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“The Wild Side” By Kathy Watts

As I ponder the varying notions on my 20year-old list of reasons I love Cozumel, I am bothered. It reads like a travel brochure for a nice vacation. Sure, it sounds lovely, but those "brochure" platitudes don't quite feel significantly unique enough to inspire my permanent move to a place whose appeal for me has only gotten stronger over the years.








The obvious first thought is I must love all things plentiful in the ocean, right? Wrong. I went snorkeling the first visit in 1990 and

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didn't really feel the desire to go again for 20 years. I neither dive, nor do I like sand stuck to me. I feel no particular thrill being in the ocean, and if fact, find it all mildly annoying, and by that I mean really uncomfortable. I only jump in if I am hot and sweaty - which brings me to another point. I was raised in Minnesota so I must love the weather, the heat, right? Wrong. I despise hot humid weather. I would do most anything short of selling crack to schoolchildren to afford a 24centigrade room. I love cool weather. I don't even mind

SEPTEMBER 2010 freezing cold weather. Surely, I surmise, the water and the weather play a role in my primal need to be on this rock - but there is something more, something deeper at play beneath the obvious. Some profound cosmic undertow worth investigating. So far, this introspection

“I would do most anything short of selling crack to schoolchildren to afford a 24-centigrade room.”

has yielded small, buried bits of treasure. Here is one I thought was worth sharing: First, I must digress. I bought a new (newer, not NEW) vehicle not long ago, and it is 180-degrees from my old, well-loved, hot pink VW Bug. My upgraded vehicle has allowed me to focus less on the rattling, loud, rust-propelled, vibrating lurch to the wild other side of Cozumel (all the while wondering if I will end up stranded), and more on the calm

soothing awe-inspiring view out my window. This

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“A Conversation with Dr. Ricardo Segovia-Gasque, of CMC”

Chef’s Corner Eva Gonzalez “Hibiscus Quesadillas “

““Kiteboarding” with Adrian Angulo

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10th Avenue between Juarez & 2 No. Hours: 7:30 am to 11 pm Mon.-Sun.

Phone: 978 872 1012

Sample our delicious breakfast fare featuring “Eggs Gerardo,� the house specialty. We serve appetizers, salads, soups, ceviches, Mexican dishes, pasta, seafood, meat dishes and mouthwatering pastries. While dining, enjoy our special juices, shakes and alcoholic beverages out in our beautiful patio and garden area.

Bicentennial Celebration to be held at City Hall on September 15 The 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of its famous Revolution will be celebrated by locals and visitors at City Hall on Sept. 15 where, at 11 PM, everyone participates in the traditional ―grito,‖ the cry for independence. The Revolution of November 20, 1910 began when Francisco ―Pancho‖ Villa and Pascal Orozco led the first insurrection attack. Afterwards, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky after the ―grito‖ with a vantage point from Raphael Melgar. A parade will wind around the downtown area on the 16th and festivities will continue all day.

“THE BEST OF COZUMEL” You’ve experienced that unforgettable sunset, eaten a perfectlyprepared lobster meal, snorkeled in unbelievable places. Now you can vote on your favorite people and places here on the Island. We will have ballots in the October, November and December issues as well as voting on our website. 20 locations will be listed for dropping off your ballot. Vote for your favorites. Show your loyalty to those who have so richly served you. Winners will be announced in our January 2011 issue and provided with decals to proudly display in their place of business. ( C o n t i n u e d

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point is important because the repetition of the journey - the added frequency, has been significant .....OK, here: The drive itself is a lesson in meditation. It begins with an obstacle course of vehicles, bikes, mopeds, trucks, children, dogs, people, etc... My niece summed it up perfectly by saying "driving down here is like driving in a video game" - a line I have stolen countless times. Music on the stereo is mandatory, of course - sometimes mirroring, sometimes mitigating my inner playlist of thoughts, pains, joys, or issues on any given day. It is an ever-changing scene, yet never unfamiliar. Every block, every kilometer, less arduous than the last, until Centro is in my rear-view. I move along a straight stretch of road, a slice paved through an aperture in time. I drive away from present-day tedium, and towards the "wild" side of the island, the flip side, side B, the natural version of Cozumel that to date has not been degraded, sold, made up, homogenized and packaged for a public hungry for places to go that look exactly like they want and expect them to look, regardless of any actual authenticity. This is the island of 20, 50, or even 500 years ago. As I drive on, I sink deeper into my more natural state as well. My "packaging" left far behind, no uniform, no make up, no profession pretense synthesized into a mechanically cheerful "good morning"...this is the real deal, a real good morning.

