What Mahahual Really Means in the Mayan Language

I get asked all the time from cruise ship tourists, what Mahahual means, and what is the origin to the name Mahahual.  I always give them my standard pat answer that Mahahual is a named for an indigenous tree that grows here.  But that is not the whole total truth, if you live here in Mahahual, we have a saying,  Mahahual means in Mayan, “Land of the lonely men”.

By my calculations there are about five men for every woman here in Mahahual, and ten men for every single, available, attractive woman here.  It has been that way throughout the history on the Costa Maya coast.  There has always been a shortage of women in this area because of the harsh and difficult life that was needed to survive in this environment.

A quick history lesson on the Costa Maya area.  Most of the first inhabitants here that were not Maya, where the chicle (made for making chewing gum) harvesters.  They would gather sap from trees to make chewing gum, and lived in camps of just men.  There were also coconut plantations here that sent coconuts around the world, and it was a male dominated industry here.  Later on fishermen arrived and set up here, and that also did not have a lot of females around.

In fact the history of Bacalar includes several raids by pirates who invaded the town not to loot and get booty, but to kidnap women( the real booty).  I have read several stories at the Bacalar pirate museum about how pirates would raid, kidnap women, and use them for a couple of days or a week, and then drop them off at a nearby island.  They then would let the town know where they left the women, and continue on their pirate ways. This happened several times in Bacalar”s history during the 16th and 17th centuries.  That my friends you don’t read in history books.  Most of the pirates were English and Dutch, so they added to the gene pool here, as well as they did throughout Belize.

During the Caste Wars, there were a lot of soldiers and military in this area, fighting the war, so again women were in short supply.  There were some women in Xcalak and Chetumal, but not a lot, and these were usually wives or prostitutes. Mahahual was basically uninhabited until the late 1970s, save a couple of fishing families, so again not many women.  Even in the 1970s this area was basically coconuts, mahogany, and chicle. To farm these products includes living in the jungle, in immense heat, bugs, and disease, and that does not attract a lot of women to that life.

So as you can see throughout history there have not been a lot of women in the Mahahual area because of the conditions.  Times have changed and Mahahual is much more modern , but we have the same problem as the area has had throughout its history, not enough women to go around.  Jimmy Buffett has a line in one of his songs that says…..”Women and water are in short supply, and there is not enough dope for us all to get high”, that my friends describes Mahahual to a tee.

We have a lot of male workers here who work at the port, with tour companies, doing construction, and other jobs at a growing tourist destination.  Most of the women here are married, but there are some who work at the water park and other places, but most women in this town are taken.  So as you can see, that is why we say Mahahual means “Land of lonely men”, in Mayan.  Bunch of men running all over town with very few eligible women.  At the moment we have two “strip clubs” or whatever they are called for female companionship, but that is not enough to meet the demand.

For some examples I will tell I about these two women I have met in the last two months. For some reason I met every vagabond and drifter that comes through Mahahual, and a lot of them are single women by themselves.  Now if you are a single woman walking down the malecon in Mahahual, and you are a white, you will get hit on all day, that is the nature of the beast, and you can expect that.  The local guys here love the European and women from the USA, and especially if you are a blond.  I hear “Hello are you looking for a Mexican boyfriend”, all day on the malecon.

I had a German woman I went out with down here, and every time I went to the bathroom I had to shoo 4 or 5 guys away from my table when I got back.  They love the European women here, all shapes and sizes.

These two women I met said they have been propositioned by men here  more than anywhere else they have been in the world.  One was a Gypsy from lower Spain, and the other was from Crimea and Israel (she wrote a blog for me about her time here).  These women were OK, but nothing to write home about, and one was 50 years old.

 

50 year old Gypsy woman from Spain, she filled me in on all I need to know about the plight of gypsies in Europe.

50-year-old Gypsy woman from Spain, she filled me in on all I need to know about the plight of gypsies in Europe.

