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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Missing the Canadian community and doing good things in Yucatán

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Chicxulub awaits a post-pandemic crowd from Canada. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

To the editor:

My husband and I have been going to Chicxulub for three months every year for the past 15 years. We don’t say we are on vacation, we say we LIVE in the Yucatán for three months because that’s what we do.

Our landowners who have rented to us for all of these years are wonderful people, and our enjoyment of the Yucatán and its wonders has been worth every trip.

We have made friends with local guides like Pedro Flores and his wife Daisy in Progreso, artists like Gandi in Mérida, and have enjoyed taking Pedro’s trips throughout the local area as well as to other outlying places.

During the early years, we were part of 500 expat Canadians who met with officials to improve local amenities, humanely neuter dogs and work towards better living situations for seniors.

By joining the Chixculub Food Bank (run by a Canadian) I helped teach English to school children, helped raise funds and distribute groceries to those living in poverty, and participated in their monthly Local Chixculub Food Market.

By joining the Merida International Womens Club, I helped young women on their educational path towards better jobs and a better living, helped newborn babies live through those first few hours, and donated games and books to youngsters with cancer in local hospitals.

There have been many changes over the last 15 years because of those 500 expat Canadians living in Merida.

I have also been a subscriber of your newsletter for what seems forever. When at home in Canada we receive it weekly devouring news of our “other” home location, keeping up with happenings, and enjoying the pictures of places we know.

Thank you for this. We look forward to returning to our “White House On The Beach” next year, once more “living” in the Yucatán for a time.

Karen Haslam
Stratford, Ontario

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