A Foto Tour of Mexican Currency

July 17, 2017

We’d like to share a quick foto-tour of Mexico, where photographer Arturo Ortiz matches the images on our currency to the actual locations … paired with Yucalandia’s thumbnail descriptions of the places & people.

¡ Mil Gracias !
 to Arturo for his fun fun fotos https://www.facebook.com/arturotrip/

As you tour Mexico (below) through her leaders & important sites,  consider remembering some of the details … if you ever want to become a naturalized Mexican citizen, as SRE officials often ask us to describe those same key details of our bills during the oral exam.

10 Pesos …  La Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, Guanajuato

La Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, Guanajuato is the scene of the Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla‘s  ~chispa~ spark of the 1810 Revolution … Known for the September 16, 1810 Call to Independence …  El Grito    or  Grito de Dolores

The front of the $10 peso note depicts Emiliano Zapata Salazar, a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution.  Zapata is further remembered as the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos, and the inspiration of the agrarian movement called Zapatismo.


$20 Pesos … Monte Albán, about 10 km outside Oaxaca de Juárez

Monte Albán  is known as one of Mesoamerica’s most important archeological sites as the Zapotecan & Mixtec capital from  800 B.C. ~ featuring over 170 tombs, great plazas, ball courts & temples.

The much beloved President Benito Juarez is on the front.
“Among individuals, as among nations, Respect of other people’s rights … is peace. ”

Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz .


You can continue seeing the full Article at:

Mexican Currency: A Photographic Tour

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Just another day of … Life in Mexico …

June 21, 2017

Life in Mexico
Mexican electricity is it’s own special thing, working reliably for years, and then getting flakey as all-get-out, as some ground on the CFE transformers goes bad, or the transformers go bad, or the tap goes bad, or the branches of a tree 2 blocks away have grown to touch the bare CFE wires when the wind blows, or the tree branches grew to touch the wires and really short things out when they wet from rain and the wind blows them into the CFE wires. … or if your own house ground goes bad … or some mystery wiring junctions buried inside one of your house walls start to get damp and corrode … or some outlet box gets too damp from water wicking up from the ground through the concrete walls causes the connections inside the outlet box to start to corrode, or … some previously unknown junction box on top of your roof gets too damp and hot & cold changes (from the blazing tropical sun) causes the connections inside the roof junction box to start to fail intermittently.

 electric meter

For all these reasons, some of us put our computers, TVs, stereos etc onto voltage stabilizers ~ power conditioners that damp out and mostly fix all the too high or too low or intermittent voltage issues …. but sometimes even those burn out.
Anyway, after 6 years of troubleshooting & fixing all of the above, we had 4 years of stable clean power, but our one power conditioner that protects the computer-TV room still burned out (within the warranty period) burned out about 2 years ago  … After finding the well hidden manuf. warranty service center (… in some guy’s living room… about 4 miles away, back in a 1-exit-1-entrance subdivision), we had the power conditioner working fine again … for another year.
Still… when going to bed the other night (opening windows, locking doors etc) … I smelled something that resembled slightly overheating electronics. …
I tried hard to find the source of the unusual smell,  but it was in about 3 different areas, and I had zero success finding it  … plus with the windows open, it appeared that it might be floating in from the neighbors house (which is about 5 feet from our house).Well…. I came down the next morning to no internet … no lights … and no power ….
but only in the TV-computer family room (that’s on the power conditioner).

Yep…   the power conditioner is … toast. …     Burnt toast.

The fuse is fine,  but the main board of the conditioner has one wire that’s melted off & burnt its covering => which means only God knows what other components on the board are also … toast  … blaming the problem on the power conditioner that’s now failed twice in three years.

And yes,  smoke generators, that no longer smoke, are not worth anything other than their weight in scrap metal.

… So,  I installed a fresh, spare power conditioner on that Family-TV-internet room’s dedicated circuit breaker,  and went merrily along my way. …

until I came down at 5:00 AM this morning (couldn’t sleep) to enjoy some internet time … to find … no power, again,  in the TV-computer-family room. … *sigh*

Yes,  the fresh spare power conditioner is ‘Out of Service’ … but at least it’s only a burnt fuse this time.

Which leave me wondering … What’s up?

My desire for an internet fix is stronger than my curiosity, so I take the power conditioner out of the dedicated family-room circuit,  plug the Family room circuit directly into CFE …. and joy of joys… the internet router ~modem comes on, lights come on … everything works fine.

I sit down to type & poke around on the laptop … and I hear a low humming sound.   ….

I realize I’ve heard that same humming sound 3 days ago … but since the neighbor built their house using our lot-line boundary wall as their home’s exterior wall … and since that side of their house has no windows – just openings to allow fresh air (and mosquitoes) to flow .. I imagined that the humming came from their ancient washing machine & even-older fridge that sit about 8 feet from the window next to my couch (where I heard the humming).

