By Working Gringos

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By Working Gringos

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

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

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

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

The Ferry Questionnaire 2012

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

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

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

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

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

BNIERENBERG [at] AOL [dot] COM

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

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

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

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

 

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

Your Name and address in Central America:

Your email address:

Thank you from all of us at United Caribbean Lines

—Tamara Magnusson

By Byron D. Augustin

El Morro in Havana Cuba

Havana Harbor

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

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

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

On the Water

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

Classic Car Heaven

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

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

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

Street Treats

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

On the Road

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

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

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

Hidden Treasures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Khaki and Working Gringa

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

Franco-Mexican Wars

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

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

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

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

Recent Historical Contact Between Yucatan and France

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

Origins of Formal Cultural Contact

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

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

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

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

Paseo de Montejo

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

France and Yucatan in the 21st Century

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

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

Solidaire del Chocolat in Yucatan Mexico

Casa de Francia in Progreso

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

French Embassies in Yucatan

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

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

Moving Forward

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

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

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

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

Quoi de Neuf Merida

Alianza Francesa

Casa de Francia website

About tiles as ballast…

Website for La Solidaire du Chocolat

By Khaki Scott

Progreso Youth Symphony Orchestra Debuts

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

Yucatan: Medical Tourism & Development

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

Progreso: Put Rhythm in Your Health

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

Progreso: Respect Maritime Laws

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

Progreso: Cost for Illegal Trash Dumping

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

GM-Soybeans vs. Yucatan’s Honey

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

Peto: Teens Help the Elderly and Homeless

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

Ticul: Jobs for the Differently-Abled

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

Tizimin: My Holiday in the Library

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

The SSP is Taking Applications for Work

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 28, 2014

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

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

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

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

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 29, 2014

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 30

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

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) July 31, 2014

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) August 01 , 2014

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 02, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) August 04, 2014

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

Coming Soon

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

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

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By Khaki Scott

Progreso’s New Emergency Contact System

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

Visitors to Progreso’s Beaches… Imagine These Numbers!

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

Turtles Still Coming and Going

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

71 Teachers Train in Mayan Mathematics

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

Yucatan Will Participate in Feria de la Torta

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

Paul Stephen Reviews David Sterling’s New Cookbook

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

Coming September 1: Casa Italia Yucatan Boutique Hotel

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

Beekman Photography Collection at Home in Yucatan

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

The Ethnicity of Naia

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

New Ferry Survey

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

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

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

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

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 21, 2014

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

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

Monday (Lunes) July 21, 2014

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 22, 2014

Youth Symphonic Orchestra in Progreso Yucatan Mexico

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 23

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

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) July 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) July 25 , 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

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

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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By Working Gringos

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

By Working Gringos

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

By Byron D. Augustin

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

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Mysterious Neighbor

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

Let’s Go To Cuba!

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

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

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

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

Map of the island of Cuba

Map of Cuba

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

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

Why Go To Cuba Now?

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

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

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

A Little Homework

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

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

Ticket counter for Cubana at Jose Marti Airport

How to Travel to Cuba

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

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

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

Get In Shape

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

Housing for Tourists and Cubans

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

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

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

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

The Cuban Food Experience

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

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

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

Liquid Refreshments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A link to the People to People program

By Khaki Scott

Yucatan: Mexico’s Largest Honey Producer

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

Classroom in CIA Yucatan Restaurant Menu

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

Tex-Mex is Over! Yucatan Rules!

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

New Japanese Restaurant in Merida’s Centro

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

Illegal Wood Seized in Progreso

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

Yucatan’s Organ Donations Up 188%

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

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

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

Weather: Afternoon Thunderstorm

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

Lost and Found: Jeep Keys

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 14, 2014

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

Monday (Lunes) July 14, 2014

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

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 15, 2014

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 16

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) July 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) July 18 , 2014

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

Japanese film festival in Merida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) July 21, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment.

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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By Working Gringos

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

I am an American Female, CELTA Certified, and have been teaching Adult ESL, as well as, KG classes in and to Kuwaiti’s.

I am a Native English Speaker, originally from Boston, MA (and I also speak intermediate German). I have four years teaching Adults as well as KG classes in Kuwait. I am CELTA Certified through the British Council in Kuwait. I have an Associates Degree in Business graduating in the top one percent of my class. For 20 years in Germany, I owned and operated my own Aerobic business in three different Bavarian cities. I also hand-picked and trained my instructors to teach these classes. I am willing and able to pick up Spanish, but have not found it necessary to speak the native language of the students I am teaching English to but enjoy learning new languages..

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

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By Working Gringos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

By Khaki Scott

Turtle Nests are Well Guarded in Yucatan

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

See a History of Yucatan in Maps Beginning July 17

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

Water: Yucatan and Pays de Loire

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

Fall Trade Fair Announced in Merida: October 16 through 19

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

Yucatan’s 2014 – 2015 School Calendar

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

Tekax: 22 Students Master Three Languages

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

Bank Behavior to be Monitored

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

Weather and Dengue Fever

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

Sprint and Olympic Xel-Ha 2014 National Championship Triathlon

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

II Expo Maya Bunker

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

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

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 07, 2014

In The City

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

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

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

Monday (Lunes) July 07, 2014

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

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

Tuesday (Martes) July 08, 2014

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 09

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

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

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

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) July 11 , 2014

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

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

Japanese film festival in Merida

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) July 14, 2014

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

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

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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This Week… starting June 30, 2014

In The City


This week marks the celebration of the 143 Anniversary of the Municipality of Progreso, which means that summer vacation has unofficially begun and the beaches of Yucatan are the destinations of choice for the next six to eight weeks. The schedule for beach entertainment is never set in stone. You can count on beach soccer, volleyball, and sporting events (canoe, kayak, wind surf, etc) during the day and music at night, and that’s about as specific as it gets until last minute announcements. We’ll do our best to bring those last minute announcements to you on our Facebook page.

LA68’s New Workshops
For our readers who speak Spanish, LA68 is a resource you may not have yet considered. They show Movies (Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 PM, $30 pesos p/p), but what struck our eye this week is the variety of painting, writing, quilting, dancing, yoga and even botanical workshops now available. The botanical lectures on native plants will be held on the first Friday of every month. It may be best to stop by LA68, at Calle 68 #470A x 55, Centro Merida, to double check on times, tuitions, and length of courses as some have already begun.

Grand Masters: Transition and Changes in Mexican Painting
An ongoing painting exhibit, featuring Rufino Tamayo, Carlos Merida, Rafael Coronel, Francisco Toledo and more. Well worth seeing. Exhibit lasts until August 16.
Location: Galeria de Peon Contreras, Calle 60 between 57 and 59
Hours: No info on this… sorry :-)
Admission: Free

Students of Alicia Alonso
Opening June 30 at 6 pm, an exhibit of the students of Alicia Alonso’s workshop for the years 2013 and 2014. No indication how long the exhibit will be showing.
Location: Casa de Cultura Mayab, Calle 63 x 64 y 66
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm
Admission: We are pretty sure it is free

Antología del Cine Iberoamericano
Three movies, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, begin a month-long Antología del Cine Iberoamericano, which is an anthology of films from countries and/or areas that are former colonies of Spain and/or Portugal. These movies will be shown at the Olimpo, beginning on July 3, Thursday.

Monday (Lunes) June 30, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso’s 143rd Birthday is July 1

Trova Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
These weekly performances are by trios and groups that belong to the state association of trova troubadours. Each trio is extremely talented and has earned its place among the greats.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 02

Yucatan LivingMonthly Meeting La Liga de La Leche Merida
If you have ever been pregnant or close to someone who was, you know about La Leche League. It’s good to know that La Leche is also represented in Merida. If you need their services, please know that you are invited to attend the meeting, held monthly.
LocationCalle 15 #266 por 38 y 40. Col. García Gineres
Time 10:00 AM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv & Ingmar
(UK 2012) A documentary about the 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

La Jaula de OroYucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro (The Jail of Gold)
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the United States.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 03, 2014

Yucatan Living Maya Cuisine Conference
Presented by Miguel May May, in association with Haciendas of the Maya World.
Location: Hacienda Itzincab, Tecoh
Time: 11:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:Gerhard Richter – Painting
(Germany 2011) A documentary about the famous German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which had not been seen before this movie in decades.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library: Movie Night
Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and water will be served during a short intermission but Xoco Loco will be open for you to purchase additional beverages and snacks. Please come and help support the English Library in Valladolid!
Location: In the palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $10 peso donation per person.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Conductor
(Poland, 1980). Director: Andrzej Wajda. Starring: John Gielgud, Krystyna Janda and Andrzej Seweryn. A violinist in a provincial Polish orchestra, whose husband is the director of the ensemble, on a visit to the USA meets a world-renowned symphony conductor. As it turns out, he was once in love with the violinist’s mother. The conductor, a slightly unstable hypochondriac, returns to Poland to lead the provincial orchestra. He also tries to revive an old love affair using the violinist as a surrogate of her mother. Her husband is resentful of the conductor for both personal and professional reasons. Chaos and drama ensues.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Latin American Folk Fusion
Son del Sur arose from the interest of its members, seven musicians, towards traditional American music and songs of the great masters such as Victor Jara and Inti-Illimani. The group started in 2013 to bring traditional and contemporary Afro-Peruvian rhythms, gypsy jazz, the Colombian cumbia and reggae to a new instrumental ensemble, adding violin, drums, electric bass, clarinet and more. They experiment with instruments, fusing genres, and spreading this music rich in tradition, with a touch of the festive and spontaneous. With each piece, they explain the origins of the instruments used and regions of origin of the musical genre.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo / Auditorium Silvio Zavala Fence, Calle 61 and Calle 62, Merida centro
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $ 50 pesos General, $ 25 pesos students and INAPAM

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Deep Water
(United Kingdom, 2006) A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Mary and Max
(Australia 2009) A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) July 04 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Heli
(Mexico, 2013) Heli tells the story of the titular protagonist who is a seventeen-year-old boy living with his wife and his sister. The film follows the arcs of these characters and Estela’s boyfriend as they struggle with drugs, violence, and corruption.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Japanese film festival in Merida

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
Tonite starts a Japanese horror movie film festival, with the first film being the Big Daddy of them all, Godzilla (Gojira) (1954). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Wiskey
(Uruguay 2004) Director: Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll. Starring: Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani, Ana Katz, Daniel Hendler and Adrián Biniez. When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something, looks to scrounge up a wife. He turns to Marta, an employee at his sock factory, with whom he has a prickly relationship.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

4th of July Party in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living 4th of July Party at Lizard Joes
Time to celebrate independence… the USA’s and yours! Join the fun on the beach!
Location: Beachfront in Chelem
Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: $60 pesos per advance ticket purchase gets you 2 bands + a hamburger or chili cheese dog or their vegan-friendly Tex-Mex Bean Burger… OR bring a stuffed animal for the DIF Xmas in July toy drive when you make your purchase and receive 2 tickets for $60 pesos. Tickets will be $100 pesos per person the day of the event. Stop by Lizard Joes 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday – Tuesday to purchase your ticket in advance. If you have any questions, call Cynthia at 999-210-7826.

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
(2012 England) A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. If you love his music (and who does not?), this movie is well worth seeing.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Captain Pantoja and the Special Services
(Peru 2000). Director: Francisco J. Lombardi. Actors: Salvador del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Mónica Sánchez y Pilar Bardem. The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of ‘visitors’ to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts. At first unhappy about this assignment, he nonetheless puts his remarkable organizational skills in action and in a short time has his ‘unit’ running smoothly. In the home front things get complicated. His wife dislikes his long hours and the secrecy surrounding his work, and he, despite being a dedicated husband, feels tempted by one of his “subordinates”.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
More from the Japanese horror movie film festival. Tonite’s film is Godzilla Raids Again (1955). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Inception
(USA 2010) A skilled extractor is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible. Stars Leonardo diCaprio.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 06, 2014

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary: Puma Lion of the Andes
A documentary about this fantastic and enigmatic animal living in Andes.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

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

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

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
More from the Japanese horror movie film festival. Tonite’s film is Mothra (1961). The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Lady Vanishes
(USA 1938) While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train. Stars Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and is directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) July 07, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

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The Next Fabulous Wine Tasting Event!Yucatan Living
Merida Magic Wine Tasting -Tuesday, July 10

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

Yucatan LivingKaiju-Eiga Film Fest
Month-long Japanese horror movie film festival. The film festival lasts through July 25. See all the details and movie times/dates here.
July 11: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
July 12: Guidora (Monster with Three Heads) (1964)
July 13: Dagora (Monster from Space) (1964)
July 18: Gamera (1965)
July 19: Daimajin (1966)
July 20: Son of Godzilla (1967)
July 25: Space Amoeba (1970)
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
July 10: Santa Lucia Church: 7:00 PM
July 31: Asilo Celarain 5:00 PM
Admission: Free<.p>

Yucatan Living TOH Birdwatching Tour – Sunday, July 13
This is a tour that can be described as tourist friendly, so everyone is invited!
Location: Uxmal, Yucatan
Time: tour leaves at 5:00 AM, breakfast and lunch are provided, return to Merida at 1:00 PM
Admission: $250 pesos, includes transportation, bring your own equipment, food, water, etc
Register by July 11: +52 (999) 988-4436 ext 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx

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

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

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

Power of Travel: Kids Will Change the World

Students from Afar in Yucatan Mexico Well, our generation certainly made a fine mess of things, didn’t we? …and our children struggle with trying to fix it while still having it all. But our grandchildren… now that’s a generation to watch! Learning AFAR provides scholarships to cover the cost of international trips by low-income teens to low income villages in places like Peru. The Learning AFAR Foundation is supported by the same folks who publish the Learning AFAR magazine. This year’s students will travel to China, Costa Rica and Mexico. Last year, a group came to Yucatan. The more contact Yucatan’s quite politically-minded children are able to have with children from other parts of the world, the quicker they can solve problems and move on toward a better future for everyone. Note: If you work in the travel industry, check out Learning AFAR magazine for great tours and advertising ideas. Read more about the Power of Travel for low income students too.

Puerto Progreso Is Growing!

Progreso is one of only four ports in Mexico that recorded growth over the past year. Of the other three, two are on the Gulf of Mexico side of the country (Altamira, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz), and only one is on the west coast (Manzanillo, Colima). The future of the Port of Progreso is brighter than ever before and this means so much to so many people on the coast, as well as inland. New jobs and economic security are in the air and everyone is looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.

41st Convention of Animal Production and Food Safety at UADY

With 500 participants attending, members of the biological and agricultural communities from Mexico, the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K. will be meeting to assess what can be done to ensure that every nation is able to guarantee its food sovereignty. All agree that, in the past, new innovations and technology had a difficult time making their way down to the level of local agriculture. That situation is now being remedied by new associations between governments, researchers, and farmers themselves. The problem of world hunger may not be solved today. But with the dedication of researchers, farmers and ranchers, the day that hunger exists no more is surely on its way.

Wisecracker Design re-imagines The Hyatt Regency in Merida Mexico

Hyatt Regency in Merida Yucatan Mexico Even with tight budgets and deadlines, lead designers and co-owners of Wisecracker Design, Jim Neeley and David Dow, pulled off one of the most elegantly comfortable hotel designs we have seen in a long time. This relatively small design company is based in Petaluma, California. They also own Casa Pocito here in Merida, Yucatan. Their work can be seen now throughout the U.S., Italy, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, China, and even in Dubai. We hope all of the expats go by to see this now completed project, and that visitors try it out. Great work deserves support and this project turned out to be wonderful. For your enjoyment and inspiration, here are a few more photos.

Yucatan Looks at Mushroom Farming

Representatives from Yucatan have traveled to Colusa, CA, to look at Premier Mushroom’s very successful Dutch-style mushroom farm. It looks as if these mushrooms are Farming Mushrooms in Yucatan Mexicogrown in trays, off the ground, under controlled lighting and in only a very shallow soil-bed. This kind of operation would be perfect for Yucatan, and similar to the way they currently grow habaneros. There is a national initiative on in Mexico to support entrepreneurs who are looking into alternative crops. With even a little bit of hard work and luck, Yucatan will soon be on its way to becoming one of the world’s leaders in mushroom farming.

Peto! Is That You?

Peto, Yucatan Mexico
We’ve all heard it… “Deep in the mysterious jungles of Yucatan…” Okay, how about this? New potable water system, new roads, remodeled schools, and remodeled health center and laboratory… this does not sound like it is deep in any jungle. And it certainly does not sound like the Peto those old books and articles used to describe. Lest anyone think that Peto has just now, somehow, risen from the midst of the jungle, such is not the case. These steps forward have been going on at least since 1982. Remember, Peto is the home of XEPET, the radio voice of the Maya. So, our congratulations go out to Peto and to all of the expats and visitors who decide to take a little trip to see the new and improved Municipality of Peto.

Why One Dad / One Kid Chose the Yucatan Peninsula

One of the most common questions we get concerns the quality of life that expat children can expect in Mexico. This week, Talon Windwalker has published his reasons for bringing his son, Tigger, to live on the Yucatan Peninsula. While we appreciate all of the coast, travel and opportunity factors, it is important to note that, in the end, Tigger himself chose the Yucatan Peninsula over Europe! Brilliant child! Welcome to “the Yucatan” to both Talon and Tigger. You can read Talon’s reasons for his choice on “Why Mexico, especially the Yucatan?

Marsha Ramirez Martinez Going to Miss Grand International Mexico 2014

Beauty Pageant in Yucatan Mexico In 2012, This young lady won the title of Nuestra Belleza Yucatan. Shortly thereafter, as host of ‘Calle 60, Gala TV Merida’, she quickly became a television favorite. Now, she will represent Yucatan in Miss Grand International Mexico 2014. When interviewed and asked her main motivations for seeking these titles, she noted that the beauty contests and television show have opened doors for her to participate more fully in her desire to do good work in her community. We thought that was a very special insight from one so young. All too often, the beauty is the goal, rather than the good that can come from newly-opened doors. Yucatan could not have chosen a better representative to the Miss Grand International Mexico 2014 than Marsha Ramirez Martinez.

Fashion News: Yucatan Theme at Club Monaco

Fashion in Yucatan Mexico Isn’t it wonderful to live in a place that has international fashion houses singing the praises of your area’s style? This week, Club Monaco’s Beach Boutique features Destination: The Yucatan. They started out in Tulum, but soon managed to find their way to Valladolid, with fashions for both men and women. Do visit their Explore Valladolid page because they’re having an Instagram contest with prizes that include free vacations to Tulum. We still think its wonderful to live in a place that is known, the world over, for its style!

Merida English Library Has a New Website

The Merida English Library has announced a new website, donated by Eclectech (James and Ellen Fields), the same people that bring you Yucatan Living. The new website is WordPress-based and will be updated regularly through blog posts. In addition, the information on the new website is more comprehensive, more up-to-date and easier to use. We hope you will visit the site and read all the latest MEL announcements, including the new summer hours and the job opening for the MEL Administrator.

By James Dayton Gunn, PhD

Book by Antonia Mediz Bolio about Yucatan

La Tierra del Faisán y del Venado (Land of the Pheasant and the Deer)

by Antonio Mediz Bolio

This beautiful little book comes in a luxury edition, with illustrations by Frederick Catherwood (Editorial Dante, 1a edición, 2008). There is also a commemorative edition (1983) in English. In all, the book is only 107 pages. In addition, an audio version of the book can be found online at Radio Educación Podcast(just type “Faisan” into the search box). Even if you cannot yet read Spanish, this is the sort of book you cannot resist picking up and leafing through just for the lovely drawings.

Antonio Mediz Bolio

Antonio Mediz Bolio (1883-1957) occupies a significant place in Mexican literature. In nearly all of written and recorded Mexican history and historic literature, the huge contribution of the indigenous population to the culture and history of the country has been either set aside and ignored, or romanticized beyond recognition. Mexico was seen and presented as the Vireinato de Nueva España… not merely a colony of Spain but as a sort of secondary-level kingdom in its own right, with a Spanish/Criollo (Spaniards born in Mexico to Spanish parents) cultural base. If the Indians appeared at all, it was as an irrelevant and curious backdrop. They were neither understood nor respected by earlier Mexican writers.

Antonio Mediz Bolio Yucatecan AuthorMediz Bolio was unique. He spoke Mayan and, as a native of Merida, he grew up among the Maya people. He became a professor of Mayan literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico City. He was a prolific writer, but also held important posts in journalism, diplomacy, and politics. He was once a reporter for the Diario de Yucatan. He also worked in government for Salvador Alvarado, as a writer for the same newspaper after it was seized by Alvarado’s government. For that, he suffered politically and personally, eventually migrating to Cuba for a few years, where he wrote for the Cuba Herald. He eventually returned and served in various government posts, including as a Mexican senator and an ambassador to Costa Rica.

However, he is probably best known for this one short book. The book is difficult to categorize. It is not a novel, a poem, nor is it theater. It has most often been described as poetic prose, a series of lyrical mythlike stories based on Mayan legends and oral tradition.

The Land of Mayab

The book opens with these words: “I am from the land of Mayab. She is my mother. To my mother I offer this book, too small for her, too grand for me. …This is the land of the pheasant and the deer, and Mayab is its name.” The book is then divided into ten parts. These consist of an introduction describing in almost mystical terms the characteristics of the indio del Mayab (the Maya people), seven “libros” that relate ancient legends in a style that perhaps reflects the manner of Mayan storytellers, and a final part called ‘The Song of the Flight of the Pheasant and the Leap of the Deer’. This section begins with a lament for greatness lost and a long and sad time of decline, but ends with a call for rebirth and hope.

Come children of the Mayab,
And listen to the voice that sings in the night!
To you, children of the ancient spirit that lives hidden in all things,
Your brother speaks to you of the sad time!
. . . .
Come with me, my blood brothers and sisters, let’s ask and learn.
Let’s seek our way, the one we lost long ago.
Let’s cry our final tears on the holy dust of this land that is our silent mother.
And we won’t cry any more when we have learned.
Under the shade of the old tree we will sit and think and we will see the ground filled with seed.
. . . .
I come to you, singing in the night, to tell you “let the pheasant fly again through the fragrant air, and the deer leap again across the joyful plain!”
. . . .
That will be the day when, with all her beauty and power, the great Mayab that seems dead to us will come back to life!*

This is just the sort of book my wife and I like to keep in a conspicuous place, like the living room coffee table. It’s a beautiful and inexpensive little Yucatan treasure that everyone interested in Yucatan seems to find a joy to leaf through. I believe they would also enjoy reading it.

There is no all-encompassing plot. Some of the “libros” relate a legend, while others present a series of short little traditional stories, like pearls on a string. All of them open a little, well-crafted and almost magical door into the Mayan world.

Just pick a legend or story and start reading.

****

*All translations from James Dayton Gunn.

James Dayton Gunn

By Working Gringos

NAME: DORIS GAYLENE SUTHERLAND
EMAIL. d [dot] sutherland [at] live [dot] com
PHONE NUMBER: 00521-999-234-2984
TYPE OF WORK DESIRED: Health Area, Nutritionist
JOB LOCATION DESIRED: Merida, Yucatan

Hello,

My name is Doris Gaylene Sutherland and I am looking for a job in the health area as a nutritionist. I am originally from San Pedro, Belize and I have been living in Merida for six years. I studied the career of licensed nutritionist and I am currently doing my social service at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS. My social service is to be concluded this year July 2014, which is why I am searching for a job in the health area.

This year August, I will begin my master’s in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, which is why I am looking for a job preferably during the week.

I have had many experiences in orienting patients both in community and hospital areas. Many of the patients I have treated are suffering from obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, hypertension, renal failure, liver failure, and many other co-morbidities.

I also have experience in making diet plans, cycle menus, workout routines, food services, and public speeches.

My languages include both English and Spanish.

By Working Gringos

aany store in Merida

AANY Store at the MACAY

Ever since the inception of AANY (Amigos de los Artistas/Artesanos Nuevos de Yucatán) five years ago, it has always been a long-term goal of the organization to find a permanent exhibition space for the AANY artists. That dream has finally come true! As of April of this year, work by AANY artists can be seen and purchased at the permanent AANY store in the Fernando Garcia Ponce-Macay Museum in Merida’s centro historico.

How did this happen? A personal invitation was extended to Elba Garcia, Director of the MACAY Museum, to attend the AANY show Arte A Mano in November 2013. She graciously attended both AANY Store in Merida Yucatandays of the show, was thrilled with the quality of work offered, and agreed with the directors of AANY that it would be a win-win plan to exhibit AANY artists in the Museum store. Her Board of Directors were in agreement, and so plans were made to open the store in April 2014. The Directors of AANY are empowered with the selection of merchandise and work which will be presented on a rotational basis since the store is not large enough to exhibit all AANY artists at all times. The store is maintained and staffed by the Museum and is open Wednesday-Monday from 10AM to 6PM, during normal Museum hours.

aany store in the MACAY in Merida YucatanAANY, AC, is a Mexican non-profit dedicated to the identification and promotion of high quality original craft work in the Yucatán Peninsula. Run by volunteer members of both the foreign and Yucatecan communities, the annual show now features over 75 participants and a public attendance of over 3,000 people.

Future AANY Dates

October 18th – The second annual White City Ball, held at Villa Verde, in Mérida. As AANY has grown, so have expenses to produce the shows. To continue to grow the shows and make them successful, AANY has had to hire professional services for promotion, advertising, accounting and other services. The White City Ball is a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, food and libations that goes far to fund the ever-expanding costs of operating AANY. Tickets are $350 pesos. Reservations can be made by email to Cindy Holman, cindy [dot] vacationqueen [at] gmail [dot] com.

November 14-16 – The 11th(!) Arte a Mano Show. This year for the first time the show will open on Friday, November 15th, at 5PM, for extra viewing and shopping time. On Saturday and Sunday the hours will be 10AM-7PM. The location is CANACO, Avenida Itzaes X Calle 31, three blocks south of Clinica de Mérida.

For details go to AANY.org or AANY AC on Facebook.

By Khaki Scott

3-D Underwater Photos

Underwater Cave in Yucatan Mexico Scientists have found a way to get a 3-D view of what’s inside some of the biggest underwater caves on the Yucatan Peninsula without even getting wet. The photos divers take are sent back to the University of San Diego, in California, to be transformed into 3-D visualizations that make all kinds of new interpretations possible. It won’t be long now before we can see the results of this work and get a first look at creatures as far back as the Ice Age in 3-D.

Dance: To the Rhythm of the Neighborhood

This cultural event is a neighborhood dance contest produced by a local television station. The competition schedule is: June 22, fraccionamiento “Lolbé; July 6, Colonia Emiliano Zapata; July 20 in Zaciabil; August 3, 17 and 31 will be in San Isidro, and San Francisco Flamboyanes respectively. On September 14 and 28, and Fernando Novelo and Xlapac; October 12 and 26 in Sisal and Colonia Militar; November 9 in Bacalar, and November 23 still to be confirmed. This is not a contest between rival folk dance groups. Instead, it is an event that will include everything from mariachi to tango and more, with participants just ordinary, local families and children. If you live near one of these dance points, do make a note of the date they will be in your area and go out to see the real rhythm of Yucatan’s neighborhoods.

FundRazr: Help These Three Children

Children Need Help in Yucatan Mexico Local expat, Ivonne Trujillo, owner of Casa Orquidea, and her daughter, Aby, have been helping a single mom with education expenses for three children for almost a year. Educational costs, even with discounts and work-study deals, still runs in the range of $15,000 pesos for three children. If you can help, please visit the website of Saving the World 3 Kids at a Time. FundRazr is a great tool and this particular campaign is a wonderful example of what fundraising can do to make a real difference in Yucatan.

Survey: Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

American Expats don’t often get an opportunity to have their voices heard in Washington, but the FATCA seems to be a growing topic of concern because a law that was intended to hit money laundering in the pocketbook is beginning to have unintended consequences for Americans trying to establish relationships with banks back home in the U.S. If you would like to tell Washington how this law is affecting you, now is the time to take the 2014 FATCA Survey and/or contact Democrats Abroad FBAR/FATCA Task Force at any time with questions or comments at: FATCA [at] democratsabroad [dot] org

New TV Show: Care of Pets

Puppies Need  Help in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan has a whole group of young community activists who are dedicated to improving every aspect of social services and the environment in the state. The show is called “Todos somos planeta” and it airs two Sundays per month at 11:30 AM. It is divided into sections that cover information, the work of local shelters, the associations that are involved in companion animal care, and interviews with specialists. We hope everyone takes the time out of their busy day to see this show on local television.

Five Free Puppies

One of the Slow Food Market’s regular customers has five white puppies that need a home. The puppies’ breed is Stanford/Boxer mix. All of the puppies are white, but two are almost albino, so these puppies need a home where they will be protected from the sun, either in a shaded living area outside, or by living inside. If you can help, please call Claudia at (999) 370-1112.

Valladolid: Burn Victims Get Free Surgery

We often hear about the services of doctors and hospitals who perform the treatments needed by expats, but we seldom hear about other specialties. This time, burn specialists from Mexico City and plastic surgeons from Merida have made their way to Valladolid to assess patients who have suffered burns. In this one campaign, fifteen patients will, ultimately, receive up to four surgeries each, performed either in Merida or Mexico City, and there will be no charge to the patient. Many many thanks to all of the dedicated specialists, in all areas of medicine and from every nation that visits Yucatan, for their kindness and unselfish participation in this program and in other programs like it.

Traditional Fiestas in June in Yucatan Mexico

Fiestas Throughout Yucatan This Week

Corpus Christi is a feast in honor of the Eucharist. It takes place on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday. This past week, a great feast was held by towns and villages throughout Yucatan. Communities came together to cook, to eat, and to strengthen the bonds that hold them together in good times and bad. Hunucma is not far from Merida. If anyone plans on a summer vacation in Yucatan in 2015, we have no difficulty in recommending Hunucma on the Feast Day of Corpus Christi.

First World Poliforum Now in Merida

Look for many more national and international sporting events to begin taking place in Merida. The Poliforum has been remodeled as a first world sports arena, with every modern convenience anyone can think of. This includes creature comforts, such as padded seats for VIPs and special access for those who are disabled. The sound system is ahead of its time, so look for great international artists to perform here. The ability to televise soccer, basketball and boxing has now reached world class status as a venue. All in all, Merida’s Poliforum now enjoys not only First World status as a venue, but is far enough ahead of its time for promoters to bring any sports or artistic performance here for the foreseeable future.

Progreso is 143 Years Young

Progreso Beach in Yucatan Mexico On July 1, the Municipality of Progreso de Castro will cenebrate its 143rd birthday. Through the years, its fortunes have grown or declined with the rise and fall of henequen and/or rail and road access to other parts of the southeast that bypassed the port. One thing that has remained constant is the fishing industry and, now, tourism. The presence of so many expats, in the Municipality of Progreso, is testament to the hospitality of the people and to the ease with which the coast of Yucatan now accommodates the needs of residents from around the world. Happy Birthday, Progreso, and we wish you many more to come!

By Working Gringos

House for sale in Merida Yucatan

Contemporary Home with Huge Garden on almost 1/4 Acre

This recently built and renovated one-story contemporary home in Merida is absolutely stunning with an open floor plan. The living area is 248.7 sq. meters or 2,676 sq. ft., and the lot is 14 x 70 meters, approx. 1/4 acre. The home is offered fully furnished. Its location is ideal… only 8 blocks to the Plaza Grande in the historic district, and only 3 blocks to the tranquil historic neighborhood of La Ermita. As you open the colonial wood doors into the 14-foot tall ceiling foyer, you have a beautiful view through floor to ceiling glass doors to the pool and garden beyond. The living room flows to the kitchen and dining area.

Modern house for sale in Merida Yucatan MexicoThe U-shaped kitchen is quite large and boasts cedar cabinets with a sliding pull-out pantry, Caesar-stone quartz counter-tops, an extra large stainless steel sink, a separate prep sink, a dishwasher, reverse osmosis purified water and a large countertop. As you prepare meals, you have a view of the pool and garden through the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. The dining room also has a view to the pool and beyond.

Beautiful Bedrooms

Modern house for sale in Merida Yucatan MexicoThere are three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Currently, one bedroom is being used as an office. Two bathrooms have Crema Maya local stone counter-tops and tiled showers. The huge master suite features a large built-in closet and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, and two sinks with marble counter-tops. All bathrooms have onyx light fixtures built into the mirrors. Step outside the master suite through a sliding glass door to your enclosed outdoor bamboo shower with hot and cold water. It’s tropical and heavenly!

The house is tiled throughout, and features sliding glass doors with mosquito screens, ceiling fans, and air conditioning in the bedrooms. There is a garage for storage and to park your car. Relax on the patio and enjoy a swim in a 45 foot long pool (great for laps) with a rock waterfall. The pool was just refinished and its aqua water is incredibly tempting.

Tropical Gardens

Follow the local stone walkway to enjoy a huge variety of plants including bamboo, heliconia, ginger plants, palm trees and more. The garden is irrigated with a well-fed Modern house for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexicoautomatic zoned sprinkler system. There are many varieties of recently-planted tropical trees as well as fruit trees such as lime, banana, papaya, orange, mango and mandarin. A bodega for garden tools and a compost area complete the back of the garden.

The large 70m deep lot is wonderful for your pets, and there’s plenty of room to add a studio, casita or whatever else you might desire.

Contemporary Home in Merida Price: $315,000

If interested, please contact Susan Farrell at olita123 [at] yahoo [dot] com

By Working Gringos

LIBRARY ADMINISTRATOR VACANCY —-

MEL is now accepting applications for the Library Administrator position. This is a year-round, part-time position. Please review the following job duties and qualifications. If you would like to apply for the position, send us your resume and a letter explaining why you want the position and why you should be selected. You can email them to meridaenglishlibrary [dot] acboard [at] gmail [dot] com or you can drop them off at the library. Application deadline: August 1, 2014.

Library Administrator Duties:
1. Acts as administrator for Merida English Library (MEL) as directed by the Board.
2. Promotes membership, growth and expanded involvement of children, young adults, students and adults, including Mexicans and English-speaking expats in the use of MEL.
3. Coordinates and develops MEL programs, assists with fundraising and encourages the growth of MEL as a library and community center.
4. Promotes and represents MEL in the community and participates in community events.
5. Coordinates and supervises all activities related to MEL’s collection (purchasing, cataloging, culling, evaluating donated materials, developing collection in response to community needs and established policy).
6. Evaluates and coordinates purchasing and installation of library hardware and software and data bases and keeps licenses current.
7. Recruits, schedules, trains, and supervises MEL volunteers to assist with MEL services and programs.
8. Updates website and social media sites weekly.
9. Provides content, coordinates, supervises, and distributes monthly newsletter and “Flashes.”
10. Advises and communicates with the Board regarding library operations.
11. Has financial oversight and participates in long-range planning and budgeting with the Board, including recommending changes and improvements.
12. Attends MEL committee meetings as needed.
13. Maintains and secures MEL assets including computer backup.
14. Administrator reports to the Board President.

Job Qualifications:
1. Strong background and ability with computers and technology.
2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
3. Ability to supervise and train staff.
4. Creativity, flexibility, and positive attitude.
5. Cultural sensitivity.
6. Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others.
7. Ability to exercise leadership and motivate others.
8. Ability to establish effective working relationships with the community.
9. Warm and outgoing personality.
10. Ability to prioritize and organize job duties and work independently.
11. English proficiency.
12. Spanish intermediate proficiency.
13. Library experience helpful but not a prerequisite.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting June 23, 2014

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Yoga For All with Raul Novelo
Classes Begin June 23 and are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time:8:00 to 9:00 AM
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Admission: $35 General, $20 pesos per class. Call 924-9540

Yucatan Living Music and Literature: The Espejos (Mirror) of Fernando
This event is a tribute to the great Yucateco literary and musical talent of Fernando Espejo. Your hostess tonight is Maricarmen Perez, one of Yucatan’s greats in her own right.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 24, 2014

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 24, 26 & 28 are the remaining dates. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Nobles
This trio is one of the oldest and best loved trova trios in Merida and have earned their reputation as one of the best.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 25

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
(Germany 2011) In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Diario a Tres Voces
(Mexico 2012) We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
Location: Itzimná Church, Itzimna
Time: 10:30 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Flower in Otomi
(Mexico 2012) On February 14th, 1974, 19-year-old Dení Prieto Stock was killed by the Mexican army in the town of Nepantla, along with four of her comrades in the Fuerzas de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Forces), a forerunner to the Zapatistas.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library: Movie Night
The movie tonight is “The Goonies”, especially intended for children. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Free popcorn and water will be served during a short intermission but Xoco Loco will be open for you to purchase additional beverages and snacks. Please come and help support the English Library in Valladolid!
Location: in the palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: $10 peso donation per person.

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Strangers on a Train
(U.S. 1951) Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Ruth Granger , Robert Walker and Ruth Roman. A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 26 & 28. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living DJ Concert: Rommel Vazquez aka RainBoy
Interested in Yucatan’s next generation of music and musicians? This is a great place to find them!
Location: Foro K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 63
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

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

 

Friday (Viernes) June 27 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Lived In A Shoe
(Mexico 2013) This is the true story of a man, Jose Luis “El Guero” Robles Gil. It is also a story of reality versus imagination, love and madness, plus the opening and closing of the eyes: of a life poised almost at the border of fantasy. It is the story of a man who lived in a shoe, and the story of the woman who accompanied him, once upon a time.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Dial M for Murder
(U.S. 1954). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Grace Kelly, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings. An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening Night
Tonite will be an opening of new exhibits at the Olimpo. In Sala 1, Pictures of Poetry, featuring Rafael Alberti, Eduardo Naranjo, Federico García Lorca. In Sala 2, Surrealist offerings by Dali and Goya. In Sala 3, Mitológicas: Aguafuertes del siglo XVI al XIX (Myths, Spirits of the 17th to 19th Centuries).
Location: Central Patio, Centro Cultural Olimpo, Corner of Calle 61 x 62
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: I Confess
(U.S. 1953). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter and Karl Malden. Refusing to give into police investigators’ questions of suspicion, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella Opera Singer Gabriela Thierry in Yucatan Mexico
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella). Last performance! The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Movie: Snatch
(England 2000) When a dizzying robbery takes place in the Orthodox Jewish diamond district, a flawless 86-carat gem, the size of an infant’s fist, is lifted in the snatch. Taking it to London, the diamond’s thief and courier, Franky Four Fingers arrives in the city as a stopover en route to New York to deliver the huge diamond to his bigwig crime boss, Avi.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cultural Night at the Plaza Grande
Performing in front of the Cathedral, Música: Saasil Jum. Free for the whole family!
Location: In front of the Catedral on the Plaza Grande
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 29, 2014

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

Yucatan Living Corelli Musici | Música
Musical performance of Baroque music by Corelli, Bach, Albinoni and Handel, including choral and string arrangements.
Location: Centro Cultural Olimpo / Auditorio Silvio Zavala Vallado
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $50 pesos general/ $25 pesos estudiantes e INAPAM

Yucatan Living Movie: The Birds
(USA 1963) A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 30, 2014

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By Working Gringos

Anne's Sweet Treats Homemade Baked Goods Merida Yucatan Mexico

Delicious Homemade Baked Goods in Merida

You know you miss those homemade treats from your home country! Or you have been traveling and you want to remember those great treats you had on your trip. Or you just love great, homemade baked pies, cookies, perogies, brownies, cheesecakes and more!

Ready to Order NOW? Call us in Merida at 999-327-3097 (cel)!

Perfect Desserts For the Whole Family!

These are the perfect desserts for the average family dinner, the sweet end to date night, or easy and delicious catering for birthday parties, weddings and graduation parties! A taste of home, made with recipes passed down through the generations… every one is homemade and delicious.

Now are you ready to order? Call 999-327-3097 (cel)!

Choose From These Wonderful Sweet Treats

Banana Bread
Buttery Sweet and oh so moist! With or without pecans, and cream cheese frosting.
$200 MXN Loaf

Naniamo Bars
A Canadian favorite, made with graham or wafer crust, vanilla or cream custard and your choice of dark or milk chocolate.
$240 MXN per pan
$2000 MXN for 4 pans.

Personal Cheese Cake
Cupcake size, in Regular, Chocolate or Marble. Rich and delicious!!
$240 MXN per dozen

Butter Tarts or Pecan Pies: Buttery cream with pecans and-or raisins in a crumbly crust, straight from Mom’s kitchen.
$ 300 MXN for 1 dozen
$ 1400 MXN for 60 and and additional $40 MXN for each additional dozen

Frosted Cupcakes:

    Seasonal Berry
    Pear and Cinnamon,
    Apple Cinnamon,
    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip,
    Oatmeal,
    Carrot Cheese Cake,
    Moms Banana Bread
    Double Chocolate
    Chocolate Zucchini
    Maple Bacon
    Banana Cream

Don’t forget to choose your flavour of icing from cream cheese, vanilla, whipped chocolate, or cream. Sprinkles are not added unless otherwise requested at no charge.
$160 MXN for 1 dozen Regulars
$220 MXN for 1 dozen Large
$800 MXN for orders of 60 and $40 MXN for each additional dozen after that.

Cookies

    Chocolate Chip
    Oatmeal
    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip,
    Peanut Butter
    Maple Almond
    Sugar Cookies
    Short Bread
    Chunky Monkeys

$100 MXN per dozen
$140 MXN per dozen for Chunky Monkeys and Maple Almond.
$550 MXN For orders of 60, and additional $20 MXN for each dozen afterward.

Cakes

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake
    Chocolate
    Apple Cinnamon with Cream Cheese Filling
    Banana Bread
    Vanilla Lemon
    Maple Pecan

$200 MXN per cake. Serves family of 6 with some leftovers.

Perogies
Also for a great dinner idea try my homemade perogies! A recipe carried down from Ukraine with my great, great grandmother and made with love carefully following her written instructions and timely traditions. Homemade and hand-worked dough, creamy and buttery potato filling, boiled and baked to perfection!
$400 MXN a dozen.

For a twist you can request onion, sour cream, cheddar, cottage cheese, maple bacon, or beef stuffed perogies. Additions: $20 MXN a dozen.

For an additional cost of $200 MXN, add a cabbage roll casserole to the menu for a real traditional Ukrainian meal!! Cabbage, ground beef, onion, rice and delicious tomato sauce are cooked to perfection and table ready, just like the ones Grandma served!
Includes 8-12 large cabbage rolls.

Fruit Dessert
Don’t forget dessert! These are apple, pear, or seasonal berries wrapped up in a buttery, cinnamon-infused dough with a hint of cream cheese and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Unforgettable!!

$400 MXN per dozen, or paired with an additional order for $350 MXN .

Yes, We Do Special Orders and We Deliver

Keep in mind, If you do not see a flavor you were looking for, we would love to take a special request! Please advise us of any allergies before placing an order as we use real eggs, whole milk (unless requested otherwise) butter, and nuts. Add $20 pesos for delivery of any order.

24-48 hours needed for all orders, but perogie orders need 48-72 hours advance notice.

Contact Anne’s Sweet Treats

Call and order now!! You can reach us at 999-327-3097 (cel).

 

 

By Working Gringos

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Nursing Assisting, licensed practical nurse
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Prevention of sharp injuries in surgical setting
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Name: Markesha Thomas
Date of Birth: November 10 /1985
Place of Birth: Belize City Central America 16 mile Hattieville Village
Marital Statues: Married
Objectives –To work in an Environment conducive to learning and striving for excellence
Language 40% Spanish 100% English, reading and writing

Education History
Gannett Education
Robert G Hess Jr,Rn,PHD.FAAN
Executive vice president
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Development leadership potentials

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Studies in Nursing and Medical Science, Mental health
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Lays institute of Global health
Director: Mr. Josh Fix ,coordinator Mr. Cornelio Marfield

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2010-2013 la lo ma luz hospital
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Director McPherson Grant
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My family and I have now moved to Cancun México to start a new life and are seeking employment at your place of business during my past employments I have been working under intense supervision, understanding the importance of working as a team player have travel with those intent of bring them at your place of business if giving the opportunity to do so.

By Khaki Scott

Weather: Still Wet

Rain in Yucatan Peninsula A low pressure system is keeping temperatures high, with a 60% chance of rain on a daily basis. Increasing temperatures during the morning and early afternoon result in strong afternoon rains, with hot and humid hours following the rain. While some bemoan Yucatan’s fate and geography, it only takes a few seconds to look at the surrounding states to see floods and mudslides, many with corresponding deaths. Yucatan is in the tropics and the weather is certainly proof of that. As of now, no hurricane threats are predicted for this area.

Boat Registration Rules to be Enforced

There is a law, in Mexico, that every boat that fishes or goes in the water for recreational purposes must be registered, and that the registration and name of the boat must be clearly visible when the boat is on the water. The Port Captain’s Office, in Progreso, has not strictly enforced that law until now. In light of increasing incidents of poaching, as well as unsafe handling of diving equipment, the law will now be enforced and this will include river boats. Boats are subject to being boarded and inspected randomly. If you own a boat, even if just for pleasure, please stop by the Port Captain’s Office in Progreso and make sure your boat has the proper display format for its name and registration information.

Yucatan’s Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Scouts in Yucatan Mexico The National Association of Independent Scouts has plans for a celebration throughout Yucatan to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of scouting in Yucatan. These scout troops are located in every major city in the state and include troops of both boys and girls. The first troops began in Merida in 1914, and were extended throughout the state in 1916. They were accepted into the National Association of Independent Scouts in 1917. The scouting movement is yet another way that Yucatan builds good citizens who are, after all, the people who create the calm and peaceful atmosphere that drew the rest of us to this state. Happy Birthday to the young ladies and gentlemen of Yucatan’s Scouts!

IEGY: Puppet Show Fights Bullying

The end of the school year is almost here and every child is thrilled when any kind of program gets them out of class, even for a little while. This past week, the Institute for Gender Equity (IEGY) took its message and its puppets on the road and visited elementary schools throughout the area with a show to combat bullying. The show is designed to give children, of all ages, a better definition of what bullying actually is and how they can put an end to it. Yucatan has always known that it’s children are it’s future and, as a result, poured massive amounts of time and money into the creation of good citizens. We expats are the thankful beneficiaries of their efforts – and we hope the kids can get out of class for lots more great shows with great messages between now and the end of the term. Milenio Novedades has published links to both state and federal websites designed to allow students to anonymously report incidents of bullying. If you work with children in Yucatan, please make certain they have those links and know how to use them.

Kindergarten Kids Learn About Nutrition

School Children in Merida Yucatan Mexico Through the years, as the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure skyrocketed in Yucatan, young children began to look askance at adults and their eating habits. Today’s younger generation of Yucatecos, many now young parents themselves, are far more aware of nutrition than one might think. The next generation is coming on strong and, for many children, it all starts in kindergarten, where nutritionists explain the value of eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar and fat. We suspect that many preventable diseases have reached their peak in Yucatan and it will be these children who will lead the way to longer lives and better health for everyone.

Interesting Move to Increase Summer Vacation

The Association of Travel Agency Promotion, as well as vendors and event specialists in the ports, are on board with increasing the length of summer vacation to two months, instead of one. Following Yucatan’s Week in Mexico, in D.F., there has been a sharp increase in interest, across the nation, in visiting Yucatan. Also, with the increase in the number of national and international flights to Merida, Yucatecos are visiting other places in Mexico and around the world. With this increased activity in the tourism industry, Yucatan has much to gain by a longer season for summer vacation. As of now, children attend classes 200 days a year. It would take a legislative change in the General Law of Education to enact such a change. At this point, a forum for discussion is planned, but the process is long and certainly will not be concluded this year. For 2014, Summer Vacation will be July 15 to August 15.

Anti- Pirated Movies and Slot Machines

Pirate Movies and Slot Machines in Yucatan Mexico
As we near the beginning of summer vacation, all sorts of quick-buck-artists tend to start showing up in the towns and villages where most city folks go to relax and visit with family and friends. Pirated movies and slot machines seem to be the favored forms of illegal activity and the Federal Ministerial Police has its work cut out for it before any holiday begins. So far, Motul, Progreso and Valladolid have all experienced sweeps that have cleared them of pirated movies and slot machines. The offenders were found to also be distributing pornography, so the citizens of the towns were the ones who reported them and who are the direct and thankful recipients of this action. Pirated movies and illegal slot machines have popped up and been squashed, in Yucatan, for as long as we can remember. They pop back up, but Yucatecos are never going to stop fighting them.

Tekax: Soccer vs. Circus, Soccer Wins

In San Ignacio, the circus came to town, only to find that the young people had roped off the field of performance and informed them that they must move along. The circus pointed out that they had permission to be there from the municipality. The kids pointed out that the animals would leave a mess that they would then have to play on. The circus raised more objections. The kids read the law for circus treatment of animals and got them on how they were treating a kangaroo. Back and forth they went, until the circus decided it would be easier to move to another municipality. Congratulations to all of the young soccer players of Tekax, to the parents who raised them and to the municipality that supported them in the end. Well done!

New Sleep Laboratory at UADY

With as many as 30% of all Yucatecos suspected of suffering from sleep disorders, the College of Psychology at UADY has recently opened a new sleep laboratory. The lab is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and, of course, at night for scheduled sleep studies on individual patients. With the technology and expertise available in the new sleep laboratory, these health care professionals have what they need to diagnose up to 50 different sleep disorders that can cause emotional, mental, social or medical problems. If you have – or suspect you may have – a sleep disorder, do go by and check out the sleep lab, located in the Facultad de Psicología del Campus de Ciencias Sociales-Económicas-Administrativas y Humanidades.

Third Annual Blood Drive

Blood Drive in Merida Yucatan Mexico Due to a variety of taboos, blood donation is still a problem in Yucatan. As of now, only 4% of the people needed to donate blood have done so. This leaves a huge need in the community, especially for the elderly, children, cancer and maternity patients. If at all possible, won’t you please go by Centro Estatal de Transfusión Sanguínea (CETS) de Yucatán, located in Hospital O’Horán and donate blood today?
Some reasons why a blood donation is not accepted are:

  • Suffering from an acute illness, such as flu or diarrhea infection
  • Having consumed drugs or alcohol in the last 48 hours
  • Consume any drugs
  • Intercourse with multiple partners
  • Past infection with hepatitis
  • Having been bitten by the bug kissing or “pic” (Triatominae sp), which carries a deadly parasite.
    To be considered suitable to donate blood:

  • Be of legal age
  • Be between 18 and 65 years,
  • Weigh more than 50 kg
  • Not having suffered hepatitis
  • Not be in menstrual period, pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have not had an abortion or a baby in the last six months
By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting June 16, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan LivingOaxaca in Merida: June 09-24
For the first time in Merida, there will be a Oaxaca festival at Merida’s Convention Center. The event will span ten days and will feature the culture, food, crafts, industry, tourism, song and dance of Oaxaca. You don’t want to miss this! The show will have over 50 exhibitors.
Location: Siglo XXI, North Merida
Time: All Day
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music Festival at Alianza FrancesaMusic Festival in Yucatan Mexico
The Alianza Francesa annual live music festival! This music festival features popular music, much of it free and open to everyone. First started in France in 1982, it has now become a worldwide event, celebrated in more than 100 countries. For more details, check their website here.
Location: Alianza Francesa, Calle 23 #117, Colonia Mexico, Merida
Date:June 21 and 22, 2014 (all the following events are on June 21)

Here are some of the events you might like:
Music of the World
This is a performance by seven members of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Toño López, Debora Katz, Victoria Nuño, Marketa, Natalia Merikhova, Charlie Mcgirr, José Luis
Location: Bistro Cultural, Calle 66 x 41 y 43, # 377. Centro
Time: 11:30 AM
Admission: Free

Concert: The String Orchestra of UADY
This orchestra is under the direction of Veselin Dechev. It began performing on January 30, 2010 and is currently building an impressive reertoire and reputation for itself.
Location: Canton Palace Regional Museum of Anthropology and History,Paseo de Montejo x 43 # 485. Centro
The majestic premises will be space to present the string orchestra of the UADY.
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Andres Tinoco in Concert
Hearing this guitarist is on the short list of “must do” in Merida. He has won awards in both the U.S. and Mexico and Merida is blessed to call him her own.
Location:Café crème,Calle 41 x 58 and 60. 5 local Centro.
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Traditional Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoMahache Jarana Maya Moots and Grupo la Charanga
This is a performance to showcase the new La Negrita.
Location: La Negrita, Calle 62 x 49. Centro
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

STM Gypsy Jazz Band
This garden performance will give attendees at the International Reading Fair an opportunity to dance the night away. The STM Gypsy Jazz Band is led by Etienne Walex.
Location: Alliance Française de Mérida, Colonia Mexico Calle 23 # 117 x 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Three Shows at UADY
7:00 PM: Concert by students at Música de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
8:00 PM: Concert by Orquesta de Guitarras de la UADY
9:30 PM: Concert by Grupo Itzá Quiché, Director: David Flores Sabido
Don’t skip any of these concerts. There’s a new vocal group (Grupo Re-Percusión Vocal) that will be part of the 7:00 PM concert. They are directed by Maestro Juan Carlos Hernández, so you know they’ll be exceptionally enjoyable! The last concert of the evening showcases Latin folkloric music.
Location: UADY Central Courtyard, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Shows begin at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Open Air ConcertsMusic in Merida Yucatan Mexico
7:00 PM: Raquel Martínez Arana (vocalist) and Ariel Carrillo Diver (vocalist and guitarist) will open this concert. Then, Manuel Basulto will grace the stage. Many will know his work from his many years as soloist with UADY’s Atril 6. Closing the evening will be the Troveros Universitarios (University Troubadors).
8:00 PM: Concert: Voices Without Frontiers Choir, Director: Maestro Carlos A. Tello Martinez, including a tribute to the career of the director.
Location: Explanade of Parque de la Colonia Alemán
Admission: Free

Afro-Caribbean Concert: Las Fabulosas del Ritmo
The cumbia, cha cha cha, and mambo never get old in Merida, nor do the songs of legend and folklore. This is a great way to spend an evening in Centro.
Location: La Rendija, Calle 50 x 51. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 16, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Galanes
This trio is a member of the trova troubadors association in Yucatan. They are the time-tested best of the best and never fail to please audiences.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 18

Yucatan Living Movie: Reportero
(Mexico 2012) A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an embattled weekly challenge the drug cartels and corrupt local officials during an unprecedented wave of violence against journalists in Mexico.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Movies in YucatanYucatan Living Movie: La Vida Loca
(Mexico 2008) This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of gang members in Central America.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
(Japan 2011) Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Secret Agent
(UK 1936). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud, Robert Young and Peter Lorre. After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera: New Voices of Mexican Opera
You will be amazed at the talent there is in this group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv & Ingmar
(UK 2012) A documentary about the 42-year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Marriage in Mendoza
(France 2012) Marcus and his brother Antoine land in Argentina to celebrate their cousin’s wedding and to discover the pleasures of the capital, Buenos-Aires.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) June 20 , 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Yucatan Living Movie: Stranger by the Lake
(France 2013) Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Movie: El Viaje de Chihiro
(Japan 2001) In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters, where humans are changed into animals, and a bathhouse for these creatures.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Gold Rush
(USA 1925) The Tramp, Charlie Chaplin, goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. A timeless movie… when is the last time you saw this?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Watching Tours: June 14 and 15
Register by June 12 by contacting Marigel Campos C. at +52 (999) 988-4436 ext. 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx
Location: Hobonil, Tzucacab, Yucatan
Time: 2:00 PM
Admission: $500 pesos (includes transportation and guide), does not include food and lodging.

