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Devils and Virgins, Katrinas and Mariachis: A Visit to Mis Amores

A katrina.

There are some places so cool, so strange, so wonderful, it’s hard to imagine you didn’t dream them. Mis Amores is one of those places. Everywhere you look there are handmade devils and skeletons and virgins so perfect, so unique, you have to love them. Some people don’t get it, of course, but if you like very oddball, very Mexican handicrafts, you will love Mis Amores.

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Casa de las Flores

From our room at Casa de las Flores

Sometimes when you are lucky, you find an incredible place and wonderful friends right near home, as we recently did. If you don’t live in Guadalajara, then come visit. And when you come, stay with Stan and Jose at the Casa de las Flores.

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We’re On the History Channel!

Bobby, Dan, and Omar, shooting in Mexico for the History Channel

Omar and I will appear on the History Channel’s new series, “Food Tech,” in an episode about Mexican food! We make our debut sometime in May–stay tuned for the exact airdate. Make sure you see all photos of the shoot below!

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Is Mexico Right for You? Take the Quiz!

The cathedral, Guadalajara.

Everyone is different, so it is impossible to tell ahead of time how you will get along in Mexico. But after years of observing and speaking with visitors and foreigners who live here, we have come to some conclusions. Take our quiz and see how you do!

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Batman, the Joker, and Journey to the Center of the Earth

Heath Ledger.

We love our movies. New ones, old ones, good ones and bad. Every once in a while we like to comment on one.

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The Crisis in Mexico

Tortillas are 6 to 9 pesos a kilo (2.2 pounds).  They make up a big part of our diet.

You’ve heard about the food crisis in developing nations, and can feel it at home. Here is how we are experiencing it in Mexico. Make sure you read Part II below.

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The Vet in Mexico—Bruno the Kitten

Our girl Bruno.

We’ve been lucky that our animals have only needed routine care until now. Although many people mistreat animals in Mexico, there are also many, many people, including knowledgeable veternarians, that are here to help our pets. In this installment, Bruno the Kitten needs emergency surgery.

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Travels with Coco—To Mexico and Back with Our Dog

Coco.  She has raveled more than most humans.

You will need to check the rules and regulations for your country and the airline you are flying, but this is what we’ve experienced in flying with dogs between Mexico and the United States. It isn’t hard, and folks are helpful, but it takes a little planning ahead and you’ll pay. Note: This post will get an update soon. Of course everything has gone up.

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Hairpieces in Mexico

Yep, that

This post is only tangentially about Latin America, but a good story always deserves to be told. Although I would never wear a hairpiece now, years ago it seemed like the thing to do. But did it cause troubles!

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Can You Be Vegetarian in Mexico?

Pablo with fresh corn.

We love vegetarian food, and certainly understand and respect your decision if you eat a vegetarian diet. There are many good vegetarian restaurants in Mexico, but we think that, in general, it is a little tougher to find varied vegetarian food in restaurants here. Of course, cooking for yourself is another matter–our fruits and vegetables are gorgeous!

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Swearing in Spanish

Holy cow!

Being able to swear in Spanish is incredibly useful and fulfilling–but can get you into some pretty mucky water. Everybody knows the words, but you also have to realize the weight each one carries. If you really want to improve your volcabulary we could give an on-line course, but you’d have to present proof of age (and it would be nice if you paid us). For now we’ll keep it (reasonably) clean.

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Birria—Glorious Goat Stew

Gorious birria--stewed goat

When I’m in Mexico, I miss Ma’s cooking. And when I’m in New York, I miss goat. Goat, glorious goat. Everybody asks “What does it taste like?” Well, the first time I tried it I admit I thought “Ewww, this can’t be right,” and wondered if I would be able to finish. But by the second bite I was hooked. It is stronger flavored than beef or pork–gamey, even–but we just love it. Now when they ask what its like, I just smile and say “Heaven….”

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Sex and the City in Mexico

The gals.  From the S&TC movie trailer.

Mexico is hard to describe. It is so different from where I grew up, but in some ways it is so the same. Just like in New York, we couldn’t wait for “Sex and the City” to open!

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Rainy Season is Here!

Rainy season in Guadalajara.

Surprisingly, the rainy season is a great time to visit Guadalajara. It is cooler, and everything is green and lush, and the frequent thunderstorms often only last an hour or so–perfect for a coffee break from your touring around!

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Locos for Locavores—Eating Local in Mexico

Beautiful artichokes

Omar and I are concerned about global warming and pollution, and try to eat locally and not be part of the problem. We’ve got a long way to go, but we are giving it our best shot. Trouble is, in a developing country the lack of environmental education, coupled with the very real lack of money, makes old habits die hard.

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Fresh Mexican Shrimp Cocktails in Guayabitos and Sayulita

Fresh shrimp cocktails.

Last week we headed for the coast, to Guayabitos and Los Ayala. During a breakneck schedule of floating in the sea and eating fresh seafood, we managed to explore the beautiful little town of Sayulita. Omar made shrimp coctails and fantastically fresh aguachile–and shows you how!