Anita Agape disFRUTA al a playa

Anita Agape disFRUTA al a playa

Mahahual kind of reminds me of some of those towns in the old Wild West movies waiting for some wagon loads of women to arrive.  When I was in Merida they called Mahahual, “the frontier” there, meaning it was “in the boonies”, like we would say in the south of the USA where I come from.

So the moral of this story is, Mahahual is full of lonely men, with not much to do.  So I have been thinking, if you are a lonely woman in the USA or Europe and are looking somewhere to go to maybe meet a man or are looking for some male companionship, Mahahual may be for you.  No matter how old you are, you a little overweight?, no problem they really dig chunky chubby women here, all shapes and sizes of European and USA women. I have seen some of the Mexican guys here push away a beautiful, thin Latina woman to talk to an overweight woman from the USA, she was blond of course.

So like a lot of towns in the old wild west in the USA back in the old days, Mahahual is hankering for some women.  So think about ladies, you will have your self-esteem lifted every day if you move to Mahahual because you be flirted with and complimented every day, regardless of how you look, or your age.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

Solofish Mahahual

Solofish in New Mahahual.  Located right next to store on corner.

Solofish in New Mahahual. Located right next to Mini-Super store on corner.

Solofish Mahahual is one of my favorite places to eat in New Mahahual, (or Casitas), I eat there a couple of times a week.  My favorite there is the fish burger for 45 pesos.  It comes with fries, and I like to stop on my way home before a football game and get take out.

The name says Solofish, but they have everything there.  They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The hours are from 7am to midnight, and are closed on Sundays.

I have tried about everything on the Solofish menu.  They have an excellent breakfast that menu items like omelets, hot cakes, chiliaquiles, crepes, and eggs American style, or any way you want them.  Breakfast prices are from 45 to 70 pesos, and this includes juice, or coffee.  I know a lot of the local gringos eat breakfast there.  I like their hot cakes.

For lunch they have a comida de dia, that comes with drink and bread for 60 pesos.  They also have a wide range of tortas, tacos, hamburgers, alambres, and hot dogs.  The prices at Solofish are very reasonable, and there is a wide selection.

Of course they also have a wide selection of fish and seafood also.  They have cerviche with fish or mixed, for 80 pesos.  They also have fish, shrimp, and mariscos tacos at around 50 pesos, and this includes three tacos.  There are also arrachera and your other standard tacos.

Solofish also has nachos, burritos, hot dogs, club sandwich. and several kinds of hamburgers.  I like the sirloin burger, it goes for 45 pesos, as well as a chicken sandwich with fries.  They have good fries at Solofish, and with Heinz ketchup, not that runny Mexican ketchup.

They also serve fruit juices there, as well as coffee, soft drinks, and licuados made with things like oatmeal and granola, which are popular here.  The drink prices range from 20 to 45 pesos.  You can even get licuados by the liter for 35 pesos.

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Here is a copy of the new menu.

Solofish Mahahual just redid their menu and they have added some things not on their previous menu.  As you can see all the prices at Solofish are very reasonable, and is cheaper than eating on the malecon here.  They also deliver and do take out.  If you decide to eat there, they also have good WiFi.

So if you are an expat here, or are coming to visit during high season, be sure to check out Solofish Mahahual if you are looking for some good reasonably priced breakfast, lunch. or dinner.  You can pick it up like I do, eat there, or have it delivered.  They have a nice friendly staff at Solofish Mahahual and I can say, they take good care of me.  I get a fish burger there every Friday.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Questions and Comments about Mahahual September 2016

It is time for the latest comments and question on this blog.  I try to do this once a month. I answer comments and questions provided by the readers of this blog.  This month I have had quite a lot of comments, and a couple of good questions.  As usual I will do the questions first, and then do the comments.

view from the roof of proposed Aqua Star Hotel and Condos.

