People & Interviews (114) / Page 2

  • Jette Virdi

    28 September 2010 People & Interviews

    Jette Virdi moved from England by herself to renovate a hacienda into an eco-friendly boutique hotel. She's on her way to realizing her dream...

  • Adios Casa Catherwood

    16 August 2010 People & Interviews

    We at Yucatan Living have been supporters of Casa Catherwood, so it is with profound sadness that we must end our support...

  • A Yucatecan Lives Abroad

    27 July 2010 People & Interviews

    We recently stumbled upon a website by local residents of Uman, a city on the southern outskirts of Merida. One of the features of this Spanish-language website is interviews with people born in Uman who live outside of the Yucatan...

  • Ovi, Freelance Artist in Merida

    28 June 2010 People & Interviews

    If you can do what you do anywhere in the world, Merida is a good place to do it. Ovi, a freelance commercial artist works out of his home...

  • Claudette Elizondo

    17 May 2010 People & Interviews

    A first generation Mexican-American, Claudette Elizondo moved to Merida with her husband and two children to start a new life in a community that she feels is more authentic...

  • Expatriates and Creativity

    9 February 2010 People & Interviews

    What do Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Gauguin and the Working Gringos have in common? Read more...

  • 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...

  • School of Authentic Journalism

    30 January 2010 People & Interviews

    This week, the School of Authentic Journalism is being held in various places on the Yucatan Peninsula. If you see reporters with microphones and videos on the streets of Merida or Playa del Carmen, this is who they are and what they're doing...

  • Spay and Neuter Clinic 2010

    21 January 2010 People & Interviews

    2010 is already turning out to be a big year... it started with Merida's first-ever citywide Spay and Neuter Clinic... read our first-hand, eyewitness accounts of the event...

  • Juan Carlos Lomónaco & The Symphony

    11 September 2009 Art, Music & Lit, People & Interviews

    Juan Carlos Lomónaco, the new director of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra gives Yucatan Living an interview about his work and the program for their fall season "Sounds of the World".

  • Habla!

    30 June 2009 People & Interviews

    The new kid on the language school block is a big school with a short name, Habla. Doug Tanoury and Robin Young sat down with Marimar and Kurt, the owners of Habla, to find out what makes this new school so different...

  • Carla Dirlikov, Cultural Envoy to Mexico

    17 June 2009 People & Interviews

    In the quiet corners of Merida and the state of Yucatan, a cultural envoy from the United States is bringing the gift of music to old and young alike...

  • Singing About Scissors: José Adán Pérez

    30 May 2009 Art, Music & Lit, People & Interviews

    The Barber of Seville was performed in Merida, with José Adán Pérez in the leading role of Figaro. This young man from Mazatlán has come a long way in a very short time...

  • In Merida Dreams Come True

    26 May 2009 People & Interviews

    Oresztesz came to Merida pursuing a career in the hospitality industry... and found love, family and a work he is passionate about instead.

  • Best Expat Blog? You Decide!

    26 February 2009 People & Interviews

    This website has been nominated for Best Expat Travel blog, and we're proud to say we're the only nominee from Mexico. We love being nominated, and we'd like to win so...

  • Justin Spring, 21st Century Poet

    17 February 2009 People & Interviews

    Justin Spring is one of a growing number of expats that split their time between Mexico and the United States. Justin has recently started spending his winters in Merida, having moved his winter home from the other side of Mexico.

  • Yucatan Inauguration Poster

    26 January 2009 People & Interviews

    We're giving away our custom-made Yucatan Commemorative Inauguration Posters... for just a small donation to the Change is Coming group here in Merida. Hot off a 40-year old press!! Get 'em while they last!!

  • Change is coming to Merida too!

    23 December 2008 People & Interviews

    President-elect Barack Obama called interested citizens together on December 14 to meet each other and begin organizing their communities. It turns out, there are interested citizens even here in Merida...

  • Mark My Word... Opportunities Abound!

    16 December 2008 People & Interviews

    Mark Arbour spends half his year in Merida, half in Canada. Between the two countries, he owns three businesses. He's bullish on Mexico's prospects, and even more so on the prospects of the Yucatan economy...

  • Voting as an Expatriate

    1 September 2008 People & Interviews

    Honestly, we have mixed feelings about it, but as Americans, we'll be voting for President of the United States. If you are an American, we're thinking maybe you should too...

  • Greg Hokenson: New Opportunities in Yucatan

    12 August 2008 People & Interviews

    A lot of expats come here to retire, right? But more and more, we are meeting expats who aren't even close to retirement. Gregory Hokenson is an example of a young man who has come to the Yucatan for the opportunity and the adventure...

  • Mercy Mercy Me... What's Going On?

    19 May 2008 People & Interviews

    Sometimes a work of art is beautiful. Sometimes a work of art is controversial and thought-provoking. In a rare moment, it can be both. The MACAY 2008 Sculpture Exhibit on Paseo de Montejo has a lot of controvery, and some beauty... but it's all art, every step of the way.

  • Phillip Geerts, Physical Trainer in Merida

    12 May 2008 People & Interviews

    Phillip is part of a small but growing number of under-30-somethings moving to Mexico (and the Yucatan) for the adventure and the challenge. Like most of us, Phillip has found more than he expected...

