View down a cobblestoned streets in San Miguel de Allende with cathedral spires visible in the distance.

Learning and Speaking Spanish in Mexico

Being able to speak Spanish is not necessary for visiting (or even moving to) Mexico, but it can open up a lot of doors. In this article, author Julie Doherty Meade covers the benefits and difficulties of learning Spanish in Mexico, as well as where to find language classes around the country.

Sign on a newspaper rack reading Gringo Gazette, Southern Baja's Priceless Newspaper.

Gringos, Gabachos, and Güeros

Foreigners in Mexico are likely to hear the popular term gringo in use. Wondering if the term is derogatory? Julie Doherty Meade goes over the usage of gringo, gabacho, and güero, all of which may be said to describe foreigners.

A row of condiment bottles and salsa in tall glass cups with serving spoons sit on an open air counter.

Water Quality & Food Safety in Mexico

When traveling, it’s always important to be cautious when it comes to your diet. If you’re looking to visit or live in Mexico, here’s some essential information about drinking water and consuming food.

Taking the train is a New York experience all its own. Photo © Derek Key, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

How to Feel Like a New Yorker in Two Days

Visiting New York City for the weekend? There are a few details that distinguish a New Yorker’s lifestyle from what you find in other cities around the globe. From eating bagels with lox to shopping at indie boutiques, Julie Doherty Meade shares the best ways to experience the city like a local, not a tourist.

An A-to-Z Guide to Summer in New York City: X

Pardon our spelling, but do try an espresso (or a gelato, or a charcuterie plate, or a glass of wine) at Eataly, the fantastic Italy-themed market and food court in the Flatiron. If the weather is mild, check out La Birreria, Eataly’s pretty rooftop beer garden and restaurant.

An A-to-Z Guide to Summer in New York City: W

The Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary annex, PS1, is located in Long Island City, Queens. Every Saturday in the summer, the legendary Warm Up dance parties are held in the courtyard of the museum. See and be seen starting on June 29.

An A-to-Z Guide to Summer in New York City: U

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer, the Cloisters—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s early European art annex—is known for its unicorn tapestries and breathtaking medieval gardens. Come in the summer to enjoy the splendid greenery.