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So Deidre and I are coming up on three years in Mexico. Wow, three years, just typing that is incredibly hard to believe but it’s true. Mexico is huge, we love it and we haven’t even come close to seeing all of it, but recently we really needed a break. Other than short jaunts to the United States to visit family and a quick weekend in Cuba we haven’t left Mexico in years and were itching to see someplace new. I know, we’re jerks but we needed a vacation from the very place that many people vacation to. We had a…

We get a lot of questions from you all, our fabulous readers. The questions range from the practical about living and working outside of the United States to the fun and frivolity of where to go and what to do while vacationing in Playa del Carmen to the personal about our former lives and backgrounds. I love reading and answering as much as I can, and if I don’t know the answer to something I make it my mission to try and find out. And I have realized that if one person has the question someone else might as well.…

As we prepared for our move some of the questions we heard most often from people were about how we would deal with medical issues while living in Mexico including “Can you understand the doctors?”, “Are Mexican doctors “real” doctors?” and “Do you trust the Mexican health care system?” After living in Mexico for almost six months and having availed ourselves of the Mexican health care system a couple times now we are finally in a position to provide an answer based on experience rather than our extensive research. The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES!…

There are so many different places to shop here in Playa del Carmen. There’s the grocery stores that are more like department stores. There’s the high end shops on La Quinta. There’s the corner abarottes (convenience stores).  There’s the mall. And of course there’s Wal Mart. But one of our new favorite places is the Mercado (Market) that’s held every Sunday. The Mercado is an open air market that ‘pops up’ if you will on Sunday morning and is dismantled by the evening. This is a tradition in many Latin American cities, some have a bit more fixed structure, the…

The question we are most often asked by family and friends is, “What do you eat in Playa del Carmen?” The answer, like the city, is a very diverse one. There are hundreds of restaurants serving cuisine from all over Mexico and the world and running the gambit from food carts serving meals for a few pesos to upscale dining at prices comparable to nice restaurants in the States. (So moms you can quit worrying, we are getting plenty to eat). While the grocery stores are reasonably priced and generally have a good selection we are finding that it is…

I cannot find pickles in Mexico. Olives? Chicharones the size of a small child? Shark? All found on a recent trip to the Mexican grocery store. If there’s a pickle section somewhere though, they’re hiding it from me. On some of our previous trips to the country when we’ve rented a house or condo I’d been in the grocery stores to pick up a few odds and ends but hadn’t truly navigated the grocery store in Mexico until we arrived here permanently. For a town of a couple hundred thousand, there are actually an awful lot of grocery stores to…

The last few days have been a blur of three steps forward and two steps back but we think we’re making progress. Baby steps, maybe, but still progress in the right direction. The Good- Our paperwork was finally accepted by immigration today and we think we should have our one-year temporary resident visas in hand in a few days. The Bad- Between doing paperwork, standing in line, redoing paperwork, finding internet cafes with printers, redoing paperwork, finding the right bank, redoing paperwork and countless other chores we have spent more than 20 hours trying to get our Visas in order…

Every day we’ve had on the drive to Playa del Carmen so far has been crazy and today was no exception. The list of our experiences today includes, but is not limited too, 5 Police checkpoints, 1 police shakedown, starting the day at 4 AM due to thinking the alarm had gone off, almost 11 hours in the car and arriving in a city where the streets are all numbered in both directions and semi-trucks fly down streets built in the Spanish Colonial era. By now seeing State Police, Federal Police and military checkpoints has become old hat to us…

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