Moving to Mexico
For our first blog post about life in San Miguel de Allende, I found myself trying to encapsulate all that can be found, done, experienced, known, the good and the bad, misconceptions, and secrets about this amazing city. I wanted to tell it all. After some reflection, I decided that telling everything in one post isn’t how a blog is supposed to work, and this helped me to focus. I asked myself before I moved to Mexico seven years ago, what were some of the questions I had about Mexico and moving to this amazing country and what knowledge would have helped me with my decision to move? Our blog is going to try to answer some of these questions, share our experiences in Mexico, and most of all, discuss life in San Miguel de Allende. Some material comes from our own experiences of moving and living here, and some come from conversations with other expatriates and Mexican friends.
A little information about us. I’m an American married to a Mexican. Prior to moving full time to Mexico I visited many times for vacations and to visit my Mexican family. Ernesto and I were living together in the States when we decided to make the move and there were many reasons why, but the main reason was we both love Mexico and were ready for a change. So we sold our stuff, packed a couple suitcases, updated our dog’s shots and documents, and the three of us flew to Guadalajara. At that time we didn’t know where we wanted to live. We stayed with family in Guadalajara for a month and during that time bought a car big enough to handle our stuff and black Labrador, made a list of places we wanted to visit, and finally set off on a journey of discovery. I know that sounds corny, but it’s true. Our plan was to visit different cities in Mexico and then decide where we wanted to live. Our first destination was San Miguel de Allende. You might assume our journey ended there, after all this a blog about San Miguel de Allende real estate. But we weren’t done exploring. The place we finally chose to live was a town called San Cristobal de Las Casas in the State of Chiapas. A beautiful colonial town with a hippie vibe that blended with traditional Mayan culture, located high in the mountains of Chiapas. We bought a ruin of a house and remodeled it and then lived there for five years. We still have that house. But life is an adventure and after five years we were ready for a change. We returned to San Miguel de Allende, the first city on our original journey, built a house, started our business, and have lived here since.
This blog is going to try to answer questions about living in Mexico and even answer some you didn’t know you had. We’re going to be posting regularly about various topics that I think will be interesting to anyone thinking of moving to and living in San Miguel de Allende, or anyplace else in Mexico for that matter. If you bump into Ernesto and me around town, don’t hesitate to say hi and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you.