“I have been to Costa Maya a few times and the last 2 years I have snorkeled just south of the light house in front of the first dive shop by the dock going out. It is good snorkeling once it gets a bit deeper, but the boats come in and out there. Is there a better spot that you would recommend? Any shore spots that you can scuba dive from and rent tanks? My wife and 2 kids will all be diving or snorkeling, but renting a boat for all 4 of us, is just too expensive. I have heard of beaches about 5-10 miles south of the cruise docks, but not sure of their name. I would love to get your thoughts. We will be there in January 2017.”

Very good question, first of all. snorkeling is great here in Mahahual.  Some of the best places are the remote areas.  Also you can take a snorkeling tour by boat here for around $20-$25 a person.  The boat takes you to a remote place on other side of the reef.  The area you mentioned in your comment is good, and used by a lot of tourists here. The beaches you have heard off 5-10 miles south of town are the best.  The farther away you from the town and tourists, the better the snorkeling is.  Let me know before you come in January and I can set some stuff up for you.

“Stewart, if your from the US and go to live in mexico, is it possible to take something like directv or dish with you as well and use it to watch? I ask because i have a couple of friends that were deployed to Jakarta and they were able to do this. Just wondering if you know of anyone over there that has done this and if it would work. As you know we are on the initial planning stages for moving down there and would be a huge plus if this was possible.”

I am not sure if you can bring your Direct TV dish with you, but I am pretty sure if it works in the USA, it might not work here, because a lot of things are blocked here by USA media.  For instance ESPN watch is blocked here, and a lot of other media.  They have SKY TV here that has a lot of programs in English, and stuff like the NFL network and other sports.    Most of us expats here like me, watch most of our TV over the internet and everything else for free.  There are numerous websites that have programming and sports, all for free.  I watched college football all day on Saturday just using my computer.  But I am sure in the near future, there will be Direct TV or something similar here.  I will keep you posted on media available here.

I have gotten a ton of comments this month, so I am going to share some of those now.

“Yeah, I’d buy those 3/4 Time Boys a cerveza. I relate to them closer than Kentucky. Good read, and damn funny.”

“Stewart, one caveat to your most excellent blog on If Trump Wins. Please do not move to Mexico if you voted for or supported Trump, please go to Canada or somewhere else when Madam President Hillary is sworn in.”

“Awesome post, Stewart. Thanks so much! You answered a lot of my questions. I’ll try to get you that can of Hormel Chili smuggled to you. (I personally think Wolf Brand Chili, no beans, is better, mho.) Question is: Beans or No beans?”

Me:Beans of course, I am not from Texas.

“Lol, not everyone can be so lucky. Beans it is!”

“Your Gamecocks won!!”

“I’m planning to. Take me another 12 years and some Spanish lessons, though. I’m about tired of US political shenanigans from all sides, and the common folk having to pay for it all.”

“I wouldn’t worry about trolls. I enjoy your BLOG. Can’t you block comments from these or approve comments before you allow them to post?”

Me:I don’t mind the critics, keeps me humble. I believe in free speech, if someone hates me, I believe they have the right to express it. He is first bad comment in a while. I usually post them along with the good comments.

“Your choice, of course. I blog, just a bit, or re-blog, for family and folks that may visit me and the few who have said they might retire here. Your Blog, on the other hand, is perfect for commercial sponsors and rotating affiliate programs. Additionally, the trolls kick down, for no reason, where you live and work or enjoy retirement. That’s a different story. I have always felt a responsibility to give back to any place I live and work.”

“Good info and read. Just the perfect information for anyone wanting to become and EX-PAT in mexico.”

“Good gosh, i just ate, and this made me hungry all over again! These is by far the best either eaten alone, or in tacos. Oh i am hungry.. hehe”

“We are looking for a home or condo. Either will work. Within walking distance to beach. In or around playa. Looking for medical costs as well. Insurance, all that goes with moving. Plus maybe open up a little bar close to the beach just to keep us entertained.”

