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Obituary - May 18, 2019

Gordon Alfred Cowan

Long-time lakeside resident Gordon Alfred Cowan died on Apr...

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Adios al Gordo

Adios al Gordo

Gone at last is the nemesis of lakeside’s immigrant motorists. News is out...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - May 11, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

Homage

A Mother’s Day special featuring the music of three greats of Mexican music: Agustin Lara, Jose Alfred Jimenez and Juan Gabriel. An orchestra, a mariachi band and a trio interpret a selection of much-loved works. The show also includes folk dancing.

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Entertainment Guide - May 04, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - May 04, 2019

Jalisco Ballet & OFJ

With children very much in mind, the Ballet de Jalisco and the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra team up for two performances of a ballet based on the famous poem, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”

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CREM honors Viva La Musica stalwarts for years of service

6 DAYS AGO
CREM honors Viva La Musica stalwarts for years of service

To express their deep gratitude to Rosemary and John Keeling for their many years shepherding Viva La Musica, the CREM String Quartet and Chorus, ranging in age from 6 to 18, took turns performing at Ajijic’s Haus der Musik, May 2.

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Chapala hosts weekend gourmet fest

13 DAYS AGO
Chapala hosts weekend gourmet fest

Alert to local foodies. Get a taste of an array of 40 different Jalisco-made food products at Expo Chapala Gourmet to be held Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the segment of the Chapala waterfront Malecón  running adjacent to Avenida Madero. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days.

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Ribera Arts Review - May 11, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - May 11, 2019

Fountains of Life

Lakeside-based photographer Xill Fessenden presents the exhibition, “Fountains of Life: Elder Women of Axixic” (Fuentes de la Vida, Mujeres Mayores de Axixic), at an open-air gallery on the main plaza, with a gala opening Sunday, May 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

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Ribera Arts Review - May 03, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - May 03, 2019

Film Aficionados

Lake Chapala Society (LCS) members can take advantage of Film Aficionados screenings each Thursday, 2 p.m. On May 9, “Halima’s Path” (2012, Croatia/Slovenia) will be screened.

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At the Movies - May 11, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

The Old Man and the Gun

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

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At the Movies - May 04, 2019

13 DAYS AGO

Avengers: Infinity War

It is “do or die” in the last installment of the Avengers series. The squad must rally up their allies and be willing to sacrifice it all to defeat the catastrophic Thanos from performing his blitzkrieg on the universe.

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Columns

Spanish, mental black holes, planting milpas, heat & other local adventures

9 MONTHS AGO

This column was first published June 21, 1997.

Spending time in Mexico means learning Spanish — if you want that time to have much significance.

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Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

1 YEAR AGO
Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

This column was first published in the April 9, 1988 edition of this newspaper.

Just behind the high ochre ridge that slices the northern horizon at the west end of Lake Chapala lie two small villages, the remnants of a once vast hacienda.

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Explaining passwords

2 MONTHS AGO

A password is a sequence of characters used by computer users to verify their identity, or to control who has access to things such as email, bank accounts, etc.

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The perils of hyperlinks

3 MONTHS AGO

A reader of the Guadalajara Reporter wrote to me asking if I could help him out by explaining what a link in an email is. The answer is simple; it is that thing in an email I said you should never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever click on!

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Pipeline blast: finger pointing should be in one direction only

3 MONTHS AGO

Sometimes playing the blame game just doesn’t cut it.

Such is the case with the gas pipeline explosion that killed more than 90 people in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo on January 17.

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Zapatistas slam Mayan Train project on 25th anniversary of 1994 uprising

4 MONTHS AGO
Zapatistas slam Mayan Train project on 25th anniversary of 1994 uprising

The new government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received a stark warning on the 25th anniversary of the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in southern Mexico.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

2 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

2 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Adios al Gordo

6 DAYS AGO
Adios al Gordo

Gone at last is the nemesis of lakeside’s immigrant motorists. News is out that the reviled traffic cop widely known as El Gordo has been transferred from the regional branch of Movilidad Jalisco to a new post in Guadalajara.

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Chilling out in brutal heat

13 DAYS AGO
Chilling out  in brutal heat

Typical May weather seems to have kicked in with full force this year. Within a few hours of sunrise the heat becomes so intense that it’s a challenge to accomplish anything beyond absolutely essential daily tasks.

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What’s God talking about?

6 DAYS AGO
What’s God talking about?

Easter 2019 is behind us. With the Christian divinity unified,we have to begin the process again of listening to His wisdom, that is, all the things He’s trying to tell us.

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I want my ‘Incognito’ back

13 DAYS AGO

Gmail has started to read my emails and answer them. Just like the message bot who asks you to tell him what you want so he can guide you to the right call recipient, Gmail is now getting pro-active and telling you how to answer your emails.

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Expat Living

13,600 runners delight in city’s half marathon

2 MONTHS AGO
13,600 runners delight in city’s half marathon

As expected, two African runners won last weekend’s 33rd edition of the Guadalajara Half Marathon.

