- If I let leftover food cool down on the counter top before I put it in the fridge, will the ants find it first?
- Induction ranges seem to make sense in this climate. How come I’ve only heard of one [Read more…]
Archives for November 2011
That’s what the sign says, and it’s posted in front of one of the most beguiling ruins I’ve seen in the Gringo Gulch. It’s on 66, between 49 and 53, and it caught our attention (as did the nearby Coca-Cola wall) on the day of the casa crawl.
Again, the point of our day was to appreciate fresh renovations and new designs, but I kept getting caught up in the romance of the ruins as they are. Don’t tourists come to Yucatán to see ruins, after all? These are just the 20th-century kind.
I did something here I had never done before. I stuck my camera-phone through a broken window and blindly took pictures of what I could not see. The results were stunning, at least to me. Some day, this will be somebody’s wonderful home again, [Read more…]
Did a Broadway set designer come to Calle 47 at 64 and do this? If you wanted to paint a picture of an abandoned corner store’s artfully decaying wall, you couldn’t do a better job than nature. The sun-bleached peeling paint, exposed rocks, and a little graffiti tag for good measure, somehow form a perfect composition.
I took this picture with my camera phone on the way to the Showcase last week. I’ve been through this corner often. We all must have been — across the street is Mérida’s biggest tourist attraction! — but I would never get my friends back home to believe [Read more…]
Was our grueling but pleasurable casa crawl, AKA the Mérida Showcase of Homes, a success? By all accounts, yes. Did it inspire us at just the right time? Definitely, yes.
I wore out my camera battery almost right away snapping pics of tiles, pedestals, columns, chairs, baths, windows, backsplashes, etc. Not that any one home was completely to my taste, but most had an element here or there that felt right for us.
Some casas seems to go toward the beach-resort aesthetic; others embraced an uptown modern vibe; we saw rustic and formal touches blended seamlessly. All the owners carved out attractive, livable spaces, and it was instructive for people like us who have had limited exposure to Mérida interiors. We found that [Read more…]
See how SEO-friendly that headline is? Very specific, with “key words” designed to snag anyone searching for the Latin American Bloggers Conference. That’s one small tip shared at that very event, a full day of laughs and learning at the Tecnología Turística Total downtown. An even better headline might be “5 reasons I liked the Latin American Bloggers Conference,” or even better “Thanks to Mérida’s TTT for hosting the Latin American Bloggers Conference,” which might attract [Read more…]
Standing in line at immigration, I am struck at how happy everyone around me seems to be. I’ve never seen so many smiles or heard so much laughter in a long, interminable line like this. It must be because we are all about to enter Mérida.
Expats here so happy and relaxed, it’s been established, but why? I can only conclude it’s an epidemic case of the phuhkits. Ever hear of the phuhkits? Maybe that’s not the correct spelling, but it’s the thing you say out loud when you are fed up and ready to cast away everything that gives you stress. My parents have very strong feelings about the use of vulgar language, and that is how I was raised, but like Susie Essman’s character knows on “Curb Your Enthusiam,” the f word can be very freeing. I think my mother is coming around to this idea, now that she’s in her 80’s.
The happy people in line have said “phuhkit” to it all, and now they are here and smiling broadly.