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Restaurants, Bars and Beach Clubs Parilla Cozumel, 30 Ave. between 19 & 21 So. (next to Oxxo). Barbecue & teriyaki chicken, prime burgers & dogs. FREE DELIVERY!!! 11 AM-11 PM. 987-120-0774.

Woody’s Bar and Grill, El Centro. Air- conditioned family dining room and sports bar. Wi-FI, Open 10 AM-3 AM. 24 bar stools in open bar. Mexican and American food. Located next to 7-11. 987-116-3789. First beer free with food order!

Corona Sports Bar, between 5 & 10 on 1st St. S. 2 pool tables, ping pong, free WiFi, great daily food specials, $1 beer. Weekly pool tournament. Great prizes! Live music! Free appetizer or drink with ad.

The Burgeur House, 5 Av. Between 3 & 5 Sts So. 10 different styles of burgers. Add fries to any meal.. We have veggie & chicken burgers and steaks. 7 PM-12 AM Wednesday-Sunday. Delivery: 987-114-1766.

Tony Rome’s, 5th Ave & A.R.S. Great food and entertainment. Outside patio and screened-in dining area. Great locals specials! Try our tender imported beef and babyback ribs. 872-0131.

antipasto cheeses olives pastas pizzas

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Personal Health

Kircher Chiropractic.

Dr. Scott Kircher. 5 Ave. between 3 and 5 Streets South. Open Monday through Friday from 10 AM-1 PM and 5 PM- 8 PM. Saturday by appointment only. 872-5099.

Specialty Shops Galeria Azul.

Visit Greg’s studio/gallery, Galeria Azul, at his new location, 15th Ave. No. between 8 & 10 streets. New hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-7 PM or call 869-0963 for special appt. Beautiful hand-blown glasswork & paintings on silk.

Funky Bazaar.

Cool clothes, most under $20 usd. Great accessories and personal shopping services offered, as well as unique and hard-to-find cool fashions. We are located across from Corpus Christi Park on Xel-Ha at 20th Avenue. 872-5955 .

Mister Cigar.

A. Rosado Salas 121-B between 5a and 10 Ave. Real Cuban and Mexican cigars. Smoking accessories and special-order cigarettes. Authorized dealer since 1998. 987-872-5684

Business Services Gretchen Martin, Attorney and Accountant.

Foreign corporations, FM2 & FM3 documentation. All legal matters and accounting practices at a reasonable price. English-speaking. 869-6046.

Papeleria Achach,

30 Ave between 21st and 23rd St. So. (across from Conalep). Copies in B/W and color. Lamination, office and school supplies , name tags, gift bags and much more. Foreign documents copied. Low prices already. 872-7795.

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The Traveling Gringos


Tales of Travels Around the

Louis V

Yucatan and the Mainland

I go for a morning cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe on the main square - priced at 12 pesos, then I eat a leisurely lunch at one of several of my favorite little restaurants, the most I recently felt the need, as I often do this time of year, to escape the expensive of which is 60 pesos, and that tropical heat and go for some cool, mountain air in San Cristobal, Chiapas. With low prices for most everything and the mild climate, it’s the perfect place for me.

