Local Culture (69)

  • Vanilla, Yucatan's International Sensation

    22 October 2018 Local Culture

    Although vanilla has become synonymous with plain and boring, this Mayan flavor is an international delight with a fascinating story.

  • Learning English in the Yucatan

    18 June 2018 Local Culture

    As expats in the Yucatan, we spend a lot of time concerned with new languages, whether it's Spanish or Mayan. It's easy to overlook that,...

  • Save the Melipona bee!

    10 March 2018 Daily Life, Natural World, Local Culture

    Melipona honey is unique for its flavor, medicinal value, antibiotic properties, nutritional value and cultural significance because of its sacred use in Mayan ceremonies and rituals.

  • Quick Guide to Hanal Pixan

    5 October 2017 Local Culture

    Learn the basics about the regional celebration, different from Dia de los Muertos or Halloween...

  • Mayan Gods: Ixchel

    29 September 2017 Local Culture

    Lunar Goddess of Childbirth or Jug-wielding Crone?

  • Mayan Gods: Huracan

    22 June 2017 Local Culture

    Meaning of Myth: The Heart of Heaven

  • Naatik Language & Culture Institute

    29 March 2017 Local Culture

    English, Spanish and Maya: Na’atik opens students’ eyes to a world of possibilities with language!

  • Lighting Up the Maya New Year

    28 July 2016 Local Culture

    This year, for the first time in 500 years, the Maya celebrated an ancient tradition, the start of a new year in Merida...

  • Cuba: Obama, Baseball and the Rolling Stones

    5 April 2016 Local Culture

    Our guest writers, Byron and Rebecca Augustin, share their experience of going to Cuba when some other very famous people were there...

  • Attending Festival Cervantino

    1 November 2015 Local Culture

    One of the great cultural events in Mexico is the Festival Internacional Cervantino. Guest writer Nadine Calder takes you there for a quick glimpse of the festivities...

  • The Yucatan Primer

    27 September 2015 Local Culture

    Coming to Yucatan for the first time can be a bit like learning to read. In service to this metaphor, we present to you the Yucatan Primer. An introduction to Yucatan for new arrivals...

  • Mariachi with a Twist

    11 September 2015 Local Culture

    Mariachi music is everywhere in Mexico... even in Yucatan. But these mariachi bands are taking it to a whole new level...

  • The Maya and the Mississippi

    3 September 2015 History, Local Culture

    Did the Maya explore territory on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico? It's hard to imagine that they didn't...

  • Latino USA

    9 August 2015 Mexico in English, Local Culture

    One of the most enjoyable places to stay in touch with the Latin culture in English is a podcast, Latino USA...

  • Being Gay in Yucatan

    7 July 2015 Local Culture

    A sizeable portion of the Merida expatriate community identifies as part of the LGBT community as well. For anyone who would like to know more about this aspect of living in Merida, we have gathered together observations and a bit of history…

  • The Shrine of Wine

    3 July 2015 Local Culture

    Our regular contributor, Byron Augustin, regales us with this lovely story about how a strange and wonderful little chapel near Izamal came to be, the people who built it, and how they tried to tear it down...

  • The Power of Hammocks

    8 December 2014 Local Culture

    Through their sustainable and profitable hammock business, two young Meridanos are being the change they want to see in the world...

  • Cook It Raw Explores the Yucatan

    27 October 2014 Local Culture

    This week culminates Cook It Raw's yearlong adventure and exploration in the Yucatan. Events include visits to the milpa, street vendors, restaurants and cooking for two events open to the public in Merida and centered around Hanal Pixan...

  • Cook It Raw Cooks In Merida

    16 October 2014 Local Culture

    Cook It Raw's Andrew Porcelli answers questions about why he came to Yucatan and what he plans to do here...

  • Two Yucatecan Worlds

    12 August 2014 Local Culture

    In this unique and visionary program, the worlds of the Maya and non-Maya children and families of the Yucatan were brought together for a day of activities and mutual respect and understanding...

  • Yucatan and France

    28 July 2014 Local Culture

    For centuries, France and Mexico have interacted across the Atlantic Ocean, especially on the Yucatan Peninsula. Today, you can see evidence of the French culture everywhere, from the past and very much in the present...

  • Gulf Coast Regattas to Isla Mujeres

    8 May 2014 Local Culture

    There are two very famous regattas that sail from Florida to Isla Mujeres, just off the Yucatan Peninsula. One of them is going on right now and will end up in Isla Mujeres in just a few days...

  • Bees and Honey of Yucatan

    25 March 2014 Local Culture

    The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the stingless honey bee, a sweet and docile bee that produces an exceptional honey. Here is information about the bee, and what is being done to help it thrive...

  • Impulsur, Artesanias by Women

    20 January 2014 Local Culture

    A graduate study internship helps bring artesanias from the women of southern Merida to a show in Garcia Gineres...

  • Forest Blindness

    7 September 2013 Local Culture, Valladolid Living, People & Interviews

    Guest writer Rodrigo Rodriguez has a piece of property in Uayma, Yucatan near Valladolid. He takes us with him on a walk with his caretaker, Miguel Xooc...

