Monthly archive December, 2000
Traveling Mexico - Mayan Ruins

Traveling Mexico – Mayan Ruins

“Like the pharaohs of Egypt, he built a pyramid tomb as though it was his direct gateway to the underworld.” “Noble white robed ladies draw blood from their tongues next to pot-bellied dwarves.”   The Maya have eluded scientists and researchers for years. Their language, their religion, their societies, basically their entire way of life,...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe – Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

The image is one of the Virgin surrounded by the light of heaven and the stars of the winter solstice sky.”   December 12th is traditionally known in Mexico as the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) celebrating the manifestation of the Virgin Mary appearing to the Aztec Native...

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Fishing Report – December 2000

We have it all this month and we must be the envy of other world wide fishing hotspots. Here it is December, the middle of winter, and we are catching blue marlin, giant yellowfin tuna, sailfish, and dorado.   Most of the marlin are being taken with a live 2 to 3 pound barrilete (black...

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Meet the Captains - Captain Jose Angel Lada

Meet the Captains – Captain Jose Angel Lada

This month’s article is a deviation from Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo’s sport fishing boat captains and their methods. It is true that this month’s featured captain is a good fisherman… but he does not fish for a living. It is also true that he maintains and operates a boat… but it is neither a private yacht...

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The Secret Spots – MARISQUERIA LOS CUATES

“As for your friendly restaurant reviewer, the stuffed avocado with shrimp was one appetizer that vanished quickly from my table. Delicioso!”   I realized as I was thinking of places to review this month that I like seafood. The last restaurant I reviewed was a seafood place and the restaurant review from April 1999 also...

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Mexican Pewter – Handcast Aluminum Pewter

“This new alloy is composed of: aluminum for brilliancy and sheen, copper for malleability and silica for strength.” Several years ago, I fell in love with a house on Paseo del Pescador, which prompted me to start a business of Artesania Mexicana (Mexican crafts), based mainly on “Mexican Pewter.” When I saw Mexican Pewter for...

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The Music of Mexico - Mariachi Bands

The Music of Mexico – Mariachi Bands

…born of the traditions of the states of Sinola and Jalisco, where the countryside is rough and the people rougher.” To understand and love Mexican culture you must know the music of Mexico. Contrary to popular belief, the music you hear from the strolling musicians is not mariachi music, Mariachi is a term used to describe...

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Art in Zihuatanejo – Z-Town Gallery

The latest addition to Zihua’s ever growing art community opened December 1st, Z-Town Gallery, located on the corner of Juan A. Alvarez and Agustin Ramirez. The new Z-Town gallery is the long awaited home to local surf and landscape oil painter Peter Schworer and other local and international artists. Until now, Schworer’s work could only...

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Pacific Coast Pirates

…a 27 year old English Captain by the name of Thomas Cavendish, was bearing down on him with distinctly unfriendly intentions.”   An account of the Manila Galleon and English pirates off the coast of Mexico The Spanish galleon Santa Ana slowly tracked the coast of Baja California in November 1587 under clear skies and...

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Day Trips – Bird Watching at Playa Larga

Keep an eye out to the right for the vultures that may spiral up on the sun’s new thermals.”   I have never birded in town or in Ixtapa but I do have a very nice day trip to another beach, Playa Larga, to see a dozen and a half different birds. To get there,...

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Beach Reading – Kinky Friedman Frequent Flyer

A one time country western singer now private investigator, Kinky lives a colorful life.” Frequent Flyer by Kinky Friedman I’m wondering how many books you have to read by the same author before you can call yourself a fan. I’m on my 3rd Kinky Friedman and its feeling like a relationship. I’m feeling all attached,...

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Volume 2 – Issue 10 December 2000

Welcome to Another Day in Paradise… Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo’s first and only English language magazine for expatriates  and visitors alike. We hope you enjoy our informative and entertaining publication and welcome any feedback or contributions.     Beach Reading – Kinky Friedman. Frequent Flyer I’m wondering how many books you have to read by the...

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