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Our Huge Mexico City Adventure, Part V

If I look tickled pink, its because I

In which we eat at an incredible buffet, and visit a miniatures shop in the fancy Zona Rosa. Write us at e365mexico@yahoo.com and tell us what you think!

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Our Huge Mexico City Adventure, Part IV

The older buildings at the basilica are well worth visiting, not only for the beautiful art inside but also for the funhouse effect of tilting floors and slanting walls. Even Omar, Mr. Six Flags, got dizzy.

In which we climb high above Mexico City at the Villa, visit Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in beautiful Coyoacan, eat (all we do is eat!) at an incredible and classy buffet, and explore the Zona Rosa at the Angel de la Independencia and get lost in a shop of miniatures!

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Our Huge Mexico City Adventure, Part III

Early the next morning we went looking for breakfast.  There are lots of places to eat on the street, like this stand serving goat head tacos.  The poor old lady just wanted to eat in peace, and I

In which we go to the market for a great breakfast (with an outstanding waiter!), to an old-fashioned candy store, and to the Villa to the site of the Virgin of Guadalupe’s visitation to San Don Juan Diego. Come visit us and we will show you around!

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Our Huge Mexico City Adventure, Part II

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In which we explore the town and visit the Cathedral, Bellas Artes, la Casa de Azulejos, and Churros y Chocolates. Don’t miss any of the episodes of our Mexico City adventure! Mexico City is a lot like New York. You can see Times Square, Macy’s, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the Plaza Hotel in a couple of hours, if you keep moving. The same in Mexico.

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Our Huge Mexico City Adventure: Part I

Omar and I at the Angel de la Independencia, symbol of Mexico.  We look photoshoped in.  Truth is, we came out too dark, but I like the picture, so I lightened us up.  We are so Jetsons at 365Mexico.

We LOVE Mexico City. Adore it. It is the capitol, the center for art and culture and history for all Mexico. Television and movies come from there. The antiquing is great. The food is amazing. There are ruins in the subway stations. Did I mention we love it?

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Liza Minnelli Visits Us in Guadalajara

Liza this week in Guadalajara.  Photo from El Universal.

OMG. We’ve seen and even met lot’s of stars and famous people here in Guadalajara. But no one rocked us like Liza did!

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Teresita—A Mexican Baptism

Ceci and Pablo with Teresita and the godparents--Pablo

Part of living in Mexico is in celebrating the milestones in life–births and funerals and weddings and birthdays and baptisms– –all with lots of family and friends in tow.

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Chai—A Mexican Café

Mely, Omar, and Tochi in Chai

There are a lot of good restaurants in Mexico, from marketplace holes-in-the-wall to famous eateries in Mexico City. We love going out–especially for breakfast–and trying something new and surprising.

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Molcajetes—Mexican Cooking and Lava Rock Pigs

Molcajete with salsa

Have you ever seen those dark grey stone bowls and wonder just where they came from? Just south of our house, is where! Making sauce in a molcajete is an essential part of Mexican cooking.

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Ladies of the Night in Mexico

Shady ladies

I have all the respect in the world for folks who are out there making a living. But why do they always approach me with their wares? I must have a hungry, lonely look. No I don’t–I just checked the mirror and I still look like Winnie the Pooh. Go figure.

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Snow in Mexico

The Nevado de Colima, by Skyscrapercity

Don’t throw away your winter coat when you move to Mexico. You won’t need it all the time, but there are days you’ll be glad you have it. Lots of snow just outside of Mexico City right now.

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Personal Space in Mexico

Mexico City subway crunch

One of the cultural differences you’ll notice here is that there is less personal space in Mexico. People here are very comfortable with being close together in lines, on buses, and at home. It’s all what you grew up with. Takes some getting used to, though!

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Nicknames in Mexico

Fausto (Fas), Mildret (Tochi), Omar (Isra), Daniel (Dani), Nadia, Iris (Tulipan)

You could spend a lifetime learning interesting facts about Mexico. Here is some nickname trivia.

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Kissing in Mexico

Silvia and Pablo in Los Ayala, Nayarit

Not make-out kissing–although Mexicans are sure experts at that! I mean the social kissing–that little smooch in the air over your right shoulder. What’s up with that?

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Mexico in New York–The Virgin of Guadalupe

The Virgin of Guadalupe in New York

The Virgin of Guadalupe is mother of Mexico, and I went to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to celebrate her feast day, December 12. It was like Mexico in New York–just beautiful!

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Hitchhiking to Hot Rivers—Travels with Leanne

Dan at the boiling waterfall in the Primavera Forest

We run tours in Mexico, but only with neat people who want to do fun and interesting things! Leanne sure fit the bill. If you want to come visit, write us at e365mexico@yahoo.com.

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The Virgin of Guadalupe in New York City!

Virgin of Guadalupe

Omar and I are devotees of the Virgin of Guadalupe. When everything seems to be going wrong, she sure comes through for us. She keeps an eye on us on the good days, too!

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365 is Your Mexican Connection!

