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Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–Rancho Pint

John Pint writes about his activities at Rancho Pint and the surrounding area. If you are looking for adventure, look no further!  Fascinating tidbits about the geological attractions of the area.

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What brought you to Mexico?

My wife Susy, who is from Michoacán.

What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

My birth certificate.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

A circle with a diameter of 500 kilometers, centered on Guadalajara. I write for people who appreciate nature and the great geodiversity and biodiversity in the above-mentioned circle around Guadalajara.

What is your favorite blog post?  

My most recent is my favorite until the next one comes along. So, at the moment, my favorite is about a fellow who photographs jaguars, and how he does it.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

Awareness and “awareness of awareness.” Nobody knows what I am talking about!

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?

Talking to my gardener about woodpeckers. Here is what I learned from just one conversation.

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What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Rappelling down a 70-meter narrow pit only to discover there was no oxygen at the bottom. From that experience, I learned how to detect the presence of carbon dioxide in a cave.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Learn Spanish, live in a Mexican community, get a 4WD vehicle and buy my book, A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area, The Lost Civilization of Teuchitlán

If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

I don’t plan on going anywhere else.

Where do you see your blog going?  

Well, I think I started my page before blogging existed, so I guess I first have to find out exactly what a blog is. With luck, I may still be around when blogging has disappeared.

Where can you be found?

Facebook is the only one of these I have figured out (somewhat) and my Facebook name is …aha! You guessed it: John Pint.

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Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–USMexpats

Patty writes about her travels at USMexpats and features a number of areas quite close to us here at Surviving Mexico.

 

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Patty in downtown Morelia.

 

What brought you to Mexico?

Family brought me to Mexico.  But, I fell in love with the culture, food, and weather.

What was the inspiration for your blog name?

The name of my blog is USMexpats.  I chose this name as it seemed to fit my travels in the U.S. and Mexico.  I, also, felt it would be easier for folks to find it when looking for more information about traveling in the U.S. and Mexico.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

My blog is based on where I have traveled, lived, and explored with my main focus on the state of Michoacan.  Topics are mainly about Morelia and the surrounding towns but will include other parts of Mexico.

Why do you blog?

I blog to share my travel experiences with the hope to inspire others to travel too!  I write for anyone who is interested in traveling or relocating to Mexico.  I began by telling my travel adventures to family, friends, and colleagues.  They enjoyed my stories and I have always loved to write, so I decided to write out my travel adventures.

 

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Our pup, Charlie, at the San Luis Potosi plaza.

 

What is your favorite blog post?

My favorite blog post is ‘Traveling to Mexico with Pets in the Car‘.  I enjoy travel but have pets too.  Many folks feel they can’t travel with pets.  I wanted to show that it is possible and how it can be done.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

There are so many towns in Michoacan that are unique and full of great beauty that I am afraid I will forget to include something.

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

The best experience I had in Mexico was during the December holidays going from home to home to enjoy loving company, delicious foods such as tamales and corundas, and good drinks such as atole and rompope.  I learned that Mexico is full of friendly and generous folks.

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

The worst experience I had in Mexico was driving at night.  I learned not to do it again!

If you are no longer in Mexico, do you plan on returning?

Yes, I plan on returning for the lifestyle.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

I would advise them to join expat groups on Facebook and look online to learn more about places they want to go.  Then, go!!  Get that passport, plane ticket or car sticker, budget for it, and get out there.  When there, don’t get stuck on time and deadlines, rather just soak in the experience of simply being there.  All the colors, sights, sounds, and feelings of Mexico!

 

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VW van front at the Hikuri Hostel in San Luis Potosi.

 

Where do you see your blog going?  

I will be writing more about Morelia and the surrounding towns such as TzinTzunTzan, Patzcuaro, Urapuan, Quiroga, Santiago, Janitzio, and others.

Where can you be found?

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Blogs about Mexico worth reading–Red Shoes are Better than Bacon

Jennifer Rose keeps it real at Red Shoes are Better than Bacon.

