Living in the Tropics

others – The very first morning here, it became abundantly clear that we would never be lonely. A chorus of araki, oriole, and other birds welcomed us to the new day and this new life here in their tropical paradise. Why paradise ? The tropics offer a deliciously warm environment where things…grow ! The ficus plant that struggles so back home dropping leaves if you so much as look at it funny , thrives here …. From sun-up at 6 something in the morning and for the next 12 hours, life surges all around us. Living things and creatures are never very far away. One night we came home to find an ant flash-mob had settled in our empty living room…and I mean literally thousands and THOUSANDS of the tiny lil fellas… Somewhat panicked, I quarantined off that section of the livingroom wall that was housing the dark cloud of ants by rubbing a line of lavendar household cleaner on the perimeter -apparently they don t like lavender?? . We retired out under the veranda with something cool to drink, and to our delight 20 minuted later, that crowd had dispersed..completely ! Not a straggler remaining behind. rythymn –

BIRD WALK species and dates

SPECIAL BIRD and MAYAN FOOD Tour :

The BIRD LIST from the BIRD WALK Wed March 18, 2015

1. Brown Pelican
2. Magnificent Frigatebird
3. Osprey
4. Plain Chachalaca – some distant calling birds
5. Laughing Gull
6. Royal Tern
7. Eurasian Collared Dove
8. White-winged Dove
9. Ruddy Ground Dove
10. Cinnamon Hummingbird
11. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
12. Great Kiskadee
13. Social Flycatcher
14. Couch’s Flycatcher
15. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
16. Tropical Mockingbird
17. Yucatan Vireo
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Magnolia Warbler
20. Hooded Warbler
21. American Redstart
22. Ovenbird
23. Northern Waterthrush
24. Yellow-throated Warbler
25. Common Yellowthroat
26. Summer Tanager
27. Indigo Bunting
28. Painted Bunting – a male flyby
29. Melodius Blackbird – heard only
30. Great-tailed Grackle
31. Bronzed Cowbird
32. Orange Oriole
33. Hooded Oriole
The BIRD LIST from the BIRD WALK Wed March 11, 2015

Hey Robin,This morning’s bird walk results as follows, including some « beach birds » prior to the group meeting:1. Brown Pelican
2. Magnificent Frigatebird
3. Peregrine Falcon
4. Laughing Gull
5. Eurasian Collared Dove
6. White-winged Dove
7. Ruddy Ground Dove
8. Cinnamon Hummingbird
9. Yucatan Woodpecker
10. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
11. Great Kiskadee
12. Couch’s Kingbird
13. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
14. Gray Catbird
15. Black Catbird (a pair showed VERY well)
16. Tropical Mockingbird
17. Yucatan Jay
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Yellow-throated Warbler
20. Northern Waterthrush
21. Summer Tanager
22. Melodius Blackbird
23. Great-tailed Grackle
24. Bronzed Cowbird
25. Orange Oriole
26. Hooded Oriole
27. Orchard Oriole

Cheers,
Cal

The BIRD LIST : March 10, jungle compound

Accordingly, here is the list of this morning’s birds, mainly with the group in tact but some while by myself when the group was cooking…. What you get one week is certainly no guarantee that you will see it the next. Speaking of which we’ll see what next week brings.

1. Black Vulture (flyover)
2. Turkey Vulture (flyover)
3. raptor (one flyover unidentified due to canopy cover)
4. Plain Chachalaca (flock heard)
5. Olive-throated Parakeet (a small flock of flybys)
6. White-fronted Amazon (a flyby pair)
7. Squirrel Cuckoo (not one but two!)
8. Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
9. Green-breasted Mango
10. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
11. Black-headed Trogon
12. Collared Aracari
13. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
14. Yellow-olive Flycatcher
15. Social Flycatcher
16. Tropical Mockingbird
17. Wood Thrush
18. Clay-colored Thrush
19. White-eyed Vireo
20. Magnolia Warbler
21. Black-throated Green Warbler
22. Yellow-throated Warbler
23. Hooded Warbler
24. American Redstart
25. Black-and white Warbler
26. Ovenbird
27. Red-legged Honeycreeper (at least 10)
28. Melodius Blackbird
29. Great-tailed Grackle (just can’t get away from this species)
30. Yellow-backed Oriole
31. Orange Oriole
32. Altamira Oriole
33. Hooded Oriole
34. Orchard Oriole
35. Scrub Euphonia
36. Yellow-throated Euphonia

37. Canivet’s Hummingbird

Tuesday March 10, 8 AM Leave from Layla Guesthouse for a short drive to a Woodcarver Family compound in the jungle. First off, the birders deploy !! After an hour or so of birding, the group will regroup in the fire-burning ‘ outdoor’ kitchen and cook our traditional lunch with the family. Recipes, lifestyles and a few laughs will be shared….then more birding, then …EATING whatever we just prepared… Back in Puerto Morelos before noon. Includes food, transportation and guides : 400 pesos ( 20% of that to benefit the Casa de la Cultura Kids Art Program Sundays , 9am-1pm,,check it out ! ). Contact Robin at Layla Guesthouse 9981049831 MEET at 8am at Layla, or the Federal Lot ( the same as on Wed ) for the Birding Fooding event on Tuesday.

