Mexico City Safer than Minneapolis?

Jeff O’Brien called my attention to this SF Gate article, Five Safest Places in Mexico for Travelers, which is pleasantly free of hysteria. I agree that the states of Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Queretaro, and Baja California Sur are good bets for travelers. That said, I feel the need to point out that this list could easily be a top ten list or even top thirty. The data on death rates can sound more alarming than need be. As the author  acknowledges, […]

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Roses and Tacos

  On Good Food in Mexico City, Nicholas Gilman wrote a vibrant, mouthwatering ode to Mexico City’s Mercado Jamaica…This particular paragraph made me really miss Mexico: “The main retail venue for flowers, open round the clock, 365 days a year, is a must-see—it’s bursting with all the colors that define Mexico. Arriving by metro, (the Jamaica station) enter the first building and keep walking back to the rear where you find the flowers. The hangar-like space, paved with soft petals […]

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The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire

by C.M. Mayo Review by Felisa Rosa Rogers The story has plenty to lure the reader: banditry, kidnapping, hubris, madness; but it is a fine attention to detail, on both the factual and visceral levels, that distinguishes C.M. Mayo’s first novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. Drawing from original research and a nuanced understanding of Mexico, Mayo relates one of Mexico’s more fantastic historical episodes: Maximilian, an idealistic Austrian prince who, with French backing, is crowned emperor in […]

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News Round Up

by Rich Peterson Deportes – Mexico faces the United States in a qualifying match in women’s Olympic soccer in Vancouver, Canada.  Mexico and the U.S. are tied atop the Group B standings, but after scoring a ridiculous 27 goals in two recent games, the U.S. holds the tie-breaker.  Mexico handed the U.S. women’s team it’s first ever loss in a World Cup qualifier 14 months ago, and hope to make the road to London 2012 a little more rough for […]

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Life goes on…

by Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers photo credit: Tina Rosa I just received an update and photos from my sainted mother, who is happy out in the rancho near San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Which reminds me…While the mainstream media screeches about the dangers of Mexico, an army of bloggers offer a more salubrious perspective on day-t0-day life down south. We don’t need reminding of why we love Mexico, but Mexican Trailrunner’s description of an incident at the mercado warms the […]

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The Mexico You Love is Still Here

by Felisa Churpa Rosa Rogers As a kid, I was accustomed to the double take, the long stare, the muffled giggle. We spent months of each year traveling the backgrounds of Mexico and Guatemala, and we ended up in a lot of places where the locals hadn’t seen a gringo in years. Of course that was back in the days when Americans were afraid to go to Mexico because they were convinced the country was overrun with murderous banditos and […]

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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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Churpa's Dispatch from San Miguel #1

By Churpa Rosa Rogers When it comes to Mexico, I tend to experience one-sided culture shock: I am shocked by my inevitable and unwilling return to the United States, but rarely shocked to find myself down south. Even if it’s been a year or more, a return to Mexico always feels as natural as slipping into a warm bath. That said, I always experience a few days of jubilation at all the tiny Mexican details that make me feel so […]

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Safety Update from Mexico City

By Churpa Rogers Flying into Mexico City always feels like descending into the coliseum. You never know what’ll be coming at you, or whether you’re a spectator or part of the show. This trip I was particularly wary, as I haven’t been to the Big Enchilada since the escalation of the drug wars. When I was a kid my parents used to take me on buying trips to the capitol. We’d hit up the labyrinthine markets for Guerrero masks, and […]

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Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide

I just stumbled across an unusually interesting blog by Jim Johnston, an artist and Mexico City resident. I’ll post more about this blog later but I suggest you take it a look at it — the links he cites to other good Mexico blogs are excellent resources and go well beyond the “ordinary”. Although the title of his blog suggests that it is about Mexico City, Highly recommended! Take a look at Jim Johnson’s blog: Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide

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