San Cristobal, Chiapas My Mountain Getaway

On the southbound portion of my trip, I traveled on an ADO GL bus. It’s a trip of over 16 hours, with stops in Tulum, Chetumal, Palenque and Ocosingo. The GL buses are very comfortable with lots of legroom, mens’ and ladies’ restrooms, coffee bar and headsets for the movies and music. Normally I would sleep more on the trip but the road through the mountains from Palenque to San Cristobal offers includes a glass of wine and dessert. such spectacular views, that I get little sleep since there’s plenty of Of course, the afternoon siesta is in order. time for that in San Cristobal. Afterwards, I explore the city, including the I spent my first week in a very interesting local markets with such a variety comfortable apartment with all the of beautiful goods produced by the local inamenities, including WiFi and digenous population. Next stop is to enjoy a cable—and a nice walk of about glass of wine at a street-side table at a small seven blocks from the main square. wine bar for only 25 pesos, including popDue to the 7,000 foot altitude, I corn and botanas. While I am seated there, always spend a few days getting one of the young, local boys provides a 50accustomed to the change. San Cristobal is such a nice place to ex- peso shoeshine. Evenings are usually spent in plore on foot. They have expanded the pedestrian streets and they the main square with entertainment every night and really big shows on the weekend. are lined with interesting little restaurants and sidewalk cafes. For my second week, I moved to the Don Quijote, a small hotel I have often stayed at. This is an ideal location, about two blocks from the main square, very clean, free WiFi, cable, etc., at an unbelievable 200 pesos per night. Since I was visiting friends in Merida on my return trip, I used the ADO top-of-theline Platino bus. Fully reclining seats with foot rest, in a 2 + 1 configuration, individual LCD video screens with over 30 movies and music, A/C outlet for recharging laptops and cell phones, etc. A very comfortable ride.

I will be back to San Christobal soon, when I need another breath of fresh, mountain air. The Cozumel Islander * September


Scooter Diaries

Having lived here on la isla for over a year and a half, I would like to relay some of m y e x p e rie n c e s an d thoughts on the precarious art of driving a scooter. By Will Sievert Some have thought that I’m ―six shrimp shy of a seafood gumbo‖ for opting for a moto-scooter. Many chose not to test the hospitals here by participating in the ―moto-sport‖ so to speak. We ―cut our teeth‖ on the intricacies of the road by getting bicycles. Not a bad start to our learning to navigate here. Same rules apply to all, though one soon learns that sometimes the laws, rules and regulations are merely ―suggestions.‖ Stop signs give the phrase ―California-stop‖ an entirely new meaning. (Guess that’s under 20 mph) A few notes to new island ―easy-riders‖… Keep in your lane. There very well could be a biker coming up on your right at three times your speed and passing you like his clothes are on fire. This brings up another rule. Check out your rearview mirrors frequently. It will help you avoid above problem. Most big roads and streets here are in good shape, but be aware of pot-holes that can ruin your day. They can magically appear where you swore there wasn’t one there the day before. Topes, or speed-bumps usually are marked in advance…usually. I hit one on Q. Roo one night at normal speed and Sue had the foresight and quickness to snatch our bottle of merlot at it was propelled

airborne from the basket. (Yes, we have priorities, too) Another ―no-no,‖ keep away from Melgar when wet. It is extremely slippery, as even the horse pulling the carriage in front of us practically did a half-gainer can testify. (―Trigger‖ was helped up and doing fine, though quite sore I am sure). It is a beautiful trek to the ―wild side‖ of the island that can spring unique surprises at you, like… iguanas. Don’t panic, react violently and veer off the road. Keep going straight ahead; really, it’s not as bad as that tope. One incident that could have been nasty was the extremely large bird (didn’t know they had condors here) that zeroed in on my head at 45 mph. Got a wing-tip on my helmet that sounded like Brett Favre getting sacked in the play-offs. (Yes, I’m a Who Dat.) The bird fared well as I saw its shadow darken the earth as it departed. If one glances at the local rags, they may daily show gory photos of horrible scooter accidents and victims showing lots of red and it can be unnerving. However, by being alert, defensive, and most importantly, sober, you’ll be fine.

