Living in Mexico

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The Boys

One street over from us is an apartment building.  For about a year a group of young men has been living in one of the second floor apartments, and I admit that they have provided us with a fair bit of entertainment. We guess that they came here for work, leaving their families at home.  We never see them with women or children, and they do seem to create most of their own entertainment. Their favorite pastime is hanging around...

Being spoiled isn’t easy.

I love a clean house.  And I know how to clean a house.  I challenge anyone to a house cleaning competition, and I would suggest you put your money on ME! I can’t say I love to clean, but I love it clean, so somehow the two come together, anyway. Now that we live in Mexico I have help in the house.  Help everywhere, really.  Our car is washed once or twice a week.  Our groceries get loaded into the...

The Truth about Mexico

Maybe you’ve noticed the new graphic in my sidebar. It links you to a new website The Truth About Mexico. Anyone reading this blog is interested in Mexico or already lives here, so visiting The Truth About Mexico will give you a perspective on the topic of safety in Mexico written by people who live here and are telling the truth. So when a friend or relative tells you an alarmist story when you’re discussing your home here in Mexico...

Everyone is on the defensive

I was ticked off this morning when the front page of the online New York Times had a very unflattering article about Mazatlán and the drug cartels. Supposedly pulmonía drivers (our golf-cart style taxis) take people for “narco-tours” in town.  Maybe this is true, who knows.  I’m sure taxi drivers in any city could take someone on a drug tour.  I am just tired of the sensational press having to do with the drug war in México. What I wish...

Sparkling clean

The picture above is some produce that I just cleaned with mycrodyne, an iodine based cleaner. Here in Mexico most people soak fruits and vegetables for around 15 minutes, and then rinse them with purified water before putting them in the fridge.  It’s important to do everything, even produce that will be peeled, since the peeling or cutting would drag dirt/germs from the outside of the produce into the meat. Back in the US I would cram all the produce...