  • Aurora Yucateca - Part III

    2 September 2013 History, Valladolid Living, Local Culture

    In Part III of the story of the Aurora Yucateca, we meet the man, John Masterson Burke, whose engineering skills were crucial in the success of the venture. We also find out what happened to send Burke home, and where he applied what he learned when he returned...

  • Aurora Yucateca - Part II

    21 August 2013 History, Valladolid Living, Local Culture

    In the second part of our three-part series, guest author Byron Augustin writes about Valladolid's first steam-powered factory's successes and failures, and the reasons for both. This article is in both English and Español...

  • Aurora Yucateca - Part I

    13 August 2013 History, Valladolid Living, Local Culture

    In this first of a three-part series, guest writer Byron Augustin introduces us to the Aurora Yucateca, Mexico's first steam-powered factory which was located in Yucatan's Valladolid. This article is in both English and Español...

  • Cultural Ambassador for the Maya of San Simon

    14 May 2013 Local Culture

    The town and the children have an advocate in Enrique Valdes. Guest writer Jane Custer interviews him in his role as cultural ambassador at Mayaland...

  • Hammocks in Yucatan

    1 May 2013 Local Culture

    A few things about buying a hammock from a guest writer, and a bunch of tips and tricks from the Working Gringos... all about hammocks!

  • Pottery Lives On in Valladolid

    26 March 2013 Art & Music, Valladolid Living, Local Culture, People & Interviews

    An exhibit of work by a third-generation (at least!) potter in Valladolid who is working hard to preserve Maya techniques and traditions of pottery making in Uayma, outside of Valladolid, Yucatan.

  • December 21st in Yucatan

    27 November 2012 Local Culture

    The end of the world... uh, the end of the Maya calendar is December 21, 2012 and the whole world is coming to Yucatan! Here is an ever-growing (and continually updated) list of some of the events happening around that important moment...

  • Magical, Hypnotic, Transforming!

    20 November 2012 Local Culture

    Here's a first person account of the recent charity event at Hacienda Ochil, featuring the work of musician and composer Philip Glass and artist James Turrell...

  • Festival of the Virgin, Isla Mujeres

    29 October 2012 Local Culture, Mayan Riviera

    At what is arguably the most perfect time of year in this part of the world, Isla Mujeres spends over a week honoring the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, culminating on December 8. Learn the story behind this colorful celebration...

  • Days of the Dead

    31 October 2011 Local Culture

    Here's a little about Day of the Dead, its origins and how it is celebrated, including a recipe for Day of the Dead tamales and some background and insight into this wonderful celebration...

  • Red Bull Cenote Cliff Diving

    12 April 2011 Local Culture

    Our good friend, John Venator, who lives in Valladolid, attended the Red Bull Cliff Diving Competition yesterday just down the street from his house. Here is his account of the day...

  • The Riviera Maya Resort Experience

    11 April 2011 Destinations, Mayan Riviera, Local Culture

    In nine years as residents of Yucatan, we had never stayed in a bonafide all-inclusive on the Riviera Maya. We had a chance to do that recently, and we went for it...

  • How To Enjoy Merida's Carnival

    1 March 2011 Local Culture

    In which we share our many years of experience with Merida's Carnival and give you some hints and tips for avoiding frustration and getting the most out of your Carnival experience...

  • Merida Cultural Centers

    1 February 2011 Local Culture

    Here is a growing list of places to go in Merida for classes in everything from dance to yoga to art to dog obedience to Maya language. There's so much to do in Merida... here are some of the places you might want to check out!

  • Mayan Language for Beginners

    7 September 2010 Local Culture

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

  • Crossing Cultures Respectfully

    17 May 2010 Local Culture

    An important part of Yucatan culture is to show respect in every sphere of public life. Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado, author and long-time resident of Merida who moved here from from Canada, explains...

  • Experiencing the Temazcal

    11 May 2010 Local Culture

    Follow Heather to Na' Lu'um on her quest to experience the therapeutic and spiritual purifications of an Aztec/Mayan sweat bath or Temazcal...

  • Yucatan Wedding

    11 April 2010 Local Culture

    The first time we circled the park in Itzimná, a wedding was just finishing and people were filing out of the church. By the time...

  • Merida's Pipe Organ

    18 March 2010 Local Culture

    Did you know that the Cathedral on Merida's Plaza Grande houses one of only two organs in Southern Mexico? and that it is one of the largest organs in all of Mexico? More...

  • Visit to a Mayan Healer

    1 March 2010 Local Culture

    On her latest trip to the Yucatan, Heather Rath found herself in the hut of a traditional Mayan healer, seeking relief from the stress of 21st Century living...

  • Fiestas of the Yucatan

    15 February 2010 Local Culture

    Have a free weekend? Planning a trip here? Want to know what is going on out in the countryside? Here's a list of all the fiestas of the year...

  • From the Archives: El Juli in Yucatan

    1 February 2010 Video, People & Interviews, Local Culture

    On January 31st, 2010, the famous bullfighter, "El Juli" made a triumphant return to Mexico, exactly eight years after we first saw him in Motul and took this video...

  • Candelaria Fiesta in Valladolid

    30 January 2010 Local Culture, Valladolid Living

    Every year for 12 days the city of Valladolid, Yucatan honors its holy patron the Virgen de la Candelaria. Be ready for cowboy boots, crockery, prize winning bulls, barbeque and carnival games...

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