Category Archives: Living Abroad

Who Made this Grave

A few days before the actual Day of the Dead, I picked up my son from his Montessori school and we strolled together down Morelia’s Calzada, a ficus-lined cobblestone pedestrian avenue that stretches from the colonial city’s pink stone aqueduct … Continue reading

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The Culture Shock of Coming Home

If I got in my car this too-hot afternoon, I could be in Juarez in time for dinner. When we drive across the Rio Grande for Sunday lunch with his grandparents, I tell my son that if we built a … Continue reading

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Adiós to Mexico

My keyboard looks like a pirate’s maw, gaping holes that were once keys, stains on others, and my hard drive is jammed full of photographs: pyramids, pink stone, parades, fireworks behind cathedral spires, and hundreds of hotel rooms I could … Continue reading

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Citizen Limbo

  The doorbell buzzes. It is probably Alfredo, our neighborhood auxiliary policeman who is not so old but is missing a prominent front tooth. He visits periodically to collect our twenty-peso contribution to his force-of-one. More often, he drops by … Continue reading

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Sweet Mexican Education

(My latest Love in Mexico correspondence essay is live on National Geographic’s Glimpse.org. An excerpt is below, or read the whole thing here.) “Dulce, dulce, dulce, dulce,” sings my two-year-old son as I stroller him over cobblestones. Yes, “candy” is … Continue reading

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Welcoming Springtime in Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, welcomes springtime with this desfile de niños…

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My “Under the Mexican Sun”?: On Imagination and Travel

Is it lack of imagination that makes us come to imagined places, not just stay at home? “Questions of Travel” by Elizabeth Bishop Driving across Guatemala in my old Salvadoran Volvo, Steve and I planned a school we would open … Continue reading

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