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Call Off “The Hounds of Zaroff” We Just Want To Play!

The blogosphere is abuzz with voices across Mexico defending their adopted country. I couldn’t agree more with the chorus of sanity. Don’t let the fear mongers get you down. And though I don’t know what will happen tomorrow I can say for today that the United States of Mexico has not failed, narco-banditos are not [...]

4Mar2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Bad Expat: Tortillas de Maiz, No Me Gusta.

Clinton, Connecticut is not the Mexican food capitol of the United States. I know, right?! Until I was 19 I was sure that all the best taco shells came in an Old El Paso box from Stop n Shop and were stuffed full of ground beef, shredded mozarella, Pace picante sauce and black olives. Hmm-mmm, [...]

28Feb2009 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Authentic Ah-Beets in Mehico

As you all undoubtedly know by now we spent some pretty formative years in New Haven, Connecticut, home of Yale University, gun crimes, and phenomenal pizza. Our standards are ridiculously high. For us the matter of pizza has been a vexing question since our arrival on these tortilla shores. I am pleased to report that [...]

18Feb2009 | | 6 comments | Continued
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After 9 months and 12 days in utero I decided to bail on the whole womb situation and make my glorious entrance into the world. After 17 years in Clinton, I finally escaped the horrible oppression of the Connecticut shoreline. After two years at college in Boston I slouched back home. After 4 years in [...]

18Feb2009 | | 5 comments | Continued
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Stop the banging, it’s Valentines Day!

Instead of going to Trotter’s or La Recova for dinner on Saturday night we decided our Valentine’s budget would be better spent spending the night at a hotel in Merida. For the price of a good meal with wine and all the trimmings we got a great night’s sleep far from the dust and dogs [...]

17Feb2009 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Should Jillian be the world’s policeman? In a word, Yes.

This house maintains that America should be the world’s policeman. This was the motion that we argued when the British came to debate. Funny what happens to the youth of a once-mighty empire. They become effete, ineffectual, intellectual and smug. I adored them! They won the debate, but then, I went to college with 90% [...]

4Feb2009 | | 7 comments | Continued
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Isaias y Toobi

An organization called Purpura Plastika works with orphans and abused children in Yucatan, to improve their quality of life through art. We were lucky enough to acquire this painting over the weekend. The artist’s name is Isaias; depicted is Toobi, the imaginary friend who keeps him company. I am a big fan of this program. [...]

27Jan2009 | | 4 comments | Continued
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Bad Expat: Be Here Now, You Unappreciative Jerkoff

There is an unspoken maxim in the world of expatriates that if you don’t feel Mexico in your bones, blood, mind, spirit, fingernails and toes every single precious second you are some kind of a xenophobic asshole. I will confess that sometimes this place leaves me cold. Oh well. I’ll wear my scarlet X. So [...]

27Jan2009 | | 10 comments | Continued
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Conflicts and Resolutions

Every writing student knows that all the greats wrote every day, no matter how ill, hungover, or uninspired. Being bedridden helps, as does being stranded on a long sea voyage. Of course we all require a room of one’s own. Though some prefer the preciousness of writing private thoughts in the public space of coffee [...]

23Jan2009 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Sea Change: Our Big Night Out at Elio Al Mare

It is possible for one meal to change everything. Yesterday I didn’t believe that a mythical Italian restaurant could possibly exist in Progreso. I didn’t believe in much of anything. Today I am a serious devotee of Elio Al Mare and plan to tell everyone I know to seek it out and experience the best [...]

22Jan2009 | | 6 comments | Continued
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The Fussy Bus

On the unlovely busride to Playa Malcolm and I were joking that there should be a cross peninsula service for overgrown babies that offered sleeping draughts and Lazy-Boy recliners. Little did we know it already exists and once again becoming fluke millionaires slips through our fingers. On the way back over to Merida I inquired [...]

19Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued
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The Accidental Gringa

Most Mexican days of late are as mundane as panela on toast. All that ha-ha-weird isn’t it bizarro-world stuff is very limited or goes unnoticed. I am sure we are desensitized to much of what is unusual or colorful about life here; after two years it’s normal to smell burning garbage and buy tanks of [...]

14Nov2008 | | 3 comments | Continued