<Opera in YucatanYucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner concludes with GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods). Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Alfred Hitchcock Series: Stage Fright
(US 1950). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman and Michael Wilding. A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer. Classic Hitchcock!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Senna
(UK 2010) A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 22, 2014

Yucatan Living The Fury of the Planet: Hurricanes
Maybe this is a good time to remind ourselves just why it is so important to be prepared – just in case.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opera: Recital of Arias and Songs
We get the best of Yucatan’s artistic engine in these recitals. These are, literally, the national and international stars of tomorrow.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Cinderella Opera Singer Gabriela Thierry in Yucatan Mexico
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 22, 24, 26 & 28. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Movie: Rebecca
(USA 1940) This Alfred Hitchcock thriller features a self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 23, 2014

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By Scott Wallace

Start of the Bacalar Paddle Marathon 2014Editor’s Note: This is the third of three articles on Laguna Bacalar by Bacalar resident Scott Wallace (see links to the other two at the end of the article). The piece highlights the experiences of two teams of women paddlers (two women shared each board). Each team paddled in the 74-kilometer marathon race that took place at Laguna Bacalar on the Yucatan Peninsula on May 1st and 2nd, 2014. Scott was one of two support personnel who accompanied the teams by motor boat during the two days. Here is his recounting of the women athletes’ adventure.

Pre-Dawn Wind and Rain

A 20-knot wind and rain are on the starboard stern as we motor north in the predawn light. While we are very grateful for the foul-weather gear we have brought along, it will turn out that the start of the day is not a portent for the remainder of it. But, wind and rain accompany us for most of the fast, forty-minute ride from south of Bacalar pueblo to the far north end of Laguna Bacalar, which is the starting point of Bacalar’s inaugural seventy-four kilometer paddle marathon.

Seventy-four kilometers is a very long way to paddle, even spread across two days. The total time on the water is considerable. Over eight hours in a kayak and nearly sixteen hours on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) makes for a physically demanding marathon. All those hours are spent with wet hands gripping a hard paddle handle, legs and back in constant tension, and torso rhythmically straining to exert force on water. Such effort takes a toll.

The Marathon Begins

Day One starts at the lake’s northern end in Pedro Santos and ends at the Balneario Aseradero in Bacalar, a forty-one kilometer run as the crow flies. Day Two starts at the same balneario , this time with sore backs and hands, and runs to the lake’s southern-most point at Xul Ha and back, a thirty-three kilometer round trip.

It is now Friday morning at 8:00 AM. As the start time approaches, the twelve paddle marathon entrants chat with friends and family, check equipment, warm up, and Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicotake some personal moments of pre-race preparation. The wind remains light from the southeast but there is no longer rain. It is chilly and a bit hazy. Those of us on the support crew stow the foul weather gear and prepare for our passenger-paddlers to board. Today and tomorrow, we will accompany the two SUP teams as support boat and transport for the paddlers. We will also transport their gear that is not on the boards. Our SUP teams are women from Cozumel and from Mahahual. These paddlers have considerable experience on stand-up boards and have trained hard for this strenuous event.

Shortly, organizers make final announcements and racers with their kayaks and boards enter the water and mill about the start. We are looking at three kayaks and five paddle boards. Two of the stand-up paddleboards are raced by pairs of paddlers who alternate time on the board. It is just after 8:15 AM when the starting horn blows and the paddlers head into the wind and away from the starting line. There is not a lot of sprinting in this race. Everyone is settled in for the long haul and, if someone was forgetting, the low chop and headwinds are a constant reminder of the need to conserve energy.

The first leg of the race is about eight kilometers and stretches from the lake’s northernmost tip until the dogleg to the right and west. The dogleg itself is four kilometers and is followed by two long stretches to the south. The first is fifteen kilometers between Pedro Santos and Villas EcoTucan, and the second is fourteen kilometers from EcoTucan to the Balneario Aseradero in Bacalar pueblo. These distances are not what the racers travel. Every racer will go as much as ten percent further due to shoreline irregularities and winds.

Paddling in Paradise

Within fifteen minutes, the field spreads out. The kayaks are making three times the speed of the paddleboards and are already well away. The individual SUP paddlers are ahead of us, making better speed than our two teams of paddlers. After months of preparation, it is time to find the rhythm of paddling, to settle in, and to enjoy the Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicolake. Here at the north end, Laguna Bacalar is still a bit tea-brown in color from seasonal runoff, but the bottom is clearly visible in two meters of water. The paddle teams stay close to the shore seeking relief from the five to ten knots of wind. Staying close to the shore has the added benefit of feeling like you are literally in the middle of the jungle.

The jungle overhangs the western shoreline and along almost the entire length of the race. To our delight, bromeliads and orchids are putting on their spring growth in the mangroves, making for quite a beautiful show as we go by. For meter after meter after meter, the quiet and beautiful selva displays itself. The paddlers seem to be in their own quiet world, a world of slow, physical rhythm and fluid, surrounding water, accompanied by colorful, boisterous natural beauty. The waves of the boards on the water, the vision of the racers ahead of us, the beautiful colors of the lake against the far shore… the scene is positively enchanting. Even the low drone of our motor as we idle along with the paddlers is comforting. Birds call out and fly about. In fact, within forty-five minutes the paddlers spot their first toucan and shortly after that, the first flock of parrots, about two dozen of them squawking overhead.

After an hour, our teams trade paddlers as planned, a procedure we will all become overly familiar with by the end of our two days together. Those on the boat have already had their snack and water (one to two liters per hour) and those on the SUPs prepare to board the boat. For both the starting and the stopping paddler, this involves a quick dunk in the lake for a cooling rinse off and a discreet bio-break.

Well Prepared and Well Supported

While we are with these two teams, Bacalar municipal police boats and Mexican Navy launches are monitoring the progress of the other racers, ready to offer aid as needed. Emergency response and medical personnel are standing by in the town and, though very little of the lake is accessible by land vehicle, ambulances are ready to rendezvous at various points along the length of the marathon course. The event, though sparsely attended, is very well prepared.

We are a bit more than two hours into the marathon and our teams have swapped paddlers twice. Wind continues to blow in our faces or slightly from the port, but the lake is calming down. We are a bit over five kilometers into the forty-one kilometer first day. The morning is beginning to get warmer, though it is still overcast. This is an undisguised blessing. Full sun would be very hot and, with the lake reflecting back up onto the paddlers’ faces, hours of paddling would be harsh, even for those who slather on SPF 50, wear black-lensed-wrap-around sunglasses, and are well-accustomed to these conditions.

Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan MexicoAt the three hour point, with the winds picking up a bit and now blowing head on, we spend nearly thirty minutes in a heavy rainshower. Our paddlers drop to their knees to reduce their profile and continue on. It is warm enough that no one is chilled and, for the paddlers, the rain has a nice cooling effect. It also creates a kind of isolation. All of us are enjoying the beautiful pattern the rain makes on the lake surface and the raindrops striking the water make musical sounds. It is a special moment.

The Bacalar Marathon Continues

Our two teams are now at the end of the dogleg and heading down the first long stretch, which is fifteen kilometers long. The rain has stopped and we are hugging the east shore for protection from the generally southeast winds, which continue at between five and fifteen knots. In the lee of the shore and in the shallows, there is no chop and less wind. The lake here is about four kilometers wide, leaving plenty of space for the wind and waves to get rolling.

Along this eastern shore there is no jungle, few plants and very little wildlife. We see only low scrub on saskab flats with the occasional stunted mangrove. The sky is clear now and though not quite sunny, it is turning out to be a nearly perfect day for a tour of the lake. In this stretch, our quiet paddlers come upon innumerable small fish, a large fresh-water ray, a few birds, and a rather large turtle. We are now six hours into the marathon and our teams are tiring.

Near the end of this leg, we pass the Mexican Navy jungle training base. We pause for a reflective moment to look at a series of flags on rough posts embedded in the saskab that march across several kilometers of open, deep water from the base. We are still pushing into the wind as we clear the point south of the navy base and enter the long stretch to Bacalar.

The Kayaks Have Finished

We hear on our radio from the race organizers that all the kayaks have finished. Moreover, they let us know there is no wind at all in the southern part of the race course. We are still in five to ten knots of unfavorable winds, now seven hours into the paddle, and have a good fifteen kilometers to go. At our current speed, which will Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicoslack as the paddlers tire further, there simply is not enough daylight to get us to today’s finish line. We have been encountering winds that the others did not. At the next paddler change over, we discuss the situation and decide to make our way another five kilometers to the take out at Villas EcoTucan.

It is a very hard five kilometers. Our teams are now quite tired, and while the southern part of the course is without breeze and the SUP paddlers ahead of us report calm, we are still very much in Bob Seger territory: against the wind. Our once-an-hour paddler swap becomes once-every-forty-minutes and the paddlers are craving food to power so much work. The sky is not yet showing signs of dusk, but the afternoon is definitely waning as we pull the boards out at EcoTucan and the paddlers make their wobbly way ashore to stow their gear. Over an evening meal, they consider their options and decide to simply omit the part of the course not covered and continue with the second day.

Day Two of the Paddle Marathon

It is a calm and beautiful day as the somewhat battered racers prepare to enter the water. For the kayakers, the primary issue is hands. Yesterday, each kayaker spent between four and a half and six hours with wet hands gripping dripping-wet paddles. In these conditions, even with kayaker gloves that cover the palm and fingers to the first knuckle, it is not possible to avoid blistering the inside of water-softened fingers. All wear adhesive tape around the fingers and over the blisters.

For the stand up paddlers, hands do not get so wet while paddling and are not so beat up. But their legs and lower backs are suffering. And for our two teams, the biggest problem now is how long they paddled yesterday. The two teams spent more hours in unfavorable weather and more time on the lake paddling than anyone else. Though they travelled fourteen fewer Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan Mexicokilometers, they are no less tired than the other paddlers.

Everyone is anxious to get going and soon the klaxon announces the start of Day Two. The lake is putting on a show this morning, with all its shades of blue and white, and the racers head off with almost no wind. Today will take them beside the southern part of Bacalar Pueblo along the populated Costera and then by Bird Islands, currently populated with roosting cattle egrets, roseate spoonbills, great egrets and wood storks. With the sun shining, our two teams quickly decide to adjust their one-hour-on-one-hour-off schedule to thirty minute shifts. Still, the paddlers find themselves overheated and ready for a plunge at both ends of their shift change. We are hot just riding slowly along in the boat.

In less than an hour we are entering the narrower channel and the water almost explodes with color. The two teams have their rhythms established and are making very good time. There is no wind to speak of and no waves. Between the sun, the angle of the light, the shallow water (one meter) and the white bottom, it is color therapy to be just here.

In a bit, ahead, we can see the water shoal and the way bends to the west. The sky clouds up. The lake soon narrows dramatically and we are now heading into a current of about three knots. We approach the Stromatolite Rapids, which are not really rapids but a fifteen-meter-wide channel with varying depth defined by undulating growths of stromatolites forming the shoreline and the channel sides and bottom. Stromatolites are believed to be the earliest form of life on earth, a rock-like cyanobacteria from the Precambrian period 2.5 billion years ago.

This 300-meter-long channel is formed by extremely-rare, Holocene‐era stromatolites (13,000 +/- years ago) also found at other sites in and around Laguna Bacalar. It is eerily beautiful and those in the boat look forward to passing back through it on the boards when we head north on our return.

Bacalar Paddle Marathon Race in Yucatan MexicoOur teams make quick work of the rapids and are soon at their southern end and heading into the next part of the lake, a four-hundred-meter wide, four-mile stretch of open water. Again, there is jungle on the west and low flats on the east, and just a hint of oncoming current. Our paddlers settle into their rhythm and over the next half hour, we pass the faster-moving kayakers returning north.

And Finally…

Two hours later, as the sky clouds up and threatens rain, we enter the north end of Xul Ha cenote and see our goal. Three kilometers ahead is the large, yellow buoy marking the southern end of the lake and our turn-around point, exactly half-way through today’s race. The other SUP paddlers have rounded the mark and we pass them and chat cordially for a moment before our paddlers return to work. All are quite tired.

That said, the yellow buoy so close ahead exhilarates our paddlers. It seems to maintain a distant position for a very long time. The Xul Ha cenote is draining north in a slow current and there is a slight wind from the southeast, so the paddlers hug the western shore and work hard to make way. After too much time, the buoy is rounded and the paddlers begin the return trip north.

Following the two-hour struggle to reach the buoy, the return seems almost leisurely. With favorable wind and current, the paddlers are moving quickly again. The sun seems to sense their urgency and pours light down, providing a bit more energy for the task at hand, and making the lake’s blue colors and jungle foliage sparkle, which lifts everyone’s spirits.

The trip north is easier than the trip south, due to good winds and the current heading out of Xul Ha. And, of course, the racers are now paddling toward the finish. Soon, it seems, we are passing down the Rapids again and out into the next part of the lake, and on to the next, and then at last we can see Bird Islands and the finish line.

In three hours and fifteen minutes, the paddlers made their way from the Day Two starting line to the turn-around buoy. The return trip to the finish line takes but three hours and twenty minutes. Counting the day before, the teams paddled for almost sixteen hours.

As we approach the finish, after a brief consultation, the paddlers decide to double-up to cross the line. Everyone should be aboard for this victory!

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The author would like to extend very special thanks to Laura Chisolm and Nicole Ferroni of Cozumel and Carolyn Thomas and Simone Kiedaisch of Mahahual. And, of course, to Bacalar resident and captain Jimmie Clarizio for the two-day boat ride down and up Laguna Bacalar.

The first article, Laguna Bacalar, Special Waters

The second article, Laguna Bacalar, Back in Time

By Working Gringos

Name of Applicant – Sara Marie Forrest de Jaimes
Email Addressjaimesfamily3 [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone Number – 480-228-0732
Type of Work Desired – Certified Nurse Midwife
Job Location Desired – Quintana Roo, open to locations
Resume or Qualification Description – Certified Nurse Midwife in Phoenix, AZ
Any Additional Information – Family is looking to relocate to Mexico this Fall. I would love to have a job lined up before relocating!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting June 09, 2014

Art In The City

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

Yucatan Living And of course, there’s the MACAY! New exhibits there as well!

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 09, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 10, 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: Machuca
(Chile, 2004). Director: Andrés Wood, Starring: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim, Federico Luppi and Ernesto Malbrán. Santiago de Chile, 1973 Gonzalo Infante and Pedro Machuca are two eleven year old boys, living in two diametrically opposite worlds: one in a residential neighborhood, and the second in an illegal settlement a few blocks away. The director of a private religious school, Father McEnroe, is an idealist who, with the support of some parents, tries to integrate boys from the village into the elite college. Thus Pedro Machuca and Gonzalo Infante become classmates and friends in a time of serious division and confrontation within Chilean society.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Romanticos
Trio Los Romanticos will be performing this week. They are one of the best loved trova trios in Yucatan.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 11

Yucatan Living Movie: The English Surgeon
(UK 2007) This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of an English neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) situated in Ukraine as we are exposed to the overwhelming dilemmas he has to face and the burden he has to carry throughout his profession.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Like Father Like Son
(Japan 2013) Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 12 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Silvestre Pantaleon
(Mexico 2012) The story of an elderly man from the Nahuatl-speaking village of San Agustin Oapan, Guerrero, Mexico. Told with a lyrical combination of lingering imagery and ethnographic detail, ‘Silvestre Pantaleon’ follows the protagonist as he struggles to pay for a curing ceremony and provide for his family. He dedicates himself to the only remunerative activities he knows: handcrafting rope for religious ceremonies and building seldom-used household objects that he alone still has the skills to produce.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
Location: Santa Ana Church, Parque Santa Ana on Calle 60 at Calle 45
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Liv & Ingmar
(UK 2012) The 42 year long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living La Cava Francesa
Do you love wine? Would you like to know more about it? Tonite, Renaud Lignelet of France will teach participants about the great bubbly, champagne! You’ll get to try, learn about and enjoy different types of sparkling wines. Be sure to reserve your spot by calling 927-2403 or 926-9990
Location: Alianza Francesa, Calle 23 #117, Colonia Mexico, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $150 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) June 13 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: My First Contact
(Brazil 2007) Following their “first contact” in 1964, the Ikpeng people were relocated to the great Upper Xingu reserve, where their lives would no longer be threatened by settlers. Viewing a filmed record of this signal event in their history evokes a stream of memories and provides a rare account of contact from the indigenous point of view. The consequences of contact and resettlement still have an impact on the community, even as the Ikpeng gain more control over their future.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Gabriel Espinosa Music
This jazz concert features music from Yucatan to Rio, and is led by Gabriel Espinosa and his New York friends. The show was in Lincoln Center in NYC last summer and is now here in Merida for two nights only! Tickets on sale on Dante bookstore, at Teatro Fantasio and online at tusboletos.mx.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Parque Hidalgo, Merida centro
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM Friday
Admission: $300, 350 and 400 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Camera Buff
(Poland 1979) Filip buys an 8mm movie camera when his first child is born. Because it’s the first camera in town, he’s named official photographer by the local Party boss, thus transforming his modest and previously contented life. Won big prizes at the Moscow and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Canallas
(France 2013) Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law’s suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy – though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Watching Tours: June 14 and 15
Register by June 12 by contacting Marigel Campos C. at +52 (999) 988-4436 ext. 113 or infotoh [at] pronatura-ppy [dot] org [dot] mx
Location: Hobonil, Tzucacab, Yucatan
Time: 2:00 PM
Admission: $500 pesos (includes transportation and guide), does not include food and lodging.

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
The series “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown Saturdays at noon. This week is SIEGFRID, the third in this series of four operas. Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Movie: Sins From My Father
(Argentina 2009) This is the incredible story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, told for the very first time by his son, Sebastian and his widow Maria Isabel Santos.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Gabriel Espinosa Music
This jazz concert features music from Yucatan to Rio, and is led by Gabriel Espinosa and his New York friends. The show was in Lincoln Center in NYC last summer and is now here in Merida for two nights only! Tickets on sale on Dante bookstore, at Teatro Fantasio and online at tusboletos.mx.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Parque Hidalgo, Merida centro
Time: 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM Saturday
Admission: $300, 350 and 400 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Sin City
(USA 2005) A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. Stars Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Bruce Willis.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro
(Guatemala 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market in Chelem
Loads of good stuff for sale, as well as some of Yucatan’s best food, including “Walk around (California style) breakfast burritos”, quesadillas, soft shell pulled pork taco’s with fresh jicama pico de gallo, plus Anita’s beer garden with German sausage & beers. Beautiful big shaded garden setting with many exotic plants & trees.
Location: Graciela’s Secret Garden, midway between Chelem & Chubarna on the north side of the main road, between Entrada Sol & Aruba.
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Admission: Free, but do come prepared to shop, eat, and enjoy

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living The Artic and Antarctica
Learn the secrets of our planet’s coldest places and how they affect the world’s environment.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Strangers on a Train
(USA 1951) This Alfred Hitchcock thriller features a psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 09, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

Yucatan LivingOaxaca in Merida: June 09-24
For the first time in Merida, there will be a Oaxaca festival at Merida’s Convention Center. The event will span ten days and will feature the culture, food, crafts, industry, tourism, song and dance of Oaxaca. You don’t want to miss this! The show will have over 50 exhibitors.
Location: Siglo XXI, North Merida
Time: All Day
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: The opera La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please Note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela features Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Bajo La Luz de su Alma 7 (Under The Light of Your Soul 7)
Please consider attending this very worthy art opening, featuring art by the students of PPPN, Patronato Peninsular Pro Niños, an amazing organization and facility that provides services to children with mental deficiencies. This is a wonderful facility and your purchase of art will help support it, as well as give much needed validation to the children.
Location: Centro Cultural José Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon at Calle 20, Garcia Gineres, Merida
Time: 12:00 Noon
Admission: Free
More Information at website: www.yucatankids.com

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown Saturdays at noon. On June 21, 2014, the last of the four-part series will be shown: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Music Festival at Alianza Francesa
The Alianza Francesa annual live music festival! This music festival features popular music, much of it free and open to everyone. First started in France in 1982, it has now become a worldwide event, celebrated in more than 100 countries. For more details, check their website here.
Location: Alianza Francesa, Calle 23 #117, Colonia Mexico, Merida
Date:June 21 and 22, 2014

Here are some of the events you might like:
Music of the World
This is a performance by seven members of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Toño López, Debora Katz, Victoria Nuño, Marketa, Natalia Merikhova, Charlie Mcgirr, José Luis
Location: Bistro Cultural, Calle 66 x 41 y 43, # 377. Centro
Time: 11:30 AM
Admission: Free

Concert: The String Orchestra of UADY
This orchestra is under the direction of Veselin Dechev. It began performing on January 30, 2010 and is currently building an impressive reertoire and reputation for itself.
Location: Canton Palace Regional Museum of Anthropology and History,Paseo de Montejo x 43 # 485. Centro
The majestic premises will be space to present the string orchestra of the UADY.
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Andres Tinoco in Concert
Hearing this guitarist is on the short list of “must do” in Merida. He has won awards in both the U.S. and Mexico and Merida is blessed to call him her own.
Location:Café crème,Calle 41 x 58 and 60. 5 local Centro.
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission: Free

Mahache Jarana Maya Moots and Grupo la Charanga
This is a performance to showcase the new La Negrita.
Location: La Negrita, Calle 62 x 49. Centro
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

STM Gypsy Jazz Band
This garden performance will give attendees at the International Reading Fair an opportunity to dance the night away. The STM Gypsy Jazz Band is led by Etienne Walex.
Location: Alliance Française de Mérida, Colonia Mexico Calle 23 # 117 x 24
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Three Shows at UADY
7:00 PM: Concert by students at Música de la Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana
8:00 PM: Concert by Orquesta de Guitarras de la UADY
9:30 PM: Concert by Grupo Itzá Quiché, Director: David Flores Sabido
Don’t skip any of these concerts. There’s a new vocal group (Grupo Re-Percusión Vocal) that will be part of the 7:00 PM concert. They are directed by Maestro Juan Carlos Hernández, so you know they’ll be exceptionally enjoyable! The last concert of the evening showcases Latin folkloric music.
Location: UADY Central Courtyard, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Shows begin at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Admission: Free

Open Air Concerts
7:00 PM: Raquel Martínez Arana (vocalist) and Ariel Carrillo Diver (vocalist and guitarist) will open this concert. Then, Manuel Basulto will grace the stage. Many will know his work from his many years as soloist with UADY’s Atril 6. Closing the evening will be the Troveros Universitarios (University Troubadors).
8:00 PM: Concert: Voices Without Frontiers Choir, Director: Maestro Carlos A. Tello Martinez, including a tribute to the career of the director.
Location: Explanade of Parque de la Colonia Alemán
Admission: Free

Afro-Caribbean Concert: Las Fabulosas del Ritmo
The cumbia, cha cha cha, and mambo never get old in Merida, nor do the songs of legend and folklore. This is a great way to spend an evening in Centro.
Location: La Rendija, Calle 50 x 51. Centro
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

Baroque Music in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Corelli Music
Live Baroque music under the direction of Felipe Cervera.
June 26: Itzimna Church
July 10: Santa Lucia Church
July 31: Asilo Celarain
Admission: Free

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

Boats in a Street in Chelem

Streets in Chelem Yucatan Mexico One cannot help but feel sorry for residents who experience street flooding. Some actually need a boat to get out of their street. Chelem is a beach town and we are in the middle of rain, rain, and more rain. There are no ditches or canals to drain the water because, as we all know, Yucatan is sitting on a limestone shelf. The water percolates slowly through the limestone and/or out to sea with the outgoing tides. Either way, living at sea level, under these circumstances, suggests that at least a few streets are going to be wet for a few days each year. Would you not move to Chelem because of one or two streets flooding during one or two weeks a year? Before you answer, remember that there are about 350 perfect days of the year remaining in Chelem, so don’t strike the coast off of your list quite yet.

Weather: Wet

Yes, the 10-day weather forecast shows rain at least every afternoon and only once or twice all day. With the Caribbean to our east, the Gulf of Mexico to our north and west, and the Pacific to our west and south, we have little hope of avoiding rain for very long during this time of year. However, we are able to escape the horrific mudslides faced by other states due to Yucatan’s limestone shelf location and the fact that the Yucatan Peninsula is as flat as a pancake. As long as the winds of hurricanes don’t blow, and all we get is a few thunderstorms, we’re all fine in Yucatan, even if it is a bit of a sauna for a few hours a day.

La Solidaire du Chocolat Postponed

Mexico and France Relationship in Yucatan
Every other year, in even numbered years, Class 40 sail boats set out from France, and race to Progreso, Yucatan. Sadly, this year, citing the worldwide economic situation, not enough boats registered to give accreditation to the race. In light of this temporary situation, the race has been postponed until 2016. All other cooperative social and educational projects between the French and Yucatan are doing well on both sides of the ocean.

San Marcos: An Intra-Urban City in Merida

The development of intra-urban cities seems to be an idea that is growing around the world. As large cities become too unwieldy to manage and too costly to operate, the notion of building smaller cities within the larger cities has taken root. There are currently twelve such projects underway throughout Mexico, but it looks as if one in the southern part of Merida will be the first to be certified as environmentally and economically sustainable. San Marcos will have all of the bike paths, parks and green spaces everyone dreams of, as well as 12,000 brand new homes. The homes look a little close together, but professionals say that new design technologies are going to surprise us all. We can hardly wait to take a tour of San Marcos when it is finished!

The Pope Will Visit Mexico

Pope Will Visit Mexico The President of Mexico has been to see Pope Francisco and the Pope has agreed to visit Mexico. Now we wait for a date and a list of the places in the country he will visit. Of course, all fingers are crossed for Merida and Izamal, a city and a town that were both beloved destinations of Pope, now Saint, John Paul II. This pope has the potential to give a worldwide voice to Latin Americans that they have never had before. Thus far, he is leading by example and is showing the world a new view of Latin Americans and their cultures.

Merida English Library to Get New Administrator

Irving Cool has traded in his role as administrator of the Merida English Library for a new career in property management. Everyone wishes him well in his new career! Dan Karnes, MEL Board President, recently announced that a search for a new administrator has begun. In the meantime: “Lorna Gail Dallin, who was the library’s administrator from 2000 to 2006, has agreed to serve as part-time interim administrator. We appreciate immensely her dedication to MEL and her willingness to help.” For more information about requirements for this position, or to apply for the position of Administrator for the Merida English Library, go by the library (Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68) or call (999) 924-8401. It is expected that a decision will be made within three to four months.

Progreso: This-N-That Consignment Shop

If you are looking for great “good stuff,” gently used and at reasonable prices, there’s a new consignment shop in Progreso. It is owned by Ramona and Connie, two expatriates, who are filling a need that every expat has longed for at one time or another. They take anything — clothes, household items, you name it. They assign you a number that then becomes your number for whatever you bring in from then on. You set your own prices for your goods and their commission is 10% of that. The consignment store is located at Calle 25 y 34 in Progreso, Yucatan. To get there, go East on Calle 27 toward Chicxulub. Turn left toward the beach on Entrada 34 (Look for the SHAMBALA sign at Entrada 34 (since the town forgot to number the street) and turn left again on Calle 25. The house and shop will be on your left at that corner. For now, the store will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Isla Mujeres & Cozumel: Swimming With Manatees

Wild Animals in Yucatan Mexico Even in Yucatan, with all there is to see and do, we eventually all want something new and different to experience. Our find for this week is swimming with Manatees at the Dolphin Discovery Center, with locations on both Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. If you have a few extra dollars and, if the grandkids are coming for the summer, put Dolphin Discovery on your list and take a chance to see these animals up close. We hope (and assume) that the animals are well cared for and believe that this kind of encounter will educate future generations to take care of and preserve these and other species.

