Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–Rancho Pint

John Pint writes about his activities at Rancho Pint and the surrounding area. If you are looking for adventure, look no further!  Fascinating tidbits about the geological attractions of the area.

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What brought you to Mexico?

My wife Susy, who is from Michoacán.

What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

My birth certificate.

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

A circle with a diameter of 500 kilometers, centered on Guadalajara. I write for people who appreciate nature and the great geodiversity and biodiversity in the above-mentioned circle around Guadalajara.

What is your favorite blog post?  

My most recent is my favorite until the next one comes along. So, at the moment, my favorite is about a fellow who photographs jaguars, and how he does it.

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

Awareness and “awareness of awareness.” Nobody knows what I am talking about!

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

Talking to my gardener about woodpeckers. Here is what I learned from just one conversation.

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What has been the worst experience you’ve had in Mexico?
Rappelling down a 70-meter narrow pit only to discover there was no oxygen at the bottom. From that experience, I learned how to detect the presence of carbon dioxide in a cave.

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

Learn Spanish, live in a Mexican community, get a 4WD vehicle and buy my book, A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area, The Lost Civilization of Teuchitlán

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

I don’t plan on going anywhere else.

Where do you see your blog going?  

Well, I think I started my page before blogging existed, so I guess I first have to find out exactly what a blog is. With luck, I may still be around when blogging has disappeared.

Where can you be found?

Facebook is the only one of these I have figured out (somewhat) and my Facebook name is …aha! You guessed it: John Pint.

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Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading–USMexpats

Patty writes about her travels at USMexpats and features a number of areas quite close to us here at Surviving Mexico.

 

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Patty in downtown Morelia.

 

What brought you to Mexico?

Family brought me to Mexico.  But, I fell in love with the culture, food, and weather.

What was the inspiration for your blog name?

The name of my blog is USMexpats.  I chose this name as it seemed to fit my travels in the U.S. and Mexico.  I, also, felt it would be easier for folks to find it when looking for more information about traveling in the U.S. and Mexico.

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

My blog is based on where I have traveled, lived, and explored with my main focus on the state of Michoacan.  Topics are mainly about Morelia and the surrounding towns but will include other parts of Mexico.

Why do you blog?

I blog to share my travel experiences with the hope to inspire others to travel too!  I write for anyone who is interested in traveling or relocating to Mexico.  I began by telling my travel adventures to family, friends, and colleagues.  They enjoyed my stories and I have always loved to write, so I decided to write out my travel adventures.

 

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Our pup, Charlie, at the San Luis Potosi plaza.

 

What is your favorite blog post?

My favorite blog post is ‘Traveling to Mexico with Pets in the Car‘.  I enjoy travel but have pets too.  Many folks feel they can’t travel with pets.  I wanted to show that it is possible and how it can be done.

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

There are so many towns in Michoacan that are unique and full of great beauty that I am afraid I will forget to include something.

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

The best experience I had in Mexico was during the December holidays going from home to home to enjoy loving company, delicious foods such as tamales and corundas, and good drinks such as atole and rompope.  I learned that Mexico is full of friendly and generous folks.

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

The worst experience I had in Mexico was driving at night.  I learned not to do it again!

If you are no longer in Mexico, do you plan on returning?

Yes, I plan on returning for the lifestyle.

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

I would advise them to join expat groups on Facebook and look online to learn more about places they want to go.  Then, go!!  Get that passport, plane ticket or car sticker, budget for it, and get out there.  When there, don’t get stuck on time and deadlines, rather just soak in the experience of simply being there.  All the colors, sights, sounds, and feelings of Mexico!

 

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VW van front at the Hikuri Hostel in San Luis Potosi.

 

Where do you see your blog going?  

I will be writing more about Morelia and the surrounding towns such as TzinTzunTzan, Patzcuaro, Urapuan, Quiroga, Santiago, Janitzio, and others.

Where can you be found?

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Book Review–A Selfish Plan to Change the World by Justin Dillon

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Changing the world is not as altruistic you might think.  Most movers and shakers have multiple motives for what they do.  Author Justin Dillon takes us through his personal journey from musician to founder and CEO of the Made in a Free World organization which focuses on disrupting human trafficking trade worldwide.  Citing example after example, he explores the reasons why each one of us should make an effort to change the world, what keeps the world from changing and how we can actually change the world.

The key point for me was what the author called “finding your riot.”  Although that seems a bit aggressive, what he refers to is finding what you are passionate about and using that for social change. Combine that riot with the desire to “contribute to a larger narrative” and your unique abilities, and you have the recipe for world-changing work.

Much like the author, who began with his belief that changing the world was only attempted by selfless and sacrificial people, I often feel that perhaps changing the world was beyond my abilities even though I’ve made some effort at do-gooding over the years.  Once upon a time, I was a volunteer for the Americorp Changing Trends program and provided educational support for minority children in the Nebraska Public School system. Then there was the volunteer bit at the Community Center where I inadvertently uncovered some misappropriation of funds.  Don’t forget about that fiasco when I attempted to get water, sewer, and electricity for La Yacata.  And yes, I’d even go so far as to say blogging is yet another way I’ve been trying to change the world, one reader at a time.  I can’t say that I’ve been successful in changing the world even one iota despite my efforts, but I know people who are. (See Maggie, Nicole, Creative Hands of Mexico)

A Selfish Plan to Change the World provided some food for thought and is well worth your time.  Read more about this book here. Get your copy here.

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Reader Survey Results

Have you entered? Today is the last day for a chance for a free e-book.

Recently I designed an anonymous survey through PollDaddy and requested the participation of my readers. My goal was to help determine the future direction of Surviving Mexico by seeing what readers enjoyed in the past and what they would like to see more of in the future.  Here are the results.

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Question 10–Do you have any suggestions or comments for Surviving Mexico?

*How about an interview with our husbands? Actually, this isn’t a bad idea.  Most of my acquaintances are women who have relocated to Mexico with their deported Mexican husbands.  However, there are a number of men who have come to Mexico with their deported Mexican wives and families.  Then there are spouses who have come to Mexico with their families for other reasons. Hearing from them would be interesting.

*No. I wouldn’t presume. Presume away!  I’m open to new ideas!

*You are part of my due diligence as we prepare to move to Mexico. We will also be living in a small town far from other expats. I am interested in what life is like in the boonies. Life outside expat areas is quite a bit different, believe me!  Glad to be of assistance!

*Whatever you do, I hope you keep blogging! Thank you!  I do plan on continuing as long as there are adventures (or disasters) to be had.

*I enjoy your posts and pass some of them on to other ex-pats. Thank you!  If what I write is useful, please pass it on!

*Keep writing! Love to read them. Thank you!  I will!

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Although this survey is now closed, I would still love to hear from you! Feel free to drop me a line at any time!

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