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Our view from the car on a recent road trip back from Oaxaca City

This was not meant to be an election story, and in large part, it still isn’t. This is not about the winners and the losers, or even what the results mean for the future of the United States. Nonetheless, it would be impossible for me not to connect the dots between my thoughts on the divisions in our country and the recent conversation I had with my doorman in Mexico City, Mexico. Our conversation was intentional (and in Spanish), and this article was always about shining a small light on our brothers and sisters to the south. …


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Credit: Secretaria de Salud de Mexico (https://covid19.sinave.gob.mx/casosacumulados.aspx)

I’ve been trying to start this story for weeks, but the chaos and uncertainty of this pandemic have made the task of constructing a coherent argument difficult; of this, I am sure everyone can relate. My husband and I have now lived in Mexico City for almost a year and a half and have come to love our adopted home — bizarre quirks and all. We chose this adventure fully aware of our responsibility as ambassadors of sorts, each day cognizant that we have an opportunity to portray the best qualities of the United States to a population that in…


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On February 23, 2019 my husband and I boarded a one-way plane to Mexico City (CDMX) to live out our (really my) dream of living abroad. In just a few weeks we will celebrate our 1 year anniversary, which has undoubtably created time for reflecting upon everything we’ve learned and experienced. Every day we try to integrate ourselves into the local community and take in everything this bustling city, and country has to offer. Being the Type A personalities that we are, we’ve also been keeping track of some of the more unusual, eye-opening, or laugh inducing differences we notice…


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I almost titled this piece Why Every American Should Live Abroad, but the fact is that living abroad is a profound privilege which my husband and I are aware of every day. We were privileged to moved to Mexico City eight months ago to live out an adventure I’de been dreaming about for years. My husband landed a new job that allowed him to work remotely, we obtained our temporary residency visas, we rented out our condo in Washington, DC, put all of out things in storage, and then boarded a one-way flight toward the biggest risk we’ve ever taken…


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Standing along the border in Agua Prieta, Sonora looking into the US

I’ve spent the last few weeks wrestling with the realities of America’s current policies and attitudes towards immigrants. In my first article, La Frontera: Real Stories from the US/Mexico Border, I provided a glimpse into my experiences volunteering in Agua Prieta, Sonora with families and individuals attempting to legally seek asylum in the US. Most importantly, I spoke of the lasting power of the stories I heard, the conversations I had, and the people I met. All of this continues to swirl around inside my head, making it difficult to fall asleep some nights.

Although I was only there for…


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Border art in Agua Prieta, Sonora (photo credit: Amanda Moore)

A few days ago, I returned from two weeks of volunteering in Agua Prieta, Sonora, a Mexican border town across from Douglas, Arizona. I had the opportunity to assist two organizations, Frontera de Cristo and Centro de Atención al Migrante Exodus, who are working together to provide hospitality, shelter, food, legal support, and safety to families and individuals seeking legal asylum at the US border. I worked for 13 days straight for 8–10 hours each day, I made lasting connections with migrants and other volunteers as we all strived to make a seemingly impossible journey feel a little more possible.

Elizabeth Glidden

Public health professional living out my dreams of travel and adventure in Mexico City, Mexico.

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