 

 

The BIRD LIST : March 3, jungle compound
Here is the list of birds identified including a couple of identifiable « heard onlys ». For sure, the longer we would have stayed the more we would have seen. Maybe Motmots and Trogons are on for next week….

1. raptor sp. – a hawk flew over which I did not see but no other hawks were seen so this can count
2. Olive-throated Parakeet
3. Squirrel Cuckoo
4. Ferruginous Pygmy Owl – one came in to us on the jungle trail but was not seen
5. Vaux’s Swift – a few overhead flybys
6. Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
7. Yucatan Woodpecker
8. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
9. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
10. Yellow-olive Flycatcher
11. Tree Swallow – overhead flyby
12. Wood Thrush
13. Brown Jay – this was a high light bird for some
14. White-eyed Vireo
15. Magnolia Warbler
16. Black-throated Green Warbler
17. American Redstart
18. Black-and-white Warbler
19. Northern Waterthrush – call notes heard
20. Red-legged Honeycreeper – 3 showed well
21. Red-crowned Ant Tanager – nice showing up close
22. Rose-throated Tanager – always a treat
23. Melodius Blackbird – a distant heard only
24. Great-tailed Grackle
25. Orange Oriole
26. Yellow-tailed Oriole
27. Altamira Oriole
28. Hooded Oriole
29. Orchard Oriole

 

Wed Feb 25. 2015 Bird Walk List Next Bird Walk March 4

This list includes a few species I ( Cal Cuthbert ) saw prior to meeting the group. It was strangely quiet for birds this morning I thought but that’s all part of birding. We meet at the north end of the big empty Federal Lot near Amar Inn,,,,8am Wednesdays.

1. Brown Pelican
2. Magnificent Frigatebird
3. Osprey
4. Laughing Gull
5. Eurasian Collared Dove
6. White-winged Dove
7. Ruddy Ground Dove
8. Cinnamon Hummingbird
9. Blue-crowned Motmot
10. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
11. Great Kiskadee
12. Social Flycatcher
13. Couch’s Kingbird
14. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
15. Gray Catbird
16. Tropical Mockingbird
17. Yucatan Vireo
18. Yellow Warbler
19. Yellow-throated Warbler
20. Northern Waterthrush
21. Summer Tanager
22. Blue Grosbeak
23. Indigo Bunting
24. Melodious Blackbird
25. Great-tailed Grackle
26. Bronzed Cowbird
27. Orange Oriole
28. Hooded Oriole

 

Feb 18, 2015 NEXT Bird Walk Feb 25th

1. Anhinga
2. Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
3. Osprey
4. Roadside Hawk
5. Peregrine Falcon
6. Plain Chachalaca
7. Eurasian Collared Dove
8. White-winged Dove
9. Ruddy Ground Dove
10. Green-breasted Mango
11. Cinnamon Hummingbird
12. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
13. Great Kiskadee
14. Social Flycatcher
15. Couch’s Flycatcher
16. Tree Swallow
17. Gray Catbird
18. Black Catbird
19. Tropical Mockingbird
20. Yellow-throated Vireo
21. Yucatan Vireo
22. Rufous-browed Peppershrike
23. Northern Parula
24. Yellow Warbler
25. Magnolia Warbler
26. Palm Warbler
27. Northern Waterthrush
28. Common Yellowthroat
29. Blue Grosbeak
30. Indigo Bunting
31. Melodius Blackbird
32. Great-tailed Grackle
33. Bronzed Cowbird
34. Orange Oriole
35. Hooded Oriole

 

Wed Feb 11th, Puerto Morelos , Q Roo NEXT BIRD WALK Wed Feb 18th 8 am at Federal Lot

ruddy ground dove,

tropical king bird,

tropical kisskadee (flycatcher),

great tail grackle,

melodious blackbird,

yucatecan veriol,

whitewinged dove,

summer tanninger,

osprey,

hooded oriole,

yellow throated warbler,

cinnimon hummingbird,

orange oriole,

squirrel cuckoo,

yucatan jay,

golden fronted woodpecker,

yellow thoated veriol,

lufus browed peppershriek,

couch’s flycatcher,

northern perula,….

