A frequently overlooked feature in Mexico is the corner newsstand. It is my first stop when I leave home in the morning. I don’t always go to the same stand -- that’s determined by where I'm headed -- but I'm gratified that all I have to do is pull up and say "buenos días" and the vendor hands me the papers s/he knows I want. Many people place a standing order at their favorite newsstand to receive the same paper every morning.
I thank Carol Hopkins who is my key collaborator in every way, with ideas for topics, editing, fact checking, researching, and overall encouragement. For today's column she did that from the Camino a Santiago in northern Spain.