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The Streets of Merida

December 21, 2022
There is not, as far as I can tell, an official, data-based ranking of the safety of Mexican cities. But there's a lot of talk. And in that talk, the city of Merida is of...
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Mexico Imports a North American Malady

December 15, 2022
I met the man pictured above in a little park near a marketplace called Lucas de Galvez, in the city of Merida, during a recent trip to the Mexican state of Yucatan. His...
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The Sweetness of the Yucatan State Fair

December 14, 2022
In the news these days, everything Mexico is calamitous. The migrants piling up at the border. The drug cartels. I realize all that is true, but I fear it can obscure ano...
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In Spain, El Paseo Marches On

November 13, 2022
Cultural historians today might tell you that the paseo, as it once existed in the Spanish world, has disappeared. And perhaps they're right. The traditional paseo, or pr...
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Whining About a Problem of Privilege

November 05, 2022
I will stipulate that what I am about to write is an ill-tempered screed about a problem 99 percent of the world's population would love to have. I will add that it's a p...
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