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Hola, everyone. I'm thinking of moving to Oaxaca city (or perhaps elsewhere in the state, or indeed the country) but need to learn more before committing. Was last in Oaxaca about ten years ago but have traveled around Mexico many times since then. Can anyone recommend sites or forums where I can connect with people in Oaxaca? Or interesting sites about Mexico generally? There are so many gorgeous places to live in Mexico.....decisions, decisions. I'd like to be part of a ****** community, but not a community which shuts itself off from Mexicans and Mexican culture (you all know what I'm talking about...).

Tropical weather and vegetation would be perfect. I really like Merida (was there a few months ago), but the surrounding countryside is a bit dry and scruffy for my taste. Plus, I couldn't get frijoles in the market--imagine that!

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I have lived in Oaxaca for more than 10 years -- just became a Permanent Resident. Oaxaca offers the best of both worlds. The Oaxaca Lending Library (oaxlibrary.org) provides a great place for keeping contact with the expat community. It offers many seminars covering Mexican history, art, and other topics and its outstanding Saturday intercambio program matches English speakers with Spanish speakers. I had considered returning to the States until I joined this free program and met someone who helped me get a handle on Spanish. My buttons pop when I think of all the good works of the expat community in Oaxaca. Through the Libros Para Pueblos, more than 50 libraries have been built in towns throughout the State. Many Mexican students come to the Library for its English program or just to hang out. The Library has more than 30,000 books, a coffee shop, the best bulletin board in the city, free computers, and books for sale.

Although my first major contact with a Mexican family was through the Library, I have met and been adopted by other Oaxacan families. Unlike many Mexican cities, Oaxaca's expats blend in. Oaxaca's zocalo is considered the most beautiful in Mexico and certainly is the most active. It is always predominately Mexican although we are grateful for the tourists.

I hope this helps you make your decision.
 

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I have lived in Oaxaca for more than 10 years -- just became a Permanent Resident. Oaxaca offers the best of both worlds. The Oaxaca Lending Library (oaxlibrary.org) provides a great place for keeping contact with the expat community. It offers many seminars covering Mexican history, art, and other topics and its outstanding Saturday intercambio program matches English speakers with Spanish speakers. I had considered returning to the States until I joined this free program and met someone who helped me get a handle on Spanish. My buttons pop when I think of all the good works of the expat community in Oaxaca. Through the Libros Para Pueblos, more than 50 libraries have been built in towns throughout the State. Many Mexican students come to the Library for its English program or just to hang out. The Library has more than 30,000 books, a coffee shop, the best bulletin board in the city, free computers, and books for sale.

Although my first major contact with a Mexican family was through the Library, I have met and been adopted by other Oaxacan families. Unlike many Mexican cities, Oaxaca's expats blend in. Oaxaca's zocalo is considered the most beautiful in Mexico and certainly is the most active. It is always predominately Mexican although we are grateful for the tourists.

I hope this helps you make your decision.
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Medical Care in Oaxaca is what quality compared to USA. I read posts here where it's stated that "some" of the doctors are trained and attend seminars etc to update their techniques. What about specialists such as Cardiologists, Gynecologists, GP's........are there specialities in these disciplines available in Oaxaca or does one end of being referred to Mexico City?
 

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Medical Care in Oaxaca is what quality compared to USA. I read posts here where it's stated that "some" of the doctors are trained and attend seminars etc to update their techniques. What about specialists such as Cardiologists, Gynecologists, GP's........are there specialities in these disciplines available in Oaxaca or does one end of being referred to Mexico City?
I thought you wanted it compared to the US, just wanted to make sure
I would not dare to give a straight answer just to seem knowledable
My opinion: not very well compared to the US and yes, as most places in Mexico, they end up in Mexico City
 

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Considering a move but also looking farther south. This trip, July 20-25, is exploratory. Been to Mexico many times but not Oaxaca. We hope to educate ourselves on this trip to determine whether this city remains on our radar or we move south. Obviously we can't make a final determination based on one visit but we'll see how we feel about the area. We have been back in the USA (after 3 years in France) for 18 months and experiencing "again" wanderlust.
 

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Considering a move but also looking farther south. This trip, July 20-25, is exploratory. Been to Mexico many times but not Oaxaca. We hope to educate ourselves on this trip to determine whether this city remains on our radar or we move south. Obviously we can't make a final determination based on one visit but we'll see how we feel about the area. We have been back in the USA (after 3 years in France) for 18 months and experiencing "again" wanderlust.
By south you mean...?
 

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Southward search will continue with Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile, Nicaragua, Uruguay.........I used to work in Santiago, Chile so am partial to the Latin world.
 

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Yes, there are specialists in Oaxaca. I have had cataract operations on both eyes in Oaxaca by an eye surgeon trained in Texas and Paris. I fell and broke my femur four years ago and received excellent medical care and surgery at a cost incredibly below what it would have cost in the States. Many of my friends also have positive reports of medical services in Oaxaca. My gripe is medical care in the States. I call two to three months before going north and still can't get an appointment and I'm not talking Medicare. When I was bitten by a dog several years ago in Oaxaca, I had to wait less than 5 minutes in the clinic before I saw a doctor. You can buy a policy which will airlift you out of Mexico if you have a serious accident or illness. My vote is for medical care in Oaxaca.
 

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Good medical care in Oaxaca is excellent news.
Is there a central meeting place where expats hang out on specific days of the week?
We would like to learn as much as possible about life there before we "begin" the decision
making process of where we might want to settle.
 

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Oaxaca 12 years ago did not have really good hospitals according to our insurrance plan. Our insurrance company gave us a listing with ratings of hospitals in the larger cities in the country and Oaxaca did not shine in that field. It may have changed, I have not looked at it lately and do not care because I know we have good hospitals in Guadalajara as we have experienced them and poorly rated in San Cristobal de las casas and we have experienced those as well..
We have a new hospital in San Cristobal so maybe that one is better but what we now know is that you first need to have a good doctor and or surgeon and if you have the money and or time you can fly to DF if not you are out of luck and you do with whatever is available.
 

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Hola, everyone. I'm thinking of moving to Oaxaca city (or perhaps elsewhere in the state, or indeed the country) but need to learn more before committing. Was last in Oaxaca about ten years ago but have traveled around Mexico many times since then. Can anyone recommend sites or forums where I can connect with people in Oaxaca? Or interesting sites about Mexico generally? There are so many gorgeous places to live in Mexico.....decisions, decisions. I'd like to be part of a ****** community, but not a community which shuts itself off from Mexicans and Mexican culture (you all know what I'm talking about...).

Tropical weather and vegetation would be perfect. I really like Merida (was there a few months ago), but the surrounding countryside is a bit dry and scruffy for my taste. Plus, I couldn't get frijoles in the market--imagine that!

Thanks.
hi there, I am also thinking on moving to oaxaca, i was born and raised in oaxaca and have many family member there still , i am thinking on little towns near the city like zaachila, etla, or tlacolula where the rents are cheaper than in the city and also very little traffic and noise weather around there is dry and sunny for most of the year, if you want humid then. cuicatlan or tuxtepec could be better for you, feel free to contact me if in need of more info , best regards, Antonio.
 
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