Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of the day, honoring that most important of persons – Mom, the local newspaper here in Guanajuato published an article listing the uses of the word “madre” (mother) in Mexico. I learned a lot, and it seems to illustrate just why learning a foreign language is so difficult! Here’s a sample: [...]
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My mind was being assaulted with unexpected visions of devil masks and Picasso pictures; flashbacks of peyote-induced yarn paintings. My friend and I were completing our second day in Zacatecas and we were both suffering severe cases of PMED – Post Museum Euphoria Disorder. Like the city where I live, Zacatecas is one of Mexico’s [...]
Thailand has a well worn tourist trail and breaking away from it took some effort. Being shuttled to predetermined destinations, and scammed even though you’ve been warned, is almost as inevitable as getting sunburned. (I know what you’re thinking. Shouldn’t both of those things be avoidable with the use of a little common sense? Yes, [...]
My mother always said that you should clean the house once a year whether it needs it or not. I’m not quite that bad (neither was she), though I do consider a dust-free home to be a sign of misplaced priorities. When I do engage in a major bout of housekeeping, I always remember the [...]
Now, business trips are not really that glamorous! You either wake up very early to catch the first flight out so you can attend the morning meetings or catch the last flight the day before to arrive at your destination close to the witching hour! When you get to your destination, you work practically the whole day and by the time you finish you have to head back to the airport to catch your flight back or to another destination
My father recently asked me which of my trips was the best. I whined that it was an unfair question and refused to answer. My favorite trip is the last one. And the next one. But there are a handful of experiences that rise to the top in my memories, that stick out as highlights. [...]
He wielded the pot as if it was a sword. Standing two meters away from the table, he would take aim and the tea would continue it’s trajectory after leaving the spout, traveling in an apparent straight line through space and landing magically in our tiny cups.
So if a papeleria is a paper store, and a fruteria is a fruit store, then a ferreteria would be… a ferret store? Nope. It’s actually something much more essential for the adventurous, expat, do it yourselfer – a hardware store. In my constant quest for home improvement, I’ve become a regular at the many [...]
Certainly there is music that transforms who we are when we listen, music that just picks us up and sweeps us away to far off places. It’s a common feeling depending on my mood, but some artist seem to do it for me every time. Somehow they are unique, they have something special, a creativity that drives [...]