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A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.

ivan

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Aeroméxico plans new connections in fall New flights to five Mexican destinations from four US cities

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/aeromexico-plans-new-connections-in-fall/

Aeroméxico plans new connections in fall

New flights to five Mexican destinations from four US cities


The Aeroméxico-Delta Air Lines joint venture will bring new Aeroméxico flights to five Mexican destinations starting next fall.
Daily service between León, Guanajuato, and Los Angeles will begin October 1 while service on the other four routes will begin November 1.
Those four will connect Atlanta with Mérida, Yucatán, and Querétaro and Mexico City with Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
The Atlanta-Mérida and Mexico City-Portland routes are still subject to government approval.
Aeroméxico will operate Boeing 737-800s on the Mexico City routes and Embraer 190s on the others.
Source: FlightGlobal (en)



Alaska announces new Mexico City flights Daily round-trip service from three California cities starting in August

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/alaska-announces-new-mexico-city-flights/

Alaska announces new Mexico City flights

Daily round-trip service from three California cities starting in August

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Alaska Airlines has received United States Department of Transport approval for new daily round-trip service to Mexico City from three cities in California.
Flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco are expected to begin August 8 while on November 6 service will begin from San Diego and a second Los Angeles flight will be added.
The flights await approval by Mexican authorities but the airline expects that to come soon and reservations are now being taken. The airline will use Boeing 737 and Embraer E175 aircraft for the routes.
Those routes were described as propitious for California tourism leaders today in a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune as an extra effort is being made to woo Mexican travelers in the face of strained relations between Mexico and the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office.
A delegation of California tourism representatives will travel to Mexico City next week to promote the state.
Alaska obtained new slots at the Mexico City airport as a result of the Aeroméxico-Delta Air Lines joint venture, which was approved on condition that they surrender slots.
Source: El Universal (sp), San Diego Union-Tribune (en)


Mexican winemakers bring home 18 medals Six gold medals won at the Brussels World Wine Competition

http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/mexican-winemakers-bring-home-18-medals/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Daily&utm_campaign=613f24e2a6-May+27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-613f24e2a6-348153685

Mexican winemakers bring home 18 medals

Six gold medals won at the Brussels World Wine Competition


Mexican wineries submitted 18 wines to the Brussels World Wine Competition and came home with 18 medals, six of them gold.
The 2017 edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles attracted 9,080 entries from 50 countries competing for grand gold, gold and silver medals.
A panel of 320 international judges — journalists, buyers, oncologists and sommeliers — gave Spanish wines the highest number of medals, followed by France, Italy, Portugal and Chile. Another country in the top 10 was China, which doubled its medal count this year.
The gold medal-winning Mexican wines were:
• Casa Grande Chardonnay 2016, Parras Valley, Coahuila;
• Casa Madero Chardonnay 2016, Parras Valley, Coahuila;
• Casta Tinta Syrah 2014, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California;
• Duetto 2011 (Santo Tomás), Baja Calfornia;
• Hilo Negro ZigZag 2014, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California;
• Solera Blanco (Santo Tomás), Valle de Santo Tomás, Baja California.
Mexico’s silver medal winners:
• Cardón 2014, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California;
• Casa Grande Shiraz 2013, Parras Valley, Coahuila;
• Casta Blanca 2016, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California;
• Casta Negra 2013, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California;
• Cuna De Tierra 2014, Guanajuato;
• Cuna De Tierra Nebbiolo 2014, Guanajuato;
• L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Privada 2013, Baja California;
• L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2013, Baja California;
• L.A. Cetto Petite Syrah 2015, Baja California;
• L.A. Cetto Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Baja California;
• Monte Xanic Sauvignon Blanc Viña Kristel 2016, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California;
• Tierra Adentro Syrah Merlot Tempranillo 2013, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.
The annual competition, which describes itself as the United Nations of Fine Wines, was held earlier this month in the city of Valladolid, Spain, in the heart of the winemaking Castilla y León region.
Next year it moves to Beijing, China.
Mexico News Daily 




Forecasters predict 27 hurricanes this year 16 expected on Pacific coast, 11 on Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico side

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Forecasters predict 27 hurricanes this year

16 expected on Pacific coast, 11 on Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico side

Mexican weather forecasters predict that 27 hurricanes will affect Mexico during this year’s hurricane season, 16 in the eastern Pacific and 11 in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico.
President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was informed of the prediction by National Water Commission (Conagua) director Roberto Ramírez, said the government was ready to respond and protect the lives of Mexicans throughout the country in the face of the storms.
Of the 11 hurricanes predicted in the Atlantic Ocean, Ramírez indicated that five could directly hit Mexican territory, while weather forecaster AccuWeather is predicting that three of the 16 Pacific hurricanes will make landfall on the Mexican coast.
Ramírez also warned that hurricane intensity could increase significantly if the El Niño weather phenomenon returns earlier than usual during the fall. Two of the Atlantic hurricanes are forecast to be category 3 or greater.
The official United States forecast is for a 45% chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, predicts five to nine hurricanes, of which two to four will be major.
For the Pacific side it forecasts six to 11 hurricanes; three to seven will be major ones.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs till November 30. In the eastern Pacific the season began May 15, and also runs till November 30.
In an announcement in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Peña Nieto stressed the need for Mexicans to build a more “resilient” society, saying that meant having infrastructure that was capable of resisting the force of natural disasters and ensuring that the country is adequately prepared to respond to any contingency.
“We can’t avoid the presence of natural phenomena but what we can do is minimize the damage to . . . families and the country’s economic and social infrastructure.”
The president stated that concrete measures have been undertaken to reduce response times to natural disasters and to ensure that basic services are restored to communities more quickly and for the first time, Mexico’s natural disaster response strategy, Plan Mx, will be centrally coordinated.
“The message is clear. We can’t live captive to the threat of nature but nor can we stop being cautious.”
Source: Reforma (sp), El Universal (sp), AccuWeather (en)
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Spanish Notes Tenemos Chinelas Posted: 22 May 2017 04:36 AM PDT

My Spanish Notes


Posted: 22 May 2017 04:36 AM PDT
Well, I've been traveling again, this time to Central America.  Managua, Nicaragua to be exact.  I have to say, I picked up a couple of interesting tidbits of Spanish that I'm going to share and I'll also give you a mini-tour of Managua and Granada.

