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Humility, Curiosity and Empathy: A Thank-You to Anthony Bourdain

Two days ago I decided to write a blog post about Cartagena, Colombia because it’s been three weeks since we left and returned to San Miguel de Allende. I intended to title the post A Love Letter to Cartagena and illustrate the cultural complexity of the Caribbean coast. However, when I sat down to write, I kept circling around specific interactions I had during my five months there, and pondering how often my cultural context got in the way of reaching correct conclusions.

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First Impressions of Cartagena

Beyond Friendly, Great Food, Insane Heat…and Boobies.

Three weeks ago today we arrived in Cartagena, Colombia, our new home for the first part of 2018. I wanted to share my first impressions, especially for those of you who may be most familiar with Cartagena from the movie, Romancing the Stone (complete with imagery of narcos and running from them in the jungle).

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Top San Miguel Experiences

Sadly our time in San Miguel, for this year at least, has come to an end. Honey and I are heading back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the holidays and have just made a decision on where to base our nomadic selves for early 2018 (Cartagena, Colombia, anyone?).

I reckoned, for those of you considering a visit, I’d share my top must-not-miss experiences in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This is in addition to my favorite activity which will always be hanging in the rooftop bars. I wrote a popular post on the Best Rooftop Bars in San Miguel de Allende.

Due warning: this post might also be an excuse to share the best of my photos from the last ten months!

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Of Hope and Hummingbirds

Tales from the Querying Trenches. One of my favorite activities (or lack of activity) in San Miguel is to watch the hummingbirds in our garden. Lately, as I’m deep into book querying (that’s when you search for an agent), I’m increasingly drawn to these tiny flying frenzies, and I’ve been trying to figure out why.
My life as a writer is more peaceful than my previous corporate life, even if full of micro disappointments, as writer’s lives tend to be. So why relate to a bird that lives every day on the knife-edge of oblivion?

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Why Awards Matter to Debut Writers

On a morning in July, one of my writer friends texted to say congratulations and shortly after my honey had to inform our neighbors here in San Miguel that the screaming from our rooftop (where I was eating breakfast) was not the murder of an American expat, but...

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