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How I got rolling on Mi Bici!

4 DAYS AGO
How I got rolling on Mi Bici!

Mi Bici, the eight-week-old public bike share system that is slated to revolutionize non-motorized transportation in Guadalajara, seems to be one of those things that should be about as difficult as cooking a hamburger. But I say this recalling the friend who once asked how to avoid ending up with a...

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Senior Jalisco health care official arrested for embezzlement

4 DAYS AGO

The former administrative director of the Seguro Popular healthcare program in Jalisco has been arrested for allegedly siphoning off funds. 

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Locals rally round as visiting musicians face travel delays

4 DAYS AGO

No-one attending the opening night concert at the Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival had any idea of the miserable time endured by some of the musicians or the valiant efforts of the festival’s volunteers.

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Expat, local traffic chief team up for cycle path renewal

11 DAYS AGO
Expat, local traffic chief team up for cycle path renewal

Lakeside area cyclists are enjoying safer travel along the Ciclopista bike track bordering the Chapala-Jocotepec highway thanks to new signage and freshly painted roadway markings that have appeared in recent weeks.

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Vallarta has its own “Crocodile Dundee”

18 DAYS AGO
Vallarta has its own “Crocodile Dundee”

Recently videos posted online show a man feeding and petting crocodiles in the Boca Negra estuary in the area between the Airport and the mouth of the Rio Ameca on Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta. He has even invited tourists to mount crocodiles and have their photo taken. 

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Crazy weather predicted

18 DAYS AGO

The next few weeks are likely to prove the wisdom of the familiar Mexican proverb: Febrero loco y marzo otro poco. Weathermen at Mexico’s national meteorological service are forecasting sporadic rains and shifting climatic conditions for the remainder of February and into next month. 

It is no...

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Hay literature festival cancels Veracruz event

4 DAYS AGO

The Hay Festival of literature and arts has cancelled its event in Veracruz in protest against the failure to protect freedom of expression in the state. Organizers of the event said that 800 writers around the world had contacted them asking for the cancellation, following a spate of attacks on jou...

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Aeromexico expands to Boston, Toronto

4 DAYS AGO

Aeromexico will launch direct flights from Mexico City to Toronto and Boston, as of May and June respectively, the airline’s director general Andres Conesa revealed in the February edition of its in-flight magazine Aire.

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Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

4 DAYS AGO
Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

The annual three-day San Pancho Music Festival returns for its 15th year in the beach town of San Francisco, Nayarit. As always there is no charge to the public. It is entirely supported by the contributions of local and international recording artists, and donations from those in attendance are alw...

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PV writers’ conference set for March 6-8

24 DAYS AGO

If there is a book inside you bursting to get out, the ninth Puerto Vallarta Writers’ Conference will be the place to release it.

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U.S. immigration cases stuck in limbo

18 DAYS AGO

The prioritization of the cases of more than 60,000 unaccompanied Central American children has had a negative side-effect for other undocumented immigrants. 

Since the summer, thousands of people who are seeking legalization have had their hearings canceled without reschedule. The government ...

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Mexico: 3rd best country to retire

1 MONTHS AGO
Mexico: 3rd best country to retire

A study has named Mexico as the third best destination to retire. The Annual Global Retirement Index compiled by the International Living Organization said that established expat havens in Jalisco and Guanajuato provided excellent support to retirees easing into a new life abroad. A great climate an...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, February 19, 2015

4 DAYS AGO

Financial indicators as of Thursday, February 19, 2015

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,053.65 a increase of 1,120.39 points from Thursday, February 12, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was up at 2.83 percent from Thursday, February 12, 2015.

–Bank In...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, February 12, 2015

11 DAYS AGO

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 41,933.26 a increase of 222.44 points from Thursday, February 5, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was up at 2.78 percent from Thursday, January 29, 2015.

–Bank Interest paid on 28-day 10,000 to 50,000 peso Promissory ...

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Obituary – Bill McConnaughey

4 DAYS AGO
Obituary – Bill McConnaughey

Well-known lakeside Tai Chi instructor and Focus on Mexico backbone and consultant Bill McConnaughey died December 26 in his Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos home. 

Born August 5, 1941, in Clinton, Missouri, McConnaughey discovered the world during his formative years while living with an uncle i...

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Obituaries – Dryden Jones, Michael Hainsworth, Aida Texter

24 DAYS AGO
Obituaries – Dryden Jones, Michael Hainsworth, Aida Texter

Dryden Jones

Dryden Jones died January 14 at his home in La Floresta at the age of 92. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 14, 1923. In the spring of 1942 he was accepted at Harvard Collage but in November of 1942 he asked for a leave of absence to join the military. Jones became a pil...

