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The Hero of Nacozari

 In 1907 a young Mexican Train Engineer saw a train loaded with Dynamite sitting next to a storage house filled with dynamite catch on fire from sparks of a passing locomotive. He jumped in the cab of the train, gave it full throttle and roared out of town, just as he got clear of the […]

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On the 8th Day…..

God created chiles…..  I have a theory that Mexicans are happy and cheerful because when your body feels the pain of Capsicum, (the ingredient that makes chiles hot) it starts producing endorphins to combat the pain , which then brings about a feeling of euphoria. Columbus brought back a few chiles and seeds from the […]

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.   Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that […]

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Lost Wax Silver Jewelry

In the  town of Tlaxco, Tlaxcala We find the Silver workshop of Ms. Eva Martinez who has been making Colonial style jewelry replicas for the last 35 years. Ms. Martinez  goes  to museums and draws a copy of jewelry used in the Colonial period, then makes a wax sculpture of it in her workshop, covers […]

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The Best Things In Life….

 Quite often they really are free. Today we dropped by the Culture House in Puebla and saw a live performance of a Band called Bandula. And they were very good, great muisic, good costumes and a terrific performance, … price of admission FREE!!  This occurs so often here in Mexico, We find performers who love […]

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Mexican Bakeries

    My wife & I lived in Georgia for awhile…I asked her..”What do you miss most of all from Mexico?”  She told me…”Pan Dulces” (sweet breads). And she is right , they are soooo tempting and appetizing.  You can find bakeries all over Mexico, Big ones and small Mom & Pop bakeries that make […]

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Josh makes a new flic

So my grandson Joshua  has made a new film in his Cinematography class… it’s in spanish but you can probably follow the storyline… basically its sci fi and scientists meddling with nanobot technology have unleashed a plague on the world by accident, almost everyone’s dead with a few exceptions.  Here we see the Cinematography Professor, […]

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Getting a Criminal Background Check

I know…I haven’t been here for awhile. I’ve been in a tsunami of red tape. Amazingly enough the wonderful, technologically advanced USA has given me the most grief… You can have all the computers you want but if they’re ran by the Planet of the Apes you are going to have problems. And that’s what […]

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THE JIMMY BUFFET SYNDROME

Wasting away in Margaritaville…. lots of people get this idea in their head that they can just take off and  go to Mexico and sit it out on the beach  as long as they like… after about three weeks brutal reality shows up and the money runs out. then it’s back to the same old […]

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Immigration Day in Mexico

   I know… I disappeared for awhile. Ï ve been cutting through red tape… getting my immigration papers in order. The Mexican Immigration Dept, threw a party as they do every year for migrants and 22 nations participated. My wife and I along with 4 other Americans, Stuart and Gretchen, Brandon and April had the […]

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj […]

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The Christmas Eve Plant

   Christmas is a short time away so we took a trip to Atlixco, Puebla and visited several greenhouses…there are more than 300 in the area.  Noche Buena flowers are in full bloom now, better known in the States as “Poinsettas”. American Ambassador  Joel Poinsett of South Carolina carried them back to the States with […]

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Charros… Mexican Cowboys

Mama don’t let your sons grow up to be cowboys…. Thats what Willie Nelson sings.  But if you go to a Charreada, a Mexican Style Rodeo you will get to see some fine horsemanship. Herna Cortez  entered Mexico in 1519 with 400 soldiers and 16 horses. When the Aztecs saw them they thought they were […]

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mammograms in the park

 So I woke up this morning and heard a big hullabaloo in the park and went over to investigate. The City had set up bioscan truck and were giving free mammograms.  There was quite a large crowd and seeing as how the Doctors were having a hard time I offered my services with my own […]

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going to the MO

Back last Spring Steve (my blog partner), his wife Pat and myself went to visit some American expats and fellow bloggers in Xico, Veracruz. Steve by the way is quite ill and if you know him drop him a line. Anyway,  as it turned out there were no hotel rooms available in Xico so we […]

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La Laguna Hacienda

 We’re planning an excursion to an old hacienda that raises fighting bulls next October. It was in it’s prime in the late 1800’s with the advent of the railroad. Now it has been restored and it’s one of the best renovated haciendas in the state of Tlaxcala.  Here are some photos of our last visit […]