Kaxil Kiuic: Education, Research and Preservation

The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve is privately owned and managed by Kaxil Kiuic, A.C. It was developed and is managed by Millsaps College, where the professors and students continue to do research. They are conducting archaeological, biological and other research programs. The reserve consists of 4,000 acres of tropical forest that includes the ancient Maya center of Kiuic, as well as the remains of the historic community of San Sebastian. The State of Yucatan is continuing to work with INAH to develop this area as an internationally acclaimed ecotourism site while, at the same time, providing research and educational opportunities to scientists from around the world. Kaxil Kiuic has offices in Merida and private tours can be arranged for a day or for longer stays. For more information, go by Kaxil Kiuic, A.C. Their address is Calle 10 No. 66 por 7 y 9, Colonia San Antonio Cinta, Mérida, 97139, Yucatán, México. Or you can email them at callagja [at] millsaps [dot] edu. When you contact them, be sure to ask about joining the Amigos de Kiuic.

Yucatan’s Mangroves and Seagrass

Wild Nature in Yucatan Mexico The State of Yucatan now is home to between 50 and 70% of all of the sea grass that grows along the coasts of the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as 55% of the mangroves. This gives the state unique status as Cinvestav scientists work to develop a symposium that will showcase the importance of Yucatan’s coastal resources in terms of carbon mitigation and climate change. Cinvestav is a national research and university system that boasts at least 55 graduate and post-graduate degrees, and has a campus right here in Merida. To learn more about this project, and about Cinvestav itself, visit the Cinvestav website.

Africanized Bees in Ucu

Sadly, an elderly gentleman was killed by Africanized bees as he worked his small plot of land behind a primary school in Ucu. The first question most people ask about these kinds of bees is how to recognize them. In reality, “killer” bees look much like their non-aggressive counterparts. If they are actually Africanized bees, they will be extremely aggressive and there will be little doubt as to what they are. These bees do not like movement or noise, so please do be careful. Do not attempt to fight these bees alone. Call the police immediately if you suspect that there are “killer bees” on your property.

By Working Gringos

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: entryway

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Dining room

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: master bedroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Master bathroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Additional bedroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Bedroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Bathroom

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Courtyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Casa Gloria!
Your Vacation Home in the
Colonial Heart of Merida

Only four blocks from Merida’s colorful central plaza and two blocks from Parque Santa Lucia, Casa Gloria is a renovated colonial home with three large bedrooms, a casita, four baths and a swimming pool. Casa Gloria is a place of peace and simple luxury, with high ceilings, original pasta-tiled floors, and an Art Deco feel that bespeaks Merida’s historic French influence. It is an ideal base of operations for a relaxed Merida vacation for groups of four to seven.

Entering from the street, you are immediately surrounded by a blend of old world beauty and modern amenities. The dramatic entrance hallway flows into a spacious outdoor sala (living room), and on into a shady central courtyard, open to the sky yet cooled by mature tropical trees.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: tvroom

 

A modern media room with large flat-panel TV (complete with English-language channels) and comfortable leather furniture leads into a splendid master suite plus two more large bedrooms, both of which open onto the courtyard. The casita is a small, freestanding private guest house with a foldout futon for sleeping.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico

 

Entertaining at Casa Gloria is a joyful enterprise centering around the colorful, fully-equipped kitchen, which opens onto the pool area, covered patio and adjacent dining room with its stained glass windows and French doors. The large pool with salt filtration system will be your oasis as you soak up the sun—then blend up the Margaritas, turn on the lights and savor the tropical night, amid the fragrant breeze and the overarching royal palm trees.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: the pool

 

Two newly renovated bathrooms serve the front of the house; two more bathrooms, linked by a stone-walled outdoor shower, are in the pool area and casita. All plumbing in the house is upgraded to high North American standards; the UV filtration system means that the water is safe to drink throughout the house. All rooms have efficient, modern ceiling fans; the media room and three bedrooms each have their own air-conditioning units. There is also a laundry room with washer and dryer.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: the beautiful gardens!

 

The house is served by its own WiFi network, so you can be both on vacation and online at the same time. House rental also includes use of Amigo local cell phone. Stereo/CD player with iPod hookup is in the dining room cabinet. We have a local, bilingual property manager available to meet guests and for emergencies.

Fall in Love With Historic Merida

In the TV room you will find a Casa Gloria binder with information on favorite restaurants, day trips, and getting around in Merida and the Yucatan. Great restaurants are literally a few steps away. You can amble to Merida’s zocalo (central plaza) in five minutes, passing along the way museums, the opera house, theatres, restaurants, and merchants of all kinds. The Merida English Library, Santa Lucia Park, and the great central market are all within easy walking distance. There are incredible adventures and day-trips in every direction—Chichen Itza, Uxmal and the Ruta Puc, Dzibilchaltun, Izamal, Progreso and Celestun are easily reachable by taxi, bus or rental car. If you rent a car, safe parking is available in the parking lot next door.

Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula are full of fascinating sights, sounds and pleasures…and Casa Gloria is right in the heart of it all.

Casa Gloria Vacation Rental Home in Merida Mexico: Central courtyard

Casa Gloria Rates

Low Season - Apr. 1 – Oct. 31
$165/night, 3 night min.
$990/week (one night free for each full week)

High Season - Nov. 1 – Mar 31
(not including holiday period below)
$225/night, 3 night min.
$1350/week (one night free for each full week)

Holidays – Christmas – New Year
$275/night, 7 night min.
$1650/week (one night free for each full week)

Policies

Due to the unfenced swimming pool, we must request that guests at Casa Gloria do not include children under the age of 12.
Smoking allowed in the interior courtyard or pool area only.

Contact Us Now!

mominyucatan [at] yahoo [dot] com

 

By Working Gringos

Casa Millsaps face to the street in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Entry to Casa Millsaps in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Pool and courtyard at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bedroom at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bedroom for two at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bunkbeds at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Bathroom at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Dining room at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Kitchen at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Sitting area at Casa Millsaps in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Conference room at Casa Millsaps

Terrace at night Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Roof terrace at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Millsaps

Casa Millsaps is a 9 bedroom, 10 bathroom vacation rental house in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Located just a few blocks from the hotel zone and Merida’s famous Paseo de Montejo, Casa Millsaps is set up to comfortably accommodate large parties of up to 20 people in the same house. A mixture of small suites with dorm-style beds and private rooms with queen or two twin beds makes Casa Millsaps is a perfect place for international classes, family or class reunions, retreats or any sort of group travel.

 

In addition to the ample sleeping facilities, Casa Millsaps also features a complete kitchen and covered patio dining area, a conference room that seats up to 20 people, a filtered plunge pool, a rooftop seating area and Wi-Fi throughout the house. Within a few blocks, there are hotels, car rental agencies, a wide selection of restaurants, Wal-Mart, banks, shopping and a traditional market at Parque Santa Ana.

 

 

Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

Rates

The rates for Casa Millsaps range depending on the number of people staying and the length of stay. The rates are, for the most part, calculated on a per person basis.
The rates are approximately $30 USD per person per night. We request a minimum of four persons for a three night minimum. For a fully occupied house in all nine bedrooms, rates would be approximately $600 per night. However, slightly lower rates are available for larger groups and longer stays.

 

Children and Pets

There is an unfenced swimming pool at Casa Millsaps. Children must be supervised at all times and the guest assumes all liability and responsibility for children in and around the pool and all areas. Pets are not encouraged, but may be accommodated on a case by case basis.

Deposit

Typically, a 50% payment is expected within 2 weeks of the receipt of your confirmation that Casa Millsaps is available and reserved for your requested dates. If your desired arrival date is less than two weeks from the reservation date, then the full payment would be due at the time of reservation. The remaining fifty percent (50%) balance is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If your desired arrival date is less than 4 weeks from the reservation date, then the full payment would be due at the time of reservation.
In addition to the rental fee, we require a refundable deposit of $250 for lost or damaged items or as an excessive cleaning fee.

 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that guest cancels the reservation for any reason, a $250 cancellation fee will be charged. If the cancellation occurs at least thirty (30) days prior to the check-in date and Casa Millsaps is unable to re-rent the property by the guest’s check-in date, the guest will be liable for fifty percent (50%) of the rental costs. If the cancellation occurs less than thirty (30) days of the check-in date, all monies paid by guest will be forfeited if Casa Millsaps is not re-rented by the check-in date. Casa Millsaps will make all reasonable efforts to re-rent the home by the check-in date. We encourage you to buy travel insurance at the time of booking in the event you must cancel and forfeit funds.

 

Pool at Casa Millsaps Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

Payment Options

Casa Millsaps accepts checks or bank wires in US dollars or Mexican Pesos as long as they are deposited one month prior to your arrival date. We can also accept Credit Cards or PayPal. Payment options and instructions will be given upon the acceptance of the reservation dates.

 

Contact

 

For more information, go to our website:

www.casamillsaps.com

 

You can use our reservation request form on the website to let us know about your group and check availability, or you can email us at info [at] casamillsaps [dot] com. We look forward to seeing you at Casa Millsaps!

By Working Gringos

A Colonial Dreamhome in a Perfect Centro Location

Casa Panadero Facade in Merida Downtown area

Living Room at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Spacious living room looking to dining room in Casa Panadero Merida Yucatan

Dining Room at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Hand Made Furniture at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Comfortable and Cool Bedroom at Casa del Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Spacious Bathroom at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Master bedroom of Casa del Panadero Merida Yucatan

Sitting Areas at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Patio View at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Patio at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Plunge Pool at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few city blocks from the center of town in one direction, and from the Remate of Paseo de Montejo in the other diretion, Casa del Panadero stands proud and tall, one of a group of four special row houses in the exclusive Santa Ana district. Just blocks from a myriad of events and attractions, Casa del Panadero envelops its guests in the history and culture of Merida and the Yucatan in a way that few homes can claim.

Come stay at Casa del Panadero for a memorable vacation in a tropical colonial home. Wake up every morning knowing that there are a hundred things to do… or you can spend the day gloriously doing nothing in the comfort and beauty of your own home away from home.

Casa del Panadero is located in the center of the picturesque and historic district of Santa Ana, just two blocks from Parque Santa Ana and only five blocks from the Plaza Grande (the center of town).

This vacation rental home is a centuries-old house and a former bakery whose name means “House of a Baker.” The structural walls consist of stone and concrete typical of the colonial building era known as “mamposteria.” The 18-inch walls provide natural insulation and coolness, as do the 18-foot ceilings, the interior patio and the north to south facing. The floors all have some of the original “pasta tiles” unique to the colonials of Centro. The house was originally renovated from its state of abandonment by the famous architect, Salvador Reyes Rios, the same architect responsible for many hacienda restorations in the Yucatan.

 

Mexican Style Kitchen at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Santa Ana District in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Amenities

 

At Casa del Panadero, you will enjoy…

  • Two spacious bedrooms with King beds and 400-count 100% cotton linens
  • Each bedroom has an armoire and a vanity desk with mirror
  • Two separate bathrooms with showers
  • Dining room and two seating areas
  • A central, Mexican-style kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven, toaster, four-burner Bosch stove, bottled water dispenser, coffeemaker and utensils
  • Furnished interior courtyard with tiled fountain that is visible from nearly every room in the house
  • Lush tropical garden with new filtered swimming pool with fountain, and outdoor shower
  • Local, bilingual property manager to meet guests and be available for emergencies
  • On your arrival, a bottle of wine will greet you, along with milk, juice, coffee and pastries
  • 32-Inch LCD TV, DVD player, and a selection of DVDs
  • Stereo/CD player with iPod hookup
  • Wireless internet (bring your computer for Skype-calling)
  • Printer, copier and scanner available to use with your computer
  • Two bicycles for your use
  • Amigo” local cell phone for local calls
  • Remote-controlled air conditioners in each bedroom and ceiling fans throughout the house
  • Washer/dryer, iron and ironing board
  • All new furniture, ironwork and artwork
  • Parking available in the front of the house
    on a non-bus, quiet street
  • Maid service, cooking service, and in-house massage
    service available by request and for an additional charge
  • A directory explaining the operations of Casa del Panadero and listings of some of our favorite restaurants, day trips, taxi drivers, and much of the local flavor of Merida and the Yucatan.

 

Prices

Rates for 2013

Low Season - May 1 to September 30
$150 USD per night, 4 night minimum; $900 USD per week (Every 7th night is free, making nightly rate $128.57)

 

High Season - October 1 to April 30
$200 USD per night, 4 night minimum; $1200 USD per week (Every 7th night is free, making nightly rate $171.85)

 

Holiday Season – December 15, 2013 to January 11, 2014
$225 USD per night, 4 night minimum; $1350 USD per week (Every 7th night is free, making nightly rate $192.85)

 

We can negotiate discounts with additional terms for stays longer than two weeks. 

 

Lush Tropical Garden at Casa Panadero Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

Policies

Daily maid service is not included, but may be available at an extra cost and should be arranged before arrival.

 

Maximum occupancy 4 adults. Children under 12 not allowed. Smoking allowed in interior courtyard or garden area only. Casa del Panadero cannot accommodate pets.

 

Contact Us Now!

www.casadelpanadero.com/

 

Come explore Casa del Panadero!

We just know you are going to love it…

 

 

By Working Gringos

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the upcoming Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and ends November 30. The Typhoon Season will last through the end of 2014, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now. This Travel Alert expires on December 1, 2014.

The Atlantic Basin, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects to see a near-normal or below-normal hurricane season this year with a 50 percent chance of a below-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season. NOAA predicts a likely development of El Nino during the summer or early fall and a 70 percent chance of 8 to 13 named storms, of which three to six are predicted to strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or higher). Of those, one to two are expected to become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). NOAA recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming season now.

The Eastern Pacific: Hurricane season began May 15 and ends November 30. NOAA expects a near- or above-normal season, with a 50 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 percent chance of a below normal season. NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of 14 to 20 named storms, of which six to eleven are expected to become hurricane strength. Of those, three to six are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).

Western and Central Pacific: Typhoon season begins June 1 and ends November 30. NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) predicts a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, a 40 percent chance of an above- normal season, and a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season. CPHC expects four to seven tropical cyclones to affect the central Pacific this season. For information on typhoon warnings, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu, the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, and the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) Tokyo – Typhoon Center.

During and after some previous storms, U.S. citizens traveling abroad encountered dangerous and often uncomfortable conditions that lasted for several days while awaiting transportation back to the United States. In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability. Roads were also washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas. Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred. Security personnel may not always be readily available to assist. In the event of a hurricane, travelers should be aware that they may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the hurricane or typhoon season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency. If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State will work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens may depart as safely and efficiently as possible. Commercial airlines are the Department’s primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options. U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility. For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans. For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website, http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies.html.

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification). Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies. NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php and http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments. Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you will receive the most recent security and safety updates during your trip. Enrollment also ensures that you can be reached during an emergency. While we will do our utmost to assist you in a crisis, be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department’s “Hurricane Season – Know Before You Go” webpage. You can get updated information on travel to your destination from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada or, from outside the United States and Canada, 1-202-501-4444. We also encourage you to check the Country Specific Information and the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate with consular responsibilities for the territory you will be visiting. Follow us on Twitter and become a fan of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ page on Facebook as well.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, 06500 Mexico, D.F.and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy dialing from Mexico is (01-55) 5080-2000 and dialing from the U.S. is 011-52-55-5080-2000.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting June 02, 2014

Art In The City

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

Yucatan Living Collective Exhibit
New exhibits, including a photography exhibit by William Frej about Enduring Cultures and sculpture by Abraham Illescas.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingAnd of course, there’s the MACAY! New exhibits there as well!

In The City

Monday (Lunes) June 02, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today

 

Tuesday (Martes) June 03, 2014

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Entorno al Bel Canto
Tenor Gustavo Duran and Christian Ibarra. Plus, the Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan, with Guest Director Jaime Lara.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Grupo Los Juglares
This is one of the oldest trova groups in Yucatan. Their talent has certainly stood the test of time and earned them a place in the hearts of all Yucatecos.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) June 04

Yucatan Living Movie: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth
The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years. How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: 130th Anniversary of BANAMEX
Sponsored by the Municipal Council of Merida and BANAMEX Cultural Promotion, A.C. Performance by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida, featuring 100 years of music in Yucatan, both in music and song.
Location: Casa de Cultura Banamex, Museo Casa Montejo, Calle 63 # 506 x 60 y 62, Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Orquesta de Cuerdas de la UADY
Under the direction of Maestro Veselin Dechev, the Orchestra celebrates its second anniversary.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:No Quiero Dormir Sola
A drama about a young woman forced to take care of her alcoholic grandmother.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) June 05 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Big Boys Gone Bananas!
Dole Food Company wages a campaign to prevent a pair of Swedish filmmakers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Camille Claudel 1915
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) June 06 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pina
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Rock Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Calle+Music: La Ruta del Rock and Roll
This is a performance by Ruta 42, under the direction of Thomas Martin. The members of the group include Adam Escamilla on bass and vocals, Thomas Martin on guitar and Cesar Carrillo on drums and percussion. Route 42 is currently recording its first album in Grenade Studios in Merida. No one loves Rock and Roll more than Yucatan, so do try to see this group perform.
Location: Parque de Santa Lucia, Calle 60 x 55
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Secret Of Kells
The animated story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Deep Water
A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) June 07, 2014

Opera In Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie). Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Movie: El Foso
Documentary about the musicians under the stage.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Se7en
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Renoir
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir, son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste, returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 08, 2014

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

Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary: Butterflies
Learn all about the life of this beautiful insects.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Dial M for Murder
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) June 09, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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Events

By Khaki Scott

A Bit of San Francisco in Yucatan

Yucatan and San Francisco
Oxkutzcab, the Citrus Capital of Yucatan, is also more than a little bit San Francisco these days. This comes from the fact that so many migrants travel between the two cities. From Chef Eduardo Dzib Vargas, we learn that there are now at least five or six restaurants with Thai food in Oxkutzcab (which the chefs learned to cook while working in California), as well as murals depicting San Francisco cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. Currently, there are approximately 70,000 Yucatecos living in and around the Bay Area, with most speaking mostly Mayan and little Spanish. This is a problem when, for example, they train in Italian restaurants in San Francisco and return to Oxkutzucab with skills that do not match the culture in which they now must work. However, that does not diminish their love for their home town or for San Francisco. We would love to see the returning migrants have an opportunity to show off their skills. Perhaps that could be a new project for someone with vision and a love of the interior of the State of Yucatan. To read more about the migrants involved, visit this Seattle Times article
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Pattusa Was In Town!

A few years ago, Patt Barrington (Pattusa) was a gringa working in Yucatan. When her job ended, she returned to East Texas, but has continued to vacation in Merida and Progreso. When we saw this: “Each visit ended with torn emotions between hating to leave and a longing to return home. Nowadays, for me, that longing to return home just ain’t there,” we couldn’t help but think that Pattusa and Yucatan have not seen the last of each other. To read about Patt’s latest visit, learn from her suggestions and to see her photos, visit In the Yucatan Again! March 2014 with George Carpenter.”

U.S. Exchange Student Numbers Down

According to the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange, the number of American college students studying in Mexico has, over the past decade, dropped to less than 4,000, which is a drop of approximately 50%. Issues of safety are the major reason given for the drastic drop in the number of Americans studying in Mexico in the past decade. This does not seem to be an issue at Yucatan’s universities, but that news needs to be more widely disseminated. These exchange students will carry their experience with them for the rest of their lives. They are young and their knowledge and understanding of other cultures will ensure that the future is brighter for both countries. Wherever you see an opportunity to let members of the international community know that Estado de Yucatan is safe for all exchange students, please do so.

Airbus Defense and Space in Mexico Best Place to Work Again!

In 2008, Airbus Defense and Space in Mexico began its climb to become the best place to work in its class at the number 32 spot on CNN’s Expansion Magazine list and never looked back. It started with gender equality and went on to social responsibility. By 2011, it topped out at Number 1 and is still there in 2014. Participating international companies must have at least 100 employees and less than 500 employees to be reviewed by CNN. Findings, in this case, show that Airbus is committed to employee diversity and development, as well as to the national and international community. Congratulations to all of the employees of Airbus Defense and Space in Mexico on a job well done, and to the company itself for its vision for the future in Mexico.

Yucatan’s Children Winning Battle of the Bulge

Children and Obesity in Yucatan Mexico In 2008, Yucatan’s children were the most overweight in the nation. In 2011, they held second place and in 2014, they are in third place. In this case, falling in the rankings is a huge win for the children, for their parents, and for Yucatan. Losing weight and increasing the amount of exercise they get will have a direct and lifelong effect on these children’s risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. Everyone in Yucatan is aware of this problem and a massive number of programs have been put in place to help win this battle. Parents are involved, as well as the government, with programs such as the Bici-Ruta and other sports programs, but the children themselves are the ones who have decided to win at losing.. for their health and for the health of the families they will build in the future.

“Big Mama” Loggerhead Deposits Eggs in Progreso

This turtle is almost 5 feet long and weighs approximately 198 pounds. Obviously, she laid her eggs anywhere she decided to lay them, and if she wanted to leave her babies on the beach near the pier in Progreso, no one had any intention of stopping her. In fact, in spite of the early hour, she had her own guards throughout the laying of her eggs. At 5:00 AM, Mama was back in the sea and the eggs were moved to the turtle camp at Setmar of Yucalpeten.

Ticul Creates Replicas Using Ancient Methods

Real Mayan Art Pieces in Yucatan Mexico
The Echeverria Castillo family, in Ticul, is making exact replicas of pre-Hispanic Mayan sculptures and ceramic pieces that are in collections in museums and private hands around the world. So far, they have made 50 replicas that are currently on display in Siglo XXI Convention Center. This is no small workshop and the talent of this family is growing as the prices for some of their work now exceeds $50,000 pesos. If you are a collector, you should know that the work of the Echeverria Castillo family is developing its own following and this may be the best time to invest in one or more of these wonderful pieces.

Yucatan Ranks Fourth in Mexico University Games

The National University Sports Federation Games are the final step toward competition in the International University Sports Federation Games. This is an Olympiad in and of itself! This year, Yucatan won fourth place in Mexico and brought home a total of 38 medals: 13 golds, 10 silver and 15 bronze. Participating universities included Universidades Autónoma de Yucatán, Anáhuac Mayab, Marista, Patria, Modelo, Latino, del Valle de México campus Mérida, and Interamericana para el Desarrollo, así como los Institutos Tecnológicos de Mérida and Superior de Progreso. Yucatan Living congratulates everyone involved in the success of these young athletes and we wish them continued good fortune throughout their careers.

Ticul’s Shoemaker’s Reputation Growing Nationally

Yucatan Shoes in Mexico CityEach year, Mexico gives each state in the nation an opportunity to promote and sell local products, find marketing channels, generate income and ensure more jobs for the people of their state. We have just completed the Week of Yucatan in Mexico and Ticul’s shoe industry is a clear winner for both Mexican and foreign visitors. The most prominent of the nine shoe manufacturing firms representing Yucatan was “Mayaek.” Overall, profits were far ahead of what they were last year, with shoe companies now financially able to branch out to include clothing and accessories. Everyone should remember that these locally owned businesses have grown into national and international players only within the past decade and with the help of a variety of government assistance programs. Where are the Maya? These are the Maya… smart, well educated, savvy young business people who are carving out successful futures for themselves and their families. They really are the pride of Yucatan.

Tizimin Animal Control Grasping at Straws

Street Dogs in Yucatan Mexico Stray cats and dogs, in Tizimin, have reached critical numbers and something must be done. The municipality is at the point of suggesting that a house-by-house survey be conducted, in which every animal there is chipped. If the animal is later found living on the street, the owner will be given a fine. They insist that it is time to hold owners responsible for controlling the reproduction of their pets, and point out that chips and fines would give the municipality a legal platform for preventing abuse of dogs and cats. It will be interesting to see how this issue is resolved. Tizimin is not the only municipality that is struggling with this issue and it would be wonderful if they come up with a workable, affordable solution.

By Working Gringos

About a year and a half ago, I returned from Thailand after four years of teaching English at a private school in Phuket. My home is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I decided last fall to explore Merida as a place for retirement. I am currently house sitting in Merida, Centro.

I find that I love Merida and choose it as a place to stay. In the meantime I have offered my Santa Fe properties for sale and am looking for a house to purchase here in Merida, both of which can take some time. I am also looking for a long term house sitting position beginning in October 2014. Since retiring from The New Mexico Parks Division as a program and budget manager, I have served in Peace Corps, Romania and, of course, have taught in Thailand.

I have a lot of experience managing properties which I have owned in Santa Fe and other places in the U.S. I am extremely conscientious and reliable. I will take good care of your home and maintain good communication with you (if you choose) while I am there. I have learned a lot about problems that can arise in Merida because of its tropical climate and I sure have learned a lot about the water problems that can cause so much frustration. I keep a clean and well organized home and will do the same for you.

I am very active in the Merida community and have met many new friends. I do not drive here as I have not brought my car here. I find the bus system very adequate for my needs. I love cats and would take very good care of yours. I do some writing for fun and pleasure and am active in volunteer work. I have excellent references.

If you need a house sitter and are interested, please contact me.
Cell is 999105123.
Email Geraldine at seamountainlady [at] gmail [dot] com

By Working Gringos

Antorchistas entering the church in UmanWe have been meaning to write about Uman for a long time… years! But that is the thing about Uman… it is so close to Merida, it is easy to overlook it. Because Uman is so close, it is not usually the place you think of when you want to go for a day trip into the Yucatan Peninsula. When you live in the Yucatan and you think of a Yucatan destination for a day’s adventure, it is usually Izamal or Uxmal or Valladolid that pops into mind.

We are here to tell you that Merida’s closest neighbor, Uman, is not only worth thinking about, it is also worth the visit. There is much to see and do there… and it is completely representative of a typical Yucatan pueblo, with the outstanding exception that it is only about 20 minutes and 18 kilometers from the center of Merida.

Why Uman?

Uman was established… well, no one knows when exactly Uman was established. In fact, in the early 1800′s, nearby Hunucma was the larger city and Uman was part of their jurisdiction.

Sometime between then and now, Uman grew into its own, probably largely due to its convenient location on the road out of Merida towards Muna and Campeche (before the 180 detoured the Campeche-bound travelers around it). Now Uman boasts a population of almost 40,000 people (as of the official 2010 census), which is fewer people than lived there in the previous two censuses, and almost a quarter of them speak Maya or Zapotec in addition to (we assume) Spanish. There are a few international corporation with maquiladoras in Uman (including Avery Dennison), but probably the majority of Uman residents work in or around Merida. In the Maya language, uman means ‘your purchase’, but it can also mean ‘the road’ or ‘the way’… all meanings which seem to be fitting.

The Mercado in Uman

For besides being along the way to other major destinations, Uman boasts a pretty large central market and may have been a place to stop and stock up before hitting the road for western and southern destinations. Today, Uman’s mercado is a bustling center of the town and a great place for visitors to get a feel for a Mercado in Uman YucatanYucatecan market, while skipping the overwhelm and crowding of the Lucas Galvez mercado in Merida’s centro. The market, as you can see in the photos, can be downright empty-ish if you go in the late morning or afternoon, which gives you the time and space to walk around and really look at what is there. It also gives you the ability to admire the huge Virgen de Guadalupe altar that is in the center, reminding everyone there who is really in charge.

