Dolores Hidalgo, an Air of Freedom

Dolores Hidalgo, the city named the Cradle of Mexican Independence, is a Magic Town often passed by on the road between Guanajuato to San Miguel Allende. Full of flavor and charm, this colonial town in Mexico should not be missed.

Dolores Hidalgo; the famous balcony

Recently I took a trip to Guanajuato City and San Miguel Allende, two of Mexico’s most beautiful colonial cities recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in the state of Guanajuato. Only an hour drive apart from each other, I knew these cities to be very popular for both Mexican and American travelers alike. While I found them to be both enchanting and beautiful with their majestic architecture and spectacular atmosphere,  I found something even more impressive that lies between them; Dolores Hidalgo, another colonial town and the birthplace of Mexico’s Independence. [Read more…]

Change is an Opportunity to Grow

In life, if something’s not right, go left. From the small beach town of Puerto Vallarta to one of the biggest cities in the world, Mexico City; why moving was the correct thing for me.

So. I made the move. I am in-process of becoming Chilanga (a girl from Mexico City).  I had been living in Puerto Vallarta from January 1 to October 1 and it is bittersweet to see another chapter of my life pass by.  Let me give you some insight on why I decided to move to Vallarta in the first place and why now I decided to move to the big city, DF. [Read more…]

Forever Began in Huatulco

Visiting the 9 bays of Huatulco, Oaxaca is an amazing discovery and surprise. A very natural and eco-friendly experience with gorgeous views makes it a perfect beach escape combined with visiting Oaxaca City.

View from El Faro

09′ Fall semester, my final year of college, had just started and I had just got back from my Puebla study abroad trip.  I was missing Mexico (and my summer fling) but figured with time, I would move on and life would go back to normal. So there I was….celebrating “Welcome Weekend” at CMU with all my friends who I hadn’t seen. As I faked my smiles, it became clear to me that I didn’t want any of this anymore; I just wanted to be back in Mexico. The feeling continued until I soon found Halloween approaching.  I thought to myself how how much of a trashy spectacle Halloween was, and then it hit me… why pay hundreds of dollars to dress up in skanky costumes and get drunk when I could spend that same amount and fly back to Mexico for the weekend? [Read more…]

Huasca de Ocampo, Hidalgo

Huasca de Ocampo is one of my most favorite visited towns in Mexico. With picture perfect landscapes full of history and beauty, it more than deserves it’s title as a  “Magic Town”

Ex-Hacienda Santa Maria Regla

My final year at university, I took 6 trips to Mexico; I had a case of senioritis with no desire for a cure! One of my most memorable trips was visiting two of the ‘Pueblos Magicos’ in the State of Hidalgo. A short weekend’s trip from Mexico City, Eddy and I headed a couple hours north to Pachuca via ADO bus.  The plan was to start in Huasca de Ocampo and  make our way down to Real del Monte.

Huasca de Ocampo is a small town situated at a high altitude with landscapes of plains and mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. The town was founded sometime around 1770, by Pedro Romero de Terreros,  a Spanish count who at one point was the richest man in the world. He built haciendas in the area, benefiting from the nearby deposits of silver and other metals. Huasca de Ocampo’s discoveries are best found by traveling on foot and I promise you won’t be disappointed with the history and beauty this town holds. [Read more…]

Mexico Today: Proof of the Importance of Having a Passion

I am a firm believer in the power of a strong passion and the Law of Attraction; dreams can and will come true as long as you have them. ‘Mexico Today’ is my personal proof.

I think a lot of people around my age often lack a passion, dream, and goal when it comes to entering "the real world".. that awkward stage of just graduating college and becoming a "young professional" can rapidly turn into something you ultimately love as long as you know what you stand for and what you want in life...The rest will all fall into place, I promise.

I think a lot of people around my age often lack a passion, dream, and goal when it comes to entering "the real world".. that awkward stage of just graduating college and becoming a "young professional" can rapidly turn into something you ultimately love as long as you know what you stand for and what you want in life...The rest will all fall into place, I promise.

Sueña. Esfuérzate. Triunfa.  Dream. Strive. Achieve.; three simple words, my motto, that got me where I am today.

In the summer of 2009, I first acquainted myself with the [MEXICO] brand from a map I picked up from the local toursist office when I was living in Puebla. I always knew I wanted to move to Mexico but I was never sure how, what, when, where or why. I figured I would take the secure route and just be a hotel activites staff, until that logo and that map made me realize I should never settle and I needed to reach for the stars.

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Romantic Things to do in Vallarta

Wondering what what romantic things to do in Puerto Vallarta? Well, you’ve come to the right place! 

Malecon Xiutla Sculpture

After 2 years of a long distance relationship and being apart, I somehow managed to talk my boyfriend, Eddy, into moving to Puerto Vallarta with me for his summer break. In the two years since we met, I’ve lived in Michigan, Chicago and Puerto Vallarta all why he stayed put in Mexico City. [Read more…]

Introduction

For the past year, creating a blog has been on my “list of things to do”.. however during that period, I fought with myself back and forth about it and questioning whether or not I should. When blogs started becoming wildly popular not too long ago, I asked myself.. What exactly is a blog? And how is it different from an online journal? I’ve been using Live Journal since 2004 (ps.  whoever thought it was smart for high school girls to write a public diary was WRONG! So much drama came from “omg did you see what she wrote in her LJ?”)

Anyways, I’ve been writing since 2004, but more as a reminder of something I personally could look back on as blogs weren’t crazy popular at the time.  Then in 2009, I started a new Live Journal account, where I would talk about my experiences leading up to my study abroad trip in Mexico and thereafter. This is where I started to express my decision to study in Mexico, how much it meant to me and how my life goals were shaped because of Mexico. It also included my actual experiences of living in Mexico and a few reflection pieces after.

This journal was my “blog” all along. Mind you it was completely and perhaps too personal, but it also expressed something that was significant to me, how utterly annoyed I was with people telling me negative things about Mexico and not understanding why I felt completely opposite of all the media flurry. My entries are half rants and raves, but none the less with an underlying theme… I love Mexico, I want to share with others what I know about Mexico, and I want people to open their eyes and realize everything is not how media makes it .. and most importantly….. there is a life outside of The United States.

So, recently I’ve met some amazing women who run their personal Mexico blogs such as themexicoreport gringanationcancun, gomexicoguide, cancuncanuck, and theothersideofthetortilla – and they’ve truly inspired me. These blogs get the positive message out about Mexico in fun, informative and real manner. Written stories sharing experiences that come from within and some from actually living in Mexico. Meeting these women and reading their blogs have helped me understand the difference between my personal journal that I have been writing in and an actual blog. It has shown me the power of this platform, what type of influence and impression it has on others and the fact that it would be the best forum for me to share what I know.

So here it goes- Mexican at Heart.com, my chance to PROPERLY engage with you my passion, my expertise, and my experiences in Mexico. From places to people and triumphs to failures, I will share with you what I’ve learned in the different places I’ve visited in Mexico, and how I deal with assimilating into this new culture that I now call home.