alvina and Sean Bury. The assistant stage manager of a small-time theatrical company is forced to understudy for the leading lady at a matinée performance at which an illustrious Hollywood director is in the audience scouting for actors to be in his latest “all-talking, all-dancing, all-singing” extravaganza.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen
Manu Chao: World Tour. (France, 2000). Director: F. Bergeron. This film is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Rock Music in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Synesthesia: Introducing Rock Bands
Never shy away from rock music in Yucatan. It has an underlying flavor of romance that can only come from trova and makes these groups some of the best in the world.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie Surprise!!
Tonite they will be showing a surprise movie… this will be a Big Premiere. Don’t miss it!! (Adults only!)
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Prisoners
(Spain 2013) When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: 10th Anniversary: Beethoven’s 9th
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with the Coro Filarmonico de Yucatan, Marcela Chacon (soprano), Alan Pingarron (tenor), Lydia Rendon (Mezzosoprano), and Enrique Angeles (Baratone). This is a global favorite… don’t miss this!
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Purchase tickets online or call (999) 923-1333.

Saturday (Sabado) February 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Multicultural Urban Encounter: “Rock Lyrics”
This event features a literary dialogue with writers Edgar Rodríguez Cimé, Jorge Cervera Ramírez, Rigel Solís Rodríguez, and Alex Pulido Cayon. There will be a performance by CORALIA, and a rock concert by Calavera no Canta, In Vitro Music Lab, and La Venganza del Padre García.
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 at Calle 64, Centro
Time: 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mad Hot Ballroom
(2007 USA) Mad Hot Ballroom is a documentary film by director Marilyn Agrelo and writer/producer Amy Sewell about a ballroom dance program in the New York City public school system.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Cuates de Australia
(2011 Mexico) The stark landscape of a remote stretch of plains in Coahuila, Mexico is as harsh as it is spectacular. The inhabitants of Cuates de Australia – rancheros, mostly – work from dawn ‘til dusk every day to eke out their survival, as their water supply dwindles and clouds drift by yielding not a drop of rain. And yet these people maintain their good cheer, with a combination of humility, acceptance, and work ethic. Their connection to the earth and sky seems to give them strength, and the hope for rain and new life – expressed most vividly in a through-story of a young couple expecting their first child – doesn’t waver even when they have no choice but to leave their land, temporarily, in a mass exodus.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Annual Fundraiser: Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c – Saturday, February 22
The annual fundraising breakfast for Perros y Gatos will be better than ever this year. Thanks to a generous gift from expat Susan Brown, the new clinic will soon be completed. The Grand Opening will be on March 16. If you are unable to attend the meeting, remember that they can now accept both U.S. and Canadian checks and money orders. Giving has never been easier as you can mail checks or money orders in either currency, payable to Protección de Perros y Gatos a.c., to Apartado Postal No. 30, Progreso 97320, Yucatán, México. You will receive an official receipt and thank you note from us. Donations of US $100 (or equivalent) will entitle you to have your name (or that of a beloved pet) inscribed on the plaque that will be prominently displayed in the clinic’s waiting room later this year.
Locations: Barlovento’s Restaurant on Main Street (Calle 80) Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Buy your own food and please make a donation.

Yucatan Living Movie: Elena
(Russia, 2011) When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan …
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: This Is the End
(USA 2013) While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Totally Unprepared: Storytelling Night at MEL
A collection of folks will be telling stories based on the theme “Totally Unprepared”. If you like stories, do come out and support this new MEL event… hopefully there will be more!
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 between 64 and 66
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico
Toute Cette Histoire Louise Attaque: (France, 2001) Director: T. Villeneuve. This film is in French, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Performance: Ansan, Korea, Folkloric Ballet
This wonderful performance is brought to us by the Korean Federation of Arts and Culture of Corporate Partnerships in Ansan, Korea. The ties between the cultures of Yucatan and Korea run deep. One can hardly imagine a Yucatan without Korean influence. Performances like this are a great way to pay tribute to the second culture of so many Yucatecos.
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Maria Teresa in Concert

Yucatan Living Concert: Maria Teresa Gomez
This concert includes Merida Bossa Lounge and Chillout Fusion. Maria Teresa Gomez has long been a favorite of Merida’s music lovers. Come and listen and find out why!
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Heart of the Sky, Heart of the Earth
The film follows six young Maya into their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. They put forth an entirely indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Their cosmovision is juxtaposed with a shortsighted exploitation of the Earth. Probably in Spanish and Maya… but you might enjoy it even if you don’t understand it all. We think it will have English subtitles.
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Grandmaster
(China 2014) The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) February 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Six Degrees That Could Change the World
In 2000, global warming was still a controversial issue. That was the year that scientists discovered that the ice was melting at the poles and predicted a series of catastrophes. Of course, today, many of their predictions have come true and more could happen at any time. This movie is about that…
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: To the Wonder
(USA 2012) After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church’s Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 10th Anniversary: Beethoven’s 9th
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with the Coro Filarmonico de Yucatan, Marcela Chacon (soprano), Alan Pingarron (tenor), Lydia Rendon (Mezzosoprano), and Enrique Angeles (Baratone).
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Purchase tickets online or call (999) 923-1333.

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen – double feature
This series is about French composers who write for the movies. The short documentaries are in French with Spanish subtitles.
What’s the point M? Director: S. Bergli, France, 2003
Jean-Louis Aubert, Common Agreement. Director: L. BROWN, France, 2002
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Jazz Sensitive with Mauricio Bonfilio

Yucatan Living Mauricio Bonfiglio: Jazz Sensitive
This performance includes Maydel Garcia. Mauricio Bonfiglio, more than anyone else, quite literally defines jazz in Yucatan. Never miss a chance to see him.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) February 24

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – February Schedule
Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Friday, February 21, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 23, 12:00 PM
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with the Coro Filarmonico de Yucatan, Marcela Chacon (soprano), Alan Pingarron (tenor), Lydia Rendon (Mezzosoprano), and Enrique Angeles (Baratone).
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Lecture: Alternative Programming for a Comprehensive Human Development of Yucatan, A.C.Tuesday, February 28, 2014
This lecture is part of the 2014 Valladolid Lecture Series. Alter-Int’s office is located in Valladolid. The agency has 17 staff members and they all work in conjunction to develop, coordinate and run the programs across many of the rural areas in the state, including Valladolid. Last year, Alter-Int reached approximately 3,000 people who, the large majority of them, lived in rural and disenfranchised Maya communities. They help with everything from HIV education to organizing a new business incubator. They are especially focused on women and children’s financial and health needs.
Locations: In the Palapa at Casa Hamaca, Colonia San Juan, Calle 49 #202-A x 40
Valladolid, Yucatan, 97780, México, Phone: +52-985-100-4270
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $50 peso donation to the Valladolid English Library, all of which will be turned over to Alter-Int to help support its many programs.

Merida Carnival 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014: February 26 through March 05
Quema del Mal humor: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM Wednesday
Pre-School Parade: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55), 4:00 PM Thursday
Carnval: Corso Parade: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Fantasy Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Bachata Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Carnaval: Regional Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Battle of the Flowers Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Burial of Juan Carnaval Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Dance Benefit for educaTEYucatan, A.C. Wednesday, March 5Dance to Benefit School Programs in Yucatan Mexico
Dancer and choreographer, Tatiana Zuga will perform Arbolada as a benefit for A.C. educaTEYucatan, a Non Profit Association founded in 2010 with the goal of helping children and young people in Cholul with resources and tools so that they can reach their potential. Currently 47 students have sponsors. Sponsors’ donations pay for school fees, enrollment costs, school supplies, uniforms, and shoes. Additionally 25 primary school students receive a nutritious breakfast every school day. In our office in Cholul, students have access to computers to assist with their school work. Regular tutorials, English classes, and psychological services are also offered to students. Sponsors and volunteers are major resources for our programs, but they cannot cover all of our expenses. With this benefit concert, we hope to raise funds in order to maintain our current services and expand our impact on children’s lives. New projects include recycling, reforestation, and sports. Immediately following the dance performance Arbolada, La Tratto Santa Lucia is offering a complimentary drink to all attendees.
Locations: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are $250.00 and are on sale at the following locations: Yamamoto Coffee (Calle 60 X 41 y 43 Centro), the Merida English Library (#524 Calle 53 X 66 y 68 Centro), Cafe Latte (Calle 18 #96C X 21 y 21A Itzimna), Fuera de Centro (Calle 21 #938 X 14 y 18 Itzimna), Hennessy’s Irish Pub (Paseo Montejo #486A X 41 y 43 Centro), Takto Katrin Schikora (Calle 24 # 96 X 15 y Laureles Cholul), or through Barbara Harris (barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com).

Art Opening at Galeria In LakeechYucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Bajo La Superficie March 14
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of Barbara McClatchie’s new exhibition. This invitation is extended by La Secretaria de Cultura de Yucatan, La Direccion de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Merida, El Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia and la Galeria In La ‘Kech.
Location: Calle 59 s/n entre 58 y 60, Col. Centro. Located between la Sagrada Familia and El Congreso del Estado
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grand Opening: Progreso’s Humane Society Clinic – March 16
The opening of this state-of-the-art clinic has been a long time in coming. On this day, a brand new clinic will belong to the people of Progreso, fully equipped and debt free. To make this day all the sweeter, the opening is set for Kitty’s Birthday! It has been more than a few years since those first meetings at Natasha’s, but the end is in sight and that makes it worth every struggle along the way.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE
Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows: Arts and crafts – MX$1,000, Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000, Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000. Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no two are alike (i.e. only 1 burger stand, etc.)
More Information: Merida Music Festival website. The email is info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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Events

By Khaki Scott

The Maya – Generation X

Mayas in Yucatan Mexico Over the course of the past week, we have received three inquiries from graduate students who are studying expats, Mayas, or schools in Yucatan. This particular study is a project that is underway at UADY in Merida and its focus is on how today’s generation of Maya see themselves. Throughout the world, we hear huge groups of people classified as indigenous people, and forget that these are individuals who have their own life experiences and their perceptions of themselves may be as a person, not as just one nameless cell in a mass that has been named “indigenous people.” Many in this generation of Maya have migrated out of Mexico and back. Some have decided not to return. Some go to college and some live in poverty in rural areas. Most of this generation of Maya, especially in rural Yucatan, experienced modern technology when they were north of the border and thought nothing of bringing it home to their villages. Today, a Maya in the Southern Cone of Yucatan is as likely to have a cell phone, cable television, and send their children to college as are the Maya who live in large cities or who remained in the U.S. or Canada. The question now involves perceptions. Does today’s Generation X of the Maya, at home or living in other nations, think they may be losing or damaging their culture, or do they believe that their culture is dynamic and will continue to grow? This is a topic for study that comes up regularly in Yucatan, such as when non-Maya were shocked when some of the Maya sold their interest in local ejidos and sent their children to college. Today, we have universities full of brilliant Maya students who know they are more than just an indigenous person. They are indigenous people who also happen to be doctors and lawyers and even astronauts. We look forward to reading about the results of UADY’s study of Maya Generation X’s perceptions of their own Maya culture and identity.

Changing the Way Students Learn Math

Mayan Math Method in Yucatan Mexico Mexican physicist Luis Fernando Solis Magana is calling for Maya mathematics to be used as an auxiliary tool in classrooms to reverse the current model of education that is based on the memorization of tables. He also notes that Maya mathematics is fun and that children get pleasure from reasoning. Math teachers have long watched as otherwise bright students are beaten down by getting wrong answers and having to face the “off with your head if you make a mistake” focus of today’s teaching methods. Maya mathematics leads children to success and can easily be turned into games where students get praise for simply thinking their way through a problem. If we can recover the pleasure of reasoning, in the way of the ancient Maya, then even preschool children can be successful with calculations using decimals and complex numbers. Reading, reasoning, and enjoying being able to be successful… every teacher, parent, and student’s dream. Perhaps this is an idea whose time has finally come again.

Prison Sentences for Theft of Copper Cables

It looks as if the theft of copper cables has finally reached a point, in Mexico, that prison sentences of up to seven years will be imposed if the theft causes disruption in Prision in Yucatan Mexicobasic public services. This new law does not only cover the theft of copper cables. It also covers any other material through which a public service is provided because, nationwide, just the theft of power lines alone is costing the federal government millions of pesos in losses, as well as additional losses to state and municipal governments. There is even a little catch in this law that gives it more teeth than just the seven year prison sentence. Because such thefts are considered to be simple robbery, the thief will have that added on as an additional charge and will serve the appropriate sentence for that as well. This should put a significant damper on all of the thefts of wiring to street lights and water pumps as well. This is certainly a law whose time has come and everyone is waiting for its ratification by the Senate.

State opens Transplant Center based in Yucatán

Organ Donation in Yucatan Mexico Authorization has come for the building of a Yucatan State Transplant Center in Merida. The center will promote, regulate and monitor the distribution and allocation of organs and tissues within Yucatan and in coordination with the National Transplant Center. Since the creation of the transplant board (CEETRY) in mid-2013, there have been 23 cadaver donations. Transplants in Yucatan are above the national average. The current budget for the organ donation program is a million pesos and, because it has been so successful in Yucatan, the budget is being increased for 2014. The CEETRY promotes, regulates and monitors the distribution and allocation of tissues.

Nuevo Leon and Yucatan: Bone Donation Program

It has only been a few months since Yucatan moved into the procurement and transplantation of bone, but that program is already a success. Each donor has the potential to help 90 to 100 patients and over 100 individuals across the country have benefitted from the generosity of Yucatecos. The best benefit associated with bone transplants is how rapidly patients seem to recover. With the O’Horan Hospital transplant team working with the Bone and Tissue Bank in Nuevo Leon, we are sure more good results are in the future.

Look for Medical Tourism to Grow Rapidly in Yucatan

Mexico has more than a dozen destinations that provide the highest quality of medical care along with excellent tourist services. One of these destinations is Yucatan, where the state has distinguished itself in the areas of ophthalmology, cosmetic and dental surgery. This past week, coordinated by Universidad Anáhuac-Mayab, the Ministry of Tourism, and Sefotur, a seminar on Medical Tourism was held and guided by the Medical Tourism Association. “The MTA is the first international non-profit organization formed by the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment” (Cristina Cardona, MTA Representative). With Yucatan finally being recognized for its fine healthcare, it should not take long for word to spread and for the long-awaited medical tourism to finally come to the state.

Plans to Interconnect Merida Schools by Bicycle Paths

Years ago, the City of Austin, Texas, put in 166 miles of bike paths and 4,500 bike racks. Today, the city no longer has a traffic problem and has become one of the premier biking destinations in the U.S. Their bike tours draw visitors from around the world and club rides provide healthy entertainment for their citizens throughout the year. When the Bici-Ruta began in Merida, many wondered if people would take advantage of the family activities that were built around the closed streets on Sundays. It didn’t take long before cities and towns throughout Yucatan were developing their own Bici-Rutas. Now, with traffic having become a real problem, bike paths connecting all of the major universities and technical schools in Merida are on their way to becoming a reality. The name of the program is “Caminito to School” and it was developed by the Yucatec College of Architects and the City of Merida. This is a program that has the potential to be good for the health of the people, for the environment and even for tourism.

Gone to Germany: Honey and Habanero Producers

Exporters of Yucatecan honey and habanero are at the BioFach Fair in Nurembert, Germany to court new customers and promote organic products. This fair is the perfect place for that because its main focus is bringing organic products to the citizens of the European Union. The fair is attended by 2,400 exhibitors and up to 40,000 Organic Honey from Yucatan Mexico potential buyers. Discussions are held on where the organic food industry will be going for the next two decades. Current trends include not only food products, but natural cosmetics as well. Yucatan has come a long way since the Governor noticed that there seemed to be a lot of beekeepers in rural areas and put out a call to find out how many there were. In the end, there were between 10,000 and 15,000 beekeepers in the state. Within less than just one decade, they were organized and the rest is history. The current success of the habanero industry happened almost that fast. Now, Yucatan is one of the world’s leaders in exports of honey and habanero. The future looks brighter than ever for all of Yucatan’s agricultural products, and especially for those that can be certified as organic.

Register Now to Participate in Survey

Invitation To: American and Canadian Residents or Snowbirds on Yucatan’s Coast
From: Daniel Ancona (danosaurio [at] hotmail [dot] com), Graduate Student
Dates of Survey: September and October 2014
Purpose: To record your experience on human ecology aspects of your stay on the coast of Yucatan.
This study will be ethically conducted and professionally supervised. When it is over, there is a possibility that another study will be conducted among Merida’s expatriate residents and “Snowbirds”. The product of this study will have value not only to the student and to the State of Yucatan, but also to all expatratiates and “Snowbirds” as they plan their lives and businesses in Yucatan. We encourage the Americans and Canadians along the coast to get involved and to use this time to get acquainted with the researcher before time for the survey arrives. Contact Daniel for more information.

Yucatan Goes for Second Guinness Record

In 2010, Yucatan served up to three ton cochinita pibil and landed its first spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. On March 2, they will cook two tons of “octopus maya”, plus 450 kilograms of various local ingredients. The dish will then be served to more than 50,000 Pulpo from Yucatan Mexico people. The chefs will begin cooking at midnight on March 1, 2014. By 9:00 AM the next morning, they will taste the finished product. At 11:00 AM, visitors can taste the stew for free. The dish will be served to 50,000 people as part of the closing of the VI Expo-Campo 2014 at Siglo XXI Convention Center. The idea is not just to get in the Guinness Book of World Records. The purpose is to promote the value of local products and to join the campaign against obesity by promoting the eating of healthy and balanced diets that include fish and seafood. We don’t know if everyone will think that “octopus maya” (in ink!) is quite the dish to use in this case, but it surely is a great opportunity to try it.

By Working Gringos

Message for U.S. Citizens

Dated February 12, 2014

Subject: Town Hall – Closure of U.S. Consular Agency
Cozumel, Mexico
Who: U.S. Citizens

When: Friday; February 14, 2014 3:00pm

Where: Tony Rome’s Restaurant
5th Av. between Av. Adolfo Rosado Salas and 3rd Street South
Centro, Cozumel, Quintana Roo

What: Personnel of the U.S. Consulate General Merida, Mexico will
provide information and respond to inquiries about continuing consular
services available to U.S. Citizens residing and traveling to Cozumel, Mexico.

We look forward to seeing you there!

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Las Guerras de Justo by Francisco José Paoli Bolio (Edición Príncipe, Keh, 2011)

This is a fictionalized autobiography, written in Spanish, about a fascinating man who has been called the Yucateco of Yucatecos: Justo Sierra O’Reilly.

His statue stands in Mérida at the round-about where Avenidas Colón and Pérez Ponce cross the Paseo de Montejo–with his back to the Walmart store (read into that what you wish). Justo was an illegitimate Justo Sierra novel of Yucatanson of a priest and his ama de llaves (housekeeper), the daughter of Irish immigrants. Consequently, he bears his mother’s family name but not his father’s. Despite this less than auspicious start, he married a daughter of Santiago Mendez, a man who was twice the governor of Yucatan.

Justo Sierra became an important actor during his moment in history and, many say he is Yucatan’s best known writer. He is one of those people who managed to do a great deal in a short lifetime. And though his life was a great success in many ways, his death at the age of 47 was tragic. He died of leprosy, as did his father. As his affliction became more visible, he separated himself from his family and lived his final months in the Convento de La Mejorada, a 17th century Franciscan convent that is now restored and is the home of the Facultad de Arquitectura of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (FAUADY) on the east side of the Parque Mejorada.

Most of this fictionalized account of his story is told through Paoli Bolio’s creation of an imagined Justo, writing in the first person from his self-imposed quarantine in the convent to his beloved wife, Conchita. He is writing in order, as he says in the first sentence of this novel, “to make my life clear” (poner en claro mi vida). What follows is a history of the Yucatan Peninsula from colonial times up to the first decades of the 20th century, a history that becomes intimate and detailed when witnessed by Justo during the middle years of the 19th century. A lot happened here in the Yucatan in those years… Yucatan history is fascinating. Justo was a young man during the War of Independence from Spain and deeply involved, via his father-in-law and his journalistic profession, in the politics of the time leading up to and well into the very destructive Caste War that took place in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Some of the historical personages in this work are familiar to anyone who has read the last book that I reviewed, Península, Península by Lara Zavala. Among them are Santiago Méndez and Manuel Barbachano, the two men who dominated the acrimonious and divisive politics of the Yucatan in the 19th century. There is also José Turrisa, who appears repeatedly as a prominent character in Lara Zavala’s novel and is, in fact, Justo Sierra O’Reilly, who used “José Turrisa” as a pen name.

In Las Guerras de Justo, there are chapters describing the lives and thinking of the Mayan rebel leaders Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat. These alternate with chapters continuing the memoirs of Sierra O’Reilly. Especially intriguing is the chapter on the mestizo José María Barrera, creator of the cruz parlante (the talking cross) and the last Mayan rebel stronghold of Chan Santa Cruz. Again in this novel we have history through the eyes of historical characters created by the imagination (and research) of a contemporary and skilled author.

This is a novel for a person who is comfortable reading in Spanish and is an aficionado of the fascinating history of Yucatan. But be forewarned, there is more history here than story. It is clear that the author did considerable research on the events of the time and on the life of Justo Sierra O’Reilly. As a result, the book is sometimes more detailed than what might be desired by a reader looking for simple entertainment. Several chapters are devoted to his mission to Washington, D.C., which Justo undertook at his father-in-law’s desperate request to attempt to get the United States to help in the war against the Mayans. Justo’s father wanted recognition of Yucatan’s neutrality in the Mexican-American War and wanted Yucatan to become a territory of the United States (in effect, another American state). Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, Justo’s mission failed and so did the rebellion of the Mayans. The memoirs paint a critical but balanced view, neither positive nor negative, of American politics and politicians of that time.

What have I learned from this novel? In the first place, I have gained an understanding of a man who is unique and clearly very special in the history and cultural development of the Yucatan. The interesting question is why this man was and is so important to the people of Merida and Yucatan… so important that they would erect his statue in what can arguably be called one of Merida’s most important crossroads. He was, after all, an illegitimate child, a writer and occasional political activist. He was sent to Washington to offer Yucatan as a territory of the United States, something that never happened. All he seemed to have was the power of his pen and a close connection to an important political figure. On top of it all, he died young, of an offensive disease. So why does he have a statue dedicated to him in one of the most visible places in Merida? If you can answer that question, maybe you will have understood something essential about what it means to be Yucatecan. Or perhaps he was somehow important to the people building that intersection at the time… which would itself be an interesting footnote in his history.

The novel describes in some detail the tumultuous and sometimes violent politics in Yucatan during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Much of the antagonism underlying those conflicts were cleverly defused by President Juarez, who divided the Yucatan into three states: Campeche for the Campechanos, Yucatan for the Meridanos, and Quitana Roo for the Mayas. I have also learned more about why the Mayan people rebelled in such a violent way. They were not just attacked, occupied and oppressed for 300 years. They were a proud people with a long and admirable culture who were disdained, humiliated, enslaved, and severely abused by their European conquerors. In his memoirs, Justo concludes that the Mayan defense of their homeland against the Spanish invasion had never ended. In his conclusion, he concludes that the so-called Caste War had been going on, at differing levels of intensity, for centuries.

In the last years of his life Justo and his family lived in a house at the esquina de la Culebra (Calle 59 at 56), corners now occupied by modern buildings and businesses. His wake was held there, and he is buried in the Panteón Civil (the public cemetery) of Merida.

With the caveats that initiate the beginning of this report, that the book is more history than story, I can recommend Las Guerras de Justo highly for anyone interested in this fascinating, complex, turbulent and dangerous time on this now (thankfully) tranquil Yucatan Peninsula.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting February 10, 2014

Yucatan LivingThere are no new Festivals or Fiestas beginning in any of Yucatan’s 106 Municipalities this week. Everyone is getting ready for Carnival to begin on February 26. See Yucatan Living’s Schedule of Carnival Parades in our Coming Soon section toward the end of this page.

