You’ve found your tropical paradise in a bucolic seaside fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Things here are different. The people are jovial, kind , always quick with a smile and a friendly “hola, amigo”. The local cuisine is delicious and slow-cooked, prepared with much love from the doñas with their tidy aprons, concrete stoves and fruit-laden oil cloth covered plastic tables. Here you will find no rush, no hustle-bustle, no honking of horns or midday traffic jams. There are few stop lights in town and only a few years back there were none at all.
So now that you have found your paradise, why not build a home here?
Yes, it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too. Why not live where you love? If you’ve fallen in love with a place and can honestly see yourself living there and loving it why not take the plunge? Well, this is half the struggle simply because there is a major difference between loving a foreign culture and living in it. You can love a culture for its richness, its diversity, its foreignness from your own … however living in it, well that can certainly be a challenge.
What really attracts us to the Mexican culture is its warmth, carefree spirit and ability to remain indifferent to the stress and pressures of the outside world. This quality is what makes us yearn to shuck off the invisible shackles we (in the western world) have created … to money, success, economic growth, 401Ks, luxury automobiles and other iconic symbols of economic stature. Yes, we care about money and we care about getting things done … quickly and correctly, the first time around! Well, that right there is just too much of a first-world ideal to expect when you are living in a third world country. And unfortunately for all of its economic and population growth, most of Mexico still remains third-world. But that is exactly why its attractive to us. And that is exactly why it is difficult for us to actually live here and not just love it here.
But … and yes, there always is a but … if you are willing to see things from their perspective sometimes, compromise, forget a few of the basic principals you were taught, you can be very happy here. And you can make a very nice home here. But you have to be willing to make those compromises which isn’t always easy.
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