By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
There are many free events this week, put on for your enjoyment by the city of Merida or another government organization. Though the tickets are free, you usually are required to pick them up at the venue BEFORE the event. In this way, tickets DO sell out. So don’t be caught with high expectations and no way to fulfill them! Get your tickets early from the venue ticket office and be prepared!

And now, be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival is happening this week. Read below for all the different events each day… it’s pretty impressive!

Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!

X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.

National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.

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

 

In The City

Yucatan Living New Ongoing Event: Cemetery Walking Tour (Wednesday Nights)
Don Wilbert Sosa, with his extensive knowledge of the history of this cemetery, will walk you through the tombs, mausoleums and roundabouts of famous people who are buried here, telling stories of those men and women who shaped the history of our state. You are cordially invited to come and learn about the various funeral rites that have existed in Merida, from pre-Hispanic to the present, and about the various architectural styles of the mausoleums and tombs.
Location: Cementerio General de la Ciudad (General Cemetery of the City), at the southern end of Calle 66, south of Ermita
Time: 8:00 PM all Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingTemporary Exhibition of the National Museum of Egypt
This exhibition will be open only during the Festival of Mayan Culture. There are 25 pieces in the collection.
Location: Juan Gamboa Guzman Gallery, Calle 59 x 60 y 58
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

Yucatan Living Concert: The Life in Pink in the Voice of Arianna
This concert has been a success wherever it goes.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Antonio Serrano Piano and Harmonica
This is going to be a wonderful evening of entertainment and a great opportunity to see this new stage. The music will be Flamingo and Jazz.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Baroque Music and the People of Italy
This is a concert by Marco Beasley and Guido Morini. You will hear music as poetry, as well as the Baroque music of Italy in the 17th century.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living City Ballet: Merida’s Architectural Era and Ballet
This performance is a journey through the archives of the great classics and dances from the architectural epoch in Merida. The Ballet of the City of Merida is under the direction of Erika Arguelles.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Festivals and Traditions of the Campeche Gran Ballet Folclorico
This production brings us a look into the traditions, values and cultural identity of Campeche.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maria Teresa: Elis Music to Remember: A Voice in Brazil
This concert is a tribute to Brazilian singer Elis Regina, considered to be one of the greatest representatives of Brazilian Popular Music.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
See the full listing of trova trios performing for the month in our Coming Soon section.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Guitar Concert
This performance is an inventory of Mexican music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Pacho Flores and His Trumpet of Gold
This young man is sure to have many successful years ahead of him in the music world.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Alim Qasimov and the Music of Azerbaijan
This is a performance by a world renowned musical artist. The young lady who stars with him is his daughter.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Dear Merida – The Bohemians of Your Heart
Together for the first time, a group of the greatest Yucateca voices of yesterday, today and tomorrow: Ofelia Medina, Arianna, Imelda Miller, Irma Dorantes and Maria Medina.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tango: Passion Tanguera Sergio Meneses
Beautiful traditional tango performance! Perhaps the tango should always be danced in a shades-of-purple setting.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Claudia Sierra and the Campeche State Government Band
Claudia Sierra is an internationally well known composer and singer.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Nepal Forever
(Russia 2013) A documentary comedy. This movie features two Russian Communist politicians. Their horizons are broad, but what most concerned about is the future of communism. At some point, by decree of faith, begin to expand its activities beyond the limits of the Russian Federation. However, the future of global communism remains uncertain. In Russian, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamingo: The Flamingo Lives in Four Seasons
This is a performance by children and they are just precious. Please come and support all of their hard work and talent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pacho Flores and His Trumpet of Gold
This is a very popular young performer. The music is classical Trumpet and Piano.
Location: Felipe Carrillo Puerto Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Art Opening: Impulso Universitario
This art show is a subasta silencio (silent auction) and is put on by a Mexican-run nonprofit organization that sells art to raise money to support young people from around the Yucatan Peninsula in attending college. The show will feature more than 85 local artists, and all the works are for sale. Many of the most famous artists in Merida will be represented, including Samuel Barrera, Georgia Charuhas, Sandra Nikolai and so many more. Don’t miss this important event!
Location: Calle 62 #383 s 45 y 47, Merida Centro, Santa Ana
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Recital for Piano and Violin: Annar Folleso and Wolfgang Plagge
Music tonight is by Beethoven, Brahms and Grieg.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Brass Transit Band’s Tribute to Chicago (the band)
Brass Transit is a Canadian band that plays songs made famous by Chicago in the 1970s.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Whimsical Wind in the Maya Ceiba
This performance should be interesting. “The wind and the force have a feline face.”
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Brazilian Jazz: Samba Little Samba
This is a spectacular performance by Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens. It is the second edition of this show, by popular and worldwide demand.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: 1 for 1
(Spain 2013) Extraordinary black comedy that explores the limits of survival and absurd game of power. The story takes place in times of elections in Mexico. A candidate for Governor runs over a migrant woman pregnant. Following the accident, and for the possible scandal, hides in a building it owns. Under pressure from his political boss and not to ruin. In Spanish
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Shorts by FICUNAM
(Various 2013) FICUNAM 2014 brings us a selection of 4 short films titled: Rhoma Acans, B-boy, Soldier of Odessa and Adri. Diferntes situations and roads that will take us between seemingly distant worlds. From literature to sports, dancing to Gypsy nomadism. In Spanish
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music of Souls / U Paax Pixan
Prehispanic music and reading
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 10:00 AM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamingo: The Flamingo Lives in Four Seasons
This is a performance by children and they are just precious. Please come and support all of their hard work and talent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Mayan Cycle and Now Documentary “chibal KAN”
(Mexico, 2012) This documentary is under the direction of Glenny Torres. Watch as the characters learn remedies for things such as snake bites that have been passed down from their ancestors.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Nova Trova”
Come out and hear trova with modern instruments. We don’t know what that really entails, but it certainly does sound interesting.
Location: Pasaje Revolucion, next to to the Cathedral
Time: 6:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Band of Sierra de Tlahuitoltepec
As always, please come and support the children. This group is from Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 6:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Flamingo: The Flamingo Lives in Four Seasons
This is a performance by children and they are just precious. Please come and support all of their hard work and talent.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Blue Velvet
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Library Talk: Popular Mexican Art and Yalat
Maruja Barbachano’s interest in Mexican folk art began at age ten, when she would accompany her grandmother on buying trips throughout Mexico. The pieces they would acquire were sold in the gift shops of her family’s hotels (Hacienda Chichen, Casa del Balam, Mayaland). Over the years, guided by a great appreciation for the work, Maruja began her education on the materials, techniques and designs that shape each work of art, while at the same time establishing relationships with the master artists and craftsmen of Mexico and their families. In January 2005, Maruja and her husband Jim relocated to Valladolid and opened Yalat, a popular folk art gallery. Come tonite for a video presentation, a small gallery exhibit and a great evening.
Location: Valladolid Public Library, Casa Hamaca, Valladolid
Time: 7:45 PM
Admission: $50 pesos donation suggested

Yucatan Living Dance / Customs: Guelaguetza (Oaxaca)
Sample of the dance and customs of eight regions in the State of Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Art Opening in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Art Opening: La Eskalera
Opening of a one-woman show. Nayeli González Muñoz shows her Ensoñaciones Graficas, or Graphic Reveries, will open tonite and probably run for about a month.
Location: Calle 70 #474B, Merida Centro in Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Joaquin Melo Recital for Flute and Piano
Music here is from Baroque to the XXI century.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Campeche Symphony Orchestra and Invited Guest Voices
Tonight, you’ll hear Best Boleros by Karen Chable (soprano), Jorge Gutierrez (tenor), Sara Prado (mezzo-soprano) and Diego Fernando (baritone).
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free, but you’ll need to get your tickets ahead of time.

Yucatan Living The Dance and Mariachi Orchestra of the University of Guadalajara
Come out and get into the Spirit of Mexico with a folk dance group, a chamber orchestra and a mariachi band. The costumes alone are worth coming to see!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Night Magic: Quintana Roo: Ballet, Folkloric Dance, and Caribbean Dance
A journey through the dances that led to the Salsa.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Elena Duran and Jazz Trio
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Chapel Assembly SOL
This is a beautiful group. We hope to hear more from them.
Location: The Cathedral in Merida, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: H2O
(Mexico 2012) Mexico City grows unchecked. Before an area surrounded by lakes, now supplying water to this city is a real problem. H2Omx records shortages, waste and serious water pollution problems. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan LivingThe Selfish Giant
(UK 2013) AA contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 24 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Inori
(Japan 2012) Gonzalez Rubio enters an area of ​​mountains and forests in which there are only a few people, all and very old, and it is as if their perception of space and time, in recording that world was crossed by the kawasiano spirit. In Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Orphans of the Storm
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca
Gourmet samples, Craft Pavilion and paintings
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 11:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Advanced Philharmonic Band
This event is in the category of “Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca.”
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rondalla of Trovadores
This event features composers from both Yucatan and Cuba.
Location: Pasaje de la Revolución, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Band of Sierra de Tlahuitoltepec
As always, please come and support the children. This group is from Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gabriel Marquez: A Song of Yellow Butterflies
This performance is a tribute to FICMaya.
Location: Government Palace, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Regional Party Night
Featured tonight are Youth and Museum Rondallas.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance / Customs: Guelaguetza (Oaxaca)
Sample of the dance and customs of eight regions in the State of Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Piano Recital: Alejandro Santoyo
Alejandro Santoyo is an international prize winning young composer and pianist.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Pacho Flores with the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
This prestigious Venezuelan trumpeter has been busy this week. Audiences love him!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Pirate Love
This concert features the Campeche Symphony Orchestra and the Ana Rosa de Baqueiro Caceres Dance Troupe. The theme is the holidays, legends and traditions.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Rhythm and Love with Ivette Rios
Ivette Rios is a vocalist and songwriter.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Bach Collegium of Japan: Lord Your Eyes Look by Faith
Classical Baroque Music and the Choral Works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Choir Concert: Palestrina of the Beatles
This is a performance by the concert choir “White Voices” (Voces Blancas). It is a journey through the history of coral music, including works from renaissance to contemporary folk music. This is an all female choir, accompanied by a piano and Latin American popular instruments.
Location: Museo de la Canción Yucateca, Calle 50 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Artist is Present
(USA 2012) In English with Spanish subtitles. Seductive, fearless, provocative, Marina Abramović has redefined the concept of art for over forty years. Using his own body as a vehicle, going beyond the limits to risk his own life in the process, created performances that have challenged us, shocked and moved.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Wild Blue Yonder
(Germany 2005) An alien recounts his escape from an icy planet in a distant galaxy, describes his attempts to settle the land and reveals secrets learned in the CIA to undertake the return journey. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Charles Chaplin Anthology
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca
Gourmet samples, Craft Pavilion and paintings
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Band of Sierra de Tlahuitoltepec
As always, please come and support the children. This group is from Oaxaca.
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingDance / Music: Estampa and the Jaranera Orchestra – Live Together
These two groups, one dance and one music, would give even a stranger a clear look at the culture of the everyday Yucateco’s experience of both dance and music.
Location: Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cross Point Jarana Yucateca: 1900 – 1950
There will be a total of 12 jaranas in ths prforance. They will be accompanied by the Jaranera Youth Orchesta. The Children’s Folk Ballet from Tixkokob will highlight the customs and traditions of Yucatan.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Great Charles Chaplin shorts
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baroque Music Concert: Scarlet Assembly
The program tonight features soprano Claudia Rodriguez and trumpeter Robert Myers. These are both consummate professionals and this should be a wonderful performance.
Location: Palacio Canton, Paseo de Montejo x 41
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Marimbas South
Featured tonight are the Pregonero Marimba, the Campeche Marimba and Javier Nandayapa. This is really going to be an excellent concert!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Living Statues
Men and women participate in the Municipality of Teabo and in Merida, impersonating different social strata of pre-columbian Maya. 20 statues will be on view.
Location: Sala Mayamax in the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Sona Jobarteh, Her Kora Music, and the African Ethnic Assembly
Come and hear the emotional voice of the first woman who was ever allowed to even touch the kora, much less play it.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living National Ballet of Belgrade Presents Alejandro Magno
This ballet is based on the life of Alejandro Magno.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Sergio Esquivel
This is Yucatan’s most precious treasure right now, so never miss an opportunity to hear him sing.
Location: Pasaje de la Revolucion, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Frasis: Caribbean Sea Foam, with Their Violins and Violas
This group began in 2012 and has been an audience favorite ever since.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In Englsih and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Amadeus
(USA 1984) The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum. In English with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 26, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Deserts
Learn about the habitats that make up the ecosystem of the desert, and the survival strategies of the animals.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca
Gourmet samples, Craft Pavilion and paintings
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 11:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Advanced Philharmonic Band
This event is in the category of “Great Meeting of Cultures and Maya Mixteca.”
Location: Siglo XXI Convention Center on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Chamber Choir of the City of Merida
This is a wonderful choir that sings for the city every Sunday.
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Merida Under the Veil of the Gods
Rodolfo Reyes Cortes Choreography.
Location: Foro Colon, Av. Colon x Av. Cupules
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dorantes (Spain) Mediterranean Without Walls
This is a performance by the Mu Assembly with instrumental music of different nations. A sea of all lands.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dial Caribbean: Veronica Cabrera and Rudy Vallado
This duet is one of Yucatan’s favorites!
Location: Felipe Carrillo Theater, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living National Ballet of Belgrade Presents Alejandro Magno
This ballet is based on the life of Alejandro Magno.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Roberto Faz with Guests: The Buena Vista Social Club
This son of Cuba brings us an evening of trova and bolero.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Miller’s Crossing
(USA 1990) Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 27, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living October’s Tuesday of Trova
October 14: Trio Trovemia
October 28: Grupo Cafe Canela

Yucatan Living Merida / Valladolid Combined Chorale Concert Wednesday, October 29
You are cordially invited to attend this combined Merida / Valladolid chorale concert of Latin American music. A complementary reception will follow so that you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the choirs.
Location: Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Saturday, November 1
This is Seaside Rotary’s major fundraiser with all event proceeds going to support charitable programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. The tournament will be a non-handicap scramble” with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Do visit their website to see some of the amazing prizes that have been donated by the sponsors.
Location: Grand Coral Rivera Maya Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: carretera federal cancun tulum, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 8:00 AM in UTC-06
Registration Fee: $1500 pesos/ Golfer, $1200 pesos/ FMG Member, 20% Discount for Foursomes. You may pay with your PayPal, debit or credit card.
Register Online at Seaside Rotary Golf Classic.

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014, Sundays: November 2 and December 7
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
This tour is supported by the City Council of Merida.
Location: Self-guided tour of art galleries in Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. First Sundays: Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
Admission: Free + complimentary refreshments provided by gallery owners

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes Sunday, November 9
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

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

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – October 19, November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

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

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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

By Khaki Scott

Xcaret Park in Guinness World Record for Macaws Released

Twenty five years ago, scarlet macaws had been hunted nearly to extinction when Xcaret was able to rescue enough birds to have six eggs hatch in one year. That was in 1994. By 2012, the annual hatching of scarlet macaws at Xcaret had reached 132. The goal now is to have 500 of these extraordinarily beautiful birds hatch in one year. In the meantime, the number of macaws at Xcaret has made it possible for between 20 and 30 birds to be released into the wild in Chiapas in two separate operations this month. Hopefully, this will spell the beginning of a new era that will repopulate the Mexican and Latin American forests with their most colorful resident.

Red Bull Cliff Diving in Yucatan

Red Bull Cliff Diving Event in Valladolid

The 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving competition made a stop in Valladolid, Yucatan again this year. Divers from around the world competed, diving 27 meters into the Ik Kil cenote in Valladolid. The night before, more than fifty journalists and media representatives from around the world enjoyed dinner and local entertainment at the Casa de Los Venados, hosted by John and Dorianne Venator. The event in Yucatan was the culmination of the 2014 season, which included dives in places as diverse as Ireland, Norway and Cuba. The winner in the men’s competition was Gary Hunt and Rachelle Simpson won for the women. The event has been gaining in both contestants and notoriety. Now in its sixth year, the event featured five judges, one of whom was famous Olympic athlete Greg Louganis. Go to the website for lots of videos and photos and more information about this exciting event.

Weather Forecast: Rain and More Rain

As Yucatan continues to get its daily dose of tropical rain, temperatures hover in the mid-80s during the day and fall to the lower 70s at night. There are a few areas where rain water is overwhelming the drainage system and streets flood, but nothing major and no actual property damage or injuries to people have been reported. As we wait for our cycle of tropical rains to end, please keep the people of Bermuda and the upper Atlantic coast of North America in mind as they work through the effects of Hurricane Gonzalo.

Chac Blesses the Opening of the III International Festival of Mayan Culture

Mexico is well aware that the strength of its culture lies in its diversity and, especially in recent years, the entire country has devoted itself to developing each of its indigenous and foreign cultural groups. The Mayan culture crosses state and national boundaries, and has entered a new era of growth and prosperity. This has not been lost on the tourism community. As an increasingly complex world fails to meet the needs of its population, indigenous cultures, such as the Maya, are bringing their cultures forward with renewed vigor and the world is flocking to see Mayan architectural sites, as well as to study Mayan poetry and traditional medicine. Special guests at the 2014 FICMaya Festival are Campeche and Guatemala, both with significant Mayan populations and Mayan archaeological sites.

Alejandro Pinzon Update

Yucatan’s only musician with a Master’s degree in orchestra conducting and a candidate for a PhD in orchestra conducting, Alejandro Pinzon has spread his wings and is taking on new projects. He has recently gone to work for Mooka Entertainment, a Pittsburgh-based company that promotes and provides authentic Brazilian artistic, cultural and academic experiences. In the meantime, he has also gone to work for a large tango club, which satisfies his admitted seven year addiction to tango. With an additional addiction to photography, he and a writer friend are getting ready to launch a project called “Artists of Pittsburgh.” With only minutes remaining to be filled in every 24 hour day, Alejandro is also beginning his second season as the Assistant Conductor to the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and, last week, he was interviewed over Skype for a radio show that is aired in 50 countries. He was chosen for the 30 minute interview by Price Rubin Management (classical music managers) to talk about some of the issues of the conducting world and classical music in general. Alejandro says that he has a lot more projects that he wants to do, but we are wondering where he is going to find the time? He is cool and calm, one of the nicest young men anyone would ever want to meet, and juggles more in one day than most of us do in a month. Keep those updates coming, Alejandro. We can’t wait to hear more!

Day of the Dead Activities Begin

With less than two weeks to go until the Day of the Dead, the cleaning of streets and cemeteries has already begun. This is one time of the year when no one complains or mumbles that the city should provide this level of maintenance. Instead, everyone takes on responsibility for maintaining the graves of their own family members. The municipalities do stand in the gap with assistance on the projects that individuals cannot do, such as road maintenance, large tree trimming and removal projects, and the actual building of vaults but, on the whole, what you see in the cemeteries in Yucatan on the Day of the Dead is the evidence of loving family members for those who have gone before them.

Deadbeat Dads Go to Jail in Yucatan

This past week, nine men were arrested for not paying court-ordered child support in Yucatan. This is a topic that seldom comes up for expatriates, as most are older and have no small children at home or in Yucatan. However, a word to the wise is in order here. In many cases, mediation helps to resolve nonsupport issues before they become serious. However, Yucatan can, and will, jail any man, expatriates included, for not paying child support. Plus, it is a foolish man who thinks that running to their home country will help them escape child support. Not so. Yucatan will follow and arrest them with the blessing of their own home governments. Children belong to the world and nowhere are they more valued than in Yucatan.

New Push to Educate About Jaguars

There are only about 4,000 jaguars left in the Americas and almost half of them live on the Yucatan Peninsula, with most of those living in Tizimin, Yucatan, at Área de Conservación El Zapotal. As of now, only the Mazatlan Aquarium and Merida’s Centennial Park Zoo have programs to educate the public about the value of jaguar conservation. Beginning now, Animaya, the Centennial Zoo, and Pronature Yucatan are redoubling their efforts to bring a special program to school children throughout the state. Their partnership also includes specialists at UNAM and the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas. This comes on the heels of the discovery, through the use of hidden cameras on the Zapotal preserve, that there are no less than 1,800 big cats of four different species either living in Tizimin or passing through on their way to other parts of the peninsula. These big cats include jaguars, puma, jaguarondi, ocelot, and margay, plus four other smaller species of wild cats. For now, we are just happy to know that Yucatan’s big cat population is thriving, even if it is nocturnal and as far from the city as these big cats can get.

Community Development: How To Leap Forward

Yucatan has a total of 106 municipalities (counties). It also has a Ministry of Social Development. Over the past few weeks, the Community Councils of 13 districts (33 groups in all), met to determine what the people need to, quite literally, leap over any social issues that have been holding them back, especially when those social issues are related to poverty. This brings the total number of community councils working together to 260 in 69 different municipalities. The first issue on their agenda was the lack of state offices in outlying municipalities. Not a problem. There are state offices in Valladolid, Yaxcaba, Tekax and Motul. It is a simple matter to move additional state services to those offices. “Find a need and fix it” was the phrase of the day and we can look for great things to come from the interior of the state in the very near future.

Yucatan and Breast Cancer

It was announced this week that Yucatan has one of the lowest rates of breast cancer, and one of the lowest rates of death from breast cancer of all the states in Mexico. In Yucatan, 30 to 38 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 women is far less than the 119 cases per 100,000 in neighboring Campeche. Plus, the 7.2% mortality rate gives women the good news that, even if they do develop breast cancer in Yucatan, they have a 92.8% chance of survival. Of course, this good news is fueled by a significant degree of public health education and awareness in Yucatan, and a determination to improve the health of everyone who lives here.

Time for a Flu Shot

When we hear that the government health agency has made 140,000 doses of flu vaccine available to the poor in Yucatan, we know it is time for all of us to stop by our doctor’s office and get our flu shots. Weather predictions say that there will be more nortes this winter (55) than ever before, and that means wild swings in temperature almost every week. Eat well. Sleep well. Get plenty of exercise, wash your hands throughout the day – and don’t forget your flu shot.

By Working Gringos

It’s been a long time coming, but Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c. has finally opened its doors to serve the people of the Municipality of Progreso with quality vet care for everyone, including street dogs and families who cannot afford vet care for their pets.

The Association recently received the materials promised in June from the City to sterilize 100 animals, thus, they began the first major campaign at the clinic.

After considerable discussion and revisiting their mission statement, the Board made a conscious and deliberate decision to confine these free surgeries to street dogs and animals belonging to families on the very lowest rung of the socioeconomic ladder, according to our recent census. There are two reasons to take this seemingly discriminatory approach:

  • Other groups now have similar campaigns at the beach but they take all comers, including many who can well afford to pay for the surgery. This has alienated many of the local vets who see it as taking money from their practices. Because Protección de Perros y Gatos hopes that local vets will eventually donate their time and expertise to the clinic, they do not want to compete with them for their business.
  • None of these other groups is specifically addressing the street dog problem in a meaningful way. Although people do bring un-owned animals to these campaigns, most clients arrive with clean, healthy pets that they take home after surgery and care for as family members. Street dogs require rounding up, cleaning up (and often fattening up) at least a week before surgery, transport to and from the clinic and another week of post-surgical care before being returned to their communities or, for the lucky few, being adopted.

Obviously, it will be impossible to neuter 100 street dogs in a single weekend as targeting the callejeros will take detailed planning, coordination and a small army of volunteers. Fortunately, and thanks to Protección de Perros y Gatos‘ amazing and dedicated Vigilante, Manuela Gómez, and her team, it has been possible to enlist the co-operation of two like-minded groups, Ciudadanos Pro Mascota (Citizens for Pets) and Paws on the Beach. These groups are joined by two additional local vets who have committed several hours a week to the campaign until the materials are all gone. The use of a large property has also been donated for pre and post-surgical care. The staff and volunteers at Protección de Perros y Gatos are confident they can sterilize 10-15 animals a week over the next 7-10 weeks. There will be a full report on this campaign in their end of the year newsletter, which we will try to print here in Yucatan Living.

