Festivities come to The Pickled Onion St Elena

Festivities came to  The Pickled Onion St Elena ,on the night  of Dec 22nd they came late…………. Mexican style………….and left late.

It was the Christmas dinner get together for the company Sol  (Trade Mark) the most famous beer company here in Mexico. Most Mexican ,s prefer Sol over any other beer made in Mexico Funny the tourists prefer Corona (trade mark)

A week prior they came with their lists of foods that they  would like to eat and I was surprised to see the main dish was for Fettuccini Alfredo .Oh my gosh there would be no way I could find fettuccini pasta in this area so I knew that meant a trip to Merida . Even in Merida it took me awhile to find a store that sold it then I think I bought all their stock.

Raul the organizer asked for the meal to begin at 8 am. En punto (on time) I asked.He grinned and answered  pues mas or menos (well  more or less) .To me that meant anytime at least up until 9 pm .Well we waited and waited and waited. Finally I called Raul to see what was happening by this time it was 9.30pm .Dont worry ,said Raul we are on our way. Good I replied because the staff are on the floor sleeping, to which he laughed heartily.

Arrival time 10.pm well this is Mexico and even the staff said ,you know how Mexicans are Valerie, laughing.

The party went well and all had a good time and enjoyed the food .  Naturally the beer was gratis ha ha .

They were kind enough to ask if they could play their own music and were not in the least upset when I said it would not be possible as all the guest quarters were full this night and I didn’t want them being upset by the loud music. They understood and were very kind about it .

That’s one thing a find very admirable about the Mexicans they are very considerate to the feelings of others.

They had their own gift giving session at the end which brought roars of laughter . All the gifts where more on the joking side , silly things that depicted each ones character, it was amusing to watch .It certainly reminded me  a lot ,of British humour .

     

silly gift giving

 

I was in my hammock by 1.30am already thinking of the time to rise to make breakfast for the guests…………………………..life continues.

He was pronouced as the queen for the night !

About thepickledonionyucatan

Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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2 Responses to Festivities come to The Pickled Onion St Elena

  1. Alma Durán-Merk says:

    Germans in Santa Elena

    For those who admire the still lively Maya culture found in Santa Elena, this place turn even more interesting when we realize that in the middle of the Nineteenth-Century hundreds of Germans lived here. From 1865- 1867, a German agricultural colony was established there by Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. This, and a second colony, in the close by village of Pustunich, were managed by the Second Mexican Empire under the name of “Villa Carlota”
    The first group of colonists arrived to the Mexican port of Sisal, Yucatán, on October 25th 1865. It consisted of 224 German-speaking people of all ages: many of them were children and women. “ A second group of 219 settlers arrived to that same port on July 15th 1866, adding up to a total of 443.
    These settlers were taken into México by Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg (1832-1867) as part of his immigration policy. In the still then existing thinking influenced by positivist ideas, the objective of these efforts was to “populate, educate and save the country”.
    Most of the would-be Villa Carlotans were recruited in Prussia, where at that time the living conditions were poor. Impoverished farmers, displaced artisans and unemployed workers responded to the Second empire’s invitation to migrate to Mexico.
    Life in Santa Elena changed with the arrival of theses foreigners, but in general we can say that the Germans were well accepted. During 1866 there were in Santa Elena 32 baptisms, or conversions, of Germans registered: In these ceremonies most of the padrinos o madrinas (godfathers or godmothers) were members of the local elite, which speaks for a process of social integration. On the other hand, there were a few acts of violence and some animosities, given that many of the immigrants were Protestant. The main challenge for the Germans, however, was that the geological conditions of Santa Elena were inappropriate for large-scale agricultural cultivation. By August 1866, many colonists have already lost all hope and requested to be relocated.
    The Villa Carlota agricultural colonies as such disintegrated right after the fall of the Second Mexican Empire, and the end of them was tragic. However, a few Germans remained in Santa Elena and until our days we can still talk to some of their descendants, which are now on the 6th generation. Other survivors of Villa Carlota dispersed after 1867: Some went to work for ranches or businesses in other locations of the peninsula, others migrated via Veracruz into the United States and a few even made it back to Germany.
    Did the Germans leave some footprints in Santa Elena? Yes: You can still chat with people who will tell you how they taught the locals to make chairs and doors, someone might say “Schnapps” instead of aguardiente, and other will happily share their memories about their ancestors. In 2010, the Government of Yucatán installed a commemorative plaque in the Palacio Municipal. Several scholarly publications about this theme have been published. If you are interested in reading more about these colonies, you can download for free a short article in English under: http://www.opus-bayern.de/uni-augsburg/volltexte/2008/1320/.

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