I moved to the United Kingdom for love, as cliché as this sounds! I was already settled in my life as a journalist and producer in Mexico when in 2012, Cupid’s arrow pointed me and my rescue dog Boris to London to be with my now husband, Andrew Dacey. We first met while Andrew, who is from New Zealand, was working as a geologist in a gold mine in Temoris, Chihuahua.
My integration to life in the UK was quite smooth- largely thanks to my mother who was British, and receiving my BA in Russian Studies at Leeds University in the 1990’s. Back then it was rare to hear Russian on the tube, let alone find a good taco anywhere in the UK!
Fast forward to today, with all the ‘chilango’ elements you can now find in London –sometimes it seems my slice of La Condesa (a neighbourhood in Mexico City) is right around the corner.
I work as a freelance journalist and consultant for the media and NGOs in the U.K., U.S., and Mexico. Being based in London has given me access to covering diverse stories and being part of a wider community of journalists – in 2014 I co-founded Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism London Alumni Club, which includes several former Mexico correspondents.
I am proud of the work I do that keeps me connected to Mexico – such as consulting for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) raising awareness of the vulnerability of journalists in Mexico. From London, I have also collaborated with Open Society Foundations and their programmes to strengthen independent media in Mexico.
I incorporate Mexico into my life by connecting Mexican journalists when they visit London and have hosted Mexico-related events (pre-pandemic), promoting their work and chairing talks at the Frontline Club, a journalists’ association. As a council member of the British Mexican Society, I now produce events via Zoom and look forward to the day when we can meet in person to keep promoting cultural ties between both countries.
Professionally, my experience of being Mexican in the UK has been both a challenge and an opportunity. Personally, it has been an enriching experience meeting so many talented Mexicans in the UK. I clearly see our culture and community as a source of inspiration – a kind of sanctuary and second home.