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Tapatio golfer making strides on PGA Tour

4 DAYS AGO
Tapatio golfer making strides on PGA Tour

Guadalajara golfer Carlos Ortiz has notched up his second best result in his fledgling PGA career with an 11th-place finish in the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

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Charros come home defeated, but adoring fans brighten their spirts

24 DAYS AGO
Charros come home defeated, but adoring fans brighten their spirts

Charros de Jalisco baseball fans were surely disappointed by the team’s rout in Culiacan this week during the final three games of the Mexican Pacific League championship series. The Charros, who had seemed to roll over most opponents in their first season back in the league in 20 years, were even e...

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Expat Living

2015 closings at US, Canadian diplomatic missions

2 MONTHS AGO

The United States Embassy and Consulates in Mexico will close on the following dates: January 1 and 19; February 2 and 16; March 16; April 2 and 3; May 1, 5, 10 and 25; July 3, September 7 and 16; October 12; November 2, 11, 16 and 26; December 25. The Canadian Embassy and Consulates in Mexico will ...

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City Living - February 21, 2015

4 DAYS AGO
City Living - February 21, 2015

American School musical 

A troupe of 90 young performers are bringing the English musical “Honk!” to the stage of the American School of Guadalajara, highlighted by budding lyric soprano Maria Contreras and 13-year-old baritone Tim Willing — and by ASFG theater teacher Stacy Ohrt-Billingslea, ...

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City Living - February 14, 2015

11 DAYS AGO
City Living - February 14, 2015

Birthday bash

At the grand old age of 473, Guadalajara could be forgiven for celebrating its birthday in sedate fashion.  

That’s not going to happen. A plethora of events will envelop the city center this weekend, culminating in a tropical dance festival Saturday evening in the Liberacion Pl...

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Chili Cookoff steams up with novel enticements

4 DAYS AGO
Chili Cookoff steams up with novel enticements

The 37th Mexican National Chili Cookoff blasts off Friday, February 27 for a three-day run at the Tobolandia Water Park. This year sees a new layout for easier visitor access and an expanded entertainment program, along with the culinary contests, hourly raffles and giant shopper’s paradise that alw...

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The joyous festival of Purim comes to lakeside

4 DAYS AGO

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.  

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Laguna Chapalac – February 21, 2015

4 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – February 21, 2015

Bilingual Toastmasters

Arturo Gutierrez took first place at a Spanish speech contest at the Monday, February 16 meeting of the Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club. Marrisa Urrutia and Carmen Guzman ranked second and third. Gutierrez will represent the local group at a regional competition in G...

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Laguna Chapalac – February 14, 2015

11 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – February 14, 2015

Bilingual Toastmasters

The English speech contest at the recent meeting of the Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters saw Guy Jobidan take first place and Karuna Gomez Mont second. Jobidan will represent the group at the March 28 competition in Guadalajara. 

The group will hold a speech competit...

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

11 DAYS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

3 MONTHS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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North Banderas Beat - February 14, 2015

11 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 14, 2015

New golf course

Construction of a new 18-hole golf course in Nuevo Vallarta designed by Greg Norman has been going on for less than six months, but already five holes are completed. 

According to developers Vidanta Golf, the first nine holes should be ready for play in May.
The second nine h...

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North Banderas Beat - January 30, 2015

25 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 30, 2015

Market reborn

If you miss your favorite Wednesday market vendors who were previously at the Forever Spring market on Lazaro Cardenas in Bucerias, here’s some good news: “They can be found in the new market called Roots,” says organizer Alison Normanton. There were some issues which just couldn’t be...

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La Manzanillo Memo – February 21, 2015

4 DAYS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – February 21, 2015

Lending Library Project

A few winter seasons ago Susan O’Riley discovered La Manzanilla for the first time. That first season was spent getting to know the village, the local nonprofits and community projects.  She thought La Manzanilla would be the perfect place to set-up a library.  She...

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La Manzanillo Memo – February 7, 2015

18 DAYS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – February 7, 2015

La Manzanilla’s Supper Club

A few weeks ago I received a small flyer inviting me to, La Manzanilla’s First Supper Club. The flyer let me know I could expect exquisite Mexican cuisine, the date and time, and a phone number to call to reserve my spot. No information about the sender or location was g...

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Barra de Navidad a Melague Journal

25 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad a Melague Journal

True Wealth

A wealth of experience gathered Wednesday January 22nd, 9 a.m. as it does all year round, at the Cabo Blanco Hotel in the heart of Barra de Navidad. Teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, parents and partners filled the seats of the Costalegre Rotary Club breakfast meeting. The invisible bon...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque - December 20

2 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque - December 20

Festival Del Mar

The five-day Festival del Mar Melaque Costalegre from December 10-14 was described by municipal tourism director and organizer Francisco Carrillo Torres as “the foundation of much bigger things to come.”

