the places I visit on the island paradise where I live

Having left Ohio in 1981, I have been moving south ever since. First to Florida, then for the last 17 years, I have lived on the island of Cozumel with my husband and two dogs. Expat, designer, writer, photographer ... all my passions with a Mexican twist!

Aug 24, 2015

Mayan Languages Being Preserved

From the book "Where the Wild Things Are"
I joined a new group recently, Yucatan Expat Life, and the first week that I received their roundup, or newsletter - there was an article on translating the book, "Where the Wild Things Are" in to a Mayan language.

I found that really exciting. I remember touring Guatemala years ago, and our guide explained that in school the children are required to learn Spanish, English and their own Mayan language for the area in which they live. I thought that was fascinating and so valid.

In the Yucatan, many of the older generation still speak Mayan. My mother-in-law, who is 100% descended from Spaniards but grew up in Telchac and Merida, speaks Mayan. My husband knows a little but not a lot. He speaks Spanish as a first language, then English, Italian, French and German. 

The information on the translation of the book can be found here. So happy to see this happening! Hopefully this will be a trend and they will begin to teach the Mayan languages in school, so they will not be lost.

Aug 1, 2015

Cozumel View: Got to Love It

View from Palmar Condos 8th Floor 
This was our view today from the 8th floor of a Cozumel condo while my husband, Moises, took measures for blinds. It just doesn't get much better than this. 

A few days ago, I had to travel to Playa del Carmen. Whenever I sit outside on the ferry, watching Cozumel get smaller and smaller, I reminisce of the times I toiled first in a cubicle, then in a small office and later in a large office with windows - at the design firm. Guaranteed my view never looked like this.

When I worked in South Florida at the design firm, for years we were not even allowed to wear pant suits, only skirts or dresses. I always wanted a job where I could wear jeans. Now I even wear shorts some days. I love my job. :)