I poked around trying to find the source 3 days ago, but the humming stopped in about a minute – not enough time to find it – and it’s always easier to blame the neighbors, anyway.
As I sit this morning enjoying the neatly-recovered internet access,  answering some “How-To” question about how to paint over silicone caulk spots on a wall  (the Answer is to coat the silicone with a very thin layer of paintable acrylic caulk -hand textured to match the wall’s texture) …

the hum returns … for just 90 seconds …   and … It’s coming from right outside the family-TV-computer room window.

and I realize why I’ve burned out 2 power conditioners …

It’s my  water pump … the one that lifts water to the roof-top tank when City water pressure is too low to fill the root-top tinaco. …  It’s my water pump that’s seized-up … frozen … humming … whose thermal overload circuit shuts off the pump after 90 seconds…. until it cools off … and tries to run the pump again … to fill the roof top water tank … for dear wifey to take her morning shower…

The dratted electricians … wired the water pump … to the TV-Family room circuit … with no breaker.

It’s still dark out, so I get out the headlamp-along with screwdriversto go try to unfreeze the pump…  but … the plumbers have plumbed the pump in a big space, with just 1 inch of clearance on the back of the pump – so there’s no access to free the pump shaft… and the plumbing must be shut off & drained   … to break open the copper pipes & remove the pump … to free up the shaft … to get water up to the rooftop tank… for the wife to take her shower … and to stop burning out power conditioners.

My solution? … Cut the wires to the pump (so it doesn’t try to come back on) …  get back on the internet …. and wait till after dawn   to deal with the pump.

…. Just another early morn in Merida ….

(and yes,   that’s after 3 airconditioner failures in the year’s worst heat  of the previous 2 weeks)


Time for COFFEE !


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… and yes,   the water pump only runs about once a month…

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Interested in solving common electricity issues … and Protecting your electronics, microwaves, etc ?   … Check out this article with lots of fun details:


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June 2017 Updates to INM Visa Policies

June 13, 2017 Updates
~ INM has changed their policy on Residente Temporal visas with permission to work for a company who have changed to being self employed, as INM now denies renewals when someone changes to self-employment.   INM states that the original RT visa entry conditions no longer exist when a foreigner changes to being self-employed from working for a Mexican employer.

~ Humanitarin visas:   Qualifying people who find themselves stuck in Mexico (unable to travel) due to health reasons may now get humanitarian visas.  They must get a letter from a government clinic doctor describing their condition(s), also stating that they are unable to travel.    Excuses of old age, forgetting to return, or having a broken-down unreliable car are not accepted by INM.

~ Large Variability in Stringent or Lenient Mexican Consular Visa Qualification Policies:
Each Mexican Consulate has their own special rules. Recent reports show that the Mexican Consulates in Laredo TX, Phoenix AZ and Las Vegas, NV are very lenient approving Residente Temporal visas for Americans with as little as $1,000.00 USD per month in income.   The Mexican Consulate in Houston has been reported as being very difficult to work with.   Finally, each Mex. Consulate’s visa application processing times vary from a few hours to a few days.

Happy Trails,

Note that there are tons of details on Visas & moving to Mexico at our main article on immigrating to Mexico at:
~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico

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Ancient Bacteria and Viruses Re-Appearing as Global Warming Thaws Frozen Regions

June 13, 2017
In addition to resurrecting deadly Spanish Flu viruses from human bodies …  frozen in the Arctic a mere 100 years ago, plus nasty anthrax from frozen caribou carcasses in the Arctic …  there are some additional interesting twists arising from the old ‘preserved’ bacteria & viruses.

Consider nicely preserved (flash frozen) 30,000 – 40,000 year old Neanderthal remains, thawing out in the Climate Changed warming Arctic not-so-permafrost,  replete with all their cold, flu & bacterial infections that our immune systems have never seen.


Tibetan Plateau Thawed Permafrost - Gertrud and Helmut Denzau

Thawed Permafrost on Tibetan Plateau … Credit Gertrud & Helmut Denzau


Next revelation in old microbes being resurrected,  Antibiotic Resistance:
Scientists have found live 4 million year old ~ nasty antibiotic resistant bacteria ~ in the USA, in New Mexico’s Lechuguilla Cave,

Surprisingly**, the USA’s 4 million year old antibiotic-resistant bacteria have resistance to 70% of our ‘modern’ antibiotics – totally inactivating our most common antibiotics.
**This is actually not a surprise, since over 99.9% of our ‘modern’ antibiotics come from natural fungi products, and these US cave bacteria have lived for 4 – 7 million years competing with fungi for scarce resources 1000 feet deep in New Mexico.
So … antibiotic resistance appears to be a 4-7 million year old characteristic.


Fun ??

Just imagine the possibilities when scientists resurrect Woolly  Mammoths … expected in the next 2 years.

Wooly Mammoths

Credit Stocktrek Images


Fun … ??

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Yucatec Maya Language … Names of Common Birds & Animals

June 12, 2017
Be sure to turn ON your sound … to hear the Maya pronunciations.
Common Birds of Yucatan

Animals of Yucatan  (Quintana Roo)

Enjoy !

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Life in Yucatan

Want an antidote to all the negative stuff that’s flying around ?

…  Life in Yucatan

Happy Trails,

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Yucatan Peninsula loses power due to rolling blackouts

May 25, 2017

Here’s a video of the initial source~cause of yesterday’s Yucatan Peninsula blackout.

Those explosions & fires then triggered lots of other subsequent fires & explosions downstream at local substations across Yucatan.

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