Jo: What Am I Still Doing In Cancun
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Mexico, etc.
I grew up in Michigan and after attending Michigan State University I lived in Chicago for 9 years. I moved to Mexico in 2001 and I can’t believe I am still here!
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I started blogging in July of 2010 because I was bored at work. I had a feeling it might turn into more and later it became part of my resume for my job in Social Media.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
I really like my posts about visiting Isla Mujeres and the posts about days spent at different beaches in the area. I like the posts about breaking my arm in Tulum because they really tell the story of what happened through words and pictures and even though I broke my arm I have wonderful memories of our one night trip and I can’t wait to return to Tulum.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Mexico differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
When I moved here I was fine with all of the differences and difficulties of living here. I lived in one room with a bathroom and I didn’t have a bank account or any bills. It was when I started to live a more complicated life (apartment, marriage, child) that the difficulties started to bother me.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Mexico? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I was fully prepared. I had money saved, no debt, I planned for a year and knew where I could live and get a job.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
I got “deported”. I sorted it out by leaving the country (for 5 minutes) and coming back but it was definitely an interesting experience. There is a blog post about it.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Mexico?
Do your research, don’t leave any loose ends behind and have an exit plan, just in case.
How is the expat community in Mexico? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
It’s great. I have wonderful friends who are a real support to me. One thing that has been difficult, over the years many of my expat friends have moved away and returned to their countries.
How would you summarize your expat life in Mexico in a single, catchy sentence?
I’m a gringa stuck in paradise!