“Honey, look! It’s a toenail moon.”
– Dorothy Stein
My mom used to adore stargazing. She was always in tune with the night sky and the cycles of the moon. Her favorite moon was the “toenail moon,” that sliver of moon you can see just before or after the New Moon. I can still hear her voice saying these words to me as we sat together with my dad outside our camping trailer in the California desert…or wherever we happened to be. That’s the thing about the night sky: there’s always something to see. Our big Yucatecan skies are no exception, and on page 5 Amanda tells you the best way to enjoy gazing at the moon and the stars.
If you are out exploring Yucatán the last week of March or the first week of April, you might find yourself side by side with lots of people; that’s because it’s “Semana Santa,” the week before and after Easter when schools all over México are closed and the locals play tourist. In this edition we help to show you around some of the best places to go; for example, Sisal: a relatively unspoiled coastal town with great big beaches and even greater charm, worthy of a cover photo!
Other featured destinations this month are Calakmul, in the neighboring state of Campeche, with an impressive eco-tourism project (page 8); and Yaxhachén, a small town in southern Yucatán where you can immerse yourself in the subsistence farming of the “milpa” (page 53). No crowds at either of these special places!
And we haven’t forgotten about your palate: on page 9 Violeta shares the magic of Maya female chefs, and we meet a woman who is their champion; and on page 35 get ready to bite into the Catch of the Day.
Then, when night falls, go outside and look up! The moon is on the move and the stars are twinkling.
By Juanita Stein
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