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Another successful edition of Noches Magicas was held on Sunday evening on the Town Square, promoting culture and art while providing entertainment for island families and visitors. The performance featured "Mestizas de Agua Salada" and "Al Son del Corazón", and singer-impersonator Zavaleta Dupreyn. This was part of the activities for the festivities in honor of the patron saint of the island, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. It is one of the many activities promoted by our mayor for the benefit of the islanders and tourists and was attended by the General Secretary of the City as his representative.
There is a video about the "Talk to the Governor" event on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 9am and registration of Wednesday, Dec. 13 after 3p. VIDEO and a graphic (See events section)
There is a VIDEO and ARTICLE about working to be an accessible destination (See TVIM)This article also notes there are two special chairs at Playa Centro to allow people with disabilities to enjoy the beach and water.
Yesterday was World Day of Human Rights
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
The company Marinsa started offering crossings to Puerto Juarez this afternoon with courtesy tickets, with a capacity for 150 passengers and a journey of 50 minutes. There are two photos (of a courtesy ticket and of the ferry) and a VIDEO
There is an article about plans by Marinsa to offer free ferry trips on Monday with a schedule. There was a delay and no crossings were available before 1p. LINK The afternoon schedule leaves Isla Mujeres at 1p, 3p, 5p, and 7p and departs Puerto Juarez at 2p, 4p, 6p.
There is a graphic for the Governor's visit (see events section)
In coordination with the DIF social service agency of Isla Mujeres, the City is carrying out actions aimed at inclusion and equal opportunities with improvements at the CRIM, Municipal Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center where physical, psychological and language therapies are offered, with highly professional staff. Of the 300 people who have attended rehabilitation therapies there, 200 have been discharged.
This year an agreement was made between the DIF and the ferry company to provide a credential for people with disabilities so they may cross for free and their companion receives a 50% discount. Also during this year, assistance has been given to ~300 people in need, to provide assistance and transportation so that they can get x rays, lab studies, purchase diapers, be an active part of the community and have a healthy diet, with the new DIF vehicles. LINK
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Long weekend, but cold
Largo, pero gélido fin de semana. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The bureaucrats of Isla Mujeres had a long weekend for the feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, but they weren't able to enjoy it fully due to the strong winds and cold temperatures that affected the region due to cold front #14, Tourism was decreased, outdoor celebrations and meetings were cancelled, beaches and malecons were nearly deserted, merchants did little business, and the golf cart agencies had fewer rentals. The nautical businesses were most severely affected, with two days of poor weather that left them unable to offer their services in the Bay, to Isla Contoy, or to for diving or snorkeling trips.
On Saturday, the car ferry suspended four of their five crossings, due to strong winds and resumed crossings on Sunday, with an announcement that there were three round trips scheduled. The flow of visitors from the United States and Canada had increased, who are arriving to enjoy the pleasant climate of Isla Mujeres while those countries are receiving their first cold waves. Some have plans to spend the upcoming weeks on the island, according to tourism service providers.
Medical evacuation of two cruise ship passengers
Evacuación médica de un cruceroa.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See yesterday's translations
Security operation for Guadalupe-Reyes holiday period
Operativo de seguridad “Guadalupe-Reyes”] Ver masFull article at this link
Jaime Ongay, police chief of Isla Mujeres, announced that everything is ready for the security operation "Guadalupe-Reyes" to take effect, and thus ensure security for the festivities from Monday night until the January 7th. Residents are asked to cooperate and to not leave their properties exposed. The operation will be in place 24 hours a day, and the officers will not be given vacation during this holiday period. Surveillance will be increased during the working hours of the banks to ensure that no one suffers from robbery, now that government and businesses will begin paying the annual bonuses. The priests ask their congregations to practice their beliefs and help one another in these difficult times.
The fisherman known as Tio Willy, of the Isla Blanca cooperative, recently suffered the theft of five buoys from his boat, which was parked where the other coop boats moor at Makax lagoon in Sac Bajo, in front of Cristalmar. He received a warning by telephone that there was a person in the colonias who had four buoys from his boat, and he went as quickly as he could to the place he was told, and tried to locate the person in the streets, without success. Then when he returned to his boat, he discovered that they had come and taken his fifth buoy.
He requested more police surveillance in the area, as well as support from the fishing cooperatives and their guilds for any information about the sale of his buoys, in hopes of recovering them.
Blankets for the Mayan Zone
Cobertores para la Zona Mayae.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Last week, the DIF collected blankets for distribution in the Mayan Zone, on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres. The effort has been successful, thanks to the generosity of entrepreneurs and people of good will. They were collected at the DIF facilities and the Town Hall, and will be delivered to low income families on the mainland. The collection was completed Saturday.
It is noted that Cold Front #14 is causing cooler temperatures and that navigation by small boats remains restricted in the northern portion of the state.
Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
|View from the rooms.|
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|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
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Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Which include a small carnival, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square (which start at 8p), and a boat procession on Dec. 8th, as well as private celebrations by the 20+ groups involved in the festivities. The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, starting at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway, where there will be cowboy-horse performances. Events at the ring begin at 6:30 except Nani Namu.
The comic bullfights with matadors of diminutive stature are Tues. 5th & Tues. 12th. There's a Lasso tournament on Sun, Dec.10th. All events at the ring at the north end of the runway start at 6:30p, except Nani Namu & the horse procession.
Fri & Sat. Dec 1 & 2 M.C. Mala Noche will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend at the Casa de la Cultura starting at 11 am on Saturday and at Playa Centro on Sunday with live music, competitions, and other fun activities.
Sun. Dec. 3 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square with the DIF Senior Citizen Dance Troupe and singers Rebens Garcia and Aldahir Davila
You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6
Full moon Sun. Dec. 3
|Dec. 3 6:30|
Dec. 4 7:30
Dec. 5 8:33
Dec. 6 9:37
Dec. 7 10:39
Dec. 8 11:39
Thurs. Dec. 7 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Fri. Dec. 8 at 4:30pm Christmas Youth Lightning Tournament on the Comex soccer court for Futbol Rapido soccer, in colonia Salina Chica.
Thurs. Dec. 14 at 9am Public Audience with the Governor at the El Pescador baseball field
Sun. Dec.10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Mon. Dec.11 There will be a gathering in the evening at the coastal chapel dedicated to Guadalupe in Salina Chica, probably with Mariachis, to sing Las Mañanitas and honor her.
Mon. Dec. 11 Town Square 6p. Lighting of the Christmas Lights and performance by the Academy of Jazz, Passion, & Dance
Tues. Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church,
The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day).
Thurs. Dec.14 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.
Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Thurs. Dec. 21 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Thurs. Dec. 21 Winter Solstice
Sat. Dec. 23 5:30p - 8:30p Golf Cart Parade with residents tossing toys & treats to children
Sun. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Usually the last ferry is cancelled and some businesses may be closed, especially in the evening, while families celebrate together.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.
Mon. Dec. 25 Christmas Usually the first ferry is cancelled.
Thurs. Dec.28 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Thurs. Dec. 28 Wednesday Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Sun. Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.
Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up) you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres