Articles by Expatriate Author Julia Taylor

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I love to write.

Luckily, being an expatriate in Mexico gives me lots of good ideas for articles. Here are links to some of my articles, most of which get their inspiration from my life in Mexico.

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Epatriate Life in Mexico

  • Wealth
  • Kooks in the Kitchen and Great Social Skills: A Mother’s Trade-off in Mexico
  • How to Teach ESL in Mexico

  • How to Make Teaching English in Mexico a Reality Part 1:
    Making Plans and Gathering Documents
  • How to Make Teaching English in Mexico a Reality Part 2:
    In Mexico: Marketing Yourself, Selecting a School and Being Successful
  • How to Make Teaching English in Mexico a Reality Part 3:
    How to Plan Realistic, Communicative Practices in the ESL Classroom
  • How to Make Teaching English in Mexico a Reality Part 4:
    Private ESL Classes in Mexico: How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Pitfalls (Plus One Non-Pitfall).
  • Morelos State Travel Guide

  • The State of Morelos – An Overview
  • Travel the Zapata Route in Morelos Part 1:
    The Land Was in His Heart
  • Travel the Zapata Route in Morelos Part 2 :
    His Heart Stopped Beating
  • Santa Maria Morelos Puts Heart into Its Festivals
  • Morelos’s Exotic Foods for the Brave at Heart
  • Las Estacas Natural Water Park
  • Everybody’s Happy at Morelos’s Las Huertas Adventure Paradise
  • The Pre-Hispanic, the Colonial, the Royal Roads of Morelos and Puebla
  • Tepoztlan Has it All Part 1 A Street Market, Food Market, the Zocalo, and a 16th Century Church
  • Tepoztlan Has it All Part 2 The Monastery, Museum, Pyramid Hike, Tepoznieves, Walking Tour and How to Get There
  • It’s Hot in Zacatepec Zacatepec has three claims to fame – the sugar mill, the Instituto Technológico de Zacatepec and its soccer stadium.
  • Cuernavaca’s Muros Museum: There’s Heart Within These Walls
  • Family Fun is the Heart of Parque Aquatico Oaxtepec near Cuernavaca, Morelos
  • Play to Your Heart’s Content at the Ex-Hacienda de Temixco in Morelos — Part 1: 32 Acres of Aqua Fun
  • Play to Your Heart’s Content at the Ex-Hacienda de Temixco in Morelos — Part 2: A long and Varied History
  • Handmade Mexican Art at 3 de Mayo, Morelos
  • Its About Variety at El Rollo Water Park in Morelos
  • Papalote Children’s Museum in Cuernavaca: Fun for the Whole Family It’s Worth Two Visits
  • Mexico: The Trick is Living Here Do you like my writing? You can read my e-book Mexico: The Trick is Living Here is interested in your stories about Mexican immigrants in the US. Click here to read about this inspiring project to collect stories about real people.

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    1. Erik Jorgensen Oct 17

      Hi Julia,
      I bought your 182 page ebook (whew! lol) …. My wife and I are reaching retirement age, and because we don’t really have a lot in savings set aside to be able to maintain our standard of living here in the US, we’re looking to make our social security stretch further by spending 3-6 months of each year in Mexico. But I have an issue which I’d like to get your thoughts concerning. I had my left leg amputated back in 2001 and wear a prosthesis now, which works pretty well, except standing in lines for long periods can be a real challenge. I do have a cane that folds out to become a 3-legged chair that I use when standing (or sitting) in lines now. Do you think something like this would be seen as acceptable for waiting in lines in Mexico or would it be a bother to others? Also, here in the US I wear long pants so my prosthesis isn’t very visible, because here predators see it as a target of opportunity and look at me as an easy mark. But I have a friend who lives in Panama who is 70 years old, and down there old age is respected and many times Panamainians will defer to him and encourage him to go to the front of the line instead of waiting. Do you see something like that happening in Mexico also, or not? Lastly, please don’t think you need to research these areas; after reading your ebook, I believe just your opinions will give me what I need to know.
      Thanks again for your ebook, and especially for the length and breath of it, which I hadn’t found in other almost fluff books on retirement in Mexico.
      All the Best,
      Erik Jorgensen

    2. Julia Taylor Oct 17


      Thank you for complimenting my book. I put a lot of effort into it and during the editing process, double checked that the book was useful for readers — even if it meant writing things that others might disagree with. My Mexican husband also explained a lot of things and answered a lot of questions for me. I couldn’t have done it without him. Sometimes I thought I had something right and then found out that I was just a little off when he answered my questions.

      You won’t believe this, but you are right, I don’t have to research how Mexicans will respond to an amputee because I have traveled in Mexico with someone who is a bi-lateral upper extremity amputee! Who would have thought it?!

      I think that the three-legged stool sounds like a practical idea and I think that people will be very accepting of it. The only thing about lower extremity prosthesis is that they aren’t always visible, so people won’t always know why you need to sit down. I can usually tell the gait of someone wearing a prosthesis, but not everyone can. Still, it won’t matter. Mexicans usually have older family members that they spend time with or live with and understand that sometimes you just can’t be on your feet. In fact, I’m SURE that there will be times when others wave you to the front of the line. You can also claim those seats right at the front of the bus.

      In fact, go ahead and wear shorts if it is a casual setting. The amputee I know is always much, much more comfortable showing his prosthesis in Mexico, than he is in the U.S. where he almost always covers them with a long-sleeved shirt. Mexicans aren’t shy about offering help. They don’t worry that they might “insult” you, so they are comfortable lending a helping hand. At the same time they are helping, they are often expressing respect at his ability to do as much as he does under circumstances they would not want to experience. One time a bus driver wouldn’t take any bus fare from him, even though he had it all ready in his hook (that’s what he calls them).

      One thing you will need to think about is all of the uneven surfaces in Mexico. Mexico is sure for the physically fit! Of course, you can treat yourself to using radio taxis and thus have door to door service. You might have to be creative about repairs to your prosthesis, too. One time my husband took “our amputee” to a local machine shop to get them to do a work-around for a part for his arms. One of my students made me laugh once. We were talking about creativity in our English class and he said, “I’m not creative. Well, yes I am. I’m creative like all Mexicans — you know, like MacGyver.” He was referring to that TV character who could fix anything with his Swiss army knife.

      Also, sweaty sockets aren’t all that fun, either, so extreme heat on the coast may not be your preference. Still, three to six months a year will allow you to avoid the worst weather, wherever you end up.

      There was a prosthetist in Cuernavaca, but we never did go to see how skilled s/he was, nor how similar the parts s/he was using were to those used in the US. Bring LOTS of spares on your first trip.

      Once you find a neighborhood and get to know your neighbors I think you will really enjoy being an amputee in Mexico.

      Kindest Regards,
      Julia C Taylor

    3. Slim Dec 13

      When was the Third Edition published?
      I am getting 2006 with Amazon for the copies they sell?

    4. Julia Taylor Mar 16

      Thanks for asking Slim, The 3rd edition was published November 2013. It might be useful for me to note that the book contains timeless information about cultural interactions that doesn’t go out of date.

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