Some of these stories are fictional. Some are factual. Some are humorous. All (the author says modestly) are entertaining
Stories about travel, henequen production, copper canyon, zone of silence, and humor. Mexico is people. All the pretty beaches, majestic mountains, thrilling archaeological sites that the country has to offer pale in comparison to the beauty and warmth of her people. These stories give you a chance to experience that in a way no fact-driven travel article can, or should.
You might learn more about why you want to go to Mexico by reading these than by all the facts on my site. Take a break from your relentless, planning-driven fact-finding to enjoy some marginally nonfiction stories about Mexico, the Mexican people and both adventures and misadventures on the road in Mexico. Some of these stories were written in this century.
Most were written in the mid 1990's. Any semblance to actual travel-writing facts (hotels, restaurant, directions, people living, dead or in-between) today are tenuous at best. The sentiments and observations about the people and customs of Mexico, as well as the overall feel of certain places are as valid today as they were decades ago.
If you were a "Mexico" Mike fan back then, reading my misadventures in The Monitor, McAllen, TX's daily newspaper, you will enjoy the nostalgia. If you are too young to have been a fan, maybe you will appreciate hearing a voice and style of writing seldom done today. Everybody and his brother has a blog today and this was something of a precursor to that. I did, however, hold onto literary pretenses then, so hopefully these pieces are crafted a bit differently.
The Mexico stories and articles here are humorous, sad, entertaining, educational! What else could you ask for? Worried about how to react to your perception of poverty in Mexico? See the story on capitalism.
You'll learn about real Mexican people living real lives here -- from businesspeople to mechanics to capitalists to oddball characters (and I don't mean just "Mexico" Mike).The henequen production article was one of my most popular. Most of these stories are old, like me, but unlike me, are hopefully timeless.
And, if you really want to learn about society, try my "serious, yet unpretentious" book about modern Mexican society here.
Capitalism -- Where the author learns a little about the "real" Mexicans. Seeing beyond poverty and into the soul of Mexico.
Mike Bites the Dust! -- Wrecked in Torreon. Ever wonder what it's like to have a car wreck in Mexico?
Elvis Sighted in Monterrey! The author learns that taste and importing success are far apart.
Huichol Love Story -- Touching. (OK, Mike does have a soft spot besides in his head).
Barra del Tordo, Tamaulipas -- Little-known getaway. Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nesting area.
Henequen Production in Merida --. Ever wonder what they do with all those cacti in the Yucatan?
Christmas is for giving -- A heartwarming story about Mike's one generous act.
In the Zone! -- The Zone of Silence (Zona del Silencio) in the Chihuahua desert may be the weirdest place on earth.|
The Copper Canyon From the top to the Bottom -- Driving from Creel to Batopilas.
Driving Arcos The Sierras From Hidalgo del Parral to Culiacan on a Very Back, Back Road by Bill Fitzgerald -- Don't try this at home.