Please Note: Protección de Perros y Gatos has suspended their monthly social meetings for the time being in order to focus on the work at hand but they hope to resume these gatherings right after the New Year. In the meantime, your thoughts and comments are always welcome via e-mail and your donations even more so now that they are finally doing what they set out to do so many years ago. Protección de Perros y Gatos estimates the average cost of materials to sterilize an animal at $400 pesos (anesthesia and antibiotics are expensive). Therefore your $32 USD donation will neuter one dog or cat and prevent hundreds more from ever being born into lives of misery and suffering.

If you can, please help Protección de Perros y Gatos, a.c. to help as many as they can towards healthy dignified lives.

Mailing Address
Apartado Postal No. 30
Progreso 97320
Yucatán, México

Physical Location
Calle 83 (a/k/a Calle 33) No. 216-H
Colonia Revolución, Progreso
Yucatán, México

By Working Gringos

personal chef available in Merida YucatanLove great, healthy food and tired of eating out?

Want to eat locally and sustainably but not sure how to start? Love Mexican cuisine but craving dishes from home? Have a hard time finding variety in your diet due to food allergies or restrictions?

Hi, my name is Susanna Mckibben and I would love to cook for you! I recently returned to live in Merida and I am excited about the culinary opportunities afforded by this rich agricultural area.

I have years of experience cooking professionally for individuals and groups with a focus on sourcing local, fresh, sustainable ingredients. I am very comfortable cooking for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo diets. I love drawing from cuisines all over the world (including Mexican and American of course!) and I am always open to requests.

personal chef in merida yucatanIf you are looking for an experienced personal chef who can provide you with amazing, fresh, varied, affordable, and always from-scratch meals, call or email me today!

My schedule is flexible and I will work with you to make this arrangement as convenient as possible. Happy eating!

Local Cell: 999.397.0577
Email: scmckibben [at] gmail [dot] com
Price: Negotiable, service fee + cost of groceries

By John Powell and Working Gringa

Jeremiah Tower in YucatanEditor’s Note: This article is the first of what we plan to be a multi-article series brought to us by guest writer John Powell of Urbano Rentals on the local (and global) food scene here in the Yucatan. Enjoy!

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Merida, Center of the (Food) Universe?

For some reason, Merida seems to be the center of the gastronomic universe at the moment. Food god Rene Redzepi forages our jungles for ants and edible weeds. Ex-Noma intern and local star chef, Roberto Solis, continues to shock and awe his diners at the local restaurant, Nectar. Jeremiah Tower (pictured above and to the right), the father of California Cuisine, came to dive in Cozumel and stayed. He lives in Merida where he is writing a book on sexual eating when he is not traveling the world collecting accolades. Now people go to Tulum specifically just to eat at Eric Werner’s Hartwood, as much as for the beach and celebrity stalking (and to think we used to go there to relax…). And now this month, Cook it Raw will hold their third and final event of 2014 in Yucatan during the festival of Hanal Pixan.

Alessandro Porcelli and Jeremy Charles in Yucatan for Cook It Raw

Hanal Pixan in Merida

This October marks my 13th Hanal Pixan celebration in Merida. In my current home, I have a front row view of the Corredor de Las Almas (Corridor of the Souls) as it passes my little house in my personal favorite section of historic downtown Merida, L’Ermita de Santa Isabel. It is the time of year I always open my home to friends and friends of friends and sometimes even to strangers who wander in.

But this year will be a little different. This year, I will be helping my new friend Alessandro Porcelli host a diverse group of ten internationally-acclaimed chefs, journalists, artists, academics and community leaders who are in the Yucatan for the third and final Cook it Raw event. (If you are interested, you can view a video of the first two events linked below). A number of activities have been planned for the chefs and others. On the 29th the group will visit the Cacao Plantation in Tikul to learn about the Maya’s relation to cacao and chocolate. One of the events will be a cocktail party featuring Illegal Mescal and an art opening at the new Coqui Coqui Foundation.

In anticipation of the event itself, I asked Alessandro to answer a few questions….

Alessandro Porcelli in Merida Yucatan

Eric Werner in Merida Yucatan with Cook It RawJohn: What a great article by Howie Kahn that came out in the Wall Street Journal about you and Cook it Raw (see below)! With that behind you and the popularity of the two videos made by Munchies (also below), you must be expecting great things for the third and final event. Is it a coincidence that this event is happening over the Hanal Pixan Day of the Dead holiday?

Alessandro: No coincidence! We planned to have the final event during the Day of the Dead since the beginning. We want to experience one of the most important festivals in Mexico and how food plays a very important part of this celebration.

John: This is your seventh Cook it Raw since you started in Copenhagen in 2009. Then came Finland, Poland, Japan, South Carolina, Italy. With each one, you visited for a week. Why did you change the format for the Yucatan?

Alessandro: Once I came here, I realized that the culture was so rich and unexplored that I wanted to spend more time here. I decided to extend the program over a whole year. I wanted to engage more with the local people and have a deeper understanding of the local food culture.

John: When I walk into a market in the Yucatan, or for that matter into a restaurant here, I see a very tiny variety of edibles. After 13 years here, I’m bored to death with the famous “Yucatecan Cuisine”. But with chefs like Jeremiah Tower living here and raving about the street food, and Hartwood’s Eric Werner finding unique and delicious Fishing in Sisal with Cook It Raw provisions in the Valladolid market vendor’s stalls, I am beginning to realize I must be overlooking something. What feedback have you received from the very famous chefs who have already been here this year? What have you discovered personally?

Alessandro: We actually discovered a wide variety of edibles in this region, but I am puzzled by the lack of diversity in the majority of the local restaurants. There are a few exceptions of course, like Nectar or Ku’uk, for example.

The street food in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula is also good, and the variety of dishes is diverse. However, I do not understand why I can go to Sisal and find any day of the week a humongous variety of fresh fish and seafood, and yet it never makes an appearance on the tables of Merida.

John: I watched the video of the launch party for the Phaidon “Cook it Raw” Book, and I was struck by the sophistication of the launch compared to the almost impoverished rawness of the first and second events here in Yucatan. You seem to be as happy cooking over a campfire as over a professional restaurant range. Is there a question in there somewhere? Maybe even an answer…

Alessandro: I am tired of the concept of sophistication and pretentiousness that is often applied to “avant guarde” cuisine. So often it is implied, if not said outright, that this type of food is only for the few. I am interested in finding a way for people to change the way they look at food. High end cooking is just not the answer. For this final event in Yucatan, I want to use a format where the chefs interact more with their guests, and in an informal and “raw” setting. And I want to do that without taking away anything from the creativity that is essential in any kitchen.

Eric Werner in Temozon Yucatan for Cook It RawJohn: I have always been impressed by the happiness and generosity of the most impoverished residents of the Yucatan. It was a week-long vacation living off the grid in Tulum among genuine, sincere and smiling faces that made me want to come back and eventually live in the Yucatan. You are bringing your wife and young daughters here this winter for a trial run at living in the Yucatan. What is the attraction to you and your family?

Alessandro: I love the calm feeling I get in Merida. The centro historico is a magical area and I wanted my family to experience it and see if we can live here.

John: I think it would be great for the community if you did move here, but what in the world do you think you could do here? I know you are coming from Trieste, but I don’t suppose you are going to open another Italian restaurant. At least I hope not. What are you thinking?

Alessandro: I’m kicking around the idea of doing something more like a foundation for Cook It Raw. This might include a cooking school where chefs could come and experiment and learn other skills besides cooking. Also, I would like a place where the local residents could be exposed to diverse cultural backgrounds and cuisines. Maybe also a place for inspiration where someone might learn to photograph food or write about food. Just a place to come together and communicate without the pretense which one often finds around food today.

John: I hope that happens!

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Join Cook It Raw Chefs in Merida!

Right now, Alessandro and his team are finalizing plans for two events centered around Hanal Pixan in Merida. Stay tuned to this article and our Facebook page for exact information about times and places as plans solidify!

If you would like to join Allessandro and his cooks, you can attend the Cook It Raw cocktail party in Merida on Saturday November 1, admission is $700 pesos per person for drinks and food. Cooks will be there preparing small dishes and serving them to the lucky attendees!

There will also be an early dinner on Sunday November 2nd, which will cost $1500 pesos per person for drinks and food. Locations to be announced. If you are interested, please contact info [at] urbanorentals [dot] com for details.

Cook It Raw is sponsored by Le Cruset and Breville and hosted in Merida by Urbano Rentals.

Read about the six previous Cook It Raw events in 2014 at their website, cookitraw.org

First two events videos filmed by Munchies at Vice and can be seen here:
- Milpa Farming in the Yucatan
- The Art of Maya Cuisine in Yucatan

Article about Cook It Raw in the Wall Street Journal.

By Working Gringos

Solar panel solutions and energy savings in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Solar Solutions for Merida Yucatan Mexico

Ecocentro (Formerly Solar Pro, which is now the name for their wholesale division) is a Mexican company committed to preserving the environment. We offer services and solutions to our clients related to solar energy that allow them to reduce their impact on the environment, therefore benefitting not only themselves, but the country and the environment of the planet.

Ecocentro is experienced at the design and installation of photovoltaic systems, as they have been involved since 1999 in research and studies of renewable energy in Mexico. In 2009, Ecocentro installed their first photovoltaic system that was connected to CFE’s energy grid in southeastern Mexico, making them pioneers in this type of system.

Solar Panel Systems

How does a solar panel system that is connected to the network actually function?

For the diagram:Solar panels in Merida Yucatan

  1. Photovoltaic Solar Panels- Solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which collect sunlight and convert the energy into direct current (DC).
  2. Converter (Inverter) -Takes the direct current (DC) generated by the solar panels and converts it to alternating current (AC), the type of electricity commonly used in our homes.
  3. Electrical Panel – The alternating current (AC) leaving the converters reaches an electrical panel which is ready for use.
  4. Bidirectional Power Meter – This meter measures the energy supplied to the user by the electric company and the energy produced by your PV system that was delivered to the electric company, and the residual energy is deducted from your next bill.
  5. Power Company – In Mexico’s case, the electrical network is managed by CFE. Your PV system will remain connected to the CFE network to allow operation of the system when additional power is required that cannot be supplied by your PV system (during the night, for example). This ensures a steady and reliable supply of electricity.
  6. Monitoring System – Your PV system provides the ability to monitor daily output production, verifies that your system works properly, and keeps track of CO2 not emitted to the environment.

Levels of Electricity Consumption and Costs in Merida

There are three types of residential tariffs from CFE in Merida: DAC, 1C and 1B.

  • DAC – Homes with this CFE designation are considered high-level consumers of electricity. This designation is given when the home registers a higher monthly level of consumption than is normal for the neighborhood.

  • 1C – Domestic service for areas with an average minimum temperature in the summer of 30 degrees Centigrade.

  • 1B – Domestic service for areas with an average minimum temperature in the summer of 28 degrees Centigrade.

 

DAC 1C 1B
Communities where this designation applies The average monthly use registered by the user determined by a moving average from the previous 12 months Residences located inside the Periferico in Merida Residences located outside the Periferico in the Yucatan
Limit of kilowatts per hour (KWH) before achieving DAC designation   850 KWH 400 KWH
Partially subsidized by the government No subsidies Subsidies applied Subsidies applied
Average cost per KWH in MXN $3.36 $1.427 $1.427

 

Who Is Ecocentro?

Ecocentro, and our wholesale division Solar Pro, is the direct representative of the major manufacturers of world-class solar panels, as well as the manufacturers of equipment and related solar energy accessories. We guarantee to our clients that the products we sell are of the best quality available.

Free Analysis

If you are currently have a designation of 1C or 1B, and your annual average consumption exceeds the limited indicated by CFE (850kwh per month in the 1C category, and 400kwh per month in the 1B category), you will be put in the DAC category. Ecocentro can provide you with an analysis of your consumption and an estimate of savings that can be provided by the installation of a photovoltaic system suitable for your consumption levels.

You’ve heard about solar panel installations in the United States and you’ve read about the benefits they can bring. Now, finally, this technology is available in the Yucatan!

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For more information about how you can save money, consume less electricity and avoid DAC tariffs, contact Ecocentro today!

 

Contact Ecocentro

Information info [at] ecocentro [dot] mx
(English-speaking contact)

Calle 49 #485 Local 5 x 20 y 22, San Antonio Cucul, Yucatan, Mexico CP 97116

Tel: +52-999-944-4687

(Spanish-language website: www.ecocentro.mx)

 

 

 

By Working Gringos

Sunshine is one thing that the Yucatan Peninsula has in abundance… maybe even over abundance at times. No matter how much it rains, the sun always comes out soon enough. If you move to Yucatan from a place that had less sun, you start out by reveling in so much sunshine… but soon enough, you come to value the shade almost as much. THAT is how much sunshine there is here.

Alternative Power in Yucatan

Merida used to be known as a city full of windmills. In addition to the ever-abundant sunshine, there is enough constant wind that at the turn of the 20th Century, before ubiquitous electricity, Merida’s wells were pumped by power from windmills, called veladas. Some of them can still be seen in the Merida skyline.
Alternative power in Yucatan in the past
Now, when people think of alternative sunshine, however, they are thinking of solar power. Perhaps because the devices for capturing the sun are less invasive, smaller and more efficient. Solar panels and solar power systems have been improving with each passing year, not only becoming more efficient but also becoming more affordable. And gradually, more and more expatriates (and Yucatecans) who own their own homes (and pay their own CFE bills!) are turning to solar energy to power their homes and offset some of their costs. Because as a resident of Yucatan, often the single highest household bills (if you use air conditioning) becomes your CFE bill.

Local Residents Install Solar

We asked some local home owners who had installed solar panels to answer some questions and share their experience of installing solar power in their homes. Here are answers to a survey that we sent to some residents who agreed to talk to us about their experiences:

Where do you live? Most of the people who answered our inquiries about installing solar power live on the Yucatan Gulf Coast, in and around Progreso. One respondent lived in Cholul and two houses were in downtown Merida.

Please describe your house: Most of the houses are independent homes, two to three bedrooms. Two of the respondents have villas in a gated community in Progreso. All the homes have air conditioners, and most have pools, though no one described their pool as large.

Why did you decide to install solar panels? Everyone cited the high cost of electricity in the Yucatan.

“… our neighbors told us they (installed solar panels) and without them, the CFE bill would be close to $700 USD in the summer. It was a no-brainer to take advantage of the panels.”

“Our CFE bill hit $7,200 MXN one time and we just could not live with that.”

“We decided to install the solar system because of the high cost of electricity here. We moved here from Hawaii, where electricity was the most expensive in the USA, and we were sick of it.”

But some also cited environmental reasons…

“I think the sun is one of the natural resources in Mexico. I am an advocate for green anything and feel strongly that solar needs to be used whenever possible. Also, I wanted to use my AC and have reasonable electrical bills.”

“I originally wanted the panels to lower my bills… since the panels have been installed, an unexpected transition has occurred. I am more conscious and conscientious about the energy I consume. I don’t know if it’s because I actually started paying attention to my usage by reading the CFE meter daily, or I have accepted the responsibility of environmental stewardship because of the panels.”

What did you have installed?

“16 panels. Total capacity 4.0 KW (4000 watts).” (Supplying a 1300 square foot, single story 3 bedroom house with 5 air conditioners.)

“10 panels, supplying 2420 W or watts of power.” (A villa in a gated community. Single family, 2 story condo with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 air conditioners and a small private pool with a filtration system that they run 2 hours per day.)

“16 panels on the roof.” (This supplies a 2 bedroom house, with 4 35,000 BTU air conditioners.)

“10 panels on the roof, with a total of 2500 watts of power.” (1500 square foot house with a small private courtyard, a small plunge pool, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 3 air conditioners.)

“10 panels on the roof (which we use as shade for a sitting area on our roof).” (2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a washer/dryer. Air conditioners in each room and a small pool.)

“We have a 3 bedroom house with air conditioners and a pool, and a 4000 watt system. Also one beach house with 3 bedrooms, air conditioning and a pool that has a 6000 watt system. And another beach house with 2 bedrooms, air conditioning and a pool shared with the other beach house. That house has a 4000 watt system.”

What did it cost to install? Most people were very pleased that the costs of installation were very close to the estimates that they received.

“$12,000 USD for 10 panels.”
“We received two quotes and the costs were what we expected.”
“We received two quotes. Our costs actually came in less than the estimates.”
“We received two quotes. The costs turned out to be exactly what was estimated.”
“I got three quotes and researched a lot.”
“I got a quote three years ago. Since I got the quote, the price went down about 23% before I installed them.”

Did you install the solar panels in the process of building or did you add them on later?

“I lived in the house for four years before installing the panels. The entire process was painless. The actual install took only three days, including the concrete bases for the frames, mounting the panels and installing and hooking up the inverter. It took CFE three weeks to install the special meter, and would have taken longer if EcoCentro (our vendor) had not contacted them daily to prod them along.”

“We installed them in the process of building our home. We hardly knew the installation was going on. There were no modifications needed as we had already put a tube in for the wires to go into the garage to the converter. You can’t even see the panels.”

“The installation was one of the most effortless that we have done since living here. It was done quickly, on time and professionally. There were no expensive modifications needed.”

“Due to space restrictions, we had to have a steel structure built on our roof for the panels. The cost for that was minimal compared to the rest of the installation.”

“The process seemed very easy. We added the panels on after the house was built, and no modification needed to be made to the house.”

“The guys installed the panels upstairs on the top floor on top of a metal roof they installed. I like the roof they installed… it’s an added bonus because we have a shaded section on our roof now.”

How long have you had your solar panels now?
The answer to this ranged from one month to two years. With the costs falling as they have, (25% from 2012 to 2014, according to our contacts at EcoCentro), we imagine there will be more people with experience in this area in the months and years to come.

Have the savings been what you expected?

“The savings have been about what we expected. Our electric bills are about two thirds less than they were before we installed the solar system.”
“The savings have been right on.”
“The savings have been about what we thought they would be.”
“We knew it would pay for itself.”
“The savings have been greater than expected. We are very happy.”
“The savings have been about what I expected. I’ve kept a daily log of my energy usage and solar input by reading the CFE meter. I’ve got enough data to project that I will be billed for half the usage in my next billing cycle (I just installed the panels two months ago), compared to the same period last year.”

Have there been maintenance issues and what have they been?

“It is important to keep the panels clean to maintain optimum output, so I plan on cleaning them every couple of months. It is important to know that you should never clean them when they are hot, so you have to do it early in the morning or late in the evening, or on a cloudy day. Also, you do not use any cleaning agents… just water and a soft brush or cloth.”

“Little maintenance. My helper went up on the roof once (in six months) and just dusted the panels off.”

“No maintenance issues yet (after two years). We will have the top of the panels cleaned as part of a regular maintenance this year.”

“I was told I could go longer, but found I needed to clean the panels sooner than expected.”

“The only thing we need to do is clean the panels, but I have noticed that even if the panels are dirty, it doesn’t make much difference to the electricity generation. In the summer months, the rain cleans the panels for me.”

“There have been absolutely no maintenance issues. Once in awhile we check to see if the panels need cleaning, but rarely do they need anything more than washing off with a hose.” (after two years)

Solar Panels in Yucatan


Everyone we talked to (six or seven households) seemed to be happy with their solar panel installations. For some, it has only been a few months since they installed them. Others have had them for years. All in all, viable solar power installations are a relatively new thing in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula, but the concept is catching on as providers become more capable, CFE warms up to the idea and the costs continue to fall.

Do you have questions about solar installations in Merida? Do you have experience with installing solar panels in your home in the Yucatan? Do you know of dependable vendors or places to buy supplies? We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to add your experiences in the Comment section below… for the benefit of all our readers, for the good of the Yucatan, for the good of the planet.

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Special thanks to EcoCentro in Merida who was kind enough to provide us with contacts and additional information.

By Working Gringos

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  • Million Dollar Roundtable 1990-1997
  • Opened Merida Real Estate Business 1996
  • Who’s Who International Real Estate
  • Member of NAR, AMPI

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By Khaki Scott

Mexico’s Junk Food Tax Hitting Pepsi and Coke

Since cigarette smoking was found to be a leading cause of lung cancer, COPD and even asthma, it has been outlawed in public settings and taxed to ensure that smokers pay, at least in part, for the additional costs they put on the health care system. Now, diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Mexico, with Coke and Pepsi heading the list of known suspects for contributing to complications of diabetes. Taxes in Mexico add one peso, about 7 cents, to the cost of a liter of sugary drinks, and 5 percent of the price to foods with 275 calories or more per 100 grams. So far, this has decreased consumption of soft drinks very little, but it is a decrease and that is what’s important. Mexico has the world’s highest rate per capita consumption of Coca-Cola products, so any decrease is good. Now, the taxation of sugary drinks is taking on a life of its own, with California set to become the next state that adds this health conscious tax. Needless to say, the soft drink companies are sparing no expense in their efforts to fight this kind of legislation. If you live in Yucatan, look for rising junk food prices coming to a store or market near you.

American Field Service Coming to Yucatan

Since the end of World War II, one would be hard pressed to find someone who has never met an exchange student in the United States. In fact, since then, there have been over 400,000 exchange students worldwide. Today, there are over 40,000 host families and over 100,000 volunteers giving young students an opportunity to become the global leaders of tomorrow by sharing the culture of their counterparts in other countries. Now, the American Field Service (AFS) is holding a training workshop in Merida. We are all used to having several thousand foreign students per year at our local universities, but these students will be high school age. You do not have to host a student to volunteer. There are many other things you can do. If you would like to volunteer, as an individual, or if your civil association could be of service in some small way, please do not hesitate to contact American Field Service Mexico. and do visit their website to see just how interesting this concept really is.

Coming Soon: Flights Between Milan and Merida

We were very pleased to hear that, following increased visitations to tourism fairs between major cities in Italy and our own Merida, the first direct flights to Italy will begin in April 2015, and will be between Milan and Merida. In order for this to happen, the airlines had to be shown that there is sufficient interest in traveling in both directions. Since French and Italian cultural influences can be found all over Merida and throughout its modern history, we suspect that these alliances will result in deep and lasting relationships. For those who want to travel the world, it looks as if Merida is growing in importance as the perfect place to travel from and come home to.

The Maya Remember and Weep

This past week, the starting point of Christopher Columbus’ three ships was uncovered in Spain and a shard of pain made its way through the Maya in the New World, over 500 years later. After 1492, within 70 years, the icons, codices and vessels of the Maya would be burned, in Mani, and over 5,000 Maya would be killed in the name of evangelization. From that day forward, the Maya have cried silently for the loss of their culture. Today, the Maya of Yucatan are fighting back with renewed interest in their identity as a people, even to the point of constructing the genealogy of some of their last kings. While this story is a sad testament to the unintended consequences of colonization, we are pleased to know that, in Yucatan, the Maya are entering a new era of strength and development. Perhaps there was something to the 2012 predictions of a New World after all!

Archaeology: Old Road Found in Good Condition

For those who enjoy going out to Uxmal, you will soon have all sorts of new archaeological treats to experience. First, the site itself has been found to be quite a bit more extensive than initially believed. Restoration has begun and it should not be long before those arches, walls and buildings are uncovered and restored. But second, archaeologists have found a sac-beh (white road) that runs some 18 km between Uxmal and Kabah. It was not buried, only covered over by dense undergrowth. When that was removed, the road they found is in surprisingly good condition, so that will soon be available to visitors as well. Until now, everything at Uxmal was relatively modern, having been built between about 700 AD and 1,000 AD. These new discoveries have not been dated yet, but they were probably built around 300 AD. Everyone who loves Mayan history can hardly wait to see what the finished restoration will bring.

