Mexico, A Country of Contrasts

Wishing all of you a very safe, happy Easter Holiday.

And, whether you are now in the US, Mexico, Canada, or where ever, be careful of the traffic and …shoot, go ahead and eat all the great food you want to – why not?

One little thing I was asked about, so I just have to tell you all, yes, I decorate for Easter. The plastic easter eggs, I put little holes in the top, thread a colorful pipe cleaner through, and use the cactus stickers to secure them – it looks really cute…use your imagination…guess nothing would stop me from decorating anytime I have the chance :) now, my article:

I say in my book, Retire In Luxury: When first I read about and thought that I knew a lot about Mexico, I had the impression that it would be like it was in the states when I was a kid – about 50 years ago.

“I was wrong! In my opinion, Mexico is more like 100 years behind us in many ways. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with that. But, in many areas, especially in the little towns and villages, it’s more like even before what we think of as the wild west.”

My feelings haven’t changed much – of course, in the big cities, and in the centers, you may get the feeling that there isn’t that much difference between the States and Mexico. Especially if you live in a primarily ExPat community.

Dick's Camera 2011 cruise 181I suggest leaving your resort, and heading into the small villages around – and they are dotted everywhere. You’ll see what I mean. I elaborate more on this in my book, and you’ll find many articles here on various communities.


Mexico is a big country, divided into states, much as the U.S. is.

The topography varies enormously – again, much as it does in the States.

The climate varies a great deal also, from humid, rain forest to cool mountainous areas.
There is a little heaven on earth someplace for each of us – and I’m really glad we’re all different and looking for different things. I firmly believe in “different strokes for different folks”.

So, if you’re partial to the water – you’ll find your place.

If you’re partial to more temperate hilly areas – you’ll find your place.

If you want to live in ExPat communities – they are there.

If you prefer to immerse yourself more into the real Mexico, it’s waiting on you – for ever so much less than you are living on now.

You will find high speed Internet in most locations now.

And TV – either by cable, or a dish – they are readily accessable.


Mexico has affordable health care for all.

Whether you go with a private policy or are able to take advantage of their national health care program, IMSS – which is available to everyone who has a Mexican address.

You’ll be taken care of by well-trained, compassionate health-care people, in clean, efficient clinics and hospitals.

National health care is offered to immigrants (yes, that’s what you would be – an immigrant – if you’re moving to another country).

But there are a few limitations for immigrants, such as usually an existing condition is not covered for three years.

But, affordable? – Oh yeah! How does around $300 per person, PER YEAR, sound? And it covers just about everything.

Before I hit the magic age of 65, we were paying $700 a month, just for my insurance…and had a hard time finding anyone who even wanted to cover me.


Mexico is predominantly Catholic. That being said, you should have no problem finding a place to worship as you wish in Mexico.

You’ll find the people of Mexico have a strong, deeply-rooted culture, strong in religion and in family. You may have to search for your particular faith, but you’ll most likely find it in Mexico.  Just remember – and there are various versions of this, but – from the International Standard Version – “where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them”. You definitely won’t be alone where ever you are.

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