Would you travel using a guidebook that is over 150 years old? Probably not, but if that “guidebook” was Frances Calderon de la Barca’s Life in Mexico, you would still be in good hands.
In our newest feature article, Frances Calderon de la Barca: Life in Mexico, author Inka Piegsa-Quischotte ventures to Mexico for a wedding, following the footsteps of the tenacious Frances Calderon de la Barca.
When her husband was appointed ambassador to Mexico in 1842, the Scottish-born Frances followed, determined to vividly recreate her experiences in the foreign country for her friends and family. The compilation of her letters, Life in Mexico, was considered accurate enough to be used as a guide for American Officers during the Mexican War in 1847!
In Mexico, Inka finds that Frances’ words still ring true. In the same spirit as Frances, Inka journeys to Mexico with an open mind and a desire to share the sights, smells, and tastes of the country.
As a result, her adventures give us a little glimpse of “Life in Mexico” today!