El Dia del Niño: Children’s Day

 

April 30th is el día del niño (Children’s Day) here in Mexico. This tradition started in 1925 and was born from the first “World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children”  held in Geneva that same year. Several countries selected days to celebrate childrento honor them and the joy they have in life.

Most of the celebrations in Mexico will take place in schools, restaurants, parks, home and in the streets.  Often, toys are given as gifts and games are played to gather children from all over to take part in the fun. You can also honor the day in your home. If you have kids, plan a day of cooking with them or making projects.

EL DÍA DEL NIÑO IS ALSO A REMINDER TO ADULTS TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR INNER CHILD. WE CAN DO THIS BY PLAYING WITH KIDS AND THIS DAY GIVES US LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DO SO.

More important than the activities is that children are recognized as an important part of society.  As adults trying to care for kids, often the daily stresses distract from the focus that should be put on kids.  Children should be and should feel appreciated.  El día del niño reminds us of that and gives us an avenue to celebrate these future wonders that will, one day, be taking care of us.

 

Would you like to help some local children celebrate El día del niño? Please consider contributing to  Sonrisas Contagiosas (Contagious Smiles), Maya Music & Art Experience and Dreams for Mayan Children. These organizations are partnering up to collect donations focused on art and school supplies for the kids of underprivileged communities.  The focus is on art and school supplies to lower unnecessary waste from toys and to increase the desire to tap into their natural creative potential. It’s a small donation for most and makes hearts melt to see these kids light up at these gifts. More information at Facebook/Sonrisas Contagiosas -Contagious Smiles or call 984-169-3463.

source:http://theplayatimes.com/2016/04/21/el-dia-del-nino-childrens-day/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Five Mexican gastronomic delicacies you cannot miss

Here is an article today from the Yucatan Times, about Mexican food you must try.  I can say I have had all of these dishes and some others here that I like.  Mexico has some of the most unusual dishes in the world.

Mexico is mostly renowned for tacos, but… not many know that there’s a whole world of options out there?

You see, Mexican gastronomy was declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO, and that means more food than just meat-filled tortillas!

Here’s a brief list containing the ABC’s for a true Mexican diet!

Chilaquiles

Next morning after your arrival, you’ll have these at your breakfast buffet for sure.Chilaquiles are slightly fried tortilla chips poured with green or red tomato sauce, with some cream and cheese on top. If you want, you can have yours with fried eggs or shredded chicken too; it really highlights the flavor and works for a more complete breakfast!

chilaquilesOriginal Image: “Chilaquiles” by Masa Assassin, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license, via Flickr.

Pozole

Before you even try to guess what you can get from the name, you should know that pozole is an ancient dish dates back to pre-Hispanics days when it was used for ritual sacrifices according to anthropologists. Nowadays, there’s even a vegan version of it, so that lessens the creepy factor a bit. It’s a soup made from hominy corn with plenty of herbs and spices, then it gets stewed for hours, and once it’s ready to serve, you can sprinkle some lettuce, radish, onion, cilantro or (if you’re brave enough) some chili on top too!

pozole rojoOriginal Image: “Pozole Rojo with Pork” by James, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

Tostadas

We are definitely not done with tortillas yet! And this time they are deep-fried to get a good crunchy, golden color. Then it can be piled up with lots of toppings like refried beans, seafood, pork, chicken, lettuce, and many other edible garnishes. A Mexican “pizza” if you will!

tostadasOriginal Image: “Mexican tostadas” by David Boté Estrada, used under CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr.

Enchiladas

These remain a Mexican favorite among many, because not only are they a great option for breakfast but for lunch time too! Enchiladas are corn or flour tortillas filled with meat, cheese, vegetables and other type of fillings, then covered with chili sauce, don’t worry, you can get a non-spicy sauce if you want to!

enchiladasOriginal Image: “Enchiladas” by Rogelio Portillo Seguir, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

Mole

Take a small peek at any of these rich Mexican sauce ingredients list and you’ll know why it’s one of Mexico’s finest! With a staggering number of 20+ ingredients, there are many types of mole, and they are all made from different kinds of spices and chili peppers. The most famous one is Mole Poblano, a rusty red sauce usually served over a turkey or a chicken.

chicken moleOriginal Image: “Chicken Mole” by Adam Freidin, used under CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, each Mexican state has its own personal touch and original take on various recipes for traditional dishes, so should you ever come to pay a visit, you’re in for a very delicious treat!

 

By Daniel Juárez for Mexico News Network

Source: http://www.mexiconewsnetwork.com/gastronomy/must-try-foods-mexico/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Current Photos of Mahahual April 2016

As a lot of you who follow this blog know, I am not the best photographer in the world.  Most of my photos come from my trusty 3gs Iphone, so they are not the best quality in the world.  Luckily a bunch of Facebook groups have sprang up here in Mahahual, and some of them have great quality photos of Mahahual.

