Q-Roo Paul and Linda have compiled a comprehensive expat resource at Two Expats Living in Mexico. Be sure to check it out!
What brought you to Mexico?
I retired after a 25-year career in law enforcement and the high cost of living in the U.S. (especially health care) meant that either my wife or I – or both – would have to continue to work. So, the short answer is that we came looking for an amazing new life spent sipping Margaritas on a Caribbean beach — but, at a price we could afford without continuing to work.
What was the inspiration for your blog name?
The name of the blog is Two Expats Living in Mexico. Nothing too profound there. We moved to Mexico and this is the first blog name that popped into my head.
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
The blog focuses heavily on the state of Quintana Roo, simply because that’s where we live. However, I cover a wide range of topics, many of which apply to the whole country.
Why do you blog?
I began blogging just for something to do on rainy days and while I enjoyed my morning coffee. For some reason that we still don’t fully understand, the blog became popular and we’ve had as many as 155,000 views in a single month.
I use the site to share information about Mexico that I can’t easily find anywhere else.
What is your favorite blog post?
I don’t have a favorite post.
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
U.S. politics. Although readers often ask me to write blogs sharing my opinions about politics, especially President Trump, it isn’t that type of blog so I always decline.
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
This is a tough question because I have had so many wonderful experiences here. I guess if I had to choose just one, I would say it was when I met a municipal police officer in Puerto Morelos and gave him a uniform patch from the agency that I retired from (a common practice among cops). He felt bad that he didn’t have a patch to give me in return, so he took out a pocketknife, carefully removed the stitching from the patch on his hat, and presented it to me.
I was very flattered and impressed.
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
I haven’t had a bad experience yet. The worst thing that’s happened to me – knock on wood – is that they were out of license plates when I went to get new ones.
If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?
For the foreseeable future.
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
For travel, familiarize yourself with your rights under the consumer law in Mexico so you don’t get overcharged for goods and services while you’re here.
As far as moving here, I would need a lot more space to cover everything. It’s probably better that you just read through my blog.
Where do you see your blog going?
My plan is to continue writing articles that people want to read. I’ll keep doing that until I’m not having fun – at which point, I’ll just turn it off.
Where can you be found?