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A birthday & tequila business opening combo

2 MONTHS AGO
A birthday & tequila business opening combo

The American Society’s David Ruiz celebrated his 70th birthday with his wife Maria del Carmen Torres and about 100 friends and family Saturday, February 23.

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City Living – March 16, 2019

2 MONTHS AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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City Living - March 09, 2019

2 MONTHS AGO

RAMEN FESTIVAL

While not as beloved as tacos or tortas ahogadas, ramen is becoming increasingly popular in Guadalajara.

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Garden Guild rolls up its sleeves to replace Ajijic Malecon bridges

6 DAYS AGO
Garden Guild rolls up its sleeves to replace Ajijic Malecon bridges

Anyone who walks the Ajijic Malecon understands to tread carefully along the two bridges.

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Weekly Worship - May 11, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

Little Chapel by the Lake

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, Pastor Lahry Sibley’s message will be focused on “Experiencing God In The Arms of Mom.”

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Laguna Chapalac - May 11, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - May 11, 2019

Balloon Fest

Hot-air balloons will soar over Lake Chapala Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 during the regional Feria del Globo Ribera de Chapala, headquartered at La Cristiania Park.

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Laguna Chapalac - May 11, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - May 11, 2019

Balloon Fest

Hot-air balloons will soar over Lake Chapala Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 during the regional Feria del Globo Ribera de Chapala, headquartered at La Cristiania Park.

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Mascota-Vallarta road repaired and operational

10 MONTHS AGO

Ten months after work began, a 15-kilometer stretch of highway between Mascota and Puerto Vallarta has been repaired and is operational.

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Mango Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta

10 MONTHS AGO

The second-annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival is coming to the city’s lovely Lazaro Cardenas Park, Saturday, July 7, an event sure to gladden the hearts of those who can’t live without the sticky sweet fruit.

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North Banderas Beat - April 05, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 05, 2019

Swim Tournament

There will be lots of swimmers in the waters off La Cruz when Riviera Nayarit’s 9th Open Water Safe Swim Tournament takes place Saturday, April 6.

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North Banderas Beat - March 22, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 22, 2019

Kids art

Last November, volunteer artist Nancy Hache started teaching art classes at the Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 23, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 23, 2019

Pedro back on the beach

When I first arrived in La Manzanilla ten years ago, I wandered about exploring the town. 

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 09, 2019

2 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 09, 2019

The ambulance is here

Several years ago, two residents of La Manzanilla, Dan Crosby and Cruz Gomez, spearheaded a project to raise money to buy an ambulance for our town.  

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 30, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 30, 2019

Keeping up

• Galeria Amiga presents artist Julian Portilla from Ecuador through April 5.  Next exhibit – de Manos Mexicanos – runs April 11 to May 30 and features artists from Colima, Melaque and Barra de Navidad.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal March 16, 2019

2 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal March 16, 2019

A reason to party

Every day there is a reason to celebrate being alive and the Costalegre is here to help!

Carnival celebrations started off with amazing dancing, music, and food and continued with fabulous fireworks, parades, and more good food.  Every evening you could venture to the jardin...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 30, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 30, 2019

Croc abuse

According to a report in a local Spanish-language website, municipal police officers detained three male “foreigners” this week for throwing rocks and bottles at a crocodile in the Marina area.  The offenders, whose nationalities were not released, were trying to get a r...

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Puero Vallarta Bulletin March 16, 2019

2 MONTHS AGO
Puero Vallarta Bulletin March 16, 2019

Tourism still strong

This long weekend will see hotels around 90-percent full, Jalisco Tourism Secretary German Ralis Cumplido said this week.

The recent rupture of a sewage pipe and temporary beach closures hasn’t seemed to affect hotel reservations, he noted. And the absence this year of ...

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Mexican Lifestyles

When to tip – and not to tip

1 YEAR AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

1 YEAR AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our August editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

1 YEAR AGO
Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

Those keen to travel through Mexico’s glorious Copper Canyon in luxurious grandeur are now getting the opportunity thanks to the May 17 launch of the Chepe Express, a premium tourism concept that compliments the popular – but more modest – train ride, Ferromex’s Ferrocarril C...

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An Oaxaca food odyssey

1 YEAR AGO
An Oaxaca food odyssey

If you read last week’s account of several days spent in Oaxaca City exposed to what a San Francisco-trained chef – Julio Aguilera of Oaxaca-cathedral-adjacent El Destilado – likes to sink his teeth into on the city’s wide spectrum of gustatory options, plus an account of his...

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Blue Rose: A restaurant of a different color & class

1 MONTHS AGO
Blue Rose: A restaurant  of a different color & class

Dyed roses are still roses, created generally from pure white, but with a presentation of originality that makes them part nature, part art and part fantasy.