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Wednesdays Alberto’s Beach Bar...Kaoba- Sunset La Hach…Karma - 11 PM-2 AM Ambar...Cinecero—11 PM—3AM

by Sue Sievert Fire dancing has been a traditional part of cultures from around the world, and modern fire performances often include visual and stylistic elements from many traditions. Fire dancing which is also called "fire twirling," "fire spinning," "fire performance," or "fire manipulation," is a group of performance arts or disciplines that involve manipulation of objects on fire. These specially designed props are soaked in fuel and lit on fire. Some of these disciplines are related to twirling a baton or juggling which are both considered forms of object manipulation. Fire dancing is also performed in a rhythmic gymnastic form of dance. Music often plays a huge role in fire dancing and routines are coordinated between dancers. Safety must always be a consideration.

(Rock) (Rock) (Rock)

Thursdays Alberto’s Beach Bar...Caribbean Show...Sunset La Hach...Karma - 11 PM-2 AM (Rock) Pirata’s..The Gold Band–11 PM-3 AM (Rock ) (Ladies Night’. Beer 15 mn, Natl frozen drinks 2 for 1 )

Corona Bar..Kaoba–10:30PM-2AM (Rock) El Tiki Tok..Explocion Latino-10 PM (Latino) Melia Hotel—Angelito de la Salsa—10 PM (Salsa)

Fridays Alberto’s Beach Bar So...Kaoba - 10 PM (Rock ) Rolandi’s..Dave on Sax- 8-11 PM (Smooth Jazz) The Plaza... La Cuzamil Band- 8-10 PM (Latino) Ambar...Cinecero- 1PM-3AM (Rock) Piratas...The Gold Band –11 PM-3 AM (Rock) La Hach….LIA - 7-10 PM (Rock) Corona Sports Bar..Kaoba-10:30 PM-2 AM (Rock ) Hard Rock Café...Black Knight-11 PM (Rock) The Money Bar...Red Eye - 6-9 PM (Classic Rock ) La Palapita...Angelito de La Salsa...9-11 PM Aquino y su banda Aguanile - 11 PM(Rock) Alberto’s Beach Bar…Kaoba -Sunset (Reggae) Ell Tiki Tok...Explosion Latino-10 PM (Latino) Azucar...Requiem - 11 PM (Rock)

Saturdays Viva Mexico..Aquino y Aguanile-Mid-2:30 AM Rolandi’s..Dave on Sax-8-11 PM Smooth Jazz Aqua Restaurant/Bar….Jazz/Acoustic...9 PM The Plaza... La Cuzamil Band- 8-10 PM (Latino) Corona Sports Bar...Live Music 10:30 PM-2 AM (Pirata’s….The Gold Band –10-3 AM (Rock) La Hach… LIA- 7-10 PM (Rock) Hard Rock Café...Black Knight-11 PM (Rock) The Money Bar...Red Eye - 6-9 PM (Rock) Ambar...Cenicero - 11PM-3AM (Rock) El Tiki Tok...Explosion Latino–10 PM (Latino) Azucar...Requiem - 11 PM (Rock) La Palapita….Mary Jane - 11 PM Rock & Reggae)


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The Plaza..La Cuzamil Band- 8-10 PM (Cubano) Playa Azul…Aquino y Aguanile - 2 PM (Salsa) Melia Hotel..Angelitop de la Salsa—10 PM (Salsa) The Money Bar….Red Eye- 3-6 PM (Rock)

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The ocean's edge rewards me with views of surf and sand, endless skies and breathtaking shades of blue sea. As I stroll the beach, I likewise stroll the jagged, rocky edge of my consciousness. Like my physical counterpart, I find bits of trash, a bit of beauty, and profound wonder. I speak with my Divinity, give thanks for my many blessings, occasionally rant and rage, bargain, make a few deals, and at times I hear answers so profound I doubt that I come up with them all alone.