For about the last six months, Facebook group pages have been popping up about Mahahual all the time. Mahahual, Costa Maya Port, and the Lost Mayan Kingdom water park, now all have Facebook pages and are putting out some good quality photos and videos.

There is also a guy down here that does drone videos, and I am going to meet with him this week to see about getting some drone footage of Mahahual.

So today, I am going to share some of the great photos from some of the Facebook group pages here.

Here are some photos from the “Visit Mahahual” Facebook page.

 

As you can see for yourself, Mahahual is a very beautiful place on the Mexican Caribbean.  I feel very blessed to live in such a natural and pristine environment.  Trust me, if you have never experienced Mahahual for yourself, you are definitely missing out.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mexican Trivia

Some Mexican trivia today.

“Mexican Trivia for $

1000, Alex”

Happy Earth Day from Mahahual, Mexico

Costa Maya Mahahual

Today is Earth Day, and probably nowhere else in the world is the Earth as beautiful and pristine as it is here in Costa Maya and Mahahual. I am sitting here thinking of something to write about and looking out the balcony door at the reef and the beach. So I got to thinking, instead of trying to describe or write something today, I am just going to show some of the photos I have taken lately.

Last night I was sitting on my balcony and watching the sun go down and the waves crashing on the reef, and I thought to myself, there are thousands of people in the world that would trade places with me right now in a minute. Sometimes I just sit and look at the beach and the water, and all the different colors in the surf, and all the birds flying around.

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High Season is Over, Low Season is Here in Mahahual

Last Friday we had two cruise ships, and that was the end of high cruise ship season here in Mahahual.  This week we have two ships, and two ships next week also.  The cruise ship season here now will consist of one or two ships a week until October.

Last Friday, last 2 ship day of the season.

Last Friday, last 2 ship day of the season.

That is a lot better than what we have had in the past during low season.  Last year and the years before that, we were lucky to get two ships a month.  Now we should have between eight to ten ships a month now, and I think at least one a week.

Today, Carnival Valor, a half day ship.

Today, Carnival Valor, a half day ship.

Streets of Mahahual on a Monday during low season, ghost town, everybody in Chetumal.

Streets of Mahahual on a Monday during low season, ghost town, everybody in Chetumal.

“Snow Bird” season is also officially over here in Mahahual.  Most of the expats that live here during the winter months, have also gone back up north for the summer, and will return around November.  All that is left now is some Canadians, (hosers), Wayne Horley, Canadian Stewart, and Ron and Collen from Novia Scotia, everybody else is basically gone, and headed north.

There are only a couple of us full timers, staying through the summer.  I will be here all summer.  The last three years I have had an adventure each summer during low season.  Last year I stayed and toured Merida during low season, and the two summers before that, I stayed in Playa del Carmen during low season.  This year I am staying in Mahahual because I have a lot of work to catch up on, and I need to write some articles for this blog that I have been putting off, because I am behind.

I have a bunch of funny “Gringo” stories to write about, and some other things that have happened down here in the last five or six months.  I wanted to wait until everybody was up north before I went into these stories, not to embarrass anyone.

I have been very busy this past high season, and I have talked to more people about Mahahual,  than I ever have in my past here in Mahahual.  All I do on cruise ship days now is answer questions from people wanting to move or retire here.  I have a whole another article about that later this week.

Right now things are kind of slow here until school gets out for the summer.  The crowds of Mexican Nationals will start showing up on the weekends now.  When school lets out here in Mexico, we will start getting families on vacation from all over Mexico, from places like Mexico City and Veracruz.  The new water park will also attract some tourists here during low season.

Today we had the Carnival Valor here today from 7am to 2pm, and there were not that many people in town off of the cruise ship.  Tomorrow we have the Norwegian Dawn here for a full day, so there will be more tourists in town tomorrow.

So here are some photos of low season in Mahahual today.  Not much going on, but at least it is something.

Cruise ship tourists by the pool.

Cruise ship tourists by the pool.

Not many tourists today.

Not many tourists today.

Half the crowds today.

Half the crowds today.

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This is a cool photo, the woman is getting a massage on the beach.  Her husband brought her a margarita with a long straw, so she could drink her margarita through the straw, while she got a massage.  Notice the drink in the chair.

This is a cool photo, the woman is getting a massage on the beach. Her husband brought her a margarita with a long straw, so she could drink her margarita through the straw, while she got a massage. Notice the drink in the chair.

Mennonite cookies, peanuts, and other snacks for sale.

Mennonite cookies, peanuts, and other snacks for sale.

A first for me in Mahahual, seeing a dog wearing tennis shoes.

A first for me in Mahahual, seeing a dog wearing tennis shoes.

Pedro, the Mennonite, he still works during low season, delivering his fruits and vegatables along the malecon.

Pedro, the Mennonite, he still works during low season, delivering his fruits and vegetables along the malecon.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina