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As a matter of fact, it is a whole other country

Will my Lexus run on Pemex?

People, Food, Things, Travel History
Texas / Mexico Border


  • A History of Mexico in 2000 Words by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Chasing Villa by Clay Coppedge
  • The Legend of Camarón
    Excerpted from CINCO DE MAYO, the Story Behind Mexico's Battle of Puebla by Donald W. Miles
    Chap. 14 - Foreign Legionnaires
    Fight to the Death

  • The Streets of Reynosa - A Walk Down Pinata Row by John Troesser
  • Julio César Has Tres Padres
  • Watch My Nose! by John Troesser
    My Favorite Chauffeur
  • Ferry
  • The Brownsville-Metamoros Ferry by Maggie Van Ostrand
    The ferry was an efficient means of transportation between the U.S. and Mexico for 110 years, but in 1929, it took its last trip across the Rio Grande.
  • Mexico’s Gift to Opera, Rolando Villazón by Maggie Van Ostrand
    You don’t have to know anything about opera to appreciate Villazón’s voice. When you hear him sing, your jaw drops, your eyes glaze over, and the hairs on your arm stand to attention... I felt like Al Capone must have felt the first time he heard the voice of Enrico Caruso.
  • Zapata by Maggie Van Ostrand
    John Steinbeck wrote it, Elia Kazan directed it, Marlon Brando starred in it: Viva Zapata! But how close did these great artists come to the real thing? The answer lay in a telling 1916 interview by reporter Guillermo Ojara, sent by his paper, El Democrata of Mexico City, to interview Zapata himself...
  • Rockets over the Rio
  • Rocket Mail by Clay Coppedge
  • Six Degrees of Separation, or, How a Mexican Star Became a Cajun Legend by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Even if you have never wondered what ties Mexico to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, I’m going to tell you anyway. It begins with a poem...
  • Cejas and the Great Escape by Maggie Van Ostrand
    His story is much like anybody else's, filled with both sad and joyous times, and a lot of luck — he didn't get out of Tijuana by himself. He had the help of many, including angels, perhaps Santo Toribio Romo Gonz·lez, Mexico's ghostly benefactor of "illegal aliens," and a quick-witted grandmother.
  • Virtual Fence by Peary Perry
    My topic concerns something called “Project 28” which is a ‘virtual’ fence between Mexico and Arizona. Now, I’m not a rocket scientist, but a fence is a fence. You either have one or you don’t...
  • From Conspicuous Consumption to Conspicuous Frugality by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Nothing is ever wasted in Mexico. Not shards of broken glass, bits of leftover string, or ...
  • What You Don't Know About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostrand
    It's been awhile since the U.S. media has said anything about Mexico except the low-down on drug cartels, illegal immigration, and kidnappings. Negativity sells newspapers and sends traffic to media websites because nobody reads a publication that headlines "Plane Lands Safely." Common sense tells the intelligent reader that there must be another side to the story of what Mexicans are like. You're right. Here are a few true stories to help balance media negativity.
  • Re-examining the Mexican War by C. F. Eckhardt
    If you believe the ‘politically correct historians’ and the novelists who follow their lead, the mighty Norteños attacked poor, defenseless Mexico and raped her of her northern territories. Frankly, that’s a myth, and a simple examination of the various strengths, both military and political, of the two countries will expose that myth. It is, however, considered ‘politically incorrect’ to compare those strengths. Since I make a point of being ‘politically incorrect,’ I have no hesitation in doing this.
  • Joaquin Murrieta, Robin Hood or Just Plain Hood? by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Everything about Joaquin Murrieta is disputed. He was either the Mexican Robin Hood or the El Dorado Robin Hood. He was either an infamous bandito or a Mexican patriot...
  • The Christmas Flower by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Once upon a time in Mexico, a little boy was walking to church on Christmas Eve. He wanted to see the Nativity scene. He thought hard about a gift to bring the Christ child, but had no money to buy one...
  • "Yes Virginia, There Is Another Mexico" by Maggie Van Ostrand
    "When I lived in Ajijic fulltime, I saw many things that caused me to realize how blithely the U.S. media twists the truth. It's even worse today than it was ten years ago with the lies growing so fast and furiously, Pinocchio's nose cannot keep up..."
  • The Most Memorable Teacher I Never Had by Raoul Hashimoto
    “Anguish and Disappointment at a Mexico City Bus Stop”
  • The Fence by Maggie Van Ostrand
    It might startle you to learn that the U.S.-Mexico border fencing fuss has resulted in something so funny that nobody could possibly make it up, not even Dave Barry or Erma Bombeck...
  • The Fighting 201st by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Mexico organized the 201st Fighter Squadron, a select group of Mexican pilots. Thirty-five officers and 300 enlisted men were trained in Mexico, then given additional flight training as P-47 fighter squadron at Pocatello Army Air Base in Idaho, and were then attached to the 58th Fighter Group in the Philippines where they began combat operations. They wiped out machine gun nests, dropped 181 tons of bombs and fired 153,000 rounds of ammunition, acquitting themselves well and bravely. Seven of their pilots were killed in action.
  • Bagdad by Mike Cox
    "Far from the Middle East, another Bagdad lay on the south side of the Rio Grande at the river's mouth, just across from a Texas town called Clarksville..."
  • Santa Anna or Ste. Anne? C. F. Eckhardt
    It had been his avowed intention to recapture and add to Mexico all former Spanish-claimed territory in North America, on the rim of the Gulf of Mexico in Central America and South America, and in the Caribbean...
  • The Mexican by Maggie Van Ostrand
    It's easy to tell an election is coming in the U.S., because here we go again with the border situation, better known as the "Let's build a fence to keep them out" game...
  • Super Comic, Super Star, Super Man by Maggie Van Ostrand
    World-wide cinema super star: Cantinflas.
  • How My Mexican Relatives Saved the U.S. Economy by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Emilio Fernández, Ten of a Kind by Maggie Van Ostand
    You may not have ever heard of him yourself, but one of the most famous people in the history of Mexican cinema, was Emilio Fernández Romo, fondly nicknamed "El Indio."
  • Dead Men Don't Talk, But Dead Women Do by Maggie Van Ostand
    Frida Kahlo, and Her Recipes
  • Don Churrero by Maggie Van Ostand
    The churro cannot be "made," it can only be created.
  • Shrewd Mexican Women by Maggie Van Ostand
    "The shrewd women of Mexico have run things since the beginning of time. Despite appearances to the contrary, Mexico is a matriarchal nation."
  • Fry Me to the Moon by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Mexican Beauty: Dolores del Rio by Maggie Van Ostand
    "Sinuous and sensual, she was widely regarded as the female Rudolph Valentino...."
  • Las Posadas by Maggie Van Ostand
    "... Now, it could seem that greed might be casting its shadow over the story of Bethlehem, except for one very important thing: Las Posadas is still observed in Mexico...."
  • Old Friends Ask About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
    "What's it like in Mexico?" "Weren't you scared?" and "Don't they kidnap you there?" In case anyone reading this publication is wondering the same things, here's what I told my friends ...
  • The Biggest Mistake I Ever Made In Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
  • When Traveling in Mexico, Leave Your Pantyhose At Home by Maggie Van Ostand
    "Your money's no good in Mexico."
  • Mexican Eye For the Gringo Guy by Maggie Van Ostand
    According to the show business trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," the megahit TV show whose stars are known as The Fab Five, will soon have some light-hearted competition from Comedy Central's "Straight Plan For The Gay Man," whose stars have already been dubbed The Flab Four...
  • There's Something About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
  • El Taxi, or El Toro? by Maggie Van Ostand
    Hemingway said there are two types of spectators at a bullfight: those who identify with the bull, and those who identify with the matador.
  • Mrs. Baldwin of Missouri Teaches All About Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Josefina, A Woman of Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Mextra-Sensory Perception by Maggie Van Ostand
  • "The Trip" by Maggie Van Ostand
    Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Accommodations To Die For by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Broken Berlitz Or English and how she is spoken by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Nine Steps To A Happy Life In Mexico by Maggie Van Ostand
  • Mexican Village by Maggie Van Ostand
  • The Day I Photographed Josefina's Family by Maggie Van Ostand
  • "It Takes a Tortilla…" Mexicans Turn to an Ancient Reliable Snack by Sheila Mayne
  • SSSSSSnakes in Mexico by Sheila Mayne
  • Fifteen Things We'd Like You to Know about Mexico
  • An Autobus named Esperanza - Adopt-A-Gringo
  • 101 Dalmatians - 32 Kids - 1 Van & 10 Minutes to get to the Theater
  • The Reynosa Children's Home Classroom And Their One-woman Faculty

