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!


Visit Expedia…

Expedia is my favorite place to book airfare, and they handle hotels, car rentals, cruises, etc. I like the organization of the site for figuring out what flights I want. Click on the suitcase to take a look.

I was very pleased to win an award for this blog! Even better for you: click through for lists of all sorts of award-winning travel blogs.

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009

Dec. 30, 2005 — The Guadalajara Reporter is a weekly print and online newspaper for the greater Guadalajara area English-speaking community. The link takes you to its website, which has some of the main stories for everyone and all of them if you subscribe.

I picked up a print copy the other day and learned that the average Mexican minimum wage is going up 1.87 pesos a day, which is eighteen cents US. The new minimum wage is the Guadalajara area will now be 47.16 pesos, which $4.44 in US dollars — that’s per DAY, not hour. Many Mexicans, such as maids and street vendors, make less.

Chinese competition is cutting into the profits of Mexican companies that make high-quality hand-made Christmas ornaments, by making much cheaper versions of the same things to sell in Mexico and other places. Last year, we talked with a number of Mexicans who were feeling the pinch of Chinese competition in their own small businesses.

The Mexican Greenpeace website has posted a list of transgenic foods and their brands at its website, that is, foods derived from genetically modified plants. I’m always interested to get glimpses of the Mexican ecological movement.

Lower sulfer fuel will be introduced in Mexico in 2006 but will still be way above the guidelines. The costs of upgrading PEMEX’s facilities are about two billion US dollars, so it will be a while before Mexico’s current standards are met.

Hmm… this paper has lots of environmental news. Thee are several more articles, along with a lot of coverage of the arts, community calendars, etc.

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