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El Grito de Delores – a cry for independence

On September 16, 1810, after Mexicans had endured 300 years of harsh, authoritarian Spanish rule, a priest from the city of Delores decided enough was enough. Father Miguel Hidalgo rang his church bell and delivered a powerful speech, now known as El Grito de Delores (The Cry of Delores), imploring his fellow citizens to rise […]

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Up close and personal with the world’s largest fish

From the month of May through September, an estimated 1,400 whale sharks migrate through the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Officially the biggest fish in the ocean, they’re nicknamed the “dominoes” because their skin is dark gray, punctuated by large white spots and stripes.  Whale sharks officially belong to the shark family because their […]

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Dia de Locos (Day of the Crazy People)

Between the ongoing COVID shelter-in-place business and the civil unrest happening in cities all across the U.S., everyone is feeling just a bit crazy right now. It seems they have a festival for everything in Mexico, and celebrating madness is no exception. Although we don’t know the exact year it originated, the Dia de Locos […]

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Everything you need to know about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo has become a cultural phenomenon in the U.S. For most Americans, it translates into drinking margaritas or Mexican beer, eating Mexican food, and listening to traditional Mexican music. Many Americans often mistake Cinco de Mayo to be a celebration of Mexican independence. Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of a failed […]

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How is Mexico weathering COVID-19?

Like they’ve done in every other country in the world, people in Mexico are bracing for the impact of the Coronavirus. They’re not even close to the top of the proverbial curve as the spread of infection started later than that in the U.S., but they’re already feeling the effects.  The fragile Mexican economy Unfortunately, […]

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Want to write a romance novel?

Are you one of the thousands of people who dream about writing a book and becoming a published author? It’s exciting to think about creating an entire world with quirky characters and a fantastical plot…all from your imagination alone. While it’s true that getting published is notoriously difficult, there is one genre that stands out […]

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El Corazon: The Heart of Mexico

In the middle of Mexico, located in the state of Guanajuato, is the city of San Miguel de Allende. Aptly nicknamed El Corazon de Mexico (the heart of Mexico), it is one of the loveliest, most welcoming places to visit in the country. I chose to set my first novel “Palace of the Blue Butterfly […]

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Why visit Mexico in the winter

Many people travel south to Mexico in the winter to escape the cold weather in their part of the world. They flock to southern beach towns, like Cancun, where the average air temperature in January is a balmy 81 degrees, and the ocean is only a few degrees cooler. What’s better than white sand, warm […]

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Christmas celebrations in Mexico

Like most religious occasions, Christmas is celebrated in a much more devout and elaborate way in Mexico than here in North America. For many in the United States, Christmas has become somewhat secular, symbolized by Santa Claus and Christmas trees, and celebrated by exchanging gifts with friends and family.  In Mexico, Christmas traditions are centered […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: miraculous legend or convenient story?

Thursday, December 12th, Catholics all over Mexico, Central America and parts of the United States will be enjoying the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in honor of La Virgen Morena (The Brown Virgin). The story behind this particular celebration varies greatly, depending on the source of information. The official version states that in 1531, […]

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