Eleven Month Project: New Distributor Road in Progreso

Our age is showing. We remember the building of the by-pass in Progreso, when it was a new stretch of white concrete far off the beaten path. And we remember the orange cones that blocked the beginning of the new road east out of Chicxulub Puerto. Then, of course, there was the bridge from Progreso to Yucalpeten that was a very long time in coming but no one can imagine it not being there now. This new distributor road, however, will not be far off of anyone’s path and, we suspect, will be heavily used from its first day. The new project is set to take approximately eleven months. The part of the road that is on the ground will still be the road from Merida to Progreso. However, the part that is an overpass will be a road that connects Yucalpeten with Chicxulub Puerto. There will be entrances and exits to Progreso and the entire mangrove will be completely remodeled and reforested. From what we understand, this is part of a ten-year plan for improving roads and the environment in Progreso. Coupled with the work already accomplished in the mangroves along the coast, this project is expected to have a significant impact on tourism in the area. All of this in a town that is still listed as a “sleepy little fishing village” in many places on the Internet. But we know Progreso is growing!

Xmatquil Midway Gets Underground Wiring

Everything is almost ready for the Yucatan State Fair to begin. This time, the main midway will be clear of anything that even resembles an electrical wire. All of that has gone underground in an effort to increase safety and comfort for visitors. Along with the usual clean-up, fix-up, paint-up activities associated with the Yucatan State Fair, many of the venues have been completely modernized. Overall, it looks as if the fair really will be not only bigger, but far better than ever before. Mark your calendars for the Feria Yucatán 2014 en Xmatkuil. More than 2.1 million people are expected to attend this year’s Fair at Xmatkuil and 2,250 events have been scheduled between opening night, November 7, and the closing ceremonies on December 1.

Child Suicide: What Can You Do?

This past week saw two boys, ages 12 and 17, attempting suicide in Yucatan. One was successful, the other was not. The 12-year old was grieving after the death of his beloved pet cat and hung himself while his mother was at the market. The 17-year old attacked a bank guard with a knife, in hopes that he would be shot with the guard’s R-15 rifle. He was not successful and ended up being arrested. His case is yet to come before the courts. On the face of it, there does not seem to be much that expatriates can do to make ourselves useful in combating suicide in all ages in Yucatan. But that may not be true. We can learn Spanish. We can smile and speak and we can show genuine interest in our neighbors and in the children who cross our paths. We can support students through the apoyo education programs that we have chronicled here on Yucatan Living. We can support soccer teams and chess teams. We can volunteer with programs for young people at our churches and at local food banks. We can be part of the fabric of Yucatan society that provides moral and physical support for those young Yucatecos who may temporarily need just a little boost to keep on keeping on. Our deepest sympathies to the family who lost their child. We hope this never happens to anyone else and that expatriates in Yucatan will continue to come forward in support of anyone in need.

The Future of Water in Yucatan

In less than 4 decades, there will not be enough water in Yucatan to support its population. This came from a forum on Mexican Traditional Medicine and Ancestral Knowledge, held in Merida this past week. This situation is being caused by rampant growth and increasing levels of poverty. Taking that one step further leads us to the understanding that these situations will only grow worse without significant community involvement, education and jobs. The influx of pharmaceutical and other manufacturing firms negates the value of the jobs produced, from an environmental standpoint. This seems much like the Greek concept of Hope and Sorrow treading on each other’s cloaks as they pass around and around in a never-ending circle. Man, according to traditional medicine professionals, must learn to live with the environment, and not live by destroying the very ecosystem that sustains life.

Pork Prices Rising Rapidly

In advance of the Day of the Dead, pork prices soared from a low of $45 to $55 pesos per kilo to $69 and $70 pesos per kilo, with $80 pesos per kilo expected by the end of the month. There is not a lot that people can do, other than buy ahead of the crowd as much as possible. It might also be a good idea to purchase your holiday turkey now as well because the price of turkeys will soar as the holidays draw closer. One of the best investments we can think of, in anyone’s kitchen, is a stand-alone freezer and a calendar with clues about when to purchase any number of different food items. Need proof? Try to buy a fish during Semana Santa. This holds true unless you put in place a personal list of home gardeners and other food producers who will make sure you have fresh foods straight from their gardens, yards, or the sea, without increases in price, year-round. There are lots of ways to save grocery money in Yucatan, so pay attention to trends and you’ll always come out on top.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls (on the evening of October 31, starting about sundown). In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!
X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) October 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Opening Day at La Casa Azul at U.V.M campus Mérida Oct. 13 – Nov. 7
In the second semester of their nine semester B.A. degree in Hospitality, students get the opportunity to operate a restaurant of their creation. The menu is international themed influenced by Mexican flavors and products. The dining room is small, only 40 seats, but is the perfect size for the students to manage. The service is casual but professional and the restaurant is fully operated by the students. Read the details in our article about it here.
Location: To get to the U.V.M. campus coming from Merida, get onto the Progreso highway heading north. Take the Dzitya exit and head back south. The campus will be on your right. Enter at the guard station and tell them that you are guests of the restaurant. There is a large parking lot straight ahead. The restaurant will be in D building, also called Glion. It is the first building as you enter the at the guard station. Ask any student if confused.
Time: La Casa Azul will open October 13, 2014 and run until November 7, 2014. Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 14, 2014

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trovemia
See the full listing of trova trios performing for the month in our Coming Soon section.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
(USA 2012) Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. In Spanish, with English and Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Substance: Albert Hofmann’s LSD
(Germany 2012) 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. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 16, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Kings of The Wind & Electric Queens
(French 2013) The Sonepur fair in India, with its whirlwinds of dust rising from the ground, is the opportunity for a gigantic carnival where each is going to give itself in representation for the pleasure of day spectators, pilgrims in ecstasy, in search of shivers and signs of good fortune. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Hiroshima My Love
(France 1959). A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Inori
(Japan 2012) Gonzalez Rubio enters an area of ​​mountains and forests in which there are only a few people, all and very old, and it is as if their perception of space and time, in recording that world was crossed by the kawasiano spirit. In Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) October 17 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In Indonesian and English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: The Golem
(Germany 1920). In 16th-century Prague, a Jewish rabbi creates a giant creature from clay, called the Golem, and using sorcery, brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar. Also plays tomorrow.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living International Festival of Mayan Culture October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free, but you’ll need to get your tickets ahead of time.

Yucatan Living Movie: Cutie and the Boxer
(USA 2013) This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. In Englsih and Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Wicker Man
(UK 1973) A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Two Documentaries by Werner Herzog
(Germany 1984/1989) PASTORS OF THE SUN. From an annual celebration, Werner Herzog documents the tribe that celebrates it. A fascinating study, despite the somewhat sketchy film quality at times.
GASHERBRUM, the Mountains LIGHT: In 1984 two climbers undertook an extraordinary expedition. They set out to achieve in a single outing two peaks of more than 8000 feet, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II. They climbed without oxygen, or specialized material. Herzog accompanies them to the base camp by the ​​glaciers. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: A Woman in Paris
(USA 1923). A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort, a timeless conflict.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Solos for Joining Fridays and Saturdays October 17 through November 22
When loneliness provides an opportunity for meeting. This is a performance by the Contemporary Free Dance Company.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Movie: The Optimists
(Norway 2013) Despite their weekly training sessions, The Optimists, girls between 66 and 98 years old, have not played a game in three decades. Now is the time. But against whom? Rumors say that there is a group of handsome Swedes across the border. Goro, 98 years, is the queen of the team with her willpower and purple Converse tennis shoes. Laughter is her strategy to play. In Swedish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Akira
(Japan 1988) A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. In Japanese with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 19, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Deserts
Learn about the habitats that make up the ecosystem of the desert, and the survival strategies of the animals.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: Fridays: 9:00 PM, Saturdays: 8:00 PM
Admission: $50 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $25 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: The Man Who Wasn’t There
(USA 2001) A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife’s boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Gypsy Market Bazaar
Good food, great art, and superb company. What more could anyone ask? Visit the Gypsy Market Bazaar on Facebook.
Location: On the main road Chelem-Chuburna. Crystal Tropical is Graciela’s garden between entrada Sol and Aruba.
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admission: Free but do plan on shopping and supporting the artists and artisans who show their work here.

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living October’s Tuesday of Trova
October 14: Trio Trovemia
October 28: Grupo Cafe Canela

Yucatan LivingMerida / Valladolid Combined Chorale Concert Wednesday, October 29
You are cordially invited to attend this combined Merida / Valladolid chorale concert of Latin American music. A complementary reception will follow so that you will have an opportunity to meet the members of the choirs.
Location: Casa de los Venados, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Mexican Art and Yalat: October 23, 2014
Maruja Barbachano’s interest in Mexican folk art began at age ten, when she would accompany her grandmother on buying trips throughout Mexico. The pieces they would acquire were sold in the gift shops of her family’s hotels (Hacienda Chichen, Casa del Balam, Mayaland). Over the years, guided by a great appreciation for the work, Maruja began her education on the materials, techniques and designs that shape each work of art, while at the same time establishing relationships with the master artists and craftsmen of Mexico and their families. In January 2005, Maruja and her husband Jim relocated to Valladolid and opened Yalat, a popular folk art gallery. Come tonite for a video presentation, a small gallery exhibit and a great evening.
Location: Valladolid Public Library, Casa Hamaca, Valladolid
Time: 7:45 PM
Admission: $50 pesos donation suggested

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

Yucatan Living Second Annual Seaside Rotary Golf Classic Saturday, November 1
This is Seaside Rotary’s major fundraiser with all event proceeds going to support charitable programs and initiatives in the Playa del Carmen community. The tournament will be a non-handicap scramble” with a luncheon and Gala Prize ceremony following. Do visit their website to see some of the amazing prizes that have been donated by the sponsors.
Location: Grand Coral Rivera Maya Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo: carretera federal cancun tulum, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 8:00 AM in UTC-06
Registration Fee: $1500 pesos/ Golfer, $1200 pesos/ FMG Member, 20% Discount for Foursomes. You may pay with your PayPal, debit or credit card.
Register Online at Seaside Rotary Golf Classic.

Yucatan Living Merida Gallery Tour 2014, Sundays: November 2 and December 7
Design your own tour of 12 participating art galleries in Centro, Merida. Begin anywhere on the following list. The participating galleries include:
1. Galeria Merida, Calle 59 #452A x 52 y 54, Centro (Mejorada)
2. Juan Pablo Bavio: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 59 # 536 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
3. Anonimo: Venta de Arte, Calle 57 # 552 x 66 y 68, Centro (Santiago)
4. Centro Cultural y Artistico La Bodega, Calle 70 # 470 x 55 y 55A, Centro (Santiago)
5. Galeria Le Cirque, Calle 55A # 538 x 68 y 70, Centro (Santiago)
6. Galeria La Eskalera, Calle 70 # 474B x 57 y 59, Centro (Santiago)
7. Luis Coral: Estudio-Galeria, Calle 72 # 555 Depto. 2 x 57 y 55, Centro (Santiago)
8. Posada Ecochic La Pantera Negra, Calle 67 # 547B x 68 y 70, Centro (San Juan)
9. Galeria Amapola, Calle 66 # 604 x 75 y 77, Centro (Ermita)
10. Tendejon del Arte, Calle 62 # 570 x 71 y 73, Centro (San Juan)
11. Galeria in La Kech, Calle 60 # 595A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
12. Calle Estampa, Calle 60 # 582A x 73 y 75, Centro (San Juan)
This tour is supported by the City Council of Merida.
Location: Self-guided tour of art galleries in Centro
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. First Sundays: Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
Admission: Free + complimentary refreshments provided by gallery owners

Yucatan Living VI Annual Merida Showcase of Homes Sunday, November 9
This event is a major fundraiser for Fundacion BAI A.C. (Brazos Abiertos Yucatan). It is a self-guided tour of seven of the most beautiful homes in Merida’s Historical Centro. These restored colonial homes represent the work of seven of the best architects in Yucatan and each is a “must see” treasure. Brazos Abiertos works to provide education and be a catalyst for change in order to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to help stop the stigma that the virus still carries in many circles. They provide free classes and free counseling. All proceeds will be used for their programs in Yucatan. Yucatan Living is one of the sponsors of this very worthy and well-run event.
Location: Starting point: Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo x Calle 41 y 43, Centro.
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Admission: Tickets: General: $300 pesos, Students: $150 pesos. Tickets include a complimentary drink at the end at either Hennesseys or Casa de las Torres, and a complimentary drink at Cantina La Negrita during the tour. Tickets are currently on sale at Hennessy’s Irish Pub, Cantina La Negrita, Restaurante Unico, Robert Abuda Salon, or by phone at (999) 292-8436. For more information, visit Fundacion BAI A.C. online.

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

Yucatan Living Chamber Orchestra of Merida – October 19, November 23
This performance is under the direction of Russel Montanez Coronado. This small orchestra is one of the best of its size that we have ever heard.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucadanz: Monthly Contra Dance in Merida – First Dance: Saturday, November 22
When is a square dance not square? You’re just going to love this new dance in town. Contra dance is a community “barn dance”, where everyone socializes and dances with everyone else. We love their energy and hope that everyone will give contra dance a whirl. Everyone is welcome!
Location: Tumaka’t Dance Studio, Calle 51 #475-A x 52 y 54 (blue building, middle of block), Centro
Time: Beginner Class in Spanish: 7:00 PM, Beginner Class in English: 7:30 PM, Contra dance: 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: Bring your own refreshments and water, no alcohol at the dance. $50-$100 pesos donation requested. Proceeds benefit Tumaka’t, a nonprofit arts group, and to establish a fund for live music. Read this great page on the Yucadanz website!
Additional Dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015

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

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Live, Love, Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

Yucatan LivingVI Full Moon Jazz Festival February 6
This event is the major fundraiser for Telchac Education. This program continues to sponsor children in school in the Telchac area and they are thriving. Three fabulous bands, dancing, the food court and full bar await you on the beach Many thanks to all of the sponsors and to everyone who participates in this Jazz Festival.
Location: Villas Wayak, km 25.5 Progreso – Telchac Road
Time: This is an all day and into the night event
Admission: Free but please come prepared to purchase food and drinks, and – we hope – to make a donation and/or sponsor a child in the Telchac Education Program.

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

By Working Gringos

The Mexico Travel Warning was updated on October 10, 2014, please visit this link to review changes regarding travel in the state of Guerrero:

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

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

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our freeSmart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F. and is open 8:00am to 5:00pm, switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) 011-52-555-080-2000, http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_hours.html. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.

By Working Gringos

Highly organised, professional, efficient- yet friendly and laid back- personal assistant / nanny / pet caretaker / home caretaker / massage therapist with cooking experience seeking a long or short-term position in the Yucatan, either live-in or live-out, on land or on sea; I have spent a lifetime on the sea, and am a scuba diver, so am super-comfortable on and in the water. I am also PC and Mac literate. Flexible on location, however Merida or locations on the coast are most desirable. At sea, I am willing to be anywhere in the Caribbean.

Please contact Kimber at: manatraditional at gmail dot com.

Gracias y aloha!

By Khaki Scott

Merida: Trash Pickup May Soon be Free

For some years now, Merida has worked hard to develop a culture of recycling where trash of all kinds is concerned. That dogged determination may soon pay off. It has come to light that the profits obtained from recycling may now be sufficient to provide free trash pickup to everyone in Merida and its comisarias. This would be a boon for the poor, who have seldom had the money to pay for trash pickup. It might also stop the throwing of trash in empty lots and in the streets and could very well contribute significantly to a decrease in dengue fever by depriving mosquitoes of opportunistic breeding places. Trash pickup used to be free in the centro, and that worked well. Under this new program, some neighborhoods would have community dumpsters, and hospitals would be served by hazardous waste companies. Everyone is waiting to hear what lawmakers think of this idea and we will be sure to follow up on the outcome.

CFE Winter Rates Began October 1

Don’t forget. CFE’s lower rates for summer electricity dropped off on October 1 and won’t resume until April 1. To learn more about saving energy in Yucatan, visit Yucatan Living’s Saving Energy in Yucatan to learn more about this process and how it will affect your electric bill.

Yucatan Chef Headed for China

Yucateco restauranteur David Cetina Medina has been a professional chef since the age of ten. His career developed under the watchful eye and constant encouragement of his beloved grandmother. As the years passed, his exceptional talent brought national and international recognition to both the chef and to Yucatan. Now, David Cetina Medina will be traveling to China, where he will present the foods of Yucatan to China in a series of receptions and gala dinners in the Mexican Embassy. David Cetina Medina is the owner of the restaurant La Tradicion , which is soon to be franchised to ten different cities. David Cetina Medina is such a special person, in and out of the kitchen, that the National Tourism Board has named him one of Mexico’s Treasures. While many know David Cetina Medina, what you might also be interested in is the fact that his grandfather, Albino Medina Peraza, is considered to be the creator of the botana in Yucatan. Everyone is very proud of David and of his accomplishments, and we wish him well on his trip to China.

Upper Respiratory Virus Hits Yucatan’s Children

This past week, the number of children presenting with upper respiratory infections has soared, as have the numbers of children with acute diarrhea caused, for the most part, by rotavirus. Parents are asked to keep their sick children at home, have them drink plenty of fluids and eat plenty of fruit or other foods that contain vitamin C. They should also avoid self-medication because this is a virus and will correct itself within two days to two weeks. If the child is vomiting or has diarrhea for more than two days, parents should bring them in to the doctor. This is a serious issue. For the year, the number of cases stands at 14,641, with 6,383 of those in the last week alone. Scientists and medical professionals believe this phenomenon is due to climate changes, as well as to the constant rain of the past few months. Whatever the cause, we hope all of the sick little ones are well enough to put this behind them soon.

Baca: Profepa Confiscates More Prohibited Animals

This past week, Profepa went to a private home and collected a dozen animals, including a jaguar, an ocelot, a boa constrictor, seven mojinas turtles, and a kinkajou. Since the beginning of the year, they have arrested 200 individuals for poaching and the courts are making sure that they get the maximum sentences allowed by law. Some of these individuals keep the animals as personal property. Unfortunately, they do not usually get the proper food, housing or medical care. Others poach reptiles, mammals and birds to sell at home and abroad. The penalties run from 50,000 minimum wages to one to nine years in prison plus three more years if they were caught selling the animals, and an additional 4,300 minimum wages. Judges have a great deal of leeway in sentencing and, considering the level of this kind of activity that seems to be going on now, they are in “get tough” mode. Those of us who love animals are sad to see that this situation exists, but deeply thankful to Profepa and to the judicial system for their efforts on behalf of wildlife in Yucatan.

Mayan Language Normalized

It has taken five long years, but linguistics experts have finally completed a standard Mayan language that can be used by all Maya in literary and formal situations. There are standard spellings for words and standard grammar rules as well. There will soon be Mayan dictionaries available to the public and we would not be surprised to see language classes in standard Mayan. The best part of this development, however, is for the individual Maya. With a standard language, it will be much easier for the Maya to communicate across the entire Yucatan Peninsula and beyond.

Adult Education for Yucatan’s Illiterate Adults

In the last national census, approximately 100,000 Yucatecos were either illiterate or were not educated to the degree that they should be. About half of this number are designated as Maya. This is understandable considering that many of these individuals grew up in rural areas and it has not been that long since public education reached into the far-outlying municipalities. INDEMAYA (the Institute for the Development of Maya Culture) and Yucatan’s Adult Education Department are banding together to find and teach as many of these individuals as possible. The goal for this year is 14,000. We are certain that their efforts will be well received and wish them success.

Call for Contestants: Anti-Bullying Posters and Videos

If you know a talented young Yucateco between the ages of 12 and 16, do make sure they know that the City of Merida and the 20 members of the city’s Anti-Bullying Network are holding a contest for the best anti-bullying poster and video. The entries can be made until October 31. This is a great contest because the posters and videos are to be judged separately, so that means two separate sets of prizes. In both cases, first place is an iPad, second place is a smartphone, and third place is a mini-laptop computer. Teachers should have all of the information necessary for the students to enter their work.

Yucatan: Perception of Insecurity Lowest in Mexico

The results of the 2014 National Survey on Victimization and Perception of Public Safety shows that Yucatan has the lowest perception of insecurity in the country (29.5%). This means that seven out of ten people feel safe in the State of Yucatan. Campeche, by comparison, has a perception of insecurity that stands at 58.9% and Quintana Roo a perception of insecurity of 67%. All three of the states on the Yucatan Peninsula have a perception of insecurity that is less than the national average, which is 73.3%. This is good news for Yucatan and every Yucateco should be congratulated on their determination to preserve the tranquility of the state of Yucatan.

Yucatan Recognized for Human Rights

The Comisión Unidos contra la Trata (Committee United Against Trafficking) has recognized Yucatan’s efforts to prevent human trafficking in the State of Yucatan. Yucatan was also recognized in the field of crime prevention. Yucatan was praised for meeting the guidelines set forth by the United Nations with respect to mounting campaigns against crime of all kinds, as well as holding workshops and conferences related to preventing the use and selling of drugs and human trafficking. There was also recognition for Yucatan’s efforts in the area of human rights and equality. This proactive approach to crime prevention is one of the major reasons for Yucatan’s low crime rate. The people focus their attention on actually doing something to prevent these crimes from happening, which leaves little to no time for young people especially to go down the wrong paths.

Health Assessment: Not Good News

Sadly, it was announced on the occasion of World Heart Day, that coronary disease is now striking Yucatecos at ages 30, 35 and 40. While diabetes is reported as the leading cause of death, more than half of diabetics die of cardiovascular disease. This situation seems to begin with what is known as the “freshman 15″ (pounds gained in the first year of college) and continues to grow worse as adult lifestyles have little room for exercise and proper nutrition. A diet of junk food doesn’t help at any age. Specialists recommend drinking plenty of water, and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Reducing the number of sodas one drinks is also a key to stopping cardiac diseases in their tracks.

Didn’t You Ever Want To…. ?

No matter where in the world you live, there is the distinct possibility that, at one time or another, you have wanted to plant a tree in a pesky pothole. In defense of the municipalities, way too much rain and a huge increase in the number of cars on Yucatan’s streets and highways have caused pothole repairs to fall behind. As the weather clears, please be both patient and careful as you drive on our streets and highways. Or if you can’t stand it anymore, plant something there! That will be sure to get someone’s attention.