Let's jump right into things.

I actually flew into Managuga from Costa Rica with an airline called Avianca on an avión that looked something like this:


When we got to Managua I was pleasantly surprised by the airport (Aeropuerto Internaciónal Augusto C Sandino).  It was clean and pretty modern.


From there my Nicaragua adventure begin!

I guess we'll start with one of the things that surprised me the most about Managua.  The traffic.  The streets are packed with cars.  La hora pico (rush hour) was absolutely insane.  And because of that, nearly all of the conversations I had with taxistas (taxi drivers) always included:

Hay mucho tráfico
There's a lot of traffic

Except that in Managua they don't say tráfico.  They say presa.

Hay mucha presa
There's a lot of traffic

 Here's another tip you'll need to know if you ever find yourself catching a cab in Managua.

The taxis are colectivos, meaning they pick up multiple passengers.  By the way, it's not uncommon to hear buses referred to as colectivos in some Latin American countries.  But I digress, let's get back on track.

If you're riding solo in a cab and someone else going your direction needs a ride, the taxista will pick them up too.  And there is no taximetro (taxi meter), so negotiate your carrera (fare) before you get in the cab.  And you can expect to pay what I call the gringo tax, meaning you're going to be overcharged.

It was also in a taxi cab that I came across the verb dilatar for first time.  In Managua, dilatar is a synonym for the verb tardar in the context of how long it takes to get somewhere.   Here's an example:

Me:       ¿Cuanto tiempo tarda para llegar al malecón?
             How long does it take to get to the boardwalk?

Taxista: Dilata unos diez minutos
             It takes about 10 minutes

Pan comida right?

Moving right along...

A popular greeting that Nicaragua (or at least Managua) shares with México is qué onda.  I heard this several times.  Qué onda simply means "What's up?".  It's very informal, used in exactly the same way you'd use it's English counterpart.

Another greeting I heard often is buenas.  Buenas is a informal greeting you can use any time of the day.  You can use it with pretty much anyone.  Unless of course you find yourself in a situation you need to be more formal in.  However, it's perfect for greeting folks in stores, restaurants, in the street, etc.  I think you get the idea.

As you walk or drive up and down the streets of Managua you'll see what they call an arbol de la vida everywhere.



I found them to be really pretty at night when they're all lit up.  However as nice as they may look, not everyone is a fan of these.  You see, they're illuminated all night, every night, 365 days a year, paid for by the tax payers.  They also have guards that protect the trees.  Also paid for by the tax payers.  I think you now understand why everyone isn't fan.  Anyway, a taxista filled me in on all the gory details, which I've spared you from.   At any rate, they are nice to look at regardless of the politics and controversy behind them.

I didn't have as much time as I'd like to get around Managua, but one of the places I felt obligated to visit was Puerto Salvador Allende.

Puerto Salvador Allende is what they refer to as the malecón, or boardwalk.   It sits on the orilla del Lago de Managua.  The lago (lake) is also called by it's indigenous name Lago Xolotlán.   By the way, orilla in this context means shore, or edge.

It's a really awesome place.  Huge, as a matter of fact.  You'll find restaurants and shopping, a playground for the kids, historical monuments, all kinds of cool stuff there to see and just a great place to pass the time walking around.   I went there at night because the summertime heat in Managua is insane (90+ degrees).

Night time at the malecón is amazing.  The restaurants have music blaring and are filled with people dining and dancing the night away.  The malecón is filled with locals and tourists alike just walking around and enjoying the atmosphere.

Here's a short video for you to see what it's like.  If you can't see the video, I also included the direct link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unY7dnhrK7o


Here are a few photos I took as well.  On the first couple you'll see the palm leaves that cover the benches. The word for those is palapas.






If you find yourself in Managua a visit to the malecón vale la pena (it's worth the trouble).
While this next word isn't exclusive to to Nicaragua, it was a new word I picked up.  I found myself sitting in a bank waiting for my friend to cambiar dinero (exchange money) and I was looking for a water fountain,  which you can call a fuente (para beber) or a bebedero.  Hard to believe after more than 10 years of learning Spanish I've never had to ask for a water fountain.


This post is starting to get a little long, so I'll wrap it up with today's expression, tenemos chinelas and finish the rest in part two, where I'll share the last couple of words I picked up and a brief tour of Granada.

And finally, we get to our expression, tenemos chinelas.

I actually heard "tenemos chinelas" in the airport on my way back to Costa Rica.  I was doing a bit of last minute shopping and while the owner of the shop was showing me all of her goods, she said tenemos chinelas.  Needless to say, I was surprised by the term as I had never heard it before.

It turns out chinelas in Nicaragua are nothing more than sandalias, or chancletas.  In other words, sandals.


The word seems to apply to any and all types of sandals.   The sandals the shop keeper showed me were pretty nice.  If you google the phrase chinelas nicaragua, you'll see a wide variety of chinelas in the results.

And ya, that's it for today.  Stay tuned as part two is coming soon. I'll share a little more Nicaraguan Spanish with you, including a very, very Nicaraguan term as well as some of my photos of Granada.

¡Hasta próxima!

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