Hi Julia,

I bought and read your book in April, 2008, in preparation for my move to Mexico.

Yes, I fell in love with a Mexican and have never regretted one moment.

I found your book informative, but I could read your frustration on many of the pages. And, now I understand why!!!

Much of what you wrote about I’ve experienced. Just yesterday we waited in line for 2 hours and after getting to the window the person said we were in the wrong line and the wrong building. And, of course, this is AFTER we asked where to go! Same thing with directions. At least on that problem we’ve realized that we have to ask at least 3 people & if 2 match then we go with it…still might not get us where we want to go but our chances are better.

Thanks for writing such a wonderful book that helped me understand what to expect. It definitely helped with the culture shock!

-Kim McGill

Ah, Thanks Kim. That’s why I wrote the book.

Expatriate Parent Recomends Guide on How to Live or Retire in Mexico

Yay! I heard from yet another happy reader of my guide book on how to live or retire in Mexico:

Dear Julia,
I read your book about a year ago, and found it to be so relevant to our family’s transitions to Mexico!  I have recommended it to numerous people.


Thank you for taking the time to write and let me know that my book is useful — and even worth recommending to others.

Adios Snow – Reader Planning to Retire in Mexico calls Mexico: The Trick is Living Here “one of a kind”

A reader who hopes to escape the Colorado snow and retire in Mexico, sent me the following note (reprinted with permission).


I read the book – it is one of a kind. You have a wonderful writing style; the book is very helpful and a fun read at the same time. I need to work on my nudging technique when driving – being a polite gringo behind the wheel doesn’t help anyone.

Bob Lanham

Thank you Bob!