Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tales of a Foreigner Living in Mexico

Website Title: Guajiro Dreams
Type of website:
Personal blog
Excellent source of...: Cultural and experiential details you only learn about living in Mexico.

Guajiro Dreams is probably my favorite (so far) expat blog out of Mexico. The author lives in San Juan del Rio in the state of Guanajuato, so he really is deep in the heart of Mexican culture. Like many expats here, he has some strong political opinions about both Mexico and the United States. He writes in a familiar and conversational style. And I don't know...seems like he goes through so many of the same experiences that we do. Recently he posted about having his DNS address blocked by Prodigy, which is of course the only ISP we can use here in Mexico. They do this. It's such a pain. They always say they didn't do it, but those of us who understand what is going on *know* they did it. It's infuriating. See, this guy knows this stuff. And this is the stuff of day to day life in Mexico. (Not all of it is about technology, by the way...)

Related websites: Gemstones of Mexico and Casa de Mexico
Type of website:
Gems and Clothing from Mexico
Excellent source of...: Handmade jewelry, leatherwork and one-of-a-kind treasures from Mexico.

The author of Guajiro Dreams appears to sell gemstones from Mexico from websites linked to this blog. Casademexico.com sells work by a few hand-picked artesans who create jewelry and leather items. Mexicogemstones.com sells Mexican fire agate, crystal opals and fossil specimens. I must admit I don't like the website designs much...but all the information is there, and hey! the website works, which is more than I can say for a lot of them.

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