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citlali 8th July 2019 05:35 PM

Ha ha I had an experience here in Chiapas I never had anywhere else ..talking about the wealthy and powerful.... We were meeting with various directors in the government.. Some of them came from very wealthy background..The 6 o clock meeting started at 8pm and in roll in a manucurist and one of the director had her nails done during the meeting.. Another time it was a shoe shine seccion... I was pretty amused and thought that maybe it was part of the culture here but the people I was with were from Guadaljara and they were appalled..I have to say that in my job I often met with very wealthy Europeans and US people and that I had never experienced that one.. I thought it was funny but my boss from Guadaljara was not amused..

alan-in-mexicali 9th July 2019 11:30 PM

How about our US $$ goes father down here than in the US

alan-in-mexicali 10th July 2019 12:09 AM

Why am i living in mexico?
 
WHY do I live in Mexico… that is an interesting question... Almost 50 years ago I came back from Viet Nam... and the war there.. and found I no longer "fit in" with people in the USA... I fully admit that I had some very serious problems that nether the Army or the medical people addressed at that time...I think you could say I was seriously F'ed up! I was "unsafe" to be around... So I spent a major portion of my life working OUTSIDE of the US... I took jobs in remote areas - away from cities, towns and people... over a period of years, I became "socially acceptable"...BUT with still unresolved issues buried inside of me... people - especially women whom I cared for were often afraid of me although I never resulted to violence.... I married frequently... until I married my LAST wife 38 years ago... who was originally a "blind date" arranged by a buddy in Mexico... YES, MY WIFE IS A MEXICAN CITIZEN.... She knew NOTHING about Viet Nam, the problems of ex-Army.... and slowly brought me down to being "completely safe and socially acceptable".... For this I will always be grateful...
I returned to work in the USA, worked in China nd Korea, went back and worked in Canada for awhile...but I always returned to Mexico... when I retired officially from the US I went to Mexico... WHY?? you might ask...
1. THE PEOPLE....I was accepted, I had good, life long friends, I was welcomed!
2. NO CENSURE from being a combat veteran of Viet Nam [notice the OLD spelling of Vietnam?]
3. A sense of freedom that I did not have while in the USA... this is most likely ONLY in MY mind...
4. Affordable cost of living.... With a minuscule pension, I live FAR BETTER in Mexico than I could in the USA!
5. FAMILY... I have a full and complete FAMILY in Mexico - my wife's family and our family... along with those of close friends..
.6. POLITICS don't' matter.. I can't vote so I don't really care... I don't worry or lose any sleep over Mexican politics!

Living in Mexico is NOT for every American [THANK GOD!] The customs and life style are truly "foreign" to Americans... but they can learn...IF they want to and have open minds... There are thousands of near every day things that are drastically different in Mexico that the USA... and IF you can not go with the flow... you will be unhappy...take the word MANANA which the dictionary means "tomorrow" REALLY means "not today"....until you understand this.. you will be upset and disappointed... and give Mexico a bad rap.
Over the past 38 years I have been married to this wonderful live-saving lady, Mexico has changed, grown and improved... sure, just like any other country in the world IT IS NOT PERFECT... but it is getting there!

LoggedIn 10th July 2019 01:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ojosazules11 (Post 14901156)
Given my frustration with current threads which focus only on the violence and corruption in Mexico, I decided to be proactive and start a thread about the reasons people choose to remain living in Mexico (or returning on a regular basis, as I do, since I’m not yet retired).

Here's Good News!!

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/qui...-free-beaches/

ojosazules11 10th July 2019 10:45 AM

From the above article:
“Conrad Bergwerf, chairman of the Riviera Maya Hotel Association, revealed that occupancy levels of hotels in the region fell to 13.2 million room nights last year from 13.6 million in 2017.”

A drop of 3%. Tourists must be staying away in droves!

Certainly in Canada in February, seaweed becomes irrelevant when you look outside and all you see are grey skies and snow. (And in my experience in Playa del Carmen this spring, the hotel crews work hard to keep the beaches in front of the hotels fairly clear.)

