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A to Z List Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading

April is A to Z Challenge time! This year, I concentrated my writing endeavors on Creative Content rather than Surviving Mexico. That’s not to say that I didn’t write anything this month just not a post for each letter of the alphabet. Delightfully, my SOTB Bloggers group furthered the alphabet and wrote their own posts about our theme of Blogs About Mexico.

Today I’d like to share the entire A to Z list with links. If you haven’t read these delightful, authentic blogs, then be sure to check them out.

A-An American Girl’s Adventures 

B-The Bangura Chronicles 

C-Creative Hands of Mexico

D-Mexico Daily Living

E- Emily Garcia 

F- From Rancho Santa Clara 

G-Goats On The Road 

H-Homestead Uncensored 

I- I am Karen 

J- Jill’s Journeys 

K-Karen Moves to Mexico 

L-My Life of Craft-N-Dab 

M-Mexico Cassie 

N-Northern Lauren

O-Los O’Gradys in Mexico 

P-On the Road to Patzcuaro

Q-Two Expats in Mexico 

R- Red Shoes are Better than Bacon 

S-Surviving Mexico–Adventures and Disasters

T-The Hurt, The Hope 

U- Undiscovered Oaxaca 

V-VidaMaz 

W-We Express

X-USMexpats 

Y-.another day in the jungle Life in Yelapa

Z-Zipolita’z y Angelita’z Adventurez in Mexico

Also be sure to read:

And To This End, U.S. Veterans Are Being Deported Due To Zero Tolerance

I hope you enjoy meeting new bloggers in Mexico. Stay tuned. I’m in the process of turning these wonderful features into a book!

 

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A to Z Blogs About Mexico — Undiscovered Oaxaca

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Melissa writes about little known places at her blog Undiscovered Oaxaca.

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I’m a foreign language teacher, and I got a job teaching English at a small engineering university here in 1998.

There is a lot of information out there in English for tourists visiting Oaxaca City and the villages immediately outside of it. But Oaxaca is a huge state with so many wonderful places to “discover”. I started the blog to reserve the name Undiscovered Oaxaca because I imagined that name for a guided cultural tour company I may or may not one day start if I decide to move out of teaching. I’m not so sure I like the name anymore though as it has a slight colonial vibe going on with the idea of outsiders “discovering” the place.

I still love the tag “Beyond the known” though. Anyway, as I said, the blog is supposed to be travel information for places outside Oaxaca City. I have a ton of ideas and notes, but not a load of free time to work on it as I work full time and have three kids. My husband works 80 hours a week so I do most the domestic things. I also do freelance translations (specializing in academic articles).

I volunteer with an organization that promotes linguistic rights of indigenous peoples. We are also building a house in my in-law’s hometown where we have also built the town a library and are trying to establish a food forest, so blogging is a pretty low priority for me right now.

As for the purpose and why I do it I want to get information out there in English about lesser known places, but not really *for* the tourists/travelers, but rather *for* the places. There are a lot of communities in Oaxaca right now that are trying to establish ecotourism or cultural tourism as an income stream for their community, and those are places I want to promote. Oaxaca and Oaxacans have given me so much I want to help make these ventures of theirs successful.

It’s difficult finding time to write! I have always written. I kept a journal of my travel experiences from 1991 to 2003, but writing for oneself is different from writing for the public. I also have participated in online forums and Facebook groups quite extensively since about 2000. I’ve written tons of things there that could have been blog posts, but mostly in response to people questions. I find I have a harder time just organizing something that’s for the public not in response to a question. In fact, several of my blog posts have actually been written because someone asked something in a Facebook group and I didn’t feel like I could respond adequately in that format, so I wrote a blog post then linked to that in the group. Hopefully, I will get up to a post a month!

I’ve lived pretty much all my adult life in Mexico, so my best life experiences have happened in Mexico, but not necessarily because of Mexico, you know what I mean? Like becoming a mother, successful moments in my career, etc. By becoming part of a Mexican family, doors that tourists don’t even know are there have been opened to me. That’s part of why I think about running a tour company some day. I could arrange experiences most tourists would never have access to.

Five years ago we moved to another small community in another region of Oaxaca, we moved there because we felt like we were needed there and could make a positive impact through our work in education. Our house was broken into during Semana Santa, our dogs were poisoned and everything that could fit out the window was stolen, even things that didn’t have much value. What did I learn? I think mostly that there are too many people in the world. For every young person I see use education as a path to transform their reality, there are 5 more who are so desperate they will poison other living beings for trinkets.

My advice for those planning on coming to Mexico is don’t be afraid to try new things, new foods, go places that don’t look nice. Unwinding on a beach resort is great and has its place, but that’s not all there is to a trip to Mexico.

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A to Z Blogs about Mexico — Jill’s Journeys

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I’m pleased to reintroduce you to Jill, blogger at Saltillo Expats, Loving the Land of the Flour Tortilla (Meximamma) and Jill’s Journeys

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I came 19 years ago for a study abroad semester.  Then I met my husband.  I came back 15 years ago to see if he was a keeper.  He was.  Finally, I came back for good 10 years ago after we got married.

Now I write at Jill’s Journeys (jillmichelledouglas.com) because that URL will never make me cringe. It was still my second choice name because Jill Douglas is apparently a famous rugby commentator in the UK.  My own name was already taken!

Refraining from disclosing too much personal information.  I’m an open book from the Midwest, where we trust most people.  My husband is from Mexico City, where they believe everyone is out to get them. (That’s only a slight exaggeration, for all those chilangos who are going to protest that description!)    He does not yet know that I have a blog named jillmichelledouglas.com, and it might just be better if he continues to be oblivious about that.  😉  After all, my whole name is out there (which is probably too much personal information).

jd1.pngI started writing about Mexico and my kids.  For the Mexico posts, I’d try to paint a picture about those elusive things that I find charming here, things that are different from the US.  And as a new mom, I had a lot of new-mom reflections that needed an outlet.

Now I don’t really notice those difference between the US and Mexico anymore.  At least I don’t notice them here because I’m so used to living here and the oddities I encounter here are normal now (so they’re not really oddities anymore).  That’s why on my new site, I have very little about Mexico at the moment.

At Jill’s Journey’s I focus more on parenting, exploring faith and Christian beliefs, and anything else I find helpful.  If I’ve learned something that turned out to be particularly helpful, I write it down and share it on my personal blog, so 1) I don’t forget what I learned and 2) just in case others would be interested in learning from those experiences (just as I enjoy other blogs that explore those topics).  I’m hoping that Mexico will flavor the site, but it’s no longer the central focus.

But we have traveled extensively, and I’m hoping to write about destinations in Mexico, share photos, and explore great places to go here.  Less sociology, more tour guide.

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Featured by A to Z Challenge

Well, much to my surprise, I’m being featured this month by the A to Z Challenge crew!

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On February 10, you can find my guest post here. I wrote an A to Z list about how to turn your blog posts into books, which of course, I have experience doing. I like the list so much that I think I’ll expand on it on my new blog Content Creative for the April A to Z Challenge.

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My book A to Z Reasons Why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster: A Prepper’s Guide to Mexico is also being featured by the A to Z Team in my first ever book hop! You can find the features by:

So if you get the chance, hop on by and share some love with these wonderful bloggers!

Because I have been so honored this month, I thought I’d offer A to Z Reasons Why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster: A Prepper’s Guide to Mexico FREE on Amazon for the next few days. If you haven’t already picked up your copy, now would be the time!atozcover

I’d also like to mention that I’m currently working on the next book in A Woman’s Survival Guide to Mexico series. I hope to have it ready by early March. So stay tuned!

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