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Introduction for
"Letters from Oaxaca, Mexico"


Editor
Diana Ricci and Stan Gotlieb
Photo by Dan McWethy
Stan Gotlieb and Diana Ricci are self-described "Zocalo lizards" of Oaxaca. Stan and Diana found each other in Oaxaca, and have made themselves very much at home there in one of the last regions considered to be the "real" Mexico.

The writing is a blend of Oscar Lewis, The People's Guide to Mexico, and Consumer Reports. The photographs conjure up Marquez' magical Macondo. Together it's an honest, unvarnished portrayal of the expatriate lifestyle and a glimpse of contemporary Mexican life. Actually, there is a slight patina of varnish - but just a thin coat. Think of a glazed mango.

This is practical information furnished by experienced hands that work without deadline. They know the region inside and out. From real estate to medical care to life in the rural villages, it's all here. Curious, observant, and (somewhat) wry, it's hard to imagine better hosts. And hosts they indeed are - since they also conduct orientation classes for the recently arrived.

Give Letters a try. We've baited the hook with a few representative letters courtesy of Stan and Diana. Letters shares two important elements of Texas Escapes - a deep appreciation of place and a desire to share that appreciation.

In 1999 they began www.realoaxaca.com to share these essays and photos of deepest Mexico. Consider subscribing to the Oaxaca / Mexico Newsletter. Stan says "It's informative, entertaining, and inexpensive." We have a word for descriptions like that - understatement. Subscriptions pay for the website, phone bill, and travel expenses.

"Letters from Oaxaca, Mexico"
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August 2003
John Troesser

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