 

Recent News

Happy May Day !!   2017

We are entering our pre-summer season…..adding the final staircase up to the new  :  Juice Bar…with a View !   Our rooftop will now be directly accessible  for the Yoga and Pilates classes.  In time we will be open up top serving fresh juices and light healthy snacks…but for now you are free to just oder in the cafe, and mosey on up to soak up the sky sensations overlooking those turquoise reef waters…….. !!

 

We continue to be open 7 days a week for the rest of May…changing to the Summer Hours and Summer Menu for the first of June !   Yesica has moved into the second chef spot…..taking the reins on Tuesdays when Chef Lucas is off with his cherubic son Luca…. New skills and taste sensations in the offing.

 

The Thursday Mayan Experience Cenote  Tour will continue all year, and still has only 5-star ratings on Trip Advisor, the only tour to boast that …( watch, now with that said we will get a slew of mediocre comments!!!  kekekek ,   I doubt it as that cenote is a wonder !  and natural wonder worth the trip out !!   Check out our tour comments and reviews on Trip Advisor.

 

See you soon at cafe Layla !

 

 

January 15th, 2017    HIGH SEASON IN MOTION !

In fact high season has begun already this year. Here are just a few highlights of Layla Actvitites :

CAFE LAYLA – open 8am – 4pm, 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays…..Mexican and Vegan breakfasts, Eggs Benedict, Frittatas, amazing fresh juices and more !  Asian-fusion lunches featuring Vietnamese BoBun, Seafood Spring Rolls, Steve’s Grilled Chicken Asian soup-noodle, Lobster Risotto, Arranchera Beef and Tomato Toisan-style, and more….

 

STEVE HAIR – salon open by appointment every day but not usually Tuesday. Cut color and more….+52 9982381926

 

IONE SPA – mani/pedi, massage : Deep, Hot Stone, and more, facials…..by appointment +52 9981902664

 

MAYAN EXPERIENCE CENOTE TOUR  –  Out twice last week, a rewarding day spent in modern Maya culture, and jaw-dropping nature !   Out on Thursdays or other days with groups of 4-6, and 10. Includes a cave, jungle walk, stunning cenote swim, lunch transportation…$85 USD //  $1700 pesos per person

Cafe Layla

This Week at CAFE LAYLA Jan 16-22 :

Monday 16th : 8pm Kundalini Gong Meditation with Jorge….
50 pesos

Tuesday 17th : 7pm OPEN MIC Music and more Night
Bluesman Cooker John and Randi Kelly will host an evening of music, stories, and whatever YOU bring to the stage…. Food and drink available
50 pesos

Tuesday17th : usually Mindfulness Meditation, postponed til next week

Wednesday18th : 8pm Open Air movie : Luc Besson’s  » ANGELA »
50 pesos, includes popcorn !!

Thursday 19th CENOTE TOUR Intimate and authentic day in the modern Mayan world….Mayan language, history, medicinal plants, delicious Yucatecan lunch..all set in jaw-dropping natural cave and cenote wonders!! Great family activity, beach alternative….
$85 USD // $1700 pesos per person

Thursday 19th : 7pm Layla TALK – Biologist Aurora will give an update on climate change..questions answered, doubters welcome
50 pesos

Friday 20th : 8pm SALSA Lesson with choreographer Juan Manuel….beginners encouraged !
50 pesos, drinks available

Saturday 21st : Blues Brunch with COOKER JOHN !! food from 8am, the blues from 11am…!

Sunday 22nd :Jazz Brunch, food from 8am, ANUSKA on sax from 11am

FRIDAY SALSA LESSON – 8pm… prep your steps to step out at the Salsa Night at La Sirena live band !   Free Margarita for Layla dance students !   50 pesos

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE OUTDOOR MOVIES – so far we have seen :  Eddie the Eagle, Chicago, The Moulin Rouge, This is It, Duets…. More fun to follow …    50 pesos

 

Ideas for December :

Meditation : Dec 6

Open Mic Music and MOre Night  : Dec ?

Layla Talks…..

