Category Archives: February 2017

Editor’s Letter

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 4.51.34 PM“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”

― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

I am feeling very exhausted. Everywhere people are bubbling over with their opinions, demanding their right to be heard but it seems we are so busy talking that the entire planet has actually stopped listening. All mouths are open and everyone I meet is ready to let me know where they stand on the state of world politics – by this I mean American politics – since WWII, America has prided itself on being the leader of the Free World and the consequence is that much of the world feels totally within its rights to weigh in. Add that to the fact that America has rarely hesitated to weigh in on the politics of other nations – and we all carry our opinions about those actions – layers and layers of ‘I thinks’ and ‘I believes’- each of us holding onto these values, believing that they have come to define us. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

Día de los Reyes Celebration

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-6-57-45-pmBy Thomas Ahlbrandt

On Friday, January 6th owners of Cosmo Residences hosted a Día de los Reyes party for the Cosmo staff and their families.   This celebrates the traditional Mexican day when children receive gifts from the Three Wise Men (or Magi). The festivities were held on the beach at Cosmo and attended by Cosmo owners, the staff and 25 of their children ranging in age from babies to 12 years old. Actors portraying Superman and Elsa from Frozen presided over the event. Tacos, pizza and the traditional rosca de reyes (kings’ cake) were served; a local disc jockey played popular tunes while the piñatas were smashed. The highlight of the afternoon, of course, was the gifts for all the children. The event was held to celebrate the children and give the owners the opportunity to express their appreciation for their excellent staff. Those who attended concluded it was great fun and it will become annual event. Continue reading Día de los Reyes Celebration

Favorite 2016 Books of Expats Living in Mexico

By Carole Reedy

In an attempt to add some spice to the Favorite Reads 2016 column, I decided to narrow the selections to choices from expats living in Mexico. These readers are from the US, Canada, South America, and Great Britain. To my delight they presented me with a wonderfully eclectic list to share with you. Their task was to select a favorite book they read in 2016 (not necessarily published then), relate what they liked about it and identify their own country of origin. The result is a basket of memorable books you may want to add to your 2017 list. Continue reading Favorite 2016 Books of Expats Living in Mexico

Project TEN: An Israeli-Mexican Partnership in Oaxaca – Part 1

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-6-58-43-pmBy Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

Our visit to Project TEN, high in the hills of Pluma Hidalgo, a bit over an hour’s drive from Huatulco, was one of the most memorable of our many experiences in Mexico. We arrived as outsiders and within a few hours were made to feel at home and welcome to ask as many questions and observe as many activities as we needed to understand the goals, objectives, and processes of the TEN project. Since the TEN volunteers are almost always on the move or participating in meaningful discussions when not on the go, we were totally immersed in TEN life both in the villages they visit five or more days a week and at the isolated, jungle-surrounded TEN Center. Continue reading Project TEN: An Israeli-Mexican Partnership in Oaxaca – Part 1

The Sadness of the Blue Heart of México

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-6-59-00-pmBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

In 2009, México was the first Latin American country to sign up for the United Nations’ “Blue Heart Campaign” (Campaña Corazón Azul) against human trafficking. You’ve probably never heard of it, and no doubt most Mexicans immediately forgot about it, because it had to be “resuscitated” in 2015. Continue reading The Sadness of the Blue Heart of México

10 Things I Love About Huatulco

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-7-00-18-pmBy Brooke Gazer

A lot of people who have bought property in Huatulco simply came on vacation and fell in love with the place… and for good reason. My husband and I actually scoured the Pacific Coast for several months in search of the perfect tropical location. Like Goldilocks, we hadn’t found the one that was “just right”, until we arrived in Huatulco. Driving into Huatulco, Rick breathed in deeply and said, “This place feels good!” Three days later we decided this would be our new home. Having seen the entire Pacific Coast of Mexico, I firmly believe that Huatulco is the best place! Since we arrived seventeen years ago, Huatulco has grown, but it still has the essential charm we felt then. In fact, as it developed, it has gotten even better, with more facilities available. Here are ten things I love about this place. Continue reading 10 Things I Love About Huatulco

“Huatulco Being” Art Show

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-7-00-36-pmBy Mary Spicka

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 5:00pm – 9:00pm Open Gala Reception, with Wine and Tapas at Mansiones Cruz del Mar, Punta Santa Cruz

Saturday February 4th, 2017 10:00am – 3:00pm
Open exhibition

The exhibition will feature the work of twelve artists from the Huatulco community, elsewhere in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Guests will be able to experience a wide variety of artistic expressions with over 75 pieces of art for sale, including silk painting, bronze sculpture, acrylic and oils on canvas, mixed media and photography, all while meeting the artists, enjoying wine and tapas, visiting with friends in the comfort and elegance of Mansiones with its hilltop views. This year’s exhibition will include a raffle of unique works of art created by each of the twelve artists. The proceeds from the raffle will fund next year’s exhibition, and help foster the growing art community of Huatulco. Continue reading “Huatulco Being” Art Show

The Monarch Butterfly

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-7-01-04-pmBy Kary Vannice

Chaos Theory states that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. Could that really be possible? Can something so seemingly insignificant, the flap of a butterfly’s wing, actually create devastation and destruction on a massive scale? Perhaps a better question would be what effect would the absence of butterfly wings have on our environment? Continue reading The Monarch Butterfly