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Devils and Virgins, Katrinas and Mariachis: A Visit to Mis Amores

A katrina.

There are some places so cool, so strange, so wonderful, it’s hard to imagine you didn’t dream them. Mis Amores is one of those places. Everywhere you look there are handmade devils and skeletons and virgins so perfect, so unique, you have to love them. Some people don’t get it, of course, but if you like very oddball, very Mexican handicrafts, you will love Mis Amores.

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Casa de las Flores

From our room at Casa de las Flores

Sometimes when you are lucky, you find an incredible place and wonderful friends right near home, as we recently did. If you don’t live in Guadalajara, then come visit. And when you come, stay with Stan and Jose at the Casa de las Flores.

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Is Mexico Right for You? Take the Quiz!

The cathedral, Guadalajara.

Everyone is different, so it is impossible to tell ahead of time how you will get along in Mexico. But after years of observing and speaking with visitors and foreigners who live here, we have come to some conclusions. Take our quiz and see how you do!

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The Crisis in Mexico

Tortillas are 6 to 9 pesos a kilo (2.2 pounds).  They make up a big part of our diet.

You’ve heard about the food crisis in developing nations, and can feel it at home. Here is how we are experiencing it in Mexico. Make sure you read Part II below.

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Rainy Season is Here!

Rainy season in Guadalajara.

Surprisingly, the rainy season is a great time to visit Guadalajara. It is cooler, and everything is green and lush, and the frequent thunderstorms often only last an hour or so–perfect for a coffee break from your touring around!

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Liza Minnelli Visits Us in Guadalajara

Liza this week in Guadalajara.  Photo from El Universal.

OMG. We’ve seen and even met lot’s of stars and famous people here in Guadalajara. But no one rocked us like Liza did!

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Chai—A Mexican Café

Mely, Omar, and Tochi in Chai

There are a lot of good restaurants in Mexico, from marketplace holes-in-the-wall to famous eateries in Mexico City. We love going out–especially for breakfast–and trying something new and surprising.

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Molcajetes—Mexican Cooking and Lava Rock Pigs

Molcajete with salsa

Have you ever seen those dark grey stone bowls and wonder just where they came from? Just south of our house, is where! Making sauce in a molcajete is an essential part of Mexican cooking.

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Hitchhiking to Hot Rivers—Travels with Leanne

Dan at the boiling waterfall in the Primavera Forest

We run tours in Mexico, but only with neat people who want to do fun and interesting things! Leanne sure fit the bill. If you want to come visit, write us at e365mexico@yahoo.com.

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365 is Your Mexican Connection!

Deserted Mexican jungle and beach

Before you go to Mexico, talk to us! If you are planning a trip to Mexico, or thinking of moving here, or even if you are an armchair traveler, talk to us before you come! We often have good ideas of things to do or places to go that only the insiders know about. Or if you want to have an “off the beaten track” experience, we can tell you how.

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Ricky Martin in Guadalajara

Mario And Ricky Martin in Guadalajara

Ricky Martin is one of our favorite people on earth. Here he is in Guadalajara with our friend Mario!

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Why Guadalajara?

Guadalajara.  The Cathedral from Teatro Degollado

I’ve lived in Guadalajara 14 years. I chose it because it’s gorgeous and classy, not too far from the beach, is big enough to find work, and the people are friendly and beautiful. My first visit was in the freezing rain at 1AM, while wrapped in a pink flannel sheet…

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Cow Attack! Art in Guadalajara

Golden calf in Guadalajara

Mexico is full of surprises. There are lots of cultural treats, if you know where to look.

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Flying to Mexico

Mexican fruit stand

There is more than one way to skin a cat. But after years of traveling between Guadalajara and New York, I like flying in Delta.

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Flooding in Mexico

Rough weather in Guadalajara

Here in the grasslands, we are dry half the year and wet the other half. And in rainy season, sometimes we have floods. If people would learn not to throw garbage in the canals, many lives could be saved.

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Mexican Spanish Names

Mexican kids by Rodo Padilla

Learning the language is only the first step–to really enjoy Mexico you have to understand the culture. One of the first steps is to learn the names.

