The name of this blog, No hay bronca, is pronounced how you’d expect, other than the hay, which sounds like eye or I. No hay bronca means no problem in Mexican Spanish.
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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 of big issues like illegal immigration, the drug war, and countless years of animosity between next-door neighbors, whose people generally get along great despite different languages and cultures.
I write about another 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.
I lived in Mexico from 2010 to 2020 and recently moved to China. I work as a freelance writer and copyeditor, Spanish-English translator, and university professor. I travel extensively in Mexico and elsewhere, most recently China, Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ireland, 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–Milwaukee in 2002. I left the U.S. that summer, a few days after the first Bonnaroo music festival, and have since lived in South Korea, Vancouver, Mexico, and now China, with big trips in between.
I’m a U.S. and Canadian citizen who’s visited 40 countries—not to satisfy a checklist, but to satisfy my curiosity. I shook hands with Bob Dylan, fist bumped George Clinton, worked as a chef in Yellowstone, taught kindergarten in Korea, toured Western Canada in a rock band, played guitar with an African dance group, went broke and slept outside in Paris, ate balut in the Philippines, cycled from Toluca to Acapulco (390 km!) in Mexico three times, slept on a beach in Brazil on New Year’s Eve, saw Phish in the Mayan Riviera (and Big Cypress and the Baker’s Dozen and more), honeymooned in Moscow, went scuba diving on three continents (and four cenotes), traveled in China for eight weeks during a pandemic, and 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 and edited/wrote the Mexico section of a major expat website.
I am available for copyediting and writing work, including travel articles and Spanish-English translation. Please check my Bio and Writing Samples and find my contact information below.
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