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Crooks do not take vacations

As the country prepares to go on vacation to celebrate Semana Santa, remember the droves of people at public plazas, beaches and other areas is a paradise for enterprising thieves. Crooks do not go on vacation.

How to properly prepare a bank check (cheque) in Spanish in Mexico

Recently, I went to a casa de cambio (money exchange house) in downtown Guadalajara and started to write out a personal check to cash. Before I realized what I was doing, I had written the date and amount in Spanish. The clerk said, “No problem. The U.S. banks accept checks written in Spanish.”

In Mexico, they do too, but not in English or any other language.

At this newspaper we receive a fair amount of checks for deposit each week for advertising. And we come across a lot of mistakes from expat clients who still haven’t quite got the knack of Spanish when writing a check.  With that in mind, here’s a primer on Mexican check no-nos to keep you from having to do it over again.


There’s a fiesta, fair or major happening going on somewhere in Mexico every day of the year. The Reporter has compiled a month-by-month run down of major dates to mark on the 2013 calendar.