86 F
Mérida
Thursday, May 26, 2022
###

Moving to Mérida has changed my relationship with color

Latest headlines

New study reveals the stunning cost of corruption in Yucatán

According to a new study by the INEGI, corruption in Yucatán costs the state 9.5 billion pesos a year, the highest in the entire country. 

Yucatán boosts its own unique brand in Europe

Authorities from Yucatán announced a new campaign to promote the state as a destination for European travelers. 

After more than 2 months, why are Mérida’s most iconic monuments still covered in graffiti?

Since the protests held on International Women’s Day back in early March, several of Mérida’s historic monuments remain covered in graffiti. 

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...
Lee Steele
Lee Steele is the founding director of Roof Cat Media and has published Yucatán Magazine and other titles since 2012. Sign up for our weekly newsletters, so our top headlines will appear in your inbox each Monday and Thursday.
Photo: File

I’ve always had a strange relationship with color. It’s not a thing our family embraced when I was growing up outside Philadelphia. 

Even now, I love grays and I marvel at how many shades of whites exist. I inherited this colorphobia. Mom’s favorite color is beige. Every seven years, she bought a new car and if the lot had something in a neutral tone, the deal was practically done. She thought it matched the house, which was brown. We felt those were tasteful colors. 

Mom’s living with us now in Mérida, and wow has she changed her ways. She’s over 90 now, and her nurses are polishing her nails all kinds of hot pink and jungle red. And she approves heartily. She proudly sports orange shorts and aqua-with-jewel-tone sandals. She’s never looked more adorable! 

She loves living here because there are brightly hued flowers year-round. Back in the northeast, we never even had a patio to enjoy lilacs and tiger lilies — sources of the meager and fleeting color we had worked into our landscape. Now she sits on the terrace at every meal and marvels at the kaleidoscope of color on the other side of the arches. 

I’ve worked in publishing all my adult life, but my first jobs were in periodicals that printed in mainly black-and-white. And my bosses were also color averse. Anything too lively made them think of a comic book, unfortunately. Were we tasteful or just timid? 

I opened up to more space on the color wheel when I started to travel more: to the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, to Murano and Burano in Italy, and finally to Mexico. Each trip was a lesson in embracing pinks, oranges, and greens — the brighter the better.

Of course, many of you dive fearlessly into the rainbow right away. Talavera tiles from Puebla and some regional Mexican handicrafts are the easiest way to start. Pasta tiles, which are more true to the Yucatecan aesthetic, can also be as bold as you wish. Paint choices are endless. No one will judge you for being flamboyant.   

To paraphrase fellow Yankee transplant Craig Saunders in Issue 2, hot pink is the new neutral.

This editor’s note appears in Issue 3 of Yucatán at Home.

Subscribe: Have Yucatán at Home delivered to your home, or read the e-edition right away.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...