Nobody says Hola!


In the lovely town of Tres Camarones, the townspeople have a quaint tradition of saying "hello" by saying "goodbye!" In Tres Camarones, you don't say Hola, instead the townspeople greet each other with cries of "Adios!" This is a true tradition in my father's hometown of Rosario, Sinaloa that I've always loved. So I knew I had to use it in my novel, Into the Beautiful North. And as part of The Postcard Ministry, we decided to showcase this little oddity. This is the second postcard in the series. At my readings, we're passing out stamped postcards and hoping you'll send one to a loved one with your own message (odd or not). If you can't make a reading (check the schedule on my events page), email me your address and I'll mail you one when I get home. When was the last time you got a postcard in the mail?

P.S. I took these photos when I was a kid visiting Rosario. This is the view out either side of my bedroom window when I stayed at my uncle's house there.


Anonymous (not verified)

As a result of the new highway from Durango to Mazatlan passing very close to Rosario there is likely to be an upswing in tourism. Rosario with the municipal and insitutional buildings and large old houses built by the mining tycoons is likely to not be a backwater for long. Your book and the expected movie is likely to accelerate the process.

Richard Bond
Cambridge, Ma
St. Croix, USVI

Grace (not verified)

Do I recognize the building bottom left from Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush?

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