OSEA-CITE: Ethnography of the Future/Interdisciplinary
Cultural Anthropology/Study Abroad
Logistics & Lodging
Workshop is limited to 6 Resident Participants and 4 Non-Resident
Participants. Non-Resident participation is limited and dependent
Participants reside in the OSEA Miraflores Research Center, additional
lodging maybe arranged for special circumstances. Single & double
rooms available with triple room rate available upon request (ask
for rates). Participants sleep in traditional Yucatec hammocks that
are provided for each participant and included in the Program cost.
If desired, rooms with bed can be arranged at additional cost.
Hamacas or Hammocks (and Beds) For
sleeping, everyone in Yucatán uses hammocks as these are
very, very comfortable, light, breezy, and provide a cool, refreshing
sleep. The hammock is perfect for the climate and whether you naturally
move around a lot in your sleep or do not, one easily adapts to
the pleasure and comforts of a true, authentic Yucatec hammock.
Beds are not appropriate for the climate due to the amount of heat
that these absorb during the day. Beds & bedding can be provided
with prior arrangment at an additional cost.
OSEA provides each resident with their own colorfully hand-woven
hammock. There are many different kinds and qualities of hammocks.
Differences in size, weight, weave, material, patterns, and techniques
create a pricing that ranges from US $15 to $100. This range reflects
real differences. For example, hammocks that are sold in the tourist
market of Yucatán or that are commercially available in the
USA are products that are not made for use as a bed-substitute for
sleeping at night. For this reason we recommend that you do not
bring a hammock and that you do not buy a hammock on your own from
any tourist vender that you may encounter in a store or in the streets.
Hammocks made for tourists are “toy” hamacas, colorful
and cheap souvenirs, that will cause back pains and problems if
used to sleep on nightly basis. OSEA provides hammocks that are
purchased directly from a Maya family in Tixkokob, the “capital”
of the industry. These are of finest quality and guaranteed to provide
All meals during the week & weekend brunch are included for
Residents and follow the traditional Yucatec menu. Breakfast: coffee, juice, breads,
yoghurt, beans, eggs, fruit, and cereal. Lunch (main meal): traditional Yucatec
food that includes tortillas, rice, black beans, a main dish (either
“dry” or wet – sauce-based or a stew) plus the
appropriate condiments. Dinner: light meals
OSEA provides coffee and a range of tea for participants. Coffee
drinkers can enjoy dark roasted brew from the Melitta system as
well as espresso and capuchinos from espresso machines.
Vegetarian and most other special diets can be easily accommodated.
Applicants with specific food restrictions should communicate with
OSEA before applying to ensure their needs can be met.
Telephone, internet, computer lab with two PC laptops, one color
inkjet printer, one B&W inkjet printer, 100 Mb Zip Drives, CD-Burner.
English. Spanish is not required to participate in the Workshop
Weekends can be used for brief excursions to Maya archaeological
sites, cultural heritage destinations and other recreational sites
such as beaches, caves, and underground cenotes.
Participants have the option of organizing their own independent
excursions or enlisting the specialist knowledge of OSEA to have
Dr. Castañeda organize and guide weekend trips. With decades
of experience living and conducting research in Yucatán,
the OSEA staff can help you design and organize any trip you wish
as well as provide you with the highest quality, professional tour
guides. An extended three or four day weekend will be scheduled
for the second or third week of the Workshop. The precise date will
be determined by group concensus.