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More Spanish–Diminutive Guadalajara

Giant petunias and Teatro Degollado

There is nothing small about Guadalajara. Flying over the city at night, from the north, the lights look practically endless. And when you are stuck in traffic and it takes two hours plus to get across town, the city is enormous.

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Guadalajara Travel FAQs–An Intro

Teatro Degollado

Here’s the place to come for specific information about travel in Guadalajara–the hotels, restaurants, sights, buses, and tours. If you don’t see it here, write us at mexicanmemorabilia@yahoo.com!

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Still More Dangerous Spanish—Explaining Mayate

Mayate Beetles

Spanish is not the same everywhere. Just as Australians speak differently than New Englanders, Cubans speak differently than Argentineans. Even within Mexico there is some variation, and if you have a good ear you can tell if someone is from Guadalajara, pues, or Mexico City, mano, or Chiapas (lots of Mayan).

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The 365Mexico Toolbar

Violin Girl by Rodo Padilla

Just when you think 365Mexico can’t get any cooler, here comes the new 365Mexico toolbar! Pretty good for a guy who is still impressed with color television…

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Everyone Speaks Some English—Not!

Not everyonce speaks your language.  So enjoy the difference!

It’s just not true that everyone you meet in Latin America will speak some English. What if you don’t speak Spanish–will that put a kybosh on your trip? Absolutely not. Many, many folks will be willing to help, and communication will be easier than you think. Here are some tips.

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And the Banda Played On—Noisy Neighbors

The pink house.  No one is in the park because the music is too loud.

There’s always a fly in the ointment. Ours is a family who moved in the house across the street, painted it pink, and started giving free concerts, morning, noon and night. “Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh, Soy el lobo domesticadoooooh…” I want to drip habanero sauce in their eyes, while playing over and over Rosemary Clooney’s “Come on- a My House.”

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Mexican Groceries II–I’d Kill For a Molasses Drop Cookie (The Things You Miss Away From Home)

Our friend Carole and dried chiles

It never fails–you’ve got a craving for the one thing not on the menu. Eating a balanced and varied diet is easier than ever, if you put in the effort to do it right.

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Awaiting the Rains—The Seasons in Mexico

Mexican thistle

Everyone says “Don’t you miss the SEASONS?” As if we don’t have weather here. Of course, the changes are a bit more subtle…

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Mexican Hotels–In the Good But Cheap Category

View from a $20/couple hotel in Mexico City.  It ain

Of course there are world class hotels, spas, and resorts in Mexico. But if you are looking for a nice $20 a night place, here’s what you need to know. The most important thing is to be flexible, open-minded, and fearless about asking questions.

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Utilities in Mexico

Coco at home

The kind of practical information you need if you are thinking of living in Mexico. Here are the utility expenses for our little house in Tlajomulco, south of Guadalajara. In general, utilities are less expensive than in the United States.

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Tropical Snow–A Hail Storm at 365Mexico

Omar ready to plant trees in the park.  The dark cloud in the background is very unusual for April...

We had quite a hail storm, just as our new park trees were delivered. It was quite unexpected–it never rains here in April! Global warming is affecting us here in Guadalajara, too.

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Drunk in Paradise

Guadalajara house

This is a sad story about three year old Miguelito and his parent’s dependence on alcohol. We have spoken with the authorities, but until something really serious happens, they won’t do anything.

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XXII International Festival of Cinema in Guadalajara

The completely fab Antonio Banderas

Guillermo del Toro and Antonio Banderas visit 365Mexico! Well, they came to Guadalajara, if not to our little house in the country. The International Festival of Cinema is held every year in Guadalajara. .

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365Video–A Boiling Waterfall in the Primavera Forest

Rio Caliente--the hot river

Dan and Omar visit a boiling waterfall in the geothermal Primavera Forest outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. Strange, heat tolerant algae, fish and insects live in the scalding water.

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Primavera Forest and the Boiling River

Tochi at the boiling waterfalls

Hot springs are cool (so to speak), but have you ever heard of a boiling hot river? We got one! Sunday, October 8 was Tochi’s birthday, and we took her to the hot river in the Primavera Forest near Guadalajara. Tochi (who’s name, Tochimani, means “rabbit’s foot” in Nahuatl) is a city girl, but as you can see she really loved the Primavera. Omar and I promised to take her back again real soon.

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