Authors Posts by Sid Townsend

Sid Townsend

One of the most interesting features of being an expatriate is the possibility of change. Living here side by side with the ordinary citizens of Colima is practically a guarantee of transformation. In my new world, English is infrequent and...
Guadalajara. Like all good couples, Carlos and I have a slight difference of opinion.  I suppose we are a little like Aesop’s City Mouse and Country Mouse. My husband opts for Mexican small towns and I require a dose...
February has ended and Colimenses can now close the book on one of the highpoints of the Colima social calendar. The city of Villa de Alvarez initiates the festival season with the 160-year-old "Festejos (festival) Charrotaurinos (rodeo competitors)." These...
What Is Soul Food? Pozole is soul food. Of course this category of cuisine is not limited to African Americans. On the contrary, every ethnic group has its own soul food. Growing up I remember internecine family wars over potato...
“I've never seen anything like that before in Mexico,” Carlos said.  In stunned silence we watched the looting of Coppell and Elektra (sic) supercenters in Mexico City.  Federal petroleum subsidies were eliminated the week before and gas prices surged twenty...
Last Year Was Awful. I may be living in Mexico, but the deaths of David Bowie, Prince and George Michael released a flood of memories. For me, music is the essence of life. Everyone has a personal soundtrack; a cherished collection...
Lights, Action, Christmas! It’s Christmastime in Colima and the competition is fierce. A neighbor recently described our colonia as looking a little like Las Vegas. I think that sums it up nicely. Where does this Christmas tale begin? Somewhere deep in...
Back To The Routine. The evening sunlight slipped behind the tops of the cypress and parota trees in the park. Once more, the time had come to sweep up the dirt, dust and fallen leaves from the sidewalk in front...

Gardening in Colima

A Garden Variety Confession. Early retirement in Colima gave me the opportunity to finally live every day with my husband, but just as importantly it also provided me with the opportunity to feed my addiction. For this reason, I must confess;...

Insects in Colima

This week I have already killed one enormous cockroach (outside my home) and the other one managed to escape. I live in an affluent neighborhood in Colima; my neighbors are all professionals. For the most part, homes are impeccably maintained....