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 21, 2015

4 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 21, 2015

Quacks Abound

It is all about fun, food and friendship at the Sixth Annual Duckaton Fundraiser for SETAC (Solidaridad Ed Thomas). You’ll enjoy live music and entertainment, free food, open bar and great prizes, all for a good cause.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 7, 2015

18 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 7, 2015

Expat Parties

Get in touch with other expats living in Puerto Vallarta. There are about 50,000 of them so there are plenty of people to meet. The ExPats in Vallarta events give everyone a venue to ask questions because many others have already done what you need to do and are willing to help. This ...

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Arts & Entertainment

Bernardo Bertolucci at the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival

4 DAYS AGO
Bernardo Bertolucci at the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival

Renowned Italian film director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will be the star celebrity at the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival, scheduled from March 6 to 15.

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French artist’s drawing exhibition awakens more than sarcasm

25 DAYS AGO
French artist’s drawing exhibition awakens more than sarcasm

On a weekday afternoon, the crowd viewing “El Gusto del Trazo” (The Pleasure of the Line) couldn’t match the one at the Louvre, yet a respectable stream of mostly young people, even a skateboard-toting couple, flowed through the graceful Ex Convento del Carmen in downtown Guadalajara scrutinizing th...

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Bubbly pianist, entertainer charms local audiences

4 DAYS AGO

Thursday and Friday’s very different concerts by Jeffery Straker, in aid of Niños Incapacitados, were enormous fun and extremely well received. Audiences were even persuaded to join in, clapping in time and copying various sounds sung by Straker, which they did with gusto at Ajijic’s Auditorio de la...

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Church setting perfect venue for benefit organ concert

4 DAYS AGO
Church setting perfect venue  for benefit organ concert

Wednesday’s recital by guest organist J. Neal Biggers at Ajijic’s San Andrés Church was extremely well supported, as was the request for food contributions and/or donations in aid of the Villa Infantil Orphanage, which is entirely dependent on such private support.

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Ribera Arts Review - February 21, 2015

4 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - February 21, 2015

ECA in Chapala

A display, sale and demonstration of regional crafts, art and candies will be held on the Chapala malecon from Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22. Vendors will be selling clothing and fashion accessories, textiles, leather and decorative items, as well as original artwor...

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Ribera Arts Review - February 14, 2015

11 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - February 14, 2015

Dual Show

Local photographer Jill Flyer and painter/sculptor Navarro Tadeo are sharing the spotlight for two weeks in a special dual show that opened on Friday, February 13 in Galeria Sol Mexico at Colón 13 in Ajijic. 

While Lakesiders are well acquainted with Flyer’s Mexican-themed photogr...

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At the Movies – February 7, 2015

18 DAYS AGO

Taken 3

Former covert operative Bryan Mills must race to protect his daughter while tracking down the criminals who framed him for killing his wife in the adrenaline-fueled third chapter of the Taken saga. Bryan and his ex-wife Lenore are taking their first tentative steps toward reconciliation whe...

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At the movies - January 30, 2015

25 DAYS AGO

The Gambler

In this remake of a 1974 film, James Caan, an English professor who is also a compulsive gambler, finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money. Jim Bennett is a lecturer reeling from the death of his beloved grandfather. His all-or-not...

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Columns

Proud Michoacan town besotted by orchids hosts first-rate show, sells fine cheeses to boot

11 DAYS AGO
Proud Michoacan town besotted by orchids hosts first-rate show, sells fine cheeses to boot

From Jocotepec it’s only a 90-minute drive to little San José de Gracia, Michoacán, located quite close to the popular mountain resort town of Mazamitla. San José has been holding a big Expo Orquidea for the last seven years, but word about it had never reached our ears. Now, thanks to Alex Solís, w...

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Revisiting dramatic Santa Rosa Vista “Suspended in space, the river looked miles below me.”

18 DAYS AGO
Revisiting dramatic Santa Rosa Vista “Suspended in space, the river looked miles below me.”

Many years ago we heard a rumor about a huge cave located north of Tesistán, supposedly full of the bones of Mexicans caught on the wrong side of the fence during the Revolución. The cave was called La Cueva del Muerto, located near a rancho called Las Presitas.

One find day, we drove out of Tesist...

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South of North: The lives of non-saints, or presidential optimism – speculative, dramatic, preposterous and flailing

4 DAYS AGO

President Enrique Peña Nieto visited China, Australia and the United States after the disappearance of the 43 students in the village of Iguala, Guerrero.  As public pressure forced him to meet with the students’ families, he insisted the encounter take place not in Guerrero, but in presidentia...

