Archive for the ‘Life in Mexico’ Category

A Good Laugh: Cultural Differences

There are obvious, clearly visible ways in which cultures differ from one another. They have different language, architecture, food, customs and behaviours. At this level, cultural differences are easy to recognise and relatively easy to negotiate and assimilate. But there are deeper levels in which cultures are different – different values and morality, and different assumptions about key areas of human activity such as orientations to time and society.

These deeper differences are harder to get hold of. Continue reading


I first became aware of Talpa as a pilgrimage destination when I read Juan Rulfo’s bleak, acerbic short story called ‘Talpa’ in his brilliant collection of short stories set in the South of Jalisco “Llana en Llamas”. The mother of a friend here has invited me to make the pilgrimage with the local group she goes with the last two years but each time I have been ill and have not been able to go. Continue reading

7 Reasons to live in Ciudad Guzmán

Soñajeros – Traditional Dancers

In a recent article I read about writing for the internet, which  claims it is different than other kinds of writing, the advice is to write lists. It seems people like lists. I have read this advice before on another specialist site for blog-writing. Continue reading