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Did You Know? Mexico's national flower is the humble dahlia Tony Burton

With more than 30,000 native flowering plants to choose from, who would have thought that the humble dahlia would become Mexico's national flower? The earliest known description of the dahlia (known t... read more

Did You Know? Different traffic whistles in Mexico mean different things Tony Burton

Mayhem prevails in many Mexican cities during rush hours. The traffic in some big cities rarely seems to let up, or slow down, as vehicles jockey for the best position before becoming ensnarled in a ta... read more

Did You Know? Sixty-two indigenous languages still spoken in Mexico Tony Burton

As many as 62 indigenous languages are still spoken in Mexico. Most people realize that the national language of Mexico is Spanish and that Mexico is the world's largest Spanish speaking country. In f... read more

Mexican folk remedies Jenny McGill

If you have something in your eye, take a hair from the tail of a live cat .... read more

Getting Married In Mexico

The indispensable requirement is a fiance.

The legal requirements vary from state to state, so it would be wise to verify with the locale before you embark on your wedding plans. In most resort areas, there are no doubt wedding planners and concierge staff at major hotels who could take care of the paperwork so that everything could proceed smoothly.

In addition to directing you through the maze that's part of Mexico, you will have the much-needed benefit of having someone who speaks the language. That small investment could save time in traipsing back and forth to government offices and waiting around....when you could be better spending your time enjoying your vacation.

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Affordable Oaxaca as a locale for any grand fiesta Alvin Starkman

If you're getting married, turning 50, or planning that anniversary bash... consider Oaxaca They say that Mexicans really know how to party. Here in Oaxaca we do it in spades, because it's part of a l... read more

Honeybees: have they emigrated to Mexico? Maggie Van Ostrand

There's been a big U.S. flap over the fact that honeybees seem to have gone missing. North Americans are becoming alarmed that, without pollination, foods such as almonds, apples, blueberries, peaches,... read more

Grana Cochinilla Fina: The Best Kept Secret in Oaxaca Alvin Starkman

Most tourists have no idea that only a couple of hundred yards off the main highway, a minute or two from the black pottery village, is one the most fascinating destinations that the state of Oaxaca ha... read more

Modern Day Miracles In Mexico Melville King

The construction of the new road was headed by an engineer named Manuel Gamboa. A faithful devotee of the Santo Niño de Atocha, he placed an image of the Santo Niño in a small cave alongside the road... read more

Dress - A Matter Of Respect? Alvin Starkman

If expats want to be accepted into the broader society, then they must act the part and treat custom and societal standards with the respect they deserve. It's not enough to throw money at causes and d... read more

September 14, Day of the Charro Jenny McGill

The charro wears a special suit, like none I've ever seen on Billy the Kid or John Wayne. The escaramuza wears her own beautiful attire; she rides and performs side-saddle. read more

Legend of the Virgin of Talpa Jenny McGill

There was no human intervention in the restoration of the image and, if history can be believed, the transformation had to be supernatural, divine or spontaneous combustion mixed with staunch faith. read more

Temazcal In Oaxaca Alvin Starkman

Temazcal is akin to the Iroquois sweat lodge. Who would have thought that we could ever have such a first-hand experience during modern times? Curandera Doña Mariana chants while con... read more

Las Mañanitas Dale Hoyt Palfrey

Estas son las mañanitas que cantaba el rey David; a las muchachas bonitas se las cantamos aquí. Si el sereno de la esquina me quisiera hacer favor de apagar s... read more

Famed Singer Bankrolls State-of-the-art Arena For Charreria Championship Dale Hoyt Palfrey

Motorists traveling recently along the Guadalajara-Chapala highway may have been puzzled by what looks like the structural foundations of a mighty cathedral rising up near the roadway between the airpo... read more

Las Mañanitas Dale Hoyt Palfrey

. . . LAS MAÑANITAS. Estas son las mañanitas que cantaba el rey David; a las muchachas bonitas se las cantamos aquí. Si el sereno de la esquina me quisiera hace... read more

Here and there: Washington DC and Jocotepec Marvin West

Before we relocated to Mexico, to the interesting state of Jalisco, to Lake Chapala and, more specifically, to the outskirts of Jocotepec, we lived in Washington, D.C. Washington and Jocotepec are not... read more

Yes Virginia, there is another Mexico Maggie Van Ostrand

"Move to Mexico? What, are you crazy?" said friends and relatives alike, adding, "Don't you know it's full of drug pushers, kidnappers and corrupt politicians?" This attitude, prevalent among North Am... read more

Las Posadas, 2001 Maggie Van Ostrand

"What is Christmas like in Mexico?" asked my friend, Edward. It didn’t take much encouragement for me to eagerly share this experience: Once upon a Christmas nighttime, in a tiny village on the shor... read more

How To Correct Misconceptions About Mexico - And Lose Your Friends At The Same Time Maggie Van Ostrand

We who live in Mexico, whether full- or part-time, have a duty to correct the enormous amount of misinformation perpetuated by foreign media. More creatures live with their heads in the sand than the o... read more

Santa Maria del Oro: near enough to perfect Marvin West

After many downhill twists and turns, at the very end of a road built for Nayarit royalty, is a little lake that could have spilled from a book of fairy tales. La laguna Santa Maria del Oro, in the cr... read more

Mexico: not much to fear except fear itself Marvin West

Mexico makes great television -- and I'm not talking about Pedro and Pancho cartoons. When a bus misses a curve and tumbles into a ravine or loses a race with a train, the bloody mess becomes internat... read more

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto Maggie Van Ostrand

It's unusual for me to write about anything other than Mexico as seen through the eyes of a humorist. But this month's article is different, because someone familiar with the culture around which Gibso... read more

How the Huichol Indians brought their art to Lake Chapala Ronald A. Barnett

For centuries Indians have been leaving offerings of votive bowls and clay figurines in Lake Chapala for the deities of the waters. Today the Huichol Indians of Jalisco and Nayarit continue the traditi... read more

The Folkloric Ballet (Ballet Folklórico) of Guadalajara, Mexico Darryl Tenenbaum

The whirling skirts of a dancer from the Ballet Folklorico at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara fill this month's cover. The costume belongs to the Jalisco segment of the show, which features traditi... read more
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