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I rarely achieve these gifts of clarity and renewal anywhere but here, in this spot, for surely something divine is here within me, saying, "How can you

Kathy Watts

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In these solitary moments, bombarded in every sensory way by the enormity of nature, some dense inner knot of hopelessly tangled, burnt-out twinkle lights slowly works itself up, down and around, until for a brief expanse of time the whole of it flows straight and free. While picking up a perfect shell or jewel of sea glass, my heart and mind likewise cull an inner shore for nuggets of wisdom, my heart's true feelings, joys, hopes, sorrows, regrets, and once in a while, the ultimate treasure...the illumination of some small measure of redemption, revelation, absolution, a metaphorical line to some grueling race I thought I lost long ago...

doubt that I love you? I did you." (Continued on page 14)


all this for

We toured the Cozumel Medical Center recently with Jenny Segovia, one of the most energetic and dynamic women we have met here. Jenny and her physician husband, Ricardo, own and oversee the large facility on 1st Street between 45 and 50 avenues south. As Jenny showed us first one area, then another, we were extremely impressed with what a state-of-the-art facility this is. Every single detail has been thoroughly planned, from the easyto-maneuver layout of the hospital, to the friendly staff and internationally-trained physician group. The entire facility is spotless and boasts the latest medical technology available to those trained to handle not only emergencies but to help prevent or treat illnesses, diseases, and provide needed surgeries. We were impressed to hear that there is a cafeteria that provides daily meals to those in patient rooms and each room is designed with the patient’s comfort in mind. Family is invited to stay if needed and companion beds are available at no extra cost. A full wing is dedicated to dental services and we were pleased to hear that nitrous oxide is available for those of us who prefer to use it. Another wing has offices for appointments with physicians who serve “pediatrics to geriatrics.” Ambulances are up-to-date with the latest medical equipment and the emergency facilities are superb. The physicians in the ER are trained in Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, two important international protocols for emergency medical attention. Cozumel Medical Center is more than just a beautiful facility. It has a heart for the people and is trying to effect change for us all by offering quality medical services at an affordable price. The Cozumel Islander * September

A Conversation with Dr. Ricardo Segovia- Gasque by Sue Sievert

At what age did you aspire to become a doctor? As a child I was diagnosed with polio at 9 months of age. My earliest memories are of doctors and hospitals and certainly this affected my decision to become a physician since I wanted to be able to help others like me who had been diagnosed with a serious disease.

What is your medical training background? I attended medical school at the University of Cam-

peche, Campeche and then afterwards went to do my specialty training in General Surgery at La Raza Medical Center in Mexico City. I have taken many post graduate specialty courses within Mexico as well as in the United States and Cuba in such areas as endoscopy, laparoscopy and ultrasound. I am certified as a General Surgeon and as a Gastroenterologist. I became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2000 and I am also a member of the American Gastroenterologists Association.

Your medical resume’ is quite impressive. You are a general surgeon and also trained in endoscopy. What led you to pursue the medical branch of gastroenterology? In General Surgery what most interested me was the choice of a specialty that spans many aspects of a person’s treatment - from the head and neck, to the thorax, abdomen and extremities as well as being able to attend to a wide array of ages from children to the elderly. I have the great advantage in combining my double specialty as a Gastroenterologist and General Surgeon to offer my patients conservative, minimallyinvasive treatments which, if needed, can then be converted to a surgical solution without the need for transferring the patient to another caregiver. (Continued next page) 10

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease “Smoking and COPD” Carlos Jaramillo, MD Sr. Physician with CMC Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. It makes it difficult to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD:

Chronic bronchitis, defined by a long-term cough with mucus Emphysema, defined by destruction of the lungs over time Most people with COPD have a combination of both. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD. The more a person smokes, the more likely that person will develop COPD although some people smoke for years and never get COPD.

You and your wife, Jenny, have taken on amazing challenges in your establishment of state-of-the-art medical facilities in areas that have great need. When and where did this dream of yours initiate? Since I was in medical school I had the goal of operating my own private clinic. As I passed through my institutional training I saw many limitations and I wished to create an environment with all the diagnostic and treatment options available. When I arrived in Cozumel, the island was just starting to project itself as an important port for the cruise ship industry and there was a need for a modern, wellequipped medical facility to support the growth of the local community and the tourism sectors.

