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I was just wondering…

Often, I find that the word I grew up using isn’t the word that they use here in Yucatan. For example, enchufe is replaced by the word contacto, that’s an electrical outlet or socket in English. I’ve grown accustomed to getting blank looks when I speak Spanish, but I wasn’t prepared when the same thing happened to me in English! At a recent meeting of the Merida Writer’s Group,I read the first draft of the sugar chapter in my book. I used the word soda, mainly because I didn’t want to signal out Coke or Pepsi but wanted a generic term. LG explained that in the part of Canada she is from, soda means bicarbonate of soda or maybe carbonated water, like in the phrase, “I’ll have scotch and soda, please.” My curiosity is piqued, I’ve been pestering all my friends, asking them the generic term for soft drinks in their home region. Now it’s your turn,II need your help.What ...

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Too much sun

Running errands after my painting class is not one of my brightest moves. On the one hand, it’s easy to catch the 66 Iberica bus to C 57 x 56 y 58, on the other hand, 2:00 is bad time to be out and about in the Yucatan sun. One of my last stops on the way home was the bank. Calle 65 x 62 y 64 has several banks located on it. The bank we usually use is the north side of the street, the atm machine inside an air conditioned chamber. Normally, we do our banking early in the morning, today, I arrived around three. Which is why I found myself on the south facing slowly baking wall in a long line wondering why I decided to get money on the quincena. I comforted myself with thinking since it was payday,the ATMs would have lots of cash available. Poor planning all around. Arriving home hungry and crabby, I ...

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Why Mérida?

Someone sent me an email and asked me why Mérida. While I was answering her, I realized that it isn’t a simple answer. I love it here, I felt at home from the first time we came here. Now I will be the first to admit that I seldom have been somewhere on vacation without thinking “I could live here”. Especially,if I was on vacation for the rest of my life. Mérida is a beautiful city in some parts, a modern city in others and in parts it’s less than attractive. It’s a huge city, I think there are over a million people living here, and sometimes it feels like they are all driving at the same time or walking on the same streets. It’s a noisy city, not as noisy as some, it does get quiet at night. Most of the noises are the sounds of people living their lives. I hear horse clip clopping by, either the carriage ...

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Gardenbloggers Geography Project

While I suppose I am not a pure garden blogger, gardening is one of my passions and I do blog about it. Bloomingwriter is one of the blogs that I regularly read. I admit to a bit of jealousy when I see what she can grow, but I don’t think I am ready to trade my Mèrida heat and humidity for her snowfall. Where am I going with this? I have decided to participate in the Gardenbloggers Geography Project. In this project you write a post about where in the world you are,well here is where a quote is better than paraphrasing: “Tell your readers a bit about your hometown, your state, province…something that really tells us where you are in the world. What’s really special about your community? Pretend you’re trying to entice visitors to the region, and remember—what might be obvious to you isn’t necessarily obvious to even the blogger in the community next door. Use maps, photos, ...

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