International Living Focus on Mexico

The periodical that helped us explore and plan for our move, abroad, is “International Living. They just announced that their focus, for 2018, is Mexico, given that this is such a popular expat destination. Counting those from the USA, alone, we have two million fellow expats. The more we travel to other prime expat destinations, …

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Following up on Facebook Posts on RJ Mitte and Nick Vujicic

I had mentioned that I am now following up on MexpatLife Page Facebook posts, for the benefit of readers who don’t use Facebook, and others who are interested in more detail. If you do an internet search engine search (Google or other) I believe information on RJ Mitte and Nick Vujicic is available, and the …

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Building Our Own Journeys

One of the questions I usually get from folks who are anticipating retirement is “what do you do?” I remember being in that place, and fantasizing about the “Sweetness of Doing Nothing.” This is a translation of “La Dolce Fa Neante” in Anita’s favorite movie, “Eat, Pray, Love.” It refers to when Julia Roberts’ character …

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Tying In Facebook to Blogs

Not all my readers are Facebookers. However, I do have a MexpatLife presence, there. It began with advice from my blog consultant, Alison….the one who is my daughter. Her namesake is a contributor to the quality of the blog, as well, but as an appreciative consumer of the stories, here. Anyway, Alison (who built the …

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Enjoying Similarities and Differences in Culture

Case Example: Taxi Drivers. Some times, when we travel between Tepoztlan and Cuernavaca (a distance of about 11 miles) the taxi drivers will ask us how much we usually pay. Also this has happened when travelling within Tepoztlan, itself. I am always impressed by that. It shows several qualities. First, customer service — as in …

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Earthquake II

Well, this one was close. The epicenter was about 100 miles away versus 900, last time. I was talking on the phone with my daughter, Laura, back in Washington, D.C., as it happened. It was even more amazing, this time, to see how much rocking and rolling our house could take, with minimal damage. Many …

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Expectations and Reality

One of the most challenging…and rewarding tasks to accomplish, as an expat, is to manage expectations. I have noticed how Americans react to their experiences involving resort stays and tours. I am very involved with using timeshares (and tours), and read reviews of them to get an idea as to what to expect and how …

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Veracruz

While attention is drawn to other places, right about now, Hurricane Katia has come ashore in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is the second hurricane to hit Veracruz, this season. The previous was the first Hurricane of the season, Franklin, which formed on August 3rd, crossed the Yucatan and then plowed into Veracruz on …

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Earthquake!

That word reminds me of one of our favorite “feel good” movies – “Freaky Friday” with Jamie Lee Curtis and Linsday Lohan. They play a mom and daughter who feel what they believe is an earthquake but have just begun a process for exchanging places with each other, literally. Anyway, there was some Rock and …

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Convergence of Unusual phenomena

There was a partial eclipse, here in Mexico, as in the case of a good part of the U.S. I recall following a nearly total eclipse,back in 1970. using a large telescope, projecting the progress of the Moon’s movement on a screen, below the eyepiece. The coolest part was how the birds stopped chirping and …

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