A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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April 11, 2006 — I recently got an email asking if the writer could send me some questions about living in Mexico. I said sure, so long as I could answer in the blog. Here’s what he asked, with identifying details removed. It seems they have a way to earn their living; that’s part of what I deleted.

Well, my wife and I are in our thirties and we are looking at moving to Baja in the fall and selling my house in the U.S. How did you find Mexico to live in after living in the US for so long? I have gone down and visited people and they are great but I just don’t know what to expect. I know it is much poorer and the culture is a lot different (and a lot friendlier). Does the heat get to you at times?Have you run into many Americans where you live? Do you have trouble with scorpions?(I killed one the last time I was down there that was in the shower under the shampoo bottle-after I got in! ) That freaked me out a little bit. What for you was the hardest thing to get used to? Is there any advice you would give out to us? Oh and my Spanish is about at the intermediate level. Any recommendations there?

Let me have a try at these. Remember that different people would reply differently.

  • How did you find Mexico to live in after living in the US for so long? Very different. I love the sense of enjoyment here but sometimes the casualness about dates and times gets to me. Browse old entries of the blog for lots more about this.
  • Does the heat get to you at times? Yes, but not as much as the cold of Colorado gets to me at times.
  • Have you run into many Americans where you live? Yes. I wasn’t sure I would like living in such a foreign “colony” but it’s working out fine.
  • Do you have trouble with scorpions? We have killed a few in our house. I am going to buy some stuff called Alfadex from a local veterinarian. He says it’s pet-safe, which a lot of things aren’t. I will spray the doorways and a couple of other places like the chimney where the scorpions can enter, being sure my pets aren’t around the stuff till it dries. If someone gets bitten by a scorpion, try to stay calm, put ice on the bite, and get medical help if symptoms are severe. But also know that the scorpion anti-venom can cause allergic reactions so anyone receiving it should be watched for an hour or more.
  • What for you was the hardest thing to get used to? Hmm, this would really be unique to each person. I guess for me it’s the way Mexicans pass on the highways.
  • Is there any advice you would give out to us? Have fun and don’t burn all your bridges in the United States, as you won’t know till you’ve lived in Mexico for some time whether it’s really right for you.
  • Oh and my Spanish is about at the intermediate level. Any recommendations there? Intermediate gives you a good foundation. Talk to people, read the local newspapers, find a Mexican to trade language practice with. I use homemade flashcards to write down the words I learn and want to remember.

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