Art in Valladolid

A new expat in the Valladolid area is bringing her extensive art and design background to a select group of students in October, November and December. If you are interested in studying art in that area, for three hours each morning over three days, you can learn drawing and illustration from a trained professional. Check out Amanda’s blog about her art here, and then contact her if you are interested! This is a great opportunity if you live or are traveling to the area.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting October 06, 2014


Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
Fall Arts Festival 2014: September 20 – October 12
This year, there will be over 1,400 artists (music, dance, theater, etc.) participating in 95 events. This festival includes a performance of Coppelia by the National Ballet of Cuba, and the legendary Sergio Esquivel performed on opening night.
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls. In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!
X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) October 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Eduardo Rodriguez
Another evening of romantic music. This show is entitled “You, My Only Passion.”
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maricarmen Perez: “With the Music in Your Hands”
There are very few people who have contributed both their talent and their organizational skills to the music scene in Yucatan. This lady is one of them. She has a beautiful show. Do try to see it.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingCoral Music: Carlos Tello, with Coro Voces sin Fronteras
Yucatan – With Songs of Yesterday, Today and Always.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 07, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Ruination of Men (La perdición de los hombres)
(Mexico 2000). Director: Arturo Ripstein. Two women share their life with one man. When he dies, they argue over who will bury him. Probably in Spanish, probably not with English subtitles.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz Music: Alberto Palomo
Come out and see Jazz Fusion 4TET.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Maria Teresa in Concert
Billed as the Return of the Trova, this promises to be a wonderful concert.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Nobles
This trio is one of the group of trios that has defined trova for Yucatan for the 20th and 21st centuries.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 08, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Parts of a Family
(Mexico 2014) This film shows how a great love between two people, after several years of marriage, can become like a stifling prison. The child of a couple observes and tells his story. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Gilberto Cab “Gil Gil”
This event will also include a performance by the Guitarra Sin Fronteras. This is a special event by one of the biggest musical names in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Jesus Armando
The title of this performance is “A Very Mexican Yucatan.” The voice is a “must hear.”
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus
(USA 2012) Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Nenek
(Mexico 2014) Here generations of people gather in the Huasteca. Grandparents pass down their legacy to parents, and they do the same to children who have moved away. Here no time passes. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music by the Baroque Music Company and the Ars Musicum Ensemble
There will be several of these performances throughout October, November and December.
Location: Yucatan Regional Museum (Palacio Canton), Paseo de Montejo x 41
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life)
(Italy 1961). Director: Federico Fellini. Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. This film is famous! Enjoy the fabulous actors, director and Italy in the Sixties.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Sergio Esquivel
If you have to choose one event this entire month, this is it. Sergio Esquivel is a legend in his own time. Do not miss this performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Reyna Candelaria Cruz “Candy Cruz”
Latinoamerica, Flower of the Spirit. Includes performances by Lia Campos, Tania Linares, Nazaret Flota, Sergio Borges, Esteban Leon, Jorge Tamayo, Jade Castro, Ambar Castro, Wendy Cruz and Fernando de Regil.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Movie: In The Mood for Love
(Hong Kong 2000) Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. In Cantonese with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 10 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Halley
(Mexico 2012) Alberto is dead and can no longer hide it. Make-up and perfume can no longer conceal his quickly decomposing body. Dismayed, he decides to withdraw from the world. But before surrendering to his living death, Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: El Ultimo (The Last)
(Germany 1924). Director: F.W. Murnau. Starring: Emil Jannings, Kurt Hiller, Emelie Kurtz and Hans Unterkirchen. This is the first film in which the camera moved. It tells how the doorman of a luxury hotel, a proud old man who is respected by all, is sharply degraded when he loses his job to a young boy. He has lost his identity and this is the story of his attempts to regain his self respect as his life slowly falls apart.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar. Also plays tomorrow.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Exposition: El Arte del Polo (Photography)
Opening of an exhibit of the work of Maestro Mark Swain, local photographer who has been photographing polo for a few years now. Felicidades, Mark!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av Colon x Calle 20
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Wendy Argaez
Merida, I am to be your present for tonight.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Felipe Serrano
Spain and Yucatan as seen through the music of Zarzuela (light opera).
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tribute to Cacho Medina
Please do come and share this 30th anniversary with Cacho Medina. He is truly one of Yucatan’s treasured performers.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of Art Exhibits
Sala 1: Evolution of Ruben Calderiuz
Sala 2: Ichthys, the sign of the fisherman by Enrique Trava
Sala 3: My Foreign Destination by Ralf Walter
Location: at the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for Sugar Man
(Sweden/ UK 2013) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. In Englsih with Spanish subtitles. Award winning documentary.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Clerks
(USA 1994) A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. In English.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 11, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Fata Morgana
(Germany 1970) Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen. In German with Spanish subtitles. Cool, man…
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Ko Olel Nal: Dance Video
This performance is under the direction of Ligia Aguilar.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Anthology of Silent Films: Diary of a Lost Girl
(Germany 1929). Director: G.W. Pabst. Starring Louise Brooks, Andre Roanne, Josef Ravensky, Fritz Rasp, Vera Pawlowa, Franziska Kinz and Arnold Korff. Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl, is raped by the clerk of her father’s pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family, and must fend for herself in a harsh, cruel world. Louise Brooks was a big star in the 20′s… watch this and find out why.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Yanina y Rachel
When Yanina y Rachel sing in Merida, we know the holidays cannot be far away. This duo has long had one of the most popular shows in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Victor Martinez
A tribute to 30 years in entertainment: Sounds of Soul.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Fervor Infantilista
(Mexico 2013) For 20 years, the director recorded what happened at the tomb of Pedro Infante on the day commemorating his death. The myths continue. Some would swear to have seen him or seen his double, all Mexicans have fond memories of Pedro Infante, a Mexican movie star who died in a plane crash in Merida. In Spanish.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 12, 2014

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

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: Peter and the Wolf
Featured Performer: Alma Rosa Cota. Yes, the holidays have officially begun and we can look for more of these great performances throughout the next few months.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Mauricio Bonfiglio
Jazzeando 1990 This will be a performance by the best of the best Jazz musicians in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Closing Concert: Orquestra Tipica Yukalpeten
Mexico Forever. Please do come and see this concert. There is no other orchestra like this one and the voices that accompany them are phenomenal.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: No Country for Old Men
(USA 2007) Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. In English with a bad haircut.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 13, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events Planned for Today (so far, that we know of…)

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

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

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

Yucatan Living Fourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan LivingLive, Love Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

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

By Working Gringos

Editor’s Note: Since this article was first written, El Corredor de Las Animas has become a very big event in Merida, drawing people from around the world to participate in the Yucatan’s unique way of celebrating Día de Los Muertos. Other than the fact that it has become even bigger, busier and more interesting, nothing about it has changed!

There are times when living in SOME (South Merida) can be tiresome. The voladores (homemade fireworks) go off sometimes for hours on end at decibels too loud to be neighborly, the dogs bark when they should be sleeping, the old men sleep on the sidewalk when they should be walking and life is less familiar and sometimes less comfortable than up in the Gringo Gulches of Santa Ana and Santiago, let alone the modern North. Ermita in Merida on Day of the Dead

But when the traditional holidays come around, they are celebrated in our neighborhood with a participation and verve that you just don’t see as much in the northern neighborhoods. And because we are vecinos, we get to enjoy and participate in them in ways we might not otherwise have the time or energy to.

Last Friday was the first night of the weekend of Los Días de Los Muertos, or Hanal Pixan as the Mayans call it. The city of Merida had been promoting the Friday night city-sponsored event called El Corredor de Las Animas (The Corridor of the Souls) for weeks down here, passing out fliers to encourage as much participation as possible. The idea was that Calle 66 would be shut down to car traffic on Friday afternoon so that all the vecinos (neighbors) could put altars to their dead loved ones in front of their homes. day of the dead altar in YucatanThis would not only bring the city and the citizens together in celebration, but would also continue to build a tourist attraction for the city of Merida.

You see, the citizens of Merida have to be encouraged in this because Day of the Dead in the Yucatan has traditionally been a private affair. Homes are swept and cleaned in anticipation of a visit from the dead ancestors’ souls, who are rumored to come out of their graves on these nights to visit their old haunts. Tradition has it that if you don’t present them with a clean house, they will feel obliged to stick around and help you clean it up. Only the Goth teenagers want that, of course, so houses in the Yucatan are spic and span when the first night of Hanal Pixan rolls around. And altars are set up in the house, piled high with the ancestors’ favorite foods, candles, incense, liquor, flowers and photographs. The family sits around and eventually eats and drinks and a good time is had by all. In the last four years, the city has been encouraging its citizens to take it to the street. There is the Friday night event at L’Ermita and the Saturday daytime event in the Plaza Grande, the center of Merida.

The food on the altars for Hanal Pixan (which in Mayan means Food for the Souls) comes from all over the Yucatecan Cuisine map, but the central focus of culinary delight this weekend, the Mt. Olympus of dishes that towers over them all in its humble splendor, is the mucbil pollo, commonly called simply the pib (or pibe). All over town, women and their daughters and mothers and Calle 66 on day of the dead in Merida Yucatangrandmothers have been baking or preparing to bake pibs this weekend. Chickens that have been raised all summer have been slaughtered, masa has been prepared, and plans were made for cooking sessions. When you see handlettered signs springing up around town offering Ricissima Pibs! and Se Vende Pibs, you know that Day of the Dead is imminent.

So, this last Friday afternoon, the Working Gringos emerged from their office cave to walk two blocks to the main event… a rare treat to have an event so wonderful happening so close. Calle 66 was indeed closed off to car and bus traffic in all but a few spots. This alone was cause for celebration in our book, but there was so much more. Many of our neighbors had indeed dragged their altars out to the sidewalk in front of their homes, and there were others that had come from colonias in different parts of the city to set up Day of the Dead shop. The street was lined Vecinos on Calle 66 in Meridawith candles, white table-clothed tables, crosses, flowers, photos, food of all kinds and men, women and children visiting, laughing, sitting, playing, talking and watching. The church, L’Ermita was lit up, with children playing at her feet and casting ghostly shadows on the facade. Above the church, the rabbit in the moon looked down on it all and wiggled his nose.

We walked awhile down the street, cameras in hand. The strolling crowd seemed to be mostly locals, with a few lucky extranjeros who had managed to find their way down to this urban outpost from the tourist center of town. We stopped and chatted with some of the altar owners. One woman sat proudly beside her table which had a photo, it turned out, of her son in the Women at the table in Ermita in Meridamiddle, surrounded by a modest offering. A tall and handsome teenager walked up to join her, and he looked just like the man in the photo. This was her grandson, and when we pointed that out, they laughed goodnaturedly, enjoying our observation.

Where was the sadness? the darkness and grief that comes hand in hand with Death? We continued.

Up by the church, the park was filled with people. A stage was being set up for a free concert to be held in a few hours. And everywhere else there were tables, tables and more tables of white, covered in food, flowers and Mayan ephemera, presided upon by a sea of women in huipiles. There were more huipiles in that one park Old woman in Merida on day of the deadthan we’ve seen together in awhile. Generations of women sat together, dressed beautifully, visiting and laughing, or staring quietly, or playing with children. There were a lot of viejas, too… with the traffic stopped and the old ways being celebrated, they felt safe and welcome and they were everywhere.

Of course, there were men there too. Men had built the Mayan huts that housed some elaborate altars. Men had trucked in the palos (sticks), constructed the palapas and built the low stone whitewashed walls around them. Men continued to assemble tables, unstack chairs and fiddle with the lights and sounds. And men would tear it all down the next morning.

We met up with some friends there in the square, and with them, we sampled some of the food on the altars. Is this okay? Isn’t it an altar, and supposed to be sacred and untouched? Apparently not. Our friend, Samuel, who is 100% Yucateco, started by sampling the pavo en relleno negro on one table. He raved. The cook beamed. Parade on day of the dead in Merida Yucatan MexicoWe all tried it. Lots of laughter and compliments were exchanged, photos taken, then on to the next table.

We spent the next hour strolling all the way down Calle 66 to the Panteón Florido, one of the three cemeteries in that area. As we approached, we could see people lining up on both sides of the street in parade-expecting formation. Sure enough, a minute or so later, a parade of white-clad mourners, faces painted like calaveras (skeletons), emerged from the cemetery and marched slowly up the avenue, accompanied by some very eerie Mayan music. At last, a touch of familiar spookiness in all that fun!

We walked home through the back streets of San Sebastian, one of the poorest parts of the Centro. The streets were quieter than usual, the dogs weren’t barking and we decided that the souls were at peace with the celebration in their honor.

Halloween in MeridaSaturday night, the streets were full of a different kind of celebration… Halloween. Mexico and the Yucatan has lately taken to Halloween like vampires to sunset, and there were Halloween parties throughout the city. A lot of the young people here only celebrate Halloween; they think it’s more fun, more interesting. They like dressing up in costumes. At least in our neighborhood, it seems to be more about the costumes than the candy (we had no trick or treater’s), but give them time. We used to have mixed feelings about the Americanization of what we think is an important cultural holiday, but since the Mexican and Yucatecan traditions aren’t dying, why not just throw another one into the mix?

Pib with the top off Merida YucatanOf course, if you’re lucky (and we were this year), someone offers to cook you a pib during this holiday. This year, the amazing Beatriz had plans to cook pibs with the mother of her novio (boyfriend) and promised she would bring us one. Sunday afternoon, while we were working (we didn’t get this name for nothin’, you know!), the door opened and the smiling face of Beatriz appeared, hot pib in hand. After she left, we opened the top of the pot and inhaled the most wonderful aromas of summer chicken, beans, tomatoes and corn, all wrapped in banana leaves. The tender chicken baked in a savory masa with a crunchy top seemed to us like a Mayan chicken pot pie, and it tasted even better than it smelled and looked, we can assure you!Eating Pib on Day of the Dead in Merida

And so, we have lived through another Day of the Dead in Mexico, in the Yucatan. Each year, we grow closer to our own demise. And each year, we do what older people do best… we treasure and help to preserve the old traditions. We participate in them, so the young people around us know that they are worth saving. We write about them. We enjoy them. We promote them even.

And we welcome… no, we embody the continuing synthesis of cultures, the mixing of pumpkins and pibs.

*****

Our first Hanal Pixan in Merida

Day of the Dead 2006

Day of the Dead 2007

Day of the Dead 2008

Mayans Celebrating in San Francisco

 

By Working Gringos

Momoto Cafe in Merida YucatanType: 100% mexican coffee, organic and specialty and delicious food with organic ingredients
Neighborhood: Santa Ana
Address: Calle 60, # 398-A x 41 y 43, Col. Centro, Mérida, Yucatán
Phone: 999-923-3114
How to get from the center: Head north on Calle 60, one block from the Barrio de Santa Ana, facing Grupo SIPSE, Café Momoto MID, colonial space is painted green with glass doors, is located two blocks from Canton Palace, corner of Calle 43.
Parking: Street
Air Conditioned: Yes and ceiling fans
Outdoors: Terrace
Drinks: A selection of cold drinks and hot coffee
Payment: Cash only
WiFi: Yes
Facebook: CafeMomotoMID
Hours: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, Closed Sundays.
Pricing: Breakfast – $60 pesos, Lunch Entrees – $80 pesos , Coffee/Juice – $25 pesos and up.
Quick Review: Quiet and bohemian feel. The space is a renovated colonial, with a pool table, patio, semi-covered terrace. They plan regular exhibitions of photography. Jazz live music every Friday. Bikes and pets welcome!! Seems like an excellent place to study, work or just read under the shade of its beautiful Alamo tree (that’s the kind of tree with the amazing roots…).

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Special Event This Week: October 4 & 5 (Saturday & Sunday): Evolucion’s Third Annual Garage Sale
Location: Calle 74 # 518-A x 65 y 67
Please donate your gently used/new toys, clothing, shoes, tools, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, prints, books, plants, holiday decorations & furniture! All proceeds go to feeding the dogs at Evolucion.
Drop off locations before October 2:
1. El Estudio, Paseo Montejo #486 x 41 y 43 Mon-Thu 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-10 or Sun 9am-1pm
2. Calle 84 x 43 y 45 # 451B, Centro, Mon-Fri 9-6.
3. Calle 55-D #269 x 46 y 48 Fco de Montejo, White & Red House
4. Hacienda San Pedro Nohpat (Casco Principal), km 8, Carretera Merida-Cancun, Calle 22 S/N, Kanasin (San Pedro Nohpat)
For large items, contact irlanda_lopez [at] hotmail [dot] com (999 127 2674) to schedule a pick up/drop off.

Yucatan Living Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
Fall Arts Festival 2014: September 20 – October 12
This year, there will be over 1,400 artists (music, dance, theater, etc.) participating in 95 events. This festival includes a performance of Coppelia by the National Ballet of Cuba, and the legendary Sergio Esquivel performed on opening night.
International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014: October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
Day of the Dead in Merida is celebrated both on the Plaza Grande and along Calle 66, between Park Ermita and the Cemetery, called the Corridor of the Souls. In Yucatan, this day is called Hanal Pixan… check out our articles about Hanal Pixan and Day of the Dead!
X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

 

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Monday, Sept. 29: at the Cienega 2000 Store, Calle 88 x 39, and in the Vicente Guerrero par
Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Bartolome Loria Canto
This performance is called “Throughout a career, a lifetime.” Don Bartolome Loria Canto is the director of the Orchestra of the Ministry of Security in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Tom Kuban’s Soul Train
This group has always been a favorite with everyone!
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Cony Ancona
Tonight, see Cony Afrolatina with Fania All Stars, Ruben Blades, Will Colon and more. Cony Ancona has never given a performance that was less than stellar, so do try to see this one.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 30, 2014

Yucatan Living Music: Trova: Jose Dorantes and Los Embajadores.
Come and hear “My life and my feelings.”
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Angelica Balado in Concert
This lady continues to be one of Yucatan’s treasures. Do see this performance if you can.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Los Andariegos
This trio is one of the signature members of Yucatan’s Association of Trovadores, representing the traditional trova, as well as new directions.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Tatiana Zugazagoitia
The title of this performance is Arbolada, so look for soothing woodland scenery for this contemporary performance
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Lucky
(USA 2014) Spanning five years, this intimate story of survival follows Lucky Torres, a homeless mother masked in tattoos who longs to rise from a life of darkness in NYC. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Trova: Rubi: To Live Again
This is a concert by one of Merida’s favorite voices. In addition, this lady is one of the rare group of folks who form the very foundation of music in Yucatan in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Jorge Buenfil: Corazon de Guitarra
This performance is a tribute to Alfredo Zitarrosa.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Jose Carlos Rodriguez Arreola
This performance is called “La Tuba y sus Amigos” (The Tuba and Its Friends) and promises to be very enjoyable.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Wonder Women, the Untold Story of American Superheroines
(USA 2014) Lots of great reviews like this one: “Wonder Women! hits us right where it counts, offering a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in popular culture… Reveals the complicated negotiations girls and women face as we attempt to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a society often at odds with those goals. — Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin”
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 02, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Tão longe é aqui
(Brazil 2013) Memories kept from a long trip are the inspiration for a letter to be sent to the future. Alone, away from home and about to complete 30 years-old, a Brazilian woman goes on a journey to Africa. On the letter to her daughter, she describes how she met women who live in perfect harmony with their cultures and times. ‘Here Is So Far’ is a journal, a road movie and an invitation to all people who trace their own path. In Portuguese, with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Russell Montanez Coronado
This performance is of the music of the great masters of Yucateco music and features the Cuarteto Gustavo Rio and Hoctun Centro Cultural with Russell Montanez Coronado as director.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Beatriz Cervera: Azucar (Sugar)
This performance is a tribute to the amazing Celia Cruz.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Buck Angel, a Man Like No Other
(USA 2013) Shot over six years, Mr. Angel chronicles the extraordinary life of transgender activist, educator and porn pioneer, Buck Angel. Buck has survived addiction, homelessness, suicide and relentless opposition to his gender expression. Still, he lives his truth without compromise or apology. Read more here. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBA
We will let you know as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 03 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Various 2012) A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. In Indonesian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Abril Rivas: De Corazon
This performance will speak to the romance that is always in the air in Merida.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: La Gran Belleza
(Italy 2013)Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. In Italian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 04, 2014

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Capriccio
Opera by Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss. This is the last opera by Strauss as he asks: What is most important, words or music?
Location: Sala Mayamax, Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Time: 12:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Special Event This Week: October 4 & 5 (Saturday & Sunday): Evolucion’s Third Annual Garage Sale
Location: Calle 74 # 518-A x 65 y 67
Please donate your gently used/new toys, clothing, shoes, tools, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, prints, books, plants, holiday decorations & furniture! All proceeds go to feeding the dogs at Evolucion.

Yucatan Living Movie: The White Diamond
(Germany 2004) Directed by Werner Herzog. The movie illustrates the history of aviation and depicts the struggles and triumphs of Graham Dorrington, an aeronautical engineer, who has designed and built a teardrop-shaped airship which he plans to fly over the forest canopies of Guyana.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Concepcion Garma
Great place to fall in love again. This performance is called “y… Mas del Amor” (and… more than love).
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Las Maya Internacional: Roads of Yesteryear
If there is a “must see” event this week, this is it. Never EVER miss a chance to see these ladies perform!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VII Nuestra Nacional de Bailes de Salon “Merida Baila”
(salon dancing). This performance features the Agrupacion Artistica Independiente Superacion.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: As If I am Not There
(Ireland 2010) The film is set in the Balkans and is shot in the Serbo-Croatian language. The film was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[1][2][3] but it did not make the final shortlist. In Croatian with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: TBA
We will let you know as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) October 05, 2014

Yucatan Living Special Event This Week: October 4 & 5 (Saturday & Sunday): Evolucion’s Third Annual Garage Sale
Location: Calle 74 # 518-A x 65 y 67
Please donate your gently used/new toys, clothing, shoes, tools, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, prints, books, plants, holiday decorations & furniture! All proceeds go to feeding the dogs at Evolucion.

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

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Duet Paleta-Blaszkowski: Dueto de Violin
This is a performance by Zbgniew Paleta Zieba and Pawell Blaszkowski. Zbigniew Paleta (born 1942) is a Polish violinist and composer for telenovelas and the Cinema of Mexico. He is the father of actresses Ludwikaand Dominika Paleta. They relocated to Mexico City in 1980. Blaszkowski, also born in Poland, is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan and of the UADY chamber orchestra.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 7:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gala Concert: Los Juglares / Tony Espinosa / Carlos Gil
The best of Yucatan’s trovadores defined Yucatan’s signature music for an entire generation.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingVII Nuestra Nacional de Bailes de Salon “Merida Baila”
(salon dancing). This performance features the Agrupacion Artistica Independiente Superacion.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: TBA
We will update this as soon as we know!
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) October 06, 2014

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Eduardo Rodriguez
Another evening of romantic music. This show is entitled “You, My Only Passion.”
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Maricarmen Perez: “With the Music in Your Hands”
There are very few people who have contributed both their talent and their organizational skills to the music scene in Yucatan. This lady is one of them. She has a beautiful show. Do try to see it
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingCoral Music: Carlos Tello, with Coro Voces sin Fronteras
Yucatan – With Songs of Yesterday, Today and Always.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

Yucatan Living Halloween Chili Cook Off, Cake Bake Off and Costume Party: October 31, 2014
This is a benefit for No Mas Perritos spay and neuter community program. There will be prizes for the best chili, best costume and best cake.
Location: At the Bull Pen in Chelem
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos for everyone

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

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

Yucatan LivingFourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan LivingLive, Love Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life. Presenters will include Barbara Harris, Astrea Geertsema, Elizabeth Arnott, Julie Chickadel-Cardena and Nancy Hokenson.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

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

By Khaki Scott

Weather: Rain, Rain and Rain

After the torrential rains of the weekend, it looks as if Yucatan might have at least a short break in the weather before the next group of disturbances arrives from the Atlantic. If you click here, you will get an animated view of the weather that comes from the Caribbean satellite. It includes the Gulf of Mexico, as well as a good deal of the Atlantic Ocean. This way, we can see what’s coming, as well as where it went when it passed us. If you have more, different, or better radar than Intellicast, please leave a link in the comments.

Winter Weather Predictions

Conagua (the National Commission on Water) has predicted that there will be approximately 55 nortes between the end of this month (September, 2014) and the beginning of May 2015. A norte happens when warm, tropical air (headed north) and icy cold air (headed south) meet in the Gulf of Mexico. What happens then is a few days of wind, rain, and cold in the Yucatan. The number of nortes seems to grow every year, right along with the incidence of respiratory illnesses such as the flu. Coming out of this active season of tropical storms, seven or eight nortes per month for the next seven months is not what we really wanted to hear. So, if you haven’t packed your bags for Yucatan yet, there’s still time to pick up a few pairs of sweat pants, a few pairs of warm socks, and thank your lucky stars that there will be no snow in Yucatan.

