“We still carry this old caveman-imprint idea that we’re small, nature’s big, and it’s everything we can manage to hang on and survive. When big geophysical events happen – a huge earthquake, tsunami, or volcanic eruption – we’re reminded of that.” – James Balog
Two questions I got today… ‘why do you live here?’ (I get this often) and ‘are there more earthquakes than usual?’ (this precipitated by the devastation in Italy a few days ago, followed by another earthquake in Myanmar). Continue reading Editor’s Letter
By Brooke Gazer
While visiting the beach in Santa Cruz, you may have seen one of the American Coast Guard cutters that are frequently docked on the cruise ship pier. You might wonder why American military ships are patrolling Mexican waters. A few of the Coast Guard personnel stayed at our B&B while on shore leave, and they provided me with an entire education as to their mission. Although they are officially part of the U.S. Armed Forces, they operate under the Department of Homeland Security. Two of their primary roles involve maritime law enforcement and search and rescue. Continue reading Why Is the U.S. Coast Guard in Huatulco?
By David Herstle Jones
She was travelling to Oaxaca for a two-year-old’s birthday party, the daughter of her friend. Chocolate cupcakes and a wrapped present were in the carry-on. Her eyes laughed as the words rolled off her tongue. She was from Tamaulipas, lived now in Mexico City after spending several years working in Monterrey. Continue reading Reading Oaxaca
By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.
Some sauces are synonymous with their countries of origin – béarnaise from France, tomato-y Italian marinara, and intriguing curry of India. In Mexico, it’s mole (MOH-le), and Oaxaca is where it has achieved perfection. Continue reading Olé to Mole – Two Recipes and More
by Nora Valencia
Nora Valencia, of Alma de mi Tierra Cooking School, says that this mole is modified in dozens of ways throughout Oaxaca and is used to complement everything from beef and chicken, to shrimp, rabbit and even deer. Continue reading Mole Amarillo
by Pilar Cabrera
Pilar Cabrera, executive chef and owner of Restaurante La Olla and La Casa de Los Sabores Cooking School, has competed internationally at the request of the Government of Mexico. Continue reading Mole Negro
By Leigh Morrow
Since I was a little girl, travel has always had a hold on me. I would sit in my parent’s car, parked in the garage, with my imaginary friend, Lulu Simms, and pretend we were on the road to big-sounding cities like Minneapolis and Cincinnati.
By the time I entered grade nine, I had lived in five different cities, in five different provinces, which only fueled my wanderlust. By grade 10, I won a trip to Helsinki, a city that mesmerized me with its Marimeko patterns, smoked salmon breakfasts, and saunas. I returned home, officially bitten with the travel bug. Continue reading Travel
By Kary Vannice
I grew up going to the Community United Methodist Church. Mostly, because my mother made me. In my adulthood, I’ve chosen to reject most of the dogma of my youth. I no longer consider myself to be a “religious” person, but religion, in all its forms, continues to fascinate me. Continue reading Rattlesnakes and Scorpions
By Carole Reedy
No matter how much one thrives on the excitement, culture, and energy of the megalopolis, occasionally the mind, body, and soul need some relaxation. Happily, there are several such diversions just a few hours from Mexico City, all accessible by car or comfortable bus. Residents of the city find these delightful and beautiful locales a welcome respite from their busy daily routine. Here are five breaths of fresh air…in more ways than one. Continue reading Five Weekend Getaways from Mexico City
By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a wonderful activity for an autumn afternoon or evening. Unlike a hunt for its namesake, the wildebeest, which would lead you on a hot and sweaty chase through the open plains and woodland of the African Serengeti and perhaps leave you with a nasty gore from a tangle with the wildebeest’s sharp horn, this hunt will take you only to a cinema and leave you with tears of laughter and a soft spot in your heart. Continue reading Hunt for the Wilderpeople