Mariachi! Running Off to Mexico
Mariachi is a spicy mix of memoir, travelogue, and how-not-to. all keeping tune with the enchanting music of Mexico. From working with laborers on the high plateaus of the Sierra Madre to many years later owning a condo on the Pacific coast, Berger takes us along on the ride, with lessons on the go. She invites us to live Mexico. Those enticing guitar sounds in the heart of Mexico have continued like a soundtrack through Berger's journey for renewal. But renewal is tested time and time again as challenges of owning beach property arise. The question lingers, "Why is this Mexican dream life so difficult?" Or this one: "What the devil are we doing owning property in Mexico?"
About the Author
For over 30 years, Faye has frequently traveled in Mexico, and for the last 18 years she has wintered there. Her love of Mexico began when she and her husband worked with the Mazahuan people on the high plateau out of Mexico City. That love carried them along years later to the adventure of owning property on the Pacific coast, all the while learning on the go.
Faye has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. Her volunteer interests have included Families Moving Forward, Good Samaritan Nursing Homes, and the Twin Cities Marathon.
She is the author of Gumption, Lessons on Old Age, Loneliness, and a Hotdish (2010), a true tale about the resilient spirit of old men in her small hometown in Minnesota. She has made numerous presentations on the subject of "positive aging." She wrote a piece under that title for Minnesota Women's Press (2011).
Faye also wrote Finding Foxholes, a World War II Infantry Route, Then...and 48 Years Later (2014) combining her travelogue with coinciding audio-taped stories by her father, a Bronze Star, World War II infantry soldier. In 2016, she was honored as the speaker at the Memorial Service in Renville, MN. In 2017, Finding Foxholes was selected for the One Book One County reading program by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Library Legacy Fund.
In 2006, Faye's "South of the Border" was featured in Running Times.
Faye and her husband live nine months a year in Minneapolis, MN and three months in Manzanillo, MX. They have four children and seven grandchildren.