Before I moved to Mexico I lived in Seattle for a number of years. I often talked to people from the Los Angeles, California, area who said that drivers in Seattle drove like “pansies.” Last week I drove through LA and I noticed the difference: Los Angeles has a lot of Mexico’s driving culture. Now… Read more »
Posts By: Al Barrus
Al Barrus is an ex-patriot from the Seattle area who now lives in Saltillo, Mexico, a few hours south-west of Laredo, Texas. He first started his work in writing when he enlisted in the US Army at the age of 18 in 2002, during which time he worked as a uniformed print and photo journalism soldier in Baghdad and Falujah. After parting from his military obligations in 2007 Al attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he studied political science and graduated with Bachelor of Arts in 2011. Later that year he moved to Mexico where he now teaches middle-school English literature and lives happily with his wife Verenice.
I’ve just completed a road trip myself. I drove all the way from Saltillo, Mexico, back home to the Seattle area: 42 hours of drive time down and a whole lot of anxiety behind me. The first day of driving was on the country highways of Mexico in Coahuila. Even seasoned Mexican motorists consider the… Read more »
I’m not a professional driver, per se. I did have a special Humvee driver’s license when I was in the US Army, and I drove mail trucks for the postal service in Seattle. But I’ve never been an expert in long-haul trucking or held a special classed state driver’s license. I’ve never even had a… Read more »
I’ve just now passed my third consecutive year of celebrating the US tradition of Thanksgiving while living in Mexico. It’s been interesting for me, because I’ve never had to be a principal chef of a feast before coming to Mexico. Even when I was in the military, even living overseas in Baghdad, the chow halls… Read more »
After two years of life in Mexico as an expat I’ve noticed some very big differences from my own North American culture. That’s the Mexican people’s willingness to take to the streets and use force if necessary when they’re discontent with their government’s policies. November is the month of the revolution in Mexico. The revolution… Read more »