Foreign Native

Foreign Native shares insights, observations, and commentary about Mexican life, its culture and traditions

Foreign Native shares insights, observations, and commentary about Mexican life, its culture and traditions

Statue of Benito Juarez

A Brief Comment on Benito Juárez

An indigenous orphan from Oaxaca rose to inspire a nation, provide a benchmark of political life, and become the most revered of all Mexican presidents

Reading a book

Chronicle of a Cliché Foretold

A versatile phrase which occasionally makes the rounds uses the title of a book by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez

Aztec Stadium in Mexico City

The Flight of the Eagle

A visit to Mexico City could well be graced with a visit to the Aztec Stadium to watch a soccer match

Climate: Sunshine in sky

A Change in the Weather

"Febrero loco" refers to the changeability of the weather in the second month of the year

La Malinche Statue Mexico City

Woe is the Malinchista

The expression 'malinchista' harks back five centuries to the native woman Malinche, who served as interpreter for Hernán Cortés

Ice Cream Flavors

A Scoop on Mexican Ice Cream

Mexican ice cream is varied, flavorsome, and widely available from local stores, fancy-brand parlors, and street vendors

Cloth Bags and Plastic Bags

Would You Like a Bag for That?

Foreign Native considers regulations which ban use of plastic bags in Mexico City's shops and other trends which seek to showcase green and healthy credentials

Pen and Manuscript

Lazarillo de Tormes

A practical suggestion for readers wishing to avoid having their literary choices blindsided by a disparaging comment