Category: Saltillo

Expat Back in the US: Part 1

I've just begun a month-long vacation back to the US, staying with family near Olympia, Washington. I've been living in Mexico for more than 20 months and it's become my home. I didn't realize how much I would miss my life south of the border; here are some differences I noticed very quickly. As soon... Read More »

Christmas Time Not Restricted to the 25th in Mexico

The first thing I noticed about the Navidad here in this part of Mexico is how long it lasts. The lights and decorations start going up just after the Revolution holiday in mid-November. People here leave the decorations on until well into January. Christmas isn't really over in Mexico until the 6th of January: the... Read More »

Mexico: El Tannenbaum

This is my second holiday season in Saltillo. There's no place like home for the holidays. Home for me is the pacific northwestern United States, and Saltillo is definitely unlike it: however in many good ways. The first thing I notice is the weather. The high and low temperatures of Seattle during this time of... Read More »

Mexico, Not So Third World Anymore

For Americans, Mexico is a close neighbor and is often referred to as "our backyard." The U.S. has had Latin and Mexican influence for centuries and it's been embedded into the American culture, in many ways more so than the influence of the British. We gringos (gringo is just the Mexican slang for a U.S.... Read More »

Saltillo, Rock City

I'm from the Seattle, WA area and there we have plenty of opportunity to take in the Indie rock scene. I grew up listening to the alternative bands of the 1990s. When I moved to Mexico I thought I would have put my love for live rock music behind me. However, the more time I... Read More »