Nov 17, 2008, 6:43 PM
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It is the interaction between place and ex-pat person within Mexico that interested me, and still does.
Re: [jerezano] Differences among retirees by location
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From reading the responses, it does seem that climate is one important factor, which I find interesting because of the human body's ability to adapt and acclimatize within a year or so of being in a new climate. This does not mean that the human psyche wants to acclimatize, though :). I do agree with jerezano's point about that changing with age, and with his tactic of spending the coldest period in a warmer area. In our case, it might be spending the hottest months in a cooler place, though
There are some things that we (Kathy and I) think might be important to us in our discussions, based on multiple vacations to Mexico in the past 5 1/2 years. That obviously means that we have not spent enough time there to make any claims about deep knowledge in any of this, but we know what we know and based on that, here are thoughts in a couple of areas.
1) An urban environment, but not but probably not one of the two mega-cities. The reasons for this include the availability of good medical care, culture (live theater, dance, university and adult education), a pro baseball team, public culture - music, dances etc. in parks and places like that This is not important to everyone, but we think it might be to us.
2) A city that has a English-speaking ex-pat presence, but not one that is as apparent and - well, dominant may not be the correct word, but as omnipresent as that in Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende, for example. This may fall under having your cake and eating it too, but having grown up in a Latin American country, I want immersion, but also opportunities for friendship with and interaction with native English speakers. Does that sound weird? Maybe.
3) I grew up in the tropics and even though I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past 8 years, I lived in the steamy Midwest summers for quite awhile. I am confident, mostly, that I could acclimate to a variety of climates, but it seems like the one around Guadalajara does not have extremes of temperature and seems attractive.
So, of the places we have been so far, we like two very, very different cities the most, Guanajuato and Merida. We lean Merida now, and frankly are not going to spend years visiting a variety of other cities before we retire in 2-3 years and start out somewhere. Mazatlan seems interesting, and do some other mid-size to largish cities.
I'll tell you this, I have enjoyed this thread and hope it keeps up. As long as I keep paying the annual subscription to Mexconnect, ya'll will find out what we decide, where we start out, whether we stay there and so on.
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(This post was edited by roni_smith on Nov 17, 2008, 6:57 PM)