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*********** Costa Maya-Mahahual Newsletter-Jan 2012 **********
Hi Costa Maya Neighbors,
What's that Bird: excerpt from www. backyardnature.net
If you crossed a snake with a bird you'd approximately get what's shown on a power line beside the mangroves on the beach road. This is an Anhinga, also known as Snakebird, Darter and Water Turkey, ANHINGA ANHINGA. On chilly mornings they can be seen perched on snags rising from the water, spreading their wings against the early sunlight. People usually assume that when they do that they're drying their wings but studies show that Anhingas have unusually low metabolic rates but high rates of heat loss from their bodies, so it's assumed that their wing- spreading is mainly for absorbing solar energy to warm their bodies. Wing-spreading seems to be more of a "thermo regulation behavior" than a wing-drying one.
Anhingas dive into water after fish, frogs, aquatic snakes and the like, and when they surface they float low in the water, maybe even with nothing but their snaky heads emerging from the water.
People often confuse Anhingas with cormorants. Cormorants belong to the same bird family, but they are placed in a completely different genus. Cormorants have long, hook-tipped beaks while you can see that the Anhinga's bill is sharp.
In the US, Anhingas nest throughout the Deep South but in the winter withdraw to coastal areas. In Mexico they're permanent residents throughout the non-desert lowlands, south to Ecuador and northern Argentina in South America.
The following information was sent to me by Kate Skinner who was generous enough to share her experience. She just recently had a successful experience shipping her Jeep Liberty from Florida to Progresso.
". . .We did all of the paper work on-line, then drove our car to Panama City, Fla which is on the Panhandle of Florida and in the same general area as Pensacola -but still quite a distance away. They have a new airport in Panama City (code PTY), so after we left the car we flew home. They ship the car to Progresso Mexico to the 4 mile long pier, in a cargo ship.
You must pay for insurance for the voyage (about $300), and show you have insurance in Mexico when you get off the pier in Progresso. You hand over the car and title and a power of attorney form in Panama City. They tell you the shipping date and you can track it. The car can only have less than 1/4 tank of gas. They price of the voyage is based on weight. (Ours was $630 for a 4 wheel drive SUV).
It is a four day voyage for the car. I flew to Merida, and found my way to Progresso, and there was a series of about 8 steps to go onto the pier to collect the car. You can leave the car up to 5 days in Progresso without a fee, after that there is a storage fee. We did not need a broker because we took the car in on a tourist visa. However, a very helpful broker sent us free information as to the steps to complete in Progresso. It is all very efficient, and took about 3 hours from beginning to end. It worked well for us--and hopefully would be the same if others who use the service. . . Kate "
See http:// www.lineaships.com for more information.
Linea Pennisular 5323 W Highway 98,St. 215, Panama City Florida 32406
Some things have happened in Mahahual lately that caused me to think a little bit about the laws of care and abuse of Animals. Unfortunately the cruel things that people do to animals seldom has repercussions, but the more people know the law the better we can protect the animals here. If you ever see anything happening please take the opportunity to take a picture of it. There are processes for reporting the abuse. Barby from Peluditos Mahahual (little furry animals of Mahahual) will help you find the right authorities. (Thanks Barby for sending me a copy of the law)Article 35
New Shopping Center in Chetumal
Chetumal just keeps getting better as a source for purchasing things we normally had to go to Cancun for. Last week a Sorianas opened in Chetumal directly North of the Bomberos (fire station). The newspapers reported that in the same shopping center a City club and Home Depotwill be built. At this point in time there is a lot of space around this shopping center for this type of development but nothing has been started yet. A similar shopping center in Cancun houses a Sorianas, City Club and Home Depot.
I shopped last week in the Soriana and found their bakery had some nice European style breads, something we haven't seen before in Chetumal.
Recycling in the Peninsula
You can still drop of your Pet Plastic (bottles suitable for food) and aluminum cans at the Casitas. To find the location, turn left at the first intersection as you enter the casitas and go until you see two story blue buildings. There is a pale turquoise plastic container to put your plastic in. Please separate the aluminum and put it in the same container. Please do not put other plastics in this location or garbage. We don't want to loose this resource.
Company Contact Location Tel. Type of material Vitro Rodrigo Merida 9991330616 Glass, Pet Plastic Pepenador Israel Carrillo Puerto 9841291990 Cans, Junk, Plastic bags, tires, Pet Plastic and Cardboard Pepenador Martin Tulum 9841145215 Cans, Junk, Plastic bags, tires, Pet Plastic and Cardboard Lyra Paamul Pet Plastic Grasas Penninsulares Josafat T. Zoghbi Avila Cancun, with a branch in Chetumal email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org 9988740604, 9982792006 Oils
Planetarium in Chetumal
Governor Roberto Angulo Borge announced the opening of the Yook'ol Kaab (our Universe) Planetarium in the first week of november. The planetarium is located near the zoo with an auditorium that has capacity for 200 people. You can't miss it when driving East on Insurgentes.
It also has an observatory with a telescope of 40 centimeters, the largest in southern Mexico, sundial, living workshops for students, multipurpose room, cafeteria, restrooms and administrative offices.
Chetumal airport finally accepting international flights
I know it is hard to believe, but airport officials in Chetumal are in talks with itravel2000, one of the largest Canadian wholesalers to bring a charter directly to Chetumal, where hotel rooms have averaged less than 50% occupancy, ie Chetumal, Majahual, Bacalar, some parts of the Maya area and Southern end in the Riviera Maya.
