Red Spots in Mexico Val Brown

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Red Spots in Mexico  by  Val Brown

Red Spots in Mexico by Val Brown
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Red Spots in Mexico by Val Brown is a delightful amalgam of travelogue, personal travel memoir and humorous anecdote at its very best. For anyone who likes an unconventional travel book (Bill Bryson but with greater insight!) it really is a mustMoreRed Spots in Mexico by Val Brown is a delightful amalgam of travelogue, personal travel memoir and humorous anecdote at its very best. For anyone who likes an unconventional travel book (Bill Bryson but with greater insight!) it really is a must read.In few words, it is a ‘leisurely romp through the country and culture of Mexico’.

From maniacal mariachi bands to evil pesero drivers- from the stunning Copper Canyon to the tacky seafront of Acapulco, the book sparkles with incisive descriptions and gently humorous observation.The author and her husband spent a year living in Mexico City, where she worked in a bilingual secondary school, and fell in love with the country and its people.

From their small flat in the south of the city, they set out on a voyage of exploration around this vast and spectacular country. Travelling mainly by bus and usually at the weekend they ventured into parts of Mexico well off the beaten track, yet somehow managed to remain drug free and unkidnapped throughout.An easy read in every sense, the book is arranged in a roughly chronological order with chapters devoted to different places and aspects of life in Mexico, linked by the narrative of ongoing successes and catastrophes of the school year.

Details of the school are kept deliberately vague, to protect the guilty.Mexico City itself makes many appearances in the book, both as a backdrop to daily life and as a world class destination in its own right. The author peoples the city with a kaleidoscope of characters glimpsed in passing. Readers will enjoy meeting the Japanese tourists at Teotihuacan, the French soldiers struggling uphill with dysentery and the artist Frida Kahlo whose internationally acclaimed work fails to arouse enthusiasm in the author.The many wonderful places of interest in the city are described with accuracy, enthusiasm and always with the personal touch of a benign but far from naive observer.

Nobody should venture out into the city without the benefit of reading the extremely helpful chapter, ‘Getting Around in Mexico City’. You need to know how to hail a pesero before you start!Mexico is a huge country with many world class destinations and many, many other destinations that would be world class if people knew about them. High up on this list is the spectacular Copper Canyon, beside which the far more famous Grand Canyon pales into insignificance and into which the author and her husband plunged at Easter.

Her account of a day’s hike with a Tarahumara Indian is laugh out loud funny, as is her trenchant description of the town of Batopilas.Red Spots in Mexico is not a travel guide. It won’t tell you about hotels that are no longer there or bus services that changed last year. Rather, it will tell you what it is like to live in a fabulous country too little known to travellers from outside the Americas. A truly wonderful travel adventure, packed with evocative personal reminiscences and humorous anecdotes that will stay with the reader long after the book has been put down.



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