In rare cases, nonsmokers who lack a You also have a hospital in Playa del protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin can Carmen. How do you juggle the develop emphysema. enormous responsibilities of running Other risk factors include exposure to two operations and personally certain gases or fumes in the work- serving the medical needs of locals place; exposure to heavy amounts of here as well? secondhand smoke and pollution, and frequent use of cooking gas without It is extremely complicated but I am proper ventilation conditions. very fortunate to be able to work with a group of highly qualified, proThe best test for COPD is a simple fessional collaborators in our adlung function test called spirometry. This involves blowing out as ministrative, medical and operahard as one can into a small machine that tests lung capacity. The test tional areas who face incredible can be interpreted immediately and does not involve exercising, draw- challenges every day to ensure the smooth delivery of the excellent ing blood, or exposure to radiation. medical services of which we are For information on detection and treatment, please very proud to offer to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a call Dr. Jaramillo at CMC (987) 872-9400. year.

CMC recently performed surgery on an individual from the United States who chose CMC rather than the States for the operation. Tell us about your plans to promote “medical tourism” for your Mexico facilities. (Continued on page 12)

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Medical and Health Tourism is a growing market all over the world. I feel that Cozumel is uniquely poised to meet the needs of this niche since it is a safe, beautiful, Caribbean paradise combined with its proximity to the USA and Canada. It also offers modern technology and internationally-certified medical professionals.

The Chef’s Corner with Eva Gonzalez

HIBISCUS FLOWER QUESADILLAS Ingredients 2 cups hibiscus flowers 1 cup mushrooms 1/2 onion chopped 2 garlic cloves 50 gms almonds or hazelnuts 1 serrano chili pepper 1/4 cup olive oil

100gms. queso de hebra ( oaxaca cheese shredded ) 100 gms. queso fresco ( fresh cheese shredded) 8-12 - 6” tortillas salt and pepper to taste

Make a nice hibiscus fresh drink by placing the flowers in water the whole night and keep them after draining the liquid. Fry the onion in a little olive oil for a few minutes and add the flowers. Fry them 2 more minutes and add the mushrooms, the garlic and chili, thinly cut, then salt and pepper. Wait 5 more minutes and add the chopped nuts. Stir and remove from the fire. Prepare the quesadillas by placing 2 spoons of the veggies and a mix of the 2 different cheeses in each tortilla. Place the quesadillas in a warm "comal" or saucepan and heat them until the cheese starts melting. Serves 8.

The island has a large population of foreign residents who know and love the destination and are familiar with the level of medical care available here. It is a great opportunity to help the local economy by recommending Cozumel as a medical destination. Currently we are offering health tourism packages in several areas including plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, gynecology, medical check ups, general and laparoscopic surgery, hernia repair, video capsule endoscopy, obesity and metabolic surgery and many others.

Contact us: Phone: 987 872 9400.

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International Food and Daily Specials


Cooking, Mexican Style Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas Ingredients 1 small red onion, halved 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, husked and rinsed 1 to 2 serrano chile peppers, stemmed and seeded 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth Pinch of Kosher salt 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and/or Monterey Jack cheese 1/3 cup fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing 3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese

Directions Preheat the broiler. Slice half of the onion into thin rings and set aside. Place the other onion half, tomatillos and serranos on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil until the vegetables are soft and slightly brown, 7 to 10 minutes, turning as needed. Transfer the vegetables and any liquid to a blender, add the broth and puree. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the sugar. Meanwhile, stack the tortillas, wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave just until warm and soft, 1 minute; keep covered. Toss the chicken with 2 cups shredded cheese in a bowl. Spoon a portion of the chicken mixture down the middle of each tortilla. Add a few cilantro leaves and roll up. Place the enchiladas side by side in a lightly oiled 9-by-13-inch baking dish and brush with the 2 tablespoons olive oil. Broil until crisp and golden, 3 minutes. Pour the tomatillo sauce over the enchiladas and top with the remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Return to the oven and broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish with the onion rings, queso fresco and any remaining cilantro.

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What’s Happenin’ Around the Island……. NOTICE

Mexico’s Independence Day...Weds. & Thurs., Sept.