“There are a lot of readers because the content on here not only serves EX-PATS, or future EX-PATS. It serves those wanting to go there and have a good time. My wife and i are future EX-PATS and will be moving there soon. So all this great information is highly appreciated. Job well done! Keep it coming!”

“Congratulations Stewart, well done! In honor of your accomplishment, I am going to crack open a bottle of Patron, cut up a few limes, dust off the sea salt and have a few shots with some cold Dos Equix. Thanks for the excuse to drink, much appreciated!”

“Go GENERALS!!

Go TIGERS!!

(Moving to Akumal)”

Me: Is that Wade Hampton Generals, and Clemson Tigers? My 2 arch rivals.

“Absolutely! My wife and I are WHHS grads (’72). I’m actually a Georgia Tech grad, but I pull for the Tigers, too.”

“I like your blog, Stewart. Keep up the good work. I also like how you keep it pretty much politics free. Ignore the guy/gal, and start intentionally misusing grammar. That’ll teach them, and it might come out pretty funny.”

“As we say in Rhode Island, fuggedahboutit. How about something more interesting — that corn liquor made down in Xcalak? What’s it like? “Corn whiskey” covers a lot of ground — white lightning to fine bourbon. Go forth and research, sez I.”

“As they say in New York, forget about it. There are a large group of people in the United States that watch Fox News. I refer to Fox as the low information voter and viewer, foreign owned, lying tabloid on TV. But Fox does us nose breathers a real service by keeping the mouth breathers out of Mexico where they will ruin the country for all of us. Your Blog is an informational portal in to Mexico, the customs of Mexico, the food of Mexico, the Holidays of Mexico, Travel Information in Mexico, the list goes on and on. I am not surprised at the 200,000 figure, I am surprised it is not higher. Remember, Mexico is full of “rapists and murderers” so the ignorant are always going to question comments by a Gringo in Paradise. Best tweet I read when Trump visited the President of Mexico was, “Trumps in Mexico, hurry and build the wall now!” Keep up the good work Stewart and ignore the morons please, just pray they don’t visit Mexico anytime before they die.”

“Just let’s hope this negative blogger never graces our beautiful little paradise with his nonsense.”

“Does the name J. Brodie Bricker mean anything? He was (is) my soccer coach. If you played basketball or football against WHHS back then you probably played against one of my brothers.”

Me: I played a lot against Wade Hampton, in baseball and football. I was friends with Todd Hendley, Chris Miller, Rick Aldredge, all those guys. Also I know Clyde Mays quite well. I also started Nepals, the strip club with Pete Manos.

“I’ve known Pete since 6th grade. You probably played football against my brother Greg. You also probably played BB against Bob Patterson who was a friend of the family. If you swam in S.A.I.L in the summer, we all swam for Wellington Green.”

Me: Played baseball against and with Bob Patterson. Won state title in 1974 Bob and I were pitchers on team. I think I know Greg also.

“And when somebody disrespects Juanga. That also pisses Mexicans off. And Donald Trump.”

“fun read! #2 sounds horrible though!!😄”

“HAHAHA! Man this list made my day and it’s only getting started! What a great read.. Thanks!”

“Great info and love what people think about the water. I mean the most your going to get is the runs for a few days. hahahaha. Is that upsetting? No heck it’s going to clean you out.

I’ve been to numerous places in Mexico, not once have i had issues. Most places are safer than some cities in the US. Heck just in the city i live in right now in the US there are areas i would not even dare go into and think i would come out alive, or half alive. Yet there are places you go in Mexico that you would think that, but are actually good places to visit.

“Man i can’t wait to go back!”

“I can honestly attest to this as i have stayed there for even less a day. Of course the better part of me get me all the time, but it can be accomplished. Do your homework, research before you go and you can do a lot with just $30 or less as stated on this write up. Love it!”

