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  • Learning Spanish in Yucatan

    1 August 2015 Yucatan Survivor

    For most of us, learning Spanish is both a chore and a treat. Here is a comprehensive and updated list of the many schools that teach Spanish (and other languages!) in Merida and Progreso…

  • The Cost of Living in Merida Yucatan

    1 August 2015 Yucatan Survivor

    Rumor has it that you can move to the Yucatan and live like a millionaire. As with most rumors, there is a kernel of truth to the lies... find out more about the real costs of living in the Yucatan, now updated with 2013 prices, and comparisons to 2008 and 2011. Even if you live here, the trends are interesting!

  • 8 Tips for Selling Your Yucatan House

    10 June 2015 Real Estate in Yucatan, Yucatan Survivor

    Mitch Keenan, the director of Mexico International, a leading real estate agency here in Merida, passes on eight useful tips for preparing your Yucatan house for sale...

  • Shopping Cell Phone Service In Merida

    13 January 2015 Yucatan Survivor

    After procrastinating for several years using pay-as-you-go cell phone cards, Working Gringa learns what it takes to establish a "real" cell phone account in Merida.

  • Homeschooling in Merida

    30 October 2014 Yucatan Survivor

    Whether you send your kids to a regular school or homeschool them, you might want to know about this homeschooling group in Merida...

  • Solar Power in Yucatan

    14 October 2014 Yucatan Survivor

    Are you interested in alternative solutions to that expensive CFE bill you get every month? Read about the experiences of various expatriates who have installed solar panels in their homes in Merida and the surrounding Yucatan Peninsula...

  • Dinner with Friends

    15 July 2014 Food, Yucatan Survivor

    Dinner at home for four couples looked like too much work, so we booked an evening at The Villa at Merida. We got great service and great food with a tropical downpour thrown in for good measure...

  • Pets and Vets in Yucatan

    21 March 2014 Animals in the Yucatan, Yucatan Survivor

    Inevitably, as a gringo living in the Yucatan, you will probably own a pet or rescue one. Here's our experience as pet owners in Merida...

  • Intro to US Expatriate Taxes

    25 February 2014 Yucatan Survivor

    Here is a quick review of the IRS requirements for US citizens living abroad... good information to know!

  • Yucatan Television Options

    15 January 2014 Yucatan Survivor

    When you move here, one of the issues you probably have to deal with is how you are going to watch your favorite television programs down in Mexico. Here are some of your options...

  • Schools in Merida

    29 September 2013 Daily Life, Yucatan Survivor

    Finding a school for your English-speaking child in Merida is not easy if you don't speak Spanish. We've done some of the legwork for you...

  • Brief US Expat Tax Review

    14 October 2012 Yucatan Survivor

    Here's a quick overview of important tax issues for American expatriates living in Mexico, including Mexican tax rates and US IRS requirements...

  • Protecting Electrical Appliances in the Tropics

    8 May 2012 Yucatan Survivor

    Many of us encounter more trouble than we're used to taking care of everything from computers to microwave ovens living in the Yucatan. Ants, lightning and fluctuating power can cause havoc with seemingly simple appliances. Here's how to guard against damage...

  • Moving to Mexico

    27 March 2012 Yucatan Survivor

    Thinking of moving to the Yucatan? One of our regular contributors, Byron Augustin, reflects on the process of moving to and settling into life in Mexico in the town of Valladolid...

  • Buying A Used Car in Merida

    12 October 2011 Yucatan Survivor

    It is easier to buy a car here sometimes than import one. Here are some tips from regular contributor, Dr. Steven Fry, on how and where to look for a used car in Merida, and what to check for once you find one you like...

  • Road Safety in Mexico

    8 October 2010 Yucatan Survivor

    Lately, we have been getting a number of requests for information about the safety of traveling to and within Mexico. We invited Dorothy and Bill Bell to give us the benefit of their experience...

  • The Final Adios Addendum

    25 September 2010 Yucatan Survivor

    Here is an addendum to our popular article, the Final Adios, which talks about end-of-life issues here in Merida. This is a firsthand account of dealing with the death of an expat in Merida...

  • Mayan Language for Beginners

    7 September 2010 Culture, Yucatan Survivor

    Bridging the gap between ourselves and the local Maya culture can start by learning some basic conversational Mayan Language phrases with Dr. Steven Fry...

  • Renewing My Mexican Visa

    25 June 2010 Yucatan Survivor

    A first hand account of how easy it was and was not to renew her FM3 visa, by Lorna Gail, a Merida veteran expat...

  • Top Ten Trees of Yucatan

    23 March 2010 Yucatan Survivor

    When you live here, you cannot help but notice how many beautiful flowering trees there are... one or two for every season, at least! Jim Conrad, a naturalist who is currently spending time near Chichen Itza, gives us a rundown on the most common trees you see...