Uman and la Virgen de Guadalupe

Speaking of the Virgen de Guadalupe, Uman is a center of activity on el día de la Virgen, December 12. While the area around the destination church in Merida, San Cristobal, The huge doors at the front of the church in Uman Yucatangets incredibly crowded on the night of December 11 and 12, the church in Uman, the ex-convento de San Francisco de Asís, does not. Many of the antorchistas (torch bearers), the runners and bicyclers who make a peregrinación (pilgrimage) from places all over Mexico, end up in Uman as well as in Merida. The church there is huge, as are the grounds around it (as is the big red front door, as you can see in the photo), and many teams of travelers end up there resting on the lawn or giving thanks inside the church.

Saying that the church is huge is a bit of an understatement. In fact, the San Francisco de Assis is one of the largest churches in southern Mexico, not just for its square footage, but also for the height of its stone walls. It was constructed by Franciscan brothers in the 18th Century, and it features a distinctive and beautiful entrance handmade sign for registering antorchistas in Uman Yucatanwith three concentric arches. The towers at the top were never actually completed, but that does not seem to detract from the majesty of it all. While there is not usually much inside in the way of decoration, the interior is also impressive (and is usually open from 7 AM to 1 PM, and again from 4 PM to 8 PM).

When we visited one year during that time, we arrived just after the sun had set and groups of travelers were streaming into the city, honking their bicycle or car horns. Runner with torches were easy to spot as night gathered, and traffic stopped to let them pass down the main street, up the steps and through the front gate of the church grounds. The groups of young men and Antorchistas arriving in Uman Yucatanwomen were all wearing uniforms, some of them looking quite tired and dirty, yet happy to have reached their destination. Group by group, they would park their bicycles on the grass and gather together. Then they would walk into the huge and fairly empty church, open and lit up, and kneel as a group in front of an altar to la Virgen on the side of the church. They would say their thanks for safe passage, Giving thanks to the Virgen of Guadalupe in Uman Yucatanas we are sure they were feeling accomplished, relieved and also excited that they had completed their promise to la Virgen… so now maybe she fulfill her part of the bargain. And then they would leave the church, smiling and laughing, to go find something to eat and a place to spend the night. Uman is a happening place during those days in December and a fun place to visit when you want to get an idea of what does on in honor of la Virgen during those important days in Mexico.

Any Time of Year

Gremio through Uman YucatanBut you do not have to wait for December to enjoy your visit to Uman… there is much more to see! After a visit to the church and the market, you can just walk the streets during the day, enjoying the small town atmosphere. You might even come upon a gremio, like we did, and take the time to stop and watch the local residents parading their patron saint on his or her annual walk around town before they return him or her to their place in their church. You might take a moment to visit Evolución, one of Merida’s two very active animal shelters. Evolución can always use an extra bag of dog food, a donation or a friendly pair of hands. If you are there at the right time of year, you might even participate in their annual Spay & Neuter Clinic for Uman, their effort to lower the stray population and the numbers of dogs and puppies dropped on their doorstep.

hacienda hunxectaman sign You might enjoy a visit to Uman’s colorful cemetery… yes, we know this might sound a bit counterintuitive. Who enjoys a visit to a cemetery? But in Mexico, lots of people do and you could be one of them. Uman’s cemetery is colorful and full of interesting miniature houses, built as homes for the spirits of loved ones. The cemetery is located on the road out of town (as in many Yucatan pueblos, there is one main road into town and one main road out of town, making navigation just a bit easier…).

Haciendas Near Uman

You might also enjoy a visit to one of the haciendas surrounding Uman. We have been to a few near there. The two we visited the day we took photos included Hacienda Hunxectaman, and we might love it mostly because of that wonderful old sign. The hacienda itself has a smallish (for a hacienda…) residence that is not open to the public. Next to that is a large area that has been renovated so that it looks picturesque for photos, hunxectaman outdoor space for parties in Uman Yucatanand it has large, clean, empty indoor and outdoor spaces and bathrooms. Obviously, this is one of those haciendas that is rented out for quinceñeras and weddings, neither of which was happening the day we stopped by.

More impressively and importantly, the Hacienda Dzibikak is also nearby Uman. This hacienda was renovated to perfection by expatriate Richard Nichols and his wife, who comes originally from Asia (the reason we mention this will become apparent shortly!). Besides being a lovely home for Richard and his family, the hacienda also has a few rooms that are occasionally rented out to guests. And it too is an event site, for weddings, corporate events and other parties, as well as for the increasingly popular Merida Music Festival, One of the entertainment spaces at Hacienda Dzibikakwhich is held on its grounds each year in the spring. Hacienda Dzibikak, like many haciendas in Yucatan, was originally a place that grew henequen and cattle, but fell into disrepair and neglect after suffering a huge fire. In fact, the name Dzibikak means ‘written with fire’ in the Maya language, which we would assume a tribute to the events that took place there.

Nowadays Dzibikak hosts events of a tamer sort, but is probably even more magnificent than in its heyday. When we visited that day, we were graciously hosted by the owner and shown around the elegant grounds. The place has lawns and gardens that seem to go on forever, making it a lovely place for a big event. The interiors are beautifully decorated in a updated hacienda style, hardly the kind of place we expected to find just on the outskirts of Uman. But that is how the Yucatan is these days… amazing contrasts, right next door to each other. After a short visit with Mr. Nichols, we mentioned that we would be leaving and looking for a place to eat lunch. Nichols encouraged us to try a cocina economica in town that was run by a woman from China. He and his wife had discovered this place and she said the food was very authentic and good. Woman with mangoes in Uman YucatanAs anyone who has lived in Merida for any length of time knows, it is difficult to find good Chinese food here, so we were anxious to try it. We took our leave and thanked them for the tip!

Mangoes and Chao Main

On the way back into Uman from the hacienda, we found this Maya woman sitting on the side of the road in what appeared to be a semi-deserted neighborhood, selling mangoes out of a color-coordinated plastic bucket. No doubt, these mangoes came from a tree at her house or somewhere nearby. How could we resist stopping? The woman gladly let Working Gringa pick the mangoes she wanted and sold her a bowl of them for $10 pesos. Highway robbery, if you ask me! We felt like we were stealing gold…

Once back in the town of Uman, we headed straight for the recommended cocina economica, which is located on one of the side streets that pour into the main intersection in front of the church, just about a block from the church. That was back in 2011, so we cannot guarantee the place is still there, but if it is, we highly recommend it if you are in the mood for Chinese food! Chow mein and chinese food in Uman YucatanThe woman who runs the place is from China, and moved here just a few years ago with her son. She barely speaks Spanish and at the time, could not communicate about much more than the food she was serving. She depended heavily on the menu, printed on the wall inside and outside the establishment. Which did we Chinese food cocina economica in Umanprefer… Pollo agridulce (sweet and sour chicken)? Or Chao Main? Ha! We had a delicious lunch with more than enough food for one person, all for the low low price of $30 pesos each, plus of course the ubiquitous Mexican Coca fria. We left completely satisfied customers, and by the looks of the line forming when we left, we were not alone.

Uman, Close to the Heart of Merida

Our day in Uman when we took these photos was a few years ago, but judging by a recent visit, not much has changed. Though Uman continues to grow and improve and add the services necessary to living in the 21st Century, it still also continues to maintain its small-pueblo feeling. We are not sure if the restaurant is still there (if you see it, let us know!) and we are pretty sure the lady selling mangoes is not still there (although someone is bound to be there selling something from their back yard!). But the haciendas are still there, and more beautiful, more popular and more accessible than ever. The mercado, the city streets, the cemetery, the animal shelter and the church with the big red wooden doors are all still there, too.

Flamboyanes in Uman Merida Yucatan MexicoAnd of course, when you go to visit, you will find something else special there. Uman is a special town, close to Merida and close to the hearts of many who have visited there. But in the end, there is no town more special than the one you just visited… or better yet, the one you plan to go to next weekend or next month. The Yucatan Peninsula may seem like a finite geographical place, but the magic you can find there is endless!

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Hacienda Dzibikak
Hacienda Yaxcopoil (also within Uman’s municipality, also available for weddings and overnight stays)
Hacienda Hunxectaman’s wedding rental page
Watch our video on the celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe in Yucatan
Uman’s Facebook page
Evolución Animal Shelter in Uman

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: This guest writer, Emma Hodge, investigated and wrote this brief history for our website. As someone who grew up with a Korean-born woman as a close friend of her family, Working Gringa has always been especially fascinated with the history of Koreans here in Yucatan. More to the point, she grew up loving Korean food as much or more than Yucatecan cuisine. We hope this little article is just one more addition to the information out there about Koreans in Yucatan, and will somehow contribute to the establishment of some great Korean restaurants in Merida sometime soon! How lucky Yucatan is to have Koreans in their mestizaje!

A Brief History of the Korean Expat Community in Yucatan

Many people will have seen the Korean plaque at the corner of Calle 72 and 57 in Merida. Many more will have walked past the Museo Conmemorativo La Inmigracion corner plaque of boat that brought Koreans to MexicoCoreana in centro without reading it or thinking much about it. But how many people really know the history of Korean immigration to Merida in 1905 and how this helped shape the expatriate community in Yucatan and in Mexico as a whole?

Migration from Korea

Natural disasters and social instability led to more and more people wanting to leave Korea in the late 1800s, with many choosing to head to the likes of the Russian Far East and northeast China. This trend continued into the early 20th century but by then, many people were choosing to travel even farther afield. In 1902, Hawaii became a popular destination for emigrants. This choice of destinations was controversial because of the influence of the Japanese in Korea and a belief that this trend might harm the chances of the Japanese who were migrating to Hawaii.

Japanese labor brokers lobbied Konura Jutaro, the Japanese foreign minister, to put an end to the Korean migration to Hawaii. This coincided with a desire in Mexico to ad for workers to go to Mexicohire Asian workers to fill gaps in the agricultural workforce… gaps probably widening due to the amazing success of the Yucatan henequen industry. Eventually, a British Mexican international agent named John G. Myers and Genichi Taisho, a Japanese businessman, placing advertisements in newspapers throughout Incheon in Korea calling for workers to head for jobs in Mexico.

About ten advertisements were placed in all. A typical ad, run on December 17, 1904, said: ‘Located near the United States of America, Mexico is a civilized and rich country. It has warm weather, clean water and fertile soil. The world knows it is a place where no diseases exist. In Mexico there are many wealthy people, but few poor people, so it is very difficult to find laborers. Like many Japanese and Chinese who went to Mexico and profited a lot last year, Chosun (Korean) people too will benefit much when they go there. Farmers will have free access to medicine. And you will work 9 hours a day and will be paid from a minimum ’2 Won 60 Jun’ up to ’6 Won’.’

Original Koreans in YucatanSadly, the reality was very different. In total, 1,033 Korean migrants arrived in Merida in 1905 after defeating efforts by Korea’s government to stop them, only to find out that there is no truth in advertising. The sign on the corner of Calle 72 and 57 shows a picture of a boat and the words El Chemulpo. That was the name of the British cargo ship that transported the migrants to Mexico.

Like the many tourists of today who sail into Mexican ports expecting stunning scenery, a great climate, and friendly people, these Koreans undoubtedly looked forward to their stay as they docked at the Salina Cruz port in Oaxaca. Unlike those people who arrive in Mexico on planes and cruise ships today, however, their stay was to be anything but enjoyable. Most were sent to Yucatan henequen plantations, where they became known as Aenikkaengs and were treated as slaves, like the Maya people along whose side they found themselves working. Those that survived a four or five-year contract generally did not even make enough money to fund their return to Korea. So most of them settled permanently in Yucatan and other areas of Mexico. There are also some reports that even if they had the money to pay for the journey, they were at that point barred from entry to Korea, which had become a Japanese colony.

The Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigracion Coreana serves as a reminder of the hardships and lives of these emigrants. It also provides a valuable link Yucatan girls practicing Korean dancingbetween history and the Korean descendants that live in Yucatan today. The Korean Immigration Museum holds cultural events each month in order to pass on knowledge of this rich history to younger generations of Yucatecans who have Korean ancestors.

More Recent Migration

Many of the young people today who are descended from Korean families are the offspring of a large wave of people who decided to move to Mexico in the 1970s. Many individuals and families left Korea, when expatriates from places like Argentina and Paraguay also decided to head for Mexico. There was another boom in the number of Korean emigrants in the 1990s. Statistics from the South Korean government reveal that the Korean community in Mexico reached a peak of around 19,500 in 1997. This large number of Korean descendants and expatriates in Merida is probably responsible for the establishment of the Mexico-Korea Friendship Hospital, which serves underprivileged children in the Yucatan and was built with the help of money from South Korea.

Hospital of Korea Mexico Friendship for underprivileged children in YucatanThe latest figures from the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade show that this had fallen slightly to 11,800 by 2011 but there are a huge range of figures around that indicate that this figure is actually much higher. A New York Times article in September 2013 quoted staff at a new Korean cultural center as saying that Mexico was home to at least 12,000 Korean people, whilst a Los Angeles Times’ report in 2008 said that just the descendants of the first henequen plantation farm laborers could number at least 30,000 people.

Continuing Influence of Korea in Mexico

As recently as August 2013, the 8th year that the hospital has been in operation, a ceremony was held at the Hospital in Merida, attended by the current governor of Yucatan, Rolando Zapata Bello and by the Ambassador of Korea to Mexico, Hong Seong Hoa. The ceremony celebrated the 68th anniversary of Korea’s independence, and both dignitaries underscored the importance of the relationship between the two countries. According to an article written about the event, Mexico is Korea’s fifth largest trading partner. They quoted the same statistic of 30,000 Korean descendants living in Mexico, sang the national anthem of both countries and celebrated numerous joint academic and cultural projects that both countries support.

Just another fascinating corner of the multifaceted history of the Yucatan!

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Sources and Further places to investigate this subject include…

The Korean Commemorative Museum in Merida (Sadly, this website seems “frozen”. It also reports of a recent (?) robbery where many of the artifacts were stolen.)

Korean Immigrants in Mexico – “Aenikkaengs”

The Korea Herald English Edition

The 1905 Korean Immigration to Merida, a well-written blogpost.

Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigracion Coreana a Yucatán and Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigración Coreana a Yucatan

Diaspora, a website about Korean migration around the world

Another good blogpost about Koreans in Yucatan.

Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigracion Coreana a Yucatán

By Khaki Scott

Merida to Get 300 Street Drains

Drains in Yucatan Mexico We have all become used to a number of well-traveled streets in Merida becoming flooded during rain storms. The water may not come up into the houses unless the streets are full and a vehicle causes waves, but it does stop people from moving about the city easily and is an expensive inconvenience for many businesses. That is all to end soon. Within 15 days, the city will begin drilling 300 new storm drains in Merida. They are to be located in all quadrants of the city. This should be a significant help to everyone who has to drive to work and shop, continuing to make Merida a more and more liveable city.

Findings of Medicinal Plant Conference

This past week, the X International Meeting on Natural Products Research was held in Merida. The goal was to share findings and research on biological, biotechnological and pharmaceutical issues. From a study of 15 species of medicinal plants native to the Yucatan Peninsular, specialists from the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research (CICY) were able to show that it is possible to develop herbal medicines, in the future, that could treat diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, cancer or HIV. Mexico is one of the four nations that can boast the largest diversity of plants in the world. It is no surprise, given their long history of traditional medicine, that Mexico – and Yucatan – will lead the way in the development of traditional and herbal medicine far into the future. We are definitely looking forward to hearing more about this. We also know that Casa K’in (www.casakin.org) recently held a workshop on traditional herbal medicines and is planning to hold another one in the fall. All good news!

200,000 Families to Receive Televisions

New Television to Poor People in Mexico
From August through December 2014, 200,000 families who receive benefits from SEDESOL will receive a new, digital, 24-inch flat screen, high definition television, equipped with ports that will allow for extending their capabilities to receiving signals with higher quality picture and sound. The televisions will be energy efficient and are expected to reduce the electricity consumption of analog televisions by more than 60%. The energy savings throughout the country will be enormous. The families who will benefit from this national program live in priority developments, are agricultural laborers, are 3×1 migrant families, are participating in a temporary employment program, are in the SEDESOL program for Seniors, or participate in a life insurance for heads of household program. While it may not seem at first glance to be a politically correct thing to do, replacing those old televisions is a very practical thing to do and you cannot deny those kinds of savings.

Senior INAPAM Games Held in Merida

Progreso is moving on up in the National Games for Older Adults. A group of grandmothers won in dominos and 76 year old Juan Jose Vivas Ceballos sang his way to first place. This is a good time to let our older expatriates know that, if they are at least 60 years old, they too qualify for an INAPAM card in Mexico. Rolly Brook has an excellent description of the benefits, as well as all relevant links at INAPAM Senior Discount Card. While some may think it really might not be worth it to apply for their INAPAM card, they think better of it the next time they catch a bus to Cancun. And, no matter your age, do always try to come out and support the talented Older Adults of Yucatan.

Yucatan and Oaxaca Negative for Pork Virus

Pig and Pork Virus in Yucatan Mexico
The pork virus that has killed at least 7 million young pigs was originally identified in the United States. Since the virus was first identified in the United States, Mexico began restricting the importation of live pigs from the USA. Still, the virus was found in 17 of Mexico’s 19 pork-producing states. Yucatan and Oaxaca both tested negative for the virus and both are in the southern part of the country. It is important to know that the pig virus is not contagious to humans, but it kills so many pigs, so rapidly, that it ends up driving the price of pork up and causing economic hardship for producers and consumers. Hopefully, the virus will soon be under control and tragedy can be avoided.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting May 26, 2014

Art In The City

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

Yucatan Living Collective Exhibit
Galeria Eskalera will feature new exhibits starting at Noche Blanca, including a photography exhibit by William Frej about Enduring Cultures and sculpture by Abraham Illescas.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 19, 2014

Yucatan Living 119th Anniversary of the Fall of Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary when Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. In addition to being a national leader, he was also a poet and a writer, whose work continues to inspire Latin Americans to this day.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avendia Colon por Calle 20, Colonia Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Classical Guitar Concert in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Eduardo Rodríguez Ricalde: Noche de guitarra (Night of Guitar)
If you love music, this really is the best time of the year to be in Merida. The sweet sounds of guitars are everywhere!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2014 Concert of the Maestros
This is a performance of the best-of-the-best from Academia Yamaha Mérida Music Center.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 27, 2014

Maria Teresa in Concert in Yucatan Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Maria Teresa
This lady is another of Yucatan’s beloved stars. Her concerts are always very special evenings of entrtainment.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
A fabulous trova group!Trova Music in Yucatan Mexico
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Alberto Palomo Jazz Trío
If you came to Merida, we already know you love Jazz, so this is a concert for you!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: April Rivas and Emilio Rosado
With a title of “If you knew,” this concert promises plenty of romance and loads of talent.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61 Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 28

Waste LandYucatan Living Movie: Waste Land
An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Tom Kubin’s Soul Train
Would it really be Spring Festival without Tom Kubin’s Soul Train? Maybe, but it sure wouldn’t be as much fun.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Trova: A Yuca in Cuba
This is going to be a wonderful concert. This lady never fails to thrill her audiences.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 25th Anniversary of the Death of Dr. Carlos A. Tello Solis
Invited guest artists include: Bingo Show, Cony Ancona,Chelo Medina, Alfredo Bolio, José Rey, Los Juglares, el mariachi Real de mi Tierra, Ana Rosa Bojórquez, the Voices Without Borders Choir, and invited special guest: Mario Esquivel. This is going to be a great concert and a wonderful tribute to Dr. Carlos A. Tello Solis.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Quo Vadis String Quartet Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Latin Dances
This is a performance by the Quo Vadis String Quartet. This group is a long-time favorite in Merida and everyone loves them.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: El niño Fidencio, El Taumaturgo de Espinazo
El niño Fidencio, el taumaturgo de Espinazo documents how thousands of people congregate every year in the Hacienda del Espinazo in Nuevo Leon, Mexico to commemorate Fidencio de Jesus Sintora Constantino. Grateful for the miracles that El niño Fidencio, they engage in fervorous healing rituals.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 29 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The One Man Village
Semaan is leading a quiet life on his farm in the small village of Ain al-Halazoun in the Lebanese mountains. The hamlet was completely emptied and destroyed in combats during the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. Today, many years after an official reconciliation, its inhabitants, who are all from one family, regularly go back to the village to cultivate their plots of land or visit their houses and always leave before sunset.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de YucatanYucatan Living Classical Music: Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
The title of this performance is Del solar al salón, el Danzón. For those who are unfamiliar with the musical genre Danzón, this is the official musical genre and dance of Cuba. It is also an active musical form in Mexico and is still beloved in Puerto Rico. The danzón evolved from the Cuban contradanza (also known as the habanera). In Cuba, these dances were influenced by African rhythmic and dance styles and so became a genuine fusion of European and African influences.This type of music is perfect for the talents of a Youth Symphonic Orchestra. Edgar Sulú is the director of this performance. Franklin Brokks and Héctor Hernández are soloists.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ensemble del Refugio
This concert is billed as popular music for popular instruments.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Stranger By The Lake
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: El Albergue
A grandmother owns a home that might as well be a shelter due to how many people live there. Family as well as outsiders. This plot is a comedy gold mine with colorful and wacky characters.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 30 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Insolitos Peces Gato
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha’s health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Opening of Cultural Center in Espita YucatanYucatan Living Opening of Cultural Center in Espita
Inauguration of the “House of Culture” in the village of Espita, Yucatan. Traditional activities, traditional dances, music, food and more! This event is going to be very special, both for the people of Espita and for those who attend in order to experience an evening with El Grupo Boom, a group of young graduates from Cuba’s National School of the Arts. It has been a long time since we were blessed with a performance by El Boom and missing it would be unthinkable!
5:00 PM: La Charanga el Gremio y Ramilletes (walk around the parquet)
6:00 PM: In the Kiosco the Jaranera Orchestra begins the Vaqueria
7:00 PM: Unveiling of the plaque and opening address by the Governor of the
7:15 PM: Yucatecan Trova (groups of trios, the Espita Rondalla)
8:00 PM: Acto Protocolario (Official Act)
8:30 PM: Fireworks (in the square in front of the flagpole)
9:00 PM: Balle Popular (Cuban music enlivened by the group Boom)
Location: Village of Espita, Yucatan
Time: 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VEL Lecture Series: Regional Projects of Grupo Xcaret
Elizabeth Lugo Mojarras from La Casona de Valladolid will be the guest speaker. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, plus delicious snacks available for purchase at CasaHamaca’s own Xoco Loco!
Location: the Palapa at CasaHamaca, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 7:30 PM Friday
Admission: $50 pesos donation requested.

Yucatan Living Movie: Reinas del Tropico
This movie series has presented movies with such stars as María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina. Tonight’s documentary expands our understanding of the importance of these movies, as well as how they were made.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Andres Tinoco in Concert in YucatanYucatan Living Andrés Tinoco in Concert
“By the strings of my guitar” is a theme that is defined by the talent of Andrés Tinoco.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Sseo-Ni
New high-school transfer student Na-Mi comes from a small town in Jeolla Province to her new school in the capital city of Seoul.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Trbute to Buenavista Social Club
Grupo Yahal Kab performs “Sounds of Truth.”
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Great Beauty
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 31, 2014

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies:
DAS RHEINEGOLD (The Rhine Gold). Find out more about it here on Wikipedia.
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Movies in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Movie: Hasta el último trago… corazón!
Documentary starring Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Astrid Hadad, Eugenia León, Iraida Noriega, Chayito Valdez, Julieta Venegas, La Negra Graciana…all famous Mexican singers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Concert: Ensemble Fantasya: Wings of Piano
This performance is part of the Urban Musical Expressions series that has recently been promoted in Merida.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Poems
This is a performance by Trio Ars Nova, a new name to us. Everyone is looking forward to seeing their work.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living More Urban Musical Expressions
Amaury León, Rogelio García, Mario Ortiz,Addy Teyer, Karen Ancona, and Diana Tinajero. Music under the stars… what could be better?
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 20Av Colon x
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Seven Psychopaths
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: When You’re Strange
A look at the late ’60s and early ’70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) June 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingGypsy Market: Postponed til June 8!
Loads of good stuff for sale, as well as Yucatan’s best food, including walk-around (California style) breakfast burritos and quesadillas, soft shell pulled pork tacos with fresh jicama pico de gallo, plus Anita’s beer garden with German sausage and beers. Beautiful big shaded garden setting with many exotic plants & trees. The best Sunday outing of the month!
Location: Graciela’s Secret Garden (midway between Chelem & Chubarna on the north side of the main road, between Entrada Sol & Aruba).
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free, but do come prepared to shop, eat, and enjoy

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

 

Monday (Lunes) June 02, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment…

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunda
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

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

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner will be shown (Saturdays at noon):
June 7, 2014 – DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie)
June 14, 2014 – SIEGFRID
June 21, 2014 – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Twilight of the Gods)
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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

Events

By Working Gringos

Editors Note: A reader asked us if we knew about Lorena, the subject of this article. We did not, but were interested enough to find out more. Having moved to Yucatan from California, we were at first quite discouraged by the lack of healthy eating alternatives back in the day. Since then, Yucatecans have become more health-conscious, and the world of food in Merida is changing. If the subject of healthy food interests you, we think YOU might like this story about Lorena too!

Macrobiotic Restaurant in Merida?

A Mexican Macrobiotic restaurant in the Yucatan Peninsula? It could become a reality thanks to a 22-year-old culinary student from Merida.

Lorena Basteris Rubio packed her bags last year and headed from Merida to Austin, Texas to pursue a love for healthy food. Lorena says, “Growing up in a tropical area such as Yucatan was amazing. You get to do, experience and taste so many different things, from the beautiful cenotes to the delicious exotic fruits such as guanabana, guava and dragon fruit. I was really fortunate.”

Healthy Food Chef coming back to Merida

A Need for Healthy Alternatives

Despite her love of Yucatan, Lorena saw a need to promote healthier food in and around her hometown. “I love Yucatan’s cuisine… it has so much potential, especially when you go back to the roots of it.” The issue for this soon-to-be-professional chef is that “in the present day, Yucatan overuses animal products and fats it does not need. There is already so much flavor with all the cooking methods, herbs and spices that are traditional here!”

Thank You, Facebook

As a matter of fact Lorena started shifting toward vegetarian choices when she was just 14. Eventually this led her to search for a healthy cooking school that followed her beliefs. Lorena says she spent months looking until the name “Natural Epicurean” popped up on her Facebook feed.

The culinary student says the Austin, Texas school was perfect for her. She is learning five different healthy cuisine modalities. She now gets to learn Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine, along with Ayurvedic, Raw Foods and, the cuisine she is most passionate about, Macrobiotic.

Why Macrobiotic?

A Macrobiotic diet is heavy on whole grains (30-60% of daily food intake) and vegetables (25-30% of daily food intake). It avoids the use of highly processed food and most animal products. Natural Epicurean CEO Rich Goldstein says “When whole grains are combined with a good variety of other unrefined plant foods, all the elements that are necessary for human development become available to us.”

During the Macrobiotic module in school Lorena has found herself cooking with leafy vegetables like dinosaur kale, dandelion greens, sugar snaps peas and scallions to name a few. On the grain side, quinoa, barley or even brown rice may be on the menu.

Lorena says the chance to learn these types of “healing kitchens” wasn’t something she saw offered anywhere else. Natural Epicurean also made the immigration process a breeze for Lorena. For his part, CEO Goldstein proudly points out that it is wonderful to have students like Lorena “because we recognize the value of the cross cultural influence of cuisine and the global need to educate our world, regardless of national borders, that food is the ultimate medicine.”

