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Ever think about moving to Mexico?

Ever think about moving to Mexico?

 

This family did!  Read their story in the Washington Post, here.

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Pictures of Frida Kahlo Taken by her Father

Pictures of Frida Kahlo Taken by her Father

Mexico loves Frida Kahlo, and these photographs taken by her father are a delight. Take a look here.

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Untold Stories from the Mexico You Don’t Know

Untold Stories from the Mexico You Don’t Know

 

Visit Round Earth Media’s website “Mexico Uncovered” for links to powerful radio documentaries.  Awesome! 

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Old Mexico Lives On

Old Mexico Lives On

“They didn’t jump the border—it jumped them.” Read the article “Old Mexico Lives On” here.

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

 

 

 

Are you celebrating El Dia de los Muertos? Here’s how they celebrate in Mazatlán!

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San Miguel de Allende is #1

San Miguel de Allende is #1

 

San Miguel de Allende is named #1 city in the world! Check it out! 

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Don Sergio Castro & El Andalón

Don Sergio Castro & El Andalón

Betsy McNair of My Mexico Tours is passionate about México and has recently been working hard to share information about the work of Don Sergio Castro in Chiapas. There has been a film made about him and the tireless volunteering he does treating the illnesses of Chiapas’s poor. The trailer for the movie, El Andalón, is below:

 

Betsy wrote previously about the Sergio and the fundraising project in San Miguel, and she wrote a follow up post recently that includes the amazing fundraising results. I hope you’ll read both posts and be willing to donate to such a worthy cause. Gracias a todos!

 

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Two “Real Life in Mazatlán” Videos

Two “Real Life in Mazatlán” Videos

Sinaloa gets a bad rap in the press because a drug cartel is based there. But people who live there know it just as where they live. They live, work, play, enjoy a day off or a cold beer. MazReal has captured the essence of Mazatlán in the two videos below:

The first is an evening at the bar at the Belmar Hotel, a classic hotel built in the 40′s and a favorite of John Wayne in the day. The hotel faces the Pacific Ocean.

This video shows a festive night in Mazatlán as the city enjoys El Dia de la Musica in 2011.

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Is Mexico Safe?

Is Mexico Safe?

Years ago when I lived in New York City I received a phone call one night from my mother, who sounded very upset.

“Are you OK? Is your house on fire? Are you safe?”

I didn’t know what she was talking about. I was totally fine. It turned out mom was watching the nightly news on TV.

Yes, there were riots going on in Brooklyn. Yes, buildings were on fire. Yes, people were killed and others hurt. It was all happening miles away from where I lived. I knew nothing about it. But my mother had the impression that all of New York City was at war.

That phone call taught me two important lessons I’ve never forgotten. First, the news has the power to amplify and distort reality. Second, most people accept as fact anything they read in a newspaper or see on television.

Recent reports of drug “wars” in Mexico are not necessarily untrue, but they look at a small part of the canvas and make people think they are seeing the whole picture. As a full-time resident of Mexico since 1997 I would like to suggest to my readers that they are being misinformed.

Frank Koughan’s excellent report and data analysis previously posted on this site already provides the facts of the matter, so I’ll simply tell you what my life is like here in Mexico City in terms of safety.

I’ve been asking all my friends here if they’re afraid of the drug violence they see in the news (it’s reported here, too, not just in the U.S.). So far I’ve not had an affirmative answer. Neither I nor anyone I know wears bullet-proof clothing. I get up early three mornings a week and stroll across the park to attend a yoga class–dodging joggers and unleashed dogs is my biggest danger. I walk to work, take the subway, ride the buses and taxis, all without fear—ever. People in my local supermarket seem more troubled about whether they should put their groceries in a paper bag or a plastic bag than by any more menacing concerns. Diners at my local taco stand fret over the eternal dilemma: red salsa or green salsa? When I head out at night my biggest worry is whether I will need a jacket or not.

In other words, life goes on in Mexico City much as it does elsewhere in the world.

Know the facts. Most of the violence in Mexico is targeted toward a very specific group of people connected to the drug trade. Most of it occurs in border towns. As a tourist, your chance of being hurt or killed by drug-related violence is about as great as having a piano fall on your head.

Read newspapers with a critical eye. I recently began writing for a national newspaper here, and I can see how easy it would be for any writer to choose a word or a phrase than could alter, slant or color a reporting of ‘facts’. I’ve noted often in The New York Times the use of quotations from one person to indicate the feelings of a nation.

Violence sells. A report about decapitated bodies makes a much flashier headline than one about a trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacán. The former Mexico correspondent for a major U.S. paper is a friend of mine. I knew he loved Mexico and felt safe and happy here, but he wrote many stories about drug violence and corruption. When I asked him about it he said, “That’s what the editor back home wants.”

After eight years of truth-bending news, Americans seem to be living in a country where fear is a common tool for controlling ideas and behavior. Beware! There is something dangerous out there and it’s trying to steal your mind. It’s called the news.

So when people ask me “Is Mexico safe to visit?”, I say yes, come on down. With the current peso devaluation, it’s a real bargain now, and it’s not crowded–all those scaredy cats who believe what they see on the news are staying home.

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