Alfred blogs at Rancho Santa Clara, near one of my favorite colonial cities in Guanajuato. I’m sure you’ll love his off-grid dream house building adventures as much as I did!
What brought you to Mexico?
What was the inspiration for your blog name?
Rancho Santa Clara. We live in a small ranch, about seven acres. I grew up in Cuba in a town named Santa Clara.
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
It’s pretty wide-ranging, though I try to keep it focused on topics related to the ranch, San Miguel de Allende or Mexico. But I can stray and talk about politics in the U.S. for example.
Why do you blog?
I used to work in a newspaper and I like to write. I don’t have any particular audience in mind.
What is your favorite blog post?
A couple about the death of our favorite dog, Gladys. We really loved her.
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
Crime and security issues in San Miguel and Mexico. I want to be both accurate and fair, realistic but not a scare-monger.
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Oddly enough, a memorial service for the sister of a friend. It was a beautiful ceremony that included a ten-year- old boy singing mariachi tunes.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Being the executive director of a local animal shelter. Don’t need that again. Stay away from volunteer organizations.
If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?
We don’t know. My husband and I have been here for eleven years and occasionally have talked about returning to the States.
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
Rent for three or four months before moving
Where do you see your blog going?
I’d like to get more readers, but that’s about it. Don’t want to complicate it so much that it turns into a full-time job.