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Achenblog: June 5, 2005 - June 11, 2005

Why I'm Not Blogging Today

The reason there's no blog today, or at least nothing that deserves the exalted and grandiose label of "blog," is that I had to work on a column about Mexico and didn't want to keep dribbling away all my...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 10, 2005; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Half the Nation in Poverty

Rich and poor live elbow to elbow in the old colonial villages of Coyoacan and San Angel. Mexico has strong class divisions, but this place doesn't seem to have the socioeconomic segregation that is common in the United States....

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 9, 2005; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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At the Zocalo

It was not when I first saw the Zocalo, reputed to be the largest Spanish colonial square in the world, that I had the head-smacking thought. Nor was it when I ate breakfast on the rooftop of the Holiday...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 8, 2005; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Village Living in Mexico City

Last night we ate in the village square at Los Danzantes, an open-air cafe overlooking what was once the stomping ground of Cortez (a man who knew how to stomp). The appetizer was particularly spectacular: Huitlacoche, which my hosts,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 6, 2005; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Life and Death in Coyoacan

Last night I flew into Mexico and was quickly reminded that my Spanish is the equivalent of Shaq trying to make a free throw. Sometimes it works, but it's never pretty. When you step off the airplane you notice...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 6, 2005; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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