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Celebrating Sovereignty in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Monday, September 15, 2014

Selling Flags for Independence Day in Mexico

Independence Day on September 16 is the most widely celebrated of Mexico’s four political national holidays. It’s no wonder this is so as it marks the events that led to the creation of the Mexican Republic following three centuries of Spanish colonial rule . . .

The Value of Old Mexican Banknotes

Topics: Markets and Trade | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Sunday, September 14, 2014

You’re planning another visit to Mexico and, after rummaging through the drawers to find your passport, hey presto! …some notes appear with “Banco de Mexico” printed on them. You glance at the value ($1000 pesos, $50,000 pesos, $100,000 pesos) and your mind goes into mathematical over-drive: so what is $100,000 divided by today’s peso exchange rate?

September – Month of Flags and Parties

Topics: Festivals and Events | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mexican Flag

Walk around almost any town or city in Mexico during the month of September and you’ll see streets, town squares, schools, shops and commercial centers being dressed in patriotic decorations showing off a display of reds whites and greens – Mexico’s official colors . . .

Terremoto or Temblor? Well, It Depends

Topics: Learning Spanish

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Monday, September 1, 2014

Earthquake Illustration

Mexicans have three words for earthquake. The choice of word can depend on where the person was at the time of the quake, and under what conditions . . .

A Tale of Two Airport Exchange Rates

Topics: Money | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Exchange Rates in Mexico City, August 2014

Seasoned readers of these pages may know that we have often extolled the virtues of exchanging your foreign currency in cash when you get to Mexico, and not before. Having just taken note of the exchange rates offered at two airports, our advice remains unchanged . . .

The Mystery of the Modern-Day Mexican Diet

Topics: Food and Drink | Health Care

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Friday, August 22, 2014

Modern-Day Mexican Diet

In a minute we’re going to play detective. Above is a photo from a wonderful book entitled Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, authored by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. In the book are profiles and photos of 30 families from around the world including detailed descriptions of their weekly food purchases and a photo of each family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. This photo represents an average Mexican family and their week’s groceries . . .

Eating Out at Mexican Diners

Topics: Food and Drink

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mexican Food at Mexican Diners

Meals out at Mexican diners are affordable, and offer an opportunity to enjoy a square meal amidst a choice of traditional Mexican dishes as well as international menu staples like burgers, sandwiches and pastas . . .

Breathing Easy at High Altitudes

Topics: Climate and Environment | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Friday, August 15, 2014

Mexico City

Many really good places to live in Mexico are situated at high altitudes. Heights of 5,000-7,000 feet above sea level are not unusual for cities in Mexico’s colonial heartland as well as those in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Mexico City and Guadalajara are also cities situated at altitude . . .

Mexico City Turns Jalopy-Unfriendly

Topics: Transportation | Travel Essentials

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Sunday, August 10, 2014

Segundo Piso, Mexico DF

For people in Mexico City who are in the habit of hanging on to their cars until the wheels fall off or their mechanic solemnly declares the erstwhile miracle of engineering to have given up the ghost, Mexico City has just become a lot less friendly . . .

When the Lights Go Out

Topics: Climate and Environment | Living

Written by: Mexperience

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lightning

Power cuts are a regular feature in Mexico, especially during dramatic thunderstorms. If you travel to Mexico on vacation, you’re unlikely to notice it as most hotels and resorts have power back-up systems in place; however, if you plan to live and work or retire in Mexico, you’ll come to know that power cuts are part-and-parcel of the living landscape here . . .