Mudslide in Campeche

As you drive north from Yucatan, the low hills quickly rise to the height of mountains and, when too much rain falls on mountains that are under pressure from deforestation, mudslides are bound to occur. This is happening now in Concordia, Campeche. Even as the SSP sends aid to the victims of the recent hurricane in Baja California, the need is growing in our neighbor to the north. For those of our Snowbirds and expats who will be driving through Campeche on your way in or out of Yucatan in the next month or so, please be sure to check road conditions before you go. You can check the meteorological bulletins for Campeche and see pretty much what is happening all along the eastern coast of Mexico.

Stalker on the Malecon in Progreso

An unidentified male grabbed a woman as she was doing her morning walk on the Malecon in Progreso. She was not injured, but his behavior could easily escalate and someone could be badly hurt or raped. There is extra attention being paid to the Malecon environment during the early morning hours, but those who walk or run there for exercise say they need better lighting as well. If you ever feel threatened, in any way, on the Malecon, please report it to local law enforcement. In the meantime, exercise normal safety precautions.

World Rabies Day Sunday, September 28

With the intent of stabilizing the population of homeless dogs and cats in Yucatan, the State Government is waging a campaign to not only give strays a vaccination against rabies, but also to spay or neuter them as well. This kind of statewide program has been a long time coming and Yucatan Living would like to congratulate the City of Merida and the State of Yucatan for all they do to help the animals.

Additions to Pet Animal Laws

Usually, it takes several decades for cultures to change even the smallest detail. But Yucatan has been on a fast track into the 21st century for 15 years. Look how far we’ve come!
Current Animal Abuse Laws:
● In effect since June 1, 2013.
● Penalty: 50 to 400 minimum wages, plus jail time
● Fines to increase according to severity and recidivism.
● Jail time: three months to one year in prison for aggression and cruelty to animals, especially domestic animals.
● These laws are part of the criminal code, not the civil code, so they are quite serious.
Municipal Code to be Ammended:
● Any dog seen running loose in the streets is to be reported and will immediately be picked up by the city.
● Owners will have up to six months to prove ownership and make arrangements to keep the dog from running loose.
This law is backed by the Municipal Advisory of Fauna Protection, as well as local animal welfare organizations. This will make Merida a city that can be described as completely devoted to animal welfare. If you ever see an animal being abused or neglected, read this article about Reporting Animal Abuse in Merida to find out what to do.

First Dog Park in Yucatan

If you were in Merida this past weekend and noticed a large group of people walking in the street with their dogs, you saw the second city-sponsored dog walk. This time, however, they were headed for a peek at the site of what will soon be their own, brand new, dog park, with 1,500 square meters of sidewalks, grass and trees that are dedicated to pet lovers and their furry friends, with all of the fencing necessary to keep everyone safe. The Paseo Verde will be separated into an area for small dogs and one for large dogs. There are going to be loads of events in this park for pets and their owners, so do go to see it and plan on becoming a regular visitor.

II World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress Meets in Progreso

Congratulations to Progreso for successfully hosting the 400 attendees of the II World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress. There was a time when only a few very large fishing operations controlled the entire industry; but no more. With advances in technology and a better world-wide understanding of human and employee rights, the rise of entrepreneurship in the fishing industry has been meteoric. The theme of this convention says it all: Options and Opportunities. The attendees enjoyed their meetings at Progreso’s Casa de la Cultura, then a little time to explore all the way to Chicxulub. What a wonderful tribute to Yucatan and to Progreso that the 50 member nations of this small-scale fishing association chose to come here for their world congress.

Congreso y Exposición Latinoamericana de Geologística

This just in: The first ever Latin American Geologistics Congress and Exposition will be held in Merida, at Siglo XXI, on March 18 and 19, 2015. This convention and exhibition will host 300 members and approximately 3,000 attendees. You know that Merida has made its mark as a convention center when the conventions have their own Facebook page, complete with videos that tell visitors all about the event. In this troubled world, there is something to be said for security and tranquility. “Build it and they will come” fits perfectly as a description of modern Merida as an internationally well known convention center.

Animaya’s New Water Park

On the first day it opened, the new free water park at Animaya was a bit overwhelmed, but soon recovered and is going strong. Currently, 350 animals, of 45 different species, live their lives in peace and tranquility, while humans view them from afar. In a few weeks, a second boat tour will begin that will take visitors to safely see the animals. In addition to its new water park, Animaya also boasts a state-of-the-art animal hospital that can house and/or quarantine up to 14 animals at a time. Everything at Animaya is designed for the enjoyment of children and families. If you have an opportunity to go and see the new water park, do invite children to go with you. This venue looks as if it is going to be great fun for everyone.

By Working Gringos

Good, Good Day!

Merida Realty (International Division) is exploding with new projects and resale opportunities in the Yucatan/Campeche area.

Operating out of the Merida office, you will;

*follow up on consumer requests for information

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*take customers to various market areas to see the product…Mexico!

*work with International Manager to close sales, deposits etc.
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By Robert Kimsey

Planning your garden is always a good idea, but it is especially important especially in the Yucatan. In areas where there is ample space for a garden, just turning over the soil and digging a row, throwing in some seeds and fertilizer is a common way of gardening. But with all the knowledge and resources now available, garden can involve a lot more and but also can produce a lot more.

Poor Soil? You Are Not Alone

In the Yucatan, it helps to know that most of the area around Merida and much of the rest of the Yucatan has about four inches of poor soil. Beneath that is limestone… not an idea environment for growing vegetables. In fact, there are not many food plants that grow well under these conditions, so building a raised garden is almost a must in this environment.

The garden containers should be raised, and then filled with a mixture of compost, manure and vermiculite. You could also mix in some good soil which comes in plastic bags from Vigero or from one of the other name-brand soil producers. NEVER buy soil from the guys with the burros selling dirt from their carts door to door. It has almost no nutrients and is usually contaminated. If you are going to spend your time and money creating and nurturing a garden, you might as well start with a good growing medium. Building your growing medium can be costly, and it takes time too… but it pays off with more abundant harvests.

Planters at waist height are easy to work with in Merida Yucatan

Up On The Roof

Since we did not have space in our yard, we put our garden on the roof. Rooftop gardening has the advantage of using previously-unused space, while helping to insulate your roof and has become very popular all over the world. Container gardening is a good choice in general, as you only have to spend money for the growing medium in the place where you are going to plant. If you raise your container to the height of a table, you eliminate the bending and squatting normally associated with planting, tending and harvesting your garden. Another important advantage of raised containers is that you get the plants up and away from many of the insects that prefer to hide in the damp and shady areas of your garden. Container gardening also conserves water, which may not be an issue in the Yucatan, but should always be considered. In containers, you are only using water where the plants are and not in walkways and other unplanted areas. Well water is preferred over city water in Merida, by the way. City water has many chemicals added to it to make it drinkable, but these are not always ideal for your plants.

Location Is Key

Select your garden location so your plants will get a minimum of six hours of sun per day, keeping in mind that the attitude of the sun changes over time. (The unobstructed exposure to sunshine is one of the advantages of planting on the rooftop). The same area for sun in the summer may not be the same in the winter. A location that is easily accessible makes the garden more enjoyable for you, the gardener. If you are located near the ocean, it is best to select a spot that is shielded by a building or other object that keeps the winds from bringing the salt mist ashore and damaging your plants. We do not know of any salt tolerant vegetable plants, so this is really an important consideration. And most plants do not like constant wind of any kind, so be sure to plant somewhere on the roof that does not encounter constant wind.

What To Plant?

When planning your garden we suggest that you make a list of the vegetables you would most like to eat and grow. Review this list and select the ones that grow best in a tropical climate. If you are planting for the summer, you will want things like melons, beans, okra, corn, eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, peppers and tomatoes. For the fall and winter you can add squash, broccoli and about any other vegetable you want. Most of the oriental vegetables, like bok choy, do very well in the tropical summers. Also, keep in mind that it is never a good idea to plant the same plant in the same space year after year. If you planted tomatoes in this container or space last year, this year you should plant corn or peppers in that same space. You may also want to consider whether a crop grows vertically or along the ground. Melons grow along the ground and are perfect to plant next to corn, which grows straight up. And also, consider when plants are harvested. If plants are harvested at two different times of the year, perhaps they can be grown in the same space.

It All Begins With A Seed

I like to study the seed catalogs. The selections are good and the descriptions tell you information on so much, including how long from planting to harvest, the height and size of the plants, the flavor of the fruit or vegetable, etc. In our experience, we get a better selection of heat-tolerant plants from seed companies in the South of the United States, where they have similar weather in the summer. Pictured to the right are Chinese long beans which taste delicious and tender, and grow very well in the hot tropical climate of Yucatan. We use mostly the catalog from The Otis Twilley Seed Company in South Carolina and Tomato Growers in Fort Myers, Florida. There are many good, informative seed catalogs; these are just two with whom we have had success. And our experience also shows that time spent selecting seeds is well spent. People are breeding seeds that produce heat-tolerant characteristics, various wilt, mold, and virus resistances and even resistant to nematodes (and yes, we do have nematodes here in the Yucatan). In this climate, we need all the help we can get to resist so many things that want to attack our plants and reduce our yields.

We suggest that you plant your seeds in sterilized soil expressly made for seedlings, and use one of the types of planters pictured here. Each section gets one to two seeds, and the seedlings therefore grow up separately. To water just set your seed flat into a container with 2” of water large enough for the seed flat to sit in. The flats are pictured here and purchased from Jesus Angulo Aldana at Agrocampo, Calle 54- A #501 – J por 65 y 67 in Merida centro (tel 999 923 3333 ext 105.) Water by seating the seed tray in the water bath for a couple of minutes, then removing it and setting it aside in the shade or filtered sun. This will moisten the soil but not damage the tender seedlings as they come up. Watering from the top often disturbs tiny plants and seeds, but this avoids that problem.

Once your seedlings are about 3” or more tall, you can put just where you want them in your garden. This makes for nice even rows with no skips. When possible, transplant the seedlings to their garden spot just before a rain and or after the sun has set. Shade them and keep them well watered for a couple of days to give them their best chance to survive. We find that many vegetables such as tomatoes, melons, peppers, broccoli, and cucumbers do better planted in seed flats and then transplanted carefully to just exactly where we want them.

Words of Caution

Sometimes, you can find starter plants for sale. These can be great, as they get you started in a fast and easy way. There again, care should be taken to know what you are buying and how and where it was grown. Many of the flower seedlings in Mexico are grown in the Cuernavaca area and when they get to the Yucatan they can only stand a few days of the heat before they just wither up and die. Always make sure the plants you are buying were grown in a similar climate area so they do not go into shock. Also, it helps if they were produced in sterilized soil or you may get plants that contaminate your garden.

Especially for container and raised container gardening, pay attention to size and height of plants when you are choosing seeds. Determinate tomatoes for example grow to only four feet tall, but indeterminate tomatoes just keep growing…well, indeterminately. The space plants take is important, especially when space is limited. The book “Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew is an excellent reference book as is ”Minifarming” by Markham. We think that the Merida English Library may have both these books, but certainly they are available through Amazon. Google has an enormous amount of information on all aspects of gardening and it is so easy! We have not had a single question that Google did not have the answer to.

Gardens Help Build a Community

When buying seeds keep in mind your planting plan and how many seeds you will need. For example there may be 25 seeds in an eggplant packet but you may want to plant only four. Buy small packets because seeds lose their ability to germinate over time, and are difficult to keep. Here in the Yucatan it is necessary to store seeds in an air tight container in the refrigerator if you want them to remain viable.

If you end up with more seeds than you need, share or exchange seeds with a fellow gardener! Get to know others who are gardening here in Merida and the Yucatan and exchange information and ideas. And when harvest comes, exchange fruit and vegetables too! Exchanging seeds, harvests and ideas with other gardeners is one of the joys and rewards of gardening.

If you have any gardening questions, please use the comment section below to send them and we will answer them here or in our next articles.

By Khaki Scott

New Category of Foreign Adoptions by U.S. Citizens

Sometimes, children are not adopted because of their age (over the age of three) or have any medical condition (any age). This new category seems to be a pseudo-adoption, in that it will be a formal guardianship that will remain under the supervision of the state. Otherwise, all of the normal processes associated with adoption, including financial and home studies, will be followed. There are no numbers given as to how many children will be available under this guardianship program, but there are currently 70 disabled children living at the Center for Comprehensive Care for the Child in Distress in Yucatan. This program is available only to U.S. citizens and opens the door to finding a family for children who, until now, had little hope of doing anything more than aging out of the system.

Research Collaboration Funded with Texas A&M

The State of Yucatan and Texas A&M University have signed and funded a collaborative relationship to develop engineering, research, and technology projects together. The State of Yucatan and Texas A&M are each contributing half of the initial $200,000 USD in funding for the initiative. Projects include emerging technologies to deal with beach erosion, early warning systems for forest fires, dealing with local disasters such as hurricanes, and better management of water and other natural resources. The Governor of Yucatan traveled to the Texas A&M campus in College Station to sign the papers and it looks as if the Aggies will be in Merida soon. Since we have a rather large number of Texas expats in this area, they can look for a warm welcome.

Fifth Convention of Traditional Medicine Practitioners in Maxcanu

This annual conference is sponsored by the Institute for the Development of the Mayan Culture (Indemaya). This year, it was attended by 65 Maya midwives. One thing that impressed us about what came out of this convention is that the conference has decided to be sure to let the public know who these ladies are and where they are. For the most part, they live in Maxcanu, Abala, Tetiz, Halacho, Kopoma, Samahil, Chochola, Kinchil, and Celestun. If you live or vacation near any one of those municipalities, do keep an eye out for them. The other issue they addressed was the importance of protecting the Mayan language. With that combination of language security and traditional medicine knowledge, it should not be difficult for the culture of the Maya to survive well into the future.

Alcoholics Anonymous Regional Conference

More than 1,400 members of AA are currently attending a three day regional convention in Merida. One of their biggest concerns is the rise in alcoholism rates among women. Yucatan Living would like to remind expats and potential expats that there are local AA meetings in Merida (at the Merida English Library) and in Progreso every week. If you would like to attend a meeting, please check Yucatan Living’s Ongoing Events page for times and locations.

DNA Yucatan: Genetic Profile Research

There is a new project underway whose purpose it is to discover what the ethnicity of an average Yucateco really is. Individuals often identify themselves as Yucatecos, then add that they are Mayan, or Korean, or Lebanese. The list goes on to include French, German, Spanish and more. Yes but… what nationalities does the DNA of the average Yucateco include? This project is beginning with a little blood sample of 200 people born in Yucatan (one per family please). We are fairly certain the research will continue to a larger sample but, for now, 200 individuals – each from a different family – should give researchers an idea of the genetic makeup of the average Yucateco. We suspect he or she will be, to their surprise, a mixture of quite a few of the more common immigrant groups. If you know someone who would like to participate in this project, tell them that donors can go, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, to the facilities of Labratorio Genetica, located in the FGE complex on the Periferico Poniente.

Merida Set to Grow Up

The new Condominium Property Act has been sent to the State Congress for approval. It seems that the city can count on more tax money coming in from a condo building than it can from a single dwelling house with a big yard in Merida. This will mean stricter construction laws, and a whole host of other issues. Whether it is good for the future of the city – long-term – or not will remain to be seen. If you have an opinion on this issue, we would like to hear it. Please leave us a comment at the bottom of the page.

The Rise and Fall of Lemons

Six months ago, the price of yellow lemons was $60 pesos per kilogram (2.2 pounds). Today, the price has fallen to two pesos per kilogram. Since farmers have to irrigate lemons six hours a day, keep them free of pests and diseases, pick them, and transport them to market, two pesos per kilo is not nearly enough to pay for growing them. Green Persian limones are selling, at the point of origin, for $15 pesos for a 20 kg. box. This price is also not sustainable and is especially disheartening when the farmers are aware of the markups in the cities. According to the citrus producers’ association, there is now a serious overproduction situation in southern Yucatan. This comes on the heels of $38 million pesos that have just gone into bringing technology to farmers so they can improve the volume of their crops. Farmers are asking that housewives include more fruit on their family table to ensure a better price for upcoming orange and other fruit crops.

Great News in Aquaculture Research in Progreso

For many years, the need for food has had producers and environmentalists at odds with each other, no area more so than in the field of aquaculture. Any group of animals will develop diseases when confined in large numbers for their entire lives. This has been the problem with farming shrimp in the sea. The shrimp develop diseases that not only affect their lives, but the quality of the sea around them. This leads to damage to the lives of both animals and humans, and then to negative pressure on the aquaculture industry itself. Those days could soon be over. Research has been ongoing in the scientific community at Progreso that has identified the genes that trigger an immune-response in shrimp. The scientists intend to continue their research, but will soon put their findings in a public database so that researchers around the world can obtain information about how to keep shrimp healthy in aquaculture environments. This is wonderful news for the researchers, the shrimp, the environment, and for the human beings who will soon not have to worry about how and where the shrimp they purchase were grown.

Sympathy, Prayers and Condolences

Yucatan Living would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy, prayers and condolences to the families of Pedro Melchor Herrera Cirerol and Jose Carlos May Reyes. Both young men lived in Progreso. Jose, age 27, was killed by lightning while playing soccer in the rain. The game had already been called “due to rain” and the players were leaving the field when lightning struck. Benjamin Graniel Chalet, age 36, was also injured in this incident. In another tragedy, Pedro, age 21, at this writing, is in intensive care after being struck by an SUV while riding his bike. The driver left the scene and has not yet been found. Pedro is an upper level student in electro-mechanics at the Instituto Tecnológico Superior Progreso (ITSP). While controversy surrounds the incident and its aftermath, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both Jose Carlos May Reyes and Pedro Melchor Herrera Cirerol.

Cattle Stock Continues to Improve: Annual Livestock Sale

Every year, there is a cattle sale, in Tizimin, that is subsidized by the state government. This is to enable small ranchers to purchase better quality animals with which to improve their herds. This year, the goal was to see 30 new animals (Simbrah, Nelore, Beef Master, Braunvieh, and Red Brangus) sold to ranchers across the state. The genes of these fine animals can now be found in San Felipe, Merida, Dzilam Gonzalez, Valladolid, Kinchi, Panaba, Chemax and Temozon. Yucatan’s beef producers have taken on a new sense of pride over their herds in the past few years and the quality of beef they produce has improved dramatically.

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting September 22, 2014

Festivals in Merida This Fall
Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates…
· Fall Arts Festival 2014 September 20 – October 12
This year, there will be over 1,400 artists (music, dance, theater, etc.) participating in 95 events. This festival includes a performance of Coppelia by the National Ballet of Cuba, and the legendary Sergio Esquivel performed on opening night.
· International Festival of Mayan Culture 2014 October 17 – 26
This festival will begin with a great performance of “Giselle,” by the National INBA Dance Company. It will be a gala night in the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. There will be a different event each night, featuring stars from a different country.
· Hanal Pixan or Day of the Dead: October 31- November 02
· X’matkuil State Fair: November 8 – December 1 These events take place at the X’matkuil fairgrounds. Admission is only $15 pesos and parking is $30 pesos. In addition to theater events, there are so many performance shows that it makes this fair the largest center for nightlife in southeast Mexico.
· National Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe: December 12
This is one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Mexico. You can see some of the activities in Merida in Yucatan Living’s Virgin of Guadalupe Video.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
The last two weeks of December and the first five days of January are relatively quiet in Yucatan, but the new year of almost non-stop festivals begins again on January 6 (Three Kings’ Day, aka Epiphany). So do keep watch on Yucatan Living’s Events pages to see what there is to do in Merida whenever you are here.

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Starting today, pet rabies vaccines will be provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals. If you don’t have animals, encourage your neighbors to bring theirs!
Location: Monday,Sept. 22: in the ejido park opposite the Benito Juarez high school, Calle 22 x 14. See “Coming Soon” (below) for the full schedule and locations of these free rabies clinics.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, beginning Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Chamber Orchestra of Merida: Night Dream
This performance is in honor of 100 years of Yucatecan music and part of a project to preserve the musical heritage of Yucatan. Artistic Director: Maestro Russel Montanez
Location: Museo de la Danza (Calle 84 behind Parque del Centenario)
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Los Golden Years in ConcertYucatan Living Rock and Roll with Los Golden Years
Los Golden Years is everybody’s favorite group. Do try to see this performance!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera: Illusiones Troveras
Yet another must-see trova duet that is loved by everyone in Yucatan! This will be a wonderful performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tonight and Tomorrow Night: National Ballet of Cuba: Coppelia
This is going to be a wonderful event. The National Ballet of Cuba is recognized all over the world for its timeless excellence! Directed by the incomparable global ballet star, Alicia Alonso.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 23, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Tuesday: Sept. 23: Calle 29 x 42 and Calle 52 x 33
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living The Ruz Brothers
This is a performance by a very well known popular music group.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Mexican Films in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movie: Sin Nombre (No Name)
(Mexico, United States 2009). Director: Fukunaga. Starring: Edgar Flores and Paulina Gaytan. This is the story of the relationship between a Honduran immigrant and a member of a gang in Chiapas as they follow the train tracks to the north. She is trying to get to the United States. He is running from his gang after the murder of one of its leaders. The director of this award winning film lived with immigrants and Central American gangs for two years before making the film.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Calle 20 x Av. Colon
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Classical Music in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: Gavin Gamboa: Moonlight
If you love classical piano, Merida is the place to be and this is the concert for you.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
This weekly event features a different trova trio every week. These fine musical artists are all members of the Association of Trovadors.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living National Ballet of Cuba: Coppelia
This is going to be a wonderful event. The National Ballet of Cuba is recognized all over the world for its timeless excellence!
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 24, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Wednesday: Sept. 24: at the Azueta park on the side of the CFE and in La Pasadita park on Calle 62 x 37
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Amazing Catfish
(Mexico 2013) Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in the hospital with a severe case of appendicitis.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