The route will begin in 2012 as part of the Mundo Maya, with weekly flights of 150 to 300 passengers sometime after March with the renovations that currently occurring are scheduled to be finished.
At least its a step in the right direction.
Felipe "Faisan" Fit for unFlappable Floppers
Last February we arrived in Cancun from snowy New Hampshire at our usual time of about 2:30 pm. After going through the airport formalities, we set out to rent a car and make our way to Costa Maya where two years ago we bought a "fixer-upper" right on the Caribbean coast.
We usually spend a few hours in Playa del Carmen buying food, tools and other supplies for our work projects. Then we would either spend the night at the very reliable Holiday Inn Express in Playa or drive all the way to Costa Maya that evening, arriving well after dark.
I thought that I would try something a bit different by staying in a hotel in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. It would get us closer to our destination and we wouldn't have to wake up our caretakers at 11:00 pm that night to let us in.
On a previous trip I had scoped out "El Faisan Y El Venado", a hotel / restaurant, one block south after the glorieta on route 307 in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. We easily rented two rooms for about 418 pesos each (about $38). Each room had an adequate bathroom with good hot water. We brought sleep sacks with us just in case we did not have confidence in the beds' cleanliness. My wife is a nurse and I am a doctor and we both felt very comfortable not using the sleep sacks.
The air conditioning was great. There is no pool or internet in the rooms but internet access is available at a shop on the glorieta.
The restaurant downstairs is very good if you stick to the local cuisine. I recommend the pollo with mole for dinner. For breakfast try the huevos divorciados. Use the restroom in your room, the one in the restaurant is clean but it has never, to my knowledge, had a toilet seat.
We parked in the hotel's parking lot across the street. It had gates but I don't think they got closed that night. The car was fine the next morning. This hotel is not handicap accessable. The stairway to the rooms is narrow and there is no elevator.
Don't worry about leaving a wake up call, the roosters in the neighborhood will get you up with sun. All rooms are on the second floor (el primer piso). Take a room in the back hallway. It will be away from the street noise (but closer to the roosters). While I was in town, I visited Chedraui's Supermarket, the public market and got four watches repaired at a sidewalk stand on the glorieta. (I dropped them off on my way to Costa Maya and picked them up on the way back home.)
This hotel is not what could be called "rustic chik" but it is comfortable, clean, safe and you are likely the only gringos staying in town. So if you find yourself short on daylight and a bit long on carretera, "El Faisan y El Venado" in Felipe Carrrillo Puerto is an option you may enjoy trying.
by "Rodger Wood from Costa Maya"
Legal loophole allows Gay Marriage in Quintana Roo
According to Fox News Latino, the state of Quintana Roo features "a legal gap in the Civil Code," which doesn't specify gender in regards to those interested in getting married. The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association have already started collaborating to make deals with airlines and hotels for gay marriage packages. The state has said that it will leave it up to individual municipalities to make rulings as to whether licenses can be issued.
Airport in Tulum still on hold
Caldaron has stated that the Riviera Airport is on hold and wouldn't happen in this administration.
NOTE: Polly sent a lovely christmas column for a Christmas newsletter that I never had the opportunity to get out. I've posted it below - although quite a bit tardy!
|Those of you that have been here on holiday (vacation) or have a house and live down here part time know all about time getting away from you. We call it Xcalak mode, no shoes, no watch, just the sun. This is how things creep up on you, this year though no chance of Christmas creeping up unannounced. On Tuesday the children from the Kinder- garden school and their lovely teacher Genny came round to sing carols.|
Wednesday was the Posada acted out and sung by the children and some of the mothers. The mothers mostly made the animal noises that their child represented. The Kinder-garden school was beautifully decorated and all the children did their parts,"Oscar material".
Thursday evening was the BIGGY. Linda Zaccaro and her elves, Judy, Mary Pat, Giselle, Jane, Donna Empara, Irelli, Suzie and if I have forgotten anybody I am really sorry, made the park really pretty. Bags and bags of presents were tucked out of sight and temptation until Santa Claus's arrival at 8.0pm.
For an hour much fun was had with games for the different age groups. Musical chairs was a hit, the clown (Kandi) was amazing.
The prizes were for the school year the winner was in. There was a dance competition, fantastic, these kids can wriggle all their parts from birth I think!! Nato was Master of Ceremonies, he did a great job.
Then Eric arrived, Santa, he was of course mobbed, Nato sorted it all out and the little Kinder children went first. It was heart warming to see the little faces as they raced back to their parents to open their present. All the presents given out and the cakes cut and eaten, great job Linda and Elves
.This fiesta was in memory of Cliff Evans who every year bought every child in the pueblo a present and went around delivering them for Christmas. He started buying presents in January so he would have enough time and money to get the 200 odd presents needed. He did this all himself, he never asked for donations, and never asked for recognition. He is remembered by the mothers and children of Xcalak for his kindness.
The chest in the photo is one of my most prized possessions, Marcia has painted it for me. It's so ...... me ......she has taken some of my ramblings and my favorite things and they are on the chest.
It has stuff that I have seen, heard, and love on it. It's an incredible work of art. It's priceless. I love it and say thank you again my friend.
I spent a week in Belize with two of my sons, it was a surprise, my Christmas present from them. It managed to rain an awful lot, ............ but ask me if we enjoyed it!!!!
OK, now all that I have left to say is, the sun is shining out of a blue, blue sky, the palm fronds are moving in the breeze, the nights are cool enough to sleep nicely ....................... what are you doing up there??? Here is the place to be
A prosperous New year to you all, talk to you next year.
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