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  1. Last night I talked with friends who live near the coast in Veracruz. They said that Franklin was causing heavier than normal surf and heavy rain along the coastline. The main concern, they said, is the possibility of flooding due to the rains. At the time I talked with them--Wednesday 9 August about10:30PM--they were not experiencing high winds. Here's the current news about Franklin: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/franklin-may-make-second-landfall-in-mexico-as-atlantics-first-hurricane-of-2017/70002388 Mexico City is currently experiencing moderate to fairly heavy rain due to Franklin.
  2. If the worker is asking about you only, he's saying Cómo amaneció, as kbleitch said. If you use the tú form between you, it's Cómo amaneciste? If he's asking about you and whoever lives with you, he's using the plural, Cómo amanecieron?. This is a construction that's only used in the morning, to ask how you 'dawned'--how did you sleep, did you sleep well, etc. You'll also hear this verb used regarding weather. Amaneció nublado, pero a mediodía se despejó el cielo. "(The day) dawned cloudy, but by midday the sky had cleared." Here's a link to the verb conjugation: http://www.wordreference.com/conj/EsVerbs.aspx?v=amanecer
  3. There is no Taco Bell in Mexico City. In the early 1990s, one opened here and closed pretty quickly. In about 2008, a Taco Bell opened in Monterrey but closed fast due to lack of business.
  4. Zacatecas is a fascinating city--I've always said it's about a four-day city, if you want to take the time. There are several excellent museums: the Pedro Coronel museum, the Rafael Coronel museum, the military museum at the top of La Bufa (you can ride the teleférico up and back!), the Francisco Goítia museum, the theatre, Santo Domingo church, the Felguérez museum, the museum of nacimientos (it looks like a store, but...), etc. Be sure to have a gordita or three at Gorditas Doña Julia on Calle Hidalgo; don't miss the Cathedral. Ask at your hotel about joining a callejonada for an evening--such a lot of fun! Take a taxi to the next town, Guadalupe, and visit the wonderful church there. Go to Jérez. Go to Real de Catorce. Zacatecas is wonderful!
  5. Me? Veracruz is a huge state with many different sorts of places to live in, from the highest mountain in Mexico to the beach, from tiny rural towns to the Puerto de Veracruz, from coffee plantations to the state capital, Xalapa. I was never interested in living in the state, but I surely enjoy visiting any and all of those regions.
  6. I lived in Colonia Bosque de Camelinas, on the south side of the city approximately 10 minutes from the Centro Histórico--depending on traffic, of course. The neighborhood is about four blocks east of the intersection of Av. Ventura Puentes and Av. Camelinas. My house there was gorgeous, well-maintained by the owner, as well as inexpensive given its size (about 350m2) and architect design. It's very easy to find excellent housing in Morelia. My house there was maybe the third house I looked at. I liked everything about the Morelia I frequented--except the traffic, which can be a real bear. There are lovely areas of Morelia in nearly every part of the city.
  7. First things first: air quality. There are actually very few days when Mexico City's air is bad, and most of those days are in the winter, when thermal inversions do prevent particulate contamination from dissipating. I think in 2016 we had a couple of days in mid-summer when the air quality was difficult, and there were another few days during the winter. Otherwise, the air quality here is generally ranked 'acceptable' for particulate matter. The World Health Organization list of worst cities for air pollution in Latin America is topped by Lima, La Paz, Santiago, Caracas, and Bogotá, followed in sixth place by Mexico City--despite Mexico City's size, which is much larger and more concentrated than any of the other cities. So 'the land of smoggy air' is pretty generally a misnomer these days. And what keeps me here? My work, which is centered here. My community of socio-economic peers: friends who are well-educated, well-read, like-minded, and well-traveled Mexicans. The beautiful and central area of Mexico City where I live. Ease of national and international travel, both by bus and by air. Uber, for ease of travel within the city. Ease of shopping for as many nationalities and regions of food items as one might want. CHILLIN: the Casa de la Cultura is the most minimum tip of the cultural iceberg in Morelia. Morelia sponsors a two-week international music festival each year, an international classical dance festival, Mexico's best international film festival, an international organ festival, a jazz festival, an international cello festival, has active theater productions, a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, and many other cultural possibilities--in addition to the Michoacán-based festivals of local and indigenous arts that regularly take place at the Casa de la Cultura. In Morelia, 'culture' is local, national, and international. The largest industry in the city is education, employing hundreds of professors from numerous countries world-wide in its several colleges and universities. When I think of the "ex-pat" community in Morelia, it isn't the English speaking community that first comes to mind. Ex-pats from Eastern and Western Europe, from all over Latin America, and from Asia live and teach in Morelia.
