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Robert Barrett and Richard Nathan: two Englishmen in Xalapa, Veracruz Roy Dudley

The first Englishman to set foot in Xalapa was an unfortunate fellow called Robert Barrett. That was back in 1568. Some 432 years later, another Englishman has set foot in this delightful city. But Ric... read more

Juanote Roy Dudley

Known affectionately as "Juanote" (Big John) to the inhabitants of Xalapa, Juan Herrera Vasquez ( 1924-1989) was a unique personality who was a humble cargador (mover), just as his father was, y... read more

Jalapeña Christmas: A holiday in Xalapa Roy Dudley

The sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in Mexico are wondrous, and Xalapa is no exception. Sparkling lights, music, cohetes (fireworks) and hot chocolate mix together to fill your senses. Al... read more

Xico: A village of enchantment in Veracruz Roy Dudley

Founded in the year 1313, Xico’s original name was Xico-Chimalco in the Náhuatl (Aztec) language meaning "where there are bee hives of yellow wax." Located only 20 minutes from Xalapa, Veracr... read more

Xalapa, Veracruz: My Mexican city of dreams Roy Dudley

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, I have lived in Xalapa, Veracruz, for the last 27 years. Xalapa (hah-LAH-pah) is truly the place of my dreams. Nestled in lush coffee growing hills, with a micro clim... read more
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