Carnaval Schedule of Events in Mahahual Costa Maya 2018

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Here we go guys as promised! For those gringos without the lingo I will translate for you here so you know what is going on!

Friday February 16 starting at 7:00pm in the Dome!

Kings and Queens of Carnaval 2018 Mahahual

7:00pm – Welcome and Presentation of Hosts

7:05pm – Inauguration by the Municipal President of Othon P. Blanco, Ing Luis Torres Llanes

Coronation Ceremony, Queen of Inclusion, Queen of Pro-Diversity, Emperors and Kings of Carnaval

7:30pm – Carnaval Antics

9:00pm – Presentation of Troupes

10:00pm – (Musical Acts) Los Huiros de Cozumel, Nohoch Purux y Pompi, and the best DJ in the Mexican Caribbean, Disco Macs

 

So there you have it! Looks like this year we are going to be celebrating in the dome instead of under the lighthouse. Stay tuned for updates from the festivities!

Carnaval 2018 Calendar for the Mexican Caribbean

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Carnaval is coming to Mahahual this weekend! I will post a schedule of events as soon as I can get my hands on it! For those who will be here visiting us for the first time you can look forward to live music, performances, comedy, arts and crafts, and more!

Mahahual Locals Spotlight #1

Hello all!  We are back at it after some time off and are starting off strong with a new series; “Mahahual Locals Spotlight”. This series will be published monthly and will highlight the journey of a well-known local who fell in love with our lovely little town and never looked back.

As you know, Mahahual is a special place full of special people that makes up a very unique community of locals, born and raised nearby, Mexican nationals who moved from far away parts of the country, Europeans, Americans, Canadians…you name it! We are all here experiencing this crazy ride together and each of our unique personalities and stories are what makes Mahahual what it is! Let’s get started!

This month we interviewed Lorena Lucidi, the well known, multi-talented, and lovely manager/waitress/owner/bartender of Divino Delicia Italiana, and Divino Delicia Mexicana, two of the staple restaurants here in Mahahual. You can catch her any day (except Monday!) in Divino Delicia Mexicana on the first corner in Casitas serving up delicious cappuccinos, vegetarian omelets, and huevos mexicanos to locals and tourists alike in three different languages, with a smile and relaxed demeanor.

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Costa Maya Life: Well first thing is first, how did you end up in Mahahual?

Lorena: It’s a long story! My husband and I are originally from Italy but where living in London for several years. The weather was bad and the pace of life was just too much for us. We wanted to do something different so we could enjoy life more. My husband’s father, Angelo, had moved down from Italy to Playa Del Carmen and we decided to go live with him. But we quickly realized that Playa Del Carmen, even though it isn’t as big as London, had the same pace as a city 10 times its size.  It wasn’t much different.

Costa Maya Life: Did you guys have a plan for what you wanted to do once you got there?

Lorena: We wanted to start a business renting paddle boards, jet skis and things like that but we realized that it was too expensive there. You have to pay a tax and the tax for each paddle board was as much as for a boat. We also thought about opening up a restaurant there but it was also extremely expensive. The rent and cost of living weren’t that different from Mahahual but to own a business was another thing.

Costa Maya Life: Yeah the tourism industry there is already pretty well established I would imagine! So how did you find Mahahual?

Lorena: Well some friends of ours had told us about Mahahual, it’s beautiful beaches and relaxed charm, and that there was a cruise port. So we came down to check it out and we loved it. We decided we wanted to stay right away!

Costa Maya Life: Yeah that seems to be how it happens!

Lorena: So we went back to get our stuff and moved down immediately.

Costa Maya Life: So what did you do for jobs when you first moved down?

Lorena: Well six years ago Mahahual was very different. There weren’t as many things here and there was a need for almost everything. We met some local hotel owners who let us open a business on the beach in front of their hotel renting paddle boards and jet skis like we wanted to in Playa Del Carmen. Imagine that for two people coming from London where it is cold and rainy all of the time, to a beach town in the Caribbean working all day every day on the beach, it was like a dream for us!

Costa Maya Life: Yeah it doesn’t get more picture perfect than that! So what happened? Why did you stop doing that?

Lorena: Well, being out on the beach all day, every day, is fun for a while but it does get old believe it or not! Business was good but we were having some problems with cruise ship tourists using the equipment and damaging it, then trying to get them to pay for it, or them getting hurt, because alcohol and jet skis aren’t really a good combination….it just became too much of a hassle. So we decided to look into opening up a restaurant because Angelo has a real passion for cooking. He loves it!

Costa Maya Life: And is that what he did in Italy? Owned a restaurant?

Lorena: No. He just loved cooking. And my husband and I had both worked in the industry in London. So we had some experience.