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AN OLD HACIENDA

 While out wandering around the countryside, we went to a town known for its dairy farms looking for cream and cheese. The owner of the dairy store told us there was an old hacienda about a mile away that had been recently renovated so we went to check it out. And he was right, it […]

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Free Concert

Argentine pianist Raul Di Blasio gave a performance at the Convention Center in Tlaxcala  on August 10th,It was a free Concert sponsored by Social Security in honor of their 50th Anniversary in Mexico. About 1800 people showed up and everyone seemed to enjoy it. There was a lot of Audience participation and Mr. Di Blasio […]

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TIZATLAN…. A VILLAGE OF SURPRISES

 Just a couple of kilometers from Tlaxcala is the village of Tizatlan. 1n the  late 1400’s to early 1500’s this was the Military Headquarters of the Tlaxcalan Army. They had a military training School there (sort of a PreColombian West Point). It was also the location of Senator Xicohtencatls Castle. Archeologists began excavating the ruins […]

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Culture House Revolution Photos

 The Casa Cultura in Tlaxcala has a photo exhibit featiring Revolution & post Revolution photos. Its nice to take a peek at the past once in awhile.  For instance here’s Obregon, Villa & Pershing, all on a friendly basis at the time…later on Pershing would chase Villa all over Mexico and never catch him. Sort […]

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The Revolution (Part #2)

 Once the initial volley was over Porfirio Diaz saw he no longer had control & took a steamer to Europe. There were many factions fighting for control, Pancho Villa in the North, Zapata in the South , Carranza & Obregon wound up controlling most of Mexico. Madero was assassinated by Huerta, Obregon turned against Carranza, […]

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The Revolution (part 1)

The Mexican Revolution’s Centenial is right around the corner, November the 18th to be exact and if you’re in Mexico you can expect plenty of fireworks and parties. Many Americans confuse “Independence Day” (Sept. 16th) Of which the Bicentenial occurs this year with the revolution and the French Invasion, (cinco de Mayo). Anyway these are […]

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Margaritaville

This is one of those not much happening days. So make a Margarita & relax. <object width=”660″ height=”525″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/T5EAO8EP4c0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1?border=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/T5EAO8EP4c0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1?border=1&#8221; type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”660″ height=”525″></embed></object>

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HUMOR…THAT’S NOT FUNNY!!

I told my wife a joke about Mexicans… Why do Mexicans always eat refried beans?  Because they can’t cook them right the first time. ” That’s not funny,” she said.    Well maybe not, its kind of corny. But I’ve got to a point where I can tell a joke in Spanish and they laugh. Or maybe they’re […]

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Oaxaca… pronounced “Wa..Ha..Kah”

Oaxaca has its big celebration in July, called the “Guelaguetza”, lots of folklore dancing, colorful costumes and food. Theres many things that attract tourists to Oaxaca, its History, Benito Juarez was born there. He spoke no Spanish just the Zapoteca Indian language but was a brilliant kid and learned the language, went to law school […]

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Tarzan in Mexico

 Yes Tarzan lived in Mexico… in Acapulco to be exact.  Johnny Weismuller loved Mexico enough that he bought a house overlooking Acapulco Bay and continued living there until he died at the age of 84.  Mr. Weismuller won many gold medals in the olympics. He was married to Mexican spitfire actress Lupe Velez who was […]

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North Sierra Madre Eco Tour

 What is it about waterfalls and gurgling mountain streams that relaxes a person ? Sort of like white sound when the TV goes off and its just a hiss that lulls you into lala land. We went into the mountains & checked out waterfalls and had a picnic the other day…it sure was relaxing to […]

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ON TOUR–With Mexico Mystic

Last year, we asked Mexico Mystice and his equally knowledge spouse, Rachel, to “show us the town,” and they served up Mexico City (DF) on a platter to us.  Here are some photos from the first two days “of a three day tour.” Silversard, AKA, Genuine Tourist Reporting in from Baraboo, WI, USA  

