Tag Archives: Travel & Tourism

Lifeguard Training

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 8.10.49 AMBy George Hurchalla

Just before Semana Santa began, the Huatulco Fire Department got a most timely visit from a great friend, Hawaii lifeguard Rick Williams. Two years ago during one of his annual visits to surf in the area that he has been visiting for the past decade, Williams trained the firemen – most of whom also serve as lifeguards at Huatulco beaches – in rescue techniques at Playa Chahue. They also spent a day up at the village of Coyula training the local residents in CPR and lifesaving techniques, as they have no lifeguards or medical help to depend on there. This time around Williams brought a much appreciated gift for the lifeguards, in the form of an 11 foot long, inflatable professional surf rescue board. The board is manufactured by the C4 Waterman company, based in Hawaii. Continue reading Lifeguard Training

Mexico’s Orchestras and Bands

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 3.25.10 PMBy Jan Chaiken and Marcia Chaiken

Music and Mexico are essentially synonymous. Mexico’s ardent affection for music is demonstrated by the melodies emanating from radios and CD-players in passing cars, and in work places, homes, and streets. Live music can be heard in restaurants, bars, parks, churches, school yards and special events. Continue reading Mexico’s Orchestras and Bands

Putting Mexico City On The Map: Contemporary Art Among The Ruins

By Carole Reedy

When most tourists ponder a visit to this grand city, they envision spending their days wandering pyramids and castles, viewing pre-Colombian artifacts in museums, and roaming cobblestone streets in search of the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera domiciles. In fact, most visitors to DF focus on the past rather than exploring the contemporary cultural scene, as they might in London or Paris. Continue reading Putting Mexico City On The Map: Contemporary Art Among The Ruins

Family Day

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 4.38.38 PMBy Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

El dia de la familia is a relatively new national holiday in Mexico, observed on the first Sunday of March. It was instituted by the federal government in 2005 with the signing of an agreement to promote the unity of the family. The signatories included President Vicente Fox, various units of government, universities and other educational institutions, religious groups, representatives of the media, civic organizations, and business groups. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the integral role families play in Mexican culture and more generally to reinforce the global importance of families as the nucleus of society. Continue reading Family Day