  • Jorge Sosa, A Man of Two Cultures

    31 March 2008 People & Interviews

    Jorge Sosa grew up in California and moved back to Mexico when he was a teenager with his family. We have rarely met someone who straddles the gap between the cultures of Mexico and the USA as nimbly as Jorge...

  • Elizabeth Arnott

    10 March 2008 People & Interviews

    Elizabeth Arnott came to the Yucatan to retire and relax, and has ended up as busy as ever, making music and teaching it. She loves her life in the city, but gets away when she can to her country home near some of the area's most beautiful cenotes...

  • Yucatan Developments... Your Thoughts?

    5 February 2008 People & Interviews

    Even in the laid-back environment of the Yucatan, commercial development and economic growth are alive and well... perhaps more alive and a lot healthier than in other parts of the world. This isn't happening due to the presence of expats in the community, but how do we feel about it?...

  • Valerie Pickle

    11 January 2008 People & Interviews

    Valerie Pickle has given her delightful name to her even more delightful restaurant, The Pickled Onion. Here's Valerie's story about how she came to be here in the Yucatan and how she finds life in the small town of Santa Elena...

  • Joanna Rosado

    2 November 2007 People & Interviews

    Joanna Rosado has been an expat in Merida for over thirty years. She knows a lot about what it takes to live, work and thrive in the Yucatan...

  • Jennifer Lytle

    8 October 2007 People & Interviews

    Jennifer Lytle runs one of the most successful real estate agencies in Merida. She has a long history of living and traveling in Mexico and was one of the first people the Working Gringos met when they moved here...

  • Janice Fraser

    24 September 2007 People & Interviews

    Janice Fraser lived in the same town as the Working Gringos, San Luis Obispo in Central California. She made the move less than a year ago and now finds herself knee-deep in polvo, culture and adventure...

  • Sarah Bogdanski

    31 August 2007 People & Interviews

    Sarah Bogdanski left New York to come to Merida for a taste of life abroad. But unlike most expatriates here, she has family in Yucatan who she has been visiting for most of her life...

  • Yucatan Photographer

    11 August 2007 People & Interviews

    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...

  • The Wonder that is Chichén Itzá

    8 July 2007 People & Interviews

    The Pyramid of Kukúlcan at Chichén Itzá has been named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We aren't surprised. Here in Yucatan, there's a lot of wonder.

  • The Unsinkable Catriona Brown

    22 June 2007 People & Interviews

    Catriona Brown landed in Puerto Morelos with money in the bank and no specific plans. Five years later, she reflects back on the path to paradise...

  • Jason Stern

    7 June 2007 People & Interviews

    Many students travel to Merida for a "study abroad" program, usually to attend the Autonomous University of Yucatan, known here as UADY. We recently interviewed a student who tells us immersion in the local culture is a way to "learn by living"...

  • The Dark Side of Yucatan

    19 May 2007 People & Interviews

    Why live a life of quiet desperation when you can live an exciting, colorful and noisy life of desperation?..

  • Eduardo Creel

    27 April 2007 People & Interviews

    An interview with a "Yucateco Abroad", Eduardo Creel, because even when they live somewhere else, Yucatecos never forget where their heart is...

  • Lorena Pacheco

    14 April 2007 People & Interviews

    Lorena Pacheco was a very young expatriate when she first moved to Mexico. Now that she's traveled around the world a bit, she's decided Merida is the place to start her next business...

  • Paula Sievert

    24 March 2007 People & Interviews

    If you think you're impulsive, meet one lady who only needed two days to leap from New York to Merida and open an art gallery...

  • Correo del Otro Lado

    21 March 2007 People & Interviews

    Many times in life, things simply don't turn out the way you plan - sometimes they turn out better! Such is the case with Yucatan Living, as this letter we recently received may explain...

  • Merida Moments

    19 February 2007 People & Interviews

    Every once in awhile, something about being in Merida just wakes us up and makes us start pinching ourselves. Is this a dream? Where are we?

  • Gus Gordon

    11 January 2007 People & Interviews

    Gus Gordon has been living and working in the Yucatan for 8 years. Read what he says about the hardest part of living here and the Yucatan's greatest resource...

  • Ian Arthur

    23 December 2006 People & Interviews

    Many years ago, Ian Arthur's father gave him two sound pieces of advice. So naturally, he listened to neither...

  • Mel Gibson's Apocalypto

    11 December 2006 People & Interviews

    As fellow gringos, we are more than a little abashed by Mel Gibson’s latest film. His movie’s portrayal of 16th century Yucatan Mayan culture is...

  • Alexandra and John Wallner

    6 December 2006 People & Interviews

    We are constantly delighted by the interesting people who have chosen to make their home in the Yucatan. Here is an interview with two award-winning illustrators of childrens books who live in Merida...

  • Tranquilo - Safety in Yucatan

    25 November 2006 People & Interviews

    Are you worried about the safety of traveling to or living in the Yucatan? If you've read the recent news about Mexico, you might be. Here's our take on the quality of life here...

  • Elayne Angel

    10 November 2006 People & Interviews

    One of the many things we love about the Yucatan is the level of tolerance for those of us who just aren't and never want to be "normal". Elayne has a few things to say about that too...

  • Malcolm & Jillian

    27 October 2006 People & Interviews

    Malcolm and Jillian are some of the first of a new wave of younger expatriates, moving to the Yucatan for high adventure and lower costs of living...

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