Staying In Touch

When you retire abroad, you will probably still need (and want) to stay in touch with your friends and family. If you’re traveling in Mexico, here are your options:


 When calling Mexico from the U.S.A.:

  • Dial International Access Code 011 first,
  • then Mexico’s Country Code 52,
  • then the City Code,
  • and finally the Local Telephone Number.
And so, to reach Mexico from the states,
you would dial: 011 52 XX-XXX.
International operator is 090.
USA Country Code is 001.
International information is 10 10 2880.


I have a little Logitech (My choice of brands) camera sitting on top of my computer, and speakers connected to the computer.
candy, optical, phone on poleNow when I feel like seeing our middle son in California, or our other two sons, I just call them – on the computer, using Skype – and I can see them right in front of me, pretty-much life size!
We can have a nice conversation and “catch-up” in real time – And oh yes! Dick joins us often.   It’s almost like having them here for a cup of coffee and a chat.

Our eldest and youngest sons are hearing-impaired, and the middle one is not, so the use of a computer to correspond with them all has been a God-send! We have used one program or another for years and years to “speak” with our boys and keep in touch! 

Both sons who are hearing-impaired now have cochlear implants and do very well on the phone, but for real enjoyment, the computer is just easier and better. The program we use now on the computer for our communicating is called SKYPE – it’s a free program – just download it at

All you need to get started with Skype is Windows XP, Vista or 7, a webcam for video calls and a microphone.  You can actually sit in a McDonald’s and talk to a family member or a friend miles away, FACE- TO-FACE !

Often on our little trips around, we can show our sons just where we are, by turning the camera around so they can see how lovely our room is, and letting them see a beautiful scenic view, or showing them just where we are eating, or maybe even a lovely meal that has just been presented – it’s wonderful!

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