Costa Maya Life: Ok! So we all know that there are a lot of good Italian restaurants here in Mahahual. Were you guys one of the first?

Lorena: There were already some good restaurants in town but not too many when we opened Divino Delicias Italiano down at the beach. We wanted to open something nice, but not too fancy, where people could come for a good atmosphere but not have to worry about dressing up too much or paying to much.

Costa Maya Life: So business was good?

Lorena: Business was great! The first year there was always a line out the door waiting for a table. Every night!

Costa Maya Life: You guys do have some great food. That is totally understandable!

Lorena: Thank you. Then after the first year business kindof normalized and it has been steady since then.

Costa Maya Life: Well to the locals here in Casitas, Divino Delicia Mexicana is THE place to eat and enjoy some coffee. When did you open this one? What is the story?

Lorena: We decided to open this one after the success of Divino Delicia Italiana down at the beach. Before we bought it three years ago, this location was owned by a greek man and functioned more as a bar than a restaurant. When we first bought it we would be open until 5 in the morning and both sides of the street would be full of people because we were the only bar in Casitas. Pizza Papi was there, but this place was the spot!

Costa Maya Life: Yeah I remember when we first started coming down this place was really jumping at night!

Lorena: Yes but after a while it began to calm down some thank God. At the beginning we never had anybody come in to eat…maybe 10 people all day, but at night it was like a disco. Then after a while it began to shift and now we are more of a restaurant than a bar. we can’t stay open too late because they built the apartments above us and we can’t make so much noise.

Costa Maya Life: Yeah now it is really the low key local meet up spot. There are a few more places to go and have drinks in this area but this is still the place where “everybody knows your name”.

Lorena: Yep.

Costa Maya Life: Well that is a great story. One last question and I’ll let you go…What was the thing that really made you stop and say, “Wow. This is the place where we want to be”, when you first came down?

Lorena: Well we came down for two days the first time. The first day there was a cruise ship here so we saw the town and all of the people walking around and the potential to open a good business and that was positive. But the second day, when there was no ship and we saw how quiet and relaxed everything was, we really got that sense of freedom and relaxation that you really don’t get in many other places. Obviously the water is beautiful, the beaches are beautiful and the people are friendly…but that sense of freedom was really the thing that captured us.

Costa Maya Life: Yeah the air here can definitely be infectious. Thank you!

You can catch Lorena, her husband Marco, and her father-in-law Angelo anytime at Divino Delicia Mexicana in Casitas or Divino Delicia Italiana at the beach next to Hotel Pacha Mama every day except for Monday!

You know you’re in Mexico when…

Today some Mexican culture and humor from the Matador Network.  I subscribe to the Matador Network and they have some really good articles, and some excellent writers. They give insight to life in Mexico, as seen through their writers eyes, some are Mexican natives, and some are expats.

1. “Madre” becomes a good thing, a bad thing, practically anything, but also your mother.

2. You can stop a bus wherever you want, as if it were a cab.

3. Everyone around you is wearing an overwhelming amount of hair products.

4. People laugh at you because you said you love chile or longaniza.

5. Sanitation workers are equipped with a bell, a donkey or both.

6. Every celebration is overtaken at some point by a chiquiti bum… and everyone there knows the whole incomprehensible litany.

7. You order a beer and you are asked if you want it “normal.” The opposite of normal can range from a little lime and salt, to an assortment of sauces, chili, tomato juice and maybe even some gummy bears… or shrimp… for real.

8. Someone gets his face smashed into a birthday cake and everybody applauds.

9. Your Spanish skills are immediately put to the test with two common and apparently simple concepts: limón and lima.

10. Fireworks become a totally acceptable substitute for an alarm clock, especially if you have a church nearby (and you’ll have a church nearby).

11. The same goes to the military band of your nearest school.

12. You have to stop your car in the middle of a lonely road because some guys are asking for money for a quinceañera party or for painting the local church. They use a piece of rope to stop random cars and have the quinceañera right there as proof of their good intentions.

13. The first cut in a birthday cake is a circle around its center and nobody has a convincing explanation for this.

14. Fresh made tortillas are available from specialized shops everywhere.

15. People suddenly forget what punctuality means… and you quickly follow the trend.

16. You look both sides of the road even when the crossing light is green.

17. It doesn’t matter what you’re having for breakfast, you’ll get a side of either papaya or frijolitos.

18. You’ll either be greeted with some superb coffee from Chiapas or with water for Nescafe.

19. The wall in front of you is painted with political propaganda, some party info featuring Polymarchs or a moralizing message from the virgencita.

20. Four people hanging from ropes cast themselves into the abyss from the top of a giant pole while playing drums and flutes and everybody acts as if that were perfectly normal.

