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Life on the road Mexico style Marvin West

Laredo International Bridge
Snowbirds are landing in our exciting little corner of Mexico. Merchants say none too soon. We, the Wests, enjoy Christmas at Thanksgiving with our extended family in Tennessee. When the last guest goes home, we follow them out the door, in the general direction of Jocotepec, at the west end (naturally) of Lake Chapala... read more

Cheers for Mexico seat belts Marvin West

Road signs in Mexico.
© Bill Begalke, 2000
I am an advocate of slowing to almost a stop when speed bumps appear high enough to scar mufflers and rattle dental repairs. I believe in seat belts. At my age, I need all the stability I can get.

I always wear my seat belt when zipping around and about Mexico in our 1998 Volkswagen bug, purchased new when we got serious about going international. My safety routine is to buckle up before starting the engine. On one particular day... read more

New Year in Puerto Vallarta, 1958 William Farrar

Our Lady of Guadalupe church is a Puerto Vallarta icon
© Rick Millikan, 2003
My first New Year in Mexico, I was 13, I was in Puerto Vallarta and the year was 1958.

We had landed in Puerto Vallarta, my parents and I, amid a cloud of red dust onto a dirt runway and disembarked into a subtropical afternoon.

The airport building was little more than a concrete "shack" and the luggage was collected outside under a ramada-like structure.

Our taxi ride into town bounced over a rutted road which cut a swath through scrub jungle. Near town, the road became paved, but not smooth.... read more

Crossing to Tijuana: The Blue Line Henry Biernacki

The people waiting at the Civic Center either went to get someone out of jail or take the train to the US-Mexico border. That was life, dia y noche in San Diego and the most charming way to enter Mexico, via Tijuana. read more

Mexico City report Marvin West

A sign welcomes motorists to Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world.
© Anthony Wright, 2011
Please pardon me. I have neglected Mexico City. It has been years since I have told you how much I love it. No need for me to tell you that Mexico City is the financial and cultural center of the country. Strange mix — then and now are many years apart and yet, in places, they are side by side. Fascinating. read more

Free riding the roads of Mexico Gerry Soroka

Road signs in Mexico.
© Bill Begalke, 2000

Mexico has one of the most extensive highway systems anywhere, providing convenient and indispensable connections among villages, towns and cities.

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Good morning, Melaque: one day in a small Mexico beach town Gerry Soroka

For the past number of years during our months of Mexico we have been traveling to Melaque-San Patricio-Obregon, a former fishing village on the Pacific coast about five hours by bus south of Puerto Vallarta. Known collectively as Melaque, the Mexico beach community is stable now at about 8,000 persons, and flourishes during December-March upon the arrival of several hundred tourists who pop up in the streets like alabaster mushrooms in a rain-stirred meadow. read more

The magic of Bernal, Queretaro: wine, opals and historic charm Jane Ammeson

A century is just a moment ago in Bernal. I have come to Bernal because it is one of Mexico's Pueblos Mágicos. These magical towns are designated such because of their historic charm, peaceful atmosphere and closeness to a major city, in this case, the state capital, Querétaro read more

Nogales, here we come Gerry Soroka

It is more than Mexico's constant sun and the bewitching landscape that entrance us. It is the people. October is revival month. We are at the tag end of six months in Canada the province of British C... read more

Zumpango: the guardians of a forgotten cemetery Anthony Wright

"Magic realism" describes a style of Latin American writing where dreams and reality meet on equal footing in worlds lying ephemerally in between, poised to subvert back to the norm the very instant a ... read more

This means war John McClelland

The financial impacts of poor water quality on Mexico are nothing short of staggering. In any discussion about visiting Mexico, somebody always pipes up with the comment "Don't drink the water." If I ... read more

Wealth Julia Taylor

Am I richer or poorer in Mexico? I'm certainly richer in gratitude. The simple fact that everything is not as easy as it was before makes me better at appreciating what I have. When I first moved... read more

Landscapes Of Mexico, Landscapes Of The Self Samantha Raneri

Mexico is a land of contrasts; I see this in both of my workplaces. Click on pics for large view ... read more

Fragment Jorge Tirado

A simple vista vi un fragmento de tierra en alguna costa, frente a un océano. El vistazo se transformó en mirada. Me sumergí momentáneamente en la contemplación. Varias ideas surcaron mi mente, ... read more

Fragment Jorge Tirado

David Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, said the United States is experiencing a large increase in the number of illegal entries, according to the US State Department. New to Mexconnect, J... read more

Mexico Notes Christina Nealson

Ten Narrow, serpentine streets. Old world baroque buildings. Steep hills - shoehorned with vivid-colored casas. I have dropped into a spectacular place - a cross between San Francisco and Paris. Journa... read more

Seeing my Mexico surroundings Jenny McGill

I was able to see well enough to appreciate the Easter-basket beauty of the many different spring blossoms around Lake Chapala. With a clear, clean, robin-egg-blue sky as a background, the constantly changing tones of the mountains completed the mural of purple jacaranda, yellow primavera, magenta bougainvillea and the white and pink amapas trees. read more

Walking the walk, talking the talk - Colima - sea to Sierra, by Wendy Devlin in Mexico Connect Wendy Devlin

Part 1 Colima - The Sea Six years ago I briefly visited the small state of Colima. With my family, I drove straight through the state without stopping along Colima’s eighty-seven miles of coastline,... read more

Mexican espectaculos, or rodeo-type shows, a mini-series. the introduction. Wendy Devlin

Series Index How well can a person understand a culture not their own? Can experiences be understood without full command of the Spanish language; a language in which civility is interwoven l... read more

Gold trail to Santa María del Oro, Nayarit Wendy Devlin

Gold-colored walls line the main street through Santa María del Oro, Nayarit. Bumping along the cobblestones in our camper-van, we are following in the footsteps of the Spanish conquistadors. In 1504,... read more

Colima: City of the Palms Wendy Devlin

Palm trees reach towards the sky above the plaza. Water gushes from a swan-shaped fountain. Flowers bloom profusely. A banner above the bandstand declares February a month of 'Love and Friendship' in C... read more

Walking the walk, talking the talk - a series about Mexico Wendy Devlin

"Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk" The Series This series of short stories is based on my travelling experiences since February, l998. The stories attempt to convey what I feel th... read more

The passion of Christ in Ixtapalapa, a Mexico City neighborhood John Neubauer

The first traces of an awakening sun touch the morning horizon, brushing aside the night's long shadows. On the streets of Ixtapalapa, a working class neighborhood 30 minutes by cab from the center of ... read more

Identity narratives by American and Canadian retirees in Mexico Stephen P. Banks

Overview (by Tony Burton): Banks lived in the area for a couple of months (October and November) in 2002, and had a follow-up visit the next year. He recorded 26 in-depth interviews (1.5 ... read more

In the Shadow of the Volcano: One Family's Baja Adventure by Michael Humfreville Reviewed by Allan Cogan

This was not to be your usual sight-seeing trip, moving from one convenient accommodation to another. Their desire was to be isolated from civilization and to live as simply as possible. An element of self discovery was also a definite part of the program. Thus it was that they found themselves a week or two later on an empty beach on the remote west coast of the Baja constructing a tiny hut that was to be their home for an indefinite period. Pacific breakers pounded the beach a few steps away. The specific area where they set up camp was between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro where a number of tiny fishing villages were located. read more
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