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Three angeleno cousins bring ‘California chicken’ to Mexico

2 MONTHS AGO
Three angeleno cousins bring ‘California chicken’ to Mexico

At first glance, the new-ish restaurant Peku (just off Avenida Chapultepec in Guadalajara and also, as of February, behind the upscale Plaza Andares) would seem to owe its concept to fast food, a la Chicken McNuggets.

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In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

2 MONTHS AGO
In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

‘Echoes From the Wall: Real Stories of Mexican Immigrants’ by Judy King (with Tony Burton, Arturo Garcia and Richard Rhoda). Groppe Libros (Guadalajara, 2019).

Reviewed by Michael Hogan

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The US & Mexico: inextricably intertwined

8 MONTHS AGO

‘Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together’ by Andrew Selee.  New York: Public Affairs, 2018.

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Hogan

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

2 MONTHS AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

6 MONTHS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

May sizzles with sequence of festivities

13 DAYS AGO

With temperatures continuing on the rise through the hottest weeks of the year, a string of festivities and special events will break everyday routines and help counteract heat-induced lethargy.

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Briefly - May 4, 2019

13 DAYS AGO

Airport work begins

Work on the controversial new Mexico City Airport kicked off April 29. The Santa Lucia air base will be transformed into the capital’s second airport at a cost of around $US4 billion.

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Chapala officials warn of plastic bag ban

6 DAYS AGO

Chapala’s Ecology Department is hitting the ground to prepare local businesses for full implementation of a state ban on the use of plastic bags and other disposable goods, set to take effect at the start of 2020 with application of fines for non-compliance.

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Lakeside scores big on roadway funding

6 DAYS AGO
Lakeside scores big on roadway funding

Lakeside communities will benefit from substantial government investment in street and highway infrastructure improvement programmed for this year, despite inconveniences that may arise as projects get rolling on par with the start of the summer rainy season.

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2nd PV Open a big hit

6 DAYS AGO

Sebastián Ofner of Austria, ranked 147th in the world, won the second edition of the Puerto Vallara Tennis Open, defeating Australia’s John-Patrick Smith (ranked 198) in the final.

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Jalisco to build 5 more cycle paths

6 DAYS AGO
Jalisco to build 5 more cycle paths

Five new bike lanes, 500 additional MiBici bicycles, plus some much-needed maintenance of existing pathways, are coming to Guadalajara.

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Border ‘crisis’ causing some long delays

1 MONTHS AGO
Border ‘crisis’ causing some long delays

Despite the reports of chaos at the U.S. border caused by an increased flow of migrants seeking asylum in the United States, my recent brief trip to San Diego, California proved uneventful, with no issues to report while crossing over at San Ysidro.

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Life in Mexico slows down for Easter, except at the beach

1 MONTHS AGO
Life in Mexico slows down for Easter, except at the beach

Don’t waste your valuable time this Easter. Be prepared for those seasonal closedowns that can wreck the plans of unknowing foreign residents.

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Most Vallarta beaches now swimmable after sewage pipe rupture

2 MONTHS AGO

A large, 40-inch drainage pipe at Puerto Vallarta’s northern limits ruptured March 3, sending raw sewage into the El Salado estuary.

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La Manzanilla Memo - January 12, 2019

4 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - January 12, 2019

New Year’s Party

New York City might boast the largest block party at Times Square each New Year’s Eve, but here in La Manzanilla we raucously rang in 2019 in fine fashion.

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Expat Venezuelans praise Trump’s stance

3 MONTHS AGO
Expat Venezuelans praise Trump’s stance

As expected, Mexico has joined the ranks of Russia, China and Turkey in defending Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, as tens of thousands of his countrymen marched in support of the nation’s “interim” president, Juan Guiadó, this past week.

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Trump: Mexico is paying for wall via trade deal

5 MONTHS AGO
Trump: Mexico is paying for wall via trade deal

In what appears to be nothing more than a face-saving – or obfuscation – exercise, U.S. President Donald Trump is equating Mexico paying for his border wall with a future reduction in the trade deficit with its southern neighbor.

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The British Council marks a milestone

11 MONTHS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

1 YEAR AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - April 13, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO

Aivars Taurins

Ajijic resident Aivars Taurins died March 3 at the age of 80.

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Obituary - March 09, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
Obituary - March 09, 2019

’Padre Ramon’ Rios

Anglican priest Ramon Rios Fierros, assistant pastor at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Guadalajara, died March 20 at the age of 61, leaving his wife Yolanda, two young daughters, his mother and a devoted group of Spanish speaking worshippers, whom he led for seve...

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Canelo’s new set of wheels

1 MONTHS AGO
Canelo’s new set of wheels

Tapatio boxing champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who was born into a working-class family in Guadalajara, isn’t short of a buck or two today.

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What it means to win ‘El Clasico’

1 MONTHS AGO
What it means to win ‘El Clasico’

Life stops for many soccer fans when the Guadalajara Chivas take on their perennial rivals, America of Mexico City.

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