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Contact: nohaybroncablog (at) gmail.com

There’s a lot more to Mexico than the two extremes portrayed in the media. Most stories either profile the beautiful-yet-superficial elements of travel spots like Cancun or the danger and controversy involved in big issues like illegal immigration, the drug war, Operation Fast and Furious, and countless years of animosity between next-door neighbors, whose people generally get along well in spite of their different cultures and languages.

I live in that other Mexico, a Mexico of cheerful, hardworking people trying to make it in a tough economy. You won’t see this Mexico on an all-inclusive vacation. You might not even see it if you live here.

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I’ve lived in Mexico for 7 years now, working as a freelance writer, Spanish-English translator, and university teacher. I travel extensively in Mexico and elsewhere, most recently South Africa, Russia, and Amsterdam.

I was born in Michigan and grew up in suburban Toronto and other places in the Midwest, finally graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 2002. I left the U.S. that summer after the first-ever Bonnaroo music festival, and have since lived in South Korea, Vancouver, and now Mexico, with big trips in between.

I’m a Canadian and U.S. citizen who’s visited more than 35 countries—not to satisfy a checklist but to satisfy my curiosity. I’ve shaken hands with Bob Dylan, worked as a chef in Yellowstone, taught kindergarten in Korea, toured in a rock band in Western Canada, played guitar with an African dance group, gone broke in Paris, eaten raw jellyfish in China, cycled from Toluca to Acapulco in Mexico, slept on the beach in Brazil, saw Phish in the Mayan Riviera (and Big Cypress and many more), honeymooned in Moscow, gone scuba diving in three continents, and I write fiction too.

I’ve written two guidebooks, one for Cancun and the Mayan Riviera and another for San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque in Chiapas, both available at Amazon.com. I’m a regular contributor to Transitions Abroad, and I’ve written for The News (Mexico City), The Yucatan Times, International Living, Narratively, and many more. I also worked for 14 months as a paid contributor to Google Maps.

I am available for all kinds of writing, especially travel articles and Spanish-English translation. Please check my Bio and Writing Samples and find my contact information below.

My Guidebooks:

https://www.unanchor.com/products/cancun-and-mayan-riviera-5-day-itinerary

Your Chiapas Adventure: San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, Mexico

Ask me anything! Leave a comment below or email me at: nohaybroncablog (at) gmail.com

Please write for permission if you’d like to use any of my photos or text. All the photos on this blog are mine.

The name of this blog, No hay bronca, is pronounced how you’d expect other than the hay, which sounds like eye or I, as in me. No hay bronca means no problem in Mexican Spanish.

Thanks for visiting.

  1. I think that will be one of my fav blogs. I am girl from Poland who fall in love in Mexican an looking for informations about live in Mexico (I wanna live in Mexico when end study).

  2. Hi Ted,

    Dear Alan

    My name is Natalie Sullivan and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Mexico and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The expats on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. They must also speak English fluently and can be buyers or renters for their homes. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7717 or skype me at natalieesullivan. You can also email me at nataliesullivan@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    127 East 26th Street | New York, NY 10010
    O: 212.231.7717
    M: 267.222.0418
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  3. Hi TC,

    awesome website, congrats! Are you still active in Toluca regarding some proper biking? 😉

    Thanks,
    Mike

  4. Hi- a few questions… my husband is Mexican and we live on the border but moving to the center is our back-up plan. So what are you a professor of? How did you make that happen? Do you have a PhD? Thanks for any info you can give me. -Elizabeth

    • Hi Elizabeth. I teach university English – yes sometimes grammar but luckily now I teach more interesting things like literature or phonetics. I have a bachelor’s degree, but more importantly I have 12 years experience teaching English. Are you a teacher now? If not then the way to do it is to work your way up to university by starting in a small language school.

      This article may help answer some of your questions:

      http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/esl/articles/esl-teaching-in-mexico.shtml

      Anything else, please ask, and thanks for commenting on my blog.

  5. I was just enjoying reading some of your posts, and thought I’d send you a question.

    I am looking into teaching ESL for a year overseas. Much of demand for teaching ESL seems to be in Asia, and I am looking at China, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. I have saved enough to cover travel and cost of a ‘TEFL’ certificate program. Some people say these
    courses aren’t necessary, but it seems appropriate to prepare by taking one. Demand seems to be in Asia, but I speak Spanish and I think would rather go to a Spanish speaking country. I have heard China and Korea are very cold, and culture not very welcoming.

