Letters from Our Readers
Dear Carl & Lorena.
I have lived 10 years in San Miguel de Allende. Been back in US since 1992. Hope in next few years to retire back to Mexico.
Thanks. Love your books. My copy of People's Guide is from 1972 and my Camping is 1982, so I'm a long time fan.
I appreciate your desire not to live in a "them or us" situation in Mexico. But, having lived in both SMA and Ajijic, I don't really see that there's a problem -- you choose your friends and acquaintances in either place.
I just ordered the book you reviewed on Lake Chapala, written by Teresa....., sounded interesting. I want to get ready for our visit to the Lake, so will want to read the book and dream a little. Don't know yet when we can retire, hope it is soon. Take care........ Terry & Marlin
I just read your letter to Jim Jamieson. I just spent 4 months along the coast near PE and had to fly to Oaxaca City several times. The flights are run by AeroCaribe and AeroVega (less expensive but smaller plane). Costs one-way are $70 to 95 (US). They fly new turboprops. The quality of the flights was excellent.
Thanks for the People's Guide
I always wanted to thank you for your 2 PEOPLE'S GUIDE books. They were my bibles during the trips I took 20 years ago, and it's a little hard for me to sort out true memories of my trips from yours.
I'm taking a 6 week course in spoken Spanish so I can travel in Mexico this winter. I'll be driving. Of course, I won't have learned much in 6 weeks of classes, but I'll have a tutor for 8 weeks after that. How can I differenciate between Mexican Spanish and Spanish spoken in Spain and S. America?
Six weeks of class and 8 weeks with a tutor is an excellent start, especially as Mexicans are very sympathetic when anyone makes an effort to speak Spanish.
This note is from the cold, dark, gloomy, damp Pacific Northwest. According to your web page, you are probably in Mexico right about now, possibly reading e-mail from one of the little internet cafes that have sprung up. Oaxaca? I'm envious.
This time last year, I was there too; somewhere over there in Chiapas, or en route through Tabasco to Veracruz. I was returning from three years at the American School in Guatemala, where I taught sixth grade. In addition to lots of exploration in Central America while "stationed" there, I managed a few forays into southern Mexico during our holidays. Managed to visit some places which had always eluded me before: Tonina, Bonampak, Yaxchilan, the back roads..
Re-patriation via Fly Mexico last year was not such a bad idea in December either, eh?
Anyway, I just picked up a copy of your 25th anniversary edition guide. How many trips ago was it... 12?...16?...? that I carried the first edition on a visit--via "Kombi"--to Mazatlan/Tenacatita/Palenque/Panajachel. It was invaluable then, as now.
Though I think I have it memorized, so to speak, at this stage of the game, it is still witty and fun, and helps me forget the Oregon winter outside. I always recommend it to "first-timers"
Well, "there you are". And have a good time.
Thanks for the great website.
No, there are no special customs concerns for a laptop. Other than the obvious precaution of keeping a close eye on your machine while you travel, traveling with one here is "business as usual". I've read that some airport thieves now specialize in lifting laptops -- I carry mine in a dirty daypack.