Ongoing Exhibits in Valladolid

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photos by Francisco Hernandez Until February 20
Francisco Hernandez, a Mexican born U.S. citizen and director of the Valladolid English Library, graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from Iowa State University. Francisco has had the privilege of working for and on behalf of minority and marginalized populations in Mexico, U.S.A., El Salvador, Haiti and Jordan. He enjoys international travel and has visited parts of India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Europe. All photos in this exhibition are for sale.
Location: : CONATO Restaurant, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
Time: All Day during restaurant hours
Admission: Free

Ongoing Exhibits in Merida

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – February 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero/Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Immortality and Passion
This exhibition is of the sculpture of Humberto Peraza. Walk down Paseo de Montejo and enjoy these pieces along the way.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Time: All Day during Merida’s Birthday Celebration
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Historical Photographs of Marcelo Cervantes: From February 7 to March 9.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso del Teatro Peon Contreras (next to the theatre, on the walk street)
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) February 10

Yucatan Living No Events planned for Today that we know of…

Tuesday (Martes) February 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: On the Bowery
(U.S. 1956) Director: Lionel Rogosin, Starring Gorman Hendricks, Fred Matthews and Ray Salyer as himself. A mix of documentary and scripted footage about the Bowery, New York City’s skid row. Against a backdrop of men (and a few women) drinking in bars, talking and arguing, and sleeping on sidewalks, we have the story of Ray. He is younger and more vigorous than most on the Bowery. He arrives in Manhattan with a suitcase and a little money in his pocket. On his first night, he drinks himself into a stupor, falls asleep on the sidewalk, and is robbed of his suitcase. Over the next two days, we follow both Ray and the thief, who befriends him. Is there any hope Ray can get out of town and restart a life of work and sobriety, or is he stuck on the Bowery? Can the good thief help?
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time:8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Trio in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trovemia
Little by little, the faces of the most beloved trova trios in Yucatan are getting younger. We are blessed that this state is open to each year’s new voices and takes such pride in the evolution of this wonderful form of music and song.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 12, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
(Canada 2011) The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years. How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Yucatan’s International String Quartet
Tonight’s music is by Mozart and Bethoven… played by an extremely talented group, and all in a venue that is the stuff of dreams.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Tickets available at the front desk of Hacienda Xcanatun. The February 13 performance is sold out.

Galeria La Eskalera in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Ten International Artists
Galeria La Eskalera invites you to an exhibition of the work of Ten International Artists.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 #474-B x 57 y 59, Barrio de Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: To Play and To Fight
(Venezuela 2006) To Play and To Fight presents the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, an incredible network of hundreds of orchestras formed within most of Venezuela’s towns and villages. Once a modest program designed to expose rural children to the wonders of music, the system has become one of the most important and beautiful social phenomena in modern history.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: El Acordeon del Diablo
(Mexico 2003) The movie seems to follow the principles of magic realism. Schwietert, the director, loves Gabriel García Márquez. But this movie is about reality. Magic reality, yes, but reality, in fact. Around the Caribbean and Colombia, things that might look weird actually happen there. The accordion, vallenato and the Caribbean style of life is very well told in this documentary combined with poetry and a touch of loneliness.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: How to Make Money Selling Drugs
(2012 USA) Ten easy steps show you how to make money from drugs, featuring a series of interviews with drug dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws..
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Alfie
(UK, 1966).Director: Lewis Gilbert, Starring: Michael Caine and Shelley Winters. An unrepentant ladies’ man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan String QuartetYucatan Living Concert: Yucatan’s International String Quartet
Tonight’s music is by Mozart and Bethoven… played by an extremely talented group, and all in a venue that is the stuff of dreams.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Tickets available at the front desk of Hacienda Xcanatun. The February 13 performance is sold out.

Yucatan Living An Invitation from the Artist: Juan Pablo
You are cordially invited, by artist Juan Pablo, to attend his expo “The Musician and the Underworld.”
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Bling Ring
(2013 USA) Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Village Without Women
(France 2010) On a mountaintop in southwest Serbia lies the womanless hamlet of Zabrdje, where the Jankovic brothers hold the fort.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) February 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Amour
(France 2012) 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. This movie won an Academy Award.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Berberian Sound Studio
(2012 UK) A sound engineer’s work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: A Very Long Engagement
(France, 2004). Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Starring Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Dominique Pinon and Jodie Foster. This is the story of a young woman’s relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen
(France, 2002). “Rapattack” takes a look back on the history of Hip Hop in France, from its emergence to its democratization. Composed of archive footages and interviews, this documentary follows the different actors in the movement such as rappers, DJ’s, dancers and graffiti artists. Movie is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Pequeña y Gran Rusia
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, Guest Pianist: Edison Quintana
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Purchase tickets online or call (999) 923-1333.

Yucatan Living Movie: Les Invisibles
(France 2012) Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives and their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Saturday (Sabado) February 15, 2014

Artist Studio Tour in Merida YucatanYucatan Living2nd Annual Artist Studio Tour Saturday, February 15
Hosted by the Merida English Library. Step inside the homes and studios of over 20 artists and see where creativity lives. Many of these artists are well represented in galleries, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their working spaces will be open to the public. Be your own guide and plan your day with the artists who interest you most. Walk, bike, drive, bus, or taxi your way around Merida, and fall in love with the city and her artists. Each artist will have pieces for sale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon – or you’ll have to wait until next year for this once a year opportunity!
Locations: Various Artists’ Studios. Be Your Own Guide.
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Admission: Tickets are only 200 pesos and are on sale at the Merida English Library (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm, Mon Eve 6:30 – 9:00; Sat 10 – 1pm), Habla, The Centre for Language and Culture (Mon-Fri 8:30am-2:30pm, Sat 10am-2pm),and the Colonia México SlowFood Market (Saturday mornings).

Yucatan Living Movie: The Story of the Weeping Camel
(Germany 2003 ) When a Mongolian nomadic family’s newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Jazz Festival in Telchac YucatanYucatan Living Blue Moon Jazz Festival
Don’t miss jazz on the beach. This has become a beloved and well-attended event and looks as if it will be better than ever this year!
Location: Telchac, Villas Wayak
Time: 4:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $250 pesos, $300 pesos at the door. More info: telchacsusan [at] gmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Movie: Love Story
US, 1970). Director: Arthur Hiller. Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley and Ray Milland. Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri marry, inspite of their opposite backgrounds and over his wealthy father’s objections. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Mud
(USA 2012) Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico
(France, 2002). I Muveirni is a documentary about the Corsican folk group by the famous French-gypsy Tony Gatlif. Tony Gatlif is not only a French director of Romani ethnicity, but also works as a screenwriter and composer.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: My First Contact
(Brazil 2007) Following their “first contact” in 1964, the Ikpeng people were relocated to the great Upper Xingu reserve, where their lives would no longer be threatened by settlers. Viewing a filmed record of this signal event in their history evokes a stream of memories and provides a rare account of contact from the indigenous point of view. The consequences of contact and resettlement still have an impact on the community, even as the Ikpeng gain more control over their future.
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) February 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Defenses and Weapons of Sea Creatures
In their struggle for survival, sea creatures have developed an amazing array of defenses ranging from armored piercing shells to cells.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Pequeña y Gran Rusia
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, Guest Pianist: Edison Quintana
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Purchase tickets online or call (999) 923-1333.

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen – double feature
Tonight’s showing features two documentary films. First: The Life of DJ Bob Sinclair and Second: the Life of DJ Gregory. Both films were produced in France in 2003 and both were produced by Sophie Blandillere.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Blue Jasmine
(USA 2013) A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love. Amazing performance by Cate Blanchett, directed by Woody Allen.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: Reservoir Dogs
(USA 1992) After a simple jewelery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) February 17

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Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – February Schedule
Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Friday, February 21, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 23, 12:00 PM
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with the Coro Filarmonico de Yucatan, Marcela Chacon (soprano), Alan Pingarron (tenor), Lydia Rendon (Mezzosoprano), and Enrique Angeles (Baratone).
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Russian Ballet in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Ballet Gala: Russian Ballet February 18 The title of this performance is “Love and Passion,” performed by dancers from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev. This is the first visit to Merida for the stars of the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg. The Gala will feature pieces from the “White Swan” “Black Swan,” “Tarantella” (choreography by George Balanchine with traditional Italian music), “Bhakti” and duets from “Diana and Actaeon.” “Carmen.” “Les Sylphides.”” Romeo and Juliet.””Spartacus” and “Don Quijote.” The Gala will be divided in two acts, all the dancers will be performing in the final number.
Locations: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Tickets on Sale at the box office: Prices are 500, 400 and 300 pesos.

Yucatan Living Annual Fundraiser: Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c – Saturday, February 22
The annual fundraising breakfast for Perros y Gatos will be better than ever this year. Thanks to a generous gift from expat Susan Brown, the new clinic will soon be completed. The Grand Opening will be on March 16. If you are unable to attend the meeting, remember that they can now accept both U.S. and Canadian checks and money orders. Giving has never been easier as you can mail checks or money orders in either currency, payable to Protección de Perros y Gatos a.c., to Apartado Postal No. 30, Progreso 97320, Yucatán, México. You will receive an official receipt and thank you note from us. Donations of US $100 (or equivalent) will entitle you to have your name (or that of a beloved pet) inscribed on the plaque that will be prominently displayed in the clinic’s waiting room later this year.
Locations: Barlovento’s Restaurant on Main Street (Calle 80) Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Buy your own food and please make a donation.

Yucatan Living Lecture: Alternative Programming for a Comprehensive Human Development of Yucatan, A.C.Tuesday, February 28, 2014
This lecture is part of the 2014 Valladolid Lecture Series. Alter-Int’s office is located in Valladolid. The agency has 17 staff members and they all work in conjunction to develop, coordinate and run the programs across many of the rural areas in the state, including Valladolid. Last year, Alter-Int reached approximately 3,000 people who, the large majority of them, lived in rural and disenfranchised Maya communities. They help with everything from HIV education to organizing a new business incubator. They are especially focused on women and children’s financial and health needs.
Locations: In the Palapa at Casa Hamaca, Colonia San Juan, Calle 49 #202-A x 40
Valladolid, Yucatan, 97780, México, Phone: +52-985-100-4270
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $50 peso donation to the Valladolid English Library, all of which will be turned over to Alter-Int to help support its many programs.

Merida Carnival 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014: February 26 through March 05
Quema del Mal humor: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM Wednesday
Pre-School Parade: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55), 4:00 PM Thursday
Carnval: Corso Parade: Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Fantasy Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Bachata Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Carnaval: Regional Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Battle of the Flowers Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Burial of Juan Carnaval Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Grand Opening: Progreso’s Humane Society Clinic March 16
The opening of this state-of-the-art clinic has been a long time in coming. On this day, a brand new clinic will belong to the people of Progreso, fully equipped and debt free. To make this day all the sweeter, the opening is set for Kitty’s Birthday! It has been more than a few years since those first meetings at Natasha’s, but the end is in sight and that makes it worth every struggle along the way.
Location: TBA
Time: TBA
Admission:Free

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows – Arts and crafts – MX$1,000 Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000 Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000 Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no 2 are alike (ie only 1 burger stand, etc)
More Information: Merida Music Festival http://meridamusicfestival.com/ The email is: info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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Events

By Khaki Scott

MEL’s 2014 Chili Cook-Off Hugely Successful

The annual chili cook-off is the main fundraiser for the Merida English Library (MEL). The final results for 2014 were just published in the current issue of the Merida English Library’s Monthly Newsletter and we are proud to present them here:
Winners of Merida English Library Chilli Cook Off 2014“Last month’s Chili Cook-Off (CCO) was the most successful ever, resulting in a net contribution to the Library of just over 60,000 pesos. Many thanks to the CCO committee (chaired by Lewie Conner and Cathy Harrison), the 20 cooks, the many MEL volunteers, the International Women’s Club volunteers, and the Merida Men’s Club helpers. We are also deeply grateful to Hon. Sonya Tsiros, the US Consul, for her family’s hospitality. About 350 people turned out for chili, hot dogs, beer, and the beautiful weather. We appreciate your support! We had seven winning cooks. In the People’s Choice voting, the trophies went to Yury di Pasquale (1st), Richard Conaway (2nd), and Beth Knepp and Halle Sobin (tied for 3rd). The Professional Judges selected Stacy Sobin (1st), Elizabeth Aguado (2nd), and Mario Avila (3rd).”

Equality: Yucatan’s Baby Naming System Amended

There is a new law in effect for the naming of babies in Yucatan. Until now, every baby was registered with the double surname of the parents, father’s paternal surname first, connected to mother’s paternal surname. From now on, parents have a choice in the order of their babies’ surnames. If both parents agree, the order of the parents’ paternal surnames can be reversed. If parents do not agree, then the father’s paternal surname will automatically be registered first. It is believed that this new practice is part of a push to allow an increased level of gender equality. If there are legal concerns later or any confusion, then DNA testing will be required.

AANY at MACAY

We visited the fabulous Pedro on the way to Uxmal recently, and besides enjoying his artwork on jicaras, we got some news about his Mirador Muna and about AANY. At the Mirador (just beyond Muna on the way to Uxmal), he has installed trails through the jungle and some surprises along the way. You can call him or contact him via his Facebook page to take a tour, complete with birdwatching and education about the flora and fauna along the way. A longer tour can include a Maya ceremony there as well. Pedro also told us that instead of a spring AANY show, look for a permanent AANY shop to be installed in the MACAY starting sometime this spring. Great news!

Finally! Flights from Merida to Belize

Everyone was pleased to hear that Tropic Air, a Belizean airline, will begin offering three direct flights per week between Merida and Belize City. From Belize City, passengers can take connecting flights to other cities in Belize, as well as Guatemala and Honduras. There will be departures on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The plane will leave Belize at 11:15 AM and arrive in Merida at 1 PM. An hour later, at 2 PM, it will leave out of Merida to arrive in Belize City at 3:45 PM. Although this new program is being highly advertised by the tourism industry, we know of many people in Belize who regularly come to Merida by bus for health care. We can only imagine what a relief this will be to them. Between tourism and health care, this new flight schedule is sure to succeed and certainly will be welcomed with open arms.

Sucessful Career Fair at UADY

In a three-day Career Fair held at UADY, 4,500 visitors attended the first day, 9,500 students attended the second day, and another 15,000 high school students attended on the third day. Career Fair at UADY in Yucatan MexicoThroughout the event, workshops and seminars were held in all four of the university’s movie theaters, as well as in the Ek Balam Room. Parents were cautioned not to pressure their college age children to choose a degree path of the parents’ choice. All college students will take entrance, placement and aptitude exams. Interest in education has always been strong, but there have not always been resources available to meet that need. That seems to have changed and Yucatan’s college-bound students are the clear winners.

Canada: Temporary Jobs for Yucatecos Rising

In 2007, Canada extended a welcome invitation to temporary agricultural workers from Yucatan. Only thirty-seven Yucatecos took advantage of the opportunity that first year. However, Canadian companies were so impressed with those thirty-seven workers that the invitation has continued and expanded every year. In 2013, over 120,000 Yucatecos, including women, went to Canada to work in the agricultural industry. Their work visas are for three, six or nine months. Congratulations to the Canadian and Yucateco media, for the grace with which this issue has been reported, and to the people of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Yucatan, as well as the director of the program, Felix Alpuche Esquivel, for an immigration policy so well constructed and managed.

Merida: Grandparents to Write Memoirs

Depression is a common ailment among the elderly, and often leads to other serious health and quality of life problems. Merida has a new writing workshop that is expected to have a positive impact on the ability of the elderly to resolve their issues by retrieving positive information from their past and writing a book as a gift to themselves and their families. The first of these powerful workshops is called RV (Review of Life) Therapy and will be held at the Center for Human Development and Social Skills (Crehas). Each book will be called “The Story of My Life.” These writers will work on remembering and writing about the positive experiences they have had, in an effort to show them that their lives are made up of far more positives than negatives. They will then get assistance in the actual editing and printing of their books. At the end, there will be a lovely ceremony, complete with invited family members and a reading of at least one life experience for each of the writers. Focusing on the positive is always the first defense against depression, so this new program is wonderful because it will help so many elderly Yucatecos and because it will, ultimately, have a positive impact on so many people surrounding the new authors.

Merida’s New Women’s Prison

The Centro de Reinserción Social Femenil (Center for Social Reinsertion of Women) in Merida has finally opened. This prison has been seven long years in the building and has such an emphasis on rehabilitation Yucatan's Women Prisionand reintegrating women into society that the head of Ejecucion, Prevención y Reinserción Social del Estado says it could be a model for women’s prisons throughout the nation. The first 23 inmates have been moved in and range in age from 25 to 71, with most being around the age of 40. The prison can accommodate as many as 300 women. This new beginning, which includes modular bedrooms complete with new pillows and bedding, as well as comprehensive medical care and education, will bring each of these ladies closer to a successful journey toward freedom.

Maya Women Walk for Breast Cancer Tour

For several years, the State of Yucatan has focused on the prevention and treatment of breast and cervical cancer among women. This past year, more than 2,700 women from several rural municipalities (counties) in Yucatan met to hear what has been learned since the beginning of these programs. What they found was that, today, although screening and prenatal care has made a huge difference in the quality of life for many Yucatecas, it is the Maya women who are at greatest risk for breast and cervical cancer in Yucatan. Susan G. Komen’s twin sister’s vow to fight breast cancer on a global scale is coming true. When the specter of cancer among any group of women rears its head, look for those women and their loved ones to walk or run for a cure – even in Muna, Yucatan. If anybody can make a difference, it will certainly be the Maya women.

Floriculture in Xohuayan, Oxkutzcab

SEMARNAT has given 15 ladies $110,000 pesos and three months of paid technical assistance to begin a plant nursery in a large shade house. This way, they could begin with 500 plants and have a greater chance of success. During the past few years, we have seen many of these projects begun throughout the State of Yucatan Plants and Women in Yucatan Mexico and most of those small businesses are still with us today. Whenever you need anything, please consider looking around your town or village for a local producer, or ask if there is one nearby. These small businesses often make a huge difference in the quality of life for people who depend on seasonal work for the bulk of their income. Even if you are not in Yucatan, please try to buy local whenever you can. You’ll make new friends and will certainly contribute directly to the quality of life wherever you are.

Who Can Resist Yucatan Pickled Red Onions?

We found this recipe online this week and just had to share. If you can’t be in Yucatan, a jar of pickled red onions is the next best thing… and if you are in Yucatan, then you already know that Pickled Red Onions are a pleasure one must have on hand at all times. So, here you go!

Recipe: Yucatan’s Famous Pickled Red OnionsOnions in Yucatan Mexico
Makes about 1¾ cups
Ingredients
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 large red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise
1½ cups red wine vinegar

Instructions
In a bowl, toss salt and onion together; let sit until onion releases some of its liquid, about 15 minutes. Transfer to jar along with peppercorns, oregano, cumin, and garlic, and pour over vinegar; seal with lid. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before using.

By Working Gringos

House in Teya Yucatan

This pretty country quinta in the quiet village of Teya has around an acre of land on a peaceful back house in Teya Yucatanstreet. Entirely walled with native drystone wall, with wonderful neighbors and the perfect caretaker living nearby. The house has one bedroom, large kitchen with hand made Talavera tile, living room and large terrace. For extra storage there is a “bodega” and laundry. The big in-ground pool is filled with fresh water from your own well, and the lush gardens surrounding the home are watered from the same source.

If you want to add on, there is so much space – and talented local workmen ready to do a great job at a rock-bottom price. The house is sold fully furnished, with full size gas stove with oven, refrigerator, two water heaters, queen-size bed and night table, patio furniture. Move right in – the house is spotless and well maintained. (A personal note – I have lived for seven years in the next village, and love it. You’ll find yourself surrounded by friendly, gently people ready to welcome House in Teya Yucatanand help you).

Teya is about 9miles from the beautiful “Pueblo Magico” of Izamal, with ancient pyramids, C17 convent, restaurants, large market; Merida – sophisticated cultural capitol with world class medical care- just 40 minutes on great road. Beaches (Telchac Puerto and Santa Clara), 30 minutes drive north.

Sale price: $110,000 USD

For more information and details, please see the listing here:
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This Week… starting February 03, 2014

Valladolid Yucatan 2014 Fair

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Candelaria Fiesta: January 24 through February 9
This fiesta is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests. And it honors the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, which is in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist mecca. Visit Valladolid’s website in Valladolid. For more, visit Valladolid’s wiki page and click on the great links at the bottom.

Yucatan LivingSan Felipe Fiesta: February 05
This fiesta is in honor of San Felipe. San Felipe is between Rio Lagartos and Dzilam de Bravo and is rapidly becoming quite a tourist destination. Any seafood you can think of can be found here and it is a great place to see waterfowl, turtles, and flamingos.

Ongoing Exhibits in Valladolid

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photos by Francisco Hernandez Until February 20
Francisco Hernandez, a Mexican born U.S. citizen and Director of the Valladolid English Library, graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from Iowa State University. Francisco has had the privilege of working for and on behalf of minority and marginalized populations in Mexico, U.S.A., El Salvador, Haiti and Jordan. He enjoys international travel and has visited parts of India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Europe. Francisco believes that life is made of snapshots and that taking pictures is a way to capture not only the image of what he sees, but also the inner emotions the image brought out of him. He loves sharing his pictures with people because he likes sharing the beauty of the image and the emotions he felt when he took the photographs. Finally, his collection of pictures is a reminder of the unique and blessed opportunities he has had by the mere fact of being alive. All photos in this exhibition are for sale.
Location: : CONATO Restaurant, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
Time: All Day during restaurant hours
Admission: Free

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – February 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero / Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PMAdmission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Immortality and Passion
This exhibition is of the sculpture of Humberto Peraza. This is a great day to walk down Paseo de Montejo and enjoy these pieces along the way.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Time: All Day during the Birthday Celebration
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Historical Photographs of Marcelo Cervantes
From February 7 to March 9.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso del Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) February 03

Yucatan Living National Holiday: Day of the Constitution (Mexico)

Tuesday (Martes) February 04, 2014

Trova Music in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
One of the best trios in town.
Location: Central Patio f the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) February 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: My First Contact
(Mexico 2010) An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. . (English Subtitles)
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Waste Land
(Brazil 2010) An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) February 06, 2014

Back to Nadia Movie

Yucatan Living Movie: Back to Nadia
(Spain 2010) Nadia was an 11-year-old girl In the Taliban Afghanistan. To be able to survive, Nadia had to dress up as a boy. She did that over the next 11 years; until 4 years ago, when a ngo took her out of the country and she established in Cataluña, as a woman. Last summer, Nadia went back to her country for the first time and we joined her.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Give Me the Loot
(2013 USA) When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffiti writers embark on an elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Classic Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: East of Eden
(United States, 1955). Director: Elia Kazan, Starring: James Dean, Raymond Massey and Julie Harris. Burl Ives is Sam the Sheriff. 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, and how to relate to his estranged mother.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Andrea Vazquez in Concert
This concert is by Merida’s beloved Mozu, La Voz, one of Yucatan’s most treasured performers. This young lady is one of the fine trova voices that has come out of the New Voices of the Mayab contests.
Preview Andrea Vazquez
Location: Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fruitvale Satation
(2013 USA) The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(Germany 2011) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind. Fractions of a milligram are enough to turn our framework of time and space upside down. The story of a drug – its discovery in the Basel chemistry lab, the first experiments by Albert Hofmann on himself, the 1950s experiments of the psychiatrists, the consciousness researchers, the artists.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) February 07, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Calle Lopez
(Mexico 2011) A film settled between the micro-social documentary and urban symphony. Portrait of different characters working and living in one of the busiest, noisiest streets of Mexico City’s Downtown.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: In a World…
(2013 USA) An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Too Much Flesh
(France, 2000). Directors: Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold. Starring Rosanna Arquette, Elodie Bouchez, and Jean-Marc Barr. A 35-year-old married virgin has a fling with a passing stranger which shocks the community.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Chichen Itza YucatanYucatan Living Author to Speak on Secret History of Chichén Itzá
Evan J. Albright, author of The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World: The True History of Mexico’s Chichén Itzá, will be at the Merida English Library for a book talk and signing. The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World is the true story of Edward Herbert Thompson, an American archaeologist who explored the ancient cities of Yucatán for the great museums of the United States. The book is the result of ten years of research in Yucatan, the United States and other places in the world.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Artistic Caravan “Art on Wheels): Music
This performance is by several young interpreters in Yucatan. These may be vocal or instrumental, or both.
Location: Fairgrounds in Valladolid
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen
Title: One Visit to Ali Farka Toure
(France, 2000). Director: M. Huraux. This movie is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Aires de Bohemia
Guest Director: Gabriela Pezone, with Miguel Galvan (bassoon).
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale

Yucatan Living Movie: Mosca
(Mexico 2011) Mosca is a night shift cab driver, a widower and father of two girls. Between his daily job and the memories of his wife, he tries to figure out his role as a father. Mosca mixes sleep and vigil to put up with her loss. MOSCA is the tale of disenchantment of a whole generation; it’s also, and above all, an unusual and powerful love story.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Frances Ha
(2013 USA) 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Saturday (Sabado) February 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria and I
(Spain 2011 )María lives with her mother May, in the Canary Islands, 3,000 km from Barcelona, where Miguel Gallardo has his home. Sometimes Miguel and María go on holiday together, spending a week at a resort in southern Gran Canaria, a rather unusual setting where the guests don’t normally include a single father and his fourteen year-old autistic daughter. This is the story of one of their journeys, but above all it’s an original tale, full of humor, irony and sincerity, about how to live with a disability.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico
Title: Les Nubians: One Step Forward
(France, 2000). Director: K.A. Soumaila. This movie is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Title: Ray Lema: Share Everything Everywhere
(France, 1977). Director: J.H. Meunier, Dom Pedro. This movie is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Computer Chess
(USA 2013) A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Expedition to the End of The WorldMovies in Merida Yucatan (Denmark 2013) A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience.
Location:LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Past
(France 2013) An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Mana in Concert in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!
Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida
Time: 10:00 PM
Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

 

Sunday (Domingo) February 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Despicable Me 2
(USA 2013). Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud. Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature Always a great documentary about nature. A great place to bring your kids.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan: Aires de Bohemia:
Guest Director: Gabriela Pezone, with Miguel Galvan (bassoon).
Location: Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Startrek Dinner and Quiz A special 3 course dinner is included.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: Doors Open: 7:00 PM, Dinner at 8:00 PM followed by the Startrek Quiz.
Admission: $150 pesos, available from hotel reception between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM

Yucatan Living Movie Series: Musicians on the Screen – double feature
Title: Carla Bruni: She and Louis in Studio(France, 2003). Director: S. Bergli. This movie is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Title: Cheb Mami: The Kid(France, 1966). Director: R. Mezouane. This movie is in French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(Canada 2012)A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: Enough Said
(USA 2013) A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) February 10

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – February Schedule
Pequeña y Gran Rusia: Friday, February 14, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 16, 12:00 PM
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, Guest Pianist: Edison Quintana
Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary: Beethoven’s 9th
Friday, February 21, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 23, 12:00 PM
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with the Coro Filarmonico de Yucatan, Marcela Chacon (soprano), Alan Pingarron (tenor), Lydia Rendon (Mezzosoprano), and Enrique Angeles (Baratone).
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Concert: Yucatan’s International String Quartet February 12 & 13
Tonight’s music is by Mozart and Bethoven… played by an extremely talented group, and all in a venue that is the stuff of dreams.
Location: Hacienda Xcanatun
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Tickets available at the front desk of Hacienda Xcanatun. The February 13 performance is sold out.

