A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots. -Marcus Garvey
The cover of this edition is dedicated to Hacienda Teya, founded in 1683 as an agricultural and cattle ranch. Today it is world famous for its gastronomy. Read the hacienda’s story on page 1.
On page 4 we take you to “El Fifí”…an iconic downtown business dating back almost a century. This is where Meridanos have always brought their cacao, spices, and grains for grinding…and where you can also purchase products that the store has prepared for you to take home. The aromas are unforgettable and are an indelible link to our past.
You may not know that Mérida has some delightfully hidden used book shops! Like every major city, used books are in demand by those who love to read but are on a tight budget…or better yet, who know they will find book gems that are long out of print. Find out more on page 5.
On page 9 you’ll meet Don Tiburcio (RIP), a healer and “shaman” from the town of Catmis. Born with the gift of healing, Don Ti took his calling very seriously, and never used it in an irresponsible way. His first book was published when he was 101 years old.
Other topics of interest: nature-focused family outings on page 6, a look at the local theater scene on page 7, a visit to the amazing cenotes of Homún on page 8, and a journey to Hacienda Chichén on page 14. Not wanting you to go hungry, in this month’s food feature (page 35) we take you around town to some of the city’s best roast chicken places; most are simple family restaurants, but there is a more upscale restaurant on our list as well. You’ll want to try them all!
By Juanita Stein
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