Deserted Mexican jungle and beach

Before you go to Mexico, talk to us! If you are planning a trip to Mexico, or thinking of moving here, or even if you are an armchair traveler, talk to us before you come! We often have good ideas of things to do or places to go that only the insiders know about. Or if you want to have an “off the beaten track” experience, we can tell you how.

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Ricky Martin in Guadalajara

Mario And Ricky Martin in Guadalajara

Ricky Martin is one of our favorite people on earth. Here he is in Guadalajara with our friend Mario!

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Guanajuato: Adventures with Mummies

Omar at el Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato

Mexico has more than it’s share of interesting and scenic locations, but Guanajuato really is special. Historic, charming, its hills full of silver veins and its cemetary full of mummies–there’s no place quite like it. Omar and I had a wonderful few days there a while back.

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Mexican Food: Chiles en Nogada—A Holiday Delicacy

Chiles en nogada

The best Mexican food is made of fresh ingredients in creative and innovative combinations. They should be colorful, tasty, and maybe offer up a little surprise. Nothing fits the bill better than that traditional holiday dish chiles en nogada, in which roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with roast beef and dried fruits, topped with a creamy nut sauce, and liberally sprinkled with gleaming gem-like pomegrantes!

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Belize City II–Still Tough

Belize City, thanks to Britgirl17 at IgoUgo

Am I nuts? After my first experience (see previous post), I went back to Belize City. Why? Well, if you look at a map of the area, you’ll see that if you are going to Guatemala from the Yucatan, there aren’t too many roads that don’t pass through Belize (and they are primative). Plus I wanted to give the city another chance. I had more travel experience and wasn’t so jittery about rough spots. I’m glad I went back–I had wonderful adventures in Belize. But you know what? The city was still a dangerous and colorful mess.

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Belize City—The Toughest Place I’ve Ever Been

Belize City by Manolo Romero

Nothing against Belize. The country is just gorgeous and full of nice people and jaguars and orchid-dripping jungles. Maybe all the warnings in the guidebooks spooked me, but I found Belize City to be the most dangerous place I’ve ever been. As usual, it would have been much more welcoming and safe if I had been traveling with an expense account. But as a backpacker seeing the world economically, I felt at risk in Belize City.

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Climbing Volcanoes in Guatemala

Erupting Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala.  From Index of Competent Wallpapers

Since I was a little kid I always wanted to climb a volcano and play with lava. I thought if I put a beetle in molten rock I would get a really keen fossil. The reality is a little different. I did melt my sneakers, though. I’m so happy I did it then, because I would NEVER do it now! Here is another action-packed chapter from our book, “Wandering Magical Lands.” We have climbed many volcanoes over the years, but none more dangerous or more spectacular than Guatemala’s Pacaya, which was in full eruption.

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Traveling with Children in Mexico

Montse and Saul, ready to welcome your kids

Mexico is an incredible destination for familes! Mexicans love children, and you’ll find they are welcome everywhere. There are so many kid-friendly things to do in Mexico, your family is guaranteed a great time!

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Walking to Tequila

Tequila, Mexico

I never feel more alive than when I am on a walking adventure. The trip is at least as important as the destination, and you really see the details when you are moving at three miles an hour. You can’t cover as much ground, but what you do experience you feel at a depth that is astonishing. Especially in Mexico, on the road to Tequila, where anything can happen and usually does.

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Our Other Websites

Beauty and the Beast Mexican magazine

We love working on our websites and watching them grow! After you’ve read the new posts at 365Mexico, check out one of our other sites about vintage movie memorabilia or food! And tell your friends!

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Why Guadalajara?

Guadalajara.  The Cathedral from Teatro Degollado

I’ve lived in Guadalajara 14 years. I chose it because it’s gorgeous and classy, not too far from the beach, is big enough to find work, and the people are friendly and beautiful. My first visit was in the freezing rain at 1AM, while wrapped in a pink flannel sheet…

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Dinosaur Land

Lost World (1925) window card.  Now you know what to get me for Christmas.

Sometimes a dumb question gets you a smart answer, and a new experience under your belt! Don’t be afraid to ask directions, and be open to the destinations they lead.

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Traveling Alone

Lonely Los Ayala beach

Traveling alone can be a wonderful experience. Don’t be afraid to give it a try!

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Shipping to Mexico

Gusano Rojo Mezcal

Shipping items back and forth to Mexico is not as convenient as it could be. Here are some ideas.

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More Adventures in Spanish

Fun in Spanish

We’ve often written about language, and especially the mistakes we’ve made. It’s fun! Everybody makes mistakes. Don’t wait to speak until you are perfect. Get out there and start talking. As the ads say, there are 350 million people waiting to talk with you. And if you make a mistake, have a laugh over it and learn!

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Adventure, Adversity and Amazing Good Fortune—The “Wandering” Review

Young Dan in Belize

We always love to hear from readers, to exchange stories or answer questions about our life in the Mexican countryside. It is an especially nice surprise when we get “fan” mail. And when we get a glowing book review–hijole! We’re on the top of the world!

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Mexican Birthdays—Mine!

I will never get used to "mordidas."  Omar and Tochi laugh because they know I

We love birthdays–and anniversaries and graduations and Fridays. Any reason to get together!

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