 

 

 

JULY 30, 2015     CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

We are entering the 10th week of construction,  and cooking with gas !!   Last Friday we completed the first ROOF POUR, with the giant Pluma concrete truck arriving and pumping concrete up to the roof of the second floor  as our team smoothed out the jetting concrete filling every nook and cranny up there.  Well, that roof is now the floor of the third and final floor, our apartment !   How exciting it was today to see the first line of block tracing out our rooms and gardens up there….even talk of a dipping pool !   The view will be killer from nearly everywhere in the place. Our inspiration was Philip Johnson’s Glass House —  ok three floors up in a hurricane zone, our walls will not be glass — but the feeling of openness and constant contact with the sea view has been considered.  Our struggle with the authorities for licensing and taxes has not been without an element of sheer theatre…..withhold the license for months and then threaten to close down the site because….the pending license has not yet arrived.. FROM THEM !   Negotiations, offers, threats, explanations, stories and pure unadulterated greed – the takers take, and the beat goes on. And our construction goes on…..   The crew now has cable television set up in the cafe at night, the occasional 20L Jamaica tea jug, and Wednesday special menu item….  Next for me is to mark out the plans with the electrical requirements, outlets, switches and fans….AC and plumbing also described.  Constant double checking of measurements and placements has been essential, and of course flexibility to deal with the infrequent error that slips through…      Preparing the shopping list : 4 toilets, 3 shoer heads and one bath set….sinks – talavera?….wall treatments considered and discussed, windows to ensure proper air flow to deal with humidity….a steady thinking and re thinking has been the rule…..   More soon !LAYLA LOGO

 

 

 

 

JUNE 9, 2015

CONSTRUCTION :We are entering our 4th week of construction here at Layla !! Only the Hair Salon/Spa and Tours remain open at this point…but we plan to reopen the new cafe and guest rooms as soon as construction allows…..early in the fall ? But one way or another, we are set to celebrate what we can on October 21, the birthday of Layla Guesthouse ! The Maya construction team FROM PHASE I IS BACK !!…AND BETTER THAN EVER ! Manuel Del Valle is the contractor for the construction for us, and we are here every day, measuring and posting and planning…. a real labor of love !

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PRESENTATION :

Last weekend June 6 I spoke at the International Living publications Expat Conference. I was asked to give a 30-min talk describing the process of planning and opening Layla Guesthouse with the attendees who are also considering their retirement plans…perhaps for some a working retirement ! The audience enjoyed hearing about the dance of LEADING AND FOLLOWING THE life of Layla….and of our discoveries in nearly 15 years of living overseas. Some of them signed up for the Cenote Tour !!!

 

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2015 OPEN MIC…MUSIC AND MORE 7pm-10pm at LAYLA !

Open mic for all performers..to reserve a spot, contact Randi Kelly on Facebook or me 9981049831. Food and drink available…! Art displayed…. Come and Enjoy a final hooray !

 

 

March 17, 2015 VEGAN COOKIING DEMO>>>>with Jorge Zubieta 12noon – 2pm

Learn how to make Spanish tortilla…and Chocolate Mousse….Vegan style !!

 

 

 

March 10, 2015 Layla Guesthouse TONIGHT Meditation and Dharma 7pm all welcome 0-50 pesos….

SUDDENLY AVAILABLE !! 4 spots on the Mayan Nature Experience Cenote Tour… Thursday all day, 8-5pm, Guided Mayan nature walk , exciting dry cave exploration, sensational million-year old cenote swim, delicious Yucatecan lunch prepared and served by a charming Mayan family… 900 pesos includes transportation and contribution to cenote Green Development Fund…. reservation : 9981049831

intimate and authentic….

Tomorrow night 7pm… Mayan Topics Talk : the Temple of the Jaguar at Chichen Itza with Lilia Lizama…. 50 pesos

 

 

 

This Week at LAYLA GUESTHOUSE : Feb 16th- 22nd, 2015

MONDAY 16th 7pm Marine Talk with professor/researcher Mickey Weiss…  » The Spiney Lobster  » Bring your marine questions as he knows a lot about the reef, and the seaweed, and other marine topics !! 50 pesos

TUESDAY 17th. 7pm Meditation and Dharma with Steve Grad… Theory and practice in English y español… 0 – 50 peso contribution

WEDNESDAY 18th. 8 AM BIRD WALK with Cal Cuthbert, Elaine Cuthbert, meet at the north end of the Federal Lot between av Rojo Gomez y Ninos Heroes… 20 pesos to benefit the Casa Cultura Puerto Morelos.

WEDNESDAY 18th. 7pm Mayan Topics Gods and Goddesses with archeologist Lilia Lizama 50 pesos

THURSDAY 19th. 8am-5pm the Layla Guesthouse Cancùn Puerto MorelosMayan Nature Experience CENOTE TOUR …fascinating guided nature walk, exciting dry cave exploration, sensational cenote swim, delicious Yucatecan Mayan home-cooked lunch, charming village stroll…900 pesos including donation to the Green Development Fund.

