Katie blogs about her family’s experiences at Los O’Gradys in Mexico.
What brought you to Mexico?
Our love for the people, language, food, freedom, family time, adventure…the leash-free life!
What was the inspiration for your blog name?
Los O’Gradys in Mexico. We are The O’Gradys and we are in Mexico. As a Spanish Teacher with Irish ancestry, I liked the play on words and felt it a perfect fit.
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
Central & Coastal (San Miguel de Allende & Nayarit/Jalisco); Family adventure and Freedom, Medical Care, Educational Options, Daily Life
Why do you blog?
I have to write, it is part of who I am and how I chose to express myself in this world. I write to have a tangible chronology of our Mexican memories and have chosen to share a few select pieces with the public.
What is your favorite blog post?
Many, but if I had to choose, my top 3 they would be:
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
The medical emergencies, life-saving surgeries and carbon monoxide poisoning of my husband
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
- Watching my children take flight, feasting and flourishing in their freedom, discovery and developing independence in a culture that values family and lifelong friendships.
- I was on death’s bed twice, including partial paralysis of the left side of my body. Mexico and her competent team of doctors returned to me the gift of health and the freedom of walking. I am forever grateful.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
- While sitting at a coffee shop in SMA, a NOB visitor YELLING at the barista in English that her coffee was not how she wanted it.
- My husband’s CO poisoning in Lake Chapala.
If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?
Forever in our hearts, here for sure until our children graduate high school…7 more years at least.
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
Go for it, keep an open mind, laugh, be flexible, reorganize and reroute when needed…if it isn’t a fit, find something else. If it is a fit, be grateful you found it!
Where do you see your blog going?
It is exactly where I want it. Via my blog, I have been gifted the opportunity to help other individuals and families relocate and begin their own south of the border adventure. I will continue the blog and my relocation consulting as long as it continues to bring me creative joy and be of assistance to others.
Where can you be found?