Yucatan Living2nd Annual Artist Studio Tour Saturday, February 15
Hosted by the Merida English Library. Step inside the homes and studios of over 20 artists and see where creativity lives. Many of these artists are well represented in galleries, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their working spaces will be open to the public. Be your own guide and plan your day with the artists who interest you most. Walk, bike, drive, bus, or taxi your way around Merida, and fall in love with the city and her artists. Each artist will have pieces for sale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon – or you’ll have to wait until next year for this once a year opportunity!
Locations: Various Artists’ Studios. Be Your Own Guide.
Time: Hours TBA
Admission: Tickets are only 200 pesos and will be on sale starting January 17 at the following: Merida English Library (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm, Mon Eve 6:30 – 9:00; Sat 10 – 1pm), Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Centro Habla, The Centre for Language and Culture (Mon-Fri 8:30am-2:30pm, Sat 10am-2pm), Calle 26 No. 99-B x 19 y 21, Colonia México SlowFood Market (Saturday mornings), Calle 33 y Avenida Reforma (Calle 72), García Ginerés

Russian Ballet in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Ballet Gala: Russian Ballet February 18 The title of this performance is “Love and Passion,” performed by dancers from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev. This is the first visit to Merida for the stars of the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg. The Gala will feature pieces from the “White Swa,n” “Black Swan,” “Tarantella” (choreography by George Balanchine with traditional Italian music), “Bhakti” and duets from “Diana and Actaeon.” “Carmen.” “Les Sylphides.”” Romeo and Juliet.””Spartacus” and “Don Quijote.” The Gala will be divided in two acts, all the dancers will be performing in the final number.
Locations: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Tickets on Sale at the box office: Prices are 500, 400 and 300 pesos.

Yucatan Living Annual Fundraiser: Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c. Saturday, February 22
The annual fundraising breakfast for Perros y Gatos will be better than ever this year. Thanks to a generous gift from expat Susan Brown, the new clinic will soon be completed. The Grand Opening will be on March 16. If you are unable to attend the meeting, remember that they can now accept both U.S. and Canadian checks and money orders. Giving has never been easier as you can mail checks or money orders in either currency, payable to Protección de Perros y Gatos a.c., to Apartado Postal No. 30, Progreso 97320, Yucatán, México. You will receive an official receipt and thank you note from us. Donations of US $100 (or equivalent) will entitle you to have your name (or that of a beloved pet) inscribed on the plaque that will be prominently displayed in the clinic’s waiting room later this year.
Locations: Barlovento’s Restaurant on Main Street (Calle 80) Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Buy your own food and please make a donation.

Yucatan Living Lecture: Alternative Programming for a Comprehensive Human Development of Yucatan, A.C.Tuesday, February 28, 2014
This lecture is part of the 2014 Valladolid Lecture Series. Alter-Int’s office is located in Valladolid. The agency has 17 staff members and they all work in conjunction to develop, coordinate and run the programs across many of the rural areas in the state, including Valladolid. Last year, Alter-Int reached approximately 3,000 people who, the large majority of them, lived in rural and disenfranchised Maya communities. They help with everything from HIV education to organizing a new business incubator. They are especially focused on women and children’s financial and health needs.
Locations: In the Palapa at Casa Hamaca, Colonia San Juan, Calle 49 #202-A x 40
Valladolid, Yucatan, 97780, México, Phone: +52-985-100-4270
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $50 peso donation to the Valladolid English Library, all of which will be turned over to Alter-Int to help support its many programs.

Merida Carnival 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014: February 26 through March 05
Quema del Mal humor: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM Wednesday
Pre-School Parade: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55), 4:00 PM Thursday
Corso Parade : Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Fantasy Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval Bachata Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Regional Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Battle of the Flowers Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Burial of Juan Carnaval Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows – Arts and crafts – MX$1,000 Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000 Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000 Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no 2 are alike (ie only 1 burger stand, etc)
More Information: Merida Music Festival http://meridamusicfestival.com/ The email is: info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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Events

By Khaki Scott

Monarch Migration in Danger

Buterflies in Mexico A new World Wildlife Fund report blames the displacement of milkweed by genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the United States, extreme weather trends and the dramatic reduction of butterfly habit in Mexico due to illegal logging. Monarchs are not in danger of extinction, since they live in other places around the world, but their migration from Canada and the U.S. to Mexico is the world’s biggest Monarch migration and the world’s second largest insect migration. The Monarch butterflies usually appear in Central Mexico in time to flutter through the cemeteries during the Day of the Dead celebrations. This year, for the first time in memory, they were not there. To learn more about this important issue, go to this article about the drop in Monarch butterflies, and why the migration may disappear . To learn more about what you can do to help, visit Monarch Butterfly USA’s Butterfly Gardening.

Progreso: Navy Requests Permission to Develop Windsurfing School

The Naval Zone in Yucalpetén has requested permission to develop a windsurfing school in Progreso for the children of members of the Navy. There are already windsurfing schools for the children of military sailors in Veracruz and Acapulco. The project has been favorably received and plans are to connect it with the water sports facility at Hotel Costa Club. This is a win-win situation for everyone because the Navy will buy boats to train their athletes and combine resources with Yucatan to attract new talent and increase the visibility of water sports in the area in a very short time. Windsurfing is already a popular sport on the Yucatan Gulf Coast among the children of the more elite residents and visitors. Look for the beaches of Yucatan to continue moving toward shedding their reputation as sleepy fishing villages at a rapidly increasing rate.

Duck Hunting Guides Ask for Extension

Duck Hunting in Yucatan Mexico This year’s duck hunting season has not been as successful as usual due to higher than normal levels of water in the swamps around Sisal. This has led the duck hunting guides asking for an extension of duck hunting season until April 30. This year, duck hunting season is running from November 29, 2013, to March 23, 2014. Dates are set for 120 days unless there is a reason to change them. There are 80 registered hunting guides in Sisal and all hunters must be in the company of a registered guide. Each earns $400 to $500 pesosper working day, or approximately $12,000 pesos for the four month season. So far this year, each has only earned approximately $1,000 pesos. That has got to impact their lives, although somewhere, we suspect, there are some happy ducks.

UADY Offers Scholarships to Foreign and Mexican Universities

UADY has just announced that it is offering 68 scholarships for students to attend foreign universities and 202 scholarships for students to attend universities in other parts of Mexico. A stay of at least six months is encouraged so that students will have time to develop global competencies related to their chosen professions. Statistics show that 71% of the scholarship grantees registered in the Student Mobility Program have studied abroad and that their nations of choice tend to be Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States.

Fast-Train Route Finally Set

Fast Train in Yucatan Mexico After applications to alter the fast-train route to go between Merida and Cancun, and on to Campeche, the final decision is in. As of January 30, 2014, the new fast-train route will be between Merida and Punta Venado (see map here). For the train to go from Merida to Cancun, it would have to travel to Valladolid and then northeast to Cancun. In order for it to go to Punta Venado, it will travel to Valladolid, then southeast to Coba and due east to Punt Venado, which is at the beach just across from Cozumel. At the present time, just the Merida-Punta Venado leg of the tracks will be worked on. Other branches will be added at a later time, including one between Merida and Progreso, and one between Cancun and Tulum.

$60 Million Pesos for Entrepreneurs

The state government has just awarded $60 million pesos to the Yucateco Institute of Entrepreneurship (IYEM) to finance projects submitted for the economic development of the state. This is independent of the resources already allocated by the National Entrepreneur Institute. Several years ago, universities and technical schools throughout the state began educating young people on how to develop their own businesses. Soon, that evolved to contests for the best new businesses and programs to help entrepreneurs develop winning business plans. Mexico has always been aware that small businesses are the backbone of any stable economy and has encouraged these activities whenever possible. Now, all of this work is beginning to pay off. IYEM already has 200 companies that have submitted the data necessary to have their proposed projects evaluated. Yucatan is a leader in developing new businesses and it looks as if the future is brighter than ever.

Yucatan: Let There Be Light

Ilumination in Yucatan Mexico With an investment of $104 million pesos, the current state government has expanded electrical services to benefit 186,000 Yucatecos in 51 towns in 37 municipalities. This makes it possible now to improve the quality of drinking water for the people of those towns, as well as to bring computer-based education programs to those areas. The improvement in the quality of life in those areas is huge and this was only the first stage of the program. The second stage is beginning and more Yucatecos than ever before will benefit from improvements in their living conditions and educational systems.

Progreso: Foreign Podiatrists Return

Readers hear so many praises for foreign veterinarians who come to help with spay-neuter programs that we often forget about the unsung foreign heroes who come to help the people. One such group consists of podiatrists who come to assess the foot and ankle problems of disabled children, as well as the poor. These doctors come from Seattle and from Barry University in Miami. We cannot stress enough how deeply appreciated their help and devotion is, not only to the people they came to serve, but to everyone in Yucatan. Welcome doctors, and we hope you are beginning to feel as if Yucatan is a second home where you are always appreciated. The podiatry clinic will be held at DIF in Progreso on February 8, beginning at 8:00 AM.

Merida Courting Aerospace Industry

Space Agency in Yucatan Mexico The Agencia Aeroespacial Mexicana has already opened an office in Parque Científico de Yucatán and the state government is working to make Merida a logistics hub for the aerospace industry. They are currently working on both the necessary infrastructure, as well as on producing the well educated technical workers, and on courting other industries that will support aerospace projects. One of those is a software company that is already in place. Long-range plans are for a Regional Aerospace Center in the Science Park. These are all doable projects and the Mexican Aerospace Agency seems to be onboard. This will help to change Yucatan’s image as a quiet state of historical significance to that of a modern state of international importance.

Great White Sharks Now Protected

Sagarpa has just announced that great white sharks are permanently protected on both coasts of Mexico. Great white shark fishing is no longer allowed. These fish are now under federal protection. If you go fishing and catch a great white shark, of any size, you must release it immediately. The Secretary of the Navy (Semar), and the Secretary of Agriculture through the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) will be monitoring compliance with this law. We don’t really have great white sharks along the coast of Yucatan, but for those who go on fishing tournaments in other states, please do be careful to comply with these new rulings.

By Working Gringos

Contact John Linehan
Email: johnlinehan58 [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone: 708-422-2295

Resume:

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Electrician ∙ College-Level Educator/Trainer

• Self-motivated to pursue and disseminate knowledge. Incorporate real-world experiences into coursework. Promote lifelong learning. Dedicated to the principles of academic integrity and intellectual honesty. Skilled at capturing students’ attention and motivating them to learn.
• Communicate clearly and logically, both orally and in writing. Able to establish rapport with wide range of people of various ages and backgrounds.
• Developed strong leadership abilities and communication skills with workers. Coordinate and communicate professionally with supervision and customers.
• Exceptional ability to perceive job related problems and then to develop and implement corrective measures.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/ ACTIVITIES

First-Aid/CPR/AED Instructor: The American Heart Association, March 2010- Present
NICET Level I: Fire Alarm Systems Certification, July 2011-Present
Global Volunteers: Worked on community construction projects and taught in schools in Costa Rica 1998 and 2002, and Tanzania 2005
Treasurer: Harmony Club of Chicago, electricians’ social club, June 2008 – Present
Published Photographer: “Images of Adventure: Egypt” 1987

EDUCATION
Masters, Education, 2003, St. Xavier University
Graduate Thesis: Can the creation and use of a school newspaper aid in the Educational process?
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 1987, Lewis University – Romeoville, Illinois
“A” Apprenticeship Program Completion, 1984, Washburn Trade School
Local #134 IBEW

EMPLOYMENT

CAMPBELL ELECTRIC – Oak Lawn, Illinois 2013 – Present
FOREMAN
• Layout and install fire alarm systems
• Troubleshoot commercial electrical problems
• Install electrical services
• Various other electrical types of commercial work

EJATT – Alsip, Illinois / Westside Technical Institute – Chicago, Illinois 2000 – 2011
INSTRUCTOR
• Improved / Updated curriculum for all courses taught.
• Trained and certified students in First-Aid / CPR skills.
• Trained new instructors.
• Designed and developed training modules to mimic typical job settings.
• Encouraged community involvement through example.

COOK COUNTY BUILDING AND ZONING – Chicago, Illinois 1993 – 2000
PLAN EXAMINER / ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
• Managed Electrical Inspection Departments’ day-to-day activities.
• Reviewed Electrical Plans for code compliance.
• Set fees for electrical permits.
• Registered contractors with Cook County Government.
• Worked with public on permit approval process.
• Assigned to special projects for Building Commissioner and States Attorneys Office.
• Inspected commercial, industrial, and residential projects

HORNADAY/MANNING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR – South Holland, Illinois 1990 – 1993
“A” JOURNEYMAN CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICIAN FOREMAN
• Supervised installation of new fire alarm system in Dirksen Federal Building
• Installed new emergency audio evacuation system in Dirksen Federal Building
• Foreman for Hornaday/Manning Electrical Shop on various jobs

OGDEN ELECTRIC – First National Bank, Chicago, Illinois 1986 – 1990
“A” JOURNEYMAN CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICIAN FOREMAN
• Installed and maintained state of art security systems
• Installed and maintained CCTV systems and card access systems
• Maintained existing fire alarm systems

HORNADAY/MANNING ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR – South Holland, Illinois 1982 – 1986
“A” JOURNEYMAN CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICIAN FOREMAN
• Supervised the installation of many Halon Fire Alarm Systems
• Installed first ever VESDA System at Fermi Lab and other locations
• Installed various fire alarm systems in commercial and industrial settings

GLOW ELECTRIC – Justice, Illinois 1980 – 1982
“A” ELECTRICAL APPRENTICE
• Residential and commercial work

TECHNOLOGY

Technical Course Topics Updated and Taught

• Technical Math I
• Blueprint Reading
• Electrical Code
• Circuitry
• Fire Alarm Systems
• Low-Voltage Systems
• Cisco Systems
• Fiber Optics
• Conduit Bending
• Photovoltaics – Tanzania, Africa

By Working Gringos

My father retired to Merida 2 years ago and is loving it. He lives in the northern part of the city. I plan on moving there by next month myself as this warm and quaint city won over my heart!! I bring years of real estate and banking experience. Experience in property management including all facets of property rental and marketing for both residential and commerical units. I am looking for any opportunity within real estate or property management field. I am fully bilingual and will have access to car right away with some knowledge of Merida and Progresso.

I look forward to any posts, comments or any leads……………I appreciate it!

Contact Louis Guzzetti at lmg4485 [at] njit [dot] edu

By Khaki Scott

Guanajuato Named 2015 Latin American Capital of Food Culture

Mexico's Gastronomy in the WorldThis award is given in Madrid and is part of a cultural exchange between all of the Ibero-American nations to promote tourism and closer ties between them. This is the first time that a state from the Americas has won this distinction, so congratulations are definitely in order for the lovely city of Guanajuato! To learn more about Guanajuato, visit their Official Guanajuato Tourism website.

M.E.L. Call for Photos

Over 100 supporters attended the 18th birthday celebration for the Merida English Library and 347 attended the 13th Annual Chili Cookoff event. Two of the library’s founders, Elizabeth Dunkel and Chloe Pacheco, attended the birthday celebration, along with several past board presidents, including Judy Abbott, Grant Spradling and Mayra Alejandro. The Chili Cookoff was a great success, with 20 cooks who all did an outstanding job. Lewie Conner and Cathy Harrison, and their hard-working committee members deserve special kudos for a flawless event, as does gracious hostess, Hon. Sonya Tsiros. MEL is planning to put together a photo album of the event to share with everyone, so if you took any pictures, please be kind enough to email them to meridaenglishlibrary [dot] acboard [at] gmail [dot] com. Again, many thanks to all of MEL’s supports, and here’s to another 18 years of service to our patrons and to Yucatan.

Carla Dirlikov Wins 2014 Medal of Excellence

Carla Dirlokov in Merida Yucatan Mexico Many of you will remember Carla Dirlikov from when she came to Yucatan to sing the lead role in Carmen. You might remember her as the U.S. Cultural Envoy to Mexico, where she continues to work and teach music to orphaned and poverty-stricken youth. Her father is Bulgarian and her mother is Mexican. When her father went to work as an engineer for Dow Chemical, Carla grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Today, she continues to sing extensively as a soloist throughout Mexico and South America. This week, Yucatan Living received a thank-you note from Carla, which she sent to all of her friends whom she feels have supported her, in various ways, as she grows as a person and as a musical artist. Carla shares that she is “one of the 2014 recipients of a Medal of Excellence in recognition of my “artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination and great potential for leadership (-New York Times)” from the Sphinx Organization, a national program devoted to promoting black and Hispanic students involved in classical music performance. “I didn’t know that I was even being considered for this award and was amazed and deeply honored to have my talents and efforts recognized in such a public way. The award will be presented in Washington DC by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor at a black tie gala in March.” Yucatan Living would like for Carla to know that we are all very proud of her and for all she continues to contribute to the quality of life for young people in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Please visit Carla Dirlikov’s website to learn more about this remarkable woman.

Yucatan Has Second Lowest Unemployment Rate

In two separate governmental reports, by The National Institute of Geography and Informatics (INEGI) and the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), it has been reported that, for the year 2014, Yucatan has the second lowest unemployment rate in all of Mexico. Yucatan came in with an unemployment rate of 2.5%, second only to Campeche’s 1.9%. Yucatan also came in at 9th place in the increase in the number of employees covered under IMSS insurance. Rapid population growth has been a concern to many over the past few years, but Yucatan seems to be staying ahead of it with the creation of 15,000 new jobs in 2013 alone. If this increase in industry and technology continues, the future for Estado de Yucatan is brighter than ever before.

Yucatan Has Low Flu Numbers

For several months, health care providers have been diligently vaccinating anyone who is willing to take a flu shot, with emphasis on children under five, anyone over 60, and health care workers themselves. As a result, at the same time that there are flu epidemics in other parts of Mexico, Yucatan has a grand total of seven positive cases of the flu and no resulting deaths. The Secretary of Health warns everyone not to dismiss the risk based on these figures because there are bound to be other cases as the flu season continues. There is enough vaccine in Yucatan for everyone so if you have not had your flu shot yet, realizing that it takes about two weeks to get full immunity, please get your flu shot now.

A Chicxulub Treasure: Don Beto

Alberto Castillo Méndez is 88 years young. He was born in Motul, but moved to Chicxulub 43 years ago. He is also an institution in music throughout the area, specializing in brass bands. Twenty-two years ago, a drunk driver ran his vehicle into a Guadalupe procession and cost Don Beto his leg. After that, he says he was understandably depressed. He eventually got over it and thanked God for allowing him to live. After that, he picked up his saxophone, rounded up a bunch of young musicians, and formed a new band. Don Beto said, “…we make our living in the guilds, pilgrimages, bull runs, wakes, ochovarios, and certainly not missing a little party where we are invited to earn some money. In my 88 years, what more can you ask for!” Chicxulub is lucky to have Don Beto and, from what we hear, they are well aware of that fact.

Tuna: Conservation Pays Off for Yucatan

Tuna Production in Yucatan Mexico When the conservation of various marine species began, fishermen in Yucatan were skeptical but went along when Mexico joined in an international commitment to conserve ocean resources around the world. Now, that cooperation has paid off in a big way for Yucatan’s tuna fishermen. Yucatan’s tuna fishery is now the third largest contributor to Mexico’s domestic tuna industry and is in second place in total volume of domestic production. This means that Yucatan’s tuna fishermen are an important source of permanent jobs and foreign exchange earnings. Six percent of the catch goes to the domestic market and the other 94% is exported. Conservation practices have guaranteed that only six percent of the catch has increased to such a large volume that Mexico will not have a shortage of tuna at any time during the year. The fleet catches yellow and blue fin tuna, as well as albacore, skipjack, bigeye and black skipjack.

VAT Tax: Unintended Consequences for Pets

Pets in Merida Yucatan Mexico Since the 16% increase in the VAT tax on pet food and veterinary supplies, the cost of owning a pet in Merida has increased to the point where lower income families are having to turn their pets in to local shelters. This is a difficult situation. Recently, the Animal Control shelter was receiving up to 100 calls per week, with 60% of those calls asking that the city come and pick up a pet because the family could no longer afford it. Sadly, dog and cat food is probably not going to get any cheaper. Veterinarians struggle to hold prices down so that everyone can pay, but that is often impossible. Shelters accept all pets that find themselves in this situation but, if a suitable home cannot be found in a reasonable amount of time, then the pets must be euthanized to make room for more. In Merida, there are approximately 300,000 dogs and cats, with 35% (between 90,000 and 100,000) living as strays. If you can, please get in touch with the shelter of your choice and do what you can to help. Local shelters are listed on the YAPA website. If you live in the area of Chelem and Chuburna, you might contact Paws on the Beach Vet Center as well. Merida recently held a huge spay and neutering event, but obviously, more needs to be done.

Best News of All: Better Weather Coming!

Hold on just another week or two. Warmer weather is on its way to Yucatan. Little by little, as the worst of the winter weather begins to wane north of the border, milder temperatures are on their way to Yucatan. It’s hard to believe that, by May (just three months from now), surviving the heat will be the name of the game.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting January 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Fest Cultural Festival in Merida Yucatan Mexico Merida Fest Fiesta: January 5 through 31
For the 472nd Anniversary of the City of Merida, there will be 220 shows (virtually all of them free!), featuring 2,000 artists, and cultural offerings from 13 countries. Here in our regular weekly events column. For more information, the full program for MeridaFest is online.

Yucatan Living Temax Fiesta: Last week in January
This fiesta is in honor of Virgen de la Purisima Concepción. This year, it begins on Saturday, January 24th. Temax is located a couple of small municipalities inland from the beach, at about the center of our coastline. They are close enough to the beach that turtles are listed as part of the wildlife found there. Of the 3,231 folks who live in Temax, 2,392 are Mayans and Mayan is the principal language spoken there. Temax has some of the most exciting recent (20th century) history in all of Yucatan. Read about it here.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: Last week in January
This fiesta is in honor of Corpus Christi . Hunucma is the poster child for “Change Has Come.” This municipality extends from just west of Merida, all the way to the coast. To help you get your bearings, Sisal is in the Municipality of Hunucma. Hunucma (the city) has a newly refurbished gateway into the city, a new addition to their municipal mercado, and a brand new concha acústica. The entire municipality is looking forward to new highways and leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone in the municipality. Lots of agro-products are made here, but the shoppers among us go for the shoes! Artisans produce works from coconut shell and henequen, as well as jewelry and leatherwork. On the coast, there are flamingos and great seafood! Hunucma is close to the city and a day at any of their fiestas is well worth the visit.

Valladolid Yucatan 2014 Fair

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Candelaria Fiesta: January 24 through February 9
This fiesta is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests. And it honors the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, which is in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist mecca. Visit Valladolid’s website in Valladolid. For more, visit Valladolid’s wiki page and click on the great links at the bottom.

Yucatan Living Tekal de Venegas Candelaria Fiesta: January 28 through February 02
Tekal de Venegas is a tiny municipality in the north-central part of the state. It is south of Temax and Dzoncauich, north of Izamal and Tunkas, west of Tunkas and Cenotillo, and east of Tepakan. (See Maplandia ) Only about 2,300 people live there and half of them are indigenous. Their languages are Spanish, Mayan, and Nahuatl. More than half of the population works in agriculture, cattle ranching, or fishing. We found some pictures of this municipality online and they showed a high level of poverty. Tekal de Venegas is only 11 miles northeast of Izamal, on the road to Temax. Ox Watz is a well designed ecotourism area owned by 56 partners who are native citizens of Tekal de Venegas. What a wonderful idea! We are sure this fiesta will be well worth attending – and please don’t pass up a chance to visit Ox Watz!.

