December 29, 2016

In my village of 2000 people, during the decade and a half, after World War II, I came in contact with exactly three foreigners.

Sometimes while standing in line or shopping in a nearby town, I’d hear an ‘accent’ which caused my ears to pick up and my mind to pay atten...

December 25, 2016

This colourful textile hides in a ropero most of the year.  I don't remember how it came into my possession, but for many years I travelled in tourist areas of the country and could not resist the beautiful handwork of the Guatemalan women.

This blouse is definitely a C...

December 23, 2016

Working in the tourist industry usually means that you spend your Christmas -- with tourists  --  not your family.  Nineteen seventy-six was a first time of being away from the traditional family setting. And since that distant date, Christmas has meant work...

December 22, 2016

        The seeds for this beautiful vine came to me from the door yard garden of my friend, Victor, in Tulum, Mexico.

" has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a memory enhancer, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticon...

December 18, 2016

Indian laurel trees were introduced in the 19th C and are found all over Mexico, in Parks and Plazas.  They compete with a native variety of ficus, known as the Strangler Fig, to uproot sidewalks and to destroy Colonial buildings.  The roots of a giant fig almost cause...

December 17, 2016

This historical gem of the Yucatán is the antidote to Cancún

photo by roger lynn 

 Casa Mexilio interior courtyard - photo by roger lynn

Casa Mexilio Reception - photo by roger lynn

 " I was looking forward to Mérida. Like Cancún, it's on the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula,...

December 10, 2016

You might also be inclined to accept this story --

St. Eulalia of Merida

Martyr, December 10


St. Eulalia of Merida, Virgin and Martyr (Feast day - December 10) Eulalia of Merida was born in Spain in the last decade of the third century. It is almost universally a...

December 5, 2016

Returning to a favourite restaurant or bar types one as a regular.  And it's nice to have the owner recognise you with a wink or smile.

Las Vigas is on the second floor of a downtown building which was once used in some municipal capacity.  The wooden beams are enormous...

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