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Conversations in Mexico: Mexicans Express Frustration, Uncertainty in Trump Era

Adrienne St. Clair - KJZZ
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May 19, 2017

Guadalupe Alvarez sits in the courtyard of her home in San Miguel de Allende, a popular tourist town in the heart of Mexico where she was born and raised. She now works there as a high-end wedding planner. (Adrienne St. Clair - KJZZ)

I met Guadalupe Alvarez on a trip to central Mexico in March. She’s is a Mexican native living in the heart of her country, and she learned to love Americans from an early age.


“I grew up in San Miguel with my parents, both dead now, but having a lot of American friends. My dad loved golf, so he had a lot of golf buddies that were American, so when I was 13, my parents met this couple from Atlanta at a random cocktail party, and then by Saturday, I was shipped to Atlanta to learn English," said Alvarez.

“I am very partial to Americans because from that experience, I learned English and now my life changed," she said.

Now Alvarez stays busy as an upscale wedding planner in San Miguel de Allende, a popular tourist town almost four hours northwest of Mexico City.

“I like to get up at 6 a.m. and get my computer and check my emails because brides are intense, so I need to make sure they’re happy," Alvarez said.

Alvarez works with all kinds of international clients — especially Americans. She’s a product of the complex relationship between the United States and Mexico. And now, with so much uncertainty in America, she’s worried about this relationship.

“So it’s all this very entangled relationships between the States, and since Trump came to office I’ve been thinking a lot about that, no?" Alvarez said. "What is going to happen with Mexico and the States, but more important, what is happening with Mexicans and U.S. citizens?”

But she’s not the only one.

Read the rest at KJZZ

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