Growing Up on Mexican Time

I traveled to Mexico for the first time when I was two months old, swaddled in the hull of the “Sweat Lodge,” Steve and Tina’s beloved ’62 Dodge camper. Over the course of my childhood, we’d make the drive south another 14 times, traveling as a family in Mexico and Guatemala for 4-6 months out of every year. Mexico was and is a wonderful country for a child. People were invariably welcoming to me, and no establishment was off limits […]

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It's About Time the Tortilla was Digitized…

Rich and I are visiting Carl and Lorena’s lair to work on the new website. Luckily, all this toiling has its perks: for example, Lorena’s spicy  bean soup with tortillas Carl just smuggled in from Mexico. Which reminds me…I discovered an excellent new site, TortillaDigital. The creator, Chef Verónica Ramírez, offers recipes and an impressive region-by-region history of Mexican cuisine. I’m looking forward to trying out her recipe for huachinango a la Veracruzana, and the site has a cool feature […]

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On the Road in the Sweat Lodge

Hippies party near van in Mexico.

by Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers Ah, vans! Tina Rosa, on the far right. Mexico used to have a real van culture. I grew up in it. When I was two months old, we traveled across the border in a Dodge camper my parents called the Sweat Lodge. The Sweat Lodge was succeeded by a white Chevy van we called Cebu, and then by Jolly, a Forest Service green Dodge van my dad bought at a government auction. All these vehicles […]

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Ghosts at the Hotel Isabel: Saludos de John Ross

The pretty teenage receptionist at the front desk of the Hotel Isabel is miffed that I don’t have a  reservation and we spend the next 20 minutes negotiating my room, wake-up call, and tomorrow’s 5 AM taxi to the airport, all of which entails filling out paperwork in triplicate, as per the Mexican custom. “The electricity is out and so is the water,” she mentions blandly as she hands me my room key.  “The elevator and television and Internet don’t […]

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Blogging thru Mexico

Hola! I’m a 60 year old lesbian womon from Berkeley on a Joiyssey, driving my casa-camion sola through Mexico (I’ve been here about 6 weeks now), learning Spanish, hoping to become fluent, and eventually exploring all the Central American countries – and maybe even make my way into South America. I keep a blog, www.codepinkjournals.blogspot.com where you’ll find out way too much information about me and my journey. Feel free to check it out, comment, or not! Peace, Xan Joi

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Bimbo Bread, Abandoned Resorts, and a Revolution Betrayed

By Felisa Rosa Rogers I once had the pleasure of spending the night by a campfire, drinking mezcal on the roof of an abandoned hotel in Chamela, on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico. The rooms below were spectral, caked with bat shit, crumbling. Chunks of cement littered the stairway, and traversing it was no doubt incredibly dangerous. But I was 20, and I didn’t care, and up on the roof the sky was a vast, glittering starscape and the wind […]

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