perropedorro 10th July 2019 02:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alan-in-mexicali (Post 14903284)
WHY do I live in Mexico… that is an interesting question... Almost 50 years ago I came back from Viet Nam... and the war there.. and found I no longer "fit in" with people in the USA... I fully admit that I had some very serious problems that nether the Army or the medical people addressed at that time...I think you could say I was seriously F'ed up! I was "unsafe" to be around... So I spent a major portion of my life working OUTSIDE of the US... I took jobs in remote areas - away from cities, towns and people... over a period of years, I became "socially acceptable"...BUT with still unresolved issues buried inside of me... people - especially women whom I cared for were often afraid of me although I never resulted to violence.... I married frequently... until I married my LAST wife 38 years ago... who was originally a "blind date" arranged by a buddy in Mexico... YES, MY WIFE IS A MEXICAN CITIZEN.... She knew NOTHING about Viet Nam, the problems of ex-Army.... and slowly brought me down to being "completely safe and socially acceptable".... For this I will always be grateful...
I returned to work in the USA, worked in China nd Korea, went back and worked in Canada for awhile...but I always returned to Mexico... when I retired officially from the US I went to Mexico... WHY?? you might ask...
1. THE PEOPLE....I was accepted, I had good, life long friends, I was welcomed!
2. NO CENSURE from being a combat veteran of Viet Nam [notice the OLD spelling of Vietnam?]
3. A sense of freedom that I did not have while in the USA... this is most likely ONLY in MY mind...
4. Affordable cost of living.... With a minuscule pension, I live FAR BETTER in Mexico than I could in the USA!
5. FAMILY... I have a full and complete FAMILY in Mexico - my wife's family and our family... along with those of close friends..
.6. POLITICS don't' matter.. I can't vote so I don't really care... I don't worry or lose any sleep over Mexican politics!

Living in Mexico is NOT for every American [THANK GOD!] The customs and life style are truly "foreign" to Americans... but they can learn...IF they want to and have open minds... There are thousands of near every day things that are drastically different in Mexico that the USA... and IF you can not go with the flow... you will be unhappy...take the word MANANA which the dictionary means "tomorrow" REALLY means "not today"....until you understand this.. you will be upset and disappointed... and give Mexico a bad rap.
Over the past 38 years I have been married to this wonderful live-saving lady, Mexico has changed, grown and improved... sure, just like any other country in the world IT IS NOT PERFECT... but it is getting there!

I appreciate Mexico for many of the same reasons. You offer us a unique perspective, Alan, and thanks for your service-- however one might evaluate the Vietnam war itself-- and agree that the government was remiss in its obligation to heal you. I avoided the draft with a Junior High student deferment. Perhaps you've come across some of your fellow vets in Baja, and maybe a few who chose not to become Vietnam vets. While Canada was better known for offering sanctuary to Americans avoiding conscription, a few went to Mexico. I ran into two in La Paz back in the 80's, and they seemed well adjusted, had Mexican wives, children, and indicated no desire to return permanently to the U.S. even after the amnesty of 1977.

AlanMexicali 10th July 2019 03:31 PM

The seaweed comes in the summer months - June to Oct. Not all year.

ojosazules11 10th July 2019 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlanMexicali (Post 14903912)
The seaweed comes in the summer months - June to Oct. Not all year.

There was plenty of sargasso in March, and workers with rakes, shovels and even front-end loaders were scooping it up every day. We had to wade through some at the public beaches, but for us it was no big deal. If it’s worse in June to October, from a tourism perspective at least that is low season.

yamabob 10th July 2019 09:06 PM

Not yet retired myself. I go as often as I can 4-5 times a year. I finally a year ago bought a condo in Tulum. Back here the big thing is the Jersey shore ( southern part not that crap near New York). While nice as I always enjoyed the ocean it just didn't press the right buttons. For us Tulum does. A little touristy but wife likes that interaction with the "going's on" but can still mingle with locals. Some say pricey but compared to where I live now it's way, way less. There is some great food to be found. A quick 5-10 bike ride and I'm on the beach. I can walk outside and hear the monkeys in the trees or when lucky catch the sight of toucan which is rare but spectacular. And the MotMots. And the food( I know I said that already). what keeps me coming back the most and the reason is the people. When I'm there and walking the street's I feel 2 things I don't get here. A feeling of peace and a feeling of home. Violence is everywhere. I won't let that cloud my mind.Just use the best judgement I can and enjoy a wonderful place and culture

lagoloo 12th July 2019 04:12 PM

Here's a small example of why I like living here: In the past two years, I've had the misfortune of needing two very short hospitalizations and have gone to one of the first class rated places in Guadalajara to have it done since that's where the doctors work who were treating me. When I arrived, my husband took care of the paperwork and I was taken to a private room that was as comfortable as one could wish for, complete with a safe for valuables. The nurses came within a few moments of being called. There was a 7 foot leather couch for my husband to sleep on and blankets and pillows were provided. There was an easy chair for daytime. This was a great comfort to me. Also, the doctors here don't act like elevated beings; they act like fellow humans.
I don't know about others, but I never received that kind of treatment in the U.S. and I truly appreciated it here. It's the little things that sometimes count the most.


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