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Keith Paulson-Thorp

Keith Paulson-Thorp
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Lifestyle blogger Keith Paulson-Thorp is a retired professor and church musician who lives in beautiful Mérida, Yucatán. He plays with local chamber music groups and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatán. “Dr. Keith” taught at Valparaiso University, the University of Louisiana, and the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong-Learning Center. He also was music director at large churches in Houston, Palm Beach and at the famous Old Mission Santa Barbara in California. Email: KikiPT@aol.com. You can read more from Keith at https://www.meridaexpat.net.
The jaguars of Amatenango del Valle, Mexico

The Jaguars of Amatenango del Valle

Those who have traveled with Marina Aguirre know that there is always a new adventure around each corner. Best of all is the network...
Costumes in front of the church in Chiapas, Mexico

The Festivals of Chiapas, Mexico

The festivals of Chiapas, Mexico are an important part of that state’s identity. In Chiapas, each town seems to have a unique style of...
The Usumacinta River in Chiapas, Mexico

Stepping into the Past in Chiapas

From Top Che Eco-Lodge, it is a rough 45-minute drive across marginally-paved roads to the edge of the Usumacinta River, which defines part of...
Jesus Maria Cacao Plant in Tabasco, Mexico

The Relationship Between Chocolate and Tabasco

The flight into Villahermosa from Mérida highlights the great diversity of Mexican topography. In Tabasco one is greeted by rivers, lakes, and swamps as...
Lacandona Jungle Chiapas, Mexico

The Last Remaining Tropical Rain Forest in North America

Leaving Villahermosa, a wide highway carries a seemingly inexhaustible convoy of trucks south into Chiapas and north into the Yucatán. After a few hours...
Aerial view of Mexico City

The Messy Business of Democracy in Mexico

One of my grandmother’s favorite sayings was: “Be careful what you wish for.” It is probably most pertinent in the political arena, and especially...
Making tortillas in Yucatán, Mexico

The Art of Making Tortillas in Yucatán

The art of making tortillas in Yucatán or anywhere in Mexico is time-consuming and tedious, but it is impossible to imagine Mexican food without...
Home in Mérida, Mexico

Living on a Budget in Mérida

Perhaps the most frequent question we are asked living in Mexico is just how expensive it is, and if one can survive on a...
Juan Cano y Cano monument in Mérida, Mexico

Who Was Juan Cano y Cano?

Who was Juan Cano y Cano? It’s September in Mexico, and that means preparations are under way to celebrate Independence Day, when Mexico cast...
Mérida city hall from Plaza Grande

The Parks of Mérida

I just returned from a vacation in Spain and it was interesting to see the roots of Mexico’s colonial culture, and note how it...