Happy Birthday Mexico, Please Read This!

by Kevin Burton    Hello Mexico, are you there?    Are you listening? Happy birthday!    Yes, I know I’m just a shade early. Tomorrow is Independence Day in Mexico.    Viva Mexico! You’re 211 years young.    Just one question though: what does a respectable, kind-of-bilingual, ex ex-pat blogger have to do to get …

Canadian Border Opens For US Tourists

by Kevin Burton    My Canada vacation dreams are on the table again, but for how long?    On Monday Canada lifted its restriction of non-essential travel by US citizens for the first time since the pandemic hit in March 2020.  That made for immediate celebrations for border dwellers who have relatives, friends and property …

Cinco De Mayo Started In My “Hometown”

By Kevin Burton    Do you know the story behind Cinco de Mayo?    No, it isn’t the Mexican national Independence Day.  That would be Sept. 16.     Cinco is the celebration of a famous battle an undermanned Mexican army won over invading French troops at Puebla, Mexico. Puebla is the city I lived in …