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Feb 7, 2006, 9:10 AM

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On Living in or near Veracruz

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Even though we retired to Ajijic, Jalisco some five years ago, we have always had a distant love affair with the city of Veracruz and its culture which may be based on reality or simple fantasizing about its charm. We have, in the past, been a little concerned about the climate there but everything is a trade off. There is air conditioning, after all. When passing through there last year we were impressed with the city's beauty, seeming prosperity and culture.

We see a trend here in the Lake Chapala area that displeases us. The area is becoming more and more Americanized in ways that represent to us some of the more negative aspects of that culture. With the baby boomer retirees, we expect to see certain areas such as this and coastal areas along the Caribbean and in Baja become huge foreign enclaves. On our recent trip to Guanajuato State we felt the same discomfort with the Americanization of certain otherwise beautiful areas in that state.

On the other hand, we were very impressed with Merida and some other parts of Yucatan away from the Caribbean on an exploratory trip last year. However, the weather in Merida is rather extreme.

Maybe some of you who live in and around the city of Veracruz can help us. Any public posting on your general experiences of living in Veracruz (not Jalapa) would be appreciated. Some information on places to live and the cost of living by someone who actually lives there would be helpful. If you are willing to discuss specifics, please PM me and I will get back to you.

And, don't worry about attracting a foreign colony. Nobody ever follows me anywhere.


(This post was edited by Bubba on Feb 7, 2006, 9:13 AM)

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