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South of North – Rising crime, falling oil prices mean Mexican meltdown?  Some see at least some species of sharp retreat

11 DAYS AGO

Backed by numerous international economic forecasters, the administration of Mexican President Peña Nieto predicted a buoyant year of vigorous growth, robust foreign investment, muscular job creation and, magically, lower prices for consumers.

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Knowing the difference between an INsecure site and a NONsecure site

18 DAYS AGO

Online security is a subject about which many more people are now aware even though most internet users lack much understanding in this area. That is not a criticism; after all, one does not have to understand computerized electronic fuel-injection systems in order to drive an automobile. There are ...

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Google blocks Spanish news in response to laws targeted at ‘aggregators’

1 MONTHS AGO

Happy New Year 2015 is not starting out as such a Feliz Año Nuevo for many Spanish speakers around the world.  Two weeks ago Google announced the shutdown of news reporting in Spain due to a new law that went into into effect January 1 in the Iberian nation.  Google now omits news reports ...

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Tolerance and patience

4 DAYS AGO

It’s the end of February and thankfully lakeside is overflowing with winter visitors. The annual boost to the local economy is, as always, so anticipated and welcome. Still, with the stores, restaurants, events and streets filled to capacity, we all need an extra dose of patience. 

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Talking about time

11 DAYS AGO

Can there be a place that is any busier or where residents have any less time than lakeside in February? There are more meetings, musical presentations, fundraisers, plays, dinners, dances, events, games and lunches than can be recorded, let alone attended – even for those who are still on north-of-...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – February 21, 2014

4 DAYS AGO

I had an embroidered blouse that I wore nearly every other day during my college years in the early seventies. White cotton with blue embroidery around the wide neckline, it was loose fitting and comfortable and always made me feel a little exotic. It may or may not have come from Mexico, but I alwa...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – February 14, 2014

11 DAYS AGO

It could be that I don’t get out enough, but I’m seeing a serious lack of rudeness here in Guadalajara.  The people I come in contact with greet me with a “buenos dias,” hold doors open for me, say “gracias” if I hold one open for them, and sit at tables in restaurants by my two grandkids under...

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Mexican Lifestyles

QUIZ: 20 questions on 2014: What can you remember?

1 MONTHS AGO
QUIZ: 20 questions on 2014: What can you remember?

How closely were you following the pages of the Guadalajara Reporter – and Mexican and international news in general – last year? Take our New Year quiz and see what kind of news addict you are. 

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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

2 MONTHS AGO
Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

In offering tours of substance to Lakeside residents, the husband-and-wife team of Rosie Cepeda and Carlos Alfaro bring some uncommon experience.
With her background as a high-school chemistry teacher in northern Mexico, Cepeda’s interest in natural sciences and education shows.

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Tlalpu-what? The little town in Michoacan that foiled the grinch

2 MONTHS AGO
Tlalpu-what? The little town in Michoacan that foiled the grinch

Can anyone think of a happy story connected with mining? Apart from the occasional strike-it-rich tale (generally plagued by unexpected barbs of misfortune), the world brims with tragic accounts of mining-related greed, exploitation, danger, slave labor, disasters, strikes, illnesses and poverty.

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Sugary, oblong Three Kings Day cake includes a small plastic surprise

1 MONTHS AGO
Sugary, oblong Three Kings Day cake includes a small plastic surprise

A special culinary treat customarily served on January 6 is the rosca de reyes – a sweet bread shaped in round or oblong form and decorated with jewel-like candied fruits to resemble a crown. Bakers slip tiny plastic figures shaped like infants into the dough before popping the bread in the oven.&nb...

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Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

3 MONTHS AGO
Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

Ask any two Tapatios where to find the best fish tacos in Guadalajara and a long discussion is sure to ensue, with each extolling the virtues of his or her particular neighborhood haunt.

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

4 MONTHS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

4 MONTHS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Weighing up the risks of common medications

2 MONTHS AGO
Weighing up the risks of common medications

With some public health experts warning about the overuse of antibiotics and vaccines, many individuals struggle with uncertainty when faced with situations that call for their use.

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Vaccines: An objective evaluation

2 MONTHS AGO
Vaccines: An objective evaluation

There are two questions that many people ask themselves about vaccines: “Are they safe?” and “Do they work?”

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New state library second biggest in Mexico

Upon inaugurating the Juan Jose Arreola library in Guadalajara last week, President Felipe Calderon called it “the most important state public library in the country.”

Located in the new University of Guadalajara (UdeG) Cultural Center, the library opened to the general public on Monday.

Built on a 200-hectare plot of land, the 43,000-square-meter structure is modern and striking, with a jagged exterior and large slanted windows. Originally scheduled to open in 2008, the library was hampered by delays and ended up costing 570 million pesos – 60 percent more than estimated.


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