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Mexico: A Longtime Leader in Medicine

Topics: Culture & History | Health Care

Published: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Courtyard of Hospital de Jesus Mexico City

By Monica Rix Paxson

I noticed recently that a hospital in Montreal, Canada is claiming to be the first hospital built in North America. I beg to differ. I suspect that they—like so many people—forget that Mexico is also in North America. The Canadian contender is a latecomer, claiming to have been built in 1645 . . .

Bus Stations vs Airports in Mexico

Topics: Transportation

Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bus Station in Mexico City

Traveling longer distances by bus might not be as trendy, or as fast, or as comfortable as flying, but it’s generally cheaper and there are more options, at least as far as price and frequency goes. And nothing quite highlights the difference between the two modes of travel as the contrast – in the capital at least – between the airport and its proletarian counterparts the bus stations . . .

Locally Produced Fresh Mexican Food

Topics: Food and Drink

Published: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Aguacates from Mexico

Ask visitors and foreign residents what they enjoy most about Mexico and they will usually mention the food. Mexico’s gastronomy is an experience in its own right and one brought-about in good part because of the fertile land and climates which make it possible to grow and harvest a wide variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, and pulses . . .

The Big Pineapple

Topics: Culture & History

Published: Monday, November 17, 2014

Mexico City

Back in the 19th century, London was known as “the great wen”, a huge pus-laden boil on the face of the fair English nation. Nowadays some people—including many foreigners and Mexicans who live in the provinces—see Mexico City the same way. Through the prism of their jaundiced eyes, they see 20 million souls in torment amid a gigantic, filthy, crime-ridden urban sprawl. Maybe so. But Mexico City is also arguably the funkiest city in the Americas, one with a buzz that puts the others in the shade. In the words of the slogan of one of Britain’s most popular tabloids, “All human life is here.” . . .

Tips for Planning Your Marriage in Mexico

Topics: Festivals and Events

Published: Friday, November 14, 2014

Mexico Marriage Tips

Experience is a precious thing. But with your marriage, you are not likely to get a second chance to benefit from your hard-earned knowledge after the event. So here are six insider tips from a foreigner who married in Mexico about getting it right first time: a country where religion, partying, and bureaucratic procedures are taken seriously and will play a significant role in the nuptial proceedings . . .

Traveling with Minors to Mexico

Topics: Travel Essentials

Published: Friday, November 14, 2014


An important change has come into effect in relation to minors entering Mexico when they are traveling alone, or without both parents present . . .

The Trouble With Traveler’s Checks

Topics: Money | Travel Essentials

Published: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Traveler's Checks Not Accepted

There was an era when traveler’s checks were an item on every packing list, alongside passports and travel insurance. Before ATMs became widespread, they were the only way of easily carrying currency on foreign trips, bar carrying cash. Technology has transformed many habits and routines, not least of which are related to travel . . .

November 20th: Mexico’s Revolution Day

Topics: Culture & History

Published: Friday, November 7, 2014

Revolution Monument in Mexico City

November 20th marks the anniversary of the start of the 1910-1917 Revolution – specifically the call to arms by Francisco I. Madero to unseat the dictator Porfirio Díaz, who had remained in power for more than three decades. The national holiday weekend which marks the event has also become a de-facto annual shopping event across Mexico . . .

Postman’s Day in Mexico

Topics: Communications

Published: Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mexican Stamp

Postal services in this country date back to Aztec times and today, November 12 is Dia del Cartero—Postman’s Day—in Mexico. It’s the day of the year when everyone remembers their local postman and give a small gift in appreciation of the work they carry out . . .

In Praise of the Humble Comedor

Topics: Food and Drink

Published: Friday, October 31, 2014


When you fancy something to eat that’s traditionally Mexican, seek out a local comedor, where you can sit down in an informal atmosphere and order from a set menu that features delicious home-cooked meals prepared using fresh, local, produce . . .