Coming Back to Merida

Lorena says after graduating later this year she wants to start her career out by doing Macrobiotic counseling and cooking classes. It won’t be hard to find a spot to set up those classes, as her mom runs a holistic center where Lorena is looking forward to teaching students what she has learned.

In the long run, though, she hopes to open that Mexican Macrobiotic restaurant she has been dreaming about here in Merida. She says she is already working on healthier and vegan versions of all her favorite dishes.

A Great Choice For All of Us

As she carves her path to her ultimate goal Lorena says traveling to the USA to attend school at Natural Epicurean “has definitely been an eye-opening experience on so many different levels, both personally and professionally. I truly think it is one of the best choices I have made.”

We look forward to hearing more about Lorena, her restaurant and other healthy eating alternatives in Yucatan!

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If you would like to find more about Lorena’s future restaurant or consulting, you can contact her at lorenabasterisrubio [at] gmail [dot] com

Lorena’s school in Austin, Texas: Natural Epicurean

Do you know of a restaurant in Merida that serves healthy alternative food? Leave us a comment with your favorite one!

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting May 19, 2014

Art In The City

Yucatan Living Noche Blanca: Saturday, May 24
Billed as una velada de arte y cultura, Noche Blanca is a night in Merida when art galleries and museums open their doors until late into the night. Art exhibits are accompanied by music, food and parties, creating a very festive atmosphere.
Location: All over town in downtown Merida
Admission: Free

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

SoHo Gallery during Noche Blanca in Merida Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living SoHo Galleries Special Exhibition: Friday and Saturday.
The night before Noche Blanca, SoHo Galleries is having a Noche de Colores exhibition with D.F. artist Jorge Aguilar and sculptor Federico Rivero. Jorge will be painting on piece on canvas live in the gallery, and that painting will be auctioned off at 9:00 PM. The proceeds from the auction will go to help support Brazos Abiertos. Jorge Aguilar’s work is bold with a modern Mexican flavor. Both nights will be open with food and wine.
Location: SoHo Galleries, Calle 60 x 43 y 51, Centro
Time: Friday and Saturday: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free, includes food, wine and 20% off selected paintings

Yucatan Living Collective Exhibit
Galeria Eskalera will feature new exhibits for Noche Blanca, including a photography exhibit by William Frej about Enduring Cultures and sculpture by Abraham Illescas. The open starts at 8 PM, the exhibit continues even after the weekend.
Location: Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 x 59 and 57, Santiago, Merida
Admission: Free

Art in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli: May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com or call 999-928-6566.

 

In Valladolid

Music and Culture in Valladolid Yucatan
Valladolid: V Festival of San Bernadino de Siena
If you haven’t been to Valladolid in a while, this festival is a great excuse to go visit. The events are all so special and underscore why this festival is growing into one of the best in all of Yucatan.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Monday May 19: Trova Night with Trio Itzá. Esplanade
No festival would be complete in Yucatan without a night of romantic trova.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Tuesday May 20: Three Events
6:00 PM: Procession of San Bernardino of Siena and accompanying images and associations . (through five of the Convent of Sisal Streets )
7:00 PM: Closing Mass of the V Festival in San Bernardino. Mass will be celebrated by Sr. Pbro. Lic. Rodrigo Santos Sánchez, Párroco de San Bernardino de Siena and by Pbro. Lic. Armín Rivero Castillo, Párroco de la Iglesia Santa María de Guadalupe, de Mérida, Yucatán and distinguido vallisoletano (distinguished citizen of Valladolid).
8:00 PM: Regional Vaquería with the Alexandrian Jaranera Orchestra and the parish community.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 19, 2014

Yucatan Living 119th Anniversary of the Fall of Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary when Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. In addition to being a national leader, he was also a poet and a writer, whose work continues to inspire Latin Americans to this day.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avendia Colon por Calle 20, Colonia Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Concert: Jazzeando los 80’s
This is one of those times when one can’t help but smile when we first see the director’s name. Mauricio Bonfiglio is a household name in Jazz in Yucatan and is one of the “best of the best.” If you love jazz, follow that name and go to this performance tonight.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Audiación: Children and Contemporary Music
This performance is under the direction of José Elías Puc Sánchez and María Teresa Novelo. Please come out and support our talented children.
Location: Cineteca in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trova Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Inspiracion
A fabulous trova group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Popular Music: Dixie Jazz Orchestra
This fine jazz orchestra is under the direction of José Carlos Rodríguez Arreola. Never miss jazz in Yucatan!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61 Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Contemporary Dance in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Natura
Al SurDanza company under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57 Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 21

Yucatan Living Movie: No
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Music for Guitar and Bass
Carlos H. Rodríguez Marfil on guitar and Samuel Piña on Bass and Contrabass. Should be a fabulous and moving show.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: The Song of the Bards
This concert is by Víctor González Pérez.
Locations: Iglesia del Jesus, Tercera Orden , Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Between Sky and Moon
This is a performance by Grupo Atversus. We are not familiar with their work, but are looking forward to this event.
Locations:Casa de La Cultura, Calle 63 x 64, Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concepción Garma in Concert: Just a Women
This is going to be a wonderful concert. This lady never fails to thrill her audiences.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Back To Nadia
Nadia was an 11-year-old girl In the Taliban Afghanistan. To be able to survive, Nadia had to dress up as a boy. She did that over the next 11 years; until 4 years ago, when an NGO took her out of the country and she was established in Cataluña, Spain as a woman. Last summer, Nadia went back to her country for the first time and the cameras joined her.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 22 , 2014

Movies in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Diario A Tres Voces
We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire. Well, this movie is about that.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Musician, poet and crazy
This movie is part of the series “The Queens of the Tropics,” which includes movies by María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina”. Enjoy!!
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Desde que a ti te quiero
What a strange title… Google Translate tells us it means “when you love you”. All the more reason to go and see this performance by Juan Luis de Pablo Enríquez Rohen.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Los Hermanos Ruz Tribute to Marco Antonio Muñiz and Carlos Lico
The Ruz Brothers are a long-time favorite on the stages of Merida. This performance is a great choice for the evening.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance
In 1943, the year in which the first A-bomb was built, Albert Hofmann discovered LSD, a substance that was to become an A-bomb of the mind.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Blame It On Fidel
A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 23 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Tiniest Place
The director interviewed survivors of the war in El Salvador, who have rebuilt a small town in the forest. Yet the film is not a montage of “talking heads.” Instead, the interviews are layered on top of images of contemporary life in the village.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Aventurera
This movie is part of the series “The Queens of the Tropics,” which includes movies by María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina”. More to enjoy!
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Lenny Sanchez in ConcertYucatan Living Lenny Sánchez in Concert: When you remember me
We never see enough of this treasure of Yucatan. Isn’t it about time for a new CD? Lenny was just given an honor in the musical world. Read about it in this week’s Yucatan News.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9: 00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Hunt
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance
Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes the Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for Sugar Man
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. This movie has won multiple awards and is an amazing story.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Fourth Season of Opera at the Movies
The cycle “The Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner:
May 24, 2014 – Introduction (Opera talk and documentary). Here is your chance to see the very famous The Ring! And to have explanations about it all. Don’t miss this great opportunity!
Location: Sala Mayamax del Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Time: Opera Talk: 11:30 AM, Film: 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Information at website: operayucatan.org

Yucatan Living Movie: Experimental Eskimos
In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, to live with white families and to be educated in white schools.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

La Noche Blanca Merida YucatanYucatan Living Noche Blanca
All the art galleries are open late and there are parties everywhere. Don’t miss it!
Location: Downtown Merida
Time: May 24
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: In The Cut
This movie is part of the series “The Queens of the Tropics,” which includes movies by María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina”. Keep enjoying!
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Grupo Ceiba Flava: Hip Hop In the Rain
This group of young performers is defining Yucatan’s fusion for their entire generation.
Location: Parque de las Américas, Calle 20Av Colon x
Time: 8:00 PM Saturdey
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Guard
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Insolitos Peces Gato
Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman resting in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers Claudia to go home with them. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time she experiences a sense of belonging in this peculiar little tribe. As Martha’s health weakens every day the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance
Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes: Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Traditional Maya Music: El camino a Ichkansihó (The Road to Ichkansihó)
This is going to be a big event that includes performances by Moisés Hernández and Los Niños Percusionistas del Chak Xulub Chen, with Grupo de Danza Maya “Zamná” and original music by Moisés Hernández. Scene Creation is by Maricruz Hernández Sosa. If you are unfamiliar with Maya music, come and be prepared for a toe-tapping good time and a cultural adventure.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Music in YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Alberto Selem: Corazón de Guitarra (Heart of Guitar)
This performance includes The Original Squires. Never miss a chance to hear Yucatan’s guitars.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Rope
Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime. Nice.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Eduardo Rodríguez Ricalde: Noche de guitarra (Night of Guitar)
If you love music, this really is the best time of the year to be in Merida. The sweet sounds of guitars are everywhere!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living 2014 Concert of the Maestros
This is a performance of the best-of-the-best from Academia Yamaha Mérida Music Center.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

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

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

Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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Events

By Khaki Scott

Lenny Sanchez Named Voice of the Mexican Bolero in Cuba

Lenny Sanchez Yucatan Trova Singer When we write our weekly events column, it is sometimes hard not to go a bit overboard with excitement when describing some of Yucatan’s international stars for our readers. Such was the case this week when we had to keep calm when suggesting the Friday, May 23, 7:00 PM, Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez performance of Lenny Sanchez. After six years of participation in the International Boleros de Oro Festival, in Cuba, this well-established lady of Yucateca song has been named the Voice of the Mexican Bolero in that island nation. Lenny Sanchez says that it is her own love of the romantic music of Yucatan that has led her to work so hard to research, rescue and disseminate the music of Yucatan. We know that it is her immense talent that keeps Lenny Sanchez in a group of international stars that all have a heart for their state and its music. Congratulations to Lenny Sanchez, Voice of the Mexican Bolero, and we hope to be the beneficiaries of her talent for many years to come.

Merida: Science in Merida Yucatan MexicoCentro de Investigación de Crudo Extrapesado y Recuperación Mejorada

The Science Park, plus several well-known research universities, plus Merida’s proximity to oil partners in Texas and distribution pipelines throughout Mexico and Central America, as well as newly proposed shipping routes throughout the Caribbean have all come together and resulted in the new Center of Investigation for Extra-Heavy Crude and Improved Recovery. For some time now, Yucatan has been educating a workforce in the professional and technical career fields necessary to make Yucatan a strategic hub for energy, including electrical energy, in all of Latin America. It looks as if the place to be, for many years to come, will be in and around the Science Park just outside of Merida, Yucatan.

Tourism: Welcome to the Germans

German Tourism in Yucatan Mexico There are two reasons this story is important to those who live in Yucatan. First, of course, there is the fact that growing numbers of Europeans, especially Germans, are now visiting the Peninsula of Yucatan. They are most welcome and we hope their stay is enjoyable enough to bring them back again and again. Second, we want to commend whomever it was who came up with the concept of billing the entire peninsula of Yucatan as the perfect combination of both a beach and cultural vacation. In some places on the Yucatan Peninsula, there is little to do except fish and/or dive. In Yucatan, one can fish, visit a variety of ruins and cenotes, and then enjoy world class performances and art in Merida, Cancun and Playa del Carmen. With direct flights now coming to Cancun from several points in Europe, German tourism was up 11% in the first quarter of 2014, enough to open tourism offices in other European nations, such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. State governments in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Chiapas, Campeche and Estado de Mexico are working together with tourism operators to bring the wonders of Mexico to all of Europe. If the increase in German tourism is any indication, there can be little doubt that Yucatan and Europe will be well connected once again.

AMA Yucatan Donates to Sueños de Ángel A.C.

Volunteer Oportunities in Yucatan Mexico Amigos Multiplicando Alegría [Friends Multiplying Joy] – aka AMA Yucatán – has made a significant donation to Dreams of Angel, A.C., which supports underprivileged children who have cancer and are hospitalized in O’Horan Hospital. They provide treatment for emotional problems among these sick children, as well as providing them with celebrations for such events as their birthdays and first communions. Above all, Sueños de Ángel tries to keep the children excited and hopeful during their treatment and do their best to fulfill their dreams. While we are here today to give public thanks to AMA Yucatan for their donation to Sueños de Ángel, we also want to give everyone else an opportunity to meet or support them. You can always reach them through their website, Sueños de ángel A.C, on Facebook at Sueños de ángel A.C, or by calling Atenea Evia at (999) 178-4879. AMA Yucatan is also on Facebook. We have a number of community service programs supported by expatriates, but these are two local organizations that do such wonderful work that they deserve all the help we can give them.

Izamal, City of Light, Goes Solar

The State of Yucatan is investing $98 million pesos in a two square hectare photovoltaic plant that will make Izamal the first magical town with sustainable electricity. There will be a total of 10,000 square meters of solar panels to support the generation of all of the electricity currently consumed by Izamal, as well as plans for future growth of the project. People will still pay an electric bill because the $98 million pesos must be repaid and plans to remodel the system, in 30 years, must be in the budget, but this is far better than wondering what the price of electricity will do on a month-by-month basis. This project alone is expected to increase tourism as more and more people who are interested in a greener, safer planet, come to Izamal to see how such a project works.

Semana de Yucatán en México: May 25 – June 1

The week of May 25 through June 1 will be the Week of Yucatan in all of Mexico. This is an important way to showcase the best of Yucatan throughout the nation. It is especially important to those who own or work in restaurants in Yucatan. This year, the goal is to sell four tons of cochinita pibil and the Cámara Nacional de la Industria del Restaurante y Alimentos Condimentados en Yucatán (Canirac) (National Chamber of the Industry of Restaurants and Spicy Foods in Yucatan) says the local vendors are ready to meet the challenge. Also on the menus will be panuchos, sopa de lima, escabeche, queso relleno, vaporcitos, and more. As we all know, Yucatan is unique in all of Mexico and so is our food. Statistics point to an approximate 15% increase in visitors to this event this year, which means an influx of approximately 120,000 people and $400 million pesos. Not a bad week for dining in Yucatan! We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to sample the best of Yucatan’s food and culture during the last week in May.

The Chamber Orchestra of Motul

Youth Chamber Orchestra in Motul Yucatan Mexico On Saturday, May 17, at 8:00 PM, a dream was fulfilled in Motul. The Chamber Orchestra of Motul performed its first concert at the first anniversary celebration of the Imagine Cultural Center in that city. This event has been a long time coming. Maestro Chan Sabido has given his time and talent to developing youth orchestras throughout the state and the children have responded with more talent and dedication than anyone could have imagined. The State System of Youth Orchestras is growing and we continue to ask everyone to, please, come out and show the children and young people of Yucatan how much they are appreciated. This is the beginning of successful lives for all of these young musicians and congratulations are due to them, to their teacher, to their parents, and to their cities.

First Peninsular Horse Fair, Tizimin: May 29 through June 1

Horse Fair in Tizimin Yucatan Mexico
Believe it or not, Yucatan is not all about the Arts and the Beach. If you are all about horses, we are happy to report that you could live quite happily in Tizimín, Buctzotz, Colonia Yucatán, Uayma or Sucilá. If you love polo, this horse fair will feature a competition between a team from Cancun and one from Yucatan. What you may not know is that this area produces some of the finest horses anywhere in the world. If you are looking for a horse for any activity, or just looking period, there will be exhibitions of thoroughbreds, quarter horses, a cross between the two, as well as native Aztec breeds. This fair has it all, including a competition featuring dancing horses and, of course, a parade. By the way… maybe you need a tractor or a truck? Look to this fair for familiar brands, such as John Deere, Caterpillar and Komatzu, as well as Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan. There will also be handicrafts available for sale. This is an area where saddlery is an art, so don’t overlook this opportunity if you are in the market for one. Overall, anyone who loves horses is missing a treat if they miss the first ever Feria Peninsular del Caballo in Tizimin.

Hurricane Season: 2014

Most of us are used to hurricane season being defined as falling between June 1 and November 30. Few are aware that there is another hurricane season, in the Eastern Pacific, that has the potential to affect us as well. That hurricane season begins on May 15 and there are already signs of disturbances on the way. Although most of these storms will affect only the western coast of Mexico, some will cross the country at its narrowest point and enter the Gulf of Mexico at Campeche. It is these storms that have the potential to cause flooding and mud slides that can affect those expats who drive down in the early Fall. The Governor of Yucatan has just returned from the 2014 National Civil Protection Convention, in Acapulco, where issues of evacuation and rescue, as well as communication and legislation on emergency and risk were discussed. Wherever you are, and whatever hurricane season affects you, please be prepared. Now is the time to bookmark and read the entire Yucatan Civil Protection site online. We want everyone to stay safe this year so that expat life in Yucatan will be as good as always.

Dengue Fever Expected to Rise with Rain

For a while, Yucatan had fallen to the number five spot, in Mexico, for new cases of dengue fever. Now, with all of these rains, it has risen to fourth place and the numbers do not seem to be dropping. Part of the problem with these numbers is that every case of fever and/or suspicious death is, initially, considered for inclusion in the dengue numbers. This means that you are likely to see lots of suspected and/or probable numbers that can vary widely with confirmed numbers. Since the beginning of the rainy season, there have been 1,374 probable cases, but only 337 have been proven. In another example, of 70 deaths that were likely dengue hemorrhagic fever in Mexico, only 10 were in Yucatan. Six have been dismissed and four are still in the process of study. In other words, none have been confirmed. This gives confusing impressions to the public, but it is the best that can be done at this time. No one wants to hide the risk, so an over-abundance of information is given and the public has to sort it out for themselves. Confusing though it may be, it is better than having no warning at all. Please, especially during this season of rain, do all you can to eliminate standing water from your property and keep mosquitoes out of your home.

By Khaki Scott

Cirque du Soleil to Open Permanently on Riviera Maya

Cirque du Solei in Riviera Maya Mexico
The title of the show will be “Joya,” and it will tell the magical story of an alchemist who teaches his granddaughter the secrets of life. The Cirque du Soleil tent will be located near the Grand Mayan Resort, located just 30 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, 45 minutes from Cancun itself, and only 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen (the world’s fastest growing town, according to Guinness World Records). This is a wonderful addition to the entertainment offerings in the Riviera Maya and will surely bring even more worldwide attention to the hotels, resorts, spas, and eco-parks in the area.

Germans in Yucatan: More of the Story

We were recently asked about “Germans in Yucatan,” and discovered that, apart from a few old anecdotal stories about Santa Elena, we actually knew very little about the origins of German immigration to Mexico or to Yucatan. This week, we found a graduate paper online that speaks directly to this topic. The researcher is Alma Duran Merk. The paper, ‘Only “Selected” German Immigrants in Yucatán? Recent Findings about the Colonization Policy of the Second Mexican Empire’ was presented at the 11th Deutschsprachige Mesoamerikanisten Tagung (German Language MesoAmerican Meetign) in Hildesheim, Germany (26th, 27th, January, 2008). A copy in English can now be found online. We hope you enjoy finding out more about the German immigrants to Yucatan. Links to more of Duran-Merk’s work, as well as links to information about German immigrants throughout Mexico, can be found in the Resource section on Wikipedia’s German Immigration to Mexico page.

Valladolid: V Festival of San Bernadino de Siena

This year, the Festival of San Bernadino de Siena will be held from the 16th to the 20th of May. The construction of the Monastery of Saint Bernardino of Siena was begun in 1552. By the time Friar Diego Lopez de Cogolludo published his historia de Yucatan in 1688, the monastery was up and running, complete with convent and with its vault built over a large cenote. In the 21st century, this was one of the areas in Mexico that was so loved by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II. The story of this monastery is the story of how Catholicism came to much of Mexico and the people take great care to celebrate this festival every year. This is the fifth year that they have shared their festival with the world. And each year it gets bigger and better. If you have an opportunity to visit Valladolid during the Festival of San Bernadino de Siena, please do plan to spend at least one night so you can enjoy the many festivities.

Migrant Farm Workers Return to Ontario

Last month, 16,000 migrant farm workers returned to the fruit orchards of Ontario Canada to work in the 48-year-old Seasonal Agricultural Program. The workers return time and time again, ensuring that farmers can safely invest in growing their operations. The farmers continue to pay their migrant workers as much as five times what they would earn at home. This is a win-win situation for Canada’s farmers, for the Canadian economy, for the migrant workers, for the workers’ hometowns and countries. Their program is being used as a model worldwide and it is wonderful to see programs like this work so well in agriculture.

Papaya Goes to U.S. in Huge Numbers

Just a few days ago, Yucatan papayas began making their way to market on the east coast of the United States. This is no small export project. Yucatan will begin by Maradol Papaya from Yucatan to USAexporting 60 tons of papayas to this market per week and quickly escalate to 100 tons per week. The Maradol papayas will be traveling in style, in special packaging and in refrigerated containers to ensure the health and safety of both the product and the buyers on the other end of this project. According to Yucatan’s Papaya Product System, over 60 hectares of papaya are devoted to this one project and the future looks brighter than ever for this abundant crop in Yucatan.

Tianguis Turistico Mexico 2014

Touristic Tianguis in Quintara Roo Mexico There is a whole lot of news coming out of this annual tourism event and we can hardly wait to see these projects as they develop. This year’s event was held in Quintana Roo during the first week in May. Early news hints that there may soon be a tourism tax that will be used to benefit the Maya because, without the Maya, their history, culture and people, tourism in this part of the country could not develop as it has. In addition, there is a report that there will soon be additional air service between Monterrey and Cancun, since Monterrey is being turned into what we think of as a hub center. This means one-stop flying from places like Puerto Vallarta to Cancun and then on to destinations in Central and South America. Finally, in a project that is dear to the hearts of so many who love and respect the environment throughout the Peninsula of Yucatan, it has just been announced that Isla Holbox is soon to join the ranks of Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns) of Mexico. This will bring not only worldwide tourism attention to the area, but worldwide assistance and support for eco-projects. It looks as if the whole of the Yucatan Peninsula is finally coming into its own and everyone is so proud of the people who have brought it this far.

Progreso Casa de la Cultura Often Overlooked

This past week, the work of contestants in the First Regional Plant Fiber Competition. Art work was made from plant fibers that ranged from sisal to coconut and all 198 pieces were unique winners. If you are interested in meeting some of these artists and seeing their work, do stop by the Progreso Casa de la Cultura when Progreso Yucatan Mexicoyou go to the beach. This exhibition may be over, but you never know what wonders you might find on display there, including a crafts show that just opened there. We leave it up to you if you want to go on cruise ship days, but that might really be an experience in and of itself. With or without the crowds, Progreso’s Casa de la Cultura is a place to add to your stops in Progreso.

Art for Students With Disabilities

There is another new program in Yucatan that is going to make a tremendous change for students with disabilities. In the beginning, this program is taking place in just the municipalities of Dzoncauich, Cantamayec, Mayapán and Tixkokob. Students and their family members have already met with trainers from the Ministry of Culture and the Arts. They have constructed the program that will now be called the Instructor’s Artistic Training Program for Students With Disabilities. It looks as if this program will include any and all artistic disciplines, each suited to a particular student’s talent and capabilities. It is not going to be long before these students will be a regular part of the artistic scene in Yucatan and everyone will be proud to see them there!

Ferry News

There is probably no more hotly debated topic for expatriates and travelers interested in Yucatan, than the prospect of the long-awaited ferry between Florida and Progreso. This past week, the Governor of Yucatan went to Miami to meet with the Director of the Port of Miami. The goal of these two men is to consolidate trade shipping between Yucatan and a number of countries by first sending goods through an established maritime trade route. While there, the Director of the Port of Progreso brought up the topic of the ferry. The Director of the Port of Miami pointed out that there is much still to be discussed before such a project is attempted, but that he does appreciate the interest of the Government of Yucatan and that he will be here soon to further investigate. Whether the ferry ever happens again or not, at least the right people are now considering it and that is a big step, as this issue has languished for so long.

Children’s Runway Show at Gran Chapur

Children Activities in Yucatan Mexico The fact that this 2014 Children’s Runway Show at Gran Chapur even took place is testament to the hard work of parents and grandparents in Yucatan. Many expatriates still listen to tired, old ramblings from folks back home about how they moved to a Third World Country and live in huts and such. Others continue to “tsk-tsk” at this type of show of wealth in a land of so much poverty. But the children who wear these clothes and live this comfortable, middle-class lifestyle are the beneficiaries of their parents and grandparents, who took advantage of every opportunity as soon as those opportunities arose. These parents and grandparents went to college, when possible. They became entrepreneurs, and they invested their lives in the future of Yucatan. Today, they think of themselves as just ordinary, middle-class Yucatecos – nothing special – and that is an amazing thing. If the evidence of hard work is shows like this, a worthy goal would be to work toward every child in Yucatan being able to afford to plan their spring and summer wardrobes just like these children do. We hope everyone enjoys the show!

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting May 12, 2014

Art In The City

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

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

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

Yucatan Living Call for Participating Artists -Deadline May 15
This call is for visual artists, both Yucateco and foreigners, who live in Merida to submit work to the International Festival of Contemporary Art in Apilles Province, France. The festival itself will not take place until July 4 – August 31, 2014, but it is time to collect and judge the works submitted. These works can be paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, video-art and installations that are in harmony with the work of Goya. Submissions should be sent, in digital form, to convocatoria [dot] apart2014 [at] gmail [dot] com, along with a CV, and proof of one individual and two collective exhibitions.
More Information: Consult the official website.

Art in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli: May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
May 8: In collaboration with the Merida English Library, the La Artesa collection will be shown. This event will include a wine tasting.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
May 9: More collections will be opened and your invitation includes a delicious tasting of 7 kinds of Oaxacan moles. This is a special event that requires a reservation because space is limited. However, this night is well worth attending because you will be able to participate in a raffle of a beautiful print by one of the most important Masters from Oaxaca. After this day, the Oaxacan prints will be available in the Nahualli Gallery for view and/or purchase.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com or call 999-928-6566.

