Jun 10 2013

Retire for Less Goes to Mexico!

That’s right, we’re going to Mexico, to speak at the International Living Ultimate Conference in Playa del Carmen, also known as the Riviera Maya, south of Cancún.

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We’ll be leaving on May 20 and returning June 6. After five days at the conference talking about our lives in Costa Rica, we’ll spend the next 10 days traveling from Playa del Carmen to Toluca, Mexico City, Puebla/Cholula, and finally Oaxaca. While at the conference, we’ll speak for 25 minutes and assist at a workshop about Costa Rica, plus spend time at a booth answering questions. Our presentation will cover our favorite topics: simplicity, our cost of living, healthcare, the importance of learning Spanish, and why we chose Costa Rica. We spoke at IL’s 2012 Costa Rica conference last November and we’ll be presenting at their next one in August. We’re very excited about the opportunity to talk about our favorite subject: this special country that we have made our home.

This will be my (Paul’s) first time out of the country, so I’m really excited about this trip. As some of you may know, I graduated from the University of the Americas Puebla in 1977, and Gloria and I had our honeymoon in Mexico 9 years ago. We hope to retrace some of our steps with a better camera, and have several tours and small trips planned.

Frida Kahlo "Self Portrait" 1940

In Mexico City, we plan to:

  • Visit Coyoacán and the Frida Kahlo house, which is now a museum.
  • Go to the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacán.
  • Visit the Bellas Artes.
  • Spend some time at the Zócolo, viewing some of the world famous murals of Frida’s lover and husband, Diego Rivera, and, like on our last visit, maybe even see a shaman perform a healing ceremony with a snake.

Then we head to Cholula and Puebla by bus (2.5 hours from Mexico City). We will:

  • Stay at a hotel in downtown Puebla.
  • Visit my University, where I can buy a sweatshirt. If I’m lucky and it’s not too expensive, I’ll buy a class ring – University of the Americas Puebla, Class of 1977.
  • Visit  some of my old haunts in Cholula.

Market Day at Ocotlán Oaxaca Mexico

Then it’s off to Oaxaca by bus (4.5 hours). We’ll:

  • Check out Monte Alban
  • Sit and eat in the Zocalo
  • Visit an old college friend who lives in San Augustine Etla
  • Visit the various Indian markets in Ocotlán, one which has been in the same location every week for over 1000 years.
  • And naturally, we’ll try lots of moles – Oaxaca alone has seven.


So, What Does This Mean?

Is Retire for Less leaving Costa Rica and moving to Mexico? The answer is no. We’re just taking full advantage of a trip to Mexico. And while we’re there, we plan to investigate the cost of living and other factors. Ultimately, we’d love to spend a month each year in Mexico, just for the variety and the adventure.

What About Your Cats and House?

While we’re gone, both our kitties and our rental house will be well taken care of by the owners of the house who are visiting from Maine. After all, who could take better care of this marvelous casa than the owners? Our cats, will get used to new people watching over them, but we have to admit, it’s hard to leave the little buggers for 2 ½ weeks. We’ll miss them.

What’s next?

We get to enjoy the wonders of a different country for a time, and then we’ll return to Costa Rica and tell you all about it! Our next newsletter will most likely go out the middle of June and, shortly after that, we’ll get back on our regular schedule. So, hasta luego!

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