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5 interesting stories about Mexico and her people

5 interesting stories about Mexico and her people

·      Fewer Mexican immigrants are coming to the United States, and those who do are more educated. ·      Apple is opening a flagship store in Mexico this month; the only country in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States that will have such a store. ·     ...

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Mexicans proudly celebrate independence from Spain

Mexicans proudly celebrate independence from Spain

Once war was declared, it took 11 years for Mexico to gain its independence from Spain. The start of the revolution – Sept. 16 – is the day Mexico celebrates as its Independence Day. It was that day in 1810 that Miguel Hidalgo led the revolt, with a verbal declaration...

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The incomplete streets of South Lake Tahoe

The incomplete streets of South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe time – it’s something locals know all about. Usually it’s in reference to people arriving late and events not starting on time. It could also be a definition for the delayed implementation of infrastructure projects. When the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning...

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Sometimes I forget what my name is

Sometimes I forget what my name is

It’s rather embarrassing when I forget my name. It’s not that I entirely forget it. I sometimes hesitate. It’s like a long pause before I remember what to say. Such are the hazards of going to a Spanish-speaking country and your name means what. Kae sounds like que....

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Relaxing Truckee River float a scenic wonder

Relaxing Truckee River float a scenic wonder

  Two hours or more of outstanding fun. That’s what floating down the Truckee River is all about. It’s one of those summer rituals that locals and tourists enjoy, and that most ages can participate in. While there are multiple commercial entities to rent a raft...

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South Dakota making bank off ex-Pats in Mexico  

South Dakota making bank off ex-Pats in Mexico  

Driving around Baja California, Mexico, it would seem like most of the visitors are from South Dakota based on license plates. Don’t be fooled; those aren’t visitors. People with South Dakota plates are most likely permanent residents of Mexico, aka ex-pats. They have...

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Government adds more protections for workers in Mexico

Government adds more protections for workers in Mexico

While the minimum wage in Mexico is about $5 a day (not per hour), employees have a tremendous amount of protection. Of course, the person needs to know her rights and exercise them. When she does, she tends to prevail. The document between employer and employee...

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It takes some work to keep gravel looking pretty

It takes some work to keep gravel looking pretty

I understand a manicured lawn. But gravel? Really? Yep, it’s a thing. It’s not just a Mexico thing. It’s a thing wherever someone has gravel. It just so happens Mexico is the first place I’ve had gravel. Most driveways and parking areas in Todos Santos are gravel. It...

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Concrete floors demand shoes at all times

Concrete floors demand shoes at all times

Barefoot or socks, that’s been my usual preference for walking around the house. That was until there was only concrete beneath me. I haven’t been in a house yet in Todos Santos that doesn’t have concrete floors. It’s just how they build them. People have area rugs,...

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