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What brought you to Mexico?

A Chevrolet Suburban and Carretera Federal 57. And a couple of Cadillacs from time to time. And sometimes jet planes.

What is the name of your blog? What is the story behind that name?

Red Shoes are Better than Bacon

All of about 15 seconds went into naming this blog. I like bacon just as much as the next person, but what I really love are red shoes, particularly Ferragamo Vara flats in red with a stacked, not covered, heel. The Red Shoes fairy tale, The Red Shoes film, The Red Shoes ballet, the pope’s red shoes, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers are all about granting the wearer the power to do what she really wants to do, even if the pope isn’t a she.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

Red Shoes does not limit herself to any particular area or aspect of Mexico. While there usually is some nexus with Mexico, blog posts may reflect upon the serial comma, Kilgore Trout, or shameless self-promotion.

Why do you blog?

I write for me. If others find my blog entertaining, enlightening or educational, that’s a cherry on the cake. I’m not paid to promote Mexico, expatriate living, or even Pingüinos.

What is your favorite blog post?

My favorite’s usually the one I just published, followed by those with the most visitors.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

None of them, really. I do not blog about heart-rending, gut-wrenching issues. Well, I might if my dog died.

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?

That’s kind of like asking “What’s been the best experience you’ve had on the planet?”

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?

That’s kind of like asking “What’s been the worst experience you’ve had on the planet?”

If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

My tenure in Mexico doesn’t have an expiration date. For me, Mexico’s not a hotel where I’ve got a checkout date, or a program I’m expected to graduate from, or even some kind of waystation. It’s not a junior year abroad, and it’s not a retirement haven. It’s where I live, it’s where I am, and it’s where I have my citizenship. And I’ve never lived in any one place as long as I’ve lived right here in Morelia, Michoacan.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Wait a sec. I’m not turismo, and I’m not the Welcome Wagon. Back before blogs were the rage, I used to get email all the time from strangers wanting to move to Mexico, and I was gullible enough to answer their email. And then those same folks would get their knickers in a twist when I would tire of corresponding with them, when I no longer wanted to be their tour guide, and when I would tell them that if I were truly interested in real estate, I’d be in the real estate business, which I’m not.

Not all Mexico-based bloggers are in the advice and evangelism racket. (We’re not all curmudgeons, either.)

All right, here’s the advice. Do your research, and then don’t believe everything you read. Or hear. Think of a map of Mexico superimposed over a map of Europe, and you’ll see that it extends from Ireland clear over to Bulgaria. That’s a lot of territory. What’s par in Benjamin Hill, Sonora, isn’t par for Tlaxcala.

Don’t give me that crap about “I love the Mexican people.” We’re not all cut from the same mold, we don’t all break into dance at the drop of a hat, we’re not all hard workers, we’re not all honest, and smiling is not the national hobby. No, not any more than all blondes and Swedes are dumb or all Jews are good with money. The Mexican people, just like the people from wherever you’re coming from, are all over the map.

Where do you see your blog going? What are your future blogging plans?

I’d settle for blogging more frequently than I do. Plans? Red Shoes are Better than Bacon will likely remain an eleemosynary institution.

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Where can you be found?

Twitter

Facebook

Email

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Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–Casita Colibrí

Shannon writes at Casita Colibrí, another long-time favorite of mine.

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What brought you to Mexico?

Even though I grew up in California, my first trip to Mexico was in 2007, when I came to Oaxaca to visit a friend. I immediately fell in love with Oaxaca, returned a couple more times, and considered eventually retiring there. The privately funded library where I’d been the director for almost 13 years lost its funding and closed in spring 2009.Full-time jobs for librarian/archivists in the San Francisco Bay Area were almost non-existent. Faced with the choice of working multiple part-time and substitute jobs to barely keep my head above water, versus renting my house and moving to Oaxaca to live a downsized and simplified life, in a culturally rich, full of life city, I opted for the latter.