THURSDAY 19th. 7PM Free talk on Sacred Geometry and the Flower of Life with presenter Annamaria Maggi ….. Learn about mysteries that intrigued DaVinci and other great minds throughout the ages….. 0 + pesos

INFO: 9981049831

 

 

 

WED Feb 11, 7pm due to illness, the Mayan Topics will change and Robin will give the Chicle Presentation to those who have not heard it yet….using the information of archeologist Lilia Lizama.

 

Layla turns ONE !!!! Happy Birthday, girl !

October 21, 2014 at 5pm…Layla will turn one, and celebrate with friends and fans of Richard’s culinary delights and Anushka’s musical marvels with Flamenco guitarist Wilbert….. After schmoozing out front for a few hours, we will move to the back for some more music and fun in the Palm Garden…featuring Russ and Gary from Merida. Off and running into the second season….many thanks to all Layla’s supporters !

 

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Soooooo, the anniversary night turned out to be a swirling stormy tropical depression meteorological event… whewwwwwooooohhhhohohohohh and the party was memorable ! We stayed in the protection of the cafe as the storm brewed and built and blossomed…..under a 12m tarp ! What are the chances of even finding such a thing, the day of….???? In any case, the tarp allowed the party to continue, yahoo! and we will always remember the first anniversary..!

 

Summer 2014 Gardening

In the heat of the summer sun, progress has been made on the garden on av. Ninos Heroes….and under the sea, in the shade ! The second generation of the « Hommage to Chichen Itza  » at the Octopus’s Garden is now complete. The grounds were inspected by the juvenile French Angel fish residing there since its birth who did dances of approval exploring all the ins and outs, and nooks and crannies before my very eyes. He came straight to my mask after each pass to express his enthusiastic ‘Fins Up’ of the new digs…. Well it may have been the dead trigger fish I fileted and staked down in the garden that triggered his reaction…ahhhh …essentially opening the newest Sushi Bar in PoMo.

The av Ninos Heroes Garden was trimmed to within an inch of its stems, revealing the beauty that lies in the spaces between, in the garden.

Much like in music, it is often the silence between the notes that moves us most….

FEBRUARY 2016 Events @ Layla

FEBRUARY 2016 EVENTS AT LAYLA info: 9981049831

 

Monday Feb 1 – 7pm Spiny Lobster Talk with Dr. Mickey Weiss, learn about the relationship between this creature and the Moray Eel…Some amazing research video footage ! 50 pesos

Tuesday Feb 2 – March 22 3-5pm CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with author Angelica Sanchez ( more info : circulosdeaguita@gmail.com ) All welcome to come hone your skills, or finally start the project you ve been thinking of…or start a brand new interest ! ………$200 pesos per session, call to register.

Tuesday Feb 2 – 7pm Meditation and Dharma with Steve Grad. Meditation and explanation of Buddhist principles. ….$0-50 pesos

Wednesday Feb 3 7:30 AM BIRD WALK with Cal, Meet at big empty federal lot near Amar Inn….corner of Ninos Heroes …………$50 pesos, 30 to benefit Casa de la Cutura

Wednesday Feb 3 – 7pm Meditation and Kundalini Gong with Jorge Acosta. Meditation and Gong session focused on various chakras……$0-50 pesos

Thursday Feb 4 8am-5pm The Layla Guesthouse Mayan Experience Cenote Tour ( reviewed on Trip Advisor ) All day foray into the inner Mayan peninsula….Learn about Mayan medicinal plants, speak Mayan phrases with our Mayan guides, experience stunning natural beauty, and share a meal prepared and served by a charming Mayan family….$75 USD

Thursday Feb 4 – 7pm The Chicle Story. Chewing gum started here !! Learn about the rough and tumble chiclero world, pre-Wrigley’s …. ..$50 pesos

Coming soon:

Mon Feb 8 – Mayan Topics 101 with Marco Riha There are no dumb questions ! Bring your curiosity……$50 pesos

Thurs Feb 11 ‘ The Mangrove and the Threat/Solution of our New County withGuadalupe Velazquez……$ 50 pesos

Mon Feb 15 – the Spotted Eagle Ray Talk – with Blue Core AC..7pm ….50 pesos

March 21-24 Incredible Mask Making Workshop given by Alison Palmer, with concert : Blood Sweat and Tears’ own STEVE KATZ !! More details and PHOTOS to follow…amazing masks from your own hands and imagination !

Any questions and registrations : 9981049831

 

Monday Feb 8 7pm TALK : Mayan History basics, your questions answered with Professional Guide Marco Riha….. $50 pesos

Tuesday Feb 9 7pm Mindfulness Awareness MEDITATION, discussion of Buddhist principles with Steve Grad …..$0-50 pesos

Wednesday Feb 10 7:30AM BIRD WALK with avid birder Cal Cuthbert in from Manitoba. MEET at the big empty federal lot near Amar Inn, corner of Ninos Heroes ….. 50 pesos,  30 to benefit the Casa de la Cultura

Wednesday Feb 10 7 pm Kundalini Gong MEDITATION with Jorge Acosta using mantras & gong in the meditation… $0-50 pesos

Thursday Feb 11 8am-5pm Layla Guesthouse Mayan Experience CENOTE TOUR a day trip into the inner peninsula, Woodcarver’s Compound, guided jungle walk highlighting Mayan medicinal plants, « Raiders of the Lost Arc » dry cave exploration, stunning stalactite-laden cave cenote swim, and delicious lunch prepared and served by a charming Mayan family… $75 USD

Thursday Feb 11 7pm TALK : The Mangrove and YOU !!! with Guadalupe Velazquez amazing hydrogeologist and local activist, learn the mysteries & importance of the Manglar, and how the new County of Puerto Morelos can protect it ! …………$50 pesos

Friday Feb 12 8am – noon Bird & Food TOUR Visit a jungle compound with avid birder Cal Cuthbert for the jungle bird crew and a COOKING CLASS with local Mexican experts : mothers and grandmothers ! Transportation, lunch, and bird guide included ……….$400 pesos with $90 pesos going to the Casa de la Cultura.

INFO: tel : 9981049831

 

SUNDAY FEB 14 TH        Cafe Layla OPENS !!!!     » The LUV Brunch…. »   9am-4pm    Happy Valentine’s Day !

 

Monday Feb 15 7pm TALK : THE SPOTTED EAFLE RAY with researchers Blue Core AC,…….. $50 pesos

Tuesday Feb 16 7pm Mindfulness Awareness MEDITATION, discussion of Buddhist principles with  Steve Grad …..$0-50 pesos

Wednesday Feb 17 7:30AM BIRD WALK with avid birder Cal Cuthbert in from Manitoba. MEET at the big empty federal lot near Amar Inn, corner of Ninos Heroes ….$ 50 pesos, 30 to benefit the Casa de la Cultura.

Wednesday Feb 17 7 pm Kundalini Gong MEDITATION with Jorge Acosta using mantras and the gong in the meditation ……….$0-50 pesos

Thursday Feb 18 8am-5pm Layla Guesthouse Mayan Experience CENOTE TOUR a day trip into the inner peninsula, Woodcarver’s Compound, guided jungle walk highlighting Mayan medicinal plants, « Raiders of the Lost Arc » dry cave exploration, stunning stalactite-laden cave cenote swim, and delicious lunch prepared and served by a charming Mayan family… $75 USD

Thursday Feb 18 7pm  (rescheduled )  TALK : The Mangrove and YOU !!! with Guadalupe Velazquez amazing hydrogeologist and local activist, learn the mysteries and importance of the Manglar, and how the new County of Puerto Morelos can support and protect it ! ……..$50 pesos

Friday Feb 19 8am – noon Bird & Food TOUR Visit a jungle compound with avid birder Cal Cuthbert for the jungle bird crew and a COOKING CLASS with local Mexican experts : mothers and grandmothers ! Transportation, lunch, and bird guide included ……..$400 pesos with $90 pesos going to the Casa de la Cultura.

INFO: tel : 9981049831

 

Monday Feb 22 7pm TALK : The Coral Reef or The Lion Fish Ceviche,…….. $50 pesos

Tuesday Feb 23 7pm Mindfulness Awareness MEDITATION, discussion of Buddhist principles with  Steve Grad …..$0-50 pesos

Wednesday Feb 24 7:30AM BIRD WALK with avid birder Cal Cuthbert in from Manitoba. MEET at the big empty federal lot near Amar Inn, corner of Ninos Heroes ….$ 50 pesos, 30 to benefit the Casa de la Cultura.

Wednesday Feb 24 7 pm Kundalini Gong MEDITATION with Jorge Acosta using mantras and the gong in the meditation ……….$0-50 pesos

Thursday Feb 25 8am-5pm Layla Guesthouse Mayan Experience CENOTE TOUR a day trip into the inner peninsula, Woodcarver’s Compound, guided jungle walk highlighting Mayan medicinal plants, « Raiders of the Lost Arc » dry cave exploration, stunning stalactite-laden cave cenote swim, and delicious lunch prepared and served by a charming Mayan family… $75 USD

Thursday Feb 25  7pm   TALK :  Mayan History The Calendar and The Zero , or PM history Project or  ……..$50 pesos