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

Yucatan Living Music: Silvia Kater
This popular music songstress sings that people never forget their first love.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Alina Vila: Armando la Bohemia
Merida has always had a soft spot in its heart for this genre and tonight’s show should be an audience pleaser.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Marilu Basulto in Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Music: Marilu Basulto
The name of this program is Interlaced. The voice is one of the best loved in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Camille Claudel 1915
(France 2013)Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 25, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Thursday: Sept. 25: Pedro Castillo park, Calle 74 x 37 and Las Madres park, Calle 31 x 72
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Mecanica Nacional (National Suicide)
(Mexico 1971). Director: Luis Alcoriza. Starring: manolo Fabregas, Lucha Villa, Hector Suarez, Sara Garcia, Pancho Cordova, Fabiola Falcon, Gloria Marin and Alma Muriel. Award: One of the best 100 movies in Mexican cinema. This film is a cinematic version of the character of the contemporary Mexican. Following a barely plotted story (characters whose lives intersect on the road heading to a race), the film is actually a mural in motion. Themes are the attitudes, behaviors, passions and emotions in modern Mexico.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Gerardo Alvarez Fonseca: Guitars of Autum
This performance is by one of Merida’s wonderful classical guitarists. For decades, Merida has been a worldwide meeting place for classical music of all kinds and especially for those who want to study classical guitar.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Fernando Leal: Trovaluz (TrovaLight)
Never miss a chance to see and hear Fernando Leal. Many of our younger folks are unaware that he is the songwriter behind many of the classics and hits that have come out of Yucatan in the past four decades.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Eduardo Vazquez: Boleros Yesterday and Today
This will be another lively performance and well worth attending.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Jazz Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Jazz: Xunaan Ensemble
This jazz ensemble is under the direction of Tanya Estrada. The performance is a tribute to Claude Bolling.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Faces of Mexican Cinema September 12 – October 12
These are movie posters from the collection of Enrique Vidal that will permanently reside in the Library of Yucatan.
Location: Galeria Callejon de Congreso at Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Looking at Art: Between Use and Customs
This is a collective exhibition featuring the work of Manuel Lizama, Jose Luis Couoh, Luis Coral, Manuel Ontiveros and Sergio Pech.
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Ballet of Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Classical Dance: Nuria Ojeda Araujo and Erika Arguelles
Plus the Ballet of the City of Merida. This performance is part of the Season of Cinthia Ricalde Professional Groups of Classical Dance.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Movie: Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis
(France 2008) Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a seaside town, on the French Riviera, at any cost. The trouble is that he is caught red-handed while trying to scam an inspector. Philippe is immediately banished to the distant unheard of town of Bergues, in the Far North of France.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) September 26 , 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Friday: Sept. 26: Morelos park and Juarez park;
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Two Documentaris by Werner Herzog
(Germany 1976/1980) How Much Bark Cuts a Beaver: A strange sales convention where they compete much faster world, around an issue of old German and Amish dialect
The Angry Man of God: Gene Scotch preacher religious program show preaches eight to ten hours a day
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Nesio (Magnesium)
(Mexico 2008). Director: Alan Coton. Starring: Jorge Adrian EspindolaTenoch Huerta, Cesar Jaime and Claudette Maille. This movie takes place on the night streets of Mexico City and gives movie goers a view of the river of people who live there. Magnesium is a kid in the process of hardening as he goes through life. He is a drug dealer, another character is a black widow prostitute.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Ana
Time: 7:30 PM Friday (also on Saturday)
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Tribute to Ramon Triay
This performance features the man himself. Ramon Triay is one of Yucatan’s treasures, so don’t miss this performance.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Mia Monforte: Sharing Tastes
This performance is billed as being popular music, but this lady is an opera quality soprano. Audiences love her. Pretty girl, pretty music.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Socorro Echeverría Dance School
This is a program based on the work of choreographer Maria Socorro Echeverria. Just to mention that Coppelia Students are High level performers lets us know that there will be worlds of energy on this stage.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark/ UK)A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. Indonesian and English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Michele Santorsola is the Guest director and this concert features Davide Fanchin on the horn. The music performed includes Overture to “Leonora” No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Horn No. 3, K.447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák. Two Italian musicians, Michele Santorsola, the guest director, who has directed more than 50 orchestras, and member of the OSY Davide Fanchin, delight us in this program including the famous Concerto for Horn No. 3 Mozart, as well as one of the four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio. Leonora No. 3. by Czech composer Dvorák, is from his Eighth Symphony that includes folk songs and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 27, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Act of Killing
(Denmark/ UK)A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. Indonesian and English.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Amor Libre Free Love
(Mexico 1979). Director: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Starring: Julissa Alma Muriel, and Manuel Ojeda, with Jorge Batzaretti, Jose Alonso and Ana Ofelia Murguia. Julis and July share a sincere friendship – an apartment and the men in their lives. Both are free “locos” and vow to never let jealousy become involved in their way of life. Most likely in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th century poem that describes Judgment Day, when the last trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Music: Yahal Kab: Trova Between Two Seas
Yahal Kab is the most popular of the young groups that have been rising to the top over the past few years. Do try to see them perform.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Milne Barrera and the Youth Ballet of Yucatan
All of Yucatan’s youth orchestras and dance companies are some of the best in the world. Please come out and support our wonderful young performers.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Anna
Time: 7:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
(UK 2013) Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: We Need to Talk About Kevin
(UK 2011) Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 28, 2014

Yucatan Living Documentary: Life Between the Water and the Mud
This documentary is about the little known life forms that exist at the intersection of the sea and the beach. Witness the daily struggle for survival of the extraordinary inhabitants of the marshes.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Orquesta Sinfonica de YucatanYucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Michele Santorsola is the Guest director and this concert features Davide Fanchin on the horn. The music performed includes Overture to “Leonora” No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Concerto for Horn No. 3, K.447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 8, Op. 88 by Antonín Dvorák. Two Italian musicians, Michele Santorsola, the guest director, who has directed more than 50 orchestras, and member of the OSY Davide Fanchin, delight us in this program including the famous Concerto for Horn No. 3 Mozart, as well as one of the four overtures that Beethoven composed for his only opera, Fidelio. Leonora No. 3. by Czech composer Dvorák, is from his Eighth Symphony that includes folk songs and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Trova: Dueto Zazil Kay
If you are in the city during the day on Sunday, you will have the opportunity to hear Jose Luis and Jorge Luis Moguel perform. This duet is also one of the most popular to come out of the younger groups of trovadores .
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Classical Sundays: The Choir of the City of Merida
This performance is under the direction of Nidia Gongora Cervera. This is a wonderful, multi-talented choir, so do come and hear them.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Jazz: James Meador: Tribute to Michael Buble
Low brass and jazz are the two things that come to mind when James Meador’s name is mentioned. A long-time member of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan, James is now firmly attached to Merida – and aren’t we lucky! Do try to make this performance. You’ll be so glad you did.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingDance: Dies irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Felipe de la Cruz: Forty and Singing
Yes, and we will be happy to wager that he will be singing for another fifty years or so. Everybody loves Felipe de la Cruz. He does a lot of traveling, so we are lucky to have him in Merida. Do try to make this performance.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingDance: Ruby Montejo
Plus the Chamber Ballet of Bellas Artes (Fine Arts). Rugy Montejo is a former member of the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatan. This performance is part of the Season of Cinthia Ricalde Professional Groups of Classical Dance.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

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

 

Monday (Lunes) September 29, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations: Monday, Sept. 29: at the Cienega 2000 Store, Calle 88 x 39, and in the Vicente Guerrero par
Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Bartolome Loria Canto
This performance is called “Throughout a career, a lifetime.” Don Bartolome Loria Canto is the director of the Orchestra of the Ministry of Security in Yucatan.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz: Tom Kuban’s Soul Train
This group has always been a favorite with everyone!
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Cony Ancona
Tonight, see Cony Afrolatina with Fania All Stars, Ruben Blades, Will Colon and more. Cony Ancona has never given a performance that was less than stellar, so do try to see this one.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations:Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

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

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

Yucatan LivingFourth National and International Jose Jacinto Cuevas Piano Competition: November 21-29
Competition is tough here, but the best of the best come to Merida and they are all winners in our book! You can find out more at their website here.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto
Time: Opening Ceremony: Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 8:00 PM.
First stage of competition: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00 AM. Additional competitions will be announced throughout the week, with the awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. No times have been announced, as yet, for any of the events except the opening ceremony and first stage of competition.
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan LivingLive, Love Laugh
A full day of fun, interactive presentations, demonstrations and workshops by several holistic health practitioners. The universe is energy. You live in and use energy in everything you do from your thoughts, your movements and in your emotional and spiritual life. Our goal is to help you use this energy to get the best out of your life.
Date: November 23
Location: Flow Holistic Center, Calle 79 #191 A, Montes de Ame, Merida
Tickets : $350 pesos. You can purchase your tickets at Flow Center or contact Barb Harris 999 193 4669 or email Barbarajoanharris [at] gmail [dot] com or from one of the facilitators.

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

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

By Working Gringos

Restaurante La Casa Azul is the brain child of Deysi Diaz , Shirley López, Suleimy Rios, Abril Rodríguez and Estaban Romero (pictured to the right). They are five students out of a class of eighteen who are studying hospitality at the Swiss-based Glion Institute of Higher Education located on the campus of Universidad del Valle de Mexico. Each year for the last six years, the program has held a contest for restaurant ideas. The group of students with the winning idea has the privilege and added experience of seeing their idea brought to life. This year, that idea will come alive as Restaurante La Casa Azul.

Hospitality Training in Merida

The Hospitality course at U.V.M. is a nine semester B.A. degree program. For the last four years, Chef Gregory Fryer has taught the Food and Beverage portion of the Hospitality program. In the first semester of this program, students learn culinary skills, safe food practices, menu creation, costing, budgeting, marketing and human resources. At same time they are also studying English and French. By the end of the first semester, the students present restaurant proposals and the winning concept is implemented in second semester when the students get the opportunity to operate a restaurant of their creation. La Casa Azul, a tribute to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, is the restaurant concept that will be produced beginning October 2014.

During the operation of the restaurant, the students learn the tools needed for cost controls, managing inventories, ordering and receiving, communication, staff motivation, marketing and great customer service. They also learn how to create Profit and Loss Statements and then analyze the data. Once the restaurant closes, the students must use what they learned for new strategy development in future classes.

Though there are many tourism degrees and cooking classes taught in Merida, this is the only program of its kind that teaches real world restaurant management skills. It is part of the Food and Beverage Program, a Glion program whose schools operate throughout Europe and Latin America. In fact, the Glion program is rated as one of the top three Hospitality programs in the world. In addition to the Food & Beverage classes, the students also have professors in Marketing, Human Resources, Culinary Skills, Room Division for Hotels, Accounting and English. In the photo to the right, Chef Denise Ordonez, executive chef at U.V.M., is seated in the middle.


On The Job Training

This fall, at La Casa Azul, the menu is internationally themed, influenced by Mexican flavors and products. The dining room is small, with only 40 seats, but it is the perfect size for the students to manage. The service is casual but professional, and the restaurant will be fully operated by the students. Though only one concept can win the competition, once the winner is chosen, all the students in that class work on the winning project.

Each student spends time in the kitchen, as a server, a bartender, a host, the manager, as well as a prep cook and a dishwasher. All the students rotate positions over the course of the four weeks that the restaurant is open. Chef Gregory Fryer, the Food and Beverage teacher at U.V.M., helps guide the students through their operation but lets the students learn from their challenges. “I do not do it for them; they need to learn for themselves. Some of the best learning comes from making mistakes. I encourage them to learn, and then move on to the next challenge.”

Casa Azul restaurant in Merida Yucatan

Open to the Public

The restaurant will be open to the public, and reservations are not required. There will be both breakfast and lunch items, some of which are pictured here. The menus are limited but varied. Each semester the concept and menu is a little different, depending on what the students come up with. Prices are reasonable since most of the customers are other students on campus.

Want to try something new? Have a little adventure and support these students? La Casa Azul will open October 13, 2014 and run until November 7, 2014. The restaurant will be open Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM. If you want to stay informed about this restaurant adventure, you can follow it at this Facebook page for La Casa Azul.

The University del Valle de Mexico is also the host campus to the Kendall College Program, a Chicago-based culinary arts school. Those students will also be operating bistros and restaurants in the coming semesters, so there are more good things to look forward to in the future from both the Glion and Kendall programs at the U.V.M. campus in Merida. And stay tuned to Yucatan Living, because we will let you know about them here!

By Working Gringos

Looking for a sales person to help me expand a video production business, focus on corporate, promotion and event based video production.
This is a commission based opportunity with the flexibility to work your own hours.
A knowledge of the video industry is not necessary.

Please feel free to contact me for more information. Maria Lagarde

Email: ambarproducciones [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] mx

By Working Gringos

Live in Downtown Merida Worry Free!

Terrace at condo for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexico
Located in the heart of the historic centro in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, the Arabesque Apartments bring a new standard to apartment living in Yucatan. These individually decorated one- and two-bedroom apartments are fully furnished with everything you need to live a relaxed, quiet and luxurious lifestyle in Merida.

The apartments have air conditioners and ceiling fans in every room, modern appliances, spacious living quarters full of light and color, and they all share a luscious tropical garden and a Living worry free in a downtown Merida apartment, Merida Yucatanfiltered swimming pool. All this is hidden behind a handsome facade with a secure gate. The building has onsite cleaning, gardening and handyman help for the residents, as well as laundry service. These affordable apartments were built with luxury and convenience in mind, and nothing has been forgotten!

European Styling and Modern Amenities

Although these magnificent apartments are surprisingly affordable, no detail has been overlooked. Each apartment comes complete with gourmet kitchens with refrigerators, granite countertops and dishwashers, potable water faucet at the sink, air conditioning in every room, ample closets and storage, crystal chandeliers, and the beautiful mosaic pasta tile floors for which Merida is famous.

There is a handyman/gardener on the premises daily and weekly maid service is available.

The original structure that this apartment building now occupies was built as a private home in Merida centro circa 1915. It was constructed in the then very chic and popular Art Deco Style, and has been renovated to retain that beauty on the outside, while having a totally updated interior.
Modern Kitchen in Merida condominium for sale, Merida Yucatan
The building was redesigned and remodeled into six boutique apartments, four two-bedrooms apartments and two one-bedroom apartments.

Every apartment is unique, and each has been carefully planned to give exquisite views of the beautifully landscaped tropical garden. This refreshing garden courtyard, complete with it’s 10 meter swimmable pool, has been carefully planned for the enjoyment of the residents and their guests. If you plan to keep a car in Merida, there is a Bedroom in condo for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexicocovered parking lot across the street where parking can be paid for on a monthly basis, or of course you can also park on the street. But you don’t need a car to live here!

Read more and see more photos at www.apartmentsmerida.com

The Perfect Location

To live in the historic centro of Merida in one of these beautiful apartments is to have the best of all worlds. When you are home, you are in your own safe, secure and luxurious apartment, with a beautiful well-kept tropical garden just outside. When you want to go out and see what Merida has to offer, the best of Merida is right around the corner, within easy walking distance. And Merida’s comprehensive bus service is also right at your doorstep.

The Merida English Library, a center for English-speaking expatriates in Merida, is just a block from your front door. Just a more blocks away is Santiago Park, a center of the neighborhood, with shaded benches, a fountain, a playground, a local mercado with flowers, fruit and vegetables and friendly neighbors. The park is surrounded by cocinas economicas, a pharmacy, a movie theatre, Bathroom in real estate for sale in Merida Yucatan Mexicoa grocery store, art galleries and more. Everything you need in one place!

Go a little further in the opposite direction and you’ll find yourself at Santa Ana Park, with its mercado, art galleries, museums, restaurants and shopping. And in the third direction, just five blocks away, is the Plaza Grande, the very heart of Merida.

Apartments For Sale in Merida

Prices start at $165,000 USD.

If interested in purchasing, please contact Robert Kimsey at roberto [at] rkimsey [dot] com call (in the USA or Canada) 1-781-304-4726 or (in Mexico) +52-999-923-0652. Call our Mexican cel phone at +52 01 999 127 2558.

Rent Before You Buy!

Maybe you would like to rent one of these beautiful apartments before you buy? These apartments have a steady rental income! To rent one of them, contact Cecilia at ctceci [at] gmail [dot] com or +52-999-174-3996.

Read more and see more photos at www.apartmentsmerida.com

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 15, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 15, 2014

Independence Day Celebrations in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Grito de Independencia: Mexican Independence Day
On the night of September 15, Mexicans around the world will gather to proclaim “Viva Mexico!” at midnight, and then to celebrate Mexican Independence on September 16. If you are in Merida, this is a must attend event. There will be similar celebrations in towns and villages throughout the state and, actually, around the world.
Location: Palacio de Gobierno in every town in Mexico. In Merida, on the Plaza Grande, with an outdoor musical concert before, starting at 9 PM.
Time: 10:00 PM Monday
Admission:Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 16, 2014

Independence Day Parade  in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Mexican Independence Day Parade
Location: In every town in Mexico. in Merida from Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan Park.
Time: 7:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Independence Day
This is a national holiday and most businesses will be closed.

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 17, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Le Havre
(France/Philippines 2011) Marcel Marx is a writer who lives in Le Havre. His life changes when he meets a young black boy. Critics say, “A little marvel of intelligence and eccentric humor.” In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Music: Chamber Orchestra of Merida: Night Dream
This performance is in honor of 100 years of Yucatecan music and part of a project to preserve the musical heritage of Yucatan. Artistic Director: Maestro Russel Montanez
Location:UMSA Reforma, Calle 72 x 47, centro
Time: 6:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Dali Documentary in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movies: Two Documentaries about Salvador Dali
First: Dali, Master of Dreams. (Spain 2004). Biography by Manuel Palacios. This is a passionate and personal documentary piece on this key figure in modern art.
Second: Dimension Dali. (Spain 2004). Documentary by Joan Ubeda, Susi Marques and Eli Pons. Salvador Dali was science obsessed and throughout his life, kept himself informed about the most important discoveries of his time and cultivated the friendship of prestigious researchers. Both films are probably in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Upstream Color
(USA 2013) Kris is kidnapped by a mysterious person who inoculates something in her body. When she is released she realizes that something has changed in her. Kris meets a former stockbroker named Jeff whose behavior indicates that he was also experimented with. Both characters come together in a relentless pursuit to find out what is happening and why. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 18, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Upsetter
(USA 2008) The definitive life story about Jamaican musical legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Robinson Crusoe
(Mexico 1952) Director: Luis Bunuel. Starring Dan O’Herlihy and Jaime Fernandez. This is a wonderful representation, from the 1950s, of this classic tale.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
(UK 2013) Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) September 19 , 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Pussy Riot
(UK 2013) Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial in a case that has gripped the nation and the world beyond, three young artists or the society they live in?
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Regional Performing Arts: Sacbe Circuit: Steps on the Roof
This is a performance by the Inmarginales Company from D.F.. We don’t know much more than that, but it is probably impressive!
Location: Tapanco Centro Cultural, Calle 68 entre 47, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: Bad Habits
(Mexico 2007). Director: Simon Bross. Starring Elena de Haro, Ximena Ayala, Denys Flores, Marco Trevino, Marta Aura and Hector Ortega. Matilde, who has left medicine to become a novice at a monastery, engages in a secret fast, intended to stop a flood at the same time that her chubby cousin is preparing for her first communion. The mother of the cousin is ashamed of her daughter’s weight and makes it almost impossible for her to lose weight. Meanwhile, the Pope discovers his own love of good food.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Theater and Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Dance: Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th century poem that describes Judgment Day, when the last trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Music: Lanugo in Concert
Yucatecan Rock Band in Concert.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Blade Runner
(USA 1982) A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 20, 2014

Yucatan Living Bird Observation Workshop
Come learn how to watch the birds. Learn bird ecology, taxonomy, plumage, silhouettes, techniques of observation and much more. Taught by master Ernesto Gomez Uc. Find out more at their website, festivalavesyucatan.com.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Wheel of Time
(Germany 2003) Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog’s photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Regional Performing Arts: Sacbe Circuit: Steps on the Roof
This is a performance by the Inmarginales Company from D.F.
Location: Tapanco Centro Cultural, Calle 68 entre 47, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: The Last Heroes of the Peninsula
(Mexico 2004). Director: Jose Manuel Craviotto. Starring: Jesus Colain Rivero, Miguel Canto, Guty Espadas, Juan Herrera, Freddie Castillo and Guadalupe Madera. This is the first documentary produced entirely by UNAM through the program of Operas Primas del Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos (CUEC). Directed by Jose Manuel Cravioto, this documentary tells the glorious story of boxing in Yucatan between 1970 and 1980. Five world champions came together in Yucatan during that time. Their former coach, Jesus Cholain Rivero, narrates the documentary, which includes the voices of other sports professionals. Most likely in Spanish.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
This performance is based on a 13th century poem that describes Judgment Day, when the last trumpet will blow and all souls are called before God. On this day, they will go to Heaven or Hell. The performance is by the Caballo Azul Dance Company.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Saturday
Admission: $80 pesos

Fall Festival in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Fall Festival of the Arts: Inauguration Concert
This is the absolute “Must See” event of the week. Performances by the wonderful Orquesta Tipica Yucalpeten, Imelda Miller, Maria Medina, and legendary Sergio Esquivel. This kicks off the Fall Festival of the Arts in Merida.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Popular Music: Bogard Kaim: With Love to Yoko
This is a new name to us, so it will be interesting to see what this group is all about.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Movie: Ernest & Célestine
(France 2012) The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine. In French with Spanish Subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 21, 2014

Yucatan Living Challenging the Ends
The Earth is the only planet with light, water and food in abundance, but it is also a planet of extremes. Some species of animals have developed strategies to survive in these places of extremes.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: God the Omnipotent Father
This is going to be an exceptional musical performance by Victor Urban, with Cuarteto de Cuerdas, and all under the direction of Jose Luis Chan Sabido.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

International String QuartetYucatan Living Chamber Music Sundays: International String Quartet of Yucatan
This is a wonderful orchestra and Merida is blessed to call them her own.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Regional Performing Arts: Sacbe Circuit: Steps on the Roof
This is a performance by the Inmarginales Company from D.F.
Location: Tapanco Centro Cultural, Calle 68 entre 47, Centro
Time: 6:30 PM Friday
Admission: General: $70 pesos, Students and INAPAM: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Concert: Lenny Sanchez: Noche de Boleros
This lady is truly one of Merida’s treasures. Try not to miss any of her performances.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Merida Big Band ConcertYucatan Living Pranier Pucheux Rodriguez: Jazz with Feeling
This performance includes the long-time favorite Merida Big Band.
Location: Teatro Fantasio, Inside Parque Hidalgo on Calle 60 x 59
Time: 8:30 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Searching for SugarMan
(UK 2012) Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez. Award winning documentary. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 22, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Starting today, pet rabies vaccines provided by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals. If you don’t have animals, encourage your neighbors to bring theirs!
Location: Monday,Sept. 22: in the ejido park opposite the Benito Juarez high school, Calle 22 x 14. See “Coming Soon” (below) for the full schedule and locations of these free rabies clinics.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, beginning Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Chamber Orchestra of Merida: Night Dream
This performance is in honor of 100 years of Yucatecan music and part of a project to preserve the musical heritage of Yucatan. Artistic Director: Maestro Russel Montanez
Location: Museo de la Danza (Calle 84 behind Parque del Centenario)
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Los Golden Years in ConcertYucatan Living Rock and Roll with Los Golden Years
Los Golden Years is everybody’s favorite group. Do try to see this performance!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Rudy Vallado and Veronica Cabrera: Illusiones Troveras
Yet another must-see trova duet that is loved by everyone in Yucatan! This will be a wonderful performance.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tonight and Tomorrow Night: National Ballet of Cuba: Coppelia
This is going to be a wonderful event. The National Ballet of Cuba is recognized all over the world for its timeless excellence! Directed by the incomparable global ballet star, Alicia Alonso.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Progreso: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
Provided y the Directorate for Civil Protection and Ecology of the City of Progreso, in coordination with the Health Center (Centro de Salud). There will be enough vaccine to take care of 3,000 animals.
Locations:
Monday, Sept. 22: in the ejido park opposite the Benito Juarez high school, Calle22 x 14; Tuesday: Sept. 23: Calle 29 x 42 and Calle 52 x 33;
Wednesday, Sept. 24: at the Azueta park on the side of the CFE and in La Pasadita park on Calle 62 x 37
Thursday, Sept. 25: Pedro Castillo park, Calle 74 x 37 and Las Madres park, Calle 31 x 72
Friday, Sept. 26: Morelos park and Juarez park
Monday, Sept. 29: at the Cienega 2000 Store, Calle 88 x 39, and in the Vicente Guerrero par
Tuesday, September 30: at the Hermanos Alonzo baseball field, Calle 33 x 126 and in Hector Victoria Park on Calle 148
Wednesday and Thursday,Oct. 1 & 2: New Yucalpeten park and two at the comisaria de Paraiso.
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ballet Gala, September 26
A ballet extravaganza! Find out more here on their Facebook event page.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 #495, centro
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Unknown.

