Karen Z. Hendin writes at Iamkaren23, a blog I’ve been following for awhile now.
What brought you to Mexico?
I initially came to teach ESL.
What was the inspiration behind your blog name?
A simple name…………iamkaren23………..23 is my birthday
What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?
The area and topics vary according to where I am living and what that particular place has to offer. I am currently in Mazatlan so the focus is primarily on what is happening there. I also write the occasional blog that may be more thought provoking, such as why my son calls me a nomad or where do I actually call home. I occasionally write about family.
Why do you blog?
Originally I started blogging once I moved away from Canada so that my friends could have some insight as to my life in Mexico. However I’ve met a lot of people in my travels in Mexico, and they have now become my readers as well.
What is your favorite blog post?
What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?
Probably the posts about what I do and why I do what I do. A lot of people just don’t understand my way of life.
What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?
My first year in Mexico I taught in Culiacan. I became friends with another teacher and he and his wife and all their extended family adopted me. Their kids call me abuelita (grandma).
What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
The worst experience was moving to Irapuato to teach. The school flew me down there, but then changed all the rules about hours, job description, etc. once I got there. They didn’t help with my work visa as promised and no promised healthcare was ever arranged. Needless to say, I didn’t stay long at that school.
What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?
Do your research. If possible, travel around and scout out the area where you want to be. Every city is different. The climate varies. The insects vary. If you’re offered a job, check it out carefully.
If you are no longer in Mexico, do you plan on returning?
I’m currently on vacation visiting a friend in the USA for the summer. But I’ll be back in Mexico in the fall. I plan to stay in Mexico indefinitely.
Where do you see your blog going?
Right now I’m leaving it the way it is. I’m focusing more now on writing a novel.
Where can you be found?