An Expat at Your Service May 19
About the Author of
An Expat at Your Service
When I moved here in 2001 I could speak Spanish and had traveled extensively in Mexico. I still found the transition challenging. Before becoming an expat in Mexico, I searched the library for books on living here. I found only information about how to bring your car with you, how to cross the border, how to choose a classy piece of property, the financial benefits of retiring here, yadda, yadda, yadda.
There is nothing on the way it FEELS to live here. I read two books written by Americans who had supposedly lived here and was sorely disappointed. There was nothing about the loneliness, the frustration, the misdirected anger, the embarrassing social faux pas.
Nor was there anything about the incredible personal growth, the joy of new discoveries, the relaxation and letting go of materialism, the sense of community, and the increased sense of self. Since moving here, I have continued to search on the Internet for information to help me construct my own Mexican lifestyle.
The website I needed when I became an expat did not existâ€”until now. This website is the outgrowth of my growth here. It is an honest look at Mexican life through the eyes of an American woman.
If you like my writing, you can read some of my free-lance articles about life in Mexico.
I was born, raised, and went to college in the Pacific Northwest. Iâ€™ve lived with my Mexican husband in Cuernavaca, Mexico for 7 years now and might finally be getting used to the overly hot, sunny weather. I work 6 days a week at a private language school. My job combines teaching EFL (English as a foreign language) classes and administrative work as a coordinator.
I can wash laundry by hand and identify some common Mexican birds. My favorite pastimes are reading and writing in English (maybe Iâ€™m a bad immigrant). As well as getting to know the bird species that live in and visit the ravine near our house.
Some days I love Mexico and am sure that Iâ€™ll never want to move back to the PNW. Other days I can hardly wait to be in my native land again. It is this dichotomy that gives my writing about life in Mexico its valuable and rare honesty.
Before settling in Cuernavaca, my husband and I traveled throughout Mexico, visiting many places including Michoacan, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Merida. We particularly enjoy seeing the ancient Native American ruins such as Teotihuacan, Chitzen Itza, Xochicalco, Konhulich, Palenque, and Bonampak as well as meeting the common people who live in small towns. Our contact with â€œrealâ€ Mexicans gives my writing about life in Mexico a level of detail that is rarely found in commentaries about Mexico.
The fact that I’ve lived here with a Mexican husband has forced me to go deeply into the cultural differences I’ve experienced in my life here. He has both challenged and guided me. Without his ability to see how my cultural bias will affect me, I would have stayed in the judgment and anger stage of culture shock a lot longer. If you decide to live or retire in Mexico, I don’t want you to be swamped by the anger and judgment stage of culture shock.
The Original Inspiration
You may wonder what caused me to start this project of writing about living and retiring in Mexico. Here’s how it all began.
A friend from the Pacific Northwest, who has her own web sites, sent me an e-mail one day, asking about how Mexicans viewed a certain political event in the United States. She was considering retiring in Mexico and wanted to get a feel for how Mexicans viewed U.S. politics. I replied with my usual honest, descriptive language and she enjoyed my response so much that in her next email she suggested the idea of writing an e-book.
I loved the idea and began work on Mexico: The Trick is Living Here. I enjoyed the writing process for about a year. Then, when I had the book done, the next step was to make a web site. There was a lot to learn to make the web site and all throughout the year that it took to get it up and running, my friend was there to help. She answered questions about HTML, Google, writing style, and other on line things. She provided technical support converting files to formats that I could use on the net. Most of all she provided tons of encouragement, and here I am today. An expat at your service.
My friend’s name is Jonni Good and she sells two excellent diet books on line. The only way I have to repay her for all of her time and energy, which she gave to me out of the kindness of her heart is to send her traffic, and hopefully, customers for her excellent books. If you are interested in improving your health or changing your diet, please have a look at her web sites The Easy Does it Diet and How to Think Thin.