Katie: Los O’Gradys In Mexico
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Mexico, etc.
45 Year-Old Retired Master Teacher of Spanish with Multi-Cultural & Curriculum Development Speciality, born and raised in Southern California, moved to Mainland Mexico 2 years ago with my retired firefighter hubby, our now 10 year-old-twins and our love of a chocolate labrador dog. We packed, sold, gifted, donated, put the rest in storage and said goodbye to the States for a new life of adventure in Mexico! We don’t regret our decision for one second; our lives are enriched and better beyond measure.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
When we first moved to the small coastal, jungle town of San Pancho, Nayarit in November of 2012 I decided to put to print, in a creative/photo-rich format, our experiences on this new life journey and adventure.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
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?
We live with freedom, on our own terms, in color, unencumbered and out loud. No two days are alike, we are constantly learning about ourselves and the world around us. We feel at home.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Mexico? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
“Fully prepared”? No. Fully willing, yes. We live and learn. We regret nothing. Even the hard knocks and difficult lessons have ripened and improved who we are. We are grateful for the good, weather through the difficult, are always looking forward, and seeking the good and joyous in each day.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Yes, my blog post “5 Things I Have Learned Living in a Colonial Town” absolutely speaks to this, i.e. never, ever wear flip flops on a rainy day!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Mexico?
- Go for it!
- Do a scouting trip(s) before your first move
- Be open to change
How is the expat community in Mexico? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
We have experienced a lovely expat community in both San Pancho, Nayarit and now San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Anybody up for a grand life adventure is bound to be like-minded in some regard!
How would you summarize your expat life in Mexico in a single, catchy sentence?
A vibrant and colorful sensory feast!