“I can honestly attest to this as i have stayed there for even less a day. Of course the better part of me get me all the time, but it can be accomplished. Do your homework, research before you go and you can do a lot with just $30 or less as stated on this write up. Love it!”

“Ohh that is so awesome to know that the locals are into making their own blends. I will have to swing by and get a taste of some on my next trip.”

“Hey Stewart, I enjoyed reading a few of your posts. I haven’t been to Mahahual yet, though I’ve been living in Bacalar now for 2 months and 6 months in Progreso before that. I wonder if you’d care for some company this Saturday for college football? I haven’t checked the times to see when the Gamecocks play but my UofL Cardinals play in early afternoon and are hosting ESPN College GameDay The game is against Florida State, both teams 2-0 and it’s No 10 vs No 2 (the first top 10 matchup of the season). If you hadn’t heard about our QB I’d be surprised, though maybe you haven’t seen him play for a full game. If not, you’re in for a treat. I think he’s got like 13 touchdowns rushing and passing in the last 2 games, and crushed several ACC records playing a total of five quarters. Anyway, I’m looking forward to finding a way to watch the game, and someone to yell at the screen with would be welcome.”

“Have a very happy Independence Day🙂”

“Actually, the real hero of the War of Independece was Iturbide, but nobody likes to mention him. And Guerrero. We like to mention him, but he was also sentenced to death by firing squad.”

“We will. Though Clemson fans with their orange-colored $2.00 bills they spend in town are classy and always welcome in Louisville. I figure as a SC fan you probably feel differently about the team, but their fan base is a riot to tailgate with in my experience.

“Yeah, look forward to hearing from you next day or so.”

Jajaja you really must have scared her. I remember the days in MX when young women went nowhere without a chaperone. The US male students complained all the time that they couldn’t talk to MX girls. Those days are long gone.”

“Happy Birthday Stewart. Chin up, for everything there is a reason. I hope your luck soon turns around. Hang in there.”

“Ouch! I sent feliz cumpleanos to Stewart Rogers
If this is a good address for you…?”

“Stewart, you are killing me here in Texas. In the US/Florida Keys, those fish are called Hog Fish or Hog Snapper. Whatever name they are given, they are delicious cooked whole and not filleted. In Tulum, El Carmella Jrs serves them and they are called Bocanetti, not sure about Mahahual. Don’t tell anymore gringos about that fish, word will get out and soon the price will go up or there won’t be anymore or at least they will be scarce. I didn’t know about the Hormel Chili but I think we can find room in one of our bags for a few cans. See you the end of next month! Save some frio cerveza and bocanetti for us please”

“It was a good time, Stewart, thanks for the write up. It was great to meet you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the chili. The Tipsy Turtle really loaded up the dish, didn’t they. Yeah, I call them hogfish, too. To me, much better than the grouper people try to push. They had some nice hogfish, for sure. We had a great time in Mahahual, even if we didn’t find any ‘square fish’. It’s a beautiful place. I think you are going to carve your niche out in Mahahual. Just hang in there: Good times always follow hard times! Remember your friends when you get rich and famous!”

“Hey, Stewart, looks like you got the wrong coral snake picture. I’m pretty sure that’s the false coral, and perfectly harmless. The old saying is,
Red Touch Yellow – Kills a Fellow
Red Touch Black – Venom Lack, or
Yellow Touches Red – Soon You’ll Be Dead
Red Touches Black – Friend of Jack”

“My buddy Bill, from WV said the moon was good stuff, and bought a small bottle, for fairly low price. He said it was good stuff. I had a porter and a hamburguesa, and they were both real good. Excellent place for a meal and enjoying the breeze.”

“No injuries, no one hurt and no fire department”

So those are this month’s comments any questions, if you have any more feel free to send them.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

 

10 BEVERAGES YOU CAN ONLY FIND IN MEXICO

It is the weekend, so time for some Mexican culture.  Here is another installment from the Matador Network, about life in Mexico.  I have tried a lot of these beverages here in Mahahual and Caldaritas.