  • Snakes of the Yucatan

    15 February 2010 Yucatan Survivor, Animals in the Yucatan

    There are venomous snakes in the Yucatan, and even a few very poisonous ones. And there are a lot of snakes that are harmless and help keep down the rodent population... shouldn't you know the difference?

  • How To Dial a Phone Number in Mexico

    30 March 2009 Yucatan Survivor

    Dialing between a cell phone and a land line in Mexico gets confusing. Add in area codes and neighborhoods and country codes, and most of us are just stumped. Here's the instructions you need to call from anywhere to anywhere in Mexico.

  • Paying Your Yearly Dues

    7 January 2009 Daily Life, Yucatan Survivor

    Every year about this time, talk turns to paying dues. There are taxes on your house and your car that have to be paid at the beginning of the year... well, at least as close to the beginning of the year as you can manage.

  • Insurance for Expat Life in Yucatan

    18 November 2008 Yucatan Survivor

    Though we aren't particularly fond of paying for insurance, we're old and wise enough to know that we need it. Here's what we've found is available and necessary for auto, home and health insurance these days...

  • Saving Energy in the Yucatan

    29 July 2008 Daily Life, Yucatan Survivor

    We all get our electricity here in Mexico from the same place: CFE. Here is important information about how rates are calculated and more...

  • Death in A Foreign Country

    2 May 2008 Health, Yucatan Survivor

    We don't like to think about it, but the truth is we're going to die. And some of us might die far from home. Read 'The Final Adios', prepared by local expats, to be sure that you are prepared...

  • How to Dispose of Batteries in Merida

    18 March 2008 Yucatan Survivor

    Everyone we know is disturbed by the garbage situation in the Yucatan and in Mexico. We knew it was only a matter of time before the country started to take this matter seriously. Here's a new program that deals with one part of the issue: disposing of batteries. Here's how to do it safely in Merida...

  • Writing Checks in Mexico

    5 September 2007 Yucatan Survivor

    Writing checks was something we did with our eyes closed back in the States. Not so in Mexico! Here, when we write a check, we turn down the music, stop talking and concentrate...

  • Yucatan Photographer

    11 August 2007 Yucatan Survivor

    A favorite pasttime for many expatriates in Yucatan is photography. One resident expert give us his approach to capturing those special moments and images we often find here...

  • Merida Antiques

    13 May 2007 Yucatan Survivor

    Where do you go in Merida to find old doors, statues, wrought iron and other lovely things to add that special touch to your colonial home? Well, we've made a list...

  • Merida Emergency Numbers

    17 March 2007 Health, Yucatan Survivor

    When you are in a panic, but you don't know the language, finding the information you need can be a problem. Yucatan Living has a solution...

  • Top Ten Insects of Yucatan

    10 December 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    Like any tropical environment, Yucatan has its share of insectos. From the best to the worst, here is our list of the top ten insects in Yucatan...

  • Mayan for Ts'ulo'ob

    30 November 2006 Culture, Yucatan Survivor

    If you live in Yucatan, sooner or later you'll need to read and speak some Mayan. Here are the basics of how the language works...

  • Driving in Yucatan

    5 November 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    Many readers who plan to visit the Yucatan ask us about our driving experiences here. It’s not uncommon to read cautions from official websites and popular travel guides, or to hear rather negative anecdotal experiences that make it sound as if Mexico eats road warriors alive...

  • Servicio al Domicilio

    29 October 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    When Working Gringa got a cast on her left foot, we started pondering all the different things that Merida will deliver straight to our door...

  • Mexican Fosa Septica

    5 October 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    We promised to explain why you should not put paper in a Mexican toilet, and we’re not going to let you down...

  • Living and Dying in the Yucatan

    14 September 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    As relatively novice expats, for the last five years we have harbored a secret little worry that if something goes wrong with us medically, the chance of disaster is higher here in Mexico than it might be otherwise...

  • Immigration

    1 September 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    The requirements for obtaining a temporary or permanent residency in Mexico have changed much over the years. Here is how it used to be, back in 2010...

  • Placas

    16 May 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    Nothing we say will ever prepare you for the unique experience of doing what it takes to get Yucatan license plates on your gringo automobile...

  • Hay Calor!

    29 April 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    The seasons turn quickly here, and this sudden change of weather tells us we're about to pay for our paradise with a little hay calor! (it’s hot!). Here are a few tips from the locals on how to beat the heat...

  • Montezuma's Revenge

    17 April 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    Many people who travel to the Yucatan or contemplate living here worry about the water. Almost every guide book and travel web site, and even the U.S. State Department, caution not to drink the water in Mexico or risk being yet another victim of the dreaded "Montezuma's Revenge"...

  • Banking in the Yucatan

    18 February 2006 Yucatan Survivor

    The experience of banking in Mexico is nothing if not frustrating. And yet, it has improved SO much over the few years since we moved here...

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