Nov 30, 1919, 12:00 AM
Post #3 of 8
My husband returned home from TJ last night at 1:30am, after a 3 hour border wait. Only 1 or 2 lanes were open on a Sunday night...you never know! Hope you make the right decision. H.<p>: Hi Carmen, Anything's possible!!<p>: I am married to a MX man and we lived in TJ for 3 years before recently making the move across the border. If you plan to do this, apply for the SENTRI now as I hear there is up to a 9 month wait and that dang border crossing got to be a real drag!! (My hubby just went down to see some friends in TJ, but I let him go solo, just thinking of the border coming home!)<p>: I would say the best area to live is Playas de TJ. It's got great access off the International road, without going through downtown TJ. Playas has a little mall, an uncrowded and large grocery store, the cable, electric, and phone company nearby. I paid from $400-$600 to rent 2 bedroom apartments. (We have recently moved to Imperial Beach and are paying about a $1000 more in rent, and a stone's throw away!!)<p>: There are a few private/bilingual schools around the area, although my little one is only 2, so we had a nanny to come in and watch her.<p>: My Spanish is pretty good, and improved, but am sure your husband can get by with English. Many people from Tijuana are bilingual (but those from other parts of MX living there are not).<p>: I kept my car registered in the US, with US insurance. You can also get MX insurance for your US registered car as a resident, but I just used my year-long tourist policy (actually never had to use it).<p>: An FM#3 will allow you to move your household items down. I was never asked for it while living there, and since I was never there for more than 72 straight hours, I didn't renew it after the second year.<p>: I had internet access with both Cablemas ($40/month), and TelNor ($20/month) at different times. Getting a phone line may take a month or two, but it also may take them that long to set up your cable, so be prepared for a wait.<p>: I have a PO Box in Chula Vista which allowed me to get mail delivered regularly. <p>: Good luck if you decide to do this, I enjoyed living there and was able to do most of the things that I could do here, but the border gets real tiring!! H.<p>:
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: : Okay, here is my situation:<p>: : My husband and I live here in SD. I am a US citizen of Mexican desent and am bilingual. My daughter (age 4) attends a bilingual pre-school in Bonita because my husband and I feel it is sooo important for her to learn Spanish. Ideally, as well as English. A big problem though, is that her school only goes to Kinder, and then I have to place her in a monolingual school. My husband is a US citizen who doesn't speak a word of Spanish.
: : We have two older cars: 91 volvo, 96 Disco Land Rover. I work as an website editor from home and my husband works downtown.<p>: : How realistic is the possibility of moving to TJ, my husband commuting daily, my daughter attending a good private school there, and taking both our cars? In some ways, I feel it would be the best of both worlds. We could give our daughter the experience of growing up biculturally and bilingually, my husband might actually learn Spanish, and I think I would feel closer to my heritage, mi patria. We could still keep the same Doctor, visit our friends and family here in SD frequently, and anything else we would need here would be an hour away, tops.
: : We plan on getting the Sentri pass to commute freely back and forth whether we can pull this move off or not. <p>: : Concerns:
: : My husband's language barrier
: : Finding adequate housing
: : Resident Visas
: : Internet providers in TJ (as I work online)
: : Private Schools in TJ~costs/curriculum
: : Car Insurance and keeping both cars insured here and in TJ
: : Extracurricular activites our daughter
: : Would we have to keep a US address in order to keep our health insurance<p>: :
: : Thanks so much for taking the time to read this email. If you have any thoughts on our situation or can address any of my concerns, it would be greatly appreciated.
: : Have a great day,
: : Carmen<p>