In 2012, we did an outing to Yaxachen, Yucatan to see a family we’d read about in the newspaper whose house had burned down while they were out on a posada
. It was one of the most memorable weekends we had during our stay in the Yucatan.
We drove down from Progreso, Yucatan to find a particular family whose house had burned down during the annual posadas. The girls in Yaxachen who pointed us to the family that had lost everything in a fire.
Lydian stood with the family and we took their photo so that we could size them properly when we went to buy them clothes.
This man spoke both Mayan and Spanish. He translated what the family said into Spanish and then we tried to understand.
This young man was enamored with my Spanish-English dictionary and my maps, so I gave them to him before we left.
What was left after the fire.
The family’s things.
Yaxachen family house that burned down while the community was out doing posadas during the Christmas season.
The newspaper article that inspired our weekend excursion.
Robbed and Violated by Chu Chi Loco and the Have Nots — By Jennifer Shipp
My Birthday Inundation and Subsequent Salvation — By Jennifer Shipp
The San Francisco Supermarket Incident — By Jennifer Shipp
Our Highway Robbery and Near Death Experience — By Jennifer Shipp
Hairy Beans: Today’s One Ingredient Meal — By Jennifer Shipp
Spit Soup and Poop Crackers — By Jennifer Shipp
Ruined Part I: In Search of a Family in Yaxachen — By Jennifer Shipp
Ruined Part II: In Search of a Family in Yaxachen — By Jennifer Shipp