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Guanajuato: Adventures with Mummies

Omar at el Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato

Mexico has more than it’s share of interesting and scenic locations, but Guanajuato really is special. Historic, charming, its hills full of silver veins and its cemetary full of mummies–there’s no place quite like it. Omar and I had a wonderful few days there a while back.

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Mexican Food: Chiles en Nogada—A Holiday Delicacy

Chiles en nogada

The best Mexican food is made of fresh ingredients in creative and innovative combinations. They should be colorful, tasty, and maybe offer up a little surprise. Nothing fits the bill better than that traditional holiday dish chiles en nogada, in which roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with roast beef and dried fruits, topped with a creamy nut sauce, and liberally sprinkled with gleaming gem-like pomegrantes!

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Belize City II–Still Tough

Belize City, thanks to Britgirl17 at IgoUgo

Am I nuts? After my first experience (see previous post), I went back to Belize City. Why? Well, if you look at a map of the area, you’ll see that if you are going to Guatemala from the Yucatan, there aren’t too many roads that don’t pass through Belize (and they are primative). Plus I wanted to give the city another chance. I had more travel experience and wasn’t so jittery about rough spots. I’m glad I went back–I had wonderful adventures in Belize. But you know what? The city was still a dangerous and colorful mess.

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Belize City—The Toughest Place I’ve Ever Been

Belize City by Manolo Romero

Nothing against Belize. The country is just gorgeous and full of nice people and jaguars and orchid-dripping jungles. Maybe all the warnings in the guidebooks spooked me, but I found Belize City to be the most dangerous place I’ve ever been. As usual, it would have been much more welcoming and safe if I had been traveling with an expense account. But as a backpacker seeing the world economically, I felt at risk in Belize City.

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Climbing Volcanoes in Guatemala

Erupting Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala.  From Index of Competent Wallpapers

Since I was a little kid I always wanted to climb a volcano and play with lava. I thought if I put a beetle in molten rock I would get a really keen fossil. The reality is a little different. I did melt my sneakers, though. I’m so happy I did it then, because I would NEVER do it now! Here is another action-packed chapter from our book, “Wandering Magical Lands.” We have climbed many volcanoes over the years, but none more dangerous or more spectacular than Guatemala’s Pacaya, which was in full eruption.

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Traveling with Children in Mexico

Montse and Saul, ready to welcome your kids

Mexico is an incredible destination for familes! Mexicans love children, and you’ll find they are welcome everywhere. There are so many kid-friendly things to do in Mexico, your family is guaranteed a great time!

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Walking to Tequila

Tequila, Mexico

I never feel more alive than when I am on a walking adventure. The trip is at least as important as the destination, and you really see the details when you are moving at three miles an hour. You can’t cover as much ground, but what you do experience you feel at a depth that is astonishing. Especially in Mexico, on the road to Tequila, where anything can happen and usually does.

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Our Other Websites

Beauty and the Beast Mexican magazine

We love working on our websites and watching them grow! After you’ve read the new posts at 365Mexico, check out one of our other sites about vintage movie memorabilia or food! And tell your friends!

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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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Dinosaur Land

Lost World (1925) window card.  Now you know what to get me for Christmas.

Sometimes a dumb question gets you a smart answer, and a new experience under your belt! Don’t be afraid to ask directions, and be open to the destinations they lead.

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Traveling Alone

Lonely Los Ayala beach

Traveling alone can be a wonderful experience. Don’t be afraid to give it a try!

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Shipping to Mexico

Gusano Rojo Mezcal

Shipping items back and forth to Mexico is not as convenient as it could be. Here are some ideas.

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More Adventures in Spanish

Fun in Spanish

We’ve often written about language, and especially the mistakes we’ve made. It’s fun! Everybody makes mistakes. Don’t wait to speak until you are perfect. Get out there and start talking. As the ads say, there are 350 million people waiting to talk with you. And if you make a mistake, have a laugh over it and learn!

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Adventure, Adversity and Amazing Good Fortune—The “Wandering” Review

Young Dan in Belize

We always love to hear from readers, to exchange stories or answer questions about our life in the Mexican countryside. It is an especially nice surprise when we get “fan” mail. And when we get a glowing book review–hijole! We’re on the top of the world!

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Mexican Birthdays—Mine!

I will never get used to "mordidas."  Omar and Tochi laugh because they know I

We love birthdays–and anniversaries and graduations and Fridays. Any reason to get together!

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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 With Coco to New York

Coco is a good traveler--as long as someone else pays

Flying with your dog has its ups and downs. It has certainly gotten much more expensive since I first posted this report in 2007.

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Flying Mexicans

Mexican bicyclist by Rodo Padilla

Every culture is different. Enjoying those differences is what traveling is all about.

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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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On the Safe Side—Health Insurance in Mexico

Kayaking in Mexico

Here’s an inexpensive and convenient way to make sure you have at least basic health insurance coverage in Mexico. It’s available to anyone who is in the country legally!

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Gas in Mexico #1—At Home

Gas cylinder in Mexico

A few details on running your household in Mexico. Today we talk about gas cylinders

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Gas in Mexico #2—In the Car

We really fill up our car

Choices, choices. It’s between Pemex and staying home.

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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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At the Movies in Mexico

Unidentified theater goer

Going to the movies is one of our biggest pleasures. As always, things are a little different in Mexico!

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The Sweetest Arrival—When They Are There to Meet You

Welcome Home Sunflowers

It doesn’t matter what a seasoned traveler you are or if you are 98 years old. Everybody needs a “Welcome Home” hug when they step onto the platform.

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Our Chitchen Itza is One of the Seven Wonders of the World!

Chitchen Itza from Free Image Society

We did it! After some 90 million votes, Mexico’s Chichen Itza has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Come see why!

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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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Container Gardening in Mexico

Omar prepares the beds...

A new project–container gardening in Mexico. Although I suspect we will spend about ten times what we would to buy veggies in Wal-Mart, the lure of fresh baby beets and carrots and vine-ripe tomatoes is irresistible. Plus it’s fun–we love to see plants grow!

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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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“You Asked for It”—Mexican Reasoning

Bruno says "Huh?"

One of the joys of travel is to see how other people think, or not, in foreign cultures. Mexico is quite surreal in this regard. You get used to it, and can even enjoy it after a while–“When does the movie start?” “Soon-at 5:30.” “But it’s 6 o’clock now!” “That’s correct, sir…” Until you are in the right frame of mind, it can drive you mad, especially if you subscribe to silly notions of linear time and real life logic.

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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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Dentistry in Mexico—A Real Revelation

A devilish dentist.  From a wall painting in front of a dentist

You’ve heard there is inexpensive, high quality dentistry available in Mexico, and see the news reports of thousands of people crossing the border to get their teeth fixed. Can it be true? Here’s the scoop. Pack your bags.

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Guayabitos–A Mexican Beach Paradise

Omar at Guayabitos

Guayabitos and Los Ayala are our favorite Mexican beaches. Only about 3 and a half hours from our house on good roads, they are situated in a gorgeous bay, with deserted beaches, jungle, and rocky islands to explore. Come along on an escape with us!

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