101 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TEQUILA , MEZCAL, & PULQUE

101 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TEQUILA , MEZCAL, & PULQUE      This blog post was published by Taste & Travel magazine, January 2014. For subscription information go to http://www.tasteandtravelmagazine.com.  Here is a link to the published article.  https://www.tasteandtravelmagazine.com/media/issue12_tequila.pdf. While actually a scotch drinker, I forced myself to like tequila as a sacrifice for my travel…

ROLANDO GUILLERMOPRIETO, 1938-2013

ROLANDO GUILLERMOPRIETO, 1938-2013 On June 8, 2013, Mexico lost a talented artist and brilliant lecturer, Rolando Guillermoprieto, who died in Cuautla,Morelos after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. He was born in Mexico City in 1938 but lived in Miami, Florida, London,England, and Nassau Bahamas, among other places.  He studied at St. Bernardine’s College, in Buckingham, 52 miles from…

CUERNAVACA’S SPANISH-LANGUAGE SCHOOLS RESILIENT…

An edited version of this post appeared in THE NEWS (Mexico DF) May 24, 2013. http://www.thenews.com.mx/index.php/mexico-articulos/9903-cuernavaca’s-spanish-school-renaissance— CUERNAVACA’S  SPANISH-LANGUAGE SCHOOLS  RESILIENT DESPITE SETBACKS James J. Horn, Ph.d., Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, May 24, 2013  One of the world’s leading centers for teaching Spanish to foreigners is fighting to recover from several years of setbacks, particularly an unfair…

Carlos Fuentes meets Margaret Thatcher

Allegedly Nobel laureate Carlos Fuentes loved to tell this story to friends: from Jorge Volpe, La baronesa y el actor, Reforma, April 1, 2013, translation by James Horn After a ceremonial dinner  following the inauguration of Francois Mitterand, Carlos Fuentes happened to be seated next to Margaret Thatcher. The prime minister turned to Fuentes and…

A GUIDE TO CELL PHONE CIVILITY IN MEXICO

SMART PHONES IN A NOT-SO-SMART SOCIETY A GUIDE TO CELL PHONE CIVILITY IN MEXICO (All incidents are based on personal observation or reliable informants).  Amazing as it may seem, cell phones are now more ubiquitous in Mexico than tortillas!  People cannot take a walk, ride a bus, work out in the gym, or even take…

ACAPULCO: AGING PACIFIC QUEEN STILL HAS HER CHARMS

ACAPULCO:  AGING PACIFIC QUEEN STILL HAS HER CHARMS WITH VIOLENCE FALLING, ACAPULCO OFFERS TRAVELERS MORE FOR THEIR MONEY James J. Horn, Ph.d., Acapulco Gro., Mexico  December 13, 2012 An edited version of this post appeared in THE NEWS (Mexico City), December 13, 2012. N.B.  This article has been updated to reflect publicity on violence in the port. http://www.thenews.com.mx/index.php/mexico-articulos/3744-aging-pacific-queen-still-has-her-charms–…