Border Crossing

Location

Juarez, CHH
Mexico
  • Hannah Olson | October 14th, 2010
    After lunch, I asked Araceli and Jorge’s children, Misty, Jose and Joshua if they’d come upstairs with me so that I could speak with them in private about their journey from the United States to Mexico. I didn’t think that they had anything to hide...
  • Hannah Olson | October 12th, 2010
    I ended up spending a few days with Araceli and Jorge. Araceli said that she felt a strong duty to show me Bernal and so took me on tours around the town, introducing me and initiating a session of platicando wherever we went. Platicando means “...
  • Hannah Olson | October 7th, 2010
    I felt like I should say something like “We made it!” But instead the silence of the rock froze me and I did not know what to say to my companion. I began to feel out of place, like I had blindly journeyed with someone and had forgotten to ask their...
  • Rocky Peak, Bernal, Mexico
    Hannah Olson | October 5th, 2010
    I decided to visit the Morenos after I was settled in Guanajuato. In the weeks pending my visit, I read about Bernal and daydreamed about seeing Araceli’s children again. I realized that the baby boy who kicked in her belly while we worked at...
  • Hannah Olson | September 28th, 2010
    I’ve been back from Mexico for over a month and my experience haunts me. It haunts me because the drug war is in the news almost every day, it haunts me because I remember faces and names of people who are struggling or scared, and it haunts me...
  • Hannah Olson | August 30th, 2010
    There’s a lot of money in Mexico. The richest man in the world and telecommunications mogul, Carlos Slim lives here (his attorney’s desert mansion was pointed out to me a few days ago). There is thriving industry in Mexico City and Mexico has oil....
  • Hannah Olson | July 22nd, 2010
    As the debate over the constitutionality of Arizona’s controversial new immigration law dominates Washington’s discussion of immigration, new pressure has been put on Obama to come forth with a concrete stance on immigration policy. Within this...
  • Hannah Olson | July 21st, 2010
    I've spent the past few days in Bernal, a small town in the state of Queretaro, a few hundred kilometers northwest of Mexico City. It is the home to a large rock that came from outer space a long time ago and the Moreno family, among other...
  • Hannah Olson | July 2nd, 2010
    I’m of two minds about the safety of this place: one the one hand, it seems like everyone I talk to is on a campaign to tell me (and everyone else they meet) how safe Guanajuato is. I want to believe them because so many businesses are failing and...
  • Vacant warehouse in Pozos, Mexico
    Hannah Olson | June 29th, 2010
    It seems to me that Mexico’s very poor and Mexico’s very rich live beyond the reaches of its struggling government. I first thought about this when I took a taxi to a market outside of town in a desert area; it wasn’t the market of our imaginary...
  • Field in town in Mexican Desert
    Hannah Olson | June 20th, 2010
    I feel like I have begun to find my footing in Guanajuato—by chance I found a local maternity and reproductive health center called CASA, where I am now volunteering part-time. It began as a midwifery school and now includes sexual and reproductive...
  • Hannah Olson | June 13th, 2010
    I have arrived in San Miguel de Allende, a relatively small city in the Southern state of Guanajuato. It’s been known a Snowbird getaway and art haven, but tourism has dropped 85% in the past two years, so it’s feels like a bit of a ghost town....
  • Border of Mexico with U.S.A. Photo from Intel Hug Blog
    Hannah Olson | May 23rd, 2010
    Hello! My name is Hannah Olson, a senior graduating in Comparative Literature (Portuguese) and Development Studies. I am from Minnetonka, Minnesota by way of Munich and Cleveland. We've read a lot about Mexico in the news recently: Arizona's new law...