Yucatan News: Tourist Season Begins
Tiz the Season
One of the most often asked questions we get is “What’s the best time of year to visit Merida?” The answer to that is: “Depends on why you’re coming to Yucatan.” If you just want to vacation, come in the Fall and enjoy all of the touristy things and participate in expat groups that are volunteering for any number of community assistance programs – without heat that runs into killer degrees. If you have moving to Yucatan on your mind, you might want to do a little light reading on the website of our friends over at Yucatan Expatriate Services. That constant buzzing you hear throughout October is wave after wave of Canadian and American Snowbirds. Now that they are here and unpacked, it’s time for the festivities to begin. If you have an event this Fall that you would like us to add to our growing list, please leave it in a comment and we will be happy to add it for you.
Daylight Savings Time Change: Spring Forward, Fall Back
The U.S. begins Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2:00 A.M. local time on the second Sunday in March and reverts to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in November. DST is not observed in Hawaii or Arizona, with the exception of the Navajo Nation, which observes DST, even in Arizona.
Merida To Get New Cemetery
The Cemetery in Merida has finally run out of space and a new one must be built. The only decision that must be made now is which side of the Periferico to build it on. In reality, the average number of new graves needed in or near Merida is about 1,500 to 2,000 per year. The municipality is going to try to recover abandoned property to fill the need. The problem here is that the tombs in Colonia Chuburna can only be rented for three to four years, while the family decides whether to cremate or bury their loved ones. The municipality thinks it can add 300 to 700 graves. Please note that these are colonias in the city, not puertos at the beach.
Tepakan Eco Day
Sometimes a Really Good Idea turns out to be Great! Expat and fellow French Creole, Jim Smiley, has a life-long history of "really good ideas" that turned out to be Great Ideas! When Jim first moved to Tepakan, he was struck by so many beautiful plants growing in the local gardens. These were plants he had not seen in the gardens of Merida and viveros that we usually think of as ornamental. They seemed to grow wild. You can't stay away after looking at the photos on Palapas Tepakan. He was also struck by the lack of job opportunity here in the villages. Thus, he had the idea to bring plant and nature lovers to Tepakan, giving a few of the local families a chance to earn extra income. Last year he invited the members of the facebook page YAG, Yucatan Association of Gardeners and 42 people came to see what nature was all about in Tepakan. They started the day at Jim's place, Palapas Tepakan, then traveled in convoy to visit two families in Tepakan and two more families in nearby Tekal de Venagas. The entire day was a great success. People bought lots of plants and the families were thrilled! They will do much the same this year.
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