Man in a pulqueria in Mexico City. Photo by Laura Bernhein.

1. PULQUE

The “poliuhqui”, “broken” in Nahuatl, is a very nutritious drink. It’s high in protein and vitamins and minerals such as C, B1, B2, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and folic acid. But what makes it so special is that it’s also an alcoholic beverage, obtained by the fermentation of “aguamiel” which is the sugary sap of some species of agaves.

Pulque existed before the arrival of Europeans to the current Mexican territory, and its use was reserved for soldiers and elderly people. During colonial times, however, people stopped drinking it, mostly because of the bad reputation given to it by beer companies that saw in pulque one of their biggest competitors.

If you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you to do it after it’s freshly made in the morning, when it has very little alcohol content. As the hours pass, it increases their bittersweet taste and its level of alcohol.

Photo: Katie Bordner

2. POZOL

Another prehispanic drink called “pozzoli” by the Nahuas and “Pochol” by the Mayans. It’s prepared by fermenting corn inside banana leaves, diluted in salted water to which are added dried chilies, honey and sometimes ground cocoa. It is consumed as an energy drink during working hours, as well as to quench the thirst. It also mitigates hunger. You can drink it or eat it. Yes, you can make dumplings with pozol and consume it in its dehydrated form.

Photo: Sally

3. ATOLE

Atole is, without a doubt, the most popular drink among us. Before the arrival of the Europeans, it was prepared only with corn and water sweetened with brown sugar.

Currently, it is consumed throughout Mexico and there are many flavors and variations, depending on the region you visit. One can find atole de leche (milk) with strawberry, vanilla or caramel. Or atole de cenizas (ashes), typical of Michoacan, which is prepared with the ashes of a pine tree. There is alsochampurrado, which is an atole with chocolate. The variation with corn is calledchileatole. Atole is consumed on a daily basis, accompanied by sweet bread for breakfast or dinner.

Photo: Waywuwei

4. TEPACHE

Its name comes from the Nahuatl “tepiatl”, which means “corn drink”. Originally made with this cereal, the current and most popular version of it is made with pineapple, whose juice and pulp are left to ferment for at least a week. After this period, water, lemon, chili powder, and ice are added and they make one of our favorite drinks, famous for its unique sweet-sour flavor.

5. TESGÜINO

“Tecuin” in Nahuatl, it means “heartbeat”. It’s consumed mainly in the little villages of the Western Sierra Madre mountains. The preparation consists of letting germinated, grounded and boiled corn ferment in a special clay pot for 24 hours.

The native people rarámuris add a spike called basia`wi to it, which increases the level of alcohol. Another variation of this drink is prepared with cornstalk. It has a stronger flavor, and often people add agave, pineapples, hikuri (peyote) and other flowers or herbs to flavor it.

6. COLONCHE

The Nahua knew it as “nochtli”, which means “nopal liqueur”. The colonche is a drink obtained by fermenting the juice of red tunas, the fruits of the nopal cactus.

Lately it’s gaining popularity, but it can only be drank a few days a year during the rainy season, when there are more prickly pears. After a few hours of fermentation, the colonche flavor is sweet and gaseous and its alcohol content is very low.

7. TUBA

It’s obtained by fermenting the stem sap of several species of palm, coconut mainly. First it has a brownish color, but as ferments it becomes white. Its flavor is somewhat sweet and its consistency is viscous. Similar drinks are consumed in other parts of the world, as in Ghana, Malaysia, South Africa and the Philippines.

