Moving Thoughts

I’ve noticed an interesting thing.

Lately a number of friends and family members who reside in the U.S. (none of whom have ever lived in Mexico) have told me “things are really bad here, stay in Mexico, don’t move back here, you are better off there.” They have a point. From here I can see how badly the economy is doing there. My prospects for finding a job in the U.S. right now are poor but I would need one to be able to afford to live there. But here in Mexico I live debt-free, on very little. We are financially stable here, my business is doing well enough to support me here and my husband has the kind of job you almost can’t get fired from (he’s works for the Federal Government). So there is a lot to be said for staying put in Mexico for a while.

But I also have a number of American friends who I met while they were living in Cancun, and who have recently returned to live in the U.S. Each one of them has been VERY HAPPY with their decision to leave Mexico and almost without exception each one of them has told me they will help me move my shit when I’m ready to move back. These friends are happy to be back in the U.S. despite the problems there. These friends understand just how difficult it is to live in Cancun. And these friends are willing to make an effort to help me move back to the U.S., that really says something important to me. It tells me that even with all the problems present in the U.S. it’s still an easier, and probably healthier, place to live than Cancun is.

The reality is that we will be in Mexico for a while yet. But I know who to call when I need help moving…

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8 Responses to “Moving Thoughts”

  1. Steven Roll
    January 7th, 2009 16:06

    A consistent theme I hear from people living in Mexico and other Latin American countries is that the people there are not as materialistic as they are in the U.S.
    It seems from your post that you are satisfied living within your means. Meanwhile, many in the U.S. are highly dissatisfied as a result of living well beyond their means.

  2. RiverGirl
    January 7th, 2009 17:16

    Steven – You are right about that. I think that it’s been a very healthy thing for me to live in a house that I paid cash for, with no mortgage. Once you’ve lived debt-free it’s very hard to want to go back to owing a bank lots of money for a house.

    I think my ideas about status and class have changed since living in Mexico too. I’m much less concerned about driving a nice car or living in an expensive home than I used to be. Living in Mexico as a white ex-pat gives you a status that has nothing to do with money, which makes you realize how fake all that class stuff is in the first place.

    January 7th, 2009 18:19

    You made lots of friends here on your blog.

    I’ll help you and you do not even know me but I know you are the “real deal”, lady.

    I shot my butler and maid and fed my foul mouth parrot to the dog. !!!
    Now I am feeding the dog some cat food so he will leave.

    Yeah things are bad but reaaly not any worst than anywjere else .

    As I mentioned I was at the Barcelo Costa 12/21 – 12/28 (I have been there about 8 or 9 times. And I will return
    The pool,restaurants and hotel were about 60%
    full per their management because of the bad economy everywhere. This hotel has a big European clientle. Nice people are worried about their jobs.

    My truck is paid for. My mortgage comes back every month like a bad habit.The stock market kicked my butt.

    US people know that they are living beyond their means. Credit is free and easy. Now they are facing some problems ..we all are LOL

    Yeah I am a tourist and I love Mexico and cannot relate to your specific comments because I have myopia. I was born in the Bronx and got out quickly care of the US Navy.

    You are successfull in Mexico and will be the same in the US. I know you will be fine no matter where you live and when you decide to leave Mexico.

    As they used to say in the Bronx………no I cannot say that here LOL

    You have friends who are people who got to know you and respect you.

    You rock Kim !!!

  4. RiverGirl
    January 7th, 2009 19:08

    Joe – As always your comments make me happy1 Thanks for the support!

  5. Brenda
    January 8th, 2009 14:24

    I know what you mean. . .having been an expat for a long time, there is always that yearning to return “home” even though many aspects of our lives as expats are nice. When I move back I will miss the lower pace of life, and most of all, my maid. I love to make messes and let someone else clean up!

  6. American Mommy in Mexico
    January 10th, 2009 18:30

    Our lives are fluid. Who knows where people with open minds will be from year to year?

  7. Leticia Rubello
    April 8th, 2009 04:57

    interesting reading your point of view about Isla Blanca, I bought a small 400sq. mts. property there 20 yrs ago, exactly between chucmuchuuch and the Caribbean, across from Isla Mujeres. I convinced my lifetime friends to buy as well and they did. We dreamed of retiring there one day. The time has come but five years ago the legal representative of Sunset Resorts has fenced the area and we cannot go inside our property. I hold title, cedula catastral and pay taxes every year. Can you help me
    I moved to Canada 15 years ago and travel back and forth… Those bastards have taken away my dream and I just want to sell.

  8. RiverGirl
    April 8th, 2009 09:19

    Leticia – It sounds like what’s happened is illegal. I recommend getting an attorney to look into it and advise you of your rights. Fernando Doblado is a competent Cancun lawyer who works a lot in real estate law, I recommend him. His law firm is here:
    And his email is fdr[at]asd[dot]com[dot]mx.

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