21. Every single restaurant offers “something else”, like “tacos, tostadas… and something else.”

source:https://matadornetwork.com/abroad/know-youre-mexico/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Spring breakers reportedly chant ‘build that wall’ during Cancun cruise

I never thought I would see the Fox News quote a publication I write for, but Fox News recently quoted the Yucatan Times as a source.  I came across this today from the editor of the Yucatan Times on Facebook, and I thought some of you might find this interesting.

“Thank you to The San Francisco Chronicle and Fox News for using The Yucatan Times as a source of local news!!!”

Spring breakers reportedly chant ‘

build that wall’ during Cancun cruise

A Mexican newspaper on Monday criticized a group of tourists from the U.S. on spring break who reportedly chanted “build that wall” during a cruise off Cancun, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The chanting occurred on a “Pirate Ship” attraction. The Yucatan Times called the chant an act of “xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country.”

The paper described the cruise as an entertainment excursion allows attendees to witness sword fights and drinking. The paper reported, “This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.”

The Mexican paper referred to a social media post by a Peruvian man who was on board the ship.

“Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous ‘Build that wall’ chant louder and louder’.”

source:http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/03/21/spring-breakers-reportedly-chant-build-that-wall-during-cancun-cruise.html

That is the Fox News report, now here is the editorial that Fox News I think was referring to from the Yucatan Times.

EDITORIAL: Spring Breakers chanting “Build That Wall” in Cancun is unacceptable

CANCUN — What would be a dream night for Suly and Anaximandro Amable, a newly married couple who went to Cancun for their honeymoon, became a bitter experience on Monday March 13.

During a family show on the high seas, young American spring breakers began to sing the controversial “Build That Wall” chant, which shocked Mexican national tourists and workers.

This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviors that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is (or should be) totally unacceptable.

Anaximandro, from Perú, made the following statement on social networks: “Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous “Build that wall” chant louder and louder”.

This chant became popular across the US in the wake of Trump’s Election Day victory. And it went viral on social networks, when students at a Michigan middle school began chanting Build the wall!” during lunch on the day after Trump’s election, November 17, 2016.


The “Pirate Ship” sails out from Puerto Juárez, and the show takes place in the middle of the ocean, where attendees can witness the clashing of swords and the explosion of cannons along with a constant flow of drinks.

Several Mexican tourists on board the ship expressed their annoyance, but the Americans did not stop at all and continued singing the racist hymn.

This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.

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American Tourists at Pirate Ship Cancún (Photo: Google)


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Anaximandro Amable Facebook post (Source; Facebook)

TYT Newsroom with information from:

source:http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/03/editorial-spring-breakers-chanting-build-that-wall-in-cancun-is-unacceptable/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, Mahahual

First of all I would like to apologize to Robert Gruber, owner of Yemaya Beach, for taking so long to get this article out.  I went to a birthday party about a month ago, took some photos, at Yemaya Beach, and I told Robert I would put them on this blog with his information and website.  Well I had to leave the birthday party early, and kind of forgot about the article until I found photos this morning.  So again sorry, I have been a little behind schedule.

Like I said, Yemaya Beach is owned and operated by Robert Gruber, originally from Germany.  I have seen Robert around Mahahual since I have been here, so he has been here quite a while. Well he has opened a beach club south of town on the coastal road to Xcalak.

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His place is about 4.5 kilometers south of town.

Entrance to Yemaya.

It is a great little spot on the beach, and you can see the port and Mahahual from the beach there.

Beach at Yemaya.

Robert has a swing bar, a restaurant, and all the other beach club amenities. You can hang out on the beach, snorkel, get a massage and there are also kayaks.

Cool swing bar.

Birthday party I was at.

They also have rooms, or cabanas I should say, you can stay in.  Here is their ad off of booking.com.

“Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual is set in Mahahual. The resort has a sun terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms have a private bathroom.

You will find concierge service at the property.

A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. The nearest airport is Chetumal International Airport, 68 km from Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual.

We speak your language!”

Also I got this off of their website.

“Our secluded, private beach club offers an authentic “off the beaten path” experience, while our friendly staff, full service bar & restaurant provide all the necessary comforts. Kayaks are available for guests as well as massages (upon request).

Whether you are looking for an exclusive beach location where to kick back for the day, a serene spot where to settle for a camping vacation in the Caribbean, a gorgeous setting where to celebrate a special occasion, or just a place where you can enjoy doing nothing, Yemayá Beach Club & Resort is waiting for you!”

So if you are here on a cruise ship, or on vacation, or an expat looking for a different place to go for the day or night, check out Yemaya Beach Club and Resort.

