• medical insurance for mexico. do you need it and how to get it

    medical insurance for mexico. do you need it and how to get it

    In all the years I’ve lived here, I can honestly say I have not spent more than $1,000 (USD or Canadian equivalent) on medical expenses. I’m a relatively healthy 50-year-old woman who eats well and exercises five mornings a week.…

  • I miss tall buildings and theme parks, or something like that

    I miss tall buildings and theme parks, or something like that

    Today I miss adventure park rides. That’s right. You read correctly. Adventure park rides, as in those screaming, nonsensical Disney-style theme park rides meant to entertain your pants off. It’s been (oh gosh) years since I’ve been to one. My…

  • can foreigners get a mortgage in mexico?

    can foreigners get a mortgage in mexico?

    Many Americans and Canadians looking to move to Mexico are under the impression they can 1) just pick up a job and start working and 2) get a mortgage to buy a property of their choice. In both instances, the…

  • camping in riviera maya at xpu-ha

    camping in riviera maya at mundo chalio xpu-ha

    I love camping. As a Canadian, I grew up with it and found it to be one of the things I missed most about moving to Mexico. One good thing about living on the Atlantic-Caribbean Sea side of the country,…

  • how to order more LP gas for your home when living in mexico

    how to order LP gas for your home when living in mexico

    Most of the traditional houses here run on LP gas. You will likely use LP gas for not only cooking, but also for your hot water tank. In more modern and / or centrally located condos, builders will have installed…

  • unanswered emails. another living in mexico frustration

    unanswered emails. another living in mexico frustration

    Moving to any new country will have its challenges. But even after 13 years here, I am still frustrated by the lack of communication. Unanswered emails. It’s a common problem, one I cannot exempt anyone around here from. Businesses or…

  • living in a world of small (and I mean small) sizes

    living in a world of small (and I mean small) sizes

    One of my biggest frustrations living here continues to be the lack of big sizes, and by big, I mean shoes larger than a size 5 and pants and shirts to match. Living in Mexico has been a challenge in…

  • how to find a place to live in mexico

    how to find a place to live in mexico

    Looking for an apartment or house to rent can be a bit daunting. Especially if you don’t speak Spanish. The absolute best way to find an affordable place to live is by walking around. Yes, you read correctly. By walking…

  • driving in mexico is best described as an experience

    driving in mexico is best described as an experience

    Fast speed, lane weaving and passing without any consideration is definitely how I’d describe driving in Mexico. It’s no exaggeration to say that 95 percent of the population got their driver’s license by knowing how to drive around the block…

  • how to get what you need at a mexican pharmacy

    how to get what you need at a mexican pharmacy

    A big part of surviving life in Mexico is understanding how things work. While you may be able to walk into a speciality shop in your hometown and pick what you need from shelves, that’s not always the case here.…

  • How to renew or apply for a passport while living in mexico

    How to renew or apply for a passport while living in mexico

    Okay, so now you’re here and you’re here to stay and your passport needs attention. Maybe it’s nearing time for a renewal or maybe it’s already expired. Don’t worry. Every major center across Mexico has common consulate offices. Mexico City…

  • how to find a good mechanic in mexico

    how to find a good mechanic in mexico

    You will find there’s no shortage of willing handymen in Mexico. No matter where you live, there is always someone somewhere willing (and often able) to fix whatever it is you need fixing. To determine who’s who, a guy carrying…