 

In Valladolid

Music and Culture in Valladolid Yucatan
Valladolid: V Festival of San Bernadino de Siena
If you haven’t been to Valladolid in a while, this festival is a great excuse to go visit. The events are all so special and underscore why this festival is growing into one of the best in all of Yucatan.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Friday May 16: Opening Mass
Mass will be celebrated by Señor Monseñor Joaquín Vázquez Ávila. Participating choirs will be from Merida and Valladolid. They will be accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Merida.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Saturday May 17: ” Harmonies to San Bernardino”
Concert: Chamber Choir of the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Yucatan, led by Maestro Jonathan Renteria.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Sunday May 18: Youth Symphonic Band Concert
This performance is billed as a Conciertode by the Banda Sinfónica Juvenil de la Secretaría de la Cultura y las Artes de Yucatán. It is a long name for a wonderful group. Please come and support them as they grow into one of the best youth symphony bands in the world. They will be led by Maestro Luis Luna Guarneros.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Monday May 19: Trova Night with Trio Itzá. Esplanade
No festival would be complete in Yucatan without a night of romantic trova.
Location: Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, Valladolid
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Tuesday May 20: Three Events
6:00 PM: Procession of San Bernardino of Siena and accompanying images and associations . (through five of the Convent of Sisal Streets )
7:00 PM: Closing Mass of the V Festival in San Bernardino. Mass will be celebrated by Sr. Pbro. Lic. Rodrigo Santos Sánchez, Párroco de San Bernardino de Siena and by Pbro. Lic. Armín Rivero Castillo, Párroco de la Iglesia Santa María de Guadalupe, de Mérida, Yucatán and distinguido vallisoletano (distinguished citizen of Valladolid).
8:00 PM: Regional Vaquería with the Alexandrian Jaranera Orchestra and the parish community.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 12

Frozen The Musical in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Music: Frozen, The Musical
This is a repeat performance, due to the success of the April performance. They have toured Mexico with the music of one of the favorite animated films of the year and were kind enough to bring the show back to Merida because the audience loved it so much the first time.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call: 924-0040 and 924-9990

Yucatan Living Music: Mayab Jazz
Well, they just can’t help it in Yucatan. Sooner or later, it all comes down to trova and/or jazz. What a wonderful way to feel! If you look back at some of the old Maya songs, you’ll see that they just might have invented jazz long before anyone else. Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Rene Monterrosa.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9: 00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Ligia Camara HomageYucatan Living Ligia Camara in Jazz and Yucateca Song
This is a performance that will bring tears to the eyes of those who lost our friend just this past year. Ligia Camara was in a class by herself, as a woman and as a musician. This tribute will be in the hands of those who loved her and who worked with her to bring more joy to audiences than anyone could ever have expected. Featured tonight are Maricarmen Pérez, Maru Boeta, Cony Ancona, Mario Esquivel Ríos and his group, along with Pedro Carlos Herrera and his group. At tonight’s event, there will be a presentation of a new CD of Ligia Camara’s work, in both song and poetry. The audio-visual presentation will include the great lady herself, as well as Los 3 Yucatecos. Maestro Luis Pérez Sabido is the conductor and artistic director for this event.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Chamber Music Recital
This is a recital by Ivan Adriano, playing the classical guitar. This is really the best time of year for concerts and recitals in Yucatan. The Spring Festival is full of them and, like this one, they are all excellent events.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Traditional Yucateca TrovaYucatan Living Traditional Yucateca Trova Gala Concert
This concert features Maricarmen Perez and the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten, under the direction of Pedro Carlos Herrera. Never miss a chance to see Maricarmen Perez or the Orquesta Tipica Yukalpeten. They, along with Pedro Carlos Herrera, are true treasures of Yucatan and we never see enough of them.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
A fabulous trova group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Traditional Yucateca Trova: Our Trova
This is a performance by the trovadors of Yucatan who belong to the Pastor Cervera Union of Trovadores. These are the folks who keep trova alive and fresh in Yucatan.
strong>Location: Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Fatima, Calle 20 #204 X 23 Y 25, Colonia García Ginerés
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Grupo Café Canela
We are not familiar with the work of this group but, with a name like Cinnamon Coffee Group, how can they miss?
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free (we think…)

Yucatan Living Music: Celebrating 15 Years of Reggae Wave
This performance features the I & I Group and Friends.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 14

Movies in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Halley
Alberto is dead and can no longer hide it. Make-up and perfume can no longer conceal his quickly decomposing body. Dismayed, he decides to withdraw from the world. But before surrendering to his living death, Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Silvia, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Panorama Guitarristico. A Duo of Guitar Classics
This performance features Manuel Rubio and Victor Celis, two award winning classical guitarists. Their work is outstanding and we can only imagine the two together!
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Chamber Music: Caribrass Metal Ensemble
This is an up-and-coming group in Yucatan, under the direction of Omar Cabrera Rosas.
Locations: Iglesia del Jesus, Tercera Orden , Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8: 00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: One in a Million
…and yes he is! Emmanuel Pinzon “Macky” is Yucatan’s answer to Bobby Darin and a young Frank Sinatra, all rolled into one. Lots of growing has been done here and the future looks brighter than ever.
Locations:Casa de La Cultura, Calle 63 x 64, Merida
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Cony Ancona in ConcertYucatan Living Cony Ancona in Concert: What Will You Do For the Rest of Your Life
This lady can sing it all and we never see enough of her.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Marc Anthony in Concert
This long awaited concert is part of Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida world tour. It is a huge understatement to say that Marc Anthony is one of Yucatan’s favorites. You just have to see it to believe it!
Location: Yucatan Colosseum on the Carretera Merida-Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP $3,248 pesos/ 1st level $2,352 pesos/ Boxes $2,128 pesos/ 2nd level: $1,568 pesos/ General $337 pesos.

Yucatan Living Movie: Joy Division
A teenage orphan fights against the Red Army at the end of WWII and in the aftermath is ‘adopted’ by a Commissar. Years later he is sent to London during the Cold War to work for the KGB, where he questions his life.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 15 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Life With Adele
Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Classic Mexican Cinema in Merida Yucatan Mexico Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Quartet of Guitars: Tempo 1
For those who do not know, Yucatan has an entire classical guitar orchestra. Each year, during this festival, we are treated to some of the most wonderful recitals anyone could ever hear. This is one of those performances.
Location: Sala de Arte in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Angelica Balado en Acustico
This is one of those nights when you want to run from one exciting event to the next. You do not want to miss Angelica Balado, but look below at what else you can see tonight!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Rudy Vallado y Veronica Cabrera in ConcertYucatan Living Popular Music Duet: Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera
See? You can’t miss this one either! Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera are in a class of their own when representing Yucatan and they do what they do very well. This performance is billed as an “open sound Trova.” What a night and what a decision to make!
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Diario A Tres Voces
We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Papá Ivan
A filmic approach to well-known Argentinian guerilla fighter Iván Roqué by his daughter María Inés Roqué.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) May 16 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Folkloric Ballet in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Yucatan’s Musical Magazine and a Tribute to the Bingo Show
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a treat like this. If you have never been to one of these performances, do take advantage and see this one tonight. Included in the entertainment are Trío Trovanova, Mario III and his Compañía, Tony Espinosa, Iván Niquete, Ballet Folklórico del Estado “Alfredo Cortés Aguilar,” (Raúl Castillo Alfaro, Director), Orquesta Jaranera del Mayab (Felipe de Jesús Chi Naal, Director) and the poetry of Professor Luis Pérez Sabido, all under the General Direction of Maru Boeta. What a list of stars!
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9: 00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Network
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 11
Tonight, we hear the music of the great Anton Bruckner’s Symphony #4, under the direction of Carlos Lomonaco.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: Rectangulo en el Ojo
(Chile 2014) Movie about four Chilean photographers and how they make pictures.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Marley
A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars: María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Urban Music: Retro Game Music
This is a concert that features Grupo Rágnarok, Mazinger Z, Mario Broos, Candy Candy y Killer Instic.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8: 00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Ska Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Urban Music: Festival Ska-Bezon
Did you ever wonder what kind of music young people like in Yucatan? Come out and hear Jam Gorilla, General Ras and Sector Obrero to find out.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Revista Musical Folklorica (Folkloric Musical Magazine)
This performance celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Compañía de Danza Folklórica Kaambal.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Maria Jose Gil in Concert
A pretty girl with a pretty voice and music in her heart. This should be an excellent concert.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Traditional Yucateca Trova: A New Sun in the Mayab: A Review of Chan Cil
This is going to be wonderful music and you really can’t miss it. The performance is by soloists and coral groups of the Rondalla Juvenil del Museo de la Cancion Yucateca. Please do come and show the young people how much they are appreciated.
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: In Bruges
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $150 pesos disc included, $100 pesos general entrance and $60 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 11
Tonight, we hear the music of the great Anton Bruckner’s Symphony #4, under the direction of Carlos Lomonaco.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Queens of the Tropics
This movie stars María Antonieta Pons, Amalia Aguilar, Meche Barba, Ninón Sevilla and Rosa Carmina.
Location: Cineteca Nacional in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 Marisela Vargas in Concert in YucatanYucatan Living Marisela Vargas in Concert: Of Today and Yesterday
This is a young female singer with plenty of tomorrows ahead of her.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Night of Swing
This is a performance by the Merida Big Band, under the direction of Ranier Pucheux.
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman in Colonia Aleman
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Songs of Italy and Spain With Love
This is a wonderful performance by Eduardo Rosado, Tenor, and Zuleika Diaz, Pianist. This kind of performance is a hallmark of classical music in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Notorious
The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 19

Yucatan Living 119th Anniversary of the Fall of Jose Marti
Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary when Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. In addition to being a national leader, he was also a poet and a writer, whose work continues to inspire Latin Americans to this day.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas, Avendia Colon por Calle 20, Colonia Garcia Gineres.
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Yucatan Living Concert: Jazzeando los 80’s
This is one of those times when one can’t help but smile when we first see the director’s name. Mauricio Bonfiglio is a household name in Jazz in Yucatan and is one of the “best of the best.” If you love jazz, follow that name and go to this performance tonight.
Locations: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Noche Blanca
All the art galleries are open late and there are parties everywhere. Don’t miss it.
Location: Downtown Merida
Time: May 24
Admission: Free

 

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance, May 23 & 25. Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes the Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella), June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28. Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM. The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

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

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

Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop: June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera and learn to take amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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Events

By Troy Gilbert

Editor’s Note: The second race in this story, Regata al Sol, started today and will end up in Isla Mujeres in a week. So many of us who live in Yucatan have no idea that these races even happen. We thought a short story about the races by Troy Gilbert, and hopefully a first-person account of the race in a few weeks, might be of interest to our readers. Enjoy!

Two Sailing Regattas

Getting scoped out by high-speed Cuban Navy patrol boats in the middle of the night is a common occurrence for American sailors as they compete in two bluewater regattas that finish in the marinas of Isla Mujeres. Raced continuously since the 1960′s, these two separate regattas originate from St. Petersburg and Pensacola, Florida and both have a deep history and connection to Isla Mujeres in Mexico. These races are also legendary for their week-long post-regatta parties! Late spring is an ideal time to travel (or sail) to Isla Mujeres and if you plan it right, you can experience the Gulf Coast’s unique sailing culture mixed with the people and culture of this culturally-rich island off the Yucatan Peninsula… it is a fun mixture!

In the marinas of Florida, crews of eight to ten men and women on over 50 boats have been prepping for upwards of six months on everything from racing sleds to heavy cruising sailboats. Their preparations are leading to a race of over 500 miles from the shores of the Gulf Coast in Florida to a Caribbean island in Mexico. Depending on the wind, these regattas last for four or five days, with crews sailing the electric blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, far from the safety of any home port or immediate rescue.

A True Adventure

These crews are undertaking and participating in true adventure in austere conditions rarely found in this day and age. Battling the weather and a massive 4+ knot current that steams north through the Yucatan Straits, this is not a simple day out sailing on the water. Dismastings of sailboats in heavy weather are fairly common and in 2012, one sailor died in a capsizing event in a similar regatta that sailed from Galveston, Texas to Mexico. But the payoff is huge as the sailors log innumerable experiences. These wonderful days under sail include dolphins surfing their bows for days, giant Kemp-Ridley turtles and tuna popping up from the deep waters and the phosphorescence of their wakes sparking in the water at night while the Milky Way explodes above their masts.

Meanshile, On Shore…

Onshore events ramp up almost immediately for these events as wives, husbands, friends and “racer chasers” arrive on Isla Mujeres, where the sugar sand beaches and free-flowing rum drinks beckon. It does not hurt that the local government and island residents treat them as honored dignitaries while they await their racing crews. Boats continuously stream to the island for days. The sailors and their friends hold Mardi Gras-style parades with elaborately decorated golf carts, cruising along the cobblestone streets. There are also water-borne events where skippers and crews sail the local children out onto the pristine waters surrounding Isla Mujeres. The camaraderie and traditions are unequaled. All around the island, in the restaurants and beach bars, the sailors and their friends celebrate. It all culminates when the large trophies are presented as the sun sets at Buho’s on North Beach.

Two Races Organized by Mexico

These races were originally organized by local Mexican officials who saw the potential to grow tourism on the undeveloped Yucatan Peninsula. They were especially interested after the cancellation of a multitude of Gulf Coast regattas that no longer went to Havana, Cuba after the revolution in 1959. Today these Florida to Mexico events have been celebrated for over 50 years and any sailor worth their salt on the Gulf Coast participates, or plans to in the near future.

The Regata al Sol which runs from Pensacola, Florida to Isla Mujeres, is the oldest of the two and first ran in 1964. Originally launching from New Orleans, over the years the start eventually migrated to Pensacola Yacht Club in Florida and is now a biennial event. Because of geography, the Regata al Sol crews run directly into the Loop Current that pours due north between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula and because of this, the boats tend to skirt the eddies and currents that are thrown off the major northward current. This adds a significant amount of mileage to their course.

“The Gulf is different,” says Guy Brierre, who co-chaired the Regatta al Sol for many years. He was describing the race in 2012. “On this race you can be 300 miles from nowhere. That’s over 350 miles with absolutely no land effects. Yet this race was one of the strangest ones I’ve seen in the Gulf, with the wind shifting back and forth in the middle of nowhere. There were no clouds whatsoever and the wind was going back and forth 30 degrees. And don’t forget that the Gulf’s Loop Current is a big deal. You have to play the rhumb line until you hit the current and then start your strategy.”

The Regata del Sol al Sol which starts in St. Petersburg, Florida is 100 nautical miles shorter. In this race, the crews catch the downward leg of the Loop Current in the Gulf of Mexico, which gives them an extra kick south towards Cuba. Then they catch the winds towards the Mexican coast. The St. Petersburg version has the added history of virtually following the old St. Pete to Havana, Cuba route.

Hard to Resist

The guerilla marketing that pours out from the veteran sailors holed up at any Gulf Coast yacht club bar makes it virtually impossible to not get caught up in this race. The crews rehash the stories of the austere and focused racing which are then rapidly followed by tales of the gonzo whirlwind of partying that erupts on the non-commercialized, six-mile-long Mexican island. The rustic beach bars and restaurants are quickly overrun when the boats divest their crews onto the pristine white sand beaches, and the racer chasers and return crews fly in to meet them. It all leads to a carnival like atmosphere, and it is great fun for everyone. And Isla Mujeres welcomes these sailors with open arms and has for nearly 50 years.

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Regata del Sol al Sol: St. Petersburg, Florida to Isla Mujeres – April 25 – May 2, 2014. (regatadelsolalsol.org) -

Regata al Sol: Pensacola, Florida to Isla Mujeres – May 7 – May 15, 2014. (regataalsol.org)

History of Regata al Sol

By Khaki Scott

New Crime Prevention Project

The Attorney General of Yucatan, along with the participation of nine municipalities, are setting about to develop crime prevention projects. Each project will be aimed at promoting a culture of self-care among the citizens of Abala, Baca, Cuncunul, Hunucma, Ixil, Motul, Temozon, Uman and Valladolid. The focus of the projects will not

necessarily be things that we might think of. Great stress will be placed on assistance to victims, education, and training individuals to help in crime prevention. In effect, everyone will become a public servant to their communities because they, as a group and as individuals, are the community. Everyone who works with both victims and perpetrators will receive instruction in law, social work and psychology. No crime will have a one-size-fits-all aftermath. Instead, “appropriate” treatment will be the watchword. Since so many criminals are repeat offenders, it will be interesting to see if this new approach brings us better results. There is much to be proud of in Yucatan and its low crime rate is part of the state’s identity. We can only imagine what Yucatan will be like if this new project drops the crime rate even lower! Best of luck to all nine participating municipalities and many thanks to the Attorney General for this creative project.

Yucatan’s Bakeries Headed for Modernization

Currently, there are approximately 2,500 bakeries in the State of Yucatan, 800 of which are in Merida, but two in five are operating in the informal economy. Both the registered and non-registered bakeries are having a hard time making a living these days due to rising prices and Bread Making in Yucatan Mexico competition. In order to serve them all, the State of Yucatan is going to help them with modernization and training. Toward achieving that goal, a new pilot project has already begun and includes 21 bakeries.

Social Media: What do Young People Like Best?

With all of the media hype about Facebook, one would think that it would be the absolute favorite choice for personal interaction among young people in a virtual world, but new research by UADY says “Not so.” In fact, the young people of Yucatan only mention Facebook rarely when talking about their favorite connection to each other. Their favorite is an instant messaging service called WhatsApp. Once the young people meet in the virtual world, then they can decide if they want to meet either in person or in video calls. Specialists in many fields recently met at UADY, in a conference hosted by the Department of Anthropology, to talk about the future of research in this new way of socializing. Is it helping or harming interpersonal relationships? Is it helping or harming the social fabric of communities? How big is the risk of fraud and sexual predation? Will this way of communicating continue or will it not, and why? All of this comes at the beginning of a brave, new world and we are all interested in the outcome.

UADY Weightlifter Wins Gold

It’s been five long years since UADY won a gold medal in any sport in the Universiada Nacional, but Alfredo Dzul Cuy has changed all of that by bringing home the Gold from Puebla this past week. Alfredo Dzul is an Archaeology student at UADY and won his medal by lifting a total of 208 kilos. Congratulations to Alfredo Dzul Cuy, his parents, his coaches and to UADY for a job very well done!

Merida Hosts Caribbean Summit

Our hats are off to every agency of law enforcement in and around Merida. Not only did they seamlessly oversee the return to school of 580,000 children to school, following Semana Santa, but they also provided security for the Caribbean Summit, which met in the hotel zone in central Merida last week. This was the third Police in Merida Yucatan Mexico meeting of the Mexico-Caribbean Community Summit of the Association of Caribbean States. Their focus was on building not only a strong Caribbean community of nations, but also to enhance trade and tourism via improved air and sea connectivity. Disaster prevention and cooperation for sustainability in the region are also extremely important to these nations. The two major meetings held during this conference included 31 heads of state and ministers of 32 states and territories of the wider Caribbean. Mexico is leading the way in this association and Yucatan is showing itself to have extraordinary powers of organization building. Keep an eye on the Association of Caribbean States. They have only just begun to hit their stride and will be a leader in international trade far into the future.

Six Years to New & Improved Infrastructure

In the past, what Mexico and Yucatan did were not necessarily well planned, and certainly not planned in coordination with each other. But that has all changed. With Mexico’s new status as a member of the Association of Caribbean States, most eyes are turning southward and Yucatan is going to be the beneficiary of a significant part of the new and improved highway and rail systems, as well as new and improved maritime and air travel communities. The state could not have been located in a better place. International Conference in Merida Yucatan As much as Yucatan has changed in the two decades that many expatriates have lived here, we can only imagine what it will be like when those of our readers with only five or six years to go to retirement finally arrive. This means jobs, tourism, new training technology schools, and a host of other wonderful things we have not even thought of yet. This is Mexico’s six-year plan and Yucatan is ready to be the gateway to it all.

Pipeline: Guatemala to Oaxaca

While the heads of so many states were in Merida for the Mexico-Caribbean Community Summit, the President of Guatemala met with the President of Mexico. During their meeting, Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, witnessed the signing of a contract to build a 600-kilometer natural gas pipeline between Salina Cruz, in Oaxaca, and Escuintla in Guatemala. The value of this pipeline to Guatemala will help to stabilize the auto industry there, as well as the energy sector. Since Yucatan has undocumented Guatamalan immigrants both moving to this state and passing through on their way north, anything that could help to stabilize that country is of interest to Yucatan.

May – Last Month of Official Fire Season

Although May is the last month of the official fire season in the Yucatan region, agricultural burning will continue until June 15. Please visit the Calendar of Agricultural Burning to see when there will be agricultural fires in your area. If you have respiratory problems, or problems with allergies, this is a good time to stay indoors, or perhaps to take a vacation out of the area. If you are on the highways, please try not to drive into smoke on the highway or, if you must do so, drive slowly and keep your lights on so that others can see you. Also, when driving, please do not throw anything that could start a fire out of your car. This includes lit cigarettes, and even shiny glass or paper. For those who live in the city, fire season comes and goes with little more than complaints about the heat of summer. Those who live in outlying areas must consider their location and alter their behavior accordingly.

Rain Rain – Go Away

Yucatan Living gets all kinds of weather-related questions, and “Does it flood?” is one of them. The answer is “Well, it depends.” The key here is remembering that Raining Season in Yucatan Mexico Yucatan lies on a limestone shelf, rather than on (for lack of a better word) “dirt,” so there is not much hope for extreme amounts of rain to soak in or run off as fast as it comes down. The rain falls faster than drainage can take it away and faster than it can percolate down through the limestone. Is it dangerous? Not in Yucatan, at least not if everyone follows rules of common sense. Will there be mudslides? No. Will there be property damage? Not if the cars and trucks stay off of the street so they won’t slosh water into the houses. Overall, the weather is forecast to be hot and wet. We forecast that everyone will be just fine if they are careful.

A Case of Alleged Child Exploitation in Yucatan

The people of the State of Yucatan are quite serious about the treatment of children in this state and, this past week, citizens of a nearby city went to the police with what they suspect to be a case of child exploitation. On the face of it, a mother and four little girls, one still a baby, were begging in the street for food and coins. She claimed she could not work because she has four very young children. However, after a few days of this, the people noticed that, at the end of the day, the father Children Explotation in Yucatan Mexicojoined the group and they all went home in a truck. The citizens are now appalled and insist that it is totally unacceptable for the father to take his family to ask for alms and live on what they make, when it is his responsibility to feed them with the sweat of his brow. They want both the father and mother investigated and the appropriate actions taken because this may be a case of child exploitation. It is not often that we hear of someone trying something like this in Yucatan. This state is just the wrong place for that sort of thing and it does not take long for such offenders do leave the state amid a slew of media headlines. We hope the children, in this case, are okay and, if not, we have no doubt but that they will be just fine when the authorities finish their investigation.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting May 05, 2014

Art In The City

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

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

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

Yucatan Living Call for Participating Artists April until May 15
This call is for visual artists, both Yucateco and foreigners, who live in Merida to submit work to the International Festival of Contemporary Art in Apilles Province, France. The festival itself will not take place until July 4 – August 31, 2014, but it is time to collect and judge the works submitted. These works can be paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography, video-art and installations that are in harmony with the work of Goya. Submissions should be sent, in digital form, to convocatoria [dot] apart2014 [at] gmail [dot] com, along with a CV, and proof of one individual and two collective exhibitions.
More Information: Consult the official Festival a-part website .

Art in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
May 8: In collaboration with the Merida English Library, the La Artesa collection will be shown. This event will include a wine tasting.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
May 9: More collections will be opened and your invitation includes a delicious tasting of 7 kinds of Oaxacan moles. This is a special event that requires a reservation because space is limited. However, this night is well worth attending because you will be able to participate in a raffle of a beautiful print by one of the most important Masters from Oaxaca. After this day, the Oaxacan prints will be available in the Nahualli Gallery for view and/or purchase.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com 928-6566

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) May 05

Yucatan Living Aniversario de la Batalla de Puebla (Mexico defeated the French)
Cinco de Mayo around the world, but mostly in the U.S.A.

 

Tuesday (Martes) May 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday Monkey Market in Chelem (formerly Funky Market)
This market is an ongoing event, but we wanted to make certain that everyone knows its there, so we will put it in all of our events listings this week. If you don’t see it next week, please do refer to Yucatan Living’s Ongoing Events. You can find almost anything at this market, including: Garage Sales, Arts and Crafts, and much much more – so be sure to put the Tuesday Monkey Market on your shopping list of best places to shop.
Location: Lol-Ha Maasai Maya in Chelem
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free but buy your own food and drinks – plus do bring plenty of money to buy, buy, buy.

Yucatan Living ESAY Chamber Music Recital
The XXV edition of the “New Values in Concert Music” presented jointly with the School of Arts of Yucatan (ESAY) will be a recital of chamber music under the musical direction of Amos Lucidi.
Location: ProHispen Cultural Center, Calle 19 No. 94 x 18 and 29, Col. Mexico
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Tipica YukalpetenYucatan Living Opening of Spring Cultural Festival
With Orquesta Tipica Yukalpetenunder the direction of Carlos Herrera.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trío Trovanova
A fabulous Trova group!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) May 07

Yucatan Living Movie:
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Jesus Armando in ConcertYucatan Living Spring Cultural Festival: Jesus Armando
Young and fresh voice from Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie:
We’ll let you know when we find out!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 08 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Village Without Women
On a mountaintop in southwest Serbia lies the womanless hamlet of Zabrdje, where the Jankovic brothers hold the fort. Veering between the utterly hilarious and deeply poignant, this beautifully-crafted film follows one brother’s quest to introduce women back into the once-vibrant community. But with no roads or running water, convincing a Serbian woman is out of the question…
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blackmail
(UK, 1928) Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood and Charles Paton.
Location:Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Chamber Orchestra: Wagner’s Labyrinth
Presenting pianist Carlos Camacho under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero from Opera Viva.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Oasis
The stories recounted by Alejandro Cárdenas in his documentary OASIS, about a local home for HIV and AIDS victims, are tales that stir the soul. The images, sounds, music and words reflect enormous pain, anger, sadness, love and a lot of dignity. Three characters who share a sexual preference, a disease and a daily battle to survive amidst prejudice and machismo.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) May 09 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: El Acordeon del Diablo
(Mexico 2003) The movie seems to follow the principles of magic realism. Schwietert, the director, loves Gabriel García Márquez. But this movie is about reality. Magic reality, yes, but reality, in fact. Around the Caribbean and Colombia, things that might look weird actually happen there. The accordion, vallenato and the Caribbean style of life is very well told in this documentary combined with poetry and a touch of loneliness.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Murder
UK, 1930). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Herbert Marshall, Norah Banning and Phyllis Konstam.
Location:Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra: Wagner’s Labyrinth
Presenting pianist Carlos Camacho under the direction of Maria Eugenia Guerrero from Opera Viva.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Beat that my Heart Skipped
(France 2005) Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. Stephanie Chase, Violinist Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Movie: No
(Chile 2012) An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day

Yucatan Living Movie: Stories We Tell
(Canada 2012) A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Juno and the Peacock
(UK, 1930). Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Starring: Sidney Morgan, Sara Allgood, John Laurie and Dave Morris.
Location:Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: Eco
Dates: All Fridays in May except the 9th, and all Saturdays except the 3rd. This is a performance, from the indigenous perspective, that looks at the possibilities of the present and future.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM $25 pesos.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Prestige
(USA 2006) The rivalry between two magicians becomes more exacerbated by their attempt to perform the ultimate illusion.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Maria Moctezuma in Concert at LA 68 Casa de CulturaYucatan Living Music: Maria Moctezuma in Concert
This young voice along with acoustic guitar presents her new disc Tierra Animal.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $150 pesos disc included, $100 pesos general entrance and $60 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 10: The Four Seasons of Vivaldi
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco and will feature the violin of Stephanie Chase. Stephanie Chase, Violinist Music is by Vivaldi and Respighi.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office. Please refer to the OSY website www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/inicio.php for further instructions if purchasing online or by phone.

