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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Missionary Position


What is it about me that makes talking to folks about living in Mexico so enjoyable?  Ahhhh, am I bragging?  Am I seeking approval?  Am I seeking permission to be ecstatically happy about our decision to move to Mexico nearly 3 years ago.  I just don't know.  Two weeks ago, we started a conversation with a nice opposite sex couple from Seattle, Washington.  We were shameless in our boasting about the village of Ajijic, the people, the food, the bus system, the sites to see while visiting, etc.  And, we told a story or two.  Poor folks.

I am not a missionary for Mexico by any means.  I will tell you though, that Mexico and the Mexican people have a bad reputation for no good reasons.  The folks around here are industrious, friendly, and genuine.  The kids are well-behaved in public.  Lots of folks speak English and the ones that don't are patient with our improving use of Spanish.  People are people.  We are fortunate to live in a friendly -- especially "gay friendly" -- town.

The key to survival here, as in every life situation and location, is to practice courtesy and patience.  If you are in a hurry, visit Canada.  If you want to relax come to Mexico.  No one...absolutely no one is in a hurry in Ajijic.  You will learn that the food you just ordered will be made in due time.  You will appreciate that everything is made to order and made in turn.  Relax, chat, and enjoy a bottomless glass of iced tea or your favorite beverage.  And, of course, be polite.  We are guests in this country and are appreciative of every day that we are privileged to live here.

Rent.  I recommend that if anyone is considering a move to Mexico that you plan on renting.  Everyone needs a little bit of time to discover exactly where they want to spend the next 6 months or 6 years.  Will you be happier living in an exclusive gated community with a clubhouse and pool or living somewhere in the village with few or no amenities?  The village can surprise you.  One never knows how dreary or cheerful a house may be behind our colonial walls.

Come visit.  The very fact that we have a diverse expat community should be enough for the hesitant to at least visit our parcel of Paradise.  Sure, why not come for the tequila and stay for the adventure of your lifetime?

I've written lots about our move to Mexico.  Please review some of it and/or visit this commercial website by a local real estate professional that has many helpful links about the Lake Chapala area.  This is not an endorsement of his business or person.

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