Travel Professional Gladdened to find Mexico: The Trick is Living Here, … Calls Author â€œBraveâ€ December 23
Jane (wife) and I have lived in Queensland Australia for the last 25years â€“ we are dual Anglo/Australians. I â€˜retiredâ€™ from 30yrs in the travel business sometime ago, but Jane has been trying to retire from her VP position … for about 2 years â€“ they keep enticing her to stay! She has finally put her foot down….
We are both well travelled and have lived in a few countries over the years, but my years in travel have shown me not to rely on â€œtravel guidesâ€ to give comprehensive information about any country. I realise that all travel brochures and guides are trying hard to â€˜sellâ€™ their destination, rather than accurately describe it. So, obviously, all must be seen as sweetness and light. Australia is a prime example of this.
It is seen as â€œun-Australianâ€ to make derogatory remarks about anything Aussie. The glass-jawed populace get quite hysterical if you hold up a mirror to their shortcomings, and retaliate with venom, (itâ€™s unlikely Harry Connick will be invited back soon!). So to write a book about the realities-of-life, in any country, is indeed quite brave â€“ but totally necessary reading for anyone contemplating an extended residency in said country, to be enlightened beyond the â€˜spinâ€™.
I was gladdened, therefore, to find your exposeâ€™ on the realities of life in Mexico.
Jane was delighted with All of the insights you provided (I am still absorbing and cross referring all your info at a more leisurely pace) especially regarding medical insurance, bringing a vehicle into the country (we plan to fly into Houston, buy a car there, and drive down) and your experiences with banking and other utility bureaucracies.
Fortunately, we are in a position of retiring fairly comfortably, so we plan to travel all over Mexico, and not necessarily end up in one place. San Miguel de Allende will do nicely, for a few months at least, as an introductory base to explore from.
You may, indeed, use any of my comments/name in your referencing, if you consider them worthy of inclusion.
–Graham Papworth, Australia
Thank you very much for granting permission to use your comments on my web site.
I was surprised at how “shallow” the available information about Mexico was when we were planning our move in 2001. It was so fluffy it was useless to me when I was adjusting to Mexico. I finally had to write the book I needed–and all the credit for the depth of the book goes to my husband, of course. Whenever I thought I had it all figured out, he always had more to say on a topic!
Congratulations on beginning a comfortable retirement! Mexico is going to be a great place to be–especially since you are experienced travelers.
Julia C Taylor