Different experiences within the Country

We have been exploring options for moving from our more rural home to a place in the nearby city of Cuernavaca. A number of friends and social events are there, and we finf ourselves looking for a “city experience.” Cuernavaca has been the locale for new, “state of the art” shopping and apartment living. Yet …

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Thanksgiving Surprise

One our twice yearly trips to San Jose. CA, to visit my Mom, we attach another trip to it. This time, it was to Las Vegas to finally see the spectacle of Casino Hotels with elaborate presentations of unique themes. While our daughters, Laura and Mary have been out, a number of times, to California, …

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Visiting the U.S. As an Expat

Once more, we are experiencing a different perspective while visiting the U.S. We spent two weeks in Las Vegas and we’re looking at the sights somewhere in between the “local” perspective and foreign visitors. Often when travelling, abroad, or within the U.S, we look for insight from locals on good places to go. But, now, …

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Renewal

Several weeks, ago, I wrote about building our own journeys. I mentioned that we were celebrating the life of St. Francis at our “home church” which is the Mission of St. Francis, here in Tepoztlan. I played two hymns on my trumpet, the first was “All Creatures of our God and King.”About 18 were in …

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Infant Betrothal in Tepoztlan?

There are two anthropological studies of Tepoztlan that I read, after arriving, three years, ago. One was by Robert Redfield, in 1930, followed by Oscar Lewis’ work in 1951. As a Social Anthropology major, I enjoyed reading these ethnographic works as examples of two pioneer social scientists building the discipline I had studied. However, it …

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International Living Focus on Mexico

The periodical that helped us explore and plan for our move, abroad, is “International Living. They just announced that their focus, for 2018, is Mexico, given that this is such a popular expat destination. Counting those from the USA, alone, we have two million fellow expats. The more we travel to other prime expat destinations, …

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Following up on Facebook Posts on RJ Mitte and Nick Vujicic

I had mentioned that I am now following up on MexpatLife Page Facebook posts, for the benefit of readers who don’t use Facebook, and others who are interested in more detail. If you do an internet search engine search (Google or other) I believe information on RJ Mitte and Nick Vujicic is available, and the …

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Building Our Own Journeys

One of the questions I usually get from folks who are anticipating retirement is “what do you do?” I remember being in that place, and fantasizing about the “Sweetness of Doing Nothing.” This is a translation of “La Dolce Fa Neante” in Anita’s favorite movie, “Eat, Pray, Love.” It refers to when Julia Roberts’ character …

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Tying In Facebook to Blogs

Not all my readers are Facebookers. However, I do have a MexpatLife presence, there. It began with advice from my blog consultant, Alison….the one who is my daughter. Her namesake is a contributor to the quality of the blog, as well, but as an appreciative consumer of the stories, here. Anyway, Alison (who built the …

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Enjoying Similarities and Differences in Culture

Case Example: Taxi Drivers. Some times, when we travel between Tepoztlan and Cuernavaca (a distance of about 11 miles) the taxi drivers will ask us how much we usually pay. Also this has happened when travelling within Tepoztlan, itself. I am always impressed by that. It shows several qualities. First, customer service — as in …

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