“Getting to Know Karen”

Episode One, Real Expats of the Yucatán

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New Infotainment series about the life and adventures of American and Canadian expat women and their friends who have retired in the Yucatan, Mexico. They hilariously navigate their new life in the small fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna on the Gulf Coast of the Yucatan peninsula. From immigration to internet, water and electricity (or lack thereof), spiders, snakes and scorpions, construction and housing, ocean and beach, a food, drink, entertainment and music recommendations, Mexican holidays and fiestas, real cost of living and aging parents and millennial children, new grandchildren, the Expats cover the real truth what daily life is in the Yucatan.

The premiere Episode of The Real Expats of the Yucatan! Learning all about Karen…..Our hippie chill Earth Mother with an EDGE.


Mornings in my backyard/ Chelem, MX

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Neuter and spay clinic/ Ek Balam, Mexico

Anyone who is familiar with rural Mexico knows what a problem stray and feral dogs are. They lead short miserable lives and are often killed or crippled by automobile traffic. In addition to the inhumane circumstances of the dogs, there are community health hazards as well. Roving packs of aggressive feral dogs are dangerous. So is the strewn garbage from their rummaging, and the fouled streets where children run barefoot. This past weekend I shot a short documentary to promote the efforts of a group of volunteers who conducted a free neuter and spay clinic for the town of Ek Balam…a small, remote village in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. The clinic was held at the town’s municipal building. In addition to catching some strays, the clinic provided services to family dogs who might sire litters of feral dogs.

I’ll be working on editing the documentary for a while yet, so, this morning I cut this piece to provide a more timely look at the program. This video follows one particular dog, Drego, as he goes through the entire process: arrival, anesthesia, surgery, ear tattoo, recovery, and a tail-wagging return home. Drego is a very big and very sweet family dog. Someone said that he is part mastiff and part pit bull. The father sports a Maya warrior haircut from his role as a re-enactor at the nearby Ek Balam ruins.

Kudos to the many volunteers who spent the day working hard, pro bono, in the heat of the Yucatán interior, and thanks to Lee Christie whose Genesis Eco-Oasis was a beautiful and hospitable place from which the event was staged.

I hope you will watch the video and share to help promote this and other neuter and spay programs.

Note: there are a few scenes of canine surgery that some people might find disturbing.

 

 


Lizard hiding/ Chelem, MX

A lizard disguising itself as foliage on my approach.

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Conservación de los Anfibios y Reptiles de Yucatán/ Yucatán, MX

The Yucatán Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network provides knowledge to the public about the biology of Yucatecan amphibians and reptiles. This video is from an an event in the community of Telchac Puerto which presented live demonstrations and scientific information about Yucatán biodiversity.   

 

 

 


Chichén Itzá, Mexico

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Coatimundi/ Reserva Ecológica El Corchito, Yucatán, MX

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Telchac Puerto/ Yucatán, México

Went to Telchac Puerto today. It is very pink.

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¡Soy HUNAB!/ Environmental education in Mérida, Mexico

HUNAB is training the next generation of environmentalists.

I’ve been working with HUNAB in Mérida, Mexico since 2006. It’s an organization that trains young peer educators, who in turn teach sustainable environmental practices to other children in their communities. Hope you will find the time to watch this video that I shot just a few weeks ago. In Spanish with English sub-titles.

Read my CSRwire editorial about HUNAB:  http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1617-grassroots-sustainability-education-for-children-in-mexico

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Morning in Chelem, Mexico

North coast of the state of Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico

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Fried fish/ Sinanché, Mexico

It might not look tasty, but it is.


Tixkokob, Mexico

Tixkokob is in the state of Yucatán, and is known for it’s hammock weaving. An incredibly lovely place, but probably not a good vacation spot if you suffer from arachnophobia.