Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats is a collection of 27 essays written by women who relocated to Mexico. Some of the women may be familiar names. Roxana Bangura from the Bangura Chronicles wrote about raising her daughter as a polyglot in Mexico. Holly Hunter, the better half of Dan Gair, wrote about her side of the Mexico Diaries adventures. Dianne Hofner Saphiere from VidaMaz wrote about not being in Kansas anymore.
The women were honest about the struggles they had to create the life they love in Mexico. All of the women told their stories from the “other side” after prevailing against discrimination, income loss, relationship challenges, and just plain ol’ culture shock. All in all, it’s an inspiring “happy expat” read.
So why did these women leave their home countries? Some left because of the current political climate. Others left to provide life experiences for their children they would not otherwise have. Some women came for the culture, others for the cost of living. Some lost their marriages to Mexico, others found love and stayed.
What did these women find in Mexico? Purpose. Simplicity. Patience. Confidence. Seem like pretty good trade-offs to me.
I would have liked to have seen more stories from women who chose voluntary exile after their spouses were deported, but then perhaps they don’t fit the criteria of “expats”. Most of the women in this anthology were also living in areas full of gringos or small towns near those epicenters, San Miguel de Allende, Mazatlan, Lake Chapala, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel and so on. Perhaps that’s the book I need to write…
Regardless, Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats is an interesting collection and I’m sure you’ll love reading about the process of crafting a life you love in Mexico as told by these 27 brave women.
April is A to Z Challenge time! This year, I concentrated my writing endeavors on Creative Content rather than Surviving Mexico. That’s not to say that I didn’t write anything this month just not a post for each letter of the alphabet. Delightfully, my SOTB Bloggers group furthered the alphabet and wrote their own posts about our theme of Blogs About Mexico.
Today I’d like to share the entire A to Z list with links. If you haven’t read these delightful, authentic blogs, then be sure to check them out.
A-An American Girl’s Adventures
B-The Bangura Chronicles
C-Creative Hands of Mexico
D-Mexico Daily Living
E- Emily Garcia
F- From Rancho Santa Clara
G-Goats On The Road
I- I am Karen
J- Jill’s Journeys
K-Karen Moves to Mexico
L-My Life of Craft-N-Dab
O-Los O’Gradys in Mexico
P-On the Road to Patzcuaro
Q-Two Expats in Mexico
R- Red Shoes are Better than Bacon
S-Surviving Mexico–Adventures and Disasters
T-The Hurt, The Hope
U- Undiscovered Oaxaca
Y-.another day in the jungle Life in Yelapa
Z-Zipolita’z y Angelita’z Adventurez in Mexico
Also be sure to read:
I hope you enjoy meeting new bloggers in Mexico. Stay tuned. I’m in the process of turning these wonderful features into a book!
When we first arrived in Mexico, my senses were overwhelmed with the sights, sounds, and tastes of my new home. I was willing to try just about anything. I even managed to choke down the unpleasant bits in the name of experience. Everything was incredible. Everything was fascinating. It was a lot like falling in love.
As I’ve passed the 10-year mark here in Mexico, that initial euphoria has taken a nosedive. I am no longer willing to gag on my life experiences for the greater good. That doesn’t mean that Mexico still doesn’t inspire me to heights of great passion. It does, but it’s not the same as when I first fell in love.
There’s a word in Spanish that I think foodies would understand. Saborear. Literally translated, it means to savor. Saborear goes beyond that brief moment that the food actually touches your tongue. To saborear something is to hold it in your mouth and experience the flavor and texture of the food, to enjoy the act of eating. To seek out the individual nuances of the ingredients and ponder them separately and in conjunction with the other flavors. It’s not a sandwich cramming type of lifestyle.
I’ve learned to saborear my life in Mexico, which means making more deliberate choices, now and in the future. Unfortunately, living here in Mexico is often much like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jellybeans of the wizarding world. Sometimes you think you’ve chosen a nice toffee flavor and it turns out to be nothing more than ear wax. Alas!
Because of this alteration in life choices, my lifestyle over the past year has been undergoing some drastic changes. (See A room of her own) I’m still in the transition process. I’ve made some headway as you’ll see in my Mid-year Goals update, but there are still some aspects I’m working on. Meanwhile, I’ll saborear the moment I am in.
How do you saborear your life?