    As far as my ESL-related background…I studied Spanish for many years, and had a couple jobs where I was able to use it daily, at schools in Phoenix AZ (where I’m from). I was a teacher’s aide with kids and then worked in the office of a high school. I also volunteered at a community center that had adult-ed classes–I would go in once a week and work one on one with anybody who wanted help, they had GED and ESL classes. I also did a short term (few months) volunteer stint in the Dominican Republic with a Catholic program several years ago, which involved some teaching/tutoring.

    I should say, that my personality is pretty shy and reserved. I am very studious and thoughtful. Most of my work background has been in administrative assistant work. I also love languages and learning. Teaching overseas sounds like a great adventure. I am aware that teaching might not be good for me because I dread taking charge of a group, especially if behavior is a problem, and am not good at being entertaining or funny. As a teachers aide I loved speaking Spanish (it was in a predominately Mexican neighborhood) and tutoring kids one on one and in small groups, but I hated the crowd control/discipline aspects of work (the classes were pretty big and we had some really unruly kids). I loved planning lessons and dreaming up things to do with the kids, but actually doing them often was not at all like I expected.

    So, any thoughts you might have about programs, countries, and personality requirements would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Sarah. Thanks for writing. I started out in South Korea and it was a great experience. Class sizes were small and behavior wasn’t too much of a problem. Korean culture is quite different, but I wouldn’t say it wasn’t welcoming. You definitely feel like an outsider but there are plenty of really nice people there.
      Korea, Taiwan and Japan have the most teaching jobs and the best pay in Asia. Most jobs will pay for your flight too. It’s true that having a TESL isn’t necessary, but it can’t hurt.
      Vietnam is a really cool country, but I imagine pay is very low. Same with China.
      Have you looked at daveseslcafe.com? It’s the best resource for finding a job.
      I have an article about teaching here that addresses different countries and requirements: http://www.infobarrel.com/Teaching_English_Abroad_3_Things_to_Know_about_Being_an_International_English_Teacher
      If you are interested in teaching ESL, then go for it! Especially because you already have some experience. Being shy and reserved shouldn’t be a problem, and for sure teaching and living in another country will make you less shy.
      I hope that was helpful. Anything else, please ask.

  6. Nice to come across such a good attitude to Mexico. I’ve been out here 2 years now and loving it!

  7. Hi Ted –
    I’m working on a doc in Mexico City and looking for expats who cycle in the city. If you know of any, please drop me a line!

  8. TC noreply-comment@blogger.com
    7:48 PM (2 minutes ago)

    to me
    TC has left a new comment on your post “Top Ten Mexican Slang”:

    hey thanks for posting this, this comes from my blog: https://nohaybronca.wordpress.com/

    Zipolite kicks ass!!!!!!

    Posted by TC to Playa Zipolite. Welcome To The Beach Of The Dead! at July 30, 2012 7:46 PM

    Ivan Jay noreply-comment@blogger.com
    7:50 PM (0 minutes ago)

    to me
    Ivan Jay has left a new comment on your post “Top Ten Mexican Slang”:

    TC:

    And a FINE Blog you have!

    Thank you, and, you are quite welcome!

    🙂

    ivan

    FROM: PlayaZipolite.blogspot.com

  9. Hi,
    My name is Carole and I am the Content and Community Manager at ExpatFocus. com Please can you contact me. Thanks 🙂
    Kind regards,
    Carole

  10. Hi Ted, My name is Meg Weaver and I’m a researcher at National Geographic TRAVELER magazine. We received your response to our question about readers’ best big-city getaways. We’ll likely publish your response about Oaxaca and Puerto Escondido. To do so, we’ll need your last name and the location you’re writing to us from. Please reply to me as soon as you can with this information. I appreciate it!

    Meg Weaver
    Senior Researcher
    National Geographic TRAVELER magazine
    mweaver@ngs.org
    202-857-7648

  11. Yep, indeed. I’m very lucky, and so are they, that all we ended up with was a crazy story.

  12. My college age sons were kidnapped in Mexico in a border town, also in 2001, when you had your run in with the police in Juarez. I wired the funds and they were safely released. If you asked me then if I’d be living in Mexico (and most likely for the rest of my life), I too would have said something like “hell no!” Life is certainly unpredictable.

  13. Thanks a lot Malte. Look for my email.

    • Hi Ted –
      I’m working on a doc in Mexico City and looking for expats who cycle. If you know any expat cyclists there, please drop me a line

  14. Greetings! I am a gringa who loves Mexico. 🙂

    This part year, I studied abroad in Cholula, Puebla and am planning my return for this coming June or July. I am planning to teach English in the city of Puebla. Any advice?

    Thanks!

    Lydia

  15. Interesting and informative 🙂

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