    Cartoons by Roger T. Moore:
  • Dictator Porfirio Diaz Resigns
  • April 1, 1833 - Santa Anna inaugurated President of Mexico


    "Letters From Oaxaca, Mexico" by Stan Gotlieb

  • I'm Not the Person I Used to Be
  • Timing is Everything
    Question: when does the last bus for (fill in the name of your favorite Oaxaca destination here) come by? Answer: after the next-to-the-last one.
  • Introduction for "Letters from Oaxaca, Mexico" Editor

  • Travel - Mexico Towns, Cities & Lakes

  • The Haunted Railroad Hotel of Piedras Negras by Luke Warm
  • Guerrero, Coahuila
  • Boquillas, Mexico - A Flatboat Named Enchilada: Crossing the Rio Grande
  • Reynosa
  • Los Ebanos - Taking the hand-operated ferry to Cuidad Diaz Ordaz
  • Lake Amistad and Ciudad Acuna (Swimming to Mexico)
  • Don Martin Lake


  • Spanish to Go - Don't try this at home - and certainly not in Mexico

  • Texas / Mexico Border

    Cities & Towns
  • Brownsville
  • Del Rio
  • Eagle Pass
  • El Paso
  • Hidalgo
  • Laredo
  • McAllen
  • Rio Grande City
  • Roma
  • Book Hotel Here:
  • Brownsville Hotels
  • Del Rio
  • Eagle Pass
  • El Paso
  • Hidalgo
  • Laredo
  • McAllen
  • Rio Grande City

  • This site for Mexico Tales sponsored by: Maggie Van Ostrand


































































































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