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At 33, she is uncertain which path to take in her life, and travels to Mexico, to begin teaching English. Whilst teaching, she meets many different people. Chief among them is Carlos; an earnest, warm-hearted young man, who shows her a way of life she never imagined.
San Miguel is hot and many of the residences are over-crowded. Susan soon realizes that things such as hot showers and refrigeration are luxuries in this part of the world. Mexico, however, has many luxuries of its own: it is a country that is teeming with life, where deep spiritual ceremonies are part of the norm; where large groupings and family get-togethers prove to be as rewarding as they are sometimes difficult.
Susan McKinney de Ortega is very candid when she takes you on her journey throughout Mexico and lessons about life that she learns along the way. Lessons such as love is where you least expect to find it.
Although the title seems light, it is not a work of fiction. Instead, “Flirting in Spanish” is a uniquely courageous autobiography. It is as enjoyable learning about the different cultural practices in Mexico, as it is a story about crossing cultural, class and age barriers. It is rich in descriptive detail, and vivid characters. Through her writing, McKinney de Ortega transports the reader on a truly heartwarming and entertaining journey. A thoroughly informative and unconventional read.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars.
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