  8. The Morelia airport is about an hour from the city--only a little farther away than the GDL airport is from Ajijic. I lived in beautiful Morelia for years and love the city and its incredible and year-round array of cultural events. I live in Mexico City now, miss living in Morelia and often consider going back.
  9. Breaking news from the NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/business/laptop-ban-air-travel.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
  10. Those are the numbers I always use for calling a USA-based 800 (or other toll-free) number. Dial 001 prior to dialing the substitute "800" number you need, then the following eight digits. I have never been charged for making that sort of call and the calls have always gone through perfectly. In addition, many banks have non-800 numbers (usually listed both on the back of your credit/debit card AND on the bank website) that you can call collect by first dialing 001, then the area code listed, and then the telephone number. My bank's computer answers and says, "If this is an operator calling, we do accept collect calls." The call then goes automatically to the bank's electronic menu and I proceed with what business I need to do. I have never once been charged for this type call, either. Obviously YMMV, but I have no idea why.
  11. If the corn you bought in a 3-pack at Superlake was beautiful yellow corn, sweet as sugar, it was most likely grown in the state of Guanajuato or Querétaro. Farmers there have been growing USA-style sweet corn for several years. It really is wonderful!
  12. http://dias-festivos.eu/dias-festivos/mexico/2017/
  13. Yes, and here's the story of La Michoacana. IMHO, it's one of the best stories about Mexico. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2013/04/paletas-la-michoacana-big-business-sweet-and-icy-in-tocumbo.html
  14. Joco, thanks for taking the time to look this up. As in many things, this is yet another that differs from place to place. At the Farmacia Similares in Mexico City where I shop, a prescription is required. YMMV.
  15. Cedros, SAS also sells mesh shoes for men--like walking or running shoes.
  16. That's a type of goat cheese coated with ash on the outside. One eats the ash along with the cheese.
  17. Joco, one also needs a prescription for any controlled substance--whether it's something very strong for pain relief or whether it's a psychotropic drug taken for a mental health issue. Farmacia Similares does indeed sell controlled substances, including psychotropics.
  18. Belgioso is a brand of cheese. It's located in Wisconsin. Some Belgioso cheeses are sold at Costco and at supermarkets in Guadalajara and other large Mexican cities. I would imagine that Pancho carries the brand at SuperLake. https://www.belgioioso.com/
  19. Pelusa=lint Peludo(a)=hairy Peluche=stuffed animal Pelón(a)=bald or very short hair, like a crew cut. Colloquially, broke (no money) Peluca=wig Pelo comes from the Latin pilus, hair Cabello comes from the Latin capillus, hair of the head Peluca comes from the French, perruque. Peluquero comes from the French, parruchiere.
  20. Belgioso makes a decent fresh mozzarella. I use it on pizza--photo below. It makes a completely different pizza than the grated mozzarella Computer Guy mentioned. I buy the grated kind for other uses. Have any of you tried burrata--another kind of fresh mozzarella that Belgioso makes? There's nothing quite as wonderful for a light meal as a bowl of cut-up ripe tomatoes doused with good olive oil and vinegar, with a ball of burrata on top. Break the ball open with your fork and--mmmm. I suspect that SL carries it, and I know Costco does.
  21. Pappy, you know what Dorothy Parker said: "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." Or something that sounds like that.
  22. The acronym SAS stands for San Antonio Shoes. I think they got their start in San Antonio, Texas. Their store nearest you in Mexico is in Zapopan. http://www.sasmexico.mx/
  23. I know a curandero in Concepción de Buenos Aires, not terribly far from Ajijic. You go around the other side of the lake, turn right onto the road to Mazamitla, and follow the signs for Concepción de Buenos Aires. Go to the Templo de la Inmaculada Concepción on the town square and ask for Padre Manuel. Or you might rather call the parish to see if he's still there. CONCEPCIÓN DE B. AIRESAquiles Serdán No. 9C.P. 49170 Concepción de B. Aires, Jal.Tel.: (372) 426 01 09 The town is about half an hour on the other side of Mazamitla. Here's a link to the article I wrote about him: http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2007/08/the-drive-deep-.html
  24. I'm thinking you didn't read the article I wrote (and posted here, upthread) after visiting Papantla, Veracruz for several days and investigating vanilla production. If you did, just ignore the link. http://mexicocooks.typepad.com/mexico_cooks/2017/04/de-vaga-en-veracruz-tierra-jarocha-vacation-wanderings-in-veracruz-part-iv-.html
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