If you’ve been reading our newsletter for a while, you know that we have been traveling to Mexico for about a month each year for the past several years. This year, we decided to try something different, spending a total of about five months in all. We are in Oaxaca, Mexico, now, where we have rented an apartment, and we are learning all the ins and outs of daily life here. This is the first time we are here as more than tourists. Living here is different from vacationing here, for sure. There is a lot to learn!
That’s not to say we aren’t enjoying the sights, the food, and the culture. Here are a just few pictures to give you an idea of why we love it here.
Paul at the Oaxaca sign outside of the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán
One of the many parades as the city gets ready for Guelaguetza 2017
One of the many lovely street in Oaxaca City
A street performer in the Benito Juarez Market
One of the many crafts peddlers in Oaxaca City
Eating tostadas at the tianguis in Parque Llano
As I mentioned earlier, on this trip we are exploring how to live day-to-day — renting an apartment instead of staying in hotels, buying groceries instead of eating every meal out, getting around town without a car, and figuring out just what it would cost to live here. If we like it, we may try to do it every year, keeping Costa Rica as our primary home, while living five or six months in Oaxaca. I will be writing more about daily living in upcoming newsletters, but here is a short video about one of the grocery stores we discovered in Colonia Los Volcanes in Oaxaca.
Our Comprehensive Mexico City and Oaxaca Tour
Would you like to see Mexico first-hand through our eyes? Are you interested in the rich culture, fantastic cuisine, art, music, and history that is Mexico? Do you want to investigate whether Mexico might be a place you would want to live for all or part of the year? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may be interested in the new tour we are developing.
It will be a combination relocation and cultural tour. We will spend several days in Mexico City, then travel to Oaxaca, a city of artists and artisans, great food and charming markets, with a strong indigenous presence and a history dating back to pre-Colombian times. Travel and Leisure Magazine even voted Oaxaca as number six on it’s 2017 list of the World’s Top 15 Cities.
Here are just a few of the things we plan to cover:
Explore relocation concerns like grocery shopping, pharmacies, medical care, rentals, transportation, cost of living, and more.
Visit several indigenous markets
Walk through the historic center
Dine on great local cuisine
Enjoy local artisan crafts and culture
Learn about how the past is still alive here today
We will tell you more about the tour in our next newsletter, so stay tuned!