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Keith Paulson-Thorp

Keith Paulson-Thorp
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.
Traditional Mexican houses in Merida

Reflections on a Year of Driving in Mérida

A year ago, we decided to buy a car. It wasn’t an easy decision. Mass transit in Mérida is abundant and inexpensive, and we...
Palacio Municipal in Merida

The Upcoming Elections in Mexico

This morning it was not the church bells that awakened me so early, but the blaring loudspeaker from a passing truck with colorful signs...
Peón Contreras Theater in Mérida, Mexico

An Orchestral Crisis Averted in Mérida

In both 2000 and 2017, Mérida received the distinction of being honored as the Cultural Capital of the Americas, the only city to receive...
Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico

Magical Towns of Michoacán Part Three

To conclude our discussion of the magical towns of Michoacán, we continue north of Morelia to the tranquil town of Cuitzeo, overlooking beautiful Lake...
Lake Pátzcuaro, Mexico

Magical Towns of Michoacán Part Two

The most prevalent influences on the magical towns of Michoacán come from the ancient culture of the Purépecha, called Tarascan by the Spanish. The...
El Oro de Hidalgo, Mexico

Magical Towns of Michoacán Part One

Tourism is a major component of the Mexican economy, so the government is always seeking ways to enhance this important industry by drawing attention...
The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City

A Medical Emergency In Mexico City

The journey from Uruapan to Mexico City is lengthy and there is always the possibility of delays, so we left early in the morning....
Monarch Butterflies in Michoacán, Mexico

The Monarchs of Michoacán

My partner, Marshal, was approaching a milestone, his 75th birthday. Such an occasion required a special celebration, something unique and something unexpected, in addition...
Orange building in Merida

Obtaining Senior Citizen Cards in Mexico

Shortly after moving into our house, and before the adventure of buying and licensing a car, we decided one morning to ask a friend...
The Church of San Pedro Apostel in Cholul, Mexico

Challenges and Joys in Cholul, Mexico

When I was called last summer with the proposal to organize a concert at San Pedro Church in Cholul in January, I wasn’t sure...