Círculo Cultural Arcano, Organizer of the Otoño Cultural de Cozumel, In Collaboration with La Universidad de Quintana Roo, Cozumel

15-16. Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821 will be celebrated by locals and visitors at City Hall where, at 11 PM, everyone participates in the ―grito,‖ a cry for independence. A huge fireworks display is later held on Raphael Melgar and a parade winds around the downtown area the next day.

Invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual Short Film Contest “HISTORIAS EN CORTO”

International Talk Like a Pirate Day...Sun, Sept. 19. Piratas will celebrate this day with food and drink specials all day long. Piratas is located on 5th Ave. near the Square between 1st St. and ARS. The party starts at midnight Saturday! Arghhh!

There are 4 categories… Documentary, fiction, video clip, animation

Autumnal Equinox - The main temple at

4,000 pesos cash prizes awarded to best film in each category. All entries due by September 27th

Chichen Itza is surrounded by visitors from all over who come to see the descent of the serpent Kakulkan. According the Mayan beliefs, the late-in-September occurrence brings on a good harvest.

Films may not exceed 30 minutes.

The Feast of San Miguel, Weds., Sept. 29. Parades

For more information..

and parties honor the Patron Saint of the Island from 21-29 of Sept. There are many parades, craft fairs, indigenous food, and residents dress up in Mayan outfits called ―huipiles.‖

Liliana Macotela: Tel. 987 113 43 94 Marycruz Serrano: Tel. 987 101 42 80 (English) Greg Dietrich: 869 0963

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Those of us who love this place, who practice this ritualistic journey to the other side of the island share a secret rich with irony. Crried on the constant breeze along the rugged, ( windswept coastline, inside the tumultuous crashing waves, the “wild side” of Cozumel is where our true calm waits for us. Beyond the struggles, beyond tears, when the voices pause to hear a more beautiful song, our true selves stand in the sun and know not only a love for this place, but a love that comes from this place—this special place that owes us nothing… yet leaves within us little treasures in the sand. a

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(Kathy “Babe” Watts is a real estate agent with Cozumel Living. She also is a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines.)

The Benefits of Mayan Massage By Rosy Pech Mayan Massage is designed to balance body, mind and spirit, restoring peace and vitality. Ten different for many generations. Depending on the need, essential oils are personalized for this treatment. there are techniques for women who are The essential oils are pregnant or have just given birth, or to relieve any ailapplied as raindrops ment in a body part. Mayan massage also provides over the back and are enormous benefits to the immunology and circulatory added along the verte- systems, helping to correct unbalanced column, bras with s o f t bad posture, stress, exhaustion, and it mainly massages. Heat is also strengthens the nervous system. We here at BLISS used as hot stones to want to share part of our culture and the knowledge help oils to penetrate skin, finishing with a full body we have inherited from our grandparents to benefit massage. The benefits of this treatment will last for your health and fitness. We also offer manicure and pedicure services, facials, and traditional massage. approximately one month. Drop in and treat yourself to a massage technique where only Mayan relaxation and massage combine for the ultimate therapeutic treatment. In Quintana Roo, this technique is very popular, and is an old tried and true process that has been passed down

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Call us for an appointment at 987-116-0219 or 120-1326. We are located near the Plaza on 1st Street between 5th & 10th Ave.


Cruz Roja Golf Tournament Huge Success It was a picture-perfect day for a golf tournament. Temperatures hovered in the low 90s, iguanas skittered around on golf cart paths, wild pigs ran around in front of the jungle, and the partial overcast sky helped cool the day. A total of 48 golfers teed off in a 9 AM shotgun start at the Cozumel Country Club on Saturday, August 8th. It was the second tournament this year to benefit the Cruz Roja. In addition to the dedicated golfers, a large contingency of Cruz Roja volunteers helped make the day run a little easier. Again, Benny Campo and Ivan Cueva arranged a first-class event. As well as the top flight award, prizes were given for ―closest to the pin‖ on two holes, ―longest drive,‖ and ―hole-in-ones.‖ The pin placement made achieving any of those very difficult and those who did reach the green (after a few mulligans) were thankful to be there. Congratulations to the following golfers who received awards:

First Place Foursome Fernando Beristain, Desire Sanroman, Mike Slaughter and Doug Pickett