If you are interested in visiting or booking a room at Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, I am enclosing their website below, so you can check them out for yourself.

http://www.yemaya.com.mx/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

I Can Eat for $5.00 a Day in Mahahual

Yes, you read me correctly, I can eat most days in Mahahual for around five good old USA dollars.  I mean and not just eating a can and beans and some rice, I eat out every meal almost every day, or get take out.  I found this out the other day.  I got a $5 tip from a couple of college students here on spring break, for showing them around town.  After I got the tip, the guy who rides around on a bike here changing dollars to pesos came by.  I go him to change my $5 into pesos, and I got 96 pesos.

So after my tip I went to lunch at one of my usual haunts, right off the malecon.  I went to the Oaxaca girls place and got two empanadas, carne molido, and a garnacho, and it cost me only 26 pesos.  Later that day on my way home I stopped and got me a hamburger and fries from Solofish, and that cost me only 40 pesos.  So my total for my two main meals of the day was only 66 pesos, and this is not just on that day.  I eat for around 100 pesos every day, which is about $5 USA dollars.  I will now show you how I do it and provide some examples.

Hamburger and fries, 40 pesos.

First of all I am a bachelor, so I only have to feed myself.  Second, I am living in the K’ay Kook hotel now at the moment and don’t really have access to a refrigerator, just a freezer. Now when I originally moved into the hotel here last July, I was only supposed to be here two weeks to a month, it now has been eight months, but that is another story for the future.  I have been promised a place on the malecon to live, but there has been trouble with the legal procedures, more on that story later.

So being a bachelor here in Mahahual, I have learned it is as cheap to eat out here, as it is to cook your own meals.  Trust me, I have the good, cheap eating out to a science here. Now I am not going to include my drinks or my water in my daily eating totals, because I buy the big 5 liter water bottles, and 2-liter Coke Zero, and drink that with most of my meals.  I probably spend 20 pesos a day on my drinks and water, because it is important to stay hydrated here.

For instance, yesterday I was watching March Madness all day, and I had a fantasy baseball draft, so I went up to the corner and got me a hamburger for 30 pesos, and a bag of Cheetos 6 for lunch, for a total of 36 pesos, with the exchange rate now at 19.02 pesos to 1 USA dollar, that figures out to about $1.89 usd for lunch.  For dinner I ordered out for sushi, and had that delivered for 50 pesos, $2.62 usd.  So the total for the day was around 86 pesos.

But you are now thinking to yourself, well what about breakfast?  My answer, I am not a big breakfast eater, so I usually eat a sweet roll, or something  from the local bakery here. At Panaderia La Tartaleta, the local bakery here, I buy bags of day old pastries or rolls for 12 pesos.  It usually has three or four nice baked goods, and I eat one of those for breakfast with my Coke Zero.  Yesterday the bag I picked up had a brownie in it, a jelly roll, and a croissant filled with chocolate, not bad for only 12 pesos.

Thursday, I think I had chicken soup at Primos for 30 pesos for lunch, and picked up two slices of pepperoni pizza from Metro Pizza to take home for dinner, 50 pesos, another under $5.00 usd total, 80 pesos.  And as you can see, my meals are not bad, Metro Pizza has very good pizza, and the slices are big, good enough for me.

My meals also vary, one day I may get quarter chicken meal( pollo asada), rice and beans, tortillas, and salad for 40 pesos, at my place in downtown Mahahual.  So my diet varies, and is somewhat healthy, (beats eating fast food in the USA), and I can say almost all my meals taste good, I get a bad meal every now and then, but I usually stick to my usual haunts, so I know what I am getting most of the time.

I go to a place up on the corner a lot from my hotel, and the Mexican lady there has started making sandwiches, hamburgers, pastas, potato salad kind of Mexican style, and other meals for her customers to take home, and they are usually around 30 pesos.  I get these a lot at night, or on weekends, when I don’t want to venture all the way into town to eat.

Assorted salads, sandwiches, pastas, and even cupcakes, all around 20 or 30 pesos.

My store on the corner from where I live. I buy my ice there, and also a lot of my meals to take home. It is at the entrance to Barrio Cinco-Cinco, right across from Don Kike.

Mexican lady who owns store, with her hamburgers and sandwiches.

So as you can see, I got the $5 a day eating down to a science here in Mahahual.  Now I am sure I have left some people and places I eat out, and I will remember some later, but it is Sunday morning, and March Madness will be coming on soon, and I have to go watch my Gamecocks play Duke, (Go Cocks, sorry I had to throw that in there).

Now don’t get me wrong, I would much rather have my own kitchen to cook my own meals, but at the time being, this is my best option.  In fact something has to give on my “promised” apartment this week, or I am out of the deal, more on this later, I am not at liberty to go into more detail because of ongoing legal procedures, but lets just say, eight months is too long to wait for an apartment.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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