Friday Feb 26    8am – noon Bird & Food TOUR Visit a jungle compound with avid birder Cal Cuthbert for the jungle bird crew and a COOKING CLASS with local Mexican experts : mothers and grandmothers ! Transportation, lunch, and bird guide included ……..$400 pesos with $90 pesos going to the Casa de la Cultura.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL EVENTS AT LAYLA info: 9981049831

SPANISH CLASSES : 4 levels, call for schedule

BEACH CLEAN UP First Saturday of the month 9am
Saturday April 5 9am Meet at LAYLA with your hat, suncreen, and gloves

LECTURE : Every Monday night at 7pm on varying topics
Monday April 7 7pm 50mxp ECOLOGY- » Protecting our Mangrove…Why and How  »
Dra Guadalupe Velazquez shows most recent aerial photos

MEDITATION : Every Tuesday night at 7pm Readings on Buddhism and practical meditation theory and practice
Tuesday April 8 7pm $donation

CENOTE TOUR : Thursday April 10 8am-5pm The Maya Nature Experience; swim in a natural cave cenote millions of years old, learn Mayan secrets of food, and medicine on the guided jungle walk, explore a rambling dry cave, sip from cool coconuts, enjoy delicious Yucatecan cuisine at the home of a charming Mayan family, practice useful phrases in
Mayan language ! 800 pesos for all that and transportation. 100 pesos of the 800 goes to the Cenote Green Development Fund …..Call 9981049831

LECTURE : Monday April 14 7pm 50 mxp HISTORY  » The Chiclero History of Puerto Morelos  » with archeologist Lilia Lizama, photos and video !

MEDITATION : Tuesday April 15 7pm $donation Readings on Buddhism and practical meditation theory and practice

LECTURE : Monday April 14 7pm 50 mxp BIOLOGY  » The Botanical Garden : plants of the region  » Celebrate the eve of Earth Day April 22 at Layla Guesthouse

MEDITATION : Tuesday April 22 7pm $donation Readings on Buddhism and practical meditation theory and practice..Meditate on our Mother Earth

LECTURE : Monday April 28 7pm 50 mxp MARINE BIOLOGY Discuss current UNAM research with local marine biologists

HAIR : Every week, full hair cut and color services, massage services, call 9982381926

FOOD : Five days a week, Wed – Sun 8-3:30pm Amazing breakfast and Sensational Asian lunch with Richard at
La Duna cafe at LAYLA….

Check out laylaguesthouse.com also….

March 2014 Events at LAYLA call for rez : 9981049831

CONCERT : Wednesday March 12th 5pm for food, 6pm for music.

FeelDR.com Check out Artur’s site for the Feel Dr World Music show…. 100 pesos incld 1 drink.

 

CENOTE TOUR : Saturday March 15th, 8am – 5pm, Mayan Nature Experience

Includes an amazing cave cenote swim at Kalak Cenote, guided nature walk, dry cave exploration, Mayan village lunch and stroll….and Mayan language lesson. 800 pesos includes 100 peso contribution to their cenote Development Fund. You are looking back in time, literally millions of years….

 

CENOTE TOUR : Saturday March 29th , ( same as above )

 

CONCERT : Sunday afternoon in the Dune… March 30, 5pm food, 6pm music

Flamenco Fusion ~ Anuska & Wilbert 100 pesos includes one drink

 

LECTURE : Every Monday evening at 7pm

Revolving topics by week : local history / chicleros; local ecology; integrating relaxation at home; biology / plant and marine life ; 50 peso participation

 

MEDITATION & BUDDHISM : Every Tuesday eveningat 7pm

Theory and practice in Mindfulness Meditation 50 pesos suggested donation

 

EVERY DAY : Cut and Color, massage at the Salon del Mar with Steve,

call for appointment 9982381926

 

 » La Duna  » CAFE : Open 5 days a week 8am-3pm , closed Tues and Wed, for breakie and amazing Asian lunch

 

 

 

 

 

Construction ….part two and part three

Pop the champagne ! we are off and running….. During the New York ~ Maine family visits we heard no news from our building team and so I concluded that they had run into some building permit roadblocks and that we would start building after our return….but but but, imagine our delight at returning to see the lot in motion ! Cleared and the foundation dug, the trenches were receiving another layer of cement to build the foundation on two initial layers of rock and sand…. The next step will be reinforced iron rods in concrete strong enough for hurricanes and three stories above. If we ever decide to build that high – we will be ready for it !

 

Our six-man crew had been working on it for about 2 weeks so far….with designer Antonio Pavon supervising the team he put together and trained some 6 years ago. He showed us some new ideas for the walk-ways and the water features so we will meet on site today to thrash out the possibilities with a measuring tape and notepad ! The bathroom layout is today’s question as well as the proposed walkway. The water company comes tomorrow to reinstate service – just in tme for the serious concrete foundation work ! Pictures soon….

