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Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading–Letters From Mexico

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Don writes Letters From Mexico about his experiences living in Mexico since 2003.

What brought you to Mexico?

I was invited by a guy I met while volunteering at a folk fest. He lives in Connecticut and Mexico and invited me to come to the 1st Turtle Island Bioregional Congress. I did and then had two follow up visits, staying in the community that organized it. On my third visit, I was crying when it was time to go home (back up north). This signaled to me to begin the process of getting ready to move to Mexico.

What was the inspiration for your blog name?

Letters From Mexico was inspired by a previous blog I started when I moved here in 2003, to keep in touch with family and friends in El Norte. I did a Google search, and the only Letters From Mexico was by Cortez.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

I live in the volcanic region of central Mexico, south of Mexico City and East of Cuernavaca, called Tepoztlan. (Try and pronounce that one!) Most of my topics relate to the Mexican culture, and how this differs from the US.

Why do you blog? 

My blog is primarily for retirees in the US who are interested in moving to Mexico.

The site has some information and a lot of my personal experiences about travel and living in Mexico. Hopefully, it will help make the decision about coming here.

What is your favorite blog post? 

Maybe because it was my first post—Get Lost! Is my favorite. It was inspired by some experiences, and by the image of a T-shirt that’s pictured on the blog.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?  

My Daily Life in Mexico was the most difficult. I feel that topic is what my audience wants to read about, but I prefer living it to writing about it.

What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

I play in blues bands. We had a gig called Scorpio Dance Party. It was to celebrate my birthday and that of a friend. I promoted it for a month, working every day. I’m proud to say it attracted 70 people and all had a blast! I learned that I was able to organize and carry out a project.  

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

I spent a night in an immigration prison cell in Acapulco. I learned it’s important to have my papers up-to-date.

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What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

I think preparation should include research: reading books, online material, and talking to friends and relatives who have traveled or live in Mexico.

It’s best done in small steps, in my opinion. For example, don’t buy a house during your first week traveling in Mexico.

Sign up to subscribe to my blog and you get to download free Mexico Travel Tips.

If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

Although I am flexible, at this point I consider Mexico my home base. I’d say I’ve not been around a lot. I explored living in Guatemala, but find Mexico more diverse, with hotter music and food.

I’ll stay here until and unless I find something I like better.

Where do you see your blog going?  

My goal is to have the site be interactive, and with the help of my audience, become a published book. I published a memoir and am now revising and updating it. I have plans for two other memoir related books, for different audiences, and these may have blogs.

Where can you be found? 

Twitter and Facebook

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Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading–Call it Kismet

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Jules, a blogger at Call it Kismet, was born in Eastern Kentucky and is currently cruising the Pacific coast of Mexico on our live-aboard sailboat.  Here’s what she has to say about her life.

What brought you to Mexico?  

Opportunity to sail in a different country.

How has your life changed?

My stress level had lowered dramatically.  Mexico has a very casual vibe. We don’t have a car, so no traffic problems.

How has your belief system changed?

 It hasn’t.

How have you changed?  

I am learning to become more patient and not so time-obsessed.

What challenges have you overcome?

Living in a small space (boat) with my husband and 2 dogs has simplified my life.

What challenges are you still facing?  

I still miss shopping at Target and Marshalls.

What keeps you going?

Good friends we have met along the way and travel with keep me from getting lonely.

What accomplishment makes you the proudest?

Shedding our material life. We had two beautiful homes and two cars. But it was all just “stuff”.

What things do you miss about your life before?  

Being close to family. But my parents died recently, so I don’t feel the desire or need to return to the US.

What have you found is no longer important to you?

Material things like houses and cars. And shoes. I now wear flip-flops every day.

What do you consider the defining moment in your life in Mexico?

When I got my residency card I realized that Mexico truly and legally is HOME.

How do you spend your free time?

All my time is free time. Since we move around a lot, I go “Urban Hiking” to explore the local towns.

How do you maintain yourself/your family financially?

 Retired.

How have you overcome fear?

No fears.

How have you grown as a person?

I am a work in progress but am mellowing out.

What skills have you learned in Mexico?

A bit of language-learning. I take classes at marinas sometimes and went to Spanish School in Taxco for 6 weeks.

What skills do you still have to master?

The language.  Each summer, during hurricane season, we plan to continue our travels inland for 3-4 months and take Spanish classes in different areas.

What inspires you? What angers you?  

What angers me is the vast overpopulation of homeless animals. But I am inspired by the groups that are raising awareness and helping with spay-neuter and rescue.

What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

What is your current goal?

 Just going with the flow for now.

How do you make your life meaningful?

I surround myself with good people.

Do you volunteer?

Since we move around a lot, it is difficult to volunteer, but I frequently donate $$ to animal welfare groups.

 

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Blog About Mexico Worth Reading–Africans to Yucatan

Somehow or other, I ended up an administrator for the Facebook group Foreigners in Rural Mexico although I am not exactly sure I’m the right person for the job. On the other hand,  I am a foreigner and I do live in rural Mexico.  In my new position as group leader, I’ve met a number of interesting people. Today, I’d like to share my newest blogger find, Denise from Africans to Yucatan.

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What brought you to Mexico?

We wanted to live a simpler life.

What was the inspiration for your blog name?

We were part of a great group of friends. Each couple had a nickname and ours was “The Africans” because we were born in South Africa…Since we immigrated to Canada in late 1990’s we thought this would be a fitting name for our new move.

What area of Mexico and topics does your blog primarily focus on?

Our blog focuses on our experiences moving to the Yucatán.

Why do you blog?

As you can imagine we have friends and family all over the world (Oman, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Canada, the US and now Mexico). This was the easiest way I could keep them all updated on our experiences. I also thought if anyone else was interested in moving to Mexico, it would give them an honest perspective of a couple who is semi-retired with very limited funding.

What is your favorite blog post?  

“Music: The universal language”

It features the south Mérida youth symphony orchestra, which is a local program that helps marginalized youth to expand their horizons and has an immense positive social impact on the youth involved. I enjoy writing factual pieces about initiatives that help local people and we had such a great experience when we attended this event.

What has been the most difficult for you to blog about?

Missing Canada and already loving Mexico. It is difficult to explain the roller coaster of feelings about moving to a new country and not come across as flaky, ungrateful or judgemental.

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What has been the best experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

We have had several experiences of our neighbors being generous despite their own hardships. There is a definite spirit of caring amongst the Yucatecan people. This generous spirit constantly reminds me that I am so much more fortunate than many and I strive to be more humble.

What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?  

One of the vendors at the Plaza Grande verbally assaulted me when I told him that I did not want a tour of the Cathedral. It was an unusually negative reaction, based on my experience of several visits to the Yucatán and specifically Mérida. It just reminded me that not everyone welcomes foreigners to their country.

What advice do you have for those planning to move or travel to Mexico?

Do your homework. Do not go on what other people say. We all have different expectations and standards. Most of all, know why you want to move here. Mexico is not the same as Canada or the US, do not compare it and don’t try to make it “Little wherever-you-are-from”. If you do, you are the same as the immigrants who went to your country and wanted to change your culture to fit in with their beliefs. Celebrate your own culture, while remaining respectful of those in your new home.

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If you are currently in Mexico, how long do you plan on remaining?

We plan to stay here permanently.

Where do you see your blog going?  

I am just going to continue my blog in this informal manner for now.

Where can you be found?

I am on Twitter or on Facebook and of course at Africans To Yucatan.

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Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading–IamKaren23

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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?   

That’s a hard one. Some of the posts I’ve written about my family referring to events like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

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.

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Where can you be found?

Iamkaren23

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