Yucatan Living Tzucacab Candelaria Fiesta: January 28 through February 02
Tzucacab is located on the southern border of Yucatan, just east of the point. It lies between Tekax and Peto, and shares its southern border with the State of Quintana Roo. Approximately 12,600 people live in Tzucacab, about 7,000 of whom are Mayans, for whom Mayan is the principal language. This is farming and cattle country, so look for lots of leatherwork here. But the extreme southern part of our state also happens to produce artisans of fine jewelry, so be on the lookout for jewelry here too. Remember that there are volunteer oportunities in Tzucacab as well. And Tzucacab, through Rancho Hobonil, is home to one of our favorite programs, the International Veterinary Medicine program, sponsored by the University of Florida. There are some wonderful things in the interior of our state and we hope everyone takes the opportunity to find that out, especially at these fiestas.

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta: February 02
This fiesta is in honor of Virgen de la Candelaria. If you look at a map of the Municipality of Merida, you will see Tecoh down at the far southeast edge. The artisans of this area excel in the areas of making machine embroidered huipiles, hemp hammocks, and woodcarving. Tecoh means “Place of the Puma” and most of the buildings in the town of Tecoh are built on top of pre-Columbian foundations.

Ongoing Exhibits in Valladolid

Yucatan Living Exhibit: Photos by Francisco Hernandez Until February 20
Francisco Hernandez, a Mexican born U.S. citizen and Director of the Valladolid English Library, graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Development Studies from Iowa State University. Francisco has had the privilege of working for and on behalf of minority and marginalized populations in Mexico, U.S.A., El Salvador, Haiti and Jordan. He enjoys international travel and has visited parts of India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Europe. Francisco believes that life is made of snapshots and that taking pictures is a way to capture not only the image of what he sees, but also the inner emotions the image brought out of him. He loves sharing his pictures with people because he likes sharing the beauty of the image and the emotions he felt when he took the photographs. Finally, his collection of pictures is a reminder of the unique and blessed opportunities he has had by the mere fact of being alive. All photos in this exhibition are for sale.
Location: : CONATO Restaurant, Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
Time: All Day during restaurant hours
Admission: Free

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – February 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero / Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PMAdmission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Immortality and Passion
This exhibition is of the sculpture of Humberto Peraza. This is a great day to walk down Paseo de Montejo and enjoy these pieces along the way.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Time: All Day during the Birthday Celebration
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) January 27

International Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico 2014 Festival

Yucatan Living Concha Buika in Concert
Concha Buika is a Spanish singer and Grammy nominee. She was born in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain, and has worked with Yucatan’s own and much-beloved Armando Manzanero. She sings in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese. This should be quite a performance.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Sonoreando of Mexico sings to Havana
This performance, featuring the Voices Without Borders Choir, is under the direction of Carlos Tello.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Julius Caesar
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Circus Performers: Company Ilaii
The title of this performance is “End of the Century Cabaret.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Sonoreando of Mexico sings to Havana
This performance, featuring the Voices Without Borders Choir, is under the direction of Carlos Tello.
Location: Central Patio f the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Mendelssohn, Schubert, Beethoven
The group that will be performing was not listed, but the director for this event is Luis Luna, the director of the Yucatan Youth Symphonic Band. That means this will be a great performance and one that everyone should attend.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: My First Contact
(Brazil 2005) Thirty-eight years after their first contact, Ikpeng people reminisce with a mixture of sadness, humor and nostalgia about a time when ”white men” were unknown. They discuss the changes that have come in the wake of this irreversible moment in their history. (English Subtitles)
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Ran
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Circus in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Circus Performers: Company Ilaii
The title of this performance is “End of the Century Cabaret”. Sounds like fun!
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico 2013) Mexican crime drama that premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Maria Sabina, Woman of the Spirit
(Mexico) Documentary about the famous curandera Maria Sabina.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Prince Avalanche
(2013 USA) Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Suigenerislab 2013
This performance is under the direction of Elijah Puc, 2012 founder of Suigenerislab. If any program exemplifies the serious love and dedication of Yucatan to the care and nurturing of young composers, this is it. This program is an incubator for talented young Mexican composers, where they are also are able to work with composers of international renown. It is the existence of programs like this that are the foundation for Yucatan’s long history of producing composers that are beloved around the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: The Heart of Trova
This concert is by Merida’s beloved Mozu, La Voz, one of Yucatan’s most treasured performers.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Spring Breakers
(2012 USA) Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Silvestre Pantaleon
(Mexico 2012) The documentary about an elderly man from the Nahuatl-speaking village of San Agustin Oapan, Guerrero, Mexico. Told with a lyrical combination of lingering imagery and ethnographic detail.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) January 31, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: First Position
(USA 2011) Documentary about young ballet hopefuls and what it takes to get to the big stage. Very moving with some beautiful dancing.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: Side Effects
(2013 USA) A young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: The Stroke of Midnight
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Tricycle Circus Band
This is a type of Jazz that has evolved from the music of the Canary Islands. It is popular in both Cuba and Mexico. This sounds like way too much fun to miss.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for Sugarman
A reprise of this award-winning documentary about a Detroit bluesman who discovered that he was famous in South Africa.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Stoker
(2013 USA) 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..
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday

Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Saturday (Sabado) February 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father, Like Son
Fascinating Japanese movie about two sons switched at birth and the families that have to deal with it when they discover the situation when the boys are six years old.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Opera Yucatan Presents Le Nozze di Figaro

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart . This is a comic opera that is also known as The Day of Madness. It continues the plot of The Barber of Seville and picks up several years later. There is a lot of “thwarting” in this performance and it is a joy to watch.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Volver a Nadie
(Spain 2011) A documentary about the life of a girl between the ages of 11 and 23 who lives with the Taliban in Iran.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) February 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature Always a great documentary about nature. A great place to bring your kids.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Merida and Progreso Thriatlon2014Yucatan Living 2014 Merida Triathlon
Location: Swimming in Progreso, Cycling from Progreso to Merida, and Running on Paseo Montejo.
Time: TBD, Sunday
Admission: TBD

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD

Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) February 03

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra – February Schedule
Aires de Bohemia: Friday, February 7, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 9, 12:00 PM
Guest Director: Gabriele Pezone, Bassoon: Miguel Galvan
Pequeña y Gran Rusia: Friday, February 14, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 16, 12:00 PM
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, Guest Pianist: Edison Quintana
Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary: Beethoven’s 9th
Friday, February 21, 9:00 PM, and Sunday, February 23, 12:00 PM
Director: Juan Carlos Lomonaco, with the Coro Filarmonico de Yucatan, Marcela Chacon (soprano), Alan Pingarron (tenor), Lydia Rendon (Mezzosoprano), and Enrique Angeles (Baratone).
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Mana in Concert in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert: February 8, 2014
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!
Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

Yucatan Living2nd Annual Artist Studio Tour Saturday, February 15
Hosted by the Merida English Library. Step inside the homes and studios of over 20 artists and see where creativity lives. Many of these artists are well represented in galleries, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their working spaces will be open to the public. Be your own guide and plan your day with the artists who interest you most. Walk, bike, drive, bus, or taxi your way around Merida, and fall in love with the city and her artists. Each artist will have pieces for sale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon – or you’ll have to wait until next year for this once a year opportunity!
Locations: Various Artists’ Studios. Be Your Own Guide.
Time: Hours TBA
Admission: Tickets are only 200 pesos and will be on sale starting January 17 at the following: Merida English Library (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm, Mon Eve 6:30 – 9:00; Sat 10 – 1pm), Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Centro Habla, The Centre for Language and Culture (Mon-Fri 8:30am-2:30pm, Sat 10am-2pm), Calle 26 No. 99-B x 19 y 21, Colonia México SlowFood Market (Saturday mornings), Calle 33 y Avenida Reforma (Calle 72), García Ginerés

Russian Ballet in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Ballet Gala: Russian Ballet February 18 The title of this performance is “Love and Passion,” performed by dancers from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev. This is the first visit to Merida for the stars of the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg. The Gala will feature pieces from the “White Swa,n” “Black Swan,” “Tarantella” (choreography by George Balanchine with traditional Italian music), “Bhakti” and duets from “Diana and Actaeon.” “Carmen.” “Les Sylphides.”” Romeo and Juliet.””Spartacus” and “Don Quijote.” The Gala will be divided in two acts, all the dancers will be performing in the final number.
Locations: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Tickets on Sale at the box office: Prices are 500, 400 and 300 pesos.

Yucatan Living Annual Fundraiser: Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c. Saturday, February 22
The annual fundraising breakfast for Perros y Gatos will be better than ever this year. Thanks to a generous gift from expat Susan Brown, the new clinic will soon be completed. The Grand Opening will be on March 16. If you are unable to attend the meeting, remember that they can now accept both U.S. and Canadian checks and money orders. Giving has never been easier as you can mail checks or money orders in either currency, payable to Protección de Perros y Gatos a.c., to Apartado Postal No. 30, Progreso 97320, Yucatán, México. You will receive an official receipt and thank you note from us. Donations of US $100 (or equivalent) will entitle you to have your name (or that of a beloved pet) inscribed on the plaque that will be prominently displayed in the clinic’s waiting room later this year.
Locations: Barlovento’s Restaurant on Main Street (Calle 80) Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Buy your own food and please make a donation.

Yucatan Living Lecture: Alternative Programming for a Comprehensive Human Development of Yucatan, A.C.Tuesday, February 28, 2014
This lecture is part of the 2014 Valladolid Lecture Series. Alter-Int’s office is located in Valladolid. The agency has 17 staff members and they all work in conjunction to develop, coordinate and run the programs across many of the rural areas in the state, including Valladolid. Last year, Alter-Int reached approximately 3,000 people who, the large majority of them, lived in rural and disenfranchised Maya communities. They help with everything from HIV education to organizing a new business incubator. They are especially focused on women and children’s financial and health needs.
Locations: In the Palapa at Casa Hamaca, Colonia San Juan, Calle 49 #202-A x 40
Valladolid, Yucatan, 97780, México, Phone: +52-985-100-4270
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $50 peso donation to the Valladolid English Library, all of which will be turned over to Alter-Int to help support its many programs.

Merida Carnival 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Carnival 2014: February 26 through March 05
Quema del Mal humor: Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM Wednesday
Pre-School Parade: From the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63) to Parque Santa Lucia (Calle 60 x 55), 4:00 PM Thursday
Corso Parade : Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval: Fantasy Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Carnaval Bachata Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Regional Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 7:00 PM
Battle of the Flowers Parade Fair Grounds at Xmatkuil, 12:00 PM
Burial of Juan Carnaval Outside the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 63), 8:00 PM

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014
Location: Hacienda Dzibikak
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows – Arts and crafts – MX$1,000 Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000 Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000 Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no 2 are alike (ie only 1 burger stand, etc)
More Information: Merida Music Festival http://meridamusicfestival.com/ The email is: info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart,
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary),
May 31, 2014 – DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold),
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie),
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID,
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information: Facebook: operayucatan, Twiter: @operayucatan, Website: operayucatan.org

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All of Merida is Changing

As Merida prospers, so does the quality of life for many of its citizens who have historically been marginalized. This is especially true in that much of Merida has grown by annexing small villiages around its perimeter. That is all changing now. There is a new project, already underway, that is bringing water, electricity, storm drains, paved streets and, in some cases, home improvement to outlying neighborhoods in the southern part of the city. This is great news and shows that Merida is on its way to providing the best quality of life for everyone.

Progreso Sees Need for Animal Abuse Law

The characteristics of a culture often change only with decades of time, hard work and education. In 2003, the first sterilization clinic came to Progreso and two animals were sterilized. The next year, that number rose to 20, then 30, and last year, in the fourth sterilization clinic, 750 pets were sterilized. This year, by popular demand, it is expected that, when the final tally is in, upward of 950 dogs and cats will have been spayed or neutered in the Municipality of Progreso alone. The program is supported by the Municipality, by the expat community, by the veterinary students of UADY, by AFAD and by a growing group of foreign veterinarians. The most satisfying things we hear in the local media coverage are that spaying and neutering animals helps both the animals and the quality of life for the people, that it is the right thing to do, and that the people of the Municipality of Progreso now see a pressing need for the passage of animal abuse laws. This has been a long time coming and is the result of a great deal of work by everyone involved and they all deserve to be praised for the better world they are committed to building for people and pets in Yucatan.

Update: Progreso Spay / Neuter Clinic

When all of the numbers were in, Progreso exceeded its goal for the numbers of animals to be spayed or neutered this year. In fact, the event exceeded the number of pets sterilized last year by 33% and exceeded the goal for this year by 150 total pets. All 20 veterinarians and vet students said they will be happy to come back next year if they are invited. Many thanks to the expats who provided lodging and to everyone who provided for every need from food to supplies.

Cold Weather Hits the Poor Hard

Cold Weather in Yucatan Mexico Throughout the state, temperatures ranging from 50 ºF down to near freezing are making life extremely difficult for the poor in Yucatan. In the southern cone, the Winter Phase of the School Welfare program has already passed out over 2,200 coats to children. This weather is especially difficult for families who still live in bamboo homes that have palapa roofs. Well above freezing nights might not seems so bad to us, but imagine a new baby or someone’s great-grandmother trying to get through a long, windy night at 40 ºF with the wind blowing through the house. If there are any programs aimed at helping the poor survive the cold weather in your area of Yucatan, please let us know and we will be happy to post your project or program all of our websites.

Hunucma Hero: Antonio Leon Romero

Antonio Leon Romero is the leader of an altruistic group known as Helping Hand. He is also disabled, but never lets that stop him from meeting a need. This year, his project is to raise the money necessary to provide adapted motor-bikes to 15 disabled individuals. It is only January and he has already raised 50% of the money necessary and has even been instrumental in getting a green light from the authorities in Hunucma for people with adapted motor-bikes to operate as motor-taxis. Antonio Leon Romero is an inspiration to all of us and a hero in every sense of the word.

Valladolid Goes Pro-Sports

Sports in Valladolid Yucatan Mexico Sixteen million pesos,m the donation of the former Hacienda Oxman and a huge interest in sports is transforming Valladolid into a major sports center for the entire Yucatan Peninsula. Soon, Valladolid will have a sports complex suitable for professional baseball and soccer teams, as well as the infrastructure necessary to serve them. The sports centers will also have programs for children, teens and adults. They will have spaces for beginners, for talent identification, and training facilities for those who are considered to be high performance athletes. The baseball field will meet all professional requirements, with booths for players, bathrooms for athletes, public baths for both men and women, enough stands to seat up to 3,000 spectators, and a parking area. The baseball field already has electricity and all they are waiting for now is for the sod grass to grow. At the soccer field, dirt work, grading topsoil, and planting natural grass are also underway. Next will come irrigation systems, metal goalposts, and multiple use areas. Included in that phase will be a sunken park that will support activities such as storytelling, environmental education, recycling, citizenship building, chess, basketball, and the prevention of bullying. All of the activities in this last area will emphasize gender equality. As each section of the sports and culture complex is completed, many of the activities will spill over into surrounding neighborhoods. These activities will include running and walking tracks, as well as additional basketball courts. In one fracctionamiento, there will even be a sports court fitted with side panels that can be put in place so it can be used as an indoor court. All in all, Valladolid is now growing into the place to be if you are a sports fan in Yucatan.

UADY Developing Vaccine Against Chargas Disease

This from UADY: With support from universities, international agencies and a Mexican foundation, a group of experts from the Hideyo Noguchi Center for Regional Research ( CIR ) at the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY ) work to develop, in a period of between seven and ten years, a vaccine against Chagas disease, “said Jorge Zavala Castro , director of CIR. … For the development of the vaccine UADY has the support of Tulane University and the Slim Foundation, who also supports the building of a Vaccine Experimentation Unit. Chargas is one of a group of five infectious diseases that have been categorized as neglected. Victims are usually struck between ages 20 and 40. The disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted to animals and people by insect vectors and is found only in the Americas, causes heart damage and effectively ends the working life of the victim, leaving the family with little or no income and dependant on public services. Since this disease strikes mostly in rural areas of Latin America, UADY is uniquely located as a center for developing and testing a vaccine. The first stage is complete and it is time for testing to begin. Everyone will be watching as UADY moves ahead in distinguishing itself, yet again, on the world stage of research.

Luxury Cruise Quietly Visited Progreso

Luxury Cruise in Progreso Yucatan Mexico Several years ago, a cruise ship came to Yucatan with a ship full of millionaires. This time, what was termed a luxury yacht came to Progreso with 140 wealthy Europeans. According to those who were there, many of the wealthy tourists never left the beach along the Malecon and spent most of their time online with various mobile connection. However, they still managed to spend an average of $10,000 pesos each with local restaurants and various artisans. This was an interesting experience for everyone who was there that day.

Mexico’s Financial Star on the Rise

For several years, Brazil has had the brightest financial star in the Latin sky. Unfortunately, their shine was based on extremely close ties with just one country, China, and the preparations for the World Cup. Now, with a slowing economy in China and most of the pre-World Cup construction completed, Brazil’s economy is only expanding at about 1% per year. Mexico, on the other hand, has been working hard to implement financial reforms and will enjoy an economic expansion of about 4% this year. As we watch other developing nations pin their financial futures on only one or two large projects, Mexico goes about the business of making the nation a great place to live and work by strongly supporting education, healthcare, and infrastructure. These are all projects that are ongoing and sure to continue to keep Mexico’s financial star on the rise for many years to come.

An Interesting Investment in Mexico

Economic Activities in Yucatan Mexico Sometimes, we see statistics that can’t help but bring us a smile. This is one that never occurs to most people, but it is happening right now in Mexico. Just over a century ago, sisal was to shipping as “what” is to transportation today? The answer is “tires.” According to TechSci Research and Canada’s Tire Business Magazine, the value of the Mexican tire market is expected to hit $8 billion by 2018. Tire market revenues grew nearly 19 percent annually from 2009-12 as sales of both passenger cars and heavy commercial vehicles grew at double-digit rates. Mexico has one of the world’s largest bus and truck fleets, which also drives demand for tires. Other reasons TechSci cites for Mexico’s growth potential are the country’s participation in 234 bilateral trade agreements, including a dozen Free Trade Agreements with 44 countries and 122 multilateral agreements, including NAFTA. As Mexico has FTAs with various countries around the world, it has become the most preferred destination for the production of automobiles and its components, in order to cater to the demand of neighboring countries.

Happy 50th Birthday to Volkswagen in Mexico

What would Mexico be without the volcho?

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting January 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Fest Cultural Festival in Merida Yucatan Mexico Merida Fest Fiesta: January 5 through 31
For the 472nd Anniversary of the City of Merida, there will be 220 shows (virtually all of them free!), featuring 2,000 artists, and cultural offerings from 13 countries. Here in our regular weekly events column. For more information, the full program for MeridaFest is online.

Yucatan Living Temax Fiesta: Last week in January
This fiesta is in honor of Virgen de la Purisima Concepción. This year, it begins on Saturday, January 24th. Temax is located a couple of small municipalities inland from the beach, at about the center of our coastline. They are close enough to the beach that turtles are listed as part of the wildlife found there. Of the 3,231 folks who live in Temax, 2,392 are Mayans and Mayan is the principal language spoken there. Temax has some of the most exciting recent (20th century) history in all of Yucatan. Read about it here.

Valladolid Yucatan 2014 Fair

Yucatan Living Valladolid: Candelaria Fiesta: January 24 through February 9
This fiesta is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests. And it honors the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, which is in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist mecca. Visit Valladolid’s website in Valladolid. For more, visit Valladolid’s wiki page and click on the great links at the bottom.

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – Febuary 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero / Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Immortality and Passion
This exhibition is of the sculpture of Humberto Peraza. This is a great day to walk down Paseo de Montejo and enjoy these pieces along the way.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Time: All Day during the Birthday Celebration
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) January 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Martin Luther King Day: U.S. National Holiday

Yucatan Living Exposition: Yanba’axtáan u jumwaye’
This title translates to “Something is Ringing Here”. The description says that it is a panorama of sound expressions.
Location: Centro Cultural del Niño Yucateco, Calle 59 x 50
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Othello
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 21, 2014

No events today that we can see! Take a breather…

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Suigenerislab 2013
This performance is under the direction of Elijah Puc, 2012 founder of Suigenerislab. If any program exemplifies the serious love and dedication of Yucatan to the care and nurturing of young composers, this is it. This program is an incubator for talented young Mexican composers, where they are also are able to work with composers of international renown. It is the existence of programs like this that are the foundation for Yucatan’s long history of producing composers that are beloved around the world.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: The Colors of My Soul: Nancy Mas
This lady has one of Merida’s favorite voices. Go for an evening of great song!
Location: Centro Cultural Obrero, Col. Cordemex
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Henry V
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Contemporary Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: Nature
This performance is by the Al Sur Danza Company.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Báaxal Jazz
This performance is under the direction of Christian Morales Venegas. This band plays a variety of Jazz styles, all favorites throughout Yucatan.
Location: Calle 60 x 51, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Sui Géneris. Mérida Bossa Lounge & Chillout Fussion, María Teresa Gómez in Conciert
This performance will be just what it says it is… the best lounge music you have ever heard, with a mix of flavors from Yucatan and Argentina. This performance would be high on our list of performances to see this week.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD

Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Armadillo
(Denmark 2010) In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Forbidden Planet.
This movie is part of a series entitled Shakespeare in the Movies. No version, date, or country of origin is given.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Classic Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: The Goldberg Variations
This is a performance by Ensamble Quo Vadis, under the direction of Pavel Blaszkowski.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Music for the End of Time
This performance, by Ensamble Siquerios, should be excellent.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Dans La Maison
(2012 France) A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Dance: Nature
This performance is by the Al Sur Danza Company.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Jazz in Merida Yucatan Mexico 2014Yucatan Living Music: Manao
This is a type of Jazz that has evolved from the music of the Canary Islands. It is popular in both Cuba and Mexico.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Lords of Salem
(2012 USA) Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record — a “gift from the Lords.” The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie:Like Father, Like Son
(Japan 2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) January 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Exposition: Yanba’axtáan u jumwaye’
This title translates to “Something is Ringing Here” The description says that it is a panorama of sound expressions.
Location: Centro Cultural del Niño Yucateco, Calle 59 x 50
Time: 10:00 AM

Admission: Free

Alternative Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Music: Festival Synesthesia
This is the second edition of this Festival of Independent Music and Arts. It is a multidisciplinary festival that brings the independent culture of Merida together with music shows, a bazaar, art and film. It is under the direction of Jairo Cohuo.
Location: Remate de Montejo x 47
Time: 3:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sins from My Father
(Argentina, 2009) This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: From Yucatan Blood
This is a performance by Merida favorite Marisela Vargas.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Gastronomy Event in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Gastronomy | The Popular Verbena Drink
This event is probably going to be in Spanish, but do check out the web pages of the experts who will be participating: Zahie Téllez, Jose Ramón Castillo, https://www.facebook.com/JoseRaCastilloQueBoOficial Pati Jinich and Aquiles Chávez. One of these famous chefs has a specialty in chocolate and the others are star chefs with television shows.
Location: Remate de Montejo x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Secret Of Kells
(2009 France) The animated story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

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: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Grandmaster
(2013 China) The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Contemporary Dance in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Dance: Irrational Numbers
This will be a great event to attend. The Tumàka’t Contemporary Dance Company will perform in a wonderful venue.
Location: Parque de Santiago 72 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Native Plants of Yucatan
Come learn about native tress from Yucatan with biologist Jorge Trejo.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $70 pesos, $35 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: One Man Village
(Lebannon, 2009) Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village of Ain al-Halazoun in the Lebanese mountains. The hamlet was completely emptied and destroyed in combats during the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many years after an official reconciliation, its inhabitants, who are all from one family, regularly go back to the village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro

Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Electronic Festival
This performance is under the direction of Rodrigo Novelo “Tribi”.
Location: Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20 Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of Cultures: Tarima Maya
Tarima Maya: Inspirations of the Popol Vuh, a trip to the Maya Ancestral Estate.
Presentation: World and Consciousness (Yóko’ol Kaab Yéetel Na’at)
II Festival Kuxtal Yoókol Kaab Maya Maya (Maya World Lives)
Represented by Ú Iinalo’ob Itza (Mayan Dancers of Opichén), Saasil Juum (Sounds of Light), and Zompantlí (Music played with prehispanic instruments).

Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Heartbeats
(2010 Canada ) The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: King Lear
This movie is part of a series entitled Shakespeare in the Movies. No version, date, or country of origin is given.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night of Cultures
9:00 PM: Meeting Francisco de Montejo
9:30 PM – Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company: Life in the Mayab
10:30 PM – Korean Ballet and Taiko Drums of Nahoko Kobayashi
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Experimental Eskimos
(Canada 2009) In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, to live with white families and to be educated in white schools. The consequences the experiment would have on the boys, their identity and culture was brushed aside. The bureaucrats did not anticipate the outcome.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Laurence Anyways
(2012 Canada) A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual’s relationship with her lover.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 26, 2014

Safari Park in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living MEL’s Eco-Park Safaris Sundays
Join Cherie Pittillo, renowned zoologist, photographer, author and columnist, in a tour of 3 Ecological Parks of Mérida; the Parque Acuático, the Kai Lu Um Park (Maya for “song of the earth”) and the Parque Ecológico del Poniente. It begins with an introduction at the Library and maps and special directions for the drivers will be distributed. The tour takes around 5 hours and is, in total, a 26-mile round trip from MEL. The tour will afford you the opportunity to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of the area, including birds such as: Northern Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Great Egret and Couch’s Kingbird. Don’t forget your binoculars, cameras, hats, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion and water.
Location: Begins at the Library
Time: 6:30 AM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Capacity limited to 17 per tour, so sign up early. They need 4 private cars that can take 4 to 5 persons. If you offer to drive your car, you get the tour free of charge.

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Always a great documentary about nature. A great place to bring your kids.

Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes

Time: 12:00 PM Sunday

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Impulsur: Artesanias

This will be a show of artesanias by women from the southern area of the Yucatan Peninsula. Please come and see what they have to sell and support their efforts! For more information, contact Katherine at kasturgill [at] gmail [dot] com
Location: Office of the Fundación Plan Estragético de Yucatán (next to Parque de las Americas), C. 21 Ave. Colón . 197-A between 18 and 16 in García Ginerés

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: Free, but bring money to buy beautiful things!

Yucatan Living Music: Mendelssohn, Schubert and Beethoven
The group that will be performing was not listed, but the director for this event is Luis Luna, the director of the Yucatan Youth Symphonic Band. That means this will be a great performance and one that everyone should attend.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57

Time: 6:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Rickshaw and Rice Evening

This special occasion features a three course dinner and one of Hotel Zamna’s famous prize quizzes.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 72

Time: Doors open at 7:30 PM, Dinner Served: 8:00 PM
Admission: Tickets priced at $150 pesos are available from the hotel reception, limited to 30 guests.

Yucatan Living Movie: Before Midnight
(2013 USA) 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.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: A Band Called Death
(2012 USA) A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) January 27

International Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico 2014 Festival

Yucatan Living Concha Buika in Concert
Concha Buika is a Spanish singer and Grammy nominee. She was born in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain, and has worked with Yucatan’s own, beloved, Armando Manzanero. She sings in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese. This should be quite a performance.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Sonoreando of Mexico (sings) to Havana
This performance, featuring the Voices Without Borders Choir, is under the direction of Carlos Tello.
Location: Central Patio f the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61

Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Mana in Concert in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert: February 8, 2014
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!

Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida

Time: TBA

Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

Yucatan Living2nd Annual Artist Studio Tour Saturday, February 15
Hosted by the Merida English Library. Step inside the homes and studios of over 20 artists and see where creativity lives. Many of these artists are well represented in galleries, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their working spaces will be open to the public. Be your own guide and plan your day with the artists who interest you most. Walk, bike, drive, bus, or taxi your way around Merida, and fall in love with the city and her artists. Each artist will have pieces for sale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon – or you’ll have to wait until next year for this once a year opportunity!
Locations: Various Artists’ Studios. Be Your Own Guide.
Time: Hours TBA
Admission: Tickets are only 200 pesos and will be on sale starting January 17 at the following: Merida English Library (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm, Mon Eve 6:30 – 9:00; Sat 10 – 1pm), Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Centro Habla, The Centre for Language and Culture (Mon-Fri 8:30am-2:30pm, Sat 10am-2pm), Calle 26 No. 99-B x 19 y 21, Colonia México SlowFood Market (Saturday mornings), Calle 33 y Avenida Reforma (Calle 72), García Ginerés

Yucatan LivingMerida Music Festival – March 29, 2014 Location: Hacienda Dzibikak Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM Admission: Tickets are available at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Paseo Montejo and La Bierhaus in Colonia México. Normal price: $250 pesos, Presale price: $200 pesos, VIP ticket: $1000 pesos – Food and drinks included in special viewing area, and Children under 12: FREE Sell Your Wares: Stands prices are as follows – Arts and crafts – MX$1,000 Non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, etc), desserts (ice creams etc) – $2,000 Hot food (burgers, hot dogs, etc) and alcoholic drinks – $3,000 Stands are limited and will be taken on a first come first serve basis so that no 2 are alike (ie only 1 burger stand, etc)
More Information: Merida Music Festival http://meridamusicfestival.com/ The email is: info [at] haciendadzibikak [dot] com and the phone numbers are: 988-933-0006 or 999-245-7562. Or talk to Sean Hennessy at Hennessy’s.

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE. “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Wagner will be shown at the end of the 4th season.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

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Events

By Working Gringos

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
–Maya Angelou

Editor’s Note: Katherine asked us if we would help publicize a small sale of artesanias that the women of Impulsur are having at the end of the month in Merida. We thought the best way to do that would be to tell you something about the project, so Katherine was kind enough to give us this report. If you are interested, please do help support these women by attending their sale on Sunday, January 26 in Garcia Gineres. Exact information can be found in the Coming Soon section of our Events listing this week, or in our Month At a Glance Calendar.

Women in Southern Merida

In an increasingly globalizing economy sometimes we become lost in our transactions. It is so easy to get caught up in the routine of school or jobs that we find ourselves becoming not people-centered, but transaction-centered. In my senior year of college, amidst graduate school applications and trying to finish out the semester, I was certainly transaction-centered. I found myself losing focus on the people in my life that are most important to me. Sometimes all you need to reset your focus is a shake-up in your environment. A change of scenery will provide that impetus, and certainly my environment was shaken when I came to Mérida for my internship.

handicrafts by women in southern merida mexicoFor my internship, I am working with an organization called ImpulSur: Manos Unidas por el Sur (Hands United for the South). The organization works with women living in southern Mérida, primarily in the section called Emiliano Zapata Sur, to empower them to market their products to a wider audience and get fair prices for their work. The women who make up ImpulSur are very talented and all have unique specialties. Some of the women work with knitting, some make huipils, others raise plants, make hammocks, paint, and make party decorations… just to name a few things they are capable of. What I have learned in working with these women is that although the purpose of ImpulSur is to empower these women to sell their products, the transaction is not what drives them. It is the relationships they have built with one another that are their impetus.

When I arrived in Mérida I met the women in ImpulSur to get to know them and see their handicrafts. Immediately I was welcomed into their group and they extended to me the same graciousness and respect they seem to share with each other. In just a few days of knowing each other, some of them felt comfortable sharing their personal stories with me. Because we are so open with one another, as they are with each other, we found common ground through laughter and through tears, which I believe has created a strong bond between us. I filmed many of the women while they talked to me about their lives, discussing everything from their families to why they thought ImpulSur was important. For almost every single woman, when I asked her why she participates in the group, she said it was because it allowed her to do something she enjoyed. One of the women commented to me, saying, “If you do what you love, everything will go well.” This struck a chord especially because I recently have been frustrated by my school applications, tending to forget that learning is my passion in the midst of the stress and pressure.

Emiliano Zapata Sur, where most of these women live, is a dangerous neighborhood that has problems with violence and drug use. Many of the women told me that making their handicrafts serves as a distraction for them from these problems. Through ImpulSur, they come together and support one another. They are comfortable with each other and know one another’s families. As I went from house to house, getting to know each woman, I could see the mutual respect they shared from the painting by women in southern Merida Mexicoway they talked about the organization and the products their friends created. It did not take me long to realize the focus of this organization was on the relationships built there. They come together to make their handicrafts but more importantly, they come together because they care about one another.

My experience working with these women reminded me to slow down and focus on the people in my life and to be thankful for what I have. These women have inspired me because, although they lead lives that are so different from mine, they too love their lives and seem appreciative of what they have, especially of one another.

The Impulsur Event

On Sunday, January 26th, ImpulSur will be holding an event at the office of the Fundación Plan Estragética de Yucatán, the planning of which has been the focus of my internship. The women will have their handicrafts available for sale. During this event, we hope to continue the focus on relationships, as opposed to transactions, with other people in the Mérida community. Because these women live and work so far in the south of the city, often times people in the community do not know they are there or how talented they are. This event will be an opportunity for the women to show off what they make and to share the same mutual respect and graciousness that guides their group with you and others who attend the event. Please come!

By Working Gringos

House for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Large Colonial in Merida

This lovely old Colonial property is on a quiet street with little traffic, just a few blocks from Santiago Square. This type of property is very sought-after for remodeling and investment… and this one is in a great location wth just beautiful antique details!

The property features:

- The high ceilings are original, more than 4 meters high, with viguetillas of hardwood and steel beams.
- The pasta tile floors are original and in very good condition.
- Doors and windows made of local hard wood, which are in very good condition, just needing to be refinished by your carpenter.
- The kitchen has the original wood-burning range.
- Beautiful original arches of stone, which could be integrated into a central courtyard.
- No trucks or buses route, safe area.

Sale price: $249,000 USD

For more information and details, please see the listing here:
Casona For Sale in Merida

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

As Merida’s premiere realtors, we do our best to have a wide and complete range of well-priced properties and are happy to show you anything you may find online, no matter what company.

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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

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By Working Gringos

Colonial Home in the Centro

Are you looking for a quiet street, a tasetfully remodeled three bedroom home with all US conveniences, even garage with automatic door? Then we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this one!

home for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexico

The location is great. There are no buses on the street outside. The house is set amongst other beautifully remodeled properties, and the corner location gives a side entrance to the 2 car garage and private access to the guest suite. As a bonus there is yet another room – a maid’s room or sewing room, or use it as a separate office where you can work in peace.

The home is designed for privacy, convenience and low maintenance. The kitchen is compact but well-designed and can easily be enlarged. The large built-in bar countertop and second kitchen in the guest apartment actually give much more workspace – and serving space – than is immediately apparent. The lovely peaceful terrace overlooking the pool is the perfect place to appreciate this oasis of tranquility.

Almost all furnishings are included with this beautiful Centro home!

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Sale price: $249,000 USD

For more information, more photographs and details, please see the listing here:
Casa La Serenidad

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

As Merida’s premiere realtors, we do our best to have a wide and complete range of well-priced properties and are happy to show you anything you may find online from our website or from the website of any other real estate agent in Merida and the Yucatan. Just tell us what you want to see, and we’ll bring you there!

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Just call us in Merida at (+52) 999-923-7615 or email us at info [at] tierrayucatan [dot] com . We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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By Working Gringos

So, you move to Merida, renovate your house… and now it is time to move in. And you are faced with installing the utilities. Thus begins a labyrinthine exercise on former owners, contracts, addresses, comprobantes (oh, you don’t know what that is? You will!) (It’s a receipt from a utility (Telmex is the preferred one) that shows the address of your house. No, it does not have to be your NAME on the receipt, just the correct address), etc.

Of course, one of the most important utility decisions you will have to make, second only to cel phone service, will probably be which vendor from which to buy your television and internet service. In this article, we are talking about televison… shows, sports, movies and more that sometimes comes with internet service. Sometimes not. The lines are blurring more and more these days… we realize that. We will follow this up with an Internet list.

If we have missed someone here, please let us know. This list has a few core vendors and then an ever-changing list of secondary providers. So with your help, we’ll do our best to keep it current.

Merida’s Television Services

Cablemas service in Merida Yucatan

Cablemas

Phone: 01-800-522-2530
Location: Merida at the Gran Plaza
Address: Calle 33B No.536 Int. A Col. García Ginerés
Additional Info: Watch what you want when you want. Cablemas service now has an Interactive Guide. With over 120 channels with the best programming video and 50 music channels with all genres. The new interactive guide lets you browse channels without changing the channel, consult up to 3 days of programming, check out the overview of programs, create three lists of your favorite channels and use the parental control. With the box you can change the language and take off subtitles.
Cost (2013): Digital packages start at $369 pesos for more than 100 channels. Prices change according to the package you choose, and if it includes internet and/or phone.
Other Services: Cablemas also offers phone and internet services. Available in most of Merida and Progreso.
Website: www.cablemas.com.mx
Notes: Cablemas for internet doesn’t get great reviews from a lot of people. However, it has traditionally been the cheapest option.

SKY

Phone: 01-800-201-8770 or 999-981-6208 (in Merida)
Location: Merida
Address: Calle 21 # 89, Col. Chuburna
Cost (2013): Basic service starts at $309 pesos for 174 channels.
Other Services: They offer service in Merida and outlying towns on the Yucatan Peninsula. SKY also has premium channels like HBO, Movie City, etc.
Website: www.sky.com.mx

Dish

Phone: 999-964-3450
Location: Merida
Address: Telmex Store at Calle 59 x 64
Cost (2013): Basic service starts at $119 pesos for 36 channels, most of which are in Spanish. More than 110 channels for $619 pesos.
Other Services: They offer satellite service in Merida and towns in Yucatan. Service includes HD. Dish has premium channels like HBO, Movie City, and sports channels etc.
Website: www.dish.com.mx

Club 1080 HD

Phone: 999-285-9896
Location: Merida
E-mail address: sales [at] club1080hd [dot] com
Cost (2013): Basic service starts at $ pesos for channels most of them in English. More than 200 channels to choose from.
Other Services: They offer service in Merida and outlying towns on the Yucatan Peninsula. Service includes HD. They provide hookups to Dish Network, Sky and Direct TV. They also provide professional installation of whatever is required.
Website: www.club1080hd.com

ROKU

Services: Roku launched the first product designed to deliver movies from Netflix instantly on TV, using the power of the Internet. Roku is a little box that makes it easy to stream anything directly from the Internet.
Cost (2013): Boxes start at $49.99 to $89.99. Service requres internet.
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Website: http://www.roku.com /

USTVNOW

Additional Info: Internet television
Cost (2013): Three different packages. Free for 6 basic channels. 28 channels cost $ 39 USD a month.
Website: www.ustvnow.com

Slingbox

Additional Info: Internet television. See anything on your TV that you can watch on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. Watch and control your entire channel line-up wherever you can connect to the Internet.
Cost (2013): Box start at $180 USD.
Website: www.slingbox.com

Chromecast

Additional Info: Internet television. See anything on your TV that you can watch on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. Google’s answer to ROKU, Slingbox, etc. The Working Gringos have this and it works like a charm.
Cost (2013): $35 USD
Website: www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/

Additional Options

Technology is changing almost daily. Besides local cable and internet options, there are satellite options. We know some Canadians that have recommended buying satellite receivers and service directly from Canada Satellite, but we are unfamiliar with how it works.

Have a Suggestion?

Do you know about an option that we have not mentioned? We would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment and we’ll investigate the details… and add it to the list if it makes the cut. Thank you in advance!

By Working Gringos

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) in the country. U.S. citizens have been the target of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by TCOs in various Mexican states. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below.

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico, issued July 12, 2013, to update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.

General Conditions:
Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes.

Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter TCOs which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. Crime and violence are serious problems and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to criminal activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery. While most of those killed in narcotics-related violence have been members of TCOs, innocent persons have also been killed. The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico was 71 in 2012 and 81 in 2013.

Gun battles between rival TCOs or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, especially in the border region. Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area. TCOs have used stolen cars, buses and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable. We recommend that you defer travel to the areas indicated in this Travel Warning and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the northern border region.

The number of kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico is of particular concern and appears to be on the rise. According to statistics published by the Mexican Secretaria de Gobernacion (SEGOB), during the first 11 months of 2013 kidnappings nationwide increased 32 percent over the same period in 2012. While kidnappings can occur anywhere, according to SEGOB during this timeframe, the states with the highest numbers of kidnappings were Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Michoacán, Estado de Mexico, and Morelos. Additionally, according to a widely publicized study by the agency responsible for national statistics (INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography), Mexico suffered an estimated 105,682 kidnappings in 2012; only 1,317 were reported to the police. Police have been implicated in some of these incidents. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized. Almost 90 kidnappings of U.S. citizens were reported to the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Mexico between April and November of 2013.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to lower their personal profiles and toavoid wearing conspicuous jewelry or clothing bearing logos of U.S. sports teams or military themed apparel which that may identify them as U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain awareness of their surroundings and avoid situations in which they may be isolated.

Kidnappings in Mexico have included traditional, “express” and “virtual” kidnappings. Victims of traditional kidnappings are physically abducted and held captive until a ransom is paid for release. “Express” kidnappings are those in which a victim is abducted for a short time and forced to withdraw money, usually from an ATM, then released. A “virtual” kidnapping is an extortion by deception scheme wherein a victim is contacted by phone and convinced to isolate themselves from family and friends until a ransom is paid. The victim is coerced (by threat of violence) to remain isolated and to provide phone numbers for the victim’s family or loved ones. The victim’s family is then contacted and a ransom for the “kidnapped” extracted. Recently, some travelers to Mexico staying at hotels as guests have been targets of such “virtual” kidnapping schemes.

Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region, and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents. Most victims who complied with carjackers’ demands have reported that they were not physically harmed. Carjackers have shot at vehicles that have attempted to flee. Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers 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. There are indications that criminals target newer and larger vehicles, especially dark-colored SUVs. However, even drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States have been targeted. While violent incidents can occur anywhere and at any time, they most frequently occur at night and on isolated 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 use toll roads (“cuotas”) whenever possible.

The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat the TCOs. U.S. citizens traveling on Mexican roads and highways by car or bus may encounter government checkpoints, staffed by military or law enforcement personnel. TCOs have erected their own unauthorized checkpoints, at times wearing police and military uniforms, and killed or abducted motorists who have failed to stop at them. You should cooperate at all checkpoints.

The Department imposes restrictions on U.S. government employees’ travel in Mexico. Since July 2010, USG employees are prohibited from driving on non-official travel from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America. One exception is that personal travel by motor vehicle is permitted on Highway 15 toll road between Hermosillo and Nogales during daylight hours.

USG personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which it is advised to “defer non-essential travel”. When travel for official purposes is essential, it is conducted with extensive security precautions. USG personnel and their families are allowed to travel for personal reasons to the areas where no advisory is in effect or where the advisory is to exercise caution. While the general public is not forbidden from visiting places categorized under “defer non-essential travel,” USG personnel will not be able to respond quickly to an emergency situation in those areas due to security precautions that must be taken by USG personnel to travel to those areas.

For more information on road safety and crime along Mexico’s roadways, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information.

State-by-State Assessment:

Below is a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico. Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, crime and violence can occur anywhere. For general information about travel and other conditions in Mexico, see our Country Specific Information.

Aguascalientes: You should exercise caution when traveling to the areas of the state that border the state of Zacatecas, as TCO activity in that region continues. There is no advisory in effect for daytime travel to the areas of the state that do not border Zacatecas; however, intercity travel at night is not recommended.

Baja California: Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Baja California – Exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. There were 458 homicides in Tijuana from October 2012 through September 2013, compared with 324 for the same period a year earlier. Murders in Mexicali declined in the same period from 166 to 132. In the majority of these cases, the killings appeared to be targeted TCO assassinations. Turf battles between criminal groups resulted in assassinations in areas of Tijuana and Mexicali frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours.

Baja California (Sur): Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Southern Baja California – No advisory is in effect.

Campeche: No advisory is in effect.

Chiapas: San Cristobal de las Casas is a major city/travel destination in Chiapas – No advisory is in effect.

Chihuahua: Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua City, and Copper Canyon are major cities/travel destinations in Chihuahua – Exercise caution in traveling to the business and shopping districts in the northeast section of Ciudad Juarez and its major industrial parks, and the central downtown section and major industrial parks in Chihuahua City. U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to other areas of these cities and anywhere else in the state of Chihuahua and travel during daylight hours between cities. In Ciudad Juarez, personal travel by USG employees outside the north/central and northeast portion of the city near the Consulate General is restricted and private U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to those areas as well. In Chihuahua City, USG personnel and their family members are permitted to travel only to the central business districts and the city’s airport. Personal vehicular travel during daylight hours by USG personnel and family members is authorized between Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua using the Highway 45 toll road. Although homicide rates in Ciudad Juarez have decreased markedly from a peak several years ago, the city still has one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico. Crime and violence remain serious problems throughout the state of Chihuahua, particularly in the southern portion of the state and in the Sierra Mountains, including Copper Canyon. U.S. citizens do not, however, appear to be targeted based on their nationality.

Coahuila: Defer non-essential travel to the state of Coahuila. The State of Coahuila continues to experience high rates of violent crimes and narcotics-related murders. TCOs continue to compete for territory and coveted border crossings to the United States. Violent crime, including murder, kidnapping, and armed carjacking, continues to be a major concern in the cities of Torreón, Saltillo, Piedras Negras, Ciudad Acuña, and Monclova. Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments, which USG personnel are not permitted to patronize.

Colima: Manzanillo is a major city/travel destination in Colima – Defer non-essential travel to the areas of the state of Colima that border the state of Michoacán, including the city of Tecoman. Exercise caution when travelling to other parts of the state, including Colima City and Manzanillo. The security situation along the Michoacán border continues to be the most unstable in the state with gun battles occurring between rival criminal groups and with Mexican authorities. Homicides throughout the state totaled 179 in 2012 and 147 for the first ten months of 2013, according to figures from the Colima state government.

Durango: Defer non-essential travel to the state of Durango, except the city of Durango where you should exercise caution. TCO violence and criminal activity along the highway are continuing security concerns. Several areas in the state continue to experience high rates of violence and remain volatile and unpredictable. The Mexican government deployed troops in March 2013 to quell TCO violence in the La Laguna area, which is comprised of the cities of Gomez Palacio and Lerdo in the state of Durango and the city of Torreon in the state of Coahuila. Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments, which USG personnel are not permitted to patronize. USG personnel may not travel outside the city of Durango and must abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. within a secured venue.

Estado de Mexico: Toluca and Teotihuacan are major travel destinations in Estado de Mexico – Defer non-essential travel to the municipalities of Coacalco, Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, La Paz, Valle del Chalco, Solidaridad, Chalco, and Ixtapaluca, which are eastern portions of the greater Mexico City metropolitan area, located just to the east of the Federal District of Mexico and Benito Juarez airport, unless traveling directly through the areas on major thoroughfares. These areas have seen high rates of crime and insecurity. You should also defer non-essential travel on any roads between Santa Marta in the southeast portion of the state and Huitzilac in the state of Morelos, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas.

Guanajuato: San Miguel de Allende and Leon are major cities/travel destinations in Guanajuato – No advisory is in effect.

Guerrero: Acapulco, Ixtapa, Taxco and Zihuatanejo are major cities/travel destinations in Guerrero – Defer non-essential travel to the northwestern and southern portions of the state (the area west and south of the town of Arcelia on the border with Estado de Mexico in the north and west and south of the town of Tlapa near the border with Oaxaca), except for the cities of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, and Ixtapa. In those cities, you should exercise caution and stay within tourist areas. You should also exercise caution and travel only during daylight hours on toll highway (“cuota”) 95D between Mexico City and Acapulco. Use the toll road towards the Playa Diamante area and avoid the highway running through the city of Acapulco for travel to and from Acapulco. In Acapulco, defer non-essential travel to areas further than 2 blocks inland of the Costera Miguel Aleman Boulevard, which parallels the popular beach areas. Lodging for USG personnel is limited to the “Hotel Zone” of Acapulco, beginning from the Hotel Avalon Excalibur Acapulco in the north and going south through Puerto Marquez including the Playa Diamante area. Any activity outside the Hotel Zone for USG personnel is limited to the coastal area from La Quebrada to the beginning of the Hotel Zone and only during daylight hours. In general, the popular tourist area of Diamante, just south of the city, has been less affected by violence. Flying into the coastal cities in southern Guerrero remains the preferred method of travel. You should defer non-essential travel by land between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, travel to Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa only by air, and exercise caution while in Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. If traveling by land, use toll highway 200 between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. You should also exercise caution in the northern region of Guerrero (the area north of the town of Arcelia on the border with Estado de Mexico in the north and north and east of the town of Tlapa near the border with Oaxaca). The state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico through the first 10 months of 2013, with 1,718 homicides and 205 reported cases of kidnapping, according to the Mexican Secretariado Ejecutivo Nacional de Seguridad Publica. Self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks, and although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable.

Hidalgo: No advisory is in effect.

Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Lake Chapala are major cities/travel destinations in Jalisco – Defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that borders the state of Michoacán and Zacatecas. The security situation along the Michoacán and Zacatecas borders continues to be unstable and gun battles between criminal groups and authorities occur. Concerns include roadblocks placed by individuals posing as police or military personnel and recent gun battles between rival TCOs involving automatic weapons. You should exercise caution in rural areas and when using secondary highways, particularly along the northern border of the state. Except for the areas of the state that border Michoacán, there is no advisory in effect for daytime travel within major population centers or major highways in the state of Jalisco. Intercity travel at night is not recommended. There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.

Mexico City (also known as the Federal District): No advisory is in effect. See also the discussion in the section on Estado de Mexico for areas within the greater Mexico City metropolitan area.

