About Joanna

I first considered moving to Mexico on January 18, 1976. I had met Jorge on the first morning of a three-day stay Merida, and the next evening, sitting close together in a romantic patio restaurant, he proposed.

“¡Sí, Sí, Sí!” I heard myself saying… and as quickly as possible, I flew back to Canada, quit my job, gave away my furniture, sold my car and returned to Merida to be with him. We married exactly a year later.

Joanna3Our son Carlos was born in Merida in 1981 and our daughter in 1985. In 1990 we founded a college for local and international students. (www.tttac.com) We worked hard and built TTT into one of Merida’s leading institutions of higher learning. Our children have now taken over “the family business” and are leading it in an innovative direction.

What I like best about living in Mexico is that people are so alive. There has not been one single day when I have not been surprised by something. Nothing is done half-way. Mexicans love, laugh, eat, drink and dance with gusto, and when they are upset, tears flow and fists pound down hard.

Jorge and I are semiretired and I am now free to rediscover the creative side of my personality. As a girl, I loved art, but when I moved to Mexico, I stopped pursuing it. Thirty years later, my son gave me an easel for Christmas and that got me painting again; it is once more a source of great joy to me.

In 1980, I was hired as the Merida correspondent for the Vistas section of The Mexico City News (at the time, the largest English-language daily paper in latin America) I also began publishing short stories and articles, but not until 2007 did I write my debut full length book, Tomando Agua de Pozo: A Guide for the Neophyte Yucatecan. My next one, Magic Made in Mexico: Live Your Dream in Mexico was released in 2010. And in late 2013, I my first novel, The Woman Who Wanted the Moon hit the book stores.

My new writing project is the true-life family saga of my Aunt Gisele, a painter, writer and WWII heroine. Born in Holland in 1912, she died a century later; I hope my readers will be inspired by the story of her long and valuable life.

I hope you will enjoy reading my blog, Writing From Merida. I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at: writingfrommerida@gmail.com

8 thoughts on “About Joanna

  1. kristen August 2, 2014 / 10:23 am

    hello, my name’s kristen. i’m a friend of lin dorton who gave me the blog of debi for connections to help me in my search for 2 friends of mine, emily and ryan (newie) who are supposed to be travelling in yucatan/merida area looking for me…
    the fact that they don’t use computers and my cell with all contact info. was lost leads me online to ask friends of friends…
    if you have heard of anything or know of anyone that comes in contact with a lot of people passing through, anything at all would help,
    thanks for your time,
    (excuse my grammer)
    a friend of a friend,

    • writingfrommerida August 4, 2014 / 5:36 pm

      I hope you find your friends… if anyone runs into Emily and Ryan, maybe you should contact Lin

  2. Ron Allanach October 14, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    I read your beautiful Thanksgiving story…. Thank you for this along with the beautiful photos! We plan to visit Merida for several months early next year for he very first time, encouraged by your writings as well as an unusually large number of BC residents living there part time or fulltime. We plan to spend interesting moments at the English Language Library there as well. (We live in New Westminster BC)

    • writingfrommerida October 14, 2014 / 11:24 pm

      Thank you for your kind remarks – I am always pleased when readers appreciate my writing. I think you and your wife will like Merida. There is so much to do there, especially in the winter. Feel free to contact me when you are closer to your arrival date. I’d enjoy meeting you

    • writingfrommerida April 15, 2016 / 6:30 am

      Well… I tried to update but I accidently deleted the whole tab! I once deleted my whole blog… I have the new text saved though and so when my son has a chance, I’ll ask him to help me restore “About Joanna” It is said that one should never drink alone… I should never fool around with my settings when I am alone…

  3. patricia del rincon August 1, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Hi Joanna,
    I sent you an email a few days ago. I’m Patricia Del Rincon and I would love to meet with you during my visit to Merida.
    We are a group of Real Estate professionals located in Austin, Texas, looking to grow our business in the Merida, Yucatan Area. We have heard your name in multiple online resources about expats (or as you better name yourself, international residents) in Merida, and knowing your experience living in Merida for many years, would like to connect with you to see how we can support each other.

    Patricia Del Rincon from Capricornia/KW GPS, will be traveling to Merida the week of August 8th, and would like the opportunity to meet with you. Would you kindly provide a phone number, so we can coordinate this? Please feel free to look at our website as well.

    Below is my contact information.
    Looking forward to meeting with you.

    Patricia Del Rincon
    Phone: +1 (512) 949 9283
    Email: patdelrincon@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.capricorniaire.com

    • Writing From Merida August 1, 2016 / 4:00 pm

      Hello Patricia,

      I am sorry but I did not receive your email. I would be pleased to meet with you but I will be away from Merida until about August 10. Please write to me again at:
      If you will be here the entire week of August 8 – 12, I am sure we can find a time to write

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