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MEXICO MYSTIC AND Claudia

A Guest Editorial by Genuine Tourist, Stephen Sardeson . . . . published without solicitation Although Bob Cox, AKA, Mexico Mystic, would not “put his family out there,” I would like to share with readers how Mexico has been enriched by Bob, a one time, long time, illegal alien, South of the Border gringo, who […]

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MILITARY MUSEUM

 The military museum in Puebla has expanded their exhibits in celebration of cinco de mayo. Very interesting pistols on display. A Sgt. Gerardo gave us a tour of the facility and everything was spit & shine correct. They’re closed on mondays but operate the other 6 days. tuesday to friday…from 10:00 AM to 10 PM. […]

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FREE ENTERPRISE

 Free enterprise… seems like Mexico has more of it than the U.S., try to start a shoestring operation in the U.S. and you will immediately be strangled by red tape, regulations & power mad bureaucrats.  In Mexico I see people start businesses with practically nothing, pure entrepreneurs, for example Ive seen people hang a sign […]

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APIZACO TOUR

 Last Friday I had the honor of giving a tour of the Town I live in to the Director (Lic. Fernando Juarez)   of INTEC (A school of Computation), some Teachers & Students. It’s not often that anyone wants to tour Apizaco as it is more of an industrial city than a tourist area, but there are […]

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Dental Caravan in Mexico

 As a finishing touch on their Excursions in Mexico, the Genuine Tourists (Steve & Pat) went on a dental mission to a small village in the State of Puebla, along with many dentists, nurses, Doctors intrepreters and myself. We saw many villagers who were in need of medical & dental assistance. It was very rustic […]

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Mountain Medical Mission

Heres more photos on our Mission trip to the Sierra Mountains. The weather was cold but the people were warmhearted. About 30 Dr.s & nurses showed up and half of them went further up in the Mountains to a Village called Ixtepec while we stayed in the village of Tatoxcac and saw about 500 people […]

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Pirate Play

Just got back from the Sierra Mountains where we did a Skit about Pirates to entertain the Dr.’s and nurses at the mission….here it be mates.  We are now in the process of getting ready for another medical/dental mission in April.  

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Going to a movie

 The genuine tourist & his wife were in town so we decide to take in a movie. Here you can see what a horrible theatre we went to… They kept bugging us before the show started asking if we wanted a Margarita or a Martini (extra dry).   Life is Hard South of the Border.  I […]

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The Snows of Mexico

  This has been an unusual week, all the surrounding volcanoes have snow on them and a lot of snow. And I hear the South has been blanketed also. Southerners are completely lost when it snows and Mexicans even moreso. However todays a nice day, the suns shining and its about 62 degrees, theres still […]

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E.T. Phone Home

 The University of Massachussets and the National Astrophysics Institute of Puebla are carrying out a joint venture with the Worlds largest Radio Telescope located on  Top of Sierra Negra Mountain at an altitude of 4,850 meters above sea level near Ciudad Serdan , Puebla,  They will be studying primitive stars, comets , organic molecules and […]

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New Years Day in Mexico City

 I wanted to go to Ixtapa to lay on the Beach but all the Airlines were loaded, all the Beach Hotels had reached capacity…so I thought..Hell…everybody left Mexico City, thats the place to go. And I was right…plenty of hotels and lots of places to visit.  We went to the Templo Mayor in downtown Mexico […]

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BLUE CORN

If I have a choice between regular white cirn tortillas and blue tortillas, I will definitely buy blue ones. The taste is much better.The oldest corn ever found was some burnt kernels in a cave in Tehuacan Puebla, carbon dated as several thousand years ago. It’s thought that the Otomie Indians first cultivated it. It […]

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More than ZIPPO Lighters

Sometimes my wife tells me ….”You’re just a bum in the park, even worse, you’re a Circus Bum”. Well, maybe so , I was on the Circus for a long time. But even a circus bum gets to rub elbows with the rich and famous sometimes. Let me tell you about  when I was in […]

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Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico

El Presidente  (the orange one), says he’s going to release documents about JFK’s assassination this week . Hah! we’ll see about that. Analysts say there probably won’t be much new material except maybe some things about Oswalds journey to Mexico. Some sources claim he never came but it looks like there was a lot of […]

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