Yucatan Living Mother’s Day at Lizard Joe’s
Dinner and a mostly acoustical performance of the Best Rock Hits of All Time by Likkido 3PM-5PM. No reservation required, but preferred. Please send a note to lizard [at] lizardjoes [dot] com or call 999-210-7826 no later than Thursday May 8th. If you want to celebrate Dia de Madre on May 10th … They have their full menú of BBQ and Mariscos available 6PM – 10PM and Live Music by Yerbabuena.
Location: Lizard Joe’s in Chelem
Time: Noon to 5:00 PM

Yucatan Living Movie: Rear Window
(USA 1954) A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 12

Frozen The Musical in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Music: Frozen, The Musical
This is a repeat performance, due to the success of the April performance. They have toured Mexico with the music of one of the favorite animated films of the year and were kind enough to bring the show back to Merida because the audience loved it so much the first time.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 49 y 61, Centro Merida
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call: 924-0040 and 924-9990

 

Coming Soon

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan 2014Yucatan Living Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: May/ June Schedule
Program 11: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 May 16 & 18
This performance will be directed by Juan Carlos Lomonaco.
Program 12: From Pomp and Circumstance to Romance May 23 & 25
Guest director for this performance is Jose Guadalupe Flores, with featured artist Alexander Ovcharov (Oboe) as featured artist. Music includes: Military March of Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 (Elgar), and Concierto for Oboe (Williams), then on to Tchaikovsky for the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini Op. 32. What a night!
Program 13: Opera: La Cenicienta (Cinderella) June 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28
Please note Time Change: All of these gala performances are at 8:00 PM
The last symphony of the Spring Season is always one of the best events in Merida for the year. For tonight’s performance, the Concert Director is Juan Carlos Lomonaco and the Scene Director is Horacio Almada. Rossini’s Cinderela, tonight, features: Gabriela Thierry, Oscar de la Torre, Josue Ceron, Sergio Meneses, Claudia Rodriguez, Irasema Terrazas, and Emilio Carsi. If you love opera, great music, and performances by an ensemble that cannot be matched anywhere, this is the concert to see!
Locations: Jose Peon Contreras Theater , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday and 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: purchase tickets online or by calling (999) 923-1333

Yucatan Living Marc Anthony in Concert: Tuesday May 13, 2014
This long awaited concert is part of Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida world tour. It is a huge understatement to say that Marc Anthony is one of Yucatan’s favorites. You just have to see it to believe it!
Location: Yucatan Colosseum on the Carretera Merida-Progreso
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: VIP $3,248 / 1st level $2,352 / Boxes $2,128 / 2nd level: $1,568 / General $337

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

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

Bird Photography Workshop in Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Bird Photography Workshop June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera to make amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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

Events

By Working Gringos

La Artesa

La Artesa is the name of the art, music, dance, and poetry of the Mexican descendants of the former slaves. Originally artesa was the name for La Artesa dancing and art comes to Merida Yucatanthe canoe which brought the slaves to Oaxaca and Guerrero. When turned over, the canoe became a platform for dance. Now, they no longer dance on the back of a canoe, but the same dances are performed on boxes created from the same kind of wood. The boxes, now about 3×4 feet in dimension, are often decorated with depictions of horses, bulls or lizards, and the dance is performed at almost every celebration in parts of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

On May 8, 2014, Nahaulli Gallery in conjunction with The Merida English Library, is presenting a show of prints from the Valleys of Oaxaca. These prints, created by descendants of former slaves, depict their current lives in Mexico, their history and the importance of La Artesa. For the show, artists from that part of Mexico are bringing a taste of La Artesa to Merida.

Shinzaburo Takeda and TAKEDARTE

Maestro Takeda in Merida YucatanThe project that led to the creation of these Oaxacan prints was spearheaded by TAKEDARTE A.C. This group is an association of approximately 80 artists from different generations, artistic, and literary paths, all who have been supported by Master Shinzaburo Takeda, the honorary director and an accomplished artist himself. In collaboration with Father Glyn Jelmont, TAKEDARTE A.C., has worked exclusively with artists in the African descendant regions of Oaxaca and Guerrero to teach painting and printmaking to the children and people of Oaxaca.

Takeda PrintMaster Takeda trained at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. He visited Mexico City in 1963 and apparently felt at home in Mexico, because he never left after that. In 1978, he moved to Oaxaca, and began a career as a professor of art at the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez in Oaxaca. He is sometimes referred to as the “most Mexican” of Oaxacan artists. Eventually, Takeda was considered a master printmaker and he imported the first Japanese woodblock tools to Oaxaca. Takeda also teaches painting and drawing but feels his Oaxacan students have a special affinity for woodblock printing. Maestro Takeda has also recently established a Biennial of Printmaking. From the website popularizing the last event, “The Shinzaburo Takeda Biennial of Printmaking has brought a new energy to Mexican art and life, especially to the city of Oaxaca which is a Mecca for this art form. A city of over 300,000 inhabitants, Oaxaca has an incredible print scene lead by a rare mix of young and old talent.”

TAKEDARTE awards scholarships to boys and girls living in extreme poverty. With the help of this association, these boys and girls achieve the hope of going to school and learning a skill which can support them, thus keeping them from having to emigrate abroad to support themselves and their families. Recording and supporting the Art by Alberta Nicolas from Oaxacaculture of these boys and girl through the arts is integral to the recovery and sustainability of regional culture throughout Mexico, but especially in these areas that are not as tourist-friendly as places like Cancun or Puerta Vallarta.

Alberta and Obdulia

Alberta Nicolas and Obdulia Nicolas are two of the artists whose work will be exhibited at Nahaulli Gallery in Merida beginning this week. With the aid of scholarships, they are an example of students were were able to study at the School of Fine Arts at UABJO University. Both are from El Tamal, a village of 150 families in Oaxaca, where they grew up as members of a family of eleven children. Obdulia was born without arms, and therefore she amazingly paints with her mouth and feet. Her sister, Alberta Art by Obdulia Nicolas from Oaxaca(Beti) accompanied her to the university so they could study in Oaxaca together, and she is an artist as well.

Alberta and Obdulia’s first workshops were taught by alumni of the School of Fine Arts in Oaxaca as part of a project supported by Father Glyn and another renowned artist in Mexico, Rufino Tamayo, then-director of the Plastic Arts Workshop. Additionally, Master Takeda and other artists have over the years collaborated to teach courses and workshops to local students, many of whom have become world-class painters and printmakers. These activities eventually have led to exhibitions such as the upcoming show in Nahualli Gallery, the Casa de los Artistas.

Sponsored by the Merida English Library

Art prints and paintings from Oaxaca in Merida at Casa de los ArtistasThe Merida English Library’s very successful monthly program “An Evening of Merida Magic” is sponsoring the presentation of La Artesa, as part of a series of three special events for the summer of 2014. Each event, like this one, will be hosted by an art gallery in Merida that was once a home, and the event will include wine tastings and food pairings. For this particular event, the ticket sales benefit the Library. Any and all La Artesa print sales benefit the artists of Oaxaca.

Elliot Diaz, owner of Taninos Para Todos, a local wine shop, will be the wine guide for this event. His ability to find unique and tasty wines is winning him many kudos from Merida residents and from former attendees of the Evenings of Merida Magic. Also returning is Chef Marco Meneses and his scrumptious food pairings.

Oaxaca in Merida

Over the last ten to twenty years, Merida has continued to grow as a center for artistic endeavors. The charms of this city include a life that is not run by the clock and the pocketbook, and allows residents a life leisurely enough for creativity. Nahualli is an increasingly important center for arts in Merida, run by two artists from Oaxaca and Michoacan. We are fortunate that these artists, Melva Medina and Abel Vázquez not only have brought their own art to our city, but are also bringing artists from around Mexico to share their artistic visions with us. Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Nahualli Casa de las Artistas Gallery is located at Calle 60 #405 x43y45, Santa Ana, Centro, Merida

The opening will be on May 8, 2014 starting at 7 PM.

You can see a video of the La Artesa dance here.

By Working Gringos

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By Working Gringos
Facade of Hacienda Petac
Outside at Hacienda Petac in Yucatan
Meals at Hacienda Petac
The master bedroom at Hacienda Petac
One of the five bedrooms at Hacienda Petac
One of the five bedrooms at Hacienda Petac
The pool at Hacienda Petac
The Casa Principal of Hacienda Petac
Petac's magnificent gardens

The Ultimate Hacienda Vacation Rental

Hacienda Petac

 

For the ultimate luxury hacienda experience, nothing compares to Hacienda Petac.

Nestled in the Mayan countryside near the colonial city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, this award-winning estate offers an extraordinary combination of luxury, service and total privacy within the walls of a beautiful 18th century hacienda.

Experience the graceful life of centuries past and, as the hacienda’s sole guests, savor the artistry of personal care.

Explore the Mundo Maya, or simply relax as on-site amenities bring the cultural highlights of the Yucatan to your door. An attentive staff, exotic natural surroundings and exquisite details make Hacienda Petac the perfect setting for a unique and memorable holiday.

Hacienda Petac is perfect for corporate retreats, family vacations or special-interest outings that are seeking a spacious, private and luxurious setting.

 

Fascinating Surroundings

Surrounding Hacienda Petac are some of the most interesting and fascinating activities imaginable. One day you might be diving into a crystal-clear cenote, a fresh-water practically-bottomless pool inside a cave. An hour later, you could be climbing to the top of centuries-old stone structures, overlooking the vast tropical-desert countryside of the Yucatan Peninsula. The next day, you could be wandering the cobbled streets of the colonial town of Izamal, designated one of the Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, a magical step back in time when the Spain conquered Mexico and brought their architecture, religion and culture to this foreign land. Today, you can witness the fascinating mixture of cultures that is the modern day Yucatan.

The countryside around Hacienda Petac

Prices

The following 7-night rates apply year-round. For shorter stays or smaller parties, please contact us.

1-5 people – $8400 USD

6-10 people – $10,500 USD

Weekly rental rate includes…

  • Rental of the hacienda with all the facilities, and a full-service team of manager/hostess, cooks, maids and gardeners.
  • 17% Mexican government tax
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily laundry service
  • Roundtrip airport transfer from Merida (surcharge for more than one arrival)
  • Guided bird-watching walk of the hacienda grounds
  • One lecture or meeting with an expert on Mayan culture

For more information, please see the Rates page on our website:

www.HaciendaPetac.com

 

More Info on the Website

Hacienda Petac has a very comprehensive website with information about exploring both the hacienda and the Mayan, Colonial and modern Yucatecan worlds that surround it. There are menus of the meals that are served at the hacienda, maps and directions, complete rate information and of course, extensive photo galleries.

Please see our website:

www.HaciendaPetac.com

The gameroom at Hacienda Petac

Contact Us

For information about renting this hacienda, please contact us

Call
In the US 1-800-225-4255
In Mexico +52-999-911-2601 (Spanish)
In the United Kingdom 079560978469
Fax +52-999-911-2600
Or email

info [at] haciendapetac [dot] com

 

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting April 28, 2014

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

Yucatan Living Invitation: Opening of the Exhibition: Oaxaca en Nahualli May 8 to 24
This exhibition is an amazing collection of prints from Oaxaca. They will be showing more than 400 pieces of art this month.
May 8: In collaboration with the Merida English Library, the La Artesa collection will be shown. This event will include a wine tasting.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $300 pesos
May 9: More collections will be opened and your invitation includes a delicious tasting of 7 kinds of Oaxacan moles. This is a special event that requires a reservation because space is limited. However, this night is well worth attending because you will be able to participate in a raffle of a beautiful print by one of the most important Masters from Oaxaca. After this day, the Oaxacan prints will be available in the Nahualli Gallery for view and/or purchase.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free
May 24: This event will finish with a wonderful party to go along with Noche Blanca.
All Events at this Location: Nahualli Gallery in Casa de los Artistas , Calle 60 x 45
Reservations and Information: Melva Medina: info [at] artistsinmexico [dot] com 928-6566

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) April 28

Street Dancing in Merida YucatanYucatan 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

 

Tuesday (Martes) April 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Yucatan (Youth Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan)
This is this orchestra’s X Official Season’s Concert. You can expect sound, music and puppets tonight, under the direction of Aarón Sánchez and Edgar Sulú, with invited artist Tito Diaz. Never miss a chance to see this orchestra.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trio DespertarYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Despertar
Trio Despertar is one of the best of the trova trios in Yucatan. The Trova Troubadors’ Association keeps this music alive and fresh for all the world to enjoy.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) April 30, 2014

Children's Day in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Children’s Day

Yucatan Living Festival of Children’s Day

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, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Youth Ballet of Yucatan: Fantasia Disney
This performance is under the direction of Karla Barrera. Come and see as the children are taken on a magical tour of major animated Disney movies.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 5:00 and 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Music: Los Romanticos
This is the group that sings “I Swear, I Love You.” It doesn’t get more romantic than an evening in this audience.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida YucatanYucatan 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: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Good Night Nobody
( Switzerland 2010) The mysterious world of the sleepless. Four insomniacs from around the world invite us to spend a night with them. While the rest of the world sleeps, they’re awake.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) May 01 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
(USA 2013) A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Valladolid English Library Lecture Series
The Valladolid Secture Series for April will take place on May 1. They will be playing LOTERIA, the traditional Mexican game, and prizes will be awesome!!!
Location: The Palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 7:30 PM Thursday
Admission: The usual $50 pesos per person donation to VEL will buy your first card. Additional cards are $50 pesos each.

Yucatan Living Labor Day: Official Holiday

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 Thursday
Admission: Free in April

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: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Man On Wire
(UK 2008) A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974, what some consider, “the artistic crime of the century.”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) May 02 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Hadewijch
(France 2009) The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 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 Friday
Admission: $30 pesos plus free popcorn

Classical Ballet In Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan 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

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: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Movies in Merida YucatanYucatan Living Movie: Halley
(Mexico 2012) Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) May 03, 2014

Opera in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Tristan and Isolde
Wagner’s Bicentennial – Tristan and Isolde.
.Location: Sala Mayamax in Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission:Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Bridge
(UK 2006) People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 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

Yucatan Living Movie: Food Inc.
(USA 2008) An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $20 pesos students

 

Sunday (Domingo) May 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary About Nature
No word yet on which documentary is showing, but they are always interesting and appropriate for children.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) May 05

Yucatan Living Aniversario de la Batalla de Puebla (Mexico defeated the French)
Cinco de Mayo around the world, but mostly in the U.S.A.

 

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
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 Bird Photography Workshop June 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Tired of photos that don’t turn out the way you want? Improve your knowledge of your camera to make amazing bird photos.
Instructor: Ivan Gabaldon
Requirement: DSLR camera
Location: Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan Office (Calle 32 #269 x 47 y 47-A), Col. Pinzon II, Merida
Times:
Friday: June 20: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: June 21: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 22: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Saturday: June 28: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: June 29: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Admission: $2,000 pesos, includes registration and diploma. 50% of fee is required upon registration.
More information and full schedule at: Festival de las Aves Toh. (Great website, by the way!)

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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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+ with host Craig Norton, fFeaturing: Mike O’Keefe 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 with Tony Gabriel, Jarana Dancers
Comedia en Espanol: Host is 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)

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Events

By Khaki Scott

Yucatan’s Beloved John Paul II Canonized

Pope John Paul II loved Yucatan and Yucatan loves him still. Crowds numbering in the tens of thousands met on both Saturday and Sunday, first with special activities on Yucatan and Pope John Paul II the eve of the actual canonization and then, to celebrate with Pope Frances on the occasion of the canonization itself. The first meeting took place on the site where Karol Wojtyla presided over the Eucharist to hundreds of thousands of people on August 11, 1993, in what is now called Campo Eucarístico de Xoclán. No one slept because live feed of the ceremony from Rome began at about 3:00 AM. On Sunday, the celebration of the canonization of the two popes (John Paul II and John XXIII) as saints took place in every church in the State and, at noon, all of the bells in all of the churches of the Archdiocese of Yucatan rang with joy. Even now, miracles attributed to St. John Paul II are still being claimed and the love affair between Yucatecos and their now beloved saint shows no signs of passing into memory.

Caribbean Presidents Meet in Merida

Merida is awash with the sound of helicopters flying overhead, as the various presidents of the Caribbean countries arrive for the Sixth Summit of chiefs of state to be held at the Fiesta Americana Hotel and at Siglo XXI. Subjects of discussion will includes infrastructure, transportation between the countries, a regional geospatial information system, and trade facilitation. The meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of the organization. According to an article written about the meeting, “The Merida Summit on April 30, 2014, coincides with the celebration of the Association’s 20th anniversary, and is expected to underscore the importance of the Greater Caribbean, a region that accounts for almost half of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean and which represents 55 per cent of its total trade and recognise the validity of the Association as a special space for dialogue and co-operation in order to make strides in integrating Latin America with the Caribbean. ” During the session, Mexico’s Nobel Prize Winner (for chemistry), Mario Molina will speak, and Mexico’s president, Peña Nieto, will be delivering the closing remarks on April 30th. A parallel meeting, “Mexico and the Caribbean, Looking for New Opportunities for Business & Investment”, will be held at the same time at the Intercontinental Hotel.

AFAD: Plants for Sale

If you want reasonably priced plants and want to help AFAD raise money for improvements, please stop by AFAD (on the road to Cholul across from Modelo University). Terry Gentry of Una Luna Flores donated hundreds of plants to AFAD to be sold for improvements. There are quite a few varieties and the staff at AFAD will be happy to sell you as many as you want.
P.S.: You can always pick up a dog or cat while you are there!

Heat Stroke Warnings

With temperatures topping out at 40 C (104 F), it’s time to pay attention to your environment. Heat stroke is a sudden increase in body temperature, caused by prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. The skin is hot and dry, but there is still sweating, confusion, loss of consciousness, severe vomiting, shortness of breath or trouble breathing. Wear light-weight clothing, preferably with long sleeves and a hat. Stay out of the sun as much as you can. Stay hydrated. Try to stay indoors and avoid the sun completely. Try to bring down the heat stroke victim’s temperature with cold water and change the water every 15 minutes. Every year, someone ends up having a problem with the heat. Don’t let it be you this year.

B.P.’s Effect on Whale Sharks

Everyone is saddened to learn that the chemicals that British Petroleum dumped into the Gulf of Mexico to disperse the oil have made their way to whale shark feeding Whale Shark in Danger in Yucatan Peninsula grounds around Isla Holbox and have degraded the plankton bloom; thus depriving whale sharks of a major part of their diet. Since whale sharks are now feeding 45 miles away from Isla Holbox, in either direction, Cancun Whale Shark Tours is asking that tourists book their tours from Cancun, where whale shark populations are now feeding on tuna spawn. There are still tours from Isla Holbox, but special arrangements must be made. Please visit Cancun Whale Shark Tours to learn more about these beautiful animals and the latest news about whale sharks.

Documentary On the Way: Lionfish Huntress (working title)

Everyone is well aware of the destruction the Lionfish is causing, as far north as North Carolina. Although marine biologists are working hard to find and introduce predators that will kill and consume lionfish, right now, our best bet may well be to hunt them and even eat them ourselves. The Lionfish Huntress team, mostly ladies in Akumal, are environmental activists, divers, a chef and some pure entertainers. Linda Linton Pontius, owner of Sac-Bee.com works hard to get the Lionfish Huntress message out. You can read more about this soon-to-be documentary on its very own Akumal lionfish Team Facebook page. You can learn more about the ladies on the team, and even find a few lionfish recipes on the Lionfish Huntress website.

New Maya Museum in Cancun

Although the Museo Maya de Cancun has actually been open for about a year, word is just now getting around about how good it really is. With warm, tropical gardens, a breezy atrium, and plenty of air conditioning in the exhibit areas, this museum is said to have some of the best preserved Maya artifacts ever shown. Mayan Museum in Cancun MexicoIt is nice to know that, although the printed information is in Spanish, the exhibits are explained in both Spanish and English over a low volume sound system. Many expats spend the night in Cancun either going or coming from their home countries. The Museo Maya de Cancun might be just the ticket to fill a long afternoon in Cancun.

Yucatan To Have First National Medicinal Botanical Garden

The applications are all turned in and all there is to do is wait until an 1,800 hectare medicinal botanical garden in Tabi received its certification as the first National Yucatan Botanical GardenMedicinal Botanical Garden in Mexico. The garden will be dedicated to the care and protection of more than a thousand traditional medicine plants. Those who are involved in this project include: Maya physicians, public research institutions, the State Committee of Traditional Medicine in Maya and Intercultural Health, the Scientific Research Center of Yucatan, and INDEMAYA (the Institute for the Development of Maya Culture. It has been a long time coming, but this garden will be a healing center, as well as a research center for Mexican and foreign medical sciences. Everyone who continues to be dedicated to this effort should be congratulated and know that all of Yucatan is proud of their efforts.

Maya History: “Looks Like Gold”

As scientists continue to study the Sacred Cenote at Chichen Itza, more amazing things are learned about the skills of the Maya who lived there. The experts at UNAM, the University of California at Berkley and the National Institute of Anthropology and History first thought that all of the gold pieces found at the archaeological site were solid gold. Then, they discovered a lot of them were gold plated, but with an unusual quality. Pieces found in the Sacred Cenote seem to be copper coated with a thin layer of gold. An expert from the Peabody Museum at Harvard says that this is not even really gold, but gold brass. It seems that the Maya had developed a technology that needed only a minimum amount of gold, a copper core, acid resistance, and the underwater environment of the Sacred Cenote to cause ordinary metal objects to look as if they are real gold. Studies are ongoing, especially the exploration of the technologies used by the Maya.

Beach Taxes

There are 1,500 beach properties between Chicxulub and Chuburna. At the present time, beach erosion has put all 1,500 in the Federal Zone and has actually put 200 of them at or beyond the water-line of the Gulf of Mexico. This means that property owners are now responsible for their share of taxes to the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat). Beach Houses in Yucatan Peninsula These taxes can be reduced if there has been damage to a home or other structure. All the property owner has to do is go to the office of the Director of Zofemat), who is also the Director of the Municipal Cadastre in Progreso, and ask to begin the process of having their Federal property assessment decreased so that their property taxes will also be decreased. This is a problem now all the way out to Telchac, so now is the time to get started with learning how to navigate this system. We wish all of the affected property owners all the best.

Sea Turtle Volunteer Opportunity

If you are looking for an excuse to visit Yucatan, and you just happen to be interested in environmental causes, take a look at the last volunteer opportunity on the ELI Abroad website. ELI stands for Experiential Learning International. There are several projects listed on that page in Mexico and on the Yucatan Peninsula, but this is the time of year when we are all on the lookout for turtle nests, so baby turtles are on everyone’s mind right now. If you want to help, by all means, go to the ELI website and see if there is something there for you.

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.

Read the first article, Laguna Bacalar, Special Waters

Read the third article, Laguna Bacalar Paddle Marathon

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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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

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Events

By Working Gringos

Building View at Suites del Sol Furnished Apartments for Rent in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Living Room at Suites del Sol Apartments for Rent in Merida Yucatan

Comfortable Bedrooms Near Paseo de Montejo in Merida, Yucatan Mexico

Reading in comfort at Suites del Sol in Merida Yucatan

Living room into the kitchen

Bathroom at Suites del Sol in Merida Yucatan

Kitchen at Suites del Sol Furnished Apartments for Rent Near Paseo de Montejo, Merida

 

 

 

Suites del Sol

Spacious Apartments for Less

If you are looking for an economic vacation rental in Merida, Suites del Sol is right up your alley!

Located just one block off Paseo de Montejo, walking distance to both WalMart and the Santa Ana market, Suites del Sol provides vacation rental apartments. Live in Merida like a resident, with all of the benefits and none of the hassle!

The one and two bedroom furnished apartments at Suites del Sol are spacious and squeaky clean. They all have kitchens, televisions, phones… it’s all set up for you to walk right in and start living! At Suites del Sol, residents enjoy comprehensive personal services with all the benefits of corporate or longterm housing.

Because we are just one block from Paseo Montejo, Merida’s main boulevard, your home-away-from-home in Merida is within walking distance of most Mexican banks, newsstands, grocery stores, copy, fax and shipping facilities, car rental offices, travel agencies and public transportation, as well as many fine restaurants, theatres and the central plaza.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can give you directions and recommendations for where to eat, what to see and how to get there. In fact, according to our repeat customers, our staff is one of the best things about Suites del Sol!

Read our Guests Comments about Suites del Sol here.

 

Suites del Sol Furnished Apartments for Rent in Downtown Merida Yucatan

Amenities

Amenities include…

  • one or two bedrooms with beds, linens
  • wireless internet
  • cable television
  • telephone
  • kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, stove
  • cleaning supplies
  • regular bottled water delivery ($2.30 US per 5 gallons)
  • air conditioning throughout

 

Chichen Itza, Yucatan Mexico

Prices

Our prices change depending on the season, but they are always competitive and reasonable.

For Low Season in 2012:

Monthly Rates 
Deluxe rooms: $460 USD per month
1 bedroom residence suite: $775 USD per month 
2 bedroom residence suite: $895 USD per month

Daily Rates 
Deluxe rooms : $35 USD per night 
1 bedroom residence suite: $70 USD per night 
2 bedroom residence suite: $84 USD per night

 

Contact Us Now!

www.suitesdelsol.com

 

 

We look forward to having you as our guest!

Paseo de Montejo, Merida, Yucatan Mexico

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

Casa de La Luz

Casa de la Luz is a vacation rental in a great downtown location, perfect for one or two couples or a small family of four or five.

The two bedroom suites are separated, one upstairs and one downstairs, and each has its own attached bathroom.

The yard at night, at Casa Blanca Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Downstairs, there is a cozy living room, with antique mosaico tile floors and modern furnishings. The sala doubles as a TV room, with a large flat-screen TV, a CD and radio music setup and Cable TV… a perfect place to relax, watch the news, listen to music or read a book.

Outside view from Pool area at Casa Blanca, Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

The kitchen is also downstairs, providing a center of conversation and activity. It opens up to the back terrace and pool area, which includes a gas barbecue grill for outdoor cooking.

The kitchen includes the usual modern appliances, including a coffee machine and microwave, a granite-topped bar, a double sink and a granite-topped conversation bar so visitors can chat with the cook while meals or snacks are prepared.

If you aren’t eating there, you might enjoy lounging in the hammock chair, enjoying the sun or the stars while listening to that fountain.

The downstairs bedroom has a queen bed with generous closet space. Of course, the room is air-conditioned… and it opens up to the back garden and patio for some fresh air as well. The attached bathroom features glass tiles as accents, stone tile floors and a roomy shower.

Lounging area at Casa Blanca, Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan

Upstairs, the house opens up to the sky to catch the breezes from both the front balcony that overlooks the street and the back balcony that overlooks the pool.

The upstairs bedroom is a master bedroom, with two queen beds in a large room, accompanied by a flat-screen TV and a generous closet and dresser.

The attached bathroom is the most luxurious spot in the house, with a raised Jacuzzi tub next to the window looking out over the pool… a place you can easily wile away an hour soaking, reading, sipping a glass of wine, dreaming. Ahhh….

Floorplan of Casa Blanca, Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

The rest of the master bath includes a tiled sink, toilet area and a shower big enough for a party.

On the front balcony outside, there are sun lounges for resting and reading. (The washer & dryer are tucked away there, too, with easy access to the upstairs bedroom and bathroom.) Guests in the upstairs master bedroom can enjoy their bedroom, bathroom and this lovely terrace in complete privacy.

The yard at night, at Casa Blanca Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

All of this luxury, privacy and convenience… just steps away from the Plaza Grande, dancing in the streets, restaurants and shopping galore!

Amenities

  • Downstairs bedroom with queen bed
  • Upstairs bedroom with two queen beds
  • Ensuite bathrooms, one with shower and one with shower and Jacuzzi tub
  • Living room with plenty of room for entertaining
  • Outdoor dining terrace with seating for 6
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen
  • Whirlpool 6-burner and gas oven
  • LG Refrigerator
  • Central island bar and bar stools
  • Whirlpool washer & dryer
  • Backyard with tropical plunge pool with waterfall
  • Upstairs terrace with sun loungers and hammock
  • Ceiling fans and remote-controlled air conditioners in both bedrooms and living room
  • Cable TV with HBO, Cinemax and CNN in English
  • DVD Player and a selection of DVDs
  • Wireless internet throughout the house
  • Radio and CD Music System with USB and jack for iPod
  • Speakers in the Kitchen and pool area
  • Bottled water, milk, coffee, beer and soft drinks upon your arrival
  • Use of local cell phone with $50 peso Telcel credit to get you started

Rates

Low Season – April 1 to October 31
Weekly rate $900 or $150/night

High Season – November 1 to March 31
Weekly rate $1,200 or $200/night

Contact Us

Casa de La Luz is owned and run by the owners of hotel Luz En Yucatan. To rent Casa de La Luz, please contact Tom or Donnard at the phone or email below:
Mexico Telephone: +52 (999) 924-0035
info [at] luzenyucatan [dot] com

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.

Read the second article, Laguna Bacalar, Back in Time

Read the third article, Laguna Bacalar Paddle Marathon

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.

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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