Alberto Celarie, Mayanist

The second day of Mayan History and Culture class was stupendous !! Our maestro, Alberto Celarie had a huge surprise for the class. First of all we learned a Mayan dance with the help of professional dancers, then we were painted and dressed in the classic Mayan dress. We walked outside to the site of […]

Cooking the Yucatan way!

The second cooking class with Chef Jose Luis and Chef Cesar focused on guacamole, chopping, mixing. We made yummy Horchata, mixed masa to make tortillas, fried them with the help of Chef Cesar. Yummy! What a great team!


It is hard to describe this place. It is a water park (scuba, snorkeling, swimming down a subterranean river, swimming, floating, walking on a tight rope; it is a Yucatan zoo (butterflies, turtles, fish, monkeys, parrots, horses, odd jungle animals, snarks, birds, etc.); it has wonderful food and restaurants…imagine the best Mexican food ever; it […]

Cumpleanos Feliz!!! Sorpresa!! An amazing surprise birthday!

What a thrilling surprise to walk into the classroom and hear, “SORPRESA”. There was the 2016 Study Abroad group + Ms. Martha, the conversation teacher and our van chofer gleefully pleased with their sneaky, secretive ways….the hugest 3 Leches cake ever!, balloons, flowers, card, chocolate candies, decorated table. I was divine. Then someone had the […]

Cooking class!!! Yucatan tamales!!!

Today in cooking class we made Yucatan tamales with Chaya (vegetable not found in the US) and fish and shrimp!!! Unbelievable! Chef Jose Luis, Chef Cesar, and students from the Culinary Arts major at La Salle University helped us make the most delicious tamales! We also had a yummy jamaica juice drink. Inserted you have […]

Classes begin and a museum visit

The conversation class is very interactive and participatory. Here are a selection of photos: On Tuesday, we spent 4 hours in the Mayan Museum of Cancun. It was fascinating and everyone found additional information for the research paper they are creating.