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Bread and Other Offerings on Day of the Dead

Topics: Festivals and Events | Food and Drink

Published: Monday, October 27, 2014

Pan de Muerto

An important feature of Day of the Dead festivities is the creation of an ofrenda – an offering – that usually manifests as an alter in Catholic homes; placing upon this photographs of the remembered dead, accompanied by a number of traditional foods and decorations, including caramelized pumpkin, small sugar skulls, and orange marigold flowers called cempaxochitl, or Flor de Muerto. Another traditional food oftentimes found on ofrendas is Pan de Muerto: literally translated, Bread of the Dead; colloquially, ‘Dead Bread’ . . .

Assisted Living in Mexico: The Information Gap

Topics: Health Care | Living

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Assisted Living

As time goes on, the number of people who approach me for information about assisted living and long-term care options in Mexico is increasing. Some enquirers are looking for themselves. Others are interested in finding care for a beloved spouse or other relative . . .

Autumn Climates Across Mexico

Topics: Climate and Environment

Published: Thursday, October 2, 2014


As the autumn season arrives in Mexico, areas by the coasts are usually warm, but it’s worth noting that areas inland — many of which are situated at high altitude — get cooler and, during early mornings and after sundown, may also become quite cold . . .

Hurricane Season in Mexico

Topics: Climate and Environment | Travel Essentials

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014

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 . . .

Famous Street Names in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

Published: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Miguel Hidalgo Mural

Every now and again, Mexico’s National Statistics Institute publishes off-beat snippets of information that have no bearing on the country’s current economic situation, like marriage statistics on Valentine’s day, education data on Teachers Day, birth and death rates on Day of the Dead, and a host of other trivia . . .

Insuring Your Property in Mexico

Topics: Living | Real Estate

Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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. It’s worth noting that home insurance is distinct from Title Insurance, which covers you in the event that the title deed of the property you purchase turns out to be invalid causing your title to the property to be brought into question, and paying out compensation in the event that you lose title to the asset…

Celebrating Sovereignty in Mexico

Topics: Culture & History | Festivals and Events

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

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?

Terremoto or Temblor? Well, It Depends

Topics: Learning Spanish

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

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 . . .