Friday, June 19, 2009

Running away to Mexico

We lived in Mexico City for a short time, long ago. It wasn't much fun. The 8.1 earthquake and its aftereffects didn't help. Still, something about this place stuck with us. Now, here we are more than two decades later, hatching a plan for a place in Merida. I hope to share discoveries and impressions as we pursue this crazy pipedream.

Here's a timely post from one of the blogs I love to check for my regular fix of Merida life:

http://theresainmerida.blogspot.com/2009/07/5-stages-of-buying-house-in-merida.html

I think we've been at stage 1 for about 2 years and counting.

Who's watching the sea levels

I had wondered, with the relative flatness of the Yucatan and the low elevation of the beach communities, how things looked for the future as climate change is expected to cause rising sea levels.

Here's a link to an initiative that promises to provide more information on this issue, over time:
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/cousteau-inspires-mexicos-first-marine-observatory-20090624-cw49.html
Cousteau inspires Mexico's first marine observatory
June 24, 2009

"Mexico and France launched Mexico's first marine observatory on Tuesday on the edge of one of the world's most diverse ocean ecosystems, the Sea of Cortez.
"The Jacques Cousteau observatory will unite scientific research on the environmental impact from humans and climate change on Mexico's coastlines, and aims to improve public policy to protect them, French and Mexican officials said.
"Its first base is housed by the Centre of Scientific Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR) in La Paz, on Mexico's north-west Baja California peninsula.
"A second is due to open later this year in Merida, in the south-east Yucatan..."