Monthly archive February, 2007
The Palms of Paradise

The Palms of Paradise

They are the standard of vacation, the flags of beachy climes. Their shape makes them one of the most easily identified plants in the world. Palms belong to the Arecacea (Palmae) family, order Arecales. There are more than two thousand species, most of which are native to tropical and subtropical climates. The widely recognized growth...

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The Incredible Trajectory of Benito Juarez

The Incredible Trajectory of Benito Juarez

Scour the annals of Mexican history, from Independence through the present day, and you will find no man more admired than Benito Juarez. The 19th-century president is almost universally beloved by his forebears, with only those unaware of him withholding their veneration. A full-blooded Indian from humble origins, Juarez dedicated his career to modernizing Mexico,...

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Long Legs on the Beach

Long Legs on the Beach

Ok, so I may have conned you into reading this with that title…but this is just another article about birding in Zihuatanejo. Most of those long legs belong to a group of egrets and herons, easily found in the canal at Playa Madera, which empties onto the beach, so I’m not too far off. I...

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Cuisine of Western Mexico

Cuisine of Western Mexico

Colima, Nayarit, Jalisco, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca Predictably, the mainstay of the regional cuisine is fish and seafood that is to be had in abundance from the pacific. In addition, the usual Mexican staples of frijoles or beans, corn tortillas, tamales, various fresh, dried or smoked chilies, and poultry and meat are the other staples of...

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Wearable Art, Neckpieces by Arthur Koby

Wearable Art, Neckpieces by Arthur Koby

For those of us lucky enough to be on La Ropa beach at sunset on December 30, we were treated to models dressed like classic Hellenic statues. Each wore one spectacular neckpiece by New York jewellery artist, Arthur Koby. What better setting than sand, sea and last light of day to see this exquisite new...

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4th Annual Guitar Festival announces lineup

4th Annual Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival March 11 – 18, 2007 Announces line-up of Musicians With funds generated from past festivals, ZI-Guitar Fest AC, the governing body of the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival was able to buy instruments, textbooks, furniture and pay the annual rent for a school building in central Zihuatanejo for the EMEC....

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Marathoning in Mexico

When you think of participant sports and Mexico, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling probably top the list. Marathons might not even occur to you, but the country provides increasingly fertile ground for those intrepid souls determined to competitively run a 42.2- kilometer course. Running 26.2 miles is an exhausting, mentally challenging endeavor, but...

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Emilia Castillo & Gigi Mizrahi at GALArt

Rocio Madrazo promotes the art of jewellery as well as traditional art in her gallery  Galart. With enthusiasm she talks about the work of two women she represents. Emilia Castillo is one example of a multimedia artist. Her line of silver jewellery is Mayan- influenced as well as her tableware (hand-hammered salad tossers with copper...

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Letter from the Editor – February 2007

Welcome to Another Day in Paradise. Ahhh February…Not only the month of love, but the month of Mardi Gras and Carnaval. And traditionally that means a time of fun frivolous excess, a time to eat all the meat before the fast of Lent. “A man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat,...

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Zihuatanejo’s Private Animal Shelter on the Move

This unique collection is the creation of Richard and Rebeca Payne who began “collecting and rescuing abandoned stray animals” 20 years ago. The majority of those “had been sick, brutalized, shot, mistreated and traumatized by their previous callous owners,” said Rebecca. Many are also in danger of extinction and are on the Mexican government list...

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A New Community Center at Boca Lagunillas

A New Community Center at Boca Lagunillas

Boca Lagunillas, located some 40 kilometers northwest of Zihuatanejo, is a small, dusty, one street poor village of approximately 150 souls, whose living is derived from basic agriculture: the raising of pigs, cattle, corn, mangoes, coconuts, sorghum (for the animals); and small family-size plots of chiles, tomatoes and vegetables grown for individual needs. Children tend...

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Understanding Closing in Mexico

Understanding Closing in Mexico

It is well known that starting a business or purchasing a property can take a long time, anywhere.  This can be especially true if you are a foreigner and you want to purchase property in the “restricted zone” (the coastal areas) of Mexico. I’ve spoken to many foreigners who were told “by somebody” that they...

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