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)


post anaximandro

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

21 strange customs you should know before visiting Mexico

Today is Saturday, so time for some Mexican culture and humor.  Here is another installment from the Matador Network on some strange customs in Mexico.  And I can tell you after living in Mexico for six years, a lot of these I see every day.

Solofish in New Mahahual

Solofish in New Mahahual.

One of my favorite places to eat in Mahahual has reopened under new owners and management.  I have been stopping by Solofish since it opened a couple of years ago.  I like their fish sandwich and I eat there two or three times a week.  It is on my way home from the malecon, and a lot of times I stop there to get something to go to take home to eat.

Solofish fish sandwich, only 50 pesos.

I would say Solofish has a combination of Mexican-American food.  They serve a wide range of cuisine from hamburgers and hot dogs to Mexican favorites like empanadas and gringas.  The majority of the food they told me they serve is American food, and they have a lot if local expats that eat there.  They have a big following with the expats here besides me.  I think my friend Canadian Stewart also eats there a lot.

2 expats from James, Island, South Carolina I met at Solofish yesterday, I forgot to write down their names. They live off the grid out in Rio Indio.

 

Solofish is open seven days a week.  Mondays through Saturdays they are open from 9am to 11:30pm, and on Sundays they open from 4pm to 11pm.  They also have delivery and take out.  They deliver to the malecon, New Mahahual, and Barrio 55, and there is no charge for delivery.  I have started getting delivery here lately to my hotel K’ay Kook in Barrio 55, I like the hot cakes there also, and get them delivered sometimes.  The phone number for take and delivery is 983-834-5917.

Solofish serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They also have coffee, juices, and soft drinks, as well as licuados.  They serve eggs your way, hot cakes, chilquiles, and other breakfast favorites.  For lunch you can get hamburgers, chicken wings, tortas, sandwiches, gringas, burritos, tacos, hot dogs and french fries, and alhambres.  The dinner menu is basically the same as lunch, but you can order anything off the menu all day.

Solofish current menu, and expanded menu will be available soon.

Jesus told me their three biggest sellers at the moment are the hamburgers, mega gringas, and the chicken wings.  The chicken wings are new to the menu, and I had some last night, and they were quite good.  I think Solofish is the only place to get chicken wings in the casitas.

Solofish chicken wings and fries. You can get them BBQ, spicy, or Mexican style.

Hamburger and fries, 40 pesos.

Solofish in Mahahual is now owned and operated by Brian Constantino and his wife Mercedes Diaz.  They are originally from Chiapas, Mexico.  They have been in Mahahual for three months, and they love it here.  Brian went to chef school in Ciapas, and is a certified chef.  They are new, but still serve the same great food that Solofish always has had.

Mercedes Diaz and Brian Constantina, owners and operators of Solofish.

So if you are in Mahahual and want some good quick food American or Mexican style, go check them out at Solofish,  they at right next to Martin’s Super on the corner in New Mahahual.  And remember, they also deliver.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

 

 

Spring Breakers in Mahahual

It is that time of year again, spring break in Mahahual.  This week, and for the next two weeks, there will be a lot of cruise ships stopping here loaded with college students from the USA on spring break.  This is one of my favorite times of the year here in Mahahual. There are college students from universities and colleges all over the southern part of the USA.  There are also students from northern states as well, but the majority of the spring breakers we get are from the deep south part of the USA.

They get off the cruise ships ready to party.  I remember when I worked for Shark Tours at the port, we had a special all you could drink package, and we used to sell that out during spring break.  It was like $35.00 usd for an open bar at the Senor Frogs on the beach.   It has a pool, and a swim up bar, which the college students love.

Bar at old Senor Frogs on the beach. It is now run by Groupo Cancun, and they now sell these open bar excursions on the ships.

When I was working at the port I would meet college students from all over the USA, and I was surprised at how many college students take cruises on spring break now. When I was in college, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach were big college spring break destinations.  In those days that is where you went, we never even considered booking a cruise, nor could we afford it.

My buddies and I in college would usually pool our money together, load up a car and head for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We would sleep 5 or 6 to a room, and party for a week in Myrtle Beach.  We would meet other college and university students from other schools like North Carolina State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Georgia, and other schools in the southeast part of the USA.

Now college students show up here with lots of money, credit cards, and are ready to cut loose.  Different times, we could barely put $10 together in my college days.  But I have to admit it, these young college students know how to have a good time.

College students at swim up bar having a good time.

Pool full of spring breakers.

And like every year before, as soon as the party gets started the young female college students start dancing on the bar.  I see it every year, and it is a sight to see.

Well this year I just happened to look over, and at that moment I saw a woman fall off the bar while she was dancing, right on her back on the ground.  I thought to myself, this does not look good.  Well the music stopped, all the woman’s friends ran up to her to see if she was all right.  She laid there for a while, then jumped up, and the crowd went wild, and then they all just went back to partying.  She seemed all right, and went back to drinking, I bet she was sore the next day.

Also like every year since I have been here, I always meet pretty little female co-eds from the University of South Carolina, my alma mater.  This year was no exception.  I met some yesterday, and I found them a place for lunch.  There were some South Carolina and Virginia Tech students here together.  I got them a table at the Blue Kay, and chatted with them a while.

South Carolina and Va.Tech college students at lunch.

Jessica Watts from Myrtle Beach, SC in black top, Casey Cleffi from Manasquan, NJ with me yesterday. They are both University of South Carolina co-eds.

So next week there will be even more college students here, because the majority of the colleges and universities in the USA start spring break next week.  So it should be an interesting two weeks ahead for Mahahual.  And trust me, every Mexican man in town loves spring break, just as much as I do.  There is nothing quite like seeing hundreds of young female college students in bikinis running around the malecon.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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