Guanajuato-the city that silver built

  Guanajuato has been on my bucket list ever since a seat-mate on a plane told me about the beauty of this historic silver-mining town. In a place that once produced 20 percent of all the silver in the world, it’s not surprising to see sumptuous architecture, gilded churches, a plethora of theaters and museums–even [...]

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What happened when I lost my camera

  I had heard about Guadalajara’s market–the Mercado San Juan de Dios. It was huge–the second biggest market in Mexico, which is a country of markets. You can find anything there at bargain prices. As it turned out, not only was my hotel right above the Plaza de los Mariachis, but it was also just [...]

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Tequila!

  I am a very innocent drinker, as they say, but when one is in Guadalajara, one visits a tequila distillery. Gotta happen. After all, the entire agave-growing region around Tequila (Yes, there IS a town by that name.) is a UNESCO World Heritage site just for its tequila-making tradition. As one approaches Guadalajara, in [...]

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Wandering in Guadalajara.

  I’ll get back to the tequila in the next post, but right now, let’s meander a bit in Guadalajara, shall we? Although Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico with about 4.4 million people in the greater metropolitan area, it didn’t end up being as overwhelming as I’d feared. It was actually a charming [...]

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Tequila, mariachis, charros–the cultural trifecta of Jalisco

  In the Mexican state of Jalisco, three important strands of Mexican culture converge–the charro (cowboy) culture, the tequila-making tradition, and mariachi music–and you can hardly pry one from the other. I ask you, what could be sweeter than listening to the stirring and poignant strains of the mariachis while sipping tequila reposado with lime [...]

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