What was the inspiration behind the name of your blog?

Casita Colibrí is the name I gave my first apartment in Oaxaca – a little rooftop studio surrounded by Tulipan trees. Their brilliant red-orange flowers are a favorite of the hummingbird — colibrí, en español!

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

My blog’s tagline is “gringa musings from a rooftop terrace in Oaxaca” and that pretty much sums up my focus. Most, though not all, of the posts center around the State of Oaxaca – people, food, traditions, celebrations, music, art (especially street art), textiles, my garden, and the weather.

Why do you blog?

Oaxaca is an incredibly inspiring place and so I started blogging to satisfy the need for a creative outlet and really didn’t consider that anyone, other than family and friends in the US, would want to read it. To my surprise, others have discovered my blog, found it interesting, and the readership has expanded beyond any expectations. Because of that, and the wonderful feedback I’ve received from readers all over the world whom I’ve never met and several who subsequently I have met, I’ve come to feel a responsibility to make each post as informative as possible and to attempt to improve my very limited photography skills. However, I still to blog about what interests me and hope readers will continue to come along for the ride.

What is your favorite blog post?

Yikes, I really don’t think I have a favorite. If pressed, it would probably say my “About” page, as that was the beginning and provides a glimpse into how it all began.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

I would say, Mexican politics (national, state, and local) has been the most difficult thing to blog about. Firstly, it is spectacularly complex, nuanced, and confounding. As such, it is incredibly hard to comprehend, especially when looking at it through the eyes of a foreigner. Most importantly, Article 33 of the Mexican Constitution forbids foreigners from participating in Mexican politics. As with many things, that prohibition is open to interpretation. However, I don’t want to tempt fate and risk expulsion. Thus, for both reasons, I try to steer clear, though at times it isn’t easy.

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What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?

I would have to say one of my most favorite experiences was when a male friend and I were getting ready to leave after hours spent photographing the Danza de la Pluma (a day-long Zapotec dance re-telling the story of the Conquest) and I noticed that he had a slightly panic-stricken look on his face. To my question, he replied that he couldn’t find his backpack, which he had left under a big tree which was now surrounded by spectators. All eyes had turned to the unfolding drama, as I walked to the other side of the tree, held up his backpack, rolled my eyes, and said, “¡Como mis hijos!” Everyone cracked up – especially the abuelas. It was such a wonderful reminder of our commonality.

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?

My worst experience was being summoned to my 89-year-old neighbor’s apartment one night to find that she had been beaten, stabbed and robbed. Thank goodness, she survived, regained her strength, and maintained her indomitable spirit. However, it was a horrifying experience and caused me to question the safety of our apartment complex and the feeling of refuge I had always felt when in my garden and apartment. Of course, I immediately took measures – installing motion sensor lights outside, closing the sliding door to my balcony at night, being hyper aware of my surroundings — even at home, and not being too dismayed about the concertina wire that now surrounds our complex. Lesson learned? This is something that could happen anywhere and perhaps because Oaxaca is so warm and welcoming, I’d become too complacent – I’d forgotten that this is a city with most of the same problems as cities all over the world.

If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

As I tell people, when asked, I’m here until I’m not. I have come to feel more “at home” in Oaxaca than I do when I return to the town in the US where I grew up and lived most of my life.

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What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Let go of first world expectations and learn to relax, accept the differences, and live in the present. If you don’t speak Spanish, study it and (most importantly) don’t be afraid to use it (you don’t have to be perfect), treat everyone with respect, don’t assume you know best, and enjoy learning something new every day. Additionally, if you are moving to Mexico, develop a support network of other foreigners and/or locals to help you navigate the challenges.

Where do you see your blog going?

Plans are to let the blog evolve in whatever way Oaxaca inspires. It’s difficult to predict, as this is a place filled serendipity. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned since living here is to be open to finding whatever is to be found.

 

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