Photo Shows Overlay of Modern and Traditional in Mexico

As part of my research for an article on Pulque I visited a local tlachiquero (person who cultivates Magueyes and extracts their juice) and he kindly allowed me to take photos of him and his field. Below is a photo that I took on that day. It struck me for it’s wonderful combination of modern and traditional Mexico.

modern and traditional Mexico copyright 2008 Julia Taylor

The traditional realm encompasses the setting — a field cultivated without the use of power tools, the Magueyes which have been grown there probably for centuries, the head strap Don José is using to carry his container, the small size of both of these Mexican men, their brown skin, and the way they are conversing (which is distinctly Mexican, but can only be observed in person). The modern realm encompasses the clothing they are wearing, their baseball caps, and the fact that my husband is using a rebozo to carry our son, which traditionally would be used only by women.

I just get such a kick out of this photo. When you retire in Mexico, it is fun to observe the richly-textured combination of modern and traditional elements that coexist side by side in every situation.

Retire in Mexico: Staying in Touch with Grandchilren

When you retire in Mexico — if you have children who have children — you have to think about how you will stay in touch with your grandchildren.

I was so pleased to see this topic in an article on a recent edition of expat exchange. It’s something that our family has dealt with from the flip side and I’ve often wanted to write something for my readers about it. It’s one aspect of retiring in Mexico that I wasn’t sure I wanted to endorse. When you retire in Mexico, you move far, far away from your family and friends. This can make it hard to be an active grandparent since children–especially the little ones, change so quickly. It is fun to have people visit you, though, and Mexico makes a great destination for family and friends.

Here’s that article: http://www.expatexchange.com/lib.cfm?networkID=159&articleID=3136&clk=ok

Hanging Laundry Outside: Mexican Retirement Meditation

It’s always sunny in Mexico. This means that I don’t need a dryer. I really enjoy hanging my clothes out on the line. I hear the birds, say hello to my neighbors (I don’t live behind a large wall), feel the heat of the sun on my body and sometimes want to slink back into the shade. When I come inside, I can hardly see because my pupils have closed down as far as possible to block out the blazing light. It makes laundry a whole different animal in Mexico than it was up in the Pacific Northwest where it was almost always rainy — or misty — or drizzly — or just plain soggy. Laundry is a sensory experience now that I live in Mexico. It’s not always convenient, particularily during the rainy season, but it’s enriching.