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert, September 26 and 27
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Anna
Time: 7:30 PM both nights
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

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

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

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

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

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

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

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

By Working Gringos

Progreso’s Google Maps Updated

Google Car in Progreso Yucatan Every two years, Google comes to Progreso and updates their street view. It then takes approximately three to six months before the images can be processed and uploaded to Google’s “Street View.” But that isn’t all. There is currently underway, a project by the Instituto del Seguridad Juridica Patrimonial del Estado (Insejupy) to create digital mapping of 105 of the 106 municipalities (counties) in Yucatan. This will include all of the municipalities except Merida and they are in collaboration with Google Earth to do that. The goal is to provide individuals and local governments with detailed information and a digital view of every land parcel in Yucatan so they can develop programs and strategies for best practices in development as well as taxation. The project has been underway since the beginning of the year and the digital results should be available to the public soon. When that happens, the world will be able to see all of Yucatan. Street views of every municipality will surely allow potential investors to see what Yucatan has to offer and we expect this will generate much more international interest in our adopted state.

Micro-credit Growing in Rural Yucatan

The phenomenon of group credit, in rural Yucatan, has taken hold and is at the point now where the state is regularizing it because the people have no other banking option available to them. What this regularizing entails is making certain that the microfinance institutions that flourish in the rural areas of the state are not taking advantage of the people. This is a serious issue because there are now 4,000 of these micro-credit institutions operating in Yucatan. The good news is that the numbers of individuals and cooperatives who utilize these services is growing and their rate of paying back micro-loans is excellent. Often, collectives are so successful that members are able to get credit for their small businesses on an individual basis. Yucatecos in rural areas of Yucatan are fortunate because 59% of the people in Mexico do not have access to banking or micro-credit.

Genetic and Forensic Lab in Merida Yucatan MexicoState of the Art Forensic Lab in Yucatan

The FBI in the United States uses 13 genetic markers to identify DNA. Other forensic centers use 16. The new genetic forensic laboratory of the State Prosecutor’s Office in Yucatan is the first of its kind and uses 24 markers to identify DNA. The director is Rosalba Gamboa Magna, a national and internationally recognized specialist who has served as a member of the Latin American Society of Forensic Sciences, as a member of the Mexican Academy of Expert Services, and as a member of the American Association of Forensic Sciences. The lab will focus on the identification of bodies, in providing facts and findings in criminal cases, and in sexual offense cases. The lab will issue the results in paternity cases and will have a section dedicated to ballistics. Staff has been given additional vocational training in the management of chain of custody. They are senior technicians in police investigation and hold the appropriate degrees in Criminology at the university or vocational levels. There are only eight other forensic labs in Mexico, and Merida has the only forensic lab that can boast this state of the art equipment and staff.

Over 9,000 Laptops Given to Teachers

There have now been eleven award ceremonies to groups of teachers this year. The latest ceremony, at La Inalambrica Sports Center, gave brand new laptops to 2,292 teachers from Merida, Hunucma, Izamal, Maxcanu, Motul, Tekax, Peto, Ticul, Tizimin, Valladolid and Yaxcaba. This brought the total, for the year, to 9,327. The presentation of laptops to teachers, as a tool for improving the quality of education, from pre-school through secondary school in Yucatan, is part of an statewide push in education that includes remodeling and maintenance of buildings and furniture. Given the rapid rate at which international business and manufacturing is coming to Yucatan, an educated workforce is a must. With this start, Yucatan is well on its way to meeting all of the needs of the people and their employers.

Weather Hazards

As heavy rain continues, roads and trees are feeling the strain. Multiple and extended rain events can leave almost as much devastation behind as a hurricane. Please watch for potholes, damage to small bridges, and trees that may be in danger of falling. Civil Protection has units working across the state and municipalities are mobilizing brigades of their own. Oxkutzcab has a brigade of ten going through the municipality, cutting branches and trees that are threatening to fall on homes, and even on some schools. There isn’t much that can be done about potholes until the rain stops, so please do not drive through water you can’t see through unless you absolutely must and, even then, do so with extreme caution. Just because Yucatan has not experienced a hurricane does not mean that all is well or that people can move about without due caution.

Monsanto vs. The Bees

As you might have heard, the beekeepers and honey merchants of Yucatan won a very important lawsuit against Monsanto recently, effectively stopping them from introducing GMO crops and bee-killing pesticides into the Yucatan. The victory was heard and noticed around the world. Monsanto was all set to plant 625,000 acres in seven states with Roundup-ready soybeans. SEMARNAT and local beekeepers protested and the permit to do the planting was denied. Only a fool would imagine, however, that Monsanto will stop there and go away. We have recently seen a petition from a group trying to organize to keep the pressure up against Monsanto in this regard. If you are interested in helping, go here to learn more.

Ven Súbete a la Van con Nicho Hinojosa” (Come Ride the Van with Nicho Hinojosa)

Nicho Hinojosa in Yucatan Mexico Nicho Hinojosa is an artist who became well known because of his involvement with the Big Brother program. Now, he has been on a journey to show the positive side of the Yucatan Peninsula through stops in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Holbox and Valladolid. He notes that Valladolid is a nice, quiet city that is one of the safest not just in Mexico, but in the world. He stresses the tolerance, peace and harmony of Yucatan and invites everyone to watch for his online program “Ven Súbete a la Van con Nicho Hinojosa.” We completely agree with Nicho Hinojosa’s viewpoint and will certainly be watching his program. You can like his Facebook page and follow him here.

Merida Becoming Health Related Convention City

This week, as the National Association of Nephrologists of Mexico (in case you are wondering, nephrologists are medical personnel who specialize in kidney care) opened their annual convention in Merida, it soon became very clear why Merida was chosen as the city in which to hold this event. First, Merida’s academic environment is superior to almost any other location in Mexico. Second, and to many medical specialists the most important reason, is the level of safety they enjoy in Merida. They do not need ot worry about crime in Merida or anywhere in Yucatan. Thus, the nephrologists who are meeting in Merida have the opportunity to turn their full attention to learning from each other and moving their research and practices forward. Welcome to all of the nephrologists who are visiting Merida and we hope to see you again on both a personal and professional level.

Mexico Grand Prix Returns to Mexico in 2015

Grand Prix Mexico 2014 For all of you racing fans, the Grand Prix of Mexico will finally be returning to Mexico on Dia de los Muertos (November 1), 2015. It caught our eye when we read that one of the drivers, Max Verstappen, will be only 16 years old. The race will be at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The track is already being remodeled and everyone is set to go after not having the race since 1993. We’re sure it will be televised, so be sure and let your favorite sports bar know that you want to see it.

Natural Gas Powered Transport Presented in Merida

Dina, a manufacturer of autobuses, has presented one of its sustainable ecological models to be considered for service in Merida. The bus is fueled by natural gas, which is cheaper than buying regular or diesel gasoline. Also, and maybe even more importantly, the use of natural gas as a fuel can reduce more than 95% of the particulate emissions and 90% of nitrogen oxides in the air, which reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses considerably. No word was issued on whether there will be a purchase of these autobuses, but at least the local transport companies are aware of alternatives to what they are doing now and are looking into those alternatives.

Another Park Adds Physical Activity Classes in Progreso

Sports Activities in Yucatan Mexico When a new program begins, it often has an enthusiastic reception, but the test of time may show that it wasn’t really something that would hold the interest of a wide variety of people. Such is not the case with the physical activity classes in Progreso. Over the past few months, neighborhood by neighborhood has climbed on the bandwagon and the city and state have responded with teachers and with all of the classes the ladies need. After all, free physical activity classes are cheaper than providing health care to a population that suffers with obesity, high blood pressure, coronary disease, and/or diabetes. The ladies of Progreso know what they need and are wholeheartedly participating in physical activity classes three times a week. Many thanks to the city and state for supporting this program and for making certain that it can grow.

By Working Gringos

We Commit

Years ago, a woman who lived at the beach approached us via email to tell us about her program called Progeso Apoyo. Kitty was retired, lived in Progreso and to fill up her time had started this ambitious project to help the children around her stay in school. Through trial and error, she figured out that though there were hundreds of kids who needed help, there were probably only a handful that really would value that help. She looked for the kids that maintained good grades and were motivated to succeed and continue in school, and she devised a system for helping them, using donations from her relatively wealthy (relative to the children in Progreso, anyway) friends from the USA and Canada.

You can read about the Progreso Apoyo program here.

When we heard about the program, and wrote an article about it, we couldn’t help but feel that we certainly had enough money to help someone. We volunteered to sponsor a child and Kitty matched us up with a Yucatecan boy with the unlikely name of Vladimir.

We started sponsoring Vladimir in the sixth grade. This photo was sent to us a few years later when he was in high school. It was one of the yearly photos sent by Kitty to show us what some of our money had helped pay for. If we recall correctly, that year our money went towards good shoes, maybe some school clothes, textbooks and that book bag at his feet.

We’ve had this photo up on our wall for years. It perhaps served as some inspiration for us… testament to some of the real results of all our hard work. Not only were we helping our own children, but for the price of a few fancy dinners in the States, we were helping put this young man through school. We understood from Kitty’s letters that Vlad’s family had very little, and our support really did make a difference. His father is a mechanic and his mother runs a small tendejon out of the front of their house. Certainly, they would have been hard put to come up with the money to keep him going through high school, as costs were high and income was low. We were happy to help.

Vladimir Graduates High School

Fast forward a few years, and Vladimir had graduated. And done well. He got consistently good grades, and he was one of Kitty’s prize students. On top of that, as he had seen one of his two older sisters go to college and become a nurse, he decided that he had what it took to also go to college. Truthfully, as a senior in high school, he had wanted to go to the new Forensics program at UADY, but apparently in the end decided that it was going to be too difficult to get into the program (it was a new program, and seats were very limited). So Vladimir opted for the nursing program at ISSTE’s School of Nursing in Merida. Kitty asked us if we would continue to support him, as she was starting up her CAPP program (Career Advancement Program of Progreso). We happily agreed and sent Kitty the required annual amount, which was larger than what we had been sending for his grammar and high school support.

Finally, We Meet

This year, right before school started, we decided that we finally would like to meet Vladimir, if he was willing. By working through Kitty, we found out that Vladimir would love to meet with us and so Kitty helped us arrange to meet him in downtown Merida one afternoon after his classes (he is apparently in school five days a week, from 8 am until 5 pm, and takes a bus to and from Progreso every day. The transportation is one of the biggest expenses for students in Progreso, and our support takes care of this).

We forgot to call to confirm, so we showed up at Amaro Restaurant in the centro half expecting that Vladimir might have forgotten, or at the very least, that he might be late. We were actually about ten minutes late, as we have perhaps taken the Yucatan way a little too much to heart! But Vladimir was there, sitting alone at a table, sipping on a glass of water and waiting for us. He smiled when he saw us, and got up to give us both a hug before we sat down.

Vladimir does not speak much English, so our conversation was mostly in Spanish. After 13 years, we can now hold a conversation in Spanish, though we may not understand all the vocabulary (depending on the subject matter. We’re great if the conversation is about computers or house construction!). Vladimir told us that he is studying English in school, but actually he is spending more energy on learning the Maya language, because many of the patients he will be dealing with will only speak Maya.

Vladimir told us that he is studying hard and doing clinical work in the ISSTE Hospital as well. In fact, he told us, he is learning to put in catheters, a process we were glad that we were NOT learning to do. Because Kitty is such a good money manager, she had some money left over in Vlad’s account at the end of the summer. On our behalf, she had just bought him a laptop computer. He was very happy to have this computer, which made his studying and working at school much easier, and he thanked us for that profusely.

After about forty minutes together, sipping on ice teas surrounded by an art exhibit of female nudes, we had to go. We had another appointment to run to and Vladimir had to catch his bus back to Progreso. As we got up to leave, Vladimir told us how very happy he was with our support and how much it meant to him. We explained to him that we were happy to do it, that we were very proud of what he had accomplished so far and we look forward to his graduation.

You too can have the satisfaction of helping a young person make it through school and becoming a contributing member of society in the Yucatan. If you are interested, follow the links below to the CAPP or Apoyo program articles, read about them and then contact Kitty to sign up. You might eat one or two less meals out… but you will be so much more satisfied!

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Merida’s ISSTE School of Nursing’s Facebook page

About the Progreso Apoyo program

Other programs that have grown from the Progreso Apoyo program

The Progreso CAPP program

By Khaki Scott

Feeling a Little Damp?

Rainy Season in Yucatan Mexico Hurricane season is far from over, so it is a fairly safe bet to guess that at least afternoon rains will be with the entire Yucatan Peninsula for the remainder of September. This is especially true as one tropical weather event after the next seems to be rolling over us. Please remain prepared for any degree of weather, and watch the weather sources online for continuous updates. The National Hurricane Center at NOAA is an excellent resource. If you have a favorite online weather service, please leave us a note and its web address in the comment section below.

Hepatitis A on the Rise

There have been 958 cases of Hepatitis A reported so far in 2014 in Yucatan. This is 100 more cases than for the same period last year. Most of the cases have been reported in outlying municipalities that do not have chlorinated water, suffer with poor drainage during heavy rains, and have poor hygiene in food preparation, especially in the preparation of food cooked and sold by street vendors. Vaccinations in these 27 municipalities are currently underway. To protect yourself and your family, keep your kitchen clean and take extra care to purchase, store, and cook food properly. This is one time of the year when drinking bottled water is probably a good idea, as is hand-washing. Hepatitis A is preventable, so please take extra measures to keep yourself and your family safe.

65 Masters and Doctoral Students Head Abroad

Yucatecos in the World The Government of the State of Yucatan, along with the National Council of Science and Technology, has presented scholarships to 65 masters and doctoral students so they can continue their studies in Europe, Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world. The number of students who are academically prepared to take on this challenge is steadily increasing: 31 in 2012, 49 in 2013, and now 65 in 2014. We are also pleased to report that 42% of these students are women. These bright young people are Yucatan’s face to the world. They are forming the professional relationships that will network Yucatan and other nations together far into the future. Congratulations to each and every one of them and bon voyage!

Profepa Confiscates Illegal Pets

Ilegal Pets in Yucatan Mexico This past week, in Motul, Profepa confiscated a crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) and five turtles: two Trachemys callirostris, two Rhinoclemmys areolata, and a Kinosternon integrum. The people had been keeping them as pets, but now face a fine that could go as high as 50,000 times the daily minimum wage. This comes on the heels of an iguana and eight tree frogs discovered in an airport in Nuevo Leon. Their origin was right here in Merida. The protection of animals, especially endangered animals, in Mexico is a serious issue and Profepa has little to zero sympathy when it comes to confiscation and the assessment of penalties.

Chichen Itza Most Visited Archaeological Site in Mexico

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) tracks visitors to the archaeological sites in Mexico and reports that Chichen Itza (with 18.9% of all archaeological visitors) has pulled ahead of Teotihuacan, in the State of Mexico, which only registered 18.2%. It became obvious that Chichen Itza would win the tourism race in June, when it had registered 132,333 visitors and Teotihuacan had only recorded 128,979. So far this year, over eight million people have visited Mexico’s archaeological zones and more than five million have visited Mexico’s museums. Tourism, both domestic and foreign is on the rise and Mexico has got the destinations, both new and ancient. And Yucatan has the most popular site of all!

Street Vendors Given Chance for Permanent Locations

Street Vendors in Yucatan Mexico
There is a new program in place in five city councils across Mexico with the goal of giving street vendors the opportunity to find permanent locations through unsecured loans. This is a pilot program that is beginning in Merida (Yucatan), Morelia (Michoacan), Santana (Tlaxcala), Queretaro (Queretaro) and in D.F. The goal, in Merida, is to have no street vendors in Merida at all. This will improve the tax base and give the vendors a sense of belonging in the business community in their state. The project is slated to begin before the end of this month and, if it works, we will soon see the results. To be honest, we are not sure how we feel about this… street vendors have always seemed to us to be a part of life in Mexico. However, as visitors to this beautiful country, we can only watch as time and progress continue to make changes.

Red Tide Affecting Pulpo (Octopus) Catch

The fishermen of San Felipe are reporting a below normal catch of pulpo because of, they believe, a red tide that can also be seen in Rio Lagartos. They say it seems to be coming from the direction of El Cuyo. Since a red tide depletes the oxygen in the water and causes marine animals to head for deeper water to survive, the octopus population is apparently moving on. Since the sea cucumber can’t move the way other species can, they simply die in a serious incident of red tide. The loss of income from the sea cucumbers, as well as lower catches of other species of fish, would spell economic disaster for many fishermen whose families depend on their income. This is a situation that everyone will continue to monitor.

Breeding Tilapia May Come to Ejido Paraiso Soon

Tilapia Breeding in Yucatan Mexico Nine kilometers from Progreso, on the road to Merida, there is a little village called Chespirto, which is located on Ejido Paraiso, which is still in the Municipality of Progreso. Only 450 people live there, and the village is only 25 years old. It recently began getting services, such as electricity and other public services, and a school. Now, people from the Port of Progreso are beginning to move there because it is such a nice place to live. Unfortunately, there are several times a year when the unemployment rate soars. To combat unemployment, families are raising pigs and poultry, as well as vegetables in backyard gardens. But that isn’t enough. Full time employment is their goal and they see aquaculture, in the form of breeding tilapia, as a means of resolving their dilemma. Tilapia breeding has been successful in other parts of the state and there has been a successful pilot research program ongoing in Tizimin since 2008. There is every reason to believe that tilapia breeding will be successful in Chespirto. This will be the last thing needed to ensure that Paraiso really is Paradise.

Coppel Coming to Oxkutzcab

Oxkutzcab is the Citrus Capital of Yucatan and the location of the annual Orange Festival. As the city grew, Mi Bodega Aurrera (part of the Walmart chain) was the first big chain store to come to town. Next came Soriana Express and now Coppel. The human resources people are already in town and are already hiring employees. Because Oxkutzcab is the center of a growing agricultural and commercial economy, it was not lost on Coppel that thousands of people from the city and region shop in Oxkutzcab every day. This is also an area with a significant number of returning migrants who are looking for the kind of merchandise Coppel offers. It looks as if Oxkutzcab is poised to take yet another well deserved leap forward.

Avocados: $100 pesos per 20 Kilogram Box

Avocado Prices in Yucatan Mexico There is, evidently, a bumper crop of avocados in Yucatan at the present time and prices have hit rock bottom, at least for a few days or weeks. For those of our readers who do not live in Yucatan, $100 pesos per 20 kilogram box works out to $5 pesos per kilogram, and that converts to $0.38 USD per 2.2 pounds, which is $0.17 USD per pound. Currently, in the United States, the average retail price of avocados is a little more than $1.22 USD per pound. With the kind of prices we’re seeing in Oxkutzcab, we can envision hoards of avocado lovers heading for airports and planes for Yucatan. Of course, these low prices won’t last forever, but they certainly nice while we have them.

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 08, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 08 2014

Mexican Independence DayYucatan Living VEL Lecture Series: History of Mexican Independence Day
Paula Álvarez graduated as an archaeologist from UADY University. She has Master and Doctor degrees from the London University. Paula worked for 26 years doing archaeological investigations in several Mayan Sites, especially in Calakmul. She retired 2 years ago and lives in Valladolid where she teaches Sociology to upper grades at the Modelo University.
Location: La Palapa at Casa Hamaca in Valladolid
Time: 7:30 PM Monday
Admission:A $50 pesos per person donation to help with VEL expenses is greatly appreciated. Please come and bring your friends! Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, plus delicious snacks available for purchase at Casa Hamaca’s own Xoco Loco!

Tuesday (Martes) September 09, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Cuentos de hadas para dormir cocodrilos (Bedtime Fairy Tales for Crocodiles)
(Mexico 2002) Language: Spanish. Director: Ignacio Ortiz. Starring Arturo Rios, Luisa Huertas, Ana Graham, Dagoberto Gama and Mayra Serbulo. A man travels back to the house of his father, grandfather and on backward. He is in search of salvation from a family curse for himself and his son. The movie mixes the personal life of the ancestors of this man with historical moments for México, such as The Reform War, the Mexican Revolution, etc.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de Las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20
Time:8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Trio RomanceYucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Romance
This trio is one of the long-time favorites of Merida. They contribute to keeping traditional trova alive, while still opening the door to the new sounds of 21st century trova.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 10, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: Little Dieter Needs to Fly
(Germany 1997) German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. In German with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Greek Mythology Documentaries
Movie 1: Medusa
(United States 2009). Writer/Director: Christopher Cassel. Documentary Narrator: Stan Bernard. The epic tragedy of Medusa, the most infamous female fiend in Greek mythology, whose look turned every living thing to stone. But what is the true story behind the myth? Find out this evil Gorgon’s real world connection to human corpses, and learn what clues the night sky holds about the origins of the tale of Medusa.
Movie #2: Achilles: Myths and Legends
(Spain 2005). Achilles was the greatest of the Greek heroes of the Trojan war: young, ardent, strong in character – the very definition of a warrior.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Museo de La Cancion YucatecaYucatan Living Music: Night of Dreams
Chamber Sundays, celebrating 100 years of Musica Yucateca. This performance is a special tribute to Yucateco composer Arturo Cosgaya C. The Concert Director is Maestro Russell Montanez Coronado. If you have never been to a concert at this museum, you are in for a treat!
Location:Museum of Yucateca Song, Calle 57 x 50, centro
Time: 8:30 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

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

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 11, 2014

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

Yucatan Living Movie: Los Fernández de Peralvillo
(Mexico 1954). Director: Alejandro Galindo. Starring: David Silva, Victor Parra, and Sara Garcia. Mario has no father and lives in Peralvillo with his two sisters and his mother. With no education, he soon falls in with a group of thugs, with whom he becomes rich and powerful. Unfortunately, he ends up despising people and loneliness slowly seizes him. One night, with the intention of making amends, he is given a tour of his old neighborhood in Peralvillo; but fate is about to collect her debts in the person of an old enemy…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Art Exhibit in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Sisal (Ziz-ha) and Species
Visual graphics exhibition of the flora and fauna of the Ejido of Sisal. This exhibit is open from September 11 until October 10.
Location: Galería Sede Rendon Peniche, Calle 43 s/n entre 44 y 46, Col. Industrial.
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Merida Magic: Wine Tasting at MEL
Tonight begins the new season of Merida Magic at the Merida English Library. Three wonderful wines will be presented by Naomi Murphy, along with excellent Indian dishes for your enjoyment, all at a beautiful Merida home in the centro.
Location: Directions will be given upon purchase of tickets.
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: $250 pesos for members, $300 pesos for non-members. Tickets on sale at MEL.

