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About The Author

Teresa Ponikvar

Teresa Ponikvar is a former Matador editor, a current reluctant English teacher, and a future mini-farmer. She lives in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, with her husband, young son, and assorted animals and arthropods. She blogs here.

Posts by: Teresa Ponikvar

More cliches we’d like to see expunged from travel writing.

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They’re tired. Let them rest. Please.

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If we want to really be here…we have to leave.

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I hear, “rich white stranger from America who has no business being here.”

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When my husband is annoyed with me, or pretending to be so, he calls me “hija de tu madre”–daughter of your mother.

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As a beginning farmer herself, Teresa Ponikvar gives her top five tips to getting started with your own farm, no matter how big or small.

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Teresa Ponikvar speaks with permaculture farmer Pablo Ruiz in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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As her son takes his first steps in his native country, Teresa Ponikvar reflects on the juxtaposition, the day-at-a-time progression, of living and working where you’re an outsider.

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“When it came time to try the brie, she commented on how it was completely covered in sperm.”

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Don’t be shy–get your pen moving, and share those awkward intercultural moments with the Matador community.

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