Closest to the Pin Mauricio Solano, Eduardo Echeverria, JJ Del Villar and Rogelio Fernandez

Longest drive - Martha Nieto A delicious Mexican buffet was served and Wet Wendy’s provided their famous Margaritas. The Cozumel Islander * September


Swimming sessions have been kicking our butts. Imagine trotting along at a comfy pace for one minute, then someone shouting behind you to run like hell, non-stop, for one minute, then return to comfy pace. And you have to repeat this for an hour. Ok, you might say, a little challenging. But try it swimming in the ocean with currents and waves. OH MY GOD. I didn’t really get it. Why the heck do we have to go through sprints of hell when the ironman is about endurance? I’m just hoping to keep a relatively straight line and not get water up my nose. Ugh.

TO ROAD THE 2.4 mile swim 112 mile bike 26.2 mile run

Dailene Erickson

Training is going much better than expected. I was dreading the day that I had to run for 90 minutes and of course that day, it rained. And I mean hard. But I felt great. My training partner and I did major high-fives even though she has done that distance many times. You see, each person has their strength and, even though a triathlon is one sport, triathletes still have to work on three disciplines. My order from strongest to weakest is bike-swim-run. My friend is run -bike-swim, and another training buddy is swim-bike-run. So I dreaded the run but I am starting to actually get into it. I do get hot though and have to be aware of my body temp so I yelled at a guy the other day washing his jeep to hose me down. Got some strange looks. But AHHHH, did that feel good.

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Ok, the bike. I think I am going to start sleeping with it. I LOVE it. I have taken her around the island a few times, done sprints, distance, in the rain, and absolutely love her. She is a dream to ride and I look forward to those long bike workouts. Except…. For the ―vjayjay‖ pain! So when you see me going around the island, and I am squirming around in the saddle, well, you can probably guess what I am screaming about. Can anyone say ―body glide‖? We are getting into the tough weeks. We shall soon see if I am still hunky dory for the next segment! Until then, keep on riding! Dailene Erickson is the owner of Cabrilla’s Nauti Pescador and is a Triathlete in Training! If you wish to be a sponsor for Dailene, please visit her in her store or e-mail or feel free to donate power bars or water to Dailene’s efforts and drop off at Cabrilla’s on 30th Avenue next to Los Seras.

Kiteboarding with Adrian Angulo

What is kiteboarding and why is growing so fast? Imagine putting in a blender: water skiing, parasailing, wakeboarding, skating, snowboarding, bungee jumping and turn the switch on and blend it all together! It’s a sport where you use the power of a Kite to pull you on a board with the help of a harness. You can do just conservative sailing or go to the extreme in the maneuvers you can try. I became interested in kiteboarding in 2002 on a ferry ride to Playa del Carmen. I observed a guy hanging from a sail and being dragged along the water on a surfboard. From that moment on, I could not stop thinking about that new sport. Then I met Dan Withington from Tarzan Tours in Cozumel and he was already trying to learn with some locals how to Kite; at the time the kite designs were the best for that time but, compared to what we have now, back then it was a suicide sport. I later had the chance to buy a brand new kite from a Canadian friend who was here on vacation and my journey started. I watched all kind of videos, browsed the internet for the most info about how to get started, and flew a little trainer kite every day for a month or so. Ten years later we can say the sport has matured in all aspects, especially safety. Cozumel has lots to offer, with great winds year round, as well as plenty of sandy beaches. We also have a world class spot to teach, making Cozumel a Kiteboarding destination.

Adrian is the owner of Especias Restuabar and Puro Mar which are both located on 3rd Street South between 5th and 10th and at the corner of 5th Avenue.

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Looking for hard-to-find American-made food products and great USDA Prime beef? Stop in and check us out! We also service restaurants and bars.  

Prime Steaks Sliced Deli Meat

Canned Goods


Frozen Veggies





Just a small sampling of the huge product selection available .

2 Street North Between Aves. 45 and 50

987-869-1935/869-1936 Hours: Mon-Fri. 8 AM- 6 PM * Sat. 8 AM-3 PM


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