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My Mexican Mistake(s)

My Mexican Mistake(s)

By La Gringa Novelera
Five years ago, I was a Gang Prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. One winter night, I decided to try an experiment: Could I learn Spanish from watching a telenovela? Five years later, I left my job and Chicago, to move to Mexico City, to write the telenovela of my dreams. I don’t understand Spanish or The Metric System. Just like in a great telenovela,, anything can happen... Stay tuned!
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“The Bold & The Beautiful Cry Too” A Mini- RadioNovela in 8 Episodes!
Last month I created a mini- Radio Novela called “The Bold & The Beautiful Cry Too.” After a Bold Chief of Police arrests a Beautiful, Mysterious Woman for a Murder she committed right in front of him, you will wonder who running this Interrogation... The B&B was originally part Small Fish Radio’s podcast, “The Approximately Five Minute Shelter In Place Show!” Thank you to the show!! They have their own podcast on Apple, where you can also find “My Mexican Mistakes!”
13:43
May 14, 2020
“Bernardo, Flaquito & Chip!”
No, they are not a new folk group! They are the three men/dogs in my dog Shyla’s life! She continues to be more popular here than I am, but I don’t care, because between the two of us, I’m the one that can buy Valium without a prescription.
33:58
April 20, 2020
“It’s Easier To Buy Valium Than Hand Sanitizer In Puerto Vallarta! (Which May Not Be A Bad Thing...)
The adventure continues as my dog Shyla and I decide to ride out the Coronavirus here in Vallarta!! And what’s the story with The Mystery Of The Missing Canadians??
31:18
March 22, 2020
“I Did Not Move To México To Learn To Speak English With A Canadian Accent!”
It’s a new town (Puerto Vallarta), with a new dog (“Shyla”), and a new challenge crossing the big street that I need to cross to get anywhere. And a month in Sayulita did not improve my Spanish, but I do sound more like Bob & Doug McKenzie from “The Great White North” than I used to...
31:25
March 7, 2020
“I Didn’t Move To Mexico To Make Chicken Soup Three Times A Week, And Yet, That’s What’s Happened...
If you know the movie “Baby Boom,” you’ll know what happens when I’m adopted by a street dog in Sayulita!!
31:48
February 23, 2020
“I Have Never Seen A Chicken Out In Public Before.”
Join me in Sayulita, on the Riviera Nayarit, where I am learning that I may not be a beach town person, and that I definitely need to learn more about animals.
30:22
February 9, 2020
“Adios, Mexico City!! Hasta Pronto!!” The Gran Finale of Season 1!
As my days in Mexico City wind down, I become very nostalgic for the gigantic streets that are impossible to cross, the tiny sidewalks and miniature toilets, and everything I love here! And I read the revised Introduction to my book “La Gringa Novelera: Prosecutor By Day, Novelera By Night!”
40:43
January 2, 2020
“13 Televisions”
A quick visit back home, a warm welcome back to Mexico City, Christmas plans in my adopted city, and my (newly-published) story about growing up with 13 Televisions! FELIZ NAVIDAD!!
30:00
December 21, 2019
“Miami Is No Longer My Favorite Latin American Country”
Mexico City has created a monster! Since moving here only five months ago I have grown SUPER-accustomed to the kindness and generosity of the strangers who help me every day here! Plus, I finally figure out how to hard-boil eggs.
38:18
November 30, 2019
“CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE (AKA REFORMA”
For my birthday in my adopted home, nothing is more delicious, or makes me appear more pathetic, than my desire for a cheeseburger with extra pickles and unlimited ketchup.
37:01
November 15, 2019
November 10, 2019
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November 10, 2019
Days & Days Of The Dead, And A Death-Defying Visit!
I get my first visitor from Chicago, who wants to experience everything I describe in my podcasts, including intersections that have more angles than a geometry problem! And I celebrate Days of the Dead like a local (sort-of)!
37:27
November 1, 2019
“Condiments Are King Here In México City!”
Come for the Condiments, stay for the food you cover in those condiments. Mexico City has great food, but no one ever tells you about the condiments... And what might be the biggest mystery of my new life here in Mexico City...
34:03
October 18, 2019
“My Mexican Independence Day!”
In Mexico City, the festivities for Independence Day last almost as long as The War For Independence itself! Viva México!! 🇲🇽
47:31
October 5, 2019
“Learn From My Mistakes!”
Travel Advice You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else!” (And Yes I Know! This Episode Is Way Too Long!!)
01:35:48
August 30, 2019
“The Mistakes Of The Aztecs!”
They were Brilliant But Brutal! Maybe if the Aztecs had been a little nicer, and they didn’t think that Hernán Cortes’ horse was Mr. Ed, they’d still be around. Learn all about it!!
31:55
August 16, 2019
“The Mistakes Of Others.”
Ancient Civilizations Had More In Common With Chicago And Hollywood Than You Would Think.
40:54
August 2, 2019
“The REAL ‘El Grito!!’”
I thought I was being followed here in Mexico City by protesters, and I thought they might be protesting me! Then I learned all about the rallying cry “Se Compran Colchones...” and that all my pursuers want is to buy my old washing machine! Hear all about it here!!
28:06
July 26, 2019
I’m Lucky That I Wasn’t Arrested!
Words matter. Especially when you’re in the grocery store...
28:08
July 19, 2019
When NOT To Make A Mistake In México City!
I’ll give you two clues: When the mistakes can lead to Decapitation or Tour Guides...
22:49
July 12, 2019
“It’s Not So Easy To Leave Mexico!!”
This time, My Mexican Mistakes implicate Customs And Immigration, so these mistakes are Muy Serioso!!!
23:07
July 5, 2019
“I’m Not The Only Person Making Mistakes In Mexico City, I Am Happy To Report!”
I’m a lifelong Chicagoan who recently moved to Mexico City, where I make plenty of mistakes every day! When a police sergeant pointed out my most recent mistake, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough! But then I realized, I’m not the only person making Mistakes in Mexico! And I felt much better about myself!
42:23
June 21, 2019
“Happiness Is Just Around The Corner. Unless You Turn The Wrong Way.”
Join me as I continue to look for an apartment in the land of Scary Stairs, Scary Sidewalks, and Streets So Wide You Have Time For A Taco In The Median, Waiting For The Light To Change.
33:52
June 15, 2019
“‘M’ Is For Murder. And Also “Mujer.”
Mistakes and hijinx abound at “The Mall Of Iron” when I am directed into a co-ed bathroom. And I’d also like to know the Kleenex budget for the telenovela “Mi Pecado.” And why the family in the movie “Roma” had a dog.
38:60
June 11, 2019
“There’s Nothing Better Than A Big Street That Goes In A Big Circle”
Tonight I want to tell you about my favorite street in Mexico City (Amsterdam, and not for the reason you think!) And why even though it goes in a complete circle I still get lost because I’m never sure where to get off!
21:16
June 6, 2019
“As God Is My Witness, I’ll Never Be Thirsty Again...”
It’s time you learn why I’m calling this podcast “My Mexican Mistake!” In My defense, Math is not my strong suit.
40:25
June 5, 2019
My First Podcast Live From Mexico City!
I am a life-long Chicagoan learning Spanish from telenovelas, who has just moved to Mexico City to write the telenovela of my dreams! Here’s how I got here (besides Aeromexico!)
58:36
June 3, 2019