When I planned my visit to Huatulco I had no idea that I’d have an opportunity to become a parrot feeder. But on Easter Sunday my granddaughter and I accompanied our friend Maggie to the Iguanario in Copalita, a village outside of Huatulco. Maggie and her husband moved from Alberta to Huatulco after they retired. She’s been feeding the parrots at the Iguanario several mornings a week for a while now. The Iguanario’s mission is the protection and breeding of iguanas but when a poacher was apprehended in mid-March with 500 baby parrots the Iguanario agreed to care for them until they were mature enough to release back into the wild. Continue reading Messed Up in a Good Cause!
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
By Brooke Gazer
Huatulco has some worthy non-profit organizations. Among those is Un Nuevo Amanecer, which helps children who suffer from a wide range of disabilities. With an eight-month grant from Beneficencia Pública, (part of the Federal Government), they have recently added a new proactive program to their already extensive list of services. Hospitals and midwives in our region can refer at-risk newborn infants to UNA, where they are evaluated and treated according their specific needs. These are babies who are at risk of developing a broad spectrum of physical and or intellectual impairments if left untreated. Continue reading Babies and The Blues
By Deborah Van Hoewyk
On Sunday, December 4, Huatulco was treated to its first Bazar Navideño de Segunda Mano—a Christmas yard sale. More than 100 supporters of Palmas Unidas Bahias de Huatulco, one of Huatulco’s two animal welfare organizations, cleaned out their closets and store-rooms, donating housewares, books, tools, planters, clothes, and so much more. Continue reading Palmas Unidas Yard Sale and the Doghouse Café
By Deborah Van Hoewyk
Save the date—Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Kick off your new year in great bi-national style as the Bacaanda Foundation / El Sueño Zapoteco stages its second annual Dream Festival (Festival del Sueño). You’ll have a great time in Guelaguetza Park (right beside Marina Park Plaza). Eat Mexican tacos and burritos, right alongside your norteño hot dogs, hamburgers, and Italian sausages! To go with? Aguas frescas, spring water, wine and beer. You’ll get to watch traditional Mexican dancing—even the little kids do it—and the best of local singing groups. There are raffles galore with terrific prizes showcasing Huatulco’s activities and services, and an artisans’ market chock-full of Mexican creations. Not to mention a dunk tank, a zipline for kids, face painting, games—a unique night out in Huatulco! Continue reading The Dream Festival: Bigger and Better than Ever!
By Jane Bauer
My first paying job at the age of nine was as a dog walker. There was Scarlet, a very mischievous Irish setter and two sister pitbulls; people always crossed the street when they saw us coming. My upbringing had prepared me well for this line of work – our house was a menagerie of animals. My father was an animal psychologist: cats lounged on counters, dogs slept on the living room couch, hamsters ran their wheels and there was a red-eared turtle in the bathroom. In the basement there were iguanas and a 10-foot boa that weren’t really pets, but animals that had nowhere else to go. Continue reading The Privilege of Pets
By Geri Anderson
Bumping along the narrow country road twelve kilometers from the all-inclusive beach resorts of Bahias de Hualtuco, you wouldn’t expect to end up in one of the most idyllic places in the state of Oaxaca. A few cows graze in roadside pastures, and you’ll pass a banana plantation and acres of tended trees in a reforestation project. A grove of palms will be harvested for palapas and another patch of palms, heavy with coconuts, provide coco milk and sweet coco meat. Here and there splashes of graffiti brighten rocky cliffs. Continue reading LA BIBLIOTECA DEL MAR A Library and Community Center by the Sea
By Cindy Belyk
On December 12, 2015, Westjet introduced direct service from Calgary, Alberta (YYC) to Huatulco, Mexico (HUX). This announcement was thrilling for a lot of us Western Canadians. Finally an easy connection from small towns in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan to Westjet’s hub in Calgary. From Calgary, a six hour flight on a non-charter airline. Continue reading Hello Westjet!
By Brooke Gazer
This year’s “Blues on the Beach” concerts set new attendance records with 610 attendees in January and 630 the following month. In January, the energy level set by Enrico Crivellaro and Brian Templeton was a hard act to follow. However, with Jack DeKeyzer, Cheryl Lescom, Jerome Godboo and Chuckee Zehr all sharing the same stage, the bar was raised yet another notch. I can’t wait until 2017 to see how they plan to top this. Continue reading Recap of The Blues
By Deborah Van Hoewyk
On 16 February, 2016, El Sueño Zapoteco / The Bacaanda Foundation threw its first “Dream Festival / Festival del Sueño” to support its work with rural schools in the Bahias de Huatulco area. There was singing and dancing, food and drink, raffles galore, artisan sales, a dunk tank, kids’ games, fabulous Early Bird and Grand Prizes—Guelaguetza Park next to Marina Park Plaza was noisy, crowded, and very colorful. Through admissions and sales of food and raffle tickets, the event raised approximately $116,000 mxn; subtracting expenses, the Festival’s net gain was approximately $75,000 mxn (about $4,150 US / $5,700 CAD). Continue reading First Annual Fundraiser for Rural Schools Is Big Success!