I was primed for adventure as a young adult, traveling alone in Honduras for six months after being stood up at the airport by an inattentive suitor. Unlucky in love yet lucky in language, this journey led to a near-native fluency in Spanish and a love of solo travel.
Since then I have survived an ice pick-wielding attacker in Madrid, a near-plunge into the abyss on a rainy mountain in Mexico, and a financial shipwreck in the remote Galapagos archipelago.
Happily, the latter led to a position as Director of Communication for the Darwin Research Station, on Santa Cruz Island.
Fluent in Spanish by education as well as immersion, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from San Diego State University. I studied for one year at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Although my formal training is in Spanish, I am a self-taught writer and editor in my native language. I "wrote the book" on Mexico for the National Geographic Society in 2001; the third edition of National Geographic Traveler Mexico was published in 2010. I wrote Fodor's Puerto Vallarta for Random House in 2006 (now in its fifth edition) and have contributed to other travel books over the years, including The Unofficial Guide to Mexico's Best Beach Resorts, Michelin Green Guide to Mexico Guatemala & Belize, Best Places Baja, and Access Mexico, among other titles.
As editor of the popular Website MexicoGuru.com, I currently make my home in central Mexico. Please contact me regarding editing, writing, or translation assignments.