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Sunday December 17 2017

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Hey Compadre!

One day they may be calling you, so be ready and learn what it means. Whether you live in Mexico or vacation in the country on a regular basis, if you’ve begun to integrate into the local community, eventually you’ll be asked to be a padrino or madrina (godparent) to an ahijado or ahijada (godchild). So you’d better familiarize yourself...

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Moving Permanently to Mexico

Bringing household contents into Mexico. Transporting your worldly possessions into Mexico is both an art and a science, even more so if you intend to do so on your own…truck and all. Then the task also becomes a challenge and an adventure. No matter what the Canadian or American Consul in Oaxaca advises, and regardless of the steps the Mexi...

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Mexico: The World's Best Place to Retire

A few years ago when the Canadian dollar was at its weakest, Canada ranked in the top ten. However as the loonie has strengthened, Canada has slipped well out of the top ten this year. For reference sake only, the US ranked 19th this year (2007)! During the past 15 years, International Living magazine has calculated its Annual Global Retiremen...

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Booming Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has now reached the size of St. Louis and assuming the projected growth holds true, it will be equal in size to Cleveland within ten years. Attention, baby boomers; don’t be late for the party! If you haven’t noticed what’s going on south of the border, but only heard about illegal immigration north of the border, the follo...

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Contemplating Moving to Southern Mexico?

It took 8 years for my wife and I to find the right piece of land in Oaxaca, in the ideal location, obtain good title, decide upon an architect/project manager, and commence and complete construction. Throughout the process the learning curve was significant, as were the frustrations, fits of disillusionment and exciting moments, without regret at...

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The Plain Truth About Living in Mexico

My wife and I are now beginning our fourth year as American expats in Guanajuato, Mexico. Sometimes it seems only yesterday that we sold all we owned in Overland Park, Kansas, and moved here with just suitcases, nothing more. Sometimes it seems like we never had a beginning but have always lived here. I think however, no matter how long we stay...

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Chapala: A Little Mexican Paradise Treasured by Expats

The deep silence of the night is broken by the shy, sweet chirp of the sparrows. There are many types of birds including humming in Chapala Lake including hummingbirds, pelicans, and herons. The lake is covered by a golden mist, and the wind blows a soft and crisp breeze, an-nouncing the coming of the autumn. The leaves on the trees are trembl...

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My Move to Cabo

This is the story of my move to Cabo San Lucas, from my very first trip in December of 1993 to today. I share stories of my travels and thoughts from the very beginning when I was just a tourist with a visa card to buying a vacation property to becoming a full-time resident in 2004. Over the years many friends have visited, so many that a gathe...

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Escape From America Without Leaving America

As we all know, Christopher Columbus, while searching for China, first discovered the Americas when he arrived in San Salvador in 1492. On his second voyage, he landed in the Caribbean Islands, and on his last voyage in 1498, he arrived in the area of Venezuela. In 1497, the Italian sailor Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), exploring on behalf of Engla...

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The Golden Corridor: Gated Communities of San Miguel de Allende

The historic colonial town of San Miguel de Allende is attracting more and more attention from such prestigious publications as ABC News, Conde Nast Traveler and Money Magazine. It has been picked as one of the top ten most desired retirement cities in the world. That’s because the recently named UNESCO World Heritage Site seems to offer every...

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