Hello there readers!
Have you ever felt the need to know everything and nothing at the same time? We´ve got you covered!
The Yucatan Times is proud to present a brand new section, filled with all kinds of information that could be interesting to you. It may not be the most useful, but it will be a great conversation starter or a maybe just a fun fact for your entertainment.
Expat Avenue will be full of information that is guaranteed to make you smarter… or not. Random facts, music to listen to, food to eat, places to go, adventures to take, basically anything you want it to be.
We believe all of these things deserve their own space, so we made it.
This section will be administrated and written by Marina Urioste once or twice a week, and starting this next week you will be able to find it under Lifestyle as Expat Avenue.
And without further a due, we welcome you to the fun of being human, the joy of knowledge and the ache you get in the pit of your stomach after you laugh at something.
Expat Avenue by Marina Urioste, coming soon to a screen near you.
Alma Reed: “La Peregrina”
On our first edition, we´re going to talk about Alma Reed, the first person to ever be considered an “Expat”.
Alma Reed was an American journalist,who while working in Mexico in the 1920´s, fell in love with the governor of Yucatán, Felipe Carrillo Puerto.
She rose to fame as a journalist while writing for the San Francisco Call. An advocate for the disenfranchised, she was responsible for helping change the state’s death penalty laws after she wrote a series of articles in 1921 about the death sentence given to a 17-year-old Mexican boy convicted of murder. Her articles led to the state commuting his sentence.
Her writing won her an invitation by Mexican President Alvaro Obregón to be his guest in Mexico City. While traveling through the Yucatán, she wrote a series of articles on the thefts of Mayan artifacts of great value for the Peabody Museum at Harvard University by American explorer and archaeologist Edward Thompson. The articles led the museum to return some of the objects to Mexico.
While exploring the Yucatan, she fell in love, not only with the culture and the scenery, but with Felipe Carrillo Puerto himself , and it didn´t take long for the wedding bells to start ringing.
While visiting Alma´s family in San Francisco to get their blessing, Felipe Carrillo was called back to Merida to attend Government duties. He arranged a trip back for Alma the next coming week, but sadly, he was murdered shortly after.
Before his death, Felipe Carrillo wrote Alma the song Peregrina, with the help of famous Mexican musicians and composers Ricardo Palmerin and Luis Vega.
Alma Reed died at age 77 in a Mexico City hospital, on November 20, 1966, the anniversary of Mexico’s Revolution. The day she would have chosen if she could. Her ashes lay to rest close to those of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, her martyred governor.
She has won a short story writing contest, and is currently working on more.
She lives in Merida, aspires to travel the World sometime in the near future and write about it!
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