Fabiola Rodriguez has been a long-time cheerleader for Surviving Mexico. Finally, I can return the favor! Thanks, Fabi! I’m sure you’ll enjoy My Heart of Mexico as much as I do.
What was the inspiration for your blog name?
I came up with the name “My Heart of Mexico” through a lot of brainstorming. I wanted a blog name that would convey my love for my country, and I combined it with the idea of my living in the heart of Mexico.
What brought you to Mexico?
I was born in Mexico, but later I spent some time in the US while I was growing up. Eventually, my family and I returned to Mexico.
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
I live in central Mexico, in the Mexico City area, so my blog is focused mainly on my experience living here, but I have written posts about other places in Mexico.
Why do you blog?
I started this blog because I want people from other parts of the world to see what living in Mexico is really like. I think the news on Mexico tend to focus primarily on the negative issues, and there’s hardly any mention of the positive aspects of the country. So I write for people from other countries who are curious about Mexico.
What is your favorite blog post?
My favorite blog post is “10 Facts About Mexican Food That Will Surprise You”. I had fun writing it and it was fun to read the comments too. It’s amazing how Mexican food is so popular around the world and yet so few people know the basics about it. Most of what is called Mexican food is really not.
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
I wrote a post called “5 Lies About Mexico You Need to Stop Believing”, which was about several misconceptions I’ve noticed going around in social media. It was appalling to read the comments about Mexico in the wake of the Trump administration, and that’s why I decided to write the post. It was difficult because it meant straying away from my “zero politics” mission statement, but I couldn’t ignore the controversy. I had to say something.
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
The best experiences I’ve had so far are related to health care. My family has lived through several difficult situations, but we’ve all been satisfied with health care in Mexico overall. I think this is definitely one of the biggest perks of living here.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
A few years ago, my nephew was kidnapped and the entire family had to come together to pay the ransom money. Unfortunately, kidnapping is a very real threat for Mexican families. We were fortunate, my nephew was returned alive and in one piece, but many families are not so lucky. But one thing I learned from that was not to keep quiet. Fear and silence only benefit criminals.
If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?
I don’t plan on going anywhere!
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
Don’t be afraid. You can have a great life in Mexico! Just do your homework and make arrangements accordingly.
Where do you see your blog going?
I hope I can turn my blog into a book one day. In the meantime, I’ve been experimenting with writing about other topics and on Medium. I love this platform! I feel I can reach a wider audience.
Where can you be found?