Michoacán: Morelia is a major city/travel destination in Michoacán – Defer non-essential travel to the state of Michoacán except the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas where you should exercise caution. Flying into Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas is the recommended method of travel. Attacks on Mexican government officials, law enforcement and military personnel, and other incidents of TCO-related violence, have occurred throughout Michoacán. Due to criminal activity in Lazaro Cardenas, in late 2013 the Mexican military assumed direct control of the port. In many areas of the state, self-defense groups operate independently of the government. Armed members of the groups frequently maintain roadblocks, and although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable. Groups in Michoacán are reputed to be linked to TCOs.

Morelos: Cuernavaca is a major city/travel destination in Morelos – Exercise caution in the state of Morelos due to the unpredictable nature of TCO violence. You should also defer non-essential travel on any roads between Huitzilac in the northwest corner of the state and Santa Marta in the state of Mexico, including the Lagunas de Zempoala National Park and surrounding areas. On August 24, 2012 two USG employees were injured after being fired upon by Federal Police officers on a non-toll road north of Tres Marias, Morelos. Numerous incidents of narcotics-related violence have also occurred in the city of Cuernavaca.

Nayarit: Defer non-essential travel to areas of the state of Nayarit that border the states of Sinaloa or Durango, as well as all rural areas and secondary highways. Exercise caution when traveling to the cities of Tepic, Xalisco, or San Blas. There is no recommendation against travel to the Vallarta-Nayarit area in the southern portion of the state also known as the Riviera Nayarit or to principal highways in the southern portion of the state used to travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta.

Nuevo Leon: Monterrey is a major city/travel destination in Nuevo Leon – Defer non-essential travel to the state of Nuevo Leon, except the metropolitan area of Monterrey where you should exercise caution. Although the level of TCO violence and general insecurity in Monterrey has decreased within the last 12 months, sporadic gun battles continue to occur in the greater Monterrey area. Adult entertainment establishments and casinos continue to be targets of TCO activity. TCOs have kidnapped, and in some cases murdered U.S. citizens, even when ransom demands are met. TCOs have been known to attack prisons and police stations, and have engaged in public shootouts with the military and between themselves. Pedestrians and innocent bystanders have been killed in these incidents. As a result of a Department of State assessment of the overall security situation, the Consulate General in Monterrey is a partially unaccompanied post with no minor dependents of USG personnel permitted except for visits of less than two weeks. USG personnel serving at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey and their dependents may not frequent casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments. USG personnel and their dependents may not travel outside the San Pedro Garza Garcia municipal boundaries between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., except for travel to the airport after 5 a.m.

Oaxaca: Oaxaca, Huatulco and Puerto Escondido are major cities/travel destinations in Oaxaca – No advisory is in effect.

Puebla: No advisory is in effect.

Queretaro: No advisory is in effect.

Quintana Roo: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum are major cities/travel destinations in Quintana Roo – No advisory is in effect.

San Luis Potosi: Defer non-essential travel to the state of San Luis Potosi, except the city of San Luis Potosi where you should exercise caution. Travel throughout the state remains a concern. TCO violence and criminal activity along highways are continuing security concerns. USG personnel may not frequent casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments. USG personnel may not travel outside the City of San Luis Potosi and must abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. within a secured venue.

Sinaloa: Mazatlan is a major city/travel destination in Sinaloa – Defer non-essential travel to the state of Sinaloa except the city of Mazatlan where you should exercise caution, particularly late at night and in the early morning. One of Mexico’s most powerful TCOs is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state. Travel off the toll roads in remote areas of Sinaloa is especially dangerous and should be avoided. We recommend that any travel in Mazatlan be limited to Zona Dorada and the historic town center, as well as direct routes to/from these locations and the airport.

Sonora: Nogales, Puerto Peñasco, Hermosillo, and San Carlos are major cities/travel destinations in Sonora – Sonorais a key region in the international drug and human trafficking trades, and can be extremely dangerous for travelers. Travelers throughout Sonora are encouraged to limit travel to main roads during daylight hours. The region west of Nogales, east of Sonoyta, and from Caborca north, including the towns of Saric, Tubutama and Altar, and the eastern edge of Sonora bordering Chihuahua, are known centers of illegal activity and non-essential travel between these cities should be avoided. Travelers should also defer non-essential travel to the eastern edge of the State of Sonora which borders the State of Chihuahua (all points along that border east of the northern city of Agua Prieta and the southern town of Alamos), and defer non-essential travel within the city of Ciudad Obregon and south of the city of Navojoa. You should exercise caution while transiting Vicam in southern Sonora due to a roadblock instituted by local indigenous and environmental groups. In December 2013, a gun battle involving Mexican authorities and TCOs occurred in Puerto Penasco. U.S. citizens visiting Puerto Peñasco should remain vigilant, exercise caution and use the Lukeville, Arizona/Sonoyta, Sonora border crossing, in order to limit driving through Mexico.

Tabasco: Villahermosa is a major city/travel destination in Tabasco – No advisory is in effect.

Tamaulipas: Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico are major cities/travel destinations in Tamaulipas – Defer non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas. All USG employees are prohibited from personal travel on Tamaulipas highways outside of Matamoros, Reynosa, and Nuevo Laredo due to the tenuous security situation. In Matamoros, USG employees are subject to further movement restrictions between midnight and 6 a.m. USG employees may not frequent casinos and adult entertainment establishments. Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Ciudad Victoria have experienced grenade attacks in the past year, as well as numerous reported gun battles. Violent gun battles between rival TCO elements and/or the Mexican military can occur in all parts of the region, and at all times of the day. The kidnapping rate for Tamaulipas, the highest for all states in Mexico, more than doubled in 2012 over 2011, and the number of U.S. citizens reported to the consulate as kidnapped in 2013 increased by 75% over 2012. In February 2013, four masked and armed individuals attempted to kidnap a USG employee in Matamoros during daylight hours. All travelers should be aware of the risks posed by armed robbery and carjacking on state highways throughout Tamaulipas, particularly on highways and roads outside of urban areas along the northern border. Traveling outside of cities after dark is particularly dangerous. While no highway routes through Tamaulipas are considered safe, the highways between Matamoros-Tampico, Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo, and Matamoros-Ciudad Victoria are particularly prone to criminal activity. In the past year there have been several instances of U.S. citizens being kidnapped from hotels while attending family or social events (e.g. weddings and funerals). In at least one incident, a member of the traveling party was summoned to the front desk by hotel staff whereupon he was kidnapped. Travelers should consider selecting hotels with adequate security and reputability as well as exercising caution when responding to phone calls or knocks at the door while resident in a hotel. Travelers should stay low-key and refrain from flashing around cash or wearing expensive jewelry.

Tlaxcala: No advisory is in effect.

Veracruz: Exercise caution when traveling in the state of Veracruz. The state of Veracruz continues to experience violence among rival criminal organizations. Mexican federal security forces continue to assist state and local security forces in providing security and combating organized crime.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza are major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan – No advisory is in effect.

Zacatecas: Defer non-essential travel to areas of Zacatecas near the border with other Mexican states. Exercise caution in the interior of the state including the city of Zacatecas. The regions bordering Durango and Coahuila as well as the cities of Fresnillo and Fresnillo-Sombrete and surrounding area are particularly dangerous. Robberies, carjackings, and TCO activity remain a concern. Gun battles between criminal groups and authorities have occurred in the area of the state bordering the state of Jalisco. The city of Fresnillo, the area extending northwest from Fresnillo through Durango and into Chihuahua is considered dangerous. Extreme caution should be taken when traveling in the remainder of the state. Of particular safety concern are casinos, sportsbooks, or other gambling establishments and adult entertainment establishments, which USG personnel may not frequent. USG personnel may not travel outside the City of Zacatecas after dark and must abide by a curfew of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. within a secured venue.

Further Information

For more detailed information on staying safe in Mexico, please see the State Department’s Country Specific Information for Mexico.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the State Department’s internet web site, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 001-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). U.S. citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to enroll with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate with responsibility for that person’s location in Mexico. For information on the ten U.S. consular districts in Mexico, complete with links to Embassy and Consulate websites, please consult the Mexico U.S. Consular District map. The numbers provided below for the Embassy and Consulates are available around the clock. The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000. U.S. citizens may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at ACSMexicoCity [at] state [dot] gov.

Consulates (with consular districts):
• Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua): Paseo de la Victoria 3650, tel. (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): Avenida Constitucion 411 Poniente, 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.
All other Mexican states, the Federal District of Mexico City, and the city of Tampico, Tamaulipas, are part of the Embassy’s consular district.
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.
• Cozumel: Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juárez between Melgar and 5th Ave.) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9, telephone (011)(52)(987) 872-4574 or, 202-459-4661 (a U.S. number).
• 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., Tel. (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 January 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Fest Cultural Festival in Merida Yucatan Mexico Merida Fest Fiesta: January 5 through 31
For the 472nd Anniversary of the City of Merida, there will be 220 shows (virtually all of them free!), featuring 2,000 artists, and cultural offerings from 13 countries. Here in our regular weekly events column. For more information, the full program for MeridaFest is online.

Yucatan Living Santa Elena Fiesta: January 10th through January 24th
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Cristo del Amor. Many of our readers are familiar with the fact that the town of Santa Elena that contains Uxmal. This lovely little town is to the southeast of the city, and forms part of our border with the State of Campeche. There are loads of archaeological sites here, including Uxmal, Kabah, Nohpat, Xcoh and Muchich.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: December 15 through January 10
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Ines. The Municipality of Dzitas is a small “county,” located in the central-eastern part of the state, just south of Espita. There are fewer than 3,500 people who live in Dzitas, and their main artistic skills are turned mostly toward the making of hammocks. It is the population statistics that are interesting in this municipality. Almost half of the people work in agriculture, most of the rest work in manufacturing or go off to work in the oil industry. Over 90% have all the modern utilities coming to their homes and they have plenty of schools, including a college. Two-thirds of the people are indigenous, so the languages spoken in Dzitas are Spanish, Mayan, and Tzeltal. The food and health care are excellent because the birth rate is steady and the death rate is amazingly low. Take a trip out to this fiesta and let us know if you discover their secret to a long and healthy life.

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Art Show to Stop Violence in Merida YucatanYucatan Living V Exhibition: Mira el Silencio : November 22 – January 18
This art exhibit in the Mejorada section of town has been put on in cooperation with the United Nations’ declaration to stop violence against women worldwide. More than 100 artists in a variety of media contributed their art. One more week to see it!
Location: Calle 59 # 452-A x 54 y 52, Centro-Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – Febuary 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero / Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) January 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Immortality and Passion
This exhibition is of the sculpture of Humberto Peraza. This is a great day to walk down Paseo de Montejo and enjoy these pieces along the way.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Time: All Day during the Birthday Celebration
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Hamlet
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yoga in Valladolid Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Feldenkrais Personal Training Workshop: The Journey Inward: January 13-16
For More Information, visit the Feldenkrais Journey website.
Location: Casa Quetzal, Valladolid
Time: All day
Admission: $360 if registed by 12/13/2013, $440 after that

Tuesday (Martes) January 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Romeo and Juliet
This is part of the series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
Always a great Trio from Yucatan.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Hecho en Mexico
Fabulous documentary about music and the arts in Mexico.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: The Southern European Heritage
This performance is under the direction of Amy Palma Canto, with participation by Gaitero Miguel Angel Fraile and the Orpheus String Quartet.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Fernando Castro Pacheco in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Opening of the exposition: Dear Fernando
This is an exposition of the artwork of two of Yucatan’s most beloved artists: Fernando Castro Pacheco and Fernando Garcia Ponce.
Location: The Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

movie in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: El Ciruelo
(Mexico 2008) El Ciruelo tells the story of the vanishing of a little settlement in Nayarit’s mountains. The water from El Cajóns dam floods the town. Meanwhile the families who used to live there try to get used to life on the New Ciruelo.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 16, 2014

Yucatan LivingArtisans Market
Come to the beach (or walk down the beach, if you are already there!) and do some shopping! All works offered are created locally.
Location: Chicxulub Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free but do come to enjoy the offerings and, hopefully, to purchase something wonderful.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
(USA 2012)An intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of ground-breaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Hector Herrera Cholo

Yucatan Living Movie: Snow White and… her Seven Lovers
This is part of the Tribute to Hector Herrera “Cholo”. Cholo was a famous Mexican comedian who was born in Merida and died in 2010.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: The Goldberg Variations
This performance is under the direction of Pavel Blaszkowski. There is no other information available about who will be playing.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: The Southern European Heritage
This performance is under the direction of Amy Palma Canto, with participation by Gaitero Miguel Angel Fraile and the Orpheus String Quartet.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Byzantium
(2012 UK) Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Andres Tinoco in Concert in YucatanYucatan Living Music: Songriter of My Time: Andres Tinoco
Do try to make this performance. Andres Tinoco is one of Yucatan’s legendary songwiters and a beloved ambassador of Yucatan’s culture. And they don’t hold concerts often in the gardens behind the church at Ermita… that’s a real treat too!
Location: Jardín botánico de La Ermita, Calle 66 x 77
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Tribute to Hector Herrera “Cholo”
This first hour is a round table discussion and photographic exhibition. Movies will follow tonight and the rest of the week.
Location: Outside Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Blackfish
(2011 USA) Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. This movie has been getting lots of press, kudos and, we hear, is difficult but important to watch. They are billing this as “the movie Seaworld doesn’t want you to see”.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: El Bulli
(Germany 2011) An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, this film is a tasty peek at some of the world’s most innovative and exciting cooking. As Adri himself puts it, “the more bewilderment, the better!”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) January 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Expedition to the End of the World
(Denmark 2013) A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience. Contender for 86th documentary Academy Award.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Exposition & Music: Life in Santiago
This is an interesting interdisciplinary event that presents the work (paintings, sculpture, etc.) of Igor Froylan, accompanied by the voice and guitar of Armando Martin.
Location: Galeria Mala Vida , Calle 70 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Y Tan Solo
Under the direction of Roger Pech, the Odori Desu dance company reflects on what it means to be human and to connect with other human beings.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Bolé
No description of this event is listed. We believe it may be a musical group.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Contemporary Dance in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Dance: Arbolada
This performance, is by Compañía Tatzudanzaunder the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia. Can you say that three times fast?
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 # 93B X 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: William Basinski and Nicholas Szczepanik
This is a performance of the regional music of Yucatan.
Location: Palacio Canton, Montejo x 43
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Among Paupers and Richies
This movie is part of the tribute to Héctor Herrera “Cholo”.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Bling Ring
(2013 USA) Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes. Stars Hermione Granger… eh, we mean Emma Watson.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father, Like Son
(Japan 2013) Two sons are switched at birth by mistake and when the parents find out years later, they try to make sense of it. Nominated for the Palmes d’Or prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Spring Breakers
(2012 USA) Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

French Group in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Lavach
If you love rock-n-roll and the blues, and young French musicians and singers, then this is the place for you. Preview the Lavach on their website.
Location: Remate de Montejo x 47
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Dance: Arbolada
This performance, is by Compañía Tatzudanzaunder the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 # 93B X 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Calle Lopez
(Mexico 2013) Something between a microsocial documentary and an urban video symphony.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Tribute to Nelson Mandela in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Night of Cultures: Tarima Maya: Pueblo del Maiz
7:00 PM – Tarima Maya: What Sound the Mayapaax
8:00 PM – Meeting Francisco de Montejo
8:30 PM – Compañía de Danza Folklórica Kaambal: La vida en el Mayab (Life Among the Maya)
9:30 PM – Cristina Branco: Fado Singer
10:00 PM – Roda de Choro, Brazilian traditional music
11:30 PM – 100 drums for Nelson Mandela, from Parque de Santa Lucia to the Plaza Grande (Wow… that should be amazing!)
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: This Is the End
(2013 USA) While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. This is a comedy written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: …Y tan solo
Under the direction of Roger Pech, the Odori Desu dance company reflects on what it means to be human and to connect with other human beings.
Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Between Strings and Winds with Cesar Reyes
What a wonderful night this will be, and what a beautiful location.
Location: Museo de la Ciudad, Calle 65 x 56 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Night of Jazz: Steve Koven
Performing tonight will be the Trio Ingrid Laubrock and the Trio Pocket Bras Band.
Location: Parque de Santa Anna, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Good Vibes 2
This performance is under the direction of Jorge Milan.
Location: Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Dumb, dumb, but not too much
This movie is part of the Tribute to Héctor Herrera “Cholo”.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Recital of Piano and Violin
This will be a wonderful performance! Dusan Holý will play piano and Christopher Collins will play the violin. Never miss a chance to experience an evening with these two, or either alone as well.
Location: Auditorio of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Piedra Ausente (The Absent Stone)
(Mexico 200?) In 1964, the largest carved stone of the Americas was moved from the town of San Miguel Cuatlinchan in the municipality of Texcoco to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City in an impressive feat of engineering. The extraction of the monolith, which represents the pre-Hispanic water deity, set off a rebellion in the town and led to the intervention of the army. It has its own Facebook page (the movie, not the stone).
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Prisoners
(2013 USA) When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Great performances by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Always a great documentary about nature. A great place to bring your kids.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Chilli Cookoff in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living MEL’s 2014 Chili Cookoff
All types of chili are welcome… red chili, white chili, and they have received requests for more vegetarian chili entries. So come join the fun and show Merida your chili! This is a major fundraiser for MEL, so please do participate! Chili cooks, if you haven’t signed up yet you can still do so at melchilicookoff2014 [at] gmail [dot] com. For those who
prefer to participate as chili tasters, tickets are available at the Library or at the same email address. Tickets include one hot dog, one soft drink, and all the chili
you could possibly eat. Bus Service: $20 pesos
Location: Calle 33 No. 378-A x 6 y 8, Col. Montebello, Merida. Bus Service: From the Library to the Cook Off: 12:30 PM & 1:20 PM, Return trips: 3:00 PM & 4:30 PM
Time: 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $150 pesos for adults, $50 pesos for children under 12.

Yucatan Living Massive Concert: Dance Marathon with Sonora Santanera
These events are coming more and more often. They are just wonderful. Do come out and enjoy dancing in the street. …and don’t forget to bring your camera.
Location: Plaza Grande, Merida
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Tribute to Jeff Manookian
This performance is by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida.
Location: Plaza Grande, Merida
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Past
(2012 France) An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Concert: Cristina Branco
This lady is one of the world’s most well known Fado singers. Fado is a music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but is probably much older. It is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Lake Tahoe
This movie is part of the Tribute to Hector Herrera “Cholo.” No information is given on the version, date or country associated with this movie.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Camile Claudel 1915
(2013 France) Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) January 20

Yucatan LivingMovie: Othello
This movie is part of a series entitled Shakespeare in the Movies. No version, date, or country of origin is given.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living MEL’s Eco-Park Safaris Sundays: January 26
Join Cherie Pittillo, renowned zoologist, photographer, author and columnist, in a tour of 3 Ecological Parks of Mérida; the Parque Acuático, the Kai Lu Um Park (Maya for “song of the earth”) and the Parque Ecológico del Poniente. It begins with an introduction at the Library and maps and special directions for the drivers will be distributed. The tour takes around 5 hours and is, in total, a 26-mile round trip from MEL. The tour will afford you the opportunity to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of the area, including birds such as: Northern Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Great Egret and Couch’s Kingbird. Don’t forget your binoculars, cameras, hats, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion and water.
Location: Begins at the Library
Time: 6:30 AM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Capacity limited to 17 per tour, so sign up early. They need 4 private cars that can take 4 to 5 persons. If you offer to drive your car, you get the tour free of charge.

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert: February 8, 2014
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!
Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

Yucatan Living2nd Annual Artist Studio Tour Saturday, February 15
Hosted by the Merida English Library. Step inside the homes and studios of over 20 artists and see where creativity lives. Many of these artists are well represented in galleries, but the MEL Artist Studio Tour is the only time their working spaces will be open to the public. Be your own guide and plan your day with the artists who interest you most. Walk, bike, drive, bus, or taxi your way around Merida, and fall in love with the city and her artists. Each artist will have pieces for sale. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon – or you’ll have to wait until next year for this once a year opportunity!
Locations: Various Artists’ Studios. Be Your Own Guide.
Time: Hours TBA
Admission: Tickets are only 200 pesos and will be on sale starting January 17 at the following:
Merida English Library (Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm, Mon Eve 6:30 – 9:00; Sat 10 – 1pm), Calle 53 x 66 y 68, Centro
Habla, The Centre for Language and Culture (Mon-Fri 8:30am-2:30pm, Sat 10am-2pm), Calle 26 No. 99-B x 19 y 21, Colonia México
SlowFood Market (Saturday mornings), Calle 33 y Avenida Reforma (Calle 72), García Ginerés

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE. “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Wagner will be shown at the end of the 4th season.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

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

Events

By Khaki Scott

Dogs in Yucatan MexicoYAPA: Needs More Volunteers in Kanasin Clinic Sunday, January 26

This has come to us from YAPA: We still need some meals for Sunday 26 January. They can be as simple as sandwiches, or as elaborate as you want, but they need to be easy to eat. There is no sit-down table service, and everyone eats on the go. We need snacks like fruit, granola bars, pretzels, etc. for both days. A couple of loaves of meat and/or cheese sandwiches for each day would be nice. We have a large bag of candy, but still need sodas, and water. We need people to help transport the out-of-town veternarians to and from Kanasin. We also need help with registration, surgery, and recovery. If you are interested in helping, contact evoluntarios [at] evolucionanimal [dot] org. Thank You all so much for your volunteer efforts, it really does make a difference!

More About the 5th Spay and Neuter Program

Between Friday, January 17, and Sunday, January 26, spay and neuter clinics will sterilize approximately 3,000 pets in Merida, Progreso and Kanasin. Fifteen veterinarians from the United States, Canada, Slovakia, India and Mexico will provide services, along with twenty local veterinarians. The event has been organized and supported by: Servicios de Salud de Yucatán, Planned Pethood, Instituto Municipal de la Salud in Merida, Progreso and Kanasin, Albergue Franciscano del Animal Desprotegido (AFAD) and all of the many Yucateco and expat volunteers. The size of this event, and the support it now receives, has been a long time coming. Every Yucateco and expat who has worked with this program can be proud of having a hand in making life so much better for these pets and their people.

Happy 18th Birthday to MEL

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Merida English Library will celebrate its 18th Birthday. A few of us were members of MEL from the beginning, and many more came during the difficult times surrounding 9-11 (September 9, 2001). That gives us quite a number of expats who have enjoyed the benefits of MEL for over a decade. Along with those who make up the growing membership in MEL, we would like to say “Happy Birthday.” In order to celebrate this occasion, everyone is invited to MEL’s birthday party, at MEL (Calle 53 x 66 y 68), from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Merida to Host National DARE Conference

Children in Merida Yucatan Mexico For the second time, the National Conference of DARE Instructors will hold their annual meeting in Merida. This will be the 13th such conference and will be held on April 2 – 4. Approximately 150 instructors are expected to attend to hear lectures from experts in Mexico and from as far away as Brazil and Argentina. It is believed that the success rate of the Mexican DARE program is that it has expanded to not only help prevent drug use, but to also provide tools for the development of life skills. Hopefully, other nations that have not had this level of success will take another look at Mexico’s DARE model and expand their programs as well. Let’s hope they are not copying the DARE program in the United States, which is famous for having educated pre-teens about the many illegal drug options available to them even before they get to high school.

New Program to Help Child Crime Victims

Sometimes, children are not aware that the way they are being treated is actually a crime, or that there is help available for them. That is soon to change in Yucatan. A new program has just begun in which children play games at school that teach them their rights, how to determine if they are the victim of a crime, and what they should do if they are or if they know a crime is being committed against another child. The program is called “Ponte Xux” (Be Alert) and it will soon reach every school in Yucatan. The children of Yucatan have always been this state’s most beloved asset and, through the years, every effort has been made to introduce every program possible to protect them.

Rocks in Yucatan

Casa Uno: What To Do With All Those Rocks

This week saw the introduction of a new kind of home that won an award for housing designs for families with limited resources in rural areas of Mexico. The houses are amazing in the way they combine corrugated metal sheets, stone and wood to create a home that is not only designed for the comfort of the families but also takes sustainability and green living very seriously. A solar panel provides basic electricity, while a composting toilet helps to protect the environment. Built with day-glow colored accents, Casa Uno promises to be one of the best new designs for living Mexico has seen in a long time. We look forward to hearing more about this program.

Three Paranormal Cases from Motul

This week, Milenio published three tales of the paranormal coming from Motul, not far to the northeast of Merida and home town of Yucatan’s beloved Felipe Carrillo Puerto. The first story is about a priest now seen as a ghost. It is believed that God has allowed him to stay at his church in Motul because he had such deep affection for and excitement about his work. He has been seen in Motul since the early 20th century. The second story is about elderly beggars who have been seen in the marketplace for the past 40 years. Since they were in their 80s when they died, they would be 120 now but seem never to have changed. It is believed that they come back because a visitor to the market interceded for them when they were forced to retire because of their age. The third story is about a lady who is called “the ghost woman of the market.” She is said to be a banshee. Her soul is believed to still be wandering there because that is the place where she was raped and murdered. Believe these tales or not. We still appreciate people like writer-researcher Jorge Moreno, who is willing to devote his time and support to the collecting of these paranormal sightings.

