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What You Didn’t Know About Cinco de Mayo

Many Americans may not realize that Cinco de Mayo is more widely and enthusiastically celebrated in the United States than in Mexico. Cynics may say this is due to commercial…

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Putting My Skills to the Test in Oaxaca

Not long after the sun had set one Friday evening in late May, Leslie and I stumbled wearily out of the Oaxaca international airport and headed toward the taxi stand…

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Chiles and Chapulines

I love gastronomy. Good eating is an obsession of mine, and I’ll freely admit that at times I transcend mere foodie-ness and dabble in food snobbery. As such, I find…

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Tourism and Translation

No soy un guía de turismo, pero interpreto a uno en la televisión. The sentence above is a word-for-word literal translation of the (tweaked-to-fit-the-context) English expression “I’m not a tour…

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Crossing the Conversational Divide

One evening this past August I found myself travel-stained and weary, sitting in a dimly lit living room in Puebla, Mexico. My fiancée, Leslie, and I had spent the majority…

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