Yucatan Living Movie: The Gatekeepers
(Israel 2012) A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. In Hebrew with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

 

Friday (Viernes) September 12 , 2014

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

Yucatan Living Movie: La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage)
(Mexico 2013) A road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the United States. In Spanish with English subtitles
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro,
Time: 5:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see… and one you probably won’t see anywhere else!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Classic Mexican Cinema in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Mexican Film: Los Albaniles
(Mexico 1976). Director: Jorge Fons. Starrig: Ignacio Lopez Tarso, Jaime Fernandez, Jose Alonso, Salvador Sanchez, Jose Carlos Ruiz and Katy Jurado. This classic Mexican movie shows us the lifestyle of the Mexican migrant construction workers in the middle 70s. We see the corruption, the robberies, infidelity, envy and the poor treatment that workers received from overseers. There is a murder that goes unresolved and plenty of bad language. Yet, with all of that, this is still one of the best movies of its kind that has ever been made. Well worth seeing.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

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

Yucatan Living Dance: Caballo Azul Company
This performance is part of the Fall Artistic Season in a lovely Itzimna setting.
Location: Fuera de Centro, Calle 21 #93-B x 14 y 18, Col. Itzimna, Merida
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $80 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Life with Adele
(France 2013) Adele is 15 years old and knows that it is normal to go out with boys, but has a growing attraction to women. In French with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Classic Music in Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 2
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Manuel Escalante piano.
In this program OSY presents the program from their first recording. The program interprets each of the recorded works of the three most important composers of Mexico nationalism: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, and the first orchestral recording Metro Chabacano Javier Alvarez as well as a unique concert by Ricardo Castro on the Piano. Congratulations to our orchestra for their 1st recording! The Program will be Suite “The Night of the Mayas” of Silvestre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez; Symphony No. 2 “India” of Carlos Chavez and Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. Also, concerto for piano and orchestra presented by Ricardo Castro. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 13, 2014

Yucatan Living Movie: The Gatekeepers
(Israel 2012) A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. In Hebrew with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Alternative Dance in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Movies: Video: Ko Olel Nal: Video Dance
This video was filmed over three days in Tecoh, Yucatan. It turns the process of making corn tortillas into a rhythmic and harmonious dance. This is a video to see.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Mexican Cinema: “De Panzazo”
(Mexico 2012). Director: Jan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola. This is a documentary presenting the current education system in Mexico, and its importance to the future of Mexico. It includes research findings, as well as interviews with parents and students. The documentary is intended as a call to all members of Mexican society to work for a better Mexico.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Narco Culture
(Mexico 2013) To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto – a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs. NARCO CULTURA looks at this explosive phenomenon from within; cycles of addiction to money, drugs and violence that are rapidly gaining strength on both sides of the US/Mexican border. In English and Spanish with Spanish subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro, Open Air Cinema.
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $35 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: The Secret in Their Eyes
(Spain 2009) A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later. Probably in Spanish.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 14, 2014

Video Documentaries in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Documentary about Nature: The Ultimate Guide to Sharks
Meet the animals that have crossed the seas for more than 400 million years. They have survived the extension of the dinosaurs, and play a crucial role in the balance of the marine ecosystem.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan: Program 2
Juan Carlos Lomonaco Principal Conductor, Manuel Escalante piano.
In this program OSY presents the program from their first recording. The program interprets each of the recorded works of the three most important composers of Mexico nationalism: Chavez, Revueltas and Moncayo, and the first orchestral recording Metro Chabacano Javier Alvarez as well as a unique concert by Ricardo Castro on the Piano. Congratulations to our orchestra for their 1st recording! The Program will be Suite “The Night of the Mayas” of Silvestre Revueltas, Metro Chabacano by Javier Alvarez; Symphony No. 2 “India” of Carlos Chavez and Huapango by José Pablo Moncayo. Also, concerto for piano and orchestra presented by Ricardo Castro. Read more about the Fall Symphony season here.
Location: Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $60, $80, $100 and $150 pesos.

Yucatan Living Chamber Sundays: Orquesta de Camara de Merida (Chamber Orchestra of Merida)
Music: Night of Dreams. Chamber Sundays, celebrating 100 years of Musica Yucateca. This performance is a special tribute to Yucateco composer Arturo Cosgaya C. The Concert Director is Maestro Russell Montanez Coronado.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission:$50 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Elite Squad 2
(Brazil 2009) After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.
Location: Cairo Cinema, Calle 20 #98A x 15 y 17, Colonia Itzimná
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 15, 2014

Yucatan Living Grito de Independencia: Mexican Independence Day
Location: Palacio de Gobierno in every town in Mexico. In Merida, on the Plaza Grande, with an outdoor musical concert before, starting at 9 PM.
Time: 10:00 PM Monday
Admission:Free

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Mexican Independence Day : Tuesday September 16.
This is a national holiday and most businesses will be closed.

Yucatan Living Mexican Independence Day Parade: Tuesday September 16
Location: In every town in Mexico. in Merida from Monumento a la Bandera to San Juan
Time: 7:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

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

Piano Concert in Merida Yucatan MexicoYucatan Living Galeria Nahuali: Piano Concert, September 26 and 27
On these two nights, a live piano performance will accompany the creation of a work of art by Abel Vazquez. Don’t miss this amazing and one-of-a-kind performance!
Location: Galeria Nahuali, Calle 60 x 45, Santa Anna
Time: 7:30 PM both nights
Admission: Tickets on sale now at the gallery. $250 pesos .

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

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

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

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

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

Yucatan Living Benefit: The Oasis Red Ribbon Charity Ball – Nov. 29, 2014
This lavish event will open the festive season on the terrace of one of Merida’s most spectacular homes. The event will be a be a fundraiser for Oasis San Juan de Dios AC, a shelter for people affected by HIV/AIDS who have no resources and no family to care for them. Live music and dancing will follow the scrumptious dessert bar. A raffle and live auction will add to the merry-making.
Location: At a private residence in Merida, TBA
Time: TBA
Admission: $1,000 pesos per person. Limit 150 people. A buffet dinner and a full open bar (all drinks are included in the ticket price).

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

By Working Gringos

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References and resume available. Non smoker.

Advance notice of 2-3 months preferred.

If you need to be away from home and would like your home gently looked after, please contact Kelly at SunnyInVallarta [at] yahoo [dot] com.

By Working Gringos

Type: Korean with Yucatan nuances
Name: Younghee’s Kitchen
Neighborhood: Reforma just north of Centro
Telephone: 999-900-1587
Address: Calle 72, No. 361, Col. Reparto Dolores Patron, Merida 97070
How to Get There from the Centro: Go north on Calle 72 past Avenida Colon. Go all the way to Avenida Cupules and make a U-turn. Younghee’s Kitchen will be in the little strip mall on the right, facing Calle 72, just before you get back to Avenida Colon.
Air Conditioned: Yes
Outdoors: Yes
Drinks: No alcohol
Hours: Saturdays only.
On the Web: Find a TripAdvisor listing here, and Younghee’s Kitchen website here.
Notes: We haven’t had a chance to go yet, but we know Younghee’s food from the Slow Market. Make this place a regular stop!! Her food is delicious. If you are craving Asian food, and after awhile in Merida it seems that everybody does, this is probably your best Merida option!

By Khaki Scott

Lots of Weather Coming Yucatan’s Way

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

MexicoFest 2014: Experience Yucatan in Vancouver

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

Aggies Coming to Progreso

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

AFAD Call for Sponsors for Fundraising Events

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

Yucateco Now Heads National Gendarmerie

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

Swifter Justice Comes to Yucatan

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

Former Prisoners Learn a Trade

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

The Eat Well Plate of the Maya

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

Yucatan Peninsula Featured in Eat Your World.com

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

Dessert from Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Sweet Potatoes: Good and Healthy For You

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting September 01, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) September 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today.

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 02, 2014

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 03, 2014

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

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

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

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 04, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) September 05 , 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) September 07, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) September 08, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today so far.

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

Yucatan Living Second Annual White City Ball – Saturday, October 18
This is the annual AANY fundraiser. The White City Ball promises to be the most glamorous event of the fall season. Trova music will greet you and a live band will keep you dancing. The price includes botanas from some of the best restaurants and caterers in Merida including Trattoria La Pasta, Bistro Cultural, Merida Home Cooking to Go, V’s Good Eats, and more. Sweets from Café Crème and Yury’s Decadent Brownies will end the night on a sweet note. There will be a cash bar and a silent auction, including pieces by AANY artists. Check out AANY, AC on facebook or at their website AANY.org for more information. Additional restaurants will be posted as they are announced. For those of you coming from the beach, there will be a list of B&Bs and inns that will give you a discount for the weekend of the Ball.
Location: Villa Verde Merida, Calle 56 x 53 y 55 Merida centro
Time: 8 PM til Midnight
Admission: Tickets are 350 pesos and are on sale now at Hennessey’s, the Merida English Library, Bistro Cultural, and Lizard Joe’s. If you are not in Merida yet, you can buy your tickets at AANY.org or by contacting Cindy [at] aany [dot] org

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

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

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

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

By Working Gringos

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

By Khaki Scott

Nonstop Merida-Miami Flights Begin November 8!

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

NOAA Weather

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

Scientific and Technological Park is Growing Again!

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

Turtles Turtles Everywhere!

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

New Orchid Garden at Parque Animaya

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

Cuba to Be Honored Guest at FICMAYA in 2015

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

First Mass on Beach in Chelem

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

Christmas Shopping Coming Later This Year

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

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

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

Yucatan: Holiday Accidents Down for 2014

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

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

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

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

By Working Gringos

Yucatan Symphony Orchestra: Fall 2014

The 2014 Fall Season for Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan

www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx

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

September

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

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

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

October

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

November

Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan Fall Season 2014

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

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

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

December

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

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

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

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 25, 2014

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) August 25, 2014

Yucatan Living School Begins Today

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 26, 2014

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) August 29 , 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) September 01, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today so far.

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Working Gringos

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

Fitness and Dance

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

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

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

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

Yoga Classes in Merida, Yucatan Mexico

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

Other Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By Working Gringos

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

Website: www.tonyromas.com/merida

By Working Gringos

Name of Applicant: Pauline van Rijckevorsel

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

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

Job Location Desired: Mérida, Yucatán

Professional Experience:

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

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

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

By Working Gringos

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

By Khaki Scott

El Niño: Could We Still Have a Hurricane?

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

Migrants Fund Breast Cancer Clinic in Conkal

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

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

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

Economic Program in Merida Yucatan Mexico

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

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

Growth Brings Political Change

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

Mexicans Join International Lawsuit Against Facebook

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

Robbery on a Bus

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

Recycle For Your Well-Being

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

First 2014 Dengue Death in Yucatan

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

Programs for the Hearing-Impaired at the Zoo

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

New Website for History Teachers: Maya at Mexicolore

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

By Working Gringos

Name: Heather Patenaude

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

Resume and diplomas upon request.

From Heather:

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

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

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

Kind regards,
Heather Patenaude

By Working Gringos

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 18, 2014

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

In The City

Monday (Lunes) August 18, 2014

Yucatan Living No events planned for today.

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 19, 2014

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) August 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) August 22 , 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) August 25, 2014

Yucatan Living School Begins Today

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

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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

By Working Gringos

Our Introduction to Merida

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

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

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

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

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

What Is A Colonia?

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

Quiet afternoon walk in the Plaza Grande of Merida Yucatan

Plaza Grande

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

Santa Lucia

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

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

The fountain in the center of Santiago ParkSantiago

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Ana

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

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

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

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

San Sebastian and Ermita

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centenario

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

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

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

Mejorada

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

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

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

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

San Juan

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

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

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

San Cristóbal

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

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

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

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

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

Itzimna

Itzimna church

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

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

Aleman

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

Garcia GinerésGarcia Gineres

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

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

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

Chuburná

Chuburna church

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

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

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

Chuminopolis

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

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

Twentieth Century Colonias

Chinese House in Colonia Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

Cholul

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

North of the Periferico

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

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

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

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

So Many We Didn’t Mention

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

What Will Future Historians Say?

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

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

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

A complete listing of the 106 municipios of Yucatan

A map of the 12 comisarías and 36 subcomisarías of Merida

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

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

 

 

By Working Gringos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mayaland’s Cultural & Sustainable Tourism Project

By Byron D. Augustin

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

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Oh, Ye of Little Faith!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laid to Rest

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

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

Music In Their Veins

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

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

Cha-Cha-Cha

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

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

Sports

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

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

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

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

Up In Smoke

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

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

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

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

A Few Closing Observations

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

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

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

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

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

About Montecristo Cigars (Wikipedia)

By Khaki Scott

Montejo Beer Coming to California

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

Yucatan Receives International Quality of Life Recognition

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

International Expo of Nontraditional Products

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

Snake-bite in Progreso

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

Navy: Operation Lifeline, Summer 2014

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

Markets to be Remodeled

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

Young Entrepreneurs Networking Worldwide

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

Tzucacab: Riot Over a Lagarto

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

Wildlife Photo Master Class

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

Illegally Parked Vehicles and Trailers, and the Fine

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

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting August 11, 2014

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

In The City

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

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

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

Monday (Lunes) August 11, 2014

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 12, 2014

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

Traditional Trova in Merida Yucatan Mexico

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) August 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) August 15 , 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) August 18, 2014

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Coming Soon

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

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

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

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By Khaki Scott

Many Thanks: All For A Smile

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

Yucatan Adoptions Growing in Age

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

National Museum Summer Promotion

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

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

Free New Light and Sound Show at Chichen Itza

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

Merida Addresses Regulatory Reform

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

Merida As a Convention Center

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

Yucatan: 10th State in Growth in Mexico

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

Land Degradation Reaching Critical Levels

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

Kids in Merida: Wellness on Holiday

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

Ticul Shoe Fair

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

Uman: First Fair of Rabbits

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting August 04, 2014

In The City

Yucatan Living Traditional Fiesta in San Sebastian in Merida

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

Monday (Lunes) August 04, 2014

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 05, 2014

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 06, 2014

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) August 07, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) August 08 , 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 09, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) August 11, 2014

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

Coming Soon

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

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

Events

By Working Gringos

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Romantic Vacation Rental in Merida

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

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

Fabulous Master Bedroom Suite

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

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

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

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

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

Rooftop Bliss

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

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

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

Casa Cortile Amenities

The following amenities are available to guests of Casa Cortile:

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

Prices

All prices are in USD.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Romantic vacation rental in Merida Yucatan

 

 

By Working Gringos

Massage therapy in Merida Yucatan by Adrian Soberano

Bienestar Home Spa Massage Therapy

… for your body, mind and spirit

with Adrian Soberano, Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy in Merida Yucatan

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

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

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

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

Select Your Massage Service

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

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

Adrian Soberano, Massage therapist in Merida Yucatan

Prices and More

Massage treatments start at 400 pesos.

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

About Adrian Soberano, Massage Therapist

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

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

By Working Gringos

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

Contemporary Home for Sale in Santiago

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

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

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

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

The property features:

- Three bedrooms and three bathrooms

- Master bedroom and bathroom suite completely separate and private

- Recent construction, built to US Standards

- Living room opens to outdoor terrace

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

- Second bedroom is downstairs with ensuite bathroom

- Filtered swimming pool

- Low maintenance garden

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

- One car gated garage with storage area

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

- Additional photos on the website.

Sale price: $249,900 USD

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

*****

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

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

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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

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

East Meets West in Merida

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

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

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

The house features:

    East meets West house for sale in Merida Yucatan

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

Sale price: $264,900 USD

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

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East meets West house for sale in Merida Yucatan

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

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

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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

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Modern kitchen in renovated colonial in Merida Yucatan

Modern Beauty in Santa Lucia Merida

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

The property features:

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

- High ceilings and sliding glass doors allow for great ventilation

- Beautiful renovation that combines colonial and modern touches

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

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

- Second bedroom is downstairs with ensuite bathroom

- Additional half bath for guests

- Open, airy living and dining rooms

- Downstairs laundry and storage

- Additional photos on the website.

Sale price: $249,000 USD

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

*****

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

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

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

Tierra Yucatan Real Estate, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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

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

Ongoing Events

Monday (Lunes)

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Tuesday (Martes)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miércoles)

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

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

 

Thursday (Jueves)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado)

Tours of the Cathedral in English

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yucatan Living Events in Merida En El Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Live music, including jazz, salsa and trova, held on various stages around the Plaza Grande. Many of the streets leading to the Plaza are closed to all but foot traffic, and the restaurants and bars put their chairs and tables outside in the streets. This is a night designed for that Saturday night date, but they’ve got all of the shops open for business too.
Location: Plaza Grande, Calle 61 at Calle 60
Time: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, every Saturday
Admission: Free

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

 

Sunday (Domingo)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

By Working Gringos

Photographer looking for a second shooter for a wedding.

Find out more here:

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

By Working Gringos

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

 

 

Casa Taurus

3 Bedroom Vacation Rental Home

in Merida’s Centro Historico

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

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

 

Foyer at Casa Taurus

 

A Place To Relax

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

 

2 chairs in the garden in Merida Yucatan

 

Amenities

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

 

Statue in the garden at Casa Tarus

 

References

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

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

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

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

Location

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

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

Prices

Casa Taurus rental prices:

$500 USD per week (except December)

$950 USD for one month (except December)

$600 USD per week (December)

$1200 USD for one month (December)

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

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

Deposit required. Amount dependent on duration of rental.

 

Contact Information

To rent Casa Taurus, please contact Jerry Young:

212-535-7499

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

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

By Working Gringos

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

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

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

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

The Ferry Questionnaire 2012

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

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

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

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

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

BNIERENBERG [at] AOL [dot] COM

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

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

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

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

 

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

Your Name and address in Central America:

Your email address:

Thank you from all of us at United Caribbean Lines

—Tamara Magnusson

By Byron D. Augustin

El Morro in Havana Cuba

Havana Harbor

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

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

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

On the Water

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

Classic Car Heaven

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

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

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

Street Treats

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

On the Road

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

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

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

Hidden Treasures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Khaki and Working Gringa

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

Franco-Mexican Wars

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

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

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

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

Recent Historical Contact Between Yucatan and France

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

Origins of Formal Cultural Contact

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

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

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

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

Paseo de Montejo

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

France and Yucatan in the 21st Century

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

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

Solidaire del Chocolat in Yucatan Mexico

Casa de Francia in Progreso

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

French Embassies in Yucatan

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

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

Moving Forward

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

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

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

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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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Casa Hermana

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

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

 

Art at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

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

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

 

Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

 

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

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

 

Pool at Casa Hermana Vacation Rental in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Prices

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

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

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

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

POLICIES

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

 

 

Contact

 

For more information, check website:

www.casahermana.com

 

 

By Khaki Scott

Progreso’s New Emergency Contact System

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

Visitors to Progreso’s Beaches… Imagine These Numbers!

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

Turtles Still Coming and Going

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

71 Teachers Train in Mayan Mathematics

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

Yucatan Will Participate in Feria de la Torta

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

Paul Stephen Reviews David Sterling’s New Cookbook

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

Coming September 1: Casa Italia Yucatan Boutique Hotel

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

Beekman Photography Collection at Home in Yucatan

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

The Ethnicity of Naia

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

New Ferry Survey

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

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

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

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

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 21, 2014

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

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

Monday (Lunes) July 21, 2014

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

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 22, 2014

Youth Symphonic Orchestra in Progreso Yucatan Mexico

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 23

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

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

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

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

Thursday (Jueves) July 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) July 25 , 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) July 28, 2014

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

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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By Working Gringos

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

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.

I am older and serious about my abilities to engage every student in my class and will achieve that in almost every case.

Looking forward to any feedback you may find the time to give me.

Sincerest regards,

Judith Gilke
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By Working Gringos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!!

By Khaki Scott

Turtle Nests are Well Guarded in Yucatan

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

See a History of Yucatan in Maps Beginning July 17

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

Water: Yucatan and Pays de Loire

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

Fall Trade Fair Announced in Merida: October 16 through 19

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

Yucatan’s 2014 – 2015 School Calendar

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

Tekax: 22 Students Master Three Languages

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

Bank Behavior to be Monitored

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

Weather and Dengue Fever

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

Sprint and Olympic Xel-Ha 2014 National Championship Triathlon

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

II Expo Maya Bunker

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

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

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

By Khaki Scott

This Week… starting July 07, 2014

In The City

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

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

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

Monday (Lunes) July 07, 2014

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

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

Tuesday (Martes) July 08, 2014

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

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

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 09

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

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

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

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) July 11 , 2014

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

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

Japanese film festival in Merida

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday (Lunes) July 14, 2014

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

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

Coming Soon

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

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

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

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By Working Gringos

Job Offered: We are seeking homecare for an elderly diabetic. We would like someone to make simple, healthy meals, ensure that medication is taken and keep a healthy and clean environment.

We prefer an English-speaking caretaker with nursing qualifications. Expats welcome.

We prefer a live-in situation. We can provide you with your own private cabaña or bring your own camper.

Location is an off-the-grid resort on Lake Bacalar. There is no electricity but there is hot and cold running water, showers and a propane refrigerator and stove and full kitchen amenities.

There are friendly helpful neighbours and a beautiful jungle lake setting where you can spend your time off. We are 10 minutes from the village of Pedro Santos and a half hour from the town of Bacalar in Quintana Roo.

Wages negotiable.

Please contact Fritz Vatter at f_vatter [at] hotmail [dot] com or 1-669-647-5540.

By Working Gringos

 

Facade of Vacation Rental in Merida

 

Interior garden and pool at Casa de Las Manos in Merida

 

From the foyer at Casa de Las Manos in Merida

 

Dining room that seats six to eight people

 

 

 

Luxurious Merida Colonial

Four Bedroom Vacation Rental

While you are on vacation in Merida, stay in this luxurious and spacious vacation rental home, a Mexican getaway in the Yucatan, tranquil, spacious, full of light and color…

Casa de Las Manos is a four bedroom, three bath home with a filtered swimming pool. Located just blocks from both the Plaza Grande and Paseo Montejo, Casa de Las Manos is in the lovely Santa Ana neighborhood of Merida’s Centro Historico.

Upstairs bedroom at Casa de Las Manos

The house surrounds the tropical garden with palms, a lawn and the pool. You can wake up listening to birds, geckos and parrots chirp from the surrounding trees. Sit around the pool with a morning coffee and a plate of fresh tropical fruit, or venture out into the city to watch it come to life. Swim in your private pool in the evening, after a day of exploring the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza or Uxmal or the colonial town of Izamal.

Drink in the surrounding ambiance of everyday Mexican life while you sip your margarita and gaze at the stars on our 3rd floor tower terrace. Have lunch at the cocina economica just down the street, then dine at a 4-star hacienda later that evening.

The front section of the house is built within the original stone walls of the old colonial structure. This includes the foyer, kitchen, gallery, dining room, living room, outdoor living room and two bedrooms with a shared bath, all connected by an elegant loggia. Many of the original floor tiles were saved and repolished. The stone walls surrounding the garden are also of original construction.

Spacious master bathroom at Casa de Las Manos in Merida Yucatan

The new building is in the back of the property. It is a three story colonial-style building, with two master bedrooms and a roof terrace, all overlooking the pool that is nestled into the garden between the two buildings.

Each of these bedrooms enjoys a lovely cross-breeze from windows and doors that open onto a private terrace. There are spacious closets and bathrooms opening onto each bedroom, both complete with air conditioning and televisions.

 

Casa de Las Manos is designed for indoor/outdoor living, which is one of the most enjoyable aspects of spending time in the Yucatan. Spend your vacation enjoying many wonderful attractions, all less than a day away, and return every day to this beautiful home in the center of all that Merida has to offer.

Any week of the year, there will be multiple events in theatre, dance or music to entertain you. Art galleries, museums, shopping and a variety of restaurants are just a few blocks away or a few minutes by taxi.

Flowers by the pool in Merida Yucatan

Just blocks from Casa de Las Manos is the Paseo de Montejo, where an evening stroll will allow you to view the historic mansions and the modern sculpture exhibit placed along the sidewalks in front.

 

Prices

 

Low Season – April 15 to October 15
$400 per night plus utilities* (3 night minimum)
(Includes daily maid service)
$2500 per week plus utilities*
(Includes maid service every other day)

High Season – October 16 to April 14
$450 per night plus utilities* (3 night minimum)
(Includes daily maid service)
$2800 per week plus utilities*
(Includes maid service every other day)

Holiday Weeks – Dec 18 2007 to Jan 4 2008
$475 per night plus utilities* (5 night minimum)
(Includes daily maid service)
$3000 per week plus utilities*
(Includes maid service every other day)

*Meters are read upon arrival and upon departure. (Average electricity per week $35 US to $60 US. Average propane per week $20 US.)

For more information and photos, please visit our website. Casa de Las Manos awaits you!

http://www.casadelasmanos.com

 

 

By Working Gringos

This Week… starting June 30, 2014

In The City


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

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

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

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

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

Monday (Lunes) June 30, 2014

Yucatan Living No Events to report at the moment

 

Tuesday (Martes) July 01, 2014

Yucatan Living Progreso’s 143rd Birthday is July 1

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

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) July 02

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

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

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

 

Thursday (Jueves) July 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday (Viernes) July 04 , 2014

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

Japanese film festival in Merida

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday (Sabado) July 05, 2014

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

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

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

 

Sunday (Domingo) July 06, 2014

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

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

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

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