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The People's Guide to Mexico: Articles & Letters, Questions & Answers

January 2000

RVers Online head for the Copper Canyon & Mazatlan

New "Section" pages

Women In Mexico
Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez
Guatemala & The Ruta Maya

Mexico Itineraries & Road Reports

Red Tape

Outdoor Mexico

Camping in Mexico

Mexico Adventures

Carl's Mexico Notebook #8

•Parrot Fever

It was seven a.m. and Steve was in the kitchen, blearily preparing atole* for his newest baby. The latest arrival in our growing family was perched on the back of a wooden chair across the table from me, teetering dangerously as it screamed its fool head off for breakfast.... (more) by Carl Franz

•Recipes: Oaxaca Cooking Video

Seasons of The Heart" featuring Susana Trilling -- a fine video cooking series on the foods of Oaxaca produced for PBS.

•Recipes: I’d pick chile rellenos as the all-around favorite dish of visitors to Mexico

Making chile rellenos at home that taste like the real thing takes a certain sazon (cook’s touch), so we’ve also added Steve’s Chiles Rellenos to our Recipe section.

You’ll also find Amber Zavada’s excellent Vegetarian Fusion” recipes for enchiladas, bean soups, and flan.

•Health: The perfect bug dope

In her never-ending quest for the perfect bug dope, Lorena finds a human volunteer for a frightening “nosee’um” experiment on the coast of Nayarit.

•Health: Can prescription medicines be mailed to the US?


¡¡Last Minute BULLETIN!!

Mexico SUSPENDS Implements New Vehicle Bonding Regulations on Wednesday, 1 December 1999

THANKS TO A LAST MINUTE REPRIEVE the Mexican government has backed off on new car bonding regulations for tourists and foreign residents. Nonetheless, If you plan to drive to Mexico, be sure to read our reports on this confusing redtape situation.

Carl's Notebook #7

December 3, 1999

Let’s talk about prices. Lorena and I finally gave in and went shopping in Guadalajara.... Here some food prices....

Mexico on 5 Tamales A Day: Can I really live like a bachelor king on $500 a month? How about $900? Is $2,000 okay for a family? Did I hear somebody say $4,000? Help!.

80 Million Monarchs Visit Mexico

Thanks largely to La Red (the Web), Mexico is no longer the tierra incognita it used to be. ...

A funny menu misprint that my friend and I found on a menu in a cafe in Tuxtla Gutierrez last winter”

“I air raced for years to and from Mexico and learned to love all the little towns we landed in, and of course the people asked us to please come back....”

“Call Mexico for only .20 a minute...”

“I was surprised to find out you are at Lake Chapala, it always sounded so "middle-class". :-)....”

Be honest, doesn’t the thought of going to Mexico raise a few nervous butterflies in your stomach? Mexico: Safe or Sorry? An excerpt from the 25th Anniversary Edition of The People’s Guide To Mexico.

We’ve waffled back and forth for months about creating our own discussion forums or interactive bulletin board on this website...Our final decision is a compromise, the People’s Guide discussion will take place on MexConnect.com's forum.

Carl's Notebook #6

November 15, 1999

My gloating summary of last week’s weather.

Overheard while eavesdropping....

Be the first in your forum to have a revolutionary mousepad.

Believe it or not: decent $10 hotel rooms in Mexico City.

Huehuecoyotl: an alternative community established in 1981 is alive and well, and "delightfully imperfect".

Frustrated by Amazon.com?

Mexico's bureaucratic bungles: $400 - $800 car fees spark Paisano revolt.

Look at what the mailman brought:

•...Boy, they sure have stirred up a hornet's nest w/ this one.....
•...your beginning notes on Lake Chapala are helping with our decision to chuck the land of wetness....
•...he is suffering from little, irritating bites of some kind of parasite that I brought back from Honduras....
•...is your book available in England? ...Can we buy a VW van in Mexico?
•...I'm traveling by myself and will be taking a motorcycle.
•...a single woman prepares to drive alone to Mexico.

Carl's Notebook #5

November 1, 1999

Day of the Dead:
The tremendous popularity of Mexico's 5 de Mayo fiesta in the U.S. is now spreading to the "Days of the Dead". Will the macabre "Los Muertos" of November 2 eventually give even Halloween a fright? Links to scores of interesting Día de los Muertos websites in both English and Spanish.


Letters and Emails: We've having a difficult time keeping up with all the wonderful letters, emails and information you send us.

*What's this rumor about a People's Guide eTravel Letter?

*Reminder: we've added a few new email addresses. Here's how to find us.

Updated your bookmarks as we've move the People’s Guide website to a larger and much more flexible server.

Important changes to Mexico's Tourist Card: Visitors to the interior of Mexico must have a valid FMT -- better known as a "tourist card" (for extensive details, see The People's Guide To
Mexico ). In July of this year, Mexico replaced the previous free-of-charge version with a new and improved 150 peso tourist card. But is it working?

If you’ll be driving to Mexico, read this! Mexico Proposes -- Then Delays -- New Redtape For Tourists With Vehicles

Job Opening in Mexico: "we are looking to hire a couple to manage the tourism side of the Rancho Esmeralda."

Auto insurance
: Like many other veteran travelers, Lorena and I buy auto insurance for Mexico before we even leave home.

Hot off the press: Recent excerpts and headlines from the Mexican press.


Carl's Notebook #4"

October 10, 1999:
Lake Chapala,
Jalisco, Mexico

Important changes to email and bookmarks: Lorena and I have new addresses and The People’s Guide has a new website server... please read!

Mexico Journal update: Carl describes the route from Nogales to Lake Chapala, with some thoughts on living and retiring in Mexico.

Writer’s Write! In March of 2000 Carl and Lorena will conduct a week-long workshop on the craft of writing. To inspire greater creativity, it’s at the beach.

Best Travel Book of 1999”: The People’s Guide To Mexico 25th Anniversary Edition wins a prestigious prize!

Pulling the plug: The People’s Guide Travel Letter has regretfully suspended publication.

Remembering Steve: your letters continue to console and encourage us.

Last but not least: smuggling spiders, for fun or profit?

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