Photo: Maria Chavez

8 TEJATE

It’s made from fermented cacao seeds, mamey bones and cocoa flowers (which is called rosita, little rose). All ingredients are mixed with cold water until they become a paste. It is a very popular drink in Oaxaca and its name in Nahuatl istexatl ,which means “floured water.” I warn you: Many consider it an aphrodisiac drink…

9. AGUAS FRESCAS

They are the most traditional drinks here in Mexico. These fresh waters are made by blending fruits, flowers or seeds with water, then draining them and adding sugar or honey to taste.

Photo: ebouwens

10. CHOCOLATE

From Mexico to the world, this is “the drink of the gods”! Its name comes from the Nahuatl “xocolatl” and its original preparation consists of milling and baking cocoa beans, then adding corn and honey, and everything is blended by hand in a small mill until the mixture becomes foamy.

Many people today still prepare it this way, but it’s becoming a lost art. The best place to drink chocolate the traditional way is in the South of the country.

Photo: Citlalli V

source:http://matadornetwork.com/trips/10-beverages-can-find-mexico/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Another Great Video from Buceando Mahahual

I have been getting a lot of questions and searches on this blog about scuba diving here in Mahahual about diving here.  I especially have been getting a lot of activity about Banco Chinchorro and the diving there.  Banco is getting very popular on the internet.

So if you are wanting to come to Mahahual, and are interested in diving, check out Buceando Mahahual.  They go to Banco Chinchorro, and a lot of other great dive locations around here.  Click their link on this blog if you want more information about diving here.

Here is a great video done by one of their diving clients.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0ByVOXmF8_9s9QVNEdHFyQTB6dzQ

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

 

Some Excitement Today in Mahahual

We had some excitement in town today for a change, a VW van caught fire right off the malecon.  It was one of those “hippie” vans we see here all the time.

VW van on fire, right off the malecon

VW van on fire, right off the malecon.

It was a normal day today, nothing much going on.  We had a cruise ship yesterday, so the town was quiet today.  I went into town and stopped by some Mexican friends who live right off the malecon on the main street, and have a balcony apartment.

They had invited me for lunch, and we had conch cerviche, which was pretty good.  These guys are vendors who have a shop in the cruise ship port, and I have known them for a long time.  They were showing me some Amber stones they had gotten from Chiapas, that had insects inside.  We were looking at the amber through a microscope, which was pretty cool to see an insect in a stone several million years old.  That is another story I will be doing soon.

We had finished lunch, and I was sitting on the balcony watching what little traffic came by, when I saw a bunch of people running down the street towards the malecon.  I could not figure out what was going on, and I kept seeing people running in that direction.  One guy ran by and yelled “fuego”, which means fire in Spanish.

Well I jumped on the bike, and went to see what was going on.  I got down the street a little bit, and I could see a bunch of smoke.  When I pulled up there was this van on fire, and a small crowd watching.

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Even the Rural Police showed up.

Even the Rural Police showed up.

As I was taking my photos, a woman with tattoos rode by on her skateboard and yelled at me, “I saw everything, a guy in a red shirt got out of the van, and a couple of minutes later it caught on fire.”  I don’t know this woman, but I have seen her around.

So that my friends is the up to minute news here today from Mahahual.  No injuries, no one hurt, just a little excitement to liven the day up here.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

New Bourbon Whiskey Made in Xcalak

Costa Maya Mahahual

I meet a lot of interesting people down here in Mexico, and the other day I got to talk with a man from the USA that has been in business in Xcalak, Mexico for the last 31 years. David Randall is originally from Minnesota. David and his wife, Ilana, own and operate Costa de Cocos in Xcalak, Mexico, about an hour south of Mahahual. They also own Mango Moonshining in Xcalak, a company that brews its own beer, and makes Muir Blanco, Mexican corn liquor, or what we call in the USA, moonshine.

Mango Moonshing, Xcalak, Mexico Mango Moonshing, Xcalak, Mexico

David has been in Xcalak for the last 31 years. He had a catfish farm and business in the USA. During the winters there was not much for him to do, so he decided to come to Mexico and look around for a place to spend three or four months in the winter.

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