Yucatan in Top 10 for Organ Donation

Organ donation in Yucatan Mexico The State of Yucatan now ranks in the top 10 for organ donation in Mexico, and has shown an 80% increase in donations in just one year. A study in California concluded that the reasons Hispanics were slow to accept organ donation included: “… low acculturation, religion, belief, and family influence affect the intent to register for organ donation. To improve organ donation, these risk factors should be considered using specific, effective educational programs.” Once specific, effective educational programs and cultural support were provided in Yucatan, there was a complete turn-around in the attitudes and perspectives among the people of Yucatan. Living donations can include a kidney, bone marrow, blood and cells. In Mexico, organ donations following death must fit within certain guidelines, beginning with the person having died in a hospital with verified brain death. Persons who die in accidents or in their homes cannot be organ donors. Yucatan now has a State Center for Organ Donations, as well as a State Board. As with so many other issues that once seemed huge cultural roadblocks to happy and healthier lives, Yucatan has met and exceeded the challenge.

Happenings in the Southern Cone

There is an interesting socioeconomic study going on in the southern cone of Yucatan. Residents of Ticul, no matter their economic station, can receive free building materials and trees to upgrade their homes and property. The poor are receiving regular food pantries. In Tzucacab, the town is putting a huge dome over a part of the main park. The dome will have bleachers under it and a big playing field, as well as market stalls. Tzucacab is also expanding its stormwater wells, which will lower the rate of new dengue fever cases, as well as allow citizens to enjoy better street drainage. As icing on the cake, Peto is getting a new Casa de La Cultura, complete with areas for music, theater, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a movie theater, and a parking lot. They will hold arts and crafts classes, as well as promote the local culture and local artists. It is believed that, with these changes in place, more people will be drawn not only to the southern cone as visitors, but that new people will begin to consider moving to the southern cone. With new schools, new hospitals, an improved quality of life, and an increasingly modern image, we suspect it won’t be long before they will be absolutely right.

2014 Carnival News

Merida Carnaval 2014 This year’s carnival is going to be quite an event and well worth attending just to experience the new changes. Public transportation will be provided, free of charge, from Merida, and admission will be free as well. According to the Carnival officials, all parades will be just as they have been and, sometime this week, they will publish the routes, which will all be within the Xmatkuil fairgrounds. Expectations for the new Carnival location are running high and everyone is waiting to see how this event turns out. It should be interesting, at the very least.

By Working Gringos

House for Sale in Merida

Coralline is a project located in Progreso, in what is considered one of its best areas to the East side of the Malecon.

There are 6 lots available that measure 8.33 meters wide x 21 meters deep. The design of the project is based on an open concept-indoor/outdoor style like the ones you see on the Mayan Riviera or Pacific coast. The homes in this project are just a moment’s walk to the beach (1 minute) and Progreso’s famed Malecon (10 Minutes).

Homes for sale in Progreso Yucatan MexicoThe Introduction prices will start at $139,900 USD. If you prefer to have the house delivered turnkey and ready to enjoy, the villa is offered with a complete upgrade and furniture and appliance package. The houses will be nicely furnished with appliances at a price starting at $149,900 USD. The first corner lot (10 x 22 mts. add $4,000 USD) to be built will have partial ocean views from the 2nd Floor. All villas are a one-minute walk to the beach with direct beach access.

The guest suite option presents a great rental opportunity here as the villa is designed with 2 stairways, one from the main floor interior and a 2nd private entrance from the pool area.

Sale price: $139,900 USD

For more information and details, please see the listing here:
Coralline: A Sea of Comfort

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Blue House on Sale in Merida

Located just south of Parque Mejorada, easy walking distance from the Plaza Grande.

Colonial house for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexico

This lovely house in Merida has three bedrooms, three bathrooms PLUS a study or 4th bedroom. The house also has a swimming pool, air conditioning, a garden, and the fideicomiso is in place, making a sale to an expatriate easy and fast. These are just some of the features of this restored colonial building located in the Colonial Center of the beautiful city of Merida close to Mejorada park. There are beautiful high ceilings throughout the house, with vigas and vigetillas, some original antique pasta tile floors and gorgeous restored original tall hardwood doors!

The house can easily be divided, should you wish to rent part of it for additional income. The floorplan is flexible and there are many options. It is walking distance from the Main Square (the Plaza Grande), restaurants and lots of shopping. The house has been remodeled top to bottom, and is completely move-in ready. The house has everything, including a pretty backyard pool and a shady tejaban under which to hang your hammock.

Sale price: $169,000 USD

For more information and details, please see the listing here:
Blue Light Special

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Vacation rental or house for sale with swimming pool in YucatanWelcome to Z’Uno, your beautiful new beach house in San Benito Yucatan!

The Perfect Beachfront Home in San Benito

This 2-bedroom, 2-bath home provides an environment of barefoot comfort and ease with the most important amenity: easy access to and spectacular views of the water! This beachfront property measures ten by forty meters, with the swimming pool, the patio and the house with a roof patio all overlooking the beach.

Inside, the house is simply designed for beach house functionality and maintainability, but with upscale materials and appliances. The house was designed with your comfort in mind. enter this beachfront home for sale in YucatanThere is an open kitchen with access to the dining room. Everything is easy to keep clean and highly accessible. There is air conditioning throughout the house, but the house is open as well to the sea breezes, through glass doors that provide both air and the view. The spacious master bedroom has plenty of room for a king-sized bed and looks out onto the water, as does the living room and the covered patio by the filtered swimming pool. The patio roof that runs the length of the house and the gazebo with seating out by the end of the swimming pool that overlooks the beach both create lovely shady areas to sit outside during the day without getting too much sun. The upstairs rooftop deck also looks over the beach, and is a great place to see the amazing panoply of stars at night! This is a place with little to no light pollution, so the stars are spectacular.
steps to the rooftop terrace of a beachside rental in Merida Yucatan
All these amenities and this fabulous privacy… and yet you are only a few minutes drive to Progreso for shopping, gas, ATMs and entertainment. Another half hour and you can be in Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan, with all the amenities it has to offer. This beach house has the perfect location to provide accessibility with almost complete privacy. What could be better?

Vacation Rental Home by the Beach

In addition to being a great vacation home for you, this beachfront house has been developed as a very successful vacation rental in the Yucatan with a high occupancy rate. Buy this house and adopt this additional income or convert it to a family vacation getaway… or both! This property Living and dining at the beachhouse in Yucatanhas what most people want when they come to live by the sea in the Yucatan… 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, upscale appliances and the comforts of home, a swimming pool… all overlooking the sandy beach and the warm Gulf waters beyond. The Yucatan is a popular place to spend a vacation, and yet when you stay here, most times you will have this beautiful expanse of white beach all to yourself!

Z’Uno’s vacation rental page can be seen here:

Casa Z’Uno

 

Buy Your Beachfront Paradise

To inquire about purchasing this excellent property, please contact the owner directly:

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Listing Price: $249,000 USD

 

 

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By Working Gringos

The Planned Pethood 5th Annual Yucatan Spay and Neuter Campaign is very close… and they need volunteers!

The Merida Clinic will be held from January 21 to 23 and the goal is to spay and neuter 750 dogs and cats. To achieve this goal over 150 Vets and other volunteers will donate their time and they require your valuable support to keep going during those strenuous hours. Volunteer help is needed from January 21th to 23th from 7am to 7pm.

You can also help by donating:

• BOTTLED WATER (500 ml or large bottles)• SOFT DRINKS (Cans or large Bottles)
• JUICE (Individual, Boxes or Bottles)
• CEREAL, FRUIT OR GRANOLA BARS.
• COOKIES
• DISPOSABLE CUPS AND PLATES (PREFERABLY BIODEGRADABLES)
• NEWSPAPERS
• CARDBOARD
• TOWELS, OLD T-SHIRTS, PILLOWS AND CLEAN SHEETS.

Donations will be collected at:
Calle 29 # 478 x 50 -B and 52 -A Col. Itzimná
Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm
* Items will be received until Saturday January 18th *

If you want to volunteer to help in this Clinic in Merida you need to sign up with Isabel Valladares.

Please contact her at evoluntarios [at] evolucionanimal [dot] org indicating the date and time in which you can help.

Volunteer help is needed from January 21th to 23th from 7am to 7pm.

ALSO Need Help in Kanasin January 26

We still need some meals for Sunday, 26 January. It can be simple as sandwiches, or as elaborate as you want, but needs to be easy to eat, there is no sit down table service, everyone eats on the go.
We need snacks; fruit, granola bars, pretzels, etc. for both days
A couple loaves of meat and/or cheese sandwiches for each day would be nice
I have a large bag of candy
We need sodas, and water

We need people to help transport the Out of Town Vets to and from Kanasin.

REGISTRATION (AFAD), a volunteer checks to ensure animals are pre-registered. If the animal is not recorded/ registered place them on the waiting list, if indeed they have an appointment. Volunteers assist in filling out the forms and assigned folio.
SURGERY
We still need help for RECOVERY, both dogs and cats. Owners and Recovery Volunteers will monitor and assist the animals coming out of recovery from anesthesia, always keeping the animals folio close at hand. Once the Vet Tech says it is okay to release the animal, you direct the owner to pick up their medications and point them to the check out area.

Contact yucatanayudaparaanimales [at] gmail [dot] com if you can help!

Thank You all so much for your volunteer efforts, it really does make a difference!

By Working Gringos

Prices Rise in Yucatan

People who live in Yucatan are getting ready to pay higher prices for all foods and services. Pork is going from $58 to $60 pesos per kilo. This is a result of increases in the price of feed. Beef will be going up from $108 pesos to $114 pesos per kilo for the same reason. The price of tortillas and ground corn will rise from $14 and $15 pesos per kilo to $15 pesos and $16 pesos respectively, due to the increase in prices for a ton of corn. Increases in the price of wholesale flour are set to increase the price of sweet breads and French bread. There will be other increases in staples that include chicken and turkey, eggs, milk, crackers, and coffee. Additional sticker shock will come when families get ready to pay electric and cylinder gas bills this year. Much of this is the result of increases in transportation costs due to increases in the price of gasoline and diesel, but some of it is due to 2014 coming on the heels of a drought. We hope that Yucatecos will be able to weather this economic tope .

Soybeans a Success in Yucatan

Four years ago, the first soybean crop was harvested in Yucatan at just about 1,000 tons. Four years later, the 2013 crop weighed in at 30,000 tons, with an economic impact on Yucatan’s economy of $240 million pesos. Since Mexico currently has to import 90% of the soybeans it needs for oil, animal feed and other commercial uses, soybean farmers in Campeche, Quintana Roo, and part of the eastern side of the State of Yucatan will work to bring the Yucatan Peninsula’s production of soybeans to the point where little, if any, soybeans will need to be imported. Look for great things from the eastern part of the State of Yucatan as new income from this relatively new crop begins to flow in and make a real difference in the local and state economies.

Water Quality in Yucatan

We recently heard about a documentary film exploring the issues of water quality along the Riviera Maya, where large hotels and resorts are impacting the quality of both the underground water and the Caribbean waters along the beach. We were therefore heartened to see an article about the water quality along the beaches of Progreso. According to Milenio, at a recent meeting of the Comité de Playas Limpias Costa Norte Yucatán (the Committee for Clean Beaches on the North Coast of Yucatan), the Gulf waters along the beaches of Progreso are the first to obtain the low desired levels of contaminants specified by SEMARNAT and other organizations. Felicidades, Progreso!

Successful Organic Habanero Crop

Habanero chiles grown in Yucatan MexicoBragging rights for a chemical-free habanero crop clearly go to those who produced this year’s habanero chile at the San Arturo greenhouse, located on Rancho Santa Clara, between Ixil and Chicxulub Pueblo. With shade houses constructed in a way that takes full advantage of modern technology, only eight farmers manage to produce 75,000 tons of chemical-free habanero chiles each year. It is interesting to note that, while many still groan at the higher cost of organically-produced products, the farmers would not be growing them if there was not a demand. In this case, the foreign buyer for chiles from the San Arturo greenhouse demands a safe and healthy product and that is exactly what the farmers are producing. It is refreshing to hear that the world market is, more and more often, demanding this kind of quality in the foods we eat, and that Yucatan has been a Latin American leader in recognizing this need and implementing any measure necessary to meet this need.

Elderly Need Help in Kantunil

According to this article in Yucatan a la Mano, as the population ages, there is a corresponding increase in the numbers of homeless elderly adults in the municipalities along the coast in Yucatan. A Helping the elderly in Yucatan Mexicogroup of concerned citizens in Comisaria Kantunil (Holca), have found a building and are remodeling it as a nursing home/group home for the homeless elderly in Kantunil (Holca), Xanaba (Izamal) and Xocchel. The local DIF is helping, as are a number of local residents. Young people are volunteering as well, but they need more help to put a roof on the kitchen and add a bathroom. They are asking for help from the state and federal governments, and from business people and anyone who is concerned with this growing, vulnerable population. If you are interested in working with this project, contact the treasurer of the organization, Marcial Miranda, at (988) 967-6347, or go by the Municipal Palace in Kantinul and ask for Marcial Miranda or Tomasa Pech Matos, or visit the worksite with Teresa Gamboa (President of the DIF there) and Dulce Yoh Yam, one of the members helping to raise funds for the project.

New Energy in Peto: Gremio de Señoras y Señoritas

In the southern part of the state, the ladies who hold their family traditions dear have managed to keep their gremio (union) alive through good times and Gremio survives in Peto Yucatanbad. They have survived to dance, every year, on the occasions that honor their patron saint, even without the government support that is received by many other unions. Now, in 2014, there is an interest growing among both local women and women who are returning to dance from their new homes in other places. No one knows how old this particular guild is, but they are very proud to be contributing to the conservation of their culture in Yucatan. (From Yucatan a la Mano)

Dia de Los Reyes

If you are looking for one of the best times of the year to visit Yucatan, we suggest that next year you try to be here on January 6, which is Dia de Los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day), also known as Epiphany. This is a holiday where crowds are not oppressive and local fairs abound. No matter where you go, you are likely to find a procession, walking the Three Kings from one point to another. The masses for this celebration are wonderful, with many held outside. There are other holidays in Mexico that draw huge crowds, but we still get the question asking “When is the best time to see the real Yucatan?” The Dia de Los Reyes would be one of those days. We hope everyone has a chance to be in Yucatan on this very special day. Read Joe Ray’s article on Three Kings’ Day in Mexico to learn more about this holiday.

90th Anniversary of the Death of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Yucatan honored one of its most beloved fallen heroes this year with a photography exhibit that included photos from both public and private collections. The murdered governor, named Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and often called Apostle of the Indians, was shot by a firing squad 90 years ago, along with two of his brothers and nine of his friends. The exhibition will move through the small towns of Yucatan until January 10 and will be in Motul, birthplace of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, until January 16. Felipe Carillo, the Red Dragon with the Eyes of Jade, died on January 3, 1924. Time is the test of greatness and the faces of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and his brothers still adorn public buildings and schools throughout the State of Yucatan.

Winter in Yucatan for Zoo Animals

Yucatan now has Animaya and Merida still has the Centenario Zoo. We also have colder and wetter winters. Some are asking what is done to protect the animals at these zoos and preserves so that they do not suffer from the cold? Yucatan’s zoos are fine institutions that employ an excellent staff of nutritionists, animal handlers and veterinarians. With a staff that loves their jobs, the zoo is well equipped to shelter the animals from the cold and to make certain they have all of the vitamins and preventive antibiotics they need to remain healthy. Birds get to stay inside with curtains and lights to keep them warm. Each species gets specialized treatment that has been put in Zoo animals in Merida Yucatan Mexicoplace just for them. No cold dinners here! Even the food they eat, especially fruit, is brought to room temperature before it’s given to them. People who visit or work at the zoos are asked to soak the soles of their shoes in a pan that contains a special solution designed to kill germs. Overall, the animals at Yucatan’s Animaya and Merida’s Centenario Zoo may be chilling out this winter, but they certainly aren’t cold, sick or hungry.

School Calendar for 2014 Online

School is in at last and the streets of Yucatan are quiet again, at least for part of the day. The next long vacation is Semana Santa (Easter), which will be late in April this year (April 13 – 26). If you need the dates of school holidays for the rest of the school year, they can be found online on the Calendario Escolar 2013– 2014. Keeping an eye on that calendar will be of use to those who plan events for children throughout the state.

Women of Yucatan Recognize Need for Femicide Laws

In the Classic Maya Period of Yucatan’s history, men and women were considered to be of equal value. After the Spanish conquest, women were deprived of dignity, as well as the right to participate in governing, the potential to acquire power, and even of life itself. As murder and domestic violence against women continues to escalate, with few laws with teeth to stop it, women are beginning to search for a new way to define this crime. Suddenly they notice that legal systems around the world use politically correct phrases such as “death by violence,” rather than the more accurate terms stated in femicide laws. This is about to change on a worldwide basis, including here. In Yucatan, with women now sitting in more and more positions of authority in government offices, the judiciary and in the legislative branch, they are beginning to speak out on this issue. The women of Yucatan made a difference in preventive health care in Yucatan and in every other cause they have taken up in recent years, and this issue seems to be on their agenda.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting January 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Merida Fest Cultural Festival in Merida Yucatan Mexico Merida Fest Fiesta: January 5 through 31
For the 472nd Anniversary of the City of Merida, there will be 220 shows (virtually all of them free!), featuring 2,000 artists, and cultural offerings from 13 countries. Here in our regular weekly events column. For more information, the full program for MeridaFest is online.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: December 15 through January 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin website. We hardly know where to start telling you about this fiesta! It seems that it is not going to end! We are seeing events scheduled through January 18th! This fiesta is in honor of Santos Reyes (the Three Kings). Don’t think of this as just the end of a Cowboy Christmas. Tizimin is a huge municipality (county) whose activities extend from whaleshark watching on the northern coast to the traditional Mayan lifestyle in the south. While this is a cattleman’s wonderland, the shopping here is across the board: fine jewelry, pottery, leather work, pirograbado (wood carving by burning), artistic carpentry, and much much more!

Yucatan Living Chikindzonot Fiesta: January 06 and 07
This fiesta is in honor of the Reyes Magos. Chikindzonot is located just about in the center of our southern border with Quintana Roo. If you are into cenotes and/or the architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries, this is the place for you. Chikindzonot also has more than its share of archaeological monuments at: Xalau, Tamba, Bolmay, Petul, Sotpol, Xuyap, Poxil, Xcoom, Palaban, Xmaos and Xcan. Municipalities like this are the, as yet, unspoiled treasures of our state and we are remiss if we do not visit and support them in any way we can. …and one last word to the wise… a designated driver might be a good idea, since three favorite drinks in outlying municipalities, such as Chikindzonot, include Xtabentun, Balché, and Bebida de anis.

Yucatan Living Santa Elena Fiesta: January 10th through January 24th
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Cristo del Amor . Many of our readers are familiar with the fact that the town of Santa Elena that contains Uxmal. This lovely little town is to the southeast of the city, and forms part of our border with the State of Campeche. There are loads of archaeological sites here, including Uxmal, Kabah, Nohpat, Xcoh and Muchich.

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Art Show to Stop Violence in Merida YucatanYucatan Living V Exhibition: Mira el Silencio : November 22 – January 18
This art exhibit in the Mejorada section of town has been put on in cooperation with the United Nations’ declaration to stop violence against women worldwide. More than 100 artists in a variety of media contributed their art.
Location: Calle 59 # 452-A x 54 y 52, Centro-Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition by Vicente Razo: December 7 – Febuary 28
This is an exhibition brought to Merida by the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. This artist includes rewritten or transported texts from the Palacio Nacional murals and texts by a number of well known writers.
Location: Galeria Manolo Rivero / Muro 51, Calle 51 x 60, Centro (Santa Lucia)
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) January 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Anniversary of the City Mass
Music for this mass will be by Mozart, performed by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida and the Choir of the City of Merida.
Location: San Idelfonso Cathedral, Calle 60 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 AM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts: Immortality and Passion
This exhibition is of the sculpture of Humberto Peraza. This is a great day to walk down Paseo de Montejo and enjoy these pieces along the way.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Time: All Day during the Birthday Celebration
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Taming of the Shrew
This is the beginning of a new series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Anniversary of the City of Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Inaugural Concert of Fernando de la Mora
Fernando de la Mora is an operatic tenor who studied at the National Conservatory of Mexico and who has performed in most of the major opera houses of the world. He mainly sings in French and Italian and has made more than 20 recordings. And now he’s in Merida, helping us celebrate Merida’s Birthday… and the concert if free!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Anniversary of the Birth of Maestro Fernando Castro Pacheco.
Fernando Castro Pacheco was a painter, muralist sculptor, printmaker, illustrator and a beloved native son of Merida. His most famous murals can be found in the Palacio de Gobierno (Governor’s Palace) in downtown Merida. At this exhibit, find out more about his life and see more of his work.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65
Time: 9:00AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Throne Blood
This is the beginning of a new film series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Concert: Beatriz and Marilu: Two Yucateca Voices
This is a very special concert by two of the best female voices of Yucatan.
Location: Central Patio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: A Tribute to Fernando Castro Pacheco
This is a collective exposition for the artists Alonso Gutiérrez, Jaime Barrera, Ernesto Novelo and Sandra Nikolai, who have submitted these works in particular as a tribute to the famous Merida artist, Fernando Castro Pacheco.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65
Time: 9:00PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Big Boys Gone Bananas
(2011 Switzerland/USA) Documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten makes a film about what happened when Dole tried to use their corporate muscle to stop his independent film about the banana industry. English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Vintage Music
This performance is created and produced by Alejandro Borges. This young man will certainly be with us for many years to come.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Cacho Medina in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Cacho Medina in Concert: From the Heart
If the rest of the Anniversary of the City has as many performances by long-time, beloved voices in Yucatan as we are hearing this week, then it is already a grand success. This performance will expose to you the now-famous romantic heart of Merida.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Col. Centro
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Movie: Quebranto (Disrupted)
(2013 Mexico) The memory and testimony of two characters: One, who was a child actor in the seventies, and Lilia Ortega, his mother, an actress. Fernando came out as a transvestite some years ago, and now calls himself with a different name. They live together in Garibaldi yearning for their past in the movies, while Coral bravely comes to terms with her gender identity. They both still perform.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Thursday (Jueves) January 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Concert: A Tribute to Silvio Rodriguez
This performance is under the direction of Emilio Milan. If you love trova with a light dusting of Cuban romance, then this is the concert for you.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Col. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Ultimos Christeros
(2013 Mexico/Netherlands) Set in 1930s Mexico, this spiritually driven film treks through the scrubby sun-streaked countryside with a band of Roman Catholics who took up arms against governmental persecution of people of their faith, practiced by a vast majority of the population. In Spanish
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Vocal Combo from the Central College of Iowa
This performance is under the direction of Gabriel Espinoza. Iowa and Yucatan have a long and close relationship. Everyone is very proud of the wonderful cultural exchanges between the two states. This performance will be remarkable.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pietà
(2012 South Korea) A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. Won the Golden Lion award at the 69th Venice Film Festival.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition: Engravings of Georges Visat
This exposition is called the Surreal Eye (Paris 1940 – 1990) and it comes to us from the National Print Museum.
Location: Salas Sur in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition: Time to Time
This is a collective exhibition presenting the work of five young artists from Yucatan as their careers evolve: Omar Said, Deken, Samantha Michell, Sergio Neri y Zanto Varón. Opening tonite.
Location: Galeria de Arte Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Kick Ass 2
(2013 United Kingdom and USA) The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(2011 Germany) Documentary about the history and culture of LSD.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) January 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Vuelve La Vida
(2009 Mexico) A man (a diver in Acapulco), a woman (an American model), a shark and the sea. The story goes from there… In English and Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Indian Art in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: A Taste of India
Come and welcome world-renowned Indian artist Baniprosonno to Merida. Wine and the delights of Indian cuisine will also be yours to enjoy. Everyone is also invited to an additional event tomorrow night (see below).
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400A 43 y 41 Centro, (999) 230-7233
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Colectivo Klan: Travel Itinerary
This group is popular from Veracruz to the resort scent in Quintana Roo. Taking in this concert is a great way to start the new year on an upbeat note.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Concert: Ziryab – Calo: From al-Andalus to Andalucia
Don’t miss this one! It is an Andalusian Flamenco fusion concert and it sounds as if it is going to be wonderful!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Unforgettable Sons with Eduardo Vazquez
What a wonderful way to start a new year in Yucatan! A free concert in a lovely park under the stars!
Location: Parque de la Colonia Miguel Aleman
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: The Night and You with Victor Salas
Park to park, it’s a nostalgic night in Merida.
Location: Parque de La Paz, Av. Itzaes x 59 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Rocio Guarneros in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Music: Tribute to Panchos with Rocio Guarneros
Another beautiful beginning to a happy new year in Merida… in a park!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exposition & Music: Life in Santiago
This is an interesting interdisciplinary event that presents the work (paintings, sculpture, etc.) of Igor Froylan, accompanied by the voice and guitar of Armando Martin.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Motel Night
(2012) A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Diario a Tres Voces
(2012 Mexico) The intimate love stories of three women from different generations: a teenager, a middle-aged divorcée, and a ninety-year-old great grandmother. Through a careful exploration of space and color, inspired by technicolor melodramas of the 40s and 50s, the film traces their experiences, exploring the rooms they inhabit and the memories that populate them, extracting their voice and their loves from a rich texture of archival material. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Prisoners
(2013 USA) When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Textile Sale & Paper Sculpting Demonstration

Maestro Baniprosonno will be demonstrating his paper sculpting. Handmade Textiles from India will be for sale. Coffee and sweets will be provided.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 #400A 43 y 41 Centro, (999) 230-7233
Time: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Opera  in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
January 11, 2014, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS by Richard Strauss.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The General
(2009 Mexico/USA) In Spanish with English subtitles. Documentary about Mexican general and President Calles made by his great granddaughter.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Night of Cultures: Tarima Maya: Pueblo del Maiz
This is billed as an interdisciplinary performance, which usually means music, dance and visual art. All of the parks are filled with these events this week.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Prince Avalanche

(2013 USA) Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Dance: The Night and You with Victor Salas
Park to park, it’s another great nostalgic night in Merida.
Location: Parque de La Paz, Av. Itzaes x 59 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Popular Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Music: Bailele and Comrades
This performance includes Mamá Ruda & Los Skatastróficos Hijos del Henequén + La marchante selecta & La Orquesta MulticolorBe sure to take your energy with you if you attend this event! Even if you don’t speak or read Spanish, one look at this page will tell you all you need to know!
Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Colectivo Klan: Travel Itinerary
This group is popular from Veracruz to the resort scent in Quintana Roo. Taking in this concert is a great way to start the new year on an upbeat note.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Interdisciplinary Performance: Meeting of Francisco de Montejo
This is another in the Night of Cultures series.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Taming of the Shrew
This is another film in a new series called Shakespeare on Film.
Location: Videosala del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father, Like Son
(2013 Japan) Two families discover that their babies were switched at birth six years ago. In Japanese with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Beyond the Hills
(2012) The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Night of the Cultures: Cristina de Valle: Africans in Madrid
Cristina de Valle is a Spanish pop and rock singer and human rights activist. This sounds interesting and different!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 11:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 12, 2014

Marathon in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living 3 Running Events in Merida
Marathon International
6:00 AM – Fee: $100 pesos per person
Complete Information here
10 km Run
7:00 AM – Fee $100 pesos per person
Complete Information here
2 km Family Walk
7:10 AM – Fee: None
Complete Information here

Yucatan Living MEL’s Eco-Park Safaris Sundays: January 12 and 26
Join Cherie Pittillo, renowned zoologist, photographer, author and columnist, in a tour of 3 Ecological Parks of Mérida; the Parque Acuático, the Kai Lu Um Park (Maya for “song of the earth”) and the Parque Ecológico del Poniente. It begins with an introduction at the Library and maps and special directions for the drivers will be distributed. The tour takes around 5 hours and is, in total, a 26-mile round trip from MEL. The tour will afford you the opportunity to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of the area, including birds such as: Northern Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Great Egret and Couch’s Kingbird. Don’t forget your binoculars, cameras, hats, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion and water.
Location: Begins at the Library
Time: 6:30 AM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Capacity limited to 17 per tour, so sign up early. They need 4 private cars that can take 4 to 5 persons. If you offer to drive your car, you get the tour free of charge.

