"This is Mexico:Tales of Culture and Other Complications"
"This is Mexico" is a collection of essays on the often magical and and mysterious--and sometimes heartrending--workings of everyday life in Mexico, written from the perspective of an American expatriate. By turns humorous and poignant, Merchasin's stories provide an informed look at Mexican culture and history, exploring everything from healthcare, Mexican-style, to religious rituals, and from the educational role of the telenovela to the cultural subtleties of the Spanish language.
“This is a delightful book. It made me ponder, smile, laugh out loud. Merchasin's droll take on the unfamiliar and unlikely is a tonic, and she loves Mexico, and its people, as I do.”
— Alice Walker
Festivals & Celebrations
Our daughter got married in San Miguel in 2010. One of her New York City friends told us that she had been to three weddings in Mexico that summer, the prior two at Mexican beach resorts, but that for her San Miguel represented a real insight into Mexican culture. San Miguel accommodates tourists; it doesn’t exist for tourists. It exists, as it has for over four hundred years, for Mexico and its people.
We have dry air all year and mild, moderate weather - not too hot and not too cold. At 6500 feet of altitude in high desert, we have cool mornings and evenings and warm to hot days depending on the time of year. At 6500 feet of altitude in high desert, we have cool mornings and evenings and warm to hot days depending on the time of year.
Artists have flocked here for decades, seeking the light and the energy that pervades this town. Creative types find more creativity here than anywhere else in the world. The architecture, dating back to the Spaniards who built this area in the 1500’s, creates a beautiful backdrop for everything that you see in this town.
Some say it is the geography of San Miguel that produces its energy; others say it is the energy of the Mexican people. Whatever it is, it is contagious. Mexicans love a fiesta, they love to have fun, sing, dance and enjoy life. So, when you round a corner and find an informal parade complete with musicians, giant puppets, and a donkey carrying tequila, you might find yourself joining in as they wander through the narrow cobblestone streets.