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Interview: What Would You Miss Most

If you had to leave Mexico and go back to your old lifestyle what would you miss most?

If I had to go back to the USA, I would most miss the ability to “livein the moment” and the gentility and kindness of the people.
Barbara Eckrote from babsofsanmiguel.blogspot

I moved back to a rural area of the US, so people are generally pretty friendly, but still not as friendly as where we were in Mexico.

The friendliness of the people and their acceptance of us, the weather, the lower cost of living.
Brenda from Brenda and Roy Going to Mexico

I don’t know if it was just the novelty of some gringos who couldn’t speak Spanish or what, but the children seemed much more friendly than in the US.

I would miss the lovely tropical weather, I would miss sleeping year-round with the windows open and wearing sandals all the time. I would also miss my friends. I would miss my veterinarian and my dentist. I would miss being able to buy cheap limes.
RiverGirl from RiverGirl

When we left Mexico we discovered that we missed the limes and avocados. We also became frustrated with the US veterinarian compared with the one we had in Mexico. I don’t know about the dentist–we fortunately didn’t need to visit one, but the doctor we had in Mexico was wonderful.

I would miss the weather (minus the major hurricanes, Wilma was enough!), the beautiful beaches and most importantly, the bonds I’ve made with friends here. Other things that aren’t as important but still nice: the sense of freedom you feel when living here as there aren’t so many rules and regulations, how cheap it is to get your car fixed here, how great and cheap Mexican food is, how easy it is to pick up prescriptions at the drug store, how the cost of living is significantly cheaper, cheap taxis, and how easy it is to get around since it’s such a small city.
Elizabeth from Mexico “Way”

My experience in Durango at trying to get my car fixed was a little different. It was going to be very expensive, so I took care of it myself–but it may depend on where you live and knowing the right places to go.

I did find it very interesting that there were a lot fewer rules. Mexico seems to be setup for smart people. There aren’t a bunch of laws to keep you from doing something stupid and hurting yourself.

1. The warmth and kindliness of the people
2. The weather
3. The lower cost of living
Rosana Hart from Mexico with Heart

I think the warmth of the people is related to their easy going approach to life. It is a lot easier to be friendly to strangers when you aren’t constantly in a hurry to get somewhere and do something.

John Bokma from Johnbokma

I liked how Mexico hadn’t been as commercialized. There were a lot more places where you could go enjoy nature without a lot of rules of “don’t go here” or “don’t go there”.

I would miss: Low cost of living, specifically in property taxes, utility costs, and real estate costs. The health-care system here is far superior too. And those agreeable women. I married one.
Michael Dickson from La vida bougainvillea

It is pretty amazing how much property taxes are in the US. The houses we saw for sale in Mexico weren’t what I’d consider cheap, but still much less expensive than something similar in the US.

The warm smiles of our neighbors and their wonderful sense of humor and their ability to enjoy life despite having very little wealth or material possessions.
Jim and Mindy from Jim and Mindy in Rural Veracruz

People did seem much more friendly–especially when compared to a large city in the US. I think that had we been in a rural area in Mexico we would have noticed the difference even more.

If I had to leave Mexico I would not return to the United States. I would go south. But assuming what will not pass, living on the beach. I could never afford to live on a beach anywhere in the United States.
Lynn DeWeese-Parkinson from Tijuana Bible

If we go back to Mexico we will be looking for a beach town. 🙂

The people. A more welcoming, genuine, friendly and fun bunch of people you’d be hard to find. I was welcomed into many homes, shown so many local events, foods, drinks, sights. Everyone has ideas of what to see, where to go and also show an interest in where you’re from and your own culture. I already had a few good Tapatian (from Guadalajara) friends when I arrived, but met many new people who still keep in regular contact 5 months after we left, offering us places to stay on our next visit (hopefully soon).
I also miss pay-as-you-go cell phones… you buy your fichas (credits), use them, recharge them. The way things should be… None of this dollar a day, use it or not malarkey…
Gwyn Fisher from Gwyn’s Blog

It is interesting to see how Mexico has built models for selling cell phones that is entirely different than what goes on in the US. It is very much built around the payment infrastructure that is in place and the Mexican mindset.

Leaving Mexico is simply not on the agenda. It’s not an option.
Jennifer J. Rose fromStaring at Strangers

I suppose that Jennifer would just miss everything far to much. 🙂