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My name is Christian Pickup, and I live in Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico, with my wife and our two daughters. We re-located here from Edmonton in 2011. I have listened to CKUA since the mid 90s, and out of easy radio range was a tough adjustment. We do tune in online, since the radio here does not compare.

Me in Teocelo (about 25 minutes away from Coatepec), where the independent radio station is located

Me in Teocelo (about 25 minutes away from Coatepec), where the independent radio station is located

There is an independent not-for-profit AM radio station here (Radio Teocelo, www.radioteocelo.org), and I have been given the opportunity to host a weekly program (called Ruleta Musical, www.facebook.com/RuletaMusicalRadio), in which I play music from all over the world, with a good dose of Can-Con.

Coatepec is often called the coffee capital of Mexico, and any given day the smell of roasting coffee wafts through the streets. The climate is much like Vancouver (humid and cool in the winter, warm and sunny in the summer). The mild climate also makes the area an ideal location for expatriot Canadians, Americans, and Europeans.

We are only 15 minutes away from the capital of the state of Veracruz. This city is called Xalapa (Ha-la-pa); Xalapa has been called “the City of Flowers” (a title it has held since Baron von Humbolt called it that during his tour of Latin America in the early 19thC), and “the Athens of Mexico” (a title earned for the many universities, museums, and other cultural institutions, as well as the many great artists, musicians, and thinkers who have called Xalapa home over the centuries.)

And of course, there is the coast. We are about 1.5 hours from the port of Veracruz, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. But as nice as all the local wonders are, sometimes we get homesick. CKUA helps keep the homesick blues away, and we have shared it with several of our new friends.

Regards,

your loyal fans in Mexico,

Christian Pickup and family