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World Expat

Our first priority in moving to Mexico was to discover what life was like, living in Tepoztlan. This expanded, in the first 3 years to learn more about Central Mexico and then the Northwest: Puerto Vallarta, Baja, and Puerto Vallarta. We will expand to other places in Mexico, in the near future. But we are also venturing into the world expat direction. This summer, Anita is re-learning German, travelling to two language programs. The first is in Tier, near France and Luxemburg. The second is in the Tyrol region of Austrian Alps. She will also connect to friends and family.

One of the themes in the World Expat journey is building networks that span several nations. For example, Anita met a new friend in Puerta Vallarta who is from Trier and is returning there to visit, during Anita’s stay there. She is also travelling to Prague to see a friend from Cuernavaca who is giving a keynote speech at a Montessori Conference, there. So, one piece of the program for Anita’s stay in Germany is to begin the foundation for blocks of time spent in other nations – with focus on Germany and Europe. There are projects keeping me in Mexico, this summer. One would be to expand my writing. But I will be heading to Germany and Europe soon enough. Another part of the focus on Europe is to explore our roots in Germany, Ireland and England. This will build on research I am doing online, in preparation.




INTERESTING POST BY A COUPLE THAT SEEMS TO BE ALREADY SPREADING THEIR WINGS BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THEIR NEWLY ADOPTED HOME. It seems to be natural evolution for those with broad view of cultures and the planet. Nancy and I would not be comfortable in many different countries and have not trouble living out of suitcase or sticking to public transportation.

You capitalize World Expat. Is that a proper noun for something else as well?

How great it is to be recording your journey to better remember the experiences and share the learnings wih others.

Paul Gottschalk
Paul Gottschalk

Thanks for the assessment, Jake. I am glad you recognized the distinction in my capitalizing “World Expat.” It is part of a typology describing profiles for seeing people, culture, and social dynamics. “Expat” is, of course the term of art that is the foundation, and involves a certain degree of controversy for those who are unfamiliar with the social constructs surrounding it. There are some folks, back in the home country who might question the national loyalty of an Expat. However, before becoming one, I was already intrigued with this term, as a Social Scientist and activist involved with Waging Peace. The term “World Expat” is actually part of what is involved with becoming a World Citizen – a term that had been part of lexicon of World Community development.

Jeff Wills

What projects are you working on that are keeping you in Mexico? The European trip sounds fun!

Paul Gottschalk
Paul Gottschalk

Excellent question, Jeff. The first project is about family. We are one of a handful of Expat extended families, here in Tepoztlan. It will be fun to compare notes with them on how we fare with the “Family Enterprise” of helping serve needs and interests. For me, the first goal is learning and growth with 360 degree mentoring. I have learned from my daughter(s), sons-in-law, and grand-kids. And they have learned from me. This includes the two daughters and son-in-law back in Maryland and D.C. who have also participated heavily with the family journey, on-line and through visits. The second objective is financial. We are invested in the family business that Carlos leads (as an architect) which involves home construction and remodeling. We are also business partners in the business development arena (networking) and “Support the Business” arena (mostly by supporting Carlos and Alison and their family, we support the business. As a Social Scientist, I am enjoying the project of studying Mexico. I have learned that having one major focus provides insight into general cultural understanding. Mexico captures my attention for a number of reasons. The first is how integrated the culture is with Spanish and local societal norms, perspectives, values and sociological impetus for adapting.

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