A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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July 21, 2006 — Yesterday I got to chatting with a gardener here in the Lake Chapala area. He spoke some English, and so I asked him if he had worked in the United States. Yes, he had, and the priest at the Catholic church he attended there had arranged English lessons for many of the Mexican workers. Despite working long hours, he went to class two nights a week.

But he hadn’t liked the US much.

He had encountered racism and many difficulties. I asked where he had been, and he said Palo Alto. Well, I graduated from Stanford and I remembered seeing an article in the alumni magazine about grad students sleeping in their cars and doing everything else in the campus facilities, due to the extremely high cost of housing there. So I asked this guy about that. Yes, he said, he was one of sixteen migrant workers who shared a one-bathroom apartment. He grimaced at the memory.

Worst of all, he said, was how much he missed his family here. After working in the US for about three years, one day just before Christmas, it got to him. He took a bus ride back home and has been happy to be here ever since.

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