 

Part Three

Some 7 months later, I am happy to say the team is tighter and more cooperative than ever….a rare treasure in this construction world. Here are some highlights over the past seven months:

The foundation work was extensive……2.5 meters down with layers of rock and sand and rock and sand…and concrete and iron reinforced bar and then….the rock wall foundation strong enough to support three eventual stories…. I started working with the crew by carrying rock followed by assisting Luis with his rock and mortar assemblies. My forte with rock wall seems to be with finishing off the backside of walls that will be buried and never seen. Well, it s a beginning, and with such patient teachers there is no telling where it may lead.

Next we moved on to the bending steel with iron bar tubes. The task was to form steel squares 15 cm a side to be wired onto the rebar that was bent and cut to form the vertical castillos and horizontal trave beams needed to support the structure . The steel coils were cut and pounded into straight bars before being sent to me for the bending. Marks in blue pencil on the wooden worktable gave size and shape to the squares. The foreman Roberto taught me to slide the tube over the steel rods and to bend them at 90 degree angles to form the squares and rectangles we ended for the beam structures . After checking that the squares I produced were actually usable, he let me know we d need 200 of them and walked off. In fact I liked it when Roberto passed whatever physical tasks he was working on to me so that he could do more planning and supervising….I felt useful!

Later the tasks bounced between chiseling out rock ares for the wall and more steel work. Luis taught me to wire the steel squares onto the iron bars using a what looks like a giant skate lace hook. The idea is to pass a wire loop around the two pieces of metal to be joined, and then hook the loop before bending and twisting the spire into little buds, tightening evermore until the two pieces became one. Well, either that or until the wire snapped from being over twisted – start again! Watching Luis then Lucas gave me the model to follow until I felt comfortable working on my own. I will never forget the day the three of us were lined up working on a beam three meters up in the air, working smoothly and easily as we completed the beam together. That moment in the sun, at that smooth pace, and sharing a certain comraderie was the first of many moments of its kind working with this team.

 

With the foundation walls completed, it was becoming easy to see the footprint of the building….

Construction…..part one

Well, we are approaching the moment of ground-breaking…the kick off to the consruction that will bring our goals that much closer. The final plans are being submitted with permit applications, and we may even begin before the permits hit. We have learned here that the very natural question of WHEN…has little significance in predicting the end date of a project. I can say we are starting construction now at the end of July and that we hope and plan to be open with as much of the project as we can complete…perhaps in December. It will be ready when it is ready, and not a minute before…. THIS is an adjustment for us time-focused folks from the north….and we will enjoy the ride rather than sweat it ( dammit)…. W e will follow closely the daily progress and do our best to keep the production flowing….and only time will tell the rest of the story….

 

The benefit of building 2 units now, for example, of the potential 6, if that is what time allows us, is that we can apply the lessons we learn now on the next phase of construction. The experience we gain now will be visible in the following two units. The initial units will accentuate the garden-ness of theses ground floor units and help our guests feel relaxed in a setting that provides personal space in a tree-covered grove……and the uppper ones to follow will focus more on open decks. There are so many choices to make, so the ones we make now will lay the foundation for those that follow. Honestly, it is hard for me to accept the partial completion concept, but time only allows for that now, and for the very real reasons above, I think we will be happier working this way. With less pressure, we will certainly enjoy more serenity during this first building phase. It will provide a natural check point for quality and functionality of what will come next.

 

Wow, I love this part… building and seeing our concepts become real..tangible….and even improved ! Antonio Pavon, our architect, has listened and synthesized so well both our desires and designs with his own that the project keeps getting better! My only complaint is that I will have to wait til next year to see ALL of it realized, though I will have so much more time to focus on the details of Phase One that the overall result will be better when I do finally see it completed.

And what a lifestyle change ahead for us….tying the guesthouse cafe and salon together wuith our community and beach lives already established here in Puerto Morelos will set us on a new course….amazing changes ahead.

Puerto Morelos CCC, Easter Monday beach Clean-up…

The beach is in FULL SWING with hundreds and hundreds of families lining its shore….celebrating Easter weekend. Yahoooooo ! The CCC is organizing a sweet finish to the weekend…. Monday morning beach Clean-Up !!!

REMEMBER : Monday morning we will meet at 7am at the lighthouse to sweep the beach with garbage bags and restore it to its pristine beauty. Bring a hat ! and …gloves if you like… We will be ready for a swim and to enjoy the beach beauty before 9am I imagine…maybe picking up for an hour or so??? MANY THANKS for joining in…..

The CCC ~ balanced, focused, effective for Puerto Morelos.