Yucatan Living Documentary about Nature
Always a great documentary about nature.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Films in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Wadjda
(2012) An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. We have heard really great things about this movie… do try to see it if you can!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Night of the Cultures: Cristina de Valle: Africans in Madrid
Cristina de Valle is a Spanish pop and rock singer and human rights activist.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Concert: OV7
This is a massive concert with one of the most iconic Mexican pop groups present for the celebration of the 472nd Anniversary of the City of Merida. If you don’t go to the concert but live downtown, you will certainly hear it anyway!
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 62 x 61 Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: War Witch
(2012) Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Monday (Lunes) January 13

No events to report at the moment.

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living MEL’s Eco-Park Safaris Sundays: January 26
Join Cherie Pittillo, renowned zoologist, photographer, author and columnist, in a tour of 3 Ecological Parks of Mérida; the Parque Acuático, the Kai Lu Um Park (Maya for “song of the earth”) and the Parque Ecológico del Poniente. It begins with an introduction at the Library and maps and special directions for the drivers will be distributed. The tour takes around 5 hours and is, in total, a 26-mile round trip from MEL. The tour will afford you the opportunity to observe and photograph the flora and fauna of the area, including birds such as: Northern Jacana, Black-necked Stilt, Great Egret and Couch’s Kingbird. Don’t forget your binoculars, cameras, hats, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion and water.
Location: Begins at the Library
Time: 6:30 AM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Capacity limited to 17 per tour, so sign up early. They need 4 private cars that can take 4 to 5 persons. If you offer to drive your car, you get the tour free of charge.

Yucatan Living Maná in Concert: February 8, 2014
This great rock and roll band will be opening the new Coliseo in Merida… if you love rock and roll, don’t miss this!
Location: Coliseo Yucatan, Merida
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at www.boletea.com start at $660 pesos

Yucatan Living Feldenkrais Personal Training Workshop: The Journey Inward: January 13-16
For More Information, visit the Feldenkrais Journey website.
Location: Casa Quetzal, Valladolid
Time: All day
Admission: $360 if registed by 12/13/2013, $440 after that

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
February 1st, La NOZZE di FIGARO by Mozart,
March 8, ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti,
April 26, DON PASQUALE by Donizetti,
May 3, Wagner’s Bicentennial – TRISTAN und ISOLDE.
“The Ring of the Nibelung” by Wagner will be shown at the end of the 4th season.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

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Events

By Working Gringos

Name of Company: they will be employed by me
Job Location: central Merida
Name of Contact: Sarah Sim (I am British)
Email Address: sarahsim [at] gmail [dot] com
Job Description: I will be moving to Merida in mid February with my 1 year old son and I need to find a live-in nanny who can work 5 days a week (some weekends). I would like them to also be able to prepare meals.

Job Requirements: some English required. Excellent references. Experience of looking after a one year old. Be able to swim. Good cooking skills.

Any Additional Information: I will interview potential candidates on arrival in Merida in mid/ late February and they would need to start working from 1 March. Minimum 3 months but likely to be longer.

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Editor’s Note: We are hoping that this is a first of a series of reviews of books about the Yucatan… and not just any books, but books written in Spanish. Many of us don’t have the knowledge, facility or patience to read a book written in Spanish. But we have the interest… and many of the books written in Spanish have a lot to teach us. For instance, one of the main historical characters in this novel is Manuel Barbachano, whose descendants own both Hacienda Chichen next to Chichen Itza and the Casa del Balam in Merida. Interesting, yes? We are grateful to our new contributor, James Gunn, for sharing this review. And we hope there will be more!

Península, Península

by Hernán Lara Zavala (Alfaguara, México, D.F., 2008)

This excellent work of historical fiction, winner of the Real Academia Española prize, is a “must read” for anyone who lives in (or is interested in) the Yucatan Peninsula. Written in clear, precise Spanish, it is accessible to readers with at least a high intermediate ability in the Spanish language. In fact, the clarity of the language is one of the qualities of this work that I particularly enjoyed. As anyone who writes seriously knows, the sort of precision and clarity that gives the impression of simplicity is not at all easy to achieve. Words, like jewels, need to be cut ‘just so’ and highly polished in order to be brilliant. Hernán Lara Zavala’s language is just that: brilliant and well chosen.

The scene is set in 1847, an important year in the history of Mexico. Two events happen almost simultaneously: the invasion of the Mexican heartland by troops of the United States, who march inland from Veracruz and successfully occupy Mexico City, and the start of the lesser-known War of the Castes in the Yucatan Peninsula. As a result of the first event, Mexico lost the war with the United States and a large portion of its territory. As a result of the second, the Yucatecos gave up their determination to form the Republic of Yucatan and chose to join, once and for all, the United States of Mexico.

Books about YucatanIn the mid-19th century, the Yucatan Peninsula was an isolated and virtually autonomous region of the Americas, with three competing groups in the population: the Meridanos, the Campechanos, and the Mayas. This is a complex mix of people of different races, beliefs, national origins, and economic/social classes. This creates a problem for the writer: who is going to tell the story, and from which point of view? Lara Zavala solves this by using multiple narrators with multiple perspectives. He calls this a polyphonic style. It works.

The author says there are no villains in this story, except for the gobernadores, the usual self-seeking, power-hungry politicians who have always been the villains throughout Mexican history.

The novel begins with a brief chapter describing an elegant ball, el Baile Verde (The Green Ball), in one of Merida’s lovely mansions. His account of this event very effectively evokes believable images of that time and introduces some interesting characters. Most of the characers are fictitious but a few are historical, such as the two most powerful political figures of that time, Santiago Mendez, leader of the liberal Campechanos, and Miguel Barbachano, leader of the conservative Meridanos. The clandestine meeting of these two men in a backroom of the mansion sets the stage for the conflicts about to emerge.

In the next chapter we have a detailed and intimate view of the life and thinking of the local Bishop, Monseñor don Celestino Onésimo Arrigunaga. He is soft, spoiled, overweight, highly self-centered, and the pampered and privileged son of a wealthy Merida family. Among other unpleasant things about this personage, we learn that at the age of 14 he impregnates (despite her resistance) an 18-year-old Mayan servant girl in his household. When the pregnancy shows and the family finds out, the girl is paid a small sum and sent packing. Despite all this, he is not all bad, and neither are the other characters in this story. And so it goes. In each chapter we experience moments of time beginning in this fateful year of 1847, sometimes thanks to an omniscient narrator who sees and knows all, and at other times through the limited perspective of one of the participants. Those participants include both the newly-arrived British governess, la señorita Bell, and the alcoholic Irish doctor, Fitzpatrick. These narrators reappear in later chapters, sometimes as personages in the narration of additional characters. One of those is a novelist, José Turrisa, who chronicles the events of The Caste War as they happen, but then loses his manuscript in a fire.

Among the things I learned from reading ‘Península, Península’ is how unexpected and terribly destructive the very violent Caste War was, and the reasons it occurred. The author claims that half the population of the Yucatan Peninsula was wiped out. The Maya rebels, with their inferior weapons, took the worst end of that destruction, but also came very close to eliminating from the entire territory all Europeans and ladinos (the mestizos who spoke Spanish and had generally adopted Hispanic culture). We still have here in the Yucatan two very different worlds, rubbing side-by-side but remaining quite separate. And now more than ever, I wonder about the Mayas, who in the Yucatan are everywhere. They are the exclusive or near-exclusive residents of most of the small towns and villages, they are ubiquitous in the streets of the cities, and they are working daily in our homes and gardens. With us they speak Spanish, but with each other they speak the Maya language. I wonder now what they are saying. I wonder what they think, both of us and of this strange world we are making in their ancestral land. They seem passive, submissive and even friendly. But are they dissimulating? Among themselves, is there something–a knowledge, an understanding–that we have no clue about? Are they living in our world (I don’t think so) or are they, for the moment, merely suffering us to live on the periphery of theirs? ‘Península, Península’ did not give me the answers to these questions, but it did make me want to know more.

By the end of this fascinating novel the reader has learned a lot about the Caste War, this terrible episode in the history of Mexico. After reading this story, the reader may understand better why things and people are as they are here in the Yucatan Peninsula today, although like me, they may have even more questions. The author ends his novel with these words (my translation): “I admire the heroes of the Indian resistance and their right to decolonization and freedom, and also the Hispanic settlers who set their sights on possessing this place ‘that is like no other,’ with its inhospitable land, its fiery skies, and its mysterious countryside, where so much has happened and so many more things than humans have dared to even imagine.” I highly recommend this well-written, interesting, and very informative book.

By Khaki Scott

Drinking and Driving in Merida

Drinking and Driving in Yucatan The Municipality of Merida is happy to report that, during Christmas, only 117 individuals were cited for drinking and driving, 81 on the Periferico and 36 in Centro. However, as the holidays continue, please remember that there are 17 breathalyzer checkpoints that will remain until January 2. These include ones on Avenidas Canek, Díaz Ordaz, Itzáes, Gonzalo Guerrero, Hidalgo, 60 Norte, Prolongación Paseo de Montejo, Circuito Santa Rosa, Calle 7 Pensiones, Cámara de Comercio, Cupules, Francisco de Montejo, the salida a Cholul por Las Aguilas, plus Avenidas Colón and García Lavín, as well as three to four points on the Anillo Periférico (usually at kilometers 7, 25, 32 and 36). The fine for drinking and driving is $6,000 to $7,000 pesos, plus storage fees for the vehicle, and a mandatory 24 to 36 hours in jail to give the person time to sober up and think about what they have done. The drop in holiday highway deaths due to alcohol shows that these checkpoints and jail times, stiff fines, and additional fees for taking back one’s vehicle really do work. This has been a consistent program for some years now and Yucatan Living congratulates the SSP and the people of Merida on a job well done.

Fast Train Route Announced

As of now, the planned route of the fast train is to be between Merida and Punta Venado, Quintana Roo. Punta Venado was chosen, rather than Cancun, because it is only five miles from the Riviera Maya, which gives passengers access to the largest number of hotel rooms in Quintana Roo, as well as being nearer to Chichen Itza than Cancun. Work on the railroad is set to begin immediately and should be finished before November 30, 2018, which is the date the current national administration ends.

How To Produce a Low Crime Rate

Kids Activities in Yucatan Mexico Long ago, Yucatan realized that any successful effort to attack social problems from childhood must begin with the arts. To accomplish this, the State of Yucatan established acting training workshops for children living in areas most in need of crime prevention. First, they rescued the regional theater and then began working to use a wide variety of art to develop the skills of the children away from delinquent behavior. In Merida, the program is called Risas contra el delito” (Laughter Against Crime). Everyone, from the Governor to the National Center for Social Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation of Yucatan, to parents and children, and members of the artistic community, seems to be involved in this program because Merida and the State of Yucatan can proudly show that providing children with access to the arts, at all levels and in all venues, can consistently produce the lowest crime rate in the nation. All of Yucatan is proud to set the example for documenting the results of investing in the rich cultural life of its children.

Mexico: Foreign Relations Improvement

Mexico has recently entered into a new era of foreign relations with France, Cuba and China. Successfully mending those diplomatic fences is expected to result in exciting commercial exchanges in the very near future. Turkey has also entered a new and positive relationship with Mexico after the current president became the first Mexican president to make a state visit to Turkey. Mexico is maturing at a rapid rate and Mexico-watching is becoming an extremely interesting activity. All of these relationships have wonderful potential for the future and all certainly bear watching.

Yucatan Invests Heavily in Supports to Citrus

Citrus Production in Yucatan MexicoIn 2013, the current state administration of Yucatan has provided over $5.8 million pesos to citrus farmers in the southern part of the state for tools and modernization of equipment. In addition, in this one year, the state has either built or rehabilitated 40% of the administration’s 300 kilometers of promised road projects. For any who still worry about visiting the southern part of Yucatan because of bad roads, these projects are going on in the municipalities of Akil, Dzan, Oxkutzcab, Peto, Sacalum, Tekax, Ticul, Maní, Tzucacab, Tahdziú, Santa Elena and Espita. With a 40% completion rate already, perhaps it is time to take another look at the southern cone of Yucatan. It is a great place to visit and just might be that perfect place to retire.

January Spay-Neuter Agreement Signed in Progreso

One of the best news stories we’ve heard this week is that Zechariah Daniel Martinez, Mayor of Progreso, and Antonio Rios Perez, President of the Association Pet Planet Yucatan have signed an agreement that will sterilize 900 pets, 300 more than last year. The surgeries will be performed January 17, 18 and 19, on Calle 80 x 39 y 37. Appointments can be made by calling (999) 645-2977, between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Yucatan Living will gather more information as it becomes available, but would like to congratulate everyone in the current administration of Progreso, as well as everyone in YAPA and AFAD for making events like this possible. There’s another spay-neuter event coming soon to Kanasin, so please do keep an eye on Yucatan Living’s weekly Events column for that as well.

Hunucma: Piñatas $50 Pesos

Pinatas in Yucatan Mexico For the past 15 years, the Matu Diaz family has been making and selling piñatas in Hunucma. This year, they expect to sell more than 2,500 piñatas during December and January alone, and bring home $50 pesos each. Their work can be found in ten stores in the Hunucma area, as well as in Tetiz and Merida. The family workshop is located on Calle 24 x 9 y 11. This success story is remarkable because of the advice of the founders of this small business. Not only did they begin this business to make money, but they count much of its success to the fact that they just plain love making piñatas. Now, their children have grown up and are working with them. 2014 is going to be a very good year for this happy family of entrepreneurs.

129 Health Fairs in Merida in 2013

The end of the year numbers are coming in on all sorts of wonderful things. Today, it was numbers of health fairs held in Merida in 2013. These health fairs were held in all parts of the city, including marginalized areas. The free services have been amazing and included screenings for: cervical cancer, breast cancer, HIV, syphilis, hypertension, diabetes, triglycerides and cholesterol, as well as bone densitometry for osteoporosis. They also included: seasonal flu vaccinations, and appointments are made for dental, psychological, medical consultations and nutritional rehabilitation. Health counseling is also offered, such as sexual and reproductive health, accident prevention, addictions, dengue and rabies, and related mental health services. On average, each citizen requests at least five of the above services at registration. This brings the average cost savings of each person up to as high as $1,600 pesos. Many thanks to Singrem, Sedasu, Club de Leones, Fundación Bal, Federación Mexicana de la Diabetes, C.I.R. Hideyo Noguchi y Vifac, as well as to the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidadand the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Universidad Anáhuac Mayab and the Instituto de Ciencias Humanas. This is a wonderful thing that is being done for the citizens of Merida and for all of Yucatan every single day.

Per Store Sales Down

Shopping in Merida Yucatan Mexico This is a case of what some consider to be too much of a good thing turning out to be not so good for anyone. During 2013, there was an explosion of new businesses in Yucatan. Most were associated with electronics, clothing, footwear, toys, sporting goods and home appliances. What this did was lead to many additional stores and a total profit that was not sufficient to ensure that long-standing stores made enough of a profit to end the year with more than a 2% increase in sales. That is not enough to securely grow a business and retail owners are concerned that the same thing might happen again in 2014. We don’t know the answer to this dilemma, but our best wishes and hopes for a grand 2014 go out to everyone who is in business in Yucatan.

Wanted: Your Chili for MEL’s 2014 Chili Cookoff

Register by January 10. Cookoff: January 19
Fame and fortune can be yours! Ok, maybe not fortune, but prizes will be awarded for and you will achieve maximum bragging rights as well as a very cool MEL Apron. The 2014 MEL Chili Cook-off will be held on Sunday, January 19th at 1 PM. All types of chili are welcome… red chili, white chili, and they have received requests for more vegetarian chili entries. So come join the fun and show Merida your chili! Please respond to melchilicookoff2014 [at] gmail [dot] com by January 10th to let them know you are entering the fray! You can find more information, including a map, on the Merida English Library 2014 Chili Cook-Off Facebook page and we’ll have more in Yucatan Living’s Events next week. This is a major fundraiser for MEL, so please do participate.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting December 30, 2013

Merida Fest Cultural Festival in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living 472nd Anniversary of the City of Merida Begins: January 5 through 31
January 5 marks the beginning of the month-long celebration of the founding of the City of Merida. It also includes the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Centro Cultural Olimpo. The festival begins at dawn on January 5, with the traditional singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ to Merida in the Plaza Grande. Participating this year will be performers and demonstrations of culture from 60 different cultural offices in Yucatan, as well as others from 13 different countries. Hundreds of performers will be on hand to entertain audiences throughout the month and all events are free of charge.

Rural Fiestas in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Peto Fiesta: December 27 through January 02
This fiesta is in honor of Virgen de la Estrella . Peto is a rural municipality, so lots of leatherwork here, but there are also at least three fantastic jewelry shops in Peto and at least one of these families creates the marvelous high-end jewelry sold in the better shops in Merida. Any fiesta in Peto is a great excuse to find out just what wonders lie in the heart of Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: December 15 through January 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin website. We hardly know where to start telling you about this fiesta! It seems that it is not going to end! We are seeing events scheduled through January 18th! This fiesta is in honor of Santos Reyes (the Three Kings). Don’t think of this as just the end of a Cowboy Christmas. Tizimin is a huge municipality (county) whose activities extend from whaleshark watching on the northern coast to the traditional Mayan lifestyle in the south. While this is a cattleman’s wonderland, the shopping here is across the board: fine jewelry, pottery, leather work, pirograbado (wood carving by burning), artistic carpentry, and much much more!

Ongoing Exhibits in the City This Season

Yucatan Living Art At the Olimpo
There are three exhibitions. One exhibition is the work of Isaac Zambra. The two others are “Behind the Facades: Certain Interior Spaces” by Jose Luis Rodriguez de Armas and Humberto Peraza’s “Immortality and Passion in His Sculpture”. This exhibit will continue until December 31, and the exhibit is just off the Plaza Grande, so there is no excuse for not visiting!
Location: Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Art Show to Stop Violence in Merida YucatanYucatan Living V Exhibition: Mira el Silencio : November 22 – January 18
This art exhibit in the Mejorada section of town has been put on in cooperation with the United Nations’ declaration to stop violence against women worldwide. More than 100 artists in a variety of media contributed their art.
Location: Calle 59 # 452-A x 54 y 52, Centro-Mejorada
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition: Utopia Citadina
This exhibition is of the new paintings by Cuban artist Sanlly Viera Alarcon.
Location: La Galeria In La K’ech
Time: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) December 30, 2013

Classical Ballet Company in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: The Nutcracker

The first performance took place on December 18, 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Do not miss this performance with the Classical Dance Company of Yucatan.
Location: Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) December 31, 2013

Yucatan Living New Year’s Eve Celebration
See our article about events on New Years Eve in Merida.

Yucatan LivingNew Year Eve Mass in Merida
New Year Eve mass in downtown Merida.
Location: Catedral del Ildefonso, Merida
Time: 10:00 PM we think… we’re trying to find out for sure
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living New Year’s Mass in English
Padre Mex, parish priest in Chicxulub, has announced that a Catholic mass will be celebrated in ENGLISH in Chicxulub and all are invited. Masses will be said by father Eugene Theisen.
Location: At the church in Chicxulub
Time: 6:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Happy New Year!!

Yucatan Living New Year’s Mass in English
Padre Mex, parish priest in Chicxulub, has announced that a Catholic mass will be celebrated in ENGLISH in Chicxulub and all are invited. Masses will be said by father Eugene Theisen.
Location: At the church in Chicxulub
Time: 10:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 02, 2013

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!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Only God Forgives
(2013 Denmark/France) Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother’s recent death. Stars Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas. Got a divided response when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, but won the Grand Prize at the Sydney Film Festival.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Flor en Otomi
(2012 Mexico) This is a documentary about a young girl who, one evening on October 1973, at dinner, rose from the table and said to her family: “I will be back in a while…” She left to join the guerrillas in Nepantla, a town 50 miles from Mexico City. Four months later, the army with rifles and grenades assaulted the house. This is the story. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) January 03, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Exit Through the Giftshop
The famous documentary about street art and Banksy and commercialism…
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Fruitvale Station
(2013 USA) This drama is written and directed by Ryan Coogler. It is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station in Oakland, California. Won the award for Best First Film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: This Is the End
(2013 USA) While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. This is a comedy written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Yucatan Living Movie: Hadewijch
(2009 France) As it begins, young Celine (Julie Sokolowski) is a passionately, desperately religious young woman who is thrown out of her convent and sent back into the world because she is too crazed with devotion. The director has been hailed as standing on the shoulders of directors like Bergman and Bresson… so it is that kind of a movie. Read a review from the SF Gate here.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) January 04, 2013

Yucatan Living Movie: Lucio
(2007 Spain) Lucio was a bankrobber. Now he is 76 years old. This is a documentary about him.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Noon Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Rosca de Reyes in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Rosca de la Reyes (King’s Cake
Merida’s largest King’s Cake will be served today with all proceeds going to charity.
Location: Avenida Colon between Calle 60 and Paseo de Montejo, Merida
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Drinking Buddies
(2013 USA) Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. The film has an 82 on Rotten Tomatoes, so it can’t be all bad…
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

Yucatan Living Movie: Expedition to the End of the World
(2013 Denmark) A documentary where the director Dencik tags along as a team of scientists and artists venture to north-east Greenland on a three-mast schooner to observe the impact of melting ice on the landscape and its occupants.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie Marathon
Before Sunrise (1994) Before Sunset (2004) Before Midnight (2013). These three movies are set in different years, all in Paris.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30pesos plus free popcorn and coffee.

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 05, 2013

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
Always a great documentary.
Location: Museo de Historia Natural, Calle 59 x Av. Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free