My New Neighborhood: Colonia del Valle in Mexico City

Hello, my friends.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a new post, and for that I apologize.

I’ve got a couple new projects in the works that have been eating my time.

But, I’m back to tell you what it’s like living in del Valle, Mexico City.

Mexico City: What's It Like Living In Centro?

Whenever I tell folks where I live in Mexico City, they’re always surprised.

Really!?

Centro? Isn’t it dangerous?

Why did you decide to live there?

And fair enough…

The Last Emperor Of Mexico

Vienna, Austria. 1840.

A sibling rivalry that will change history in Europe and the Americas.

Two brothers in line for the Austrian throne: Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph and his brother Franz Joseph.

What Is Life Like As An Expat In Mexico City?

Hey folks. Today I’m going to talk about expat life in Mexico City.

What to expect, how much you’ll spend, the pros, the cons. All that good stuff.

But first, a disclaimer…

50 Good Books About Mexico, Central and South America

What originally drove me to live in Latin America wasn't the sex, sun and salsa. Rather, it was a fascination with the politics, culture and society in this part of the world.

My interest started in university with a socioeconomics course. Insufferable Marxist indoctrination aside, it was an engaging class and responsible for igniting my enthusiasm for Latin America. I probably never would have bothered to take the jump to live in LATAM if I hadn't taken the class.

Credit where credit's due.

Hermosillo City Guide

Here’s your Hermosillo, Mexico city guide!

A reader who spent a considerable amount of time here was kind enough to submit a breakdown.

So, without further ado, your guide to the capital of Sonora!

***This is a guest post by Don Tim…

65 Good Movies About Mexico, Central and South America

There are some truly great movies about South America, Central America and Mexico.

Watching movies is an excellent way to get a feel for the history, culture or atmosphere of a place; I'm always impressed at how a good film...

Read This If You Want To Live In Mexico

Have you ever thought about living in Mexico?

Imagining yourself in a beach house or apartment with a view?

Starting a small business down south?

Obtaining a second passport and/or an additional bank account (along with all the benefits those come with?)

If so, read on!

Vintage Travel Posters Of Latin America

In this post, I curate over 100 vintage travel posters of Latin America — organized by country — with prints dating from the early 1900s to the 1990s.

Ladies and gentlemen, you won’t want to miss this one!

The Best Cities In Mexico To Study Spanish

Hey gang,

Today I’ll be talking about the best cities to study Spanish in Mexico.

Because if you dedicate 1 or 3 or 6 months to learning a new language, you don’t want to be stuck in a lame place…

Your Quick Guide To Mexico City: 2018 Edition

Hello and welcome!

Today, I figured I’d draw up a short guide to Mexico City, my adopted home.

We’re talking places to eat, places to drink, safety, language, weather, transportation…

23 Incredible Vintage Photos Of Mexico

It’s time to take a trip back in time with these vintage photos of Mexico.

As someone who loves old photos (and Mexico) it seemed only logical that I put together a post like this.

So, I scoured the Internet and dug up some of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.

Vance Bares His Soul: My Latest Online Interview

Recently, I did an interview with a friend of mine, copywriter Dennis Demori.

And covered A LOT. Online business, women in Latin America, underrated music and movies, drug cartels and my future plans for myself and my blog.

Here's the full text.

Enjoy!

How To Run A Drug Cartel: Book Review/Explanation

I re-read an excellent book recently.

A book SO GOOD I haven't been able to get it out of my head.

What's it called?

Well, you'll have to scroll to the end of the article to find out.

For now, I'm going to explain what I learned from it…

My Latin Life's Guide To E-Commerce In Latin America

My latest of many money-making schemes has been in the world of e-commerce. 

I started playing around with it during my last trip to Peru. Appeared the country was ripe for it. Its economy was growing rapidly, and I certainly noticed people with disposal income in Lima, but there was a lack of cool shit to buy - many of the big chain American stores that I saw in Mexico that offered impossibly cheap goods hadn't made their way down, and I knew that import laws were pretty lax compared to countries like Argentina or Ecuador, and manufacturing costs were lower than countries like Chile or Brazil...

My Favorite Instagram Accounts From Mexico

Hey ya'll.

I decided to pump out another Instagram article. This one covers the best Instagram accounts in Mexico.

There's a good chance you haven't heard of any of these - some are rather obscure.

Hope you enjoy!

My Thoughts On AMLO And The Upcoming Mexican Elections

Mexican elections are coming up on July 1st, 2018.

In my opinion, all the candidates are shit.

I feel bad for the Mexican people…

What Does It Cost To Live In Major Latin American Cities?

Hello again!

My Latin Life here to give you some insight into the cost of living in major cities throughout Latin America.

Using Expatistan, I've compared the cost of living between the most-searched-for big cities on my website to help you decide where to live or travel in Latin America.

Let the showdown begin!

What Does It Cost To Fly Between Major Latin American Cities?

Toward the end of my first jaunt around Latin America, my money started to run out.

I'll admit it: I planned poorly.

I don't want this to happen to you.

Below, I've made screenshots of typical flight prices between major Latin American cities. Keep in mind that these prices will vary depending on the strength of the dollar and the time of year, but it should still provide you with some context for planning your next trip.

The Dangers Of Going "Full Latino"

I'd like to tell you a story.

Not a story in the Alice and Wonderland sense of the word, but rather a cautionary tale: a few words of warning for anyone wanting to travel or live in Latin America.

It's important to listen closely, as the advice contained in this story is counterintuitive to what most people think it takes to fit in and adapt to a foreign culture.

Let's begin.