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Pride and Prejudice: The Naco Versus the Fresa

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Monday, June 1, 2015

Spanish

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 . . .

A Comment on Mexican Property Values

Topics: Real Estate

Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Property View

Mexico’s realty market has not escaped the world-wide downturn property, in good part due to the knock-on effects of the financial trouble which began in 2007-2008. However, Mexico’s downturn has not been as deep nor as severe as the one in the USA, and much less so than in places like Spain—and there are specific reasons for that . . .

A Colonial Foothold in Mexico

Topics: Living | Real Estate

Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Colonial Facade

While a large proportion of foreigners purchasing property in Mexico choose to make their investment at one of Mexico’s many fine beach locations, there exists another option when you’re searching for a property foothold in Mexico: a collection of beautifully preserved colonial towns and cities…

Finding Your Medicine in Mexico

Topics: Health Care

Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Medicines

We were recently asked by a couple considering moving to Mexico whether a life-saving US-manufactured drug will be available here, and what the local brand name of the drug would be. It’s not an uncommon question: many people considering Mexico as a place to live often ask whether they can get their medicines locally . . .

Ordinal Numbers in Spanish

Topics: Learning Spanish

Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spanish

Cardinal numbers in Spanish are fairly straightforward until you get into the billions, whereas ordinal numbers – first, second, third, etc. – get complicated way before then, and are certainly more complex than they are in English . . .

What Keeps Me in Mexico? The Enchanting City of Puebla

Topics: Living

Published: Monday, May 18, 2015

Puebla Cathedral

By Rebecca Smith Hurd

When I arrived in Puebla in August 2007 to study Spanish, I’d planned to stay for four months. Four years later, I’m still here, happily, with no plans to leave anytime soon. I recently traded-in my tourist visa for an immigrant one and even started consulting for the state . . .

When the Lights Go Out

Topics: Climate and Environment | Living

Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lightning

Local 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 large 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 localized power cuts are part-and-parcel of the living landscape here . . .

Insuring Your Property in Mexico

Topics: Living | Real Estate

Published: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Property Protection

Property ownership in Mexico carries all of the same responsibilities of property ownership elsewhere, and protecting your valuable physical assets against unforeseen events is an essential consideration as you formulate your annual budget . . .

Cinco De Mayo in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

Published: Monday, May 4, 2015

Mexican Flag

It had been mentioned that Mexico’s May 5 holiday – Cinco de Mayo – is more celebrated among Mexicans in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, and that nobody really seems to know why . . .