Monthly archive January, 2007
Fashion Week Mexico City

Fashion Week Mexico City

Over 10,000 persons, press, celebrities, designers, models, buyers and ordinary folk – descended on Mexico City’s Hotel Camino Real during the last week of October to witness close to 40 fashion shows. The event, Fashion Week Mexico, has been occurring twice yearly (in October the Spring-Summer collections are presented, in April the Fall-Winter) for the...

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Toward a Brighter Future - Por los niños

Toward a Brighter Future – Por los niños

The 170 impoverished students at the Nueva Creación primary school still attend classes in wood and tarpaper shacks perched on a dangerous cliff face, but their future is beginning to brighten. Ground has been broken for a safe new school on 5,000 square meters of land donated, and cleared, by the city of Zihuatanejo. The...

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Central Mexican Cuisine

Central Mexican Cuisine

Durango, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Mexico, Hidalgo and Puebla Corn and its byproducts, along with fresh, dried and smoked chilies of various kinds dominate the cuisines of the central Mexican states. There is also a strong baking tradition that can be traced back to the Spanish as well as to the brief French...

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Quetzalcoatl - The Feathered Serpent God of the Aztecs

Quetzalcoatl – The Feathered Serpent God of the Aztecs

When you think of Mexican mythology, you might not think of flying dragons, but nevertheless in Mexico’s pre-Hispanic recollections there exists a mythical god who was symbolized as a flying dragon, or also called, a feathered serpent, or the Quetzal-like flying snake. In the native Nahuatl Aztec tongue, the name was Quetzalcoatl, also known in...

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Aztec Mythology

Aztec Mythology

The Aztec empire, which once dominated what is now Central Mexico, fell to the Spanish conquistadors in 1521. Yet, to this day we are constantly reminded of Mexico’s Aztec past in many ways. Among the most visible examples are the replicas of the Aztec Sun Stone (commonly known as the Aztec calendar) and other works...

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Bus Travel in Mexico

Bus Travel in Mexico

If you’re ready for a little adventure, one of the great joys of traveling in Mexico is going by bus. During the past decade, service has improved by leaps and bounds. Today, you can catch a bus in Zihuatanejo and make it to Cancun in a day and a half. If you’re really determined, you...

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The Hidden Treasures of Zihuatlan - Café Zihuatlan

The Hidden Treasures of Zihuatlan – Café Zihuatlan

Café Zihuatlan – Zihuatanejo’s award-winning organic coffee. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But Juanita is furious. Someone in town is trying to take advantage of the recent popularity of Juanita’s certified organic coffee and has the nerve to copy not only her packaging but also her registered trademark, “Café Zihuatlan,”...

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Preparing for Retirement - Life Insurace

Preparing for Retirement – Life Insurace

When we sit down to plan our retirement, we often contemplate beautiful sceneries, times with our family, and perhaps even a new business or career. However, it is just as important to consider the risks associated with growing older, especially the biggest one: Death. Let’s face it. Life insurance can be a pretty depressing subject....

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Birding 101 - Birding in Paradise

Birding 101 – Birding in Paradise

A neighbor asked me the other day, “How did you get started looking at birds?” I have no idea. Growing up in an apartment in Chicago, we knew what pigeons were, we knew that robins arrived in the spring and they ate worms and that there were sparrows. That’s all I can remember. I moved...

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Letter from the Editor - January 2007

Letter from the Editor – January 2007

Welcome to Another Day in Paradise.     It’s January and if you are not feeling like that proverbial snowball barreling downhill—just wait a moment you will be.     But we’re in the tropics, so maybe we shouldn’t use snowball or even skiers out-running avalanches, analogies. Let’s think surfing. Imagine a tiny dot of...

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AMPI Joins Realtors® and Invades New Orleans

It was the largest invasion, including foreigners since the French troops arrived in 1815 for the Battle of New Orleans. A big difference, this group was here to “help rebuild New Orleans.” The Conference set attendance records with over 25,000 Realtors® attending. This resulted from a year long campaign by NAR. Fifty countries were represented...

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Tropical Houseplants 101

Tropical Houseplants 101

In this climate, I find it hard not to use house plants. We live in a climate where plants are plentiful and beautiful. Plants will add liveliness and freshness to your abode. Plants are less expensive than furniture and will add pizzazz to any setting in home. And remember that plants, like books, can be...

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