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Old 27th March 2011, 07:47 PM
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Welcome to all new and current posters! As we have many posters to the Mexico forum, I thought it would be great to find out a little more about every one. Please introduce yourselves so we get to know each other.

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The Expat Forum - Mexico is the place for people to share information and experiences about life as a foreigner in Mexico. We’re all here to share opinions and the community will enjoy hearing your thoughts.

Our membership includes a wide mixture of people. Some post frequently and at length on every topic. Some come with a question and only want an answer. Don’t be disheartened, though, if you start a thread and find it met with deafening silence – it happens sometimes to all of us. It’s nothing personal, maybe no one else knows much about it.

Sometimes, new members revive long-dormant threads. Don’t be put off because the last post was 3 years ago. That only means the rest of us ran out of things to say – your new contribution can often start discussion off again. However, before answering or commenting on any questions on a long dead thread, remember that the question may no longer be relevant and the person who posed the question may be long gone.

Inevitably in a community like this, we’ve all grown to know one another very well, and indeed many of us have made good friends and even started relationships through the site. As someone new you may feel awkward about joining in a discussion where people who clearly know one another are throwing comments back and forth or sharing in-jokes you don't get – it can easily feel like you’re interrupting. Please be assured you are not and we'd love new people to join in these chats.

Do take a look at the recent existing threads carefully before starting a new thread.

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The Expat Forum is a friendly site where people come to discuss topics. Frequently an interesting discussion involves disagreement and often people have quite firm and passionate beliefs. That’s very welcome! Discussions where everyone agrees with one another are actually quite dull.

However, we ask that all posters argue in constructive, measured and respectful terms. Discussion must always be focused on the issues, not the person. If you disagree with someone then engage with their ideas rather than any opinions you may have formed of them as an individual or assumptions you have made about them. If you disagree with a member's views about immigration that’s fine. If you speculate about their personal hygiene or presumed intelligence, it’s not okay.

Ultimately the moderators are here to ensure a pleasant board and to regulate discussion. If you have a problem with someone’s posting then please don’t take a broadside on the board but contact one of us. The Moderators for Mexico are Tundragreen and Isla Verde. You can report a post by clicking on the red and white triangle and exclamation mark at the top of every post, by sending a Personal Message to one of the Moderators, or by clicking on the Contact button at the top and bottom of every page. In addition, if a moderator decides that something is inappropriate, their judgement must be respected by all parties concerned.

Off topic discussions

Frequently. discussion will stray from the topic mentioned in the title of the thread. This is a normal occurrence in any face-to-face discussion and it frequently happens here. If the discussion goes too far afield, someone will usually suggest getting back to the topic. In addition, a Moderator will occasionally split the off-topic comments into a separate thread. But wandering discussions are a part of normal human intercourse and are given pretty wide latitude here. It makes the conversations more interesting or more frustrating depending on one's point of view.

In addition to all things Mexican, we also have La Chatarrería, an area where other topics can be discussed.

Finally, I hope you enjoy the Expat Forum as much as all the regulars here. We think it’s a very special place and we’re pleased you’ve chosen to join us.

Note: These suggestions were adapted from an introduction to another forum written by David at the onlinebookgroup.


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Where to start. I live in Guadalajara, Mexico. My path to Mexico was accidental. By profession I am a research geophysicist. I have spent most of my life studying earthquakes and volcanoes and associated phenomenon. Four years ago, I found myself unemployed for the first time in about 40 years. There is a story behind that, but that is another topic.

In any event, I decided it would be a good time to spend two years in the Peace Corps, something I had wanted to do early in life but marriage and children had interfered. I told the Peace Corps I wanted to go somewhere warm and Spanish speaking. The only Spanish speaking country program that accepted people without a prior knowledge of Spanish was Mexico, so they sent me here. I spent two years working with the Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR), the Mexican forest agency, doing computer development, remote sensing, and related research. CONAFOR's headquarters is in Guadalajara.

Midway through my tour with the Peace Corps, I decided I really like living in Mexico. When my Peace Corps tour ended, I continued working for CONAFOR for awhile as a contract employee, but then found that work was interfering with life so I quit. I stayed in Guadalajara. I live near the center of the city and enjoy everything about the life style here, the mercados, the ability to walk everywhere, the buses for when you want to go a little further, the people and the weather.

I have two grown children and one grandchild. My son and his wife and my grandson live in Colorado. My daughter went to Germany for her junior year abroad about 20 years ago and never returned. So, in staying in Mexico, I am following in her footsteps as an expat.

Finally, a note about my nickname. "TundraGreen" is the color of the motorcycle that I sold when I joined the Peace Corps. They wouldn't let me bring it to Mexico and I didn't want to store it. Maybe the name appealed to me because I was born in Alaska which has a lot of tundra and I am fairly conscious of "green" issues in the world today, but mostly I just like the sound of it.

I look forward to hearing about some of the other subscribers,
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As the regulars in this forum probably already know, I am new to the role of Moderator. I am going to be on a steep learning curve for awhile. Please feel free to send me private messages* with comments, questions, suggestions or criticisms if anything you see here warrants it.

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Hi, my name is Gary Hoffer and I am now living in Ensenada, BC. I traveled down the coast of Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and arrived in Colombia about 15 years ago aboard my sailboat "Patience". It was pirated in Colombia and I was forced to return to the US and start over. Having finally retired I decided that the only way to live on SSA was to move to Mexico so my girlfiend and I have brought our Catalina 30 "Outlaw" down to see the country in detail.

We have been in Ensenada for 6 months now and plan to move on to La Paz in November.
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Hi, my name is Gary Hoffer and I am now living in Ensenada, BC. I traveled down the coast of Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and arrived in Colombia about 15 years ago aboard my sailboat "Patience". It was pirated in Colombia and I was forced to return to the US and start over. Having finally retired I decided that the only way to live on SSA was to move to Mexico so my girlfiend and I have brought our Catalina 30 "Outlaw" down to see the country in detail.

We have been in Ensenada for 6 months now and plan to move on to La Paz in November.
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Welcome to the Forum. Do you live on the boat or ashore. I have done a little sailing off Baja.

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Hi, Everyone!

I'm an RMT from Toronto planning to move to Mexico City late this year to early 2012. I'm fluent in both languages and plan to set-up my own business in alternative therapies.

I'll be available to treat anyone looking for a registered therapist from Canada and would also appreciate any pointers you may want to share with me.

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I'm an RMT from Toronto planning to move to Mexico City late this year to early 2012. I'm fluent in both languages and plan to set-up my own business in alternative therapies.

I'll be available to treat anyone looking for a registered therapist from Canada and would also appreciate any pointers you may want to share with me.

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Welcome to the board. I hope your move works out for you. I wish I was fluent in both languages. I am working on Spanish but have a long way to go.

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Welcome to the Forum. Do you live on the boat or ashore. I have done a little sailing off Baja.

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I live on the boat with my girlfriend. We plan to got south to La Paz in the fall.
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My name is Ron and I live with my wife in Portland, OR.

We have been visiting Mexico since 2003, mostly the Yucatán Peninsula, but also Guadalajara, the Lake Chapala area, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. We are within a year of retirement and plan to move to Mérida, Yucatán when we retire

I know full well that some folks from Lake Chapala consider it disgustingly hot, but we like it and the heat .

I will be 60 then, my child bride will be 57. I have worked as a researcher and college and universities for the past 20 years and am looking forward to practicing my Spantugues (I grew up in Brasil) and enjoying retirement.
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My name is Izzy, and I am Mexican expat in Dubai and moderator for the Dubai section, as well as a regular lurker here, whenever I get homesick
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