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Five Hundred Years of Mexican Commerce

Topics: Markets and Trade

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Market in Mexico City

A common opinion heard in Mexico is that something ought to be done about the hordes of street vendors who line the sidewalks of the capital, cluttering the entrances to Metro stations, and blocking access to stores, offices and other buildings . . .

Cosmetic Surgery in Mexico: Evaluating the Risks

Topics: Health Care

Published: Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery, like most surgeries, is relatively safe. However, like all surgeries, there is some risk of complications, even a slight risk of death, and doctors feel that even if the risk is slight, surgery should be considered carefully . . .

Splashing Out on a Swimming Pool in Mexico

Topics: Real Estate

Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Swimming Pools in Mexico

On a hot, sultry afternoon there is nothing quite like having a swimming pool in your back yard to jump into for refreshment. The convenience and intimacy of a private pool are often sought after by home-buyers and extolled by vendors, but unless you have a plan to service your pool, you’ll struggle to keep it in good working order. Fortunately, property maintenance costs in Mexico are lower than the U.S., and with some foresight and planning, you can ensure your investment gives you and your family years of refreshing enjoyment…

Water Heater Maintenance

Topics: Living | Real Estate

Published: Monday, June 15, 2015

Water Heater in Mexico

The water heater in our Mexican home is probably heading towards its twentieth year. There’s a little rust around the edges and the swing-door opening that reveals the pilot for lighting, but it’s otherwise looking fine. Given its age and daily use, it’s not entirely unreasonable for the heater to need some attention, and this week attention called in the form of a faulty pilot light . . .

Just For Your Convenience

Topics: Living | Markets and Trade

Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Convenience Store Mexico

Franchise convenience stores have come a long way in Mexico, proliferating over the years to the extent that there are now thousands of them across the country—from the largest cities to smallest towns . . .

A Saying For Every Occasion

Topics: Culture & History | Learning Spanish

Published: Monday, June 8, 2015

Easel and Brushes

Mexico has a wide variety of dichos or refranes – sayings, maxims, or phrases – some of Mexican origin and others evidently not. By analogy or through rhyme, the dichos are supposed to convey time-honored truths that admit no argument . . .

The Banknote Versus The Joker

Topics: Money

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mexican Cash

A fair rule about torn banknotes is that if you have more than half of the note, then it’s valid, but less than half isn’t. In Mexico merchants of all kinds will reject banknotes that have any part missing, and many will refuse to receive bills that are torn in any way, taped together, or even scribbled on . . .

Hurricane Season in Mexico

Topics: Climate and Environment | Travel Essentials

Published: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hurricanes in Mexico

In the late summer months, when temperatures reach their peak in the northern hemisphere, Mexico can be host to hurricanes: powerful storms which are born over the oceans, gather strength, and eventually make landfall – most usually along Mexico’s Pacific coast, and less often along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico or Yucatan peninsula . . .

Pride and Prejudice: The Naco Versus the Fresa

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Monday, June 1, 2015


Naco is a derogatory term with racial and class roots that Mexicans use to describe people whose manners and tastes are considered to pertain to the lower classes. The word apparently originated in colonial times and referred to an indigenous servant of the Spanish gentry. In modern times, its use has become more widespread and its application broadened to include anyone deemed to show a lack of education in their use of language, taste in music, food, cars, or anything else . . .

Mexican Coffee Shop Culture

Topics: Food and Drink

Published: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coffee Shop in Coyoacan, Mexico City

Coffee is among Mexico’s important crops, with the country producing 240,000 metric tons a year of the beans, of which it exports about three quarters and consumes the rest. Along with its wide variety of coffees, Mexico has an ample choice of places to drink them in . . .