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7th Annual CEA Festival Celebrates Waves of Change

Posted February 13, 2012 by Kay Walten in Enviroment,Riviera Maya Activities

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Come enjoy a full week of music, art, lectures, sports, games, performances and much more all benefiting Akumal's local wildlife and ecology! Festivities will kick off  with a silent auction Wednesday, February 22, at the CEA Center.  Bidding begins at 10AM and will close at 6:30PM.  The auction will be followed by live music and cocktails from 5PM-7PM.  Auction winners will be announced at 7PM.  This one-day event will be the only time to participate in the silent auction, so get there...

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“Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan” by Rosy Hugener

Posted January 25, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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"Xtabentum: A Novel of Yucatan" is a  story of two young women set in the years following the Mexican Revolution in Merida, Yucatan, one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the time.  Amanda Diaz is from the "divine caste," a small group of families of European descent who dominate the politics and economy of the region.  Amanda's lifelong friend, Carmen, is from the opposite end of the social spectrum, a Mayan Indian who is the daughter of one of the Diaz family servants.  Against...

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Discover Mexican Wines While in the Riviera Maya

Posted January 20, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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First introduced to Mexico by missionaries in Baja California, Mexican wine has had a slow, difficult start. Over the past decade however, Mexican wine makers have combined their efforts to change the world's negative perception of wines from their homeland and are now producing fine wines with an emphasis on quality and consistency. Courtesy of Adobe Guadalupe "In recent years the wine industry in Mexico has experienced something of a boom. Of the wine purchased within Mexico, three...

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Take Photography 101 in Puerto Morelos

Posted January 16, 2012 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Activities

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Ever wondered if you could actually use your camera more effectively? Ever wondered what all those other buttons are for? Did you never get time to read the book or view the CD that came with the camera? Well in his one day course, Take Better Photos, professional photographer Michael Maurus will explain all, easily and effectively. Award-winning photographer Michael Maurus Michael is presenting classes at 9am on Mondays and Saturdays beginning January 16, 2012, at Casa Caribe,...

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Author Explores the Maya’s Many Uses of Plants

Posted December 31, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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Svetlana Aleksandroff's "Plants in the Mayan Culture: Traditional Remedies, Food & Art" is a beautiful documentation of the Maya culture and its relationship with the Yucatan Peninsula's flora. Her book explores the Maya's medicinal, culinary, artistic and spiritual uses of native plants. This visually captivating work celebrates the Maya culture, ancient and present day, with vibrant photography by both Svetlana and Vasily Aleksandroff. The book includes dozens of culinary and medicinal...

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UnPaint Table Series by Artist Enrique Diaz

Posted December 20, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture

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Artist Enrique Diaz showed up at ZAMAS one day recently looking for work. Originally from Chiapas, he has done a lot of work in Tulum as well as an exhibit in New York City. The signature fish at ZAMAS, the walls of fish in the restaurant, the colorful road signs and small figure paintings throughout the rooms are all his. Still, being an artist these days is not easy. Photography by Bobby Klein A sign of the times, he needed to support his family through the holidays. He offered to do...

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Cristifer Art Classes in Playa del Carmen

Posted December 5, 2011 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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Cristiana Marinescu, Romanian artist, graphic designer and art therapist along with Fernando Gonzalez, Mexican painter and muralist have opened Cristi Fer Art Studio in Playa del Carmen, México.  What started as an artist couple's studio has become an opportunity for Riviera Maya visitors (painters, beginner and intermediate) to learn and enhance their skills. "I have being drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was three or four years old, my aunt would give me art projects to keep...

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Taste of Playa’s Sweet Success

Posted November 22, 2011 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Activities

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Last Sunday, Loco Gringo attended the Taste of Playa foodie festival showcasing the talented chefs and restaurants of the Riviera Maya.  A huge turn out of locals and tourists enjoyed samples of gastronomic goodies from local bakeries, cafes, fine dining establishments, taquerias and bars. Cuisines from around the globe were represented in bite sized pizzas, empanadas, seafood tostadas, coconut shrimp, baguette sandwiches, tartlets, martinis and even bubble beverages with fruity pearls that...

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Limin’

Posted November 2, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture

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The word is associated with sitting under a lime tree, or having nothing more demanding to do than squeezing limes.The rejuvenating powers of simply lying on a camastro or hammock nestled underneath a palapa while watching Caribbean Sea sail by is not to be underestimated. I have wasted no time in applying myself to that prescribed remedy. In fact I spend a great deal of my time simply ‘limin’ my life away at my choice of several Beach Clubs with abundant beauties in bikinis to keep me...

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Language School in Merida Offers Full Immersion Experience

Posted October 10, 2011 by Kay Walten in Guest Bloggers,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities

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  Students enjoying class Spanish Center Merida opened in January, 2011, in a converted 2-story building that was originally a typical, modern Meridian town house. The remodel has allowed the school to retain much of the charm and intimacy of a family home. The bedrooms were converted into air-conditioned classrooms. The living room is now a cafeteria/lounge with wireless Internet and a computer-corner where students can use the school’s computers for homework, sending emails, or...

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