• Another Time, Another Epidemic

    (Updated with the link to the rest of the story! Oops.)
    A Typhoid Survivor's Tale.

    Pat Hall wrote: In 1970 I had just finished a master's degree in library and information science and was interviewing for jobs in Canada. My mother called and told me that she and my father were going to Mexico for two weeks. She asked, "Would you like to come with us?" I thanked her, explaining that I really couldn't go along because I was busy looking for a job. When she replied, "I'll pay for your trip," how could I resist?

    In a rush of enthusiasm, I did all kinds of research and planned our trip in detail. We would rent a car and travel all around Mexico. I had never been to Mexico before and had no idea what to expect.

    We flew into Mexico City and there the three of us were— enjoying all the delights and attractions of that fabulous city. I loved the colours, the music, the food, the weather, the art, the friendly people and, most of all, the Spanish language. ..

    Read more by Pat Hall at Lokkal: Another Time, Another Epidemic. More #PatHall. More #Lokkal.

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  • New Book Just Published!

    I am very excited to inform you that I have actually published my first book. The title of the book is Speak To Me: Travels and Exploits of a Language Lover.

    It is a memoir with an unlikely twist. It's a story about an intrepid woman's adventures traveling and pursuing her passion for languages, visiting and living in many countries solely because of the language spoken there. Why would she want to study one language after another? Her answer is that, inexplicably, she has been compelled to learn every language she reads or hears. She learned Italian driving from Paris to Rome, listening intently to the native speakers as French changed into Italian. Now she's looking for an instructor of Nahuatl, a fascinating language, especially in the context of Mexican Spanish. Is that crazy or not? Crazy about languages, at least. Speak to Me: Travels and Exploits of a Language Lover details a trip through life seen from a linguistic viewpoint. Enjoy an unforgettable journey, with its many dangers and much excitement along the way.

    The last 9 chapters are about San Miguel.

    The book can be found on in paperback and on Kindle:

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    Pat Hall

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  • Looking You in the Eyes

    Pat Hall wrote: "César, my very intelligent Mexican friend, told me his pet peeve the other day, "All you Americans and Canadians never make eye contact. We Mexicans always make eye contact. Why don't you look at us?" To emphasize his point, César declared, "If you look up the verb 'to stare' in a Spanish dictionary, you will find that there is no word in Spanish for stare. That's because we all just do it naturally. It's our way of looking at something."

    I thought about this and realized that I always look away if a stranger looks at me. I remember my mother saying to me when I was a child, "Don't stare at people. It's not polite." I guess I have always followed that rule, especially where everyone else is looking away and avoiding my glance. It's always been OK to look at someone squarely if you know them, but perish the thought if you look closely at a stranger. Even worse if they notice you looking at them."

    Read more by Pat Hall at Lokkal Looking You in the Eyes. More #PatHall. More #Lokkal.

    GW: I generally don't look directly at Mexican adult female strangers on the street as I fear it might be rude or forward. Should I? Am I being rude?

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  • Danger on the Road to San Miguel de Allende

    Pat Hall wrote: "Merv was driving and he said, in a low, tense voice, "I'm not stopping." We crept along the street without stopping. We seemed to have made it away from the uniformed man. He didn't attempt to follow us. Whew!

    Just as we were counting our blessings, another man wearing the same black uniform, jumped out in front of us. Our hearts sank. The first officer must have radioed ahead and warned this one. Oh, no!"

    Read the whole (true, I think) story by Pat Hall at Lokkal: Danger on the Road to San Miguel de Allende. More #PatHall. More #Lokkal.

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