When In Mexico
Not everybody will want to drive to Mexico… It’s a long trip and you really have to plan ahead. We often go across the border for dental work, but we usually park our car at a parking lot on the U.S. side of the border and walk over. It’s faster and easier…
Gas is considerably higher in Mexico than in the US, so top off your tank just before you leave the states! Gas stations are government owned in Mexico – Premex is basically the only name you will run into. The green pump is for unleaded. They are all full-service stations – don’t jump out and start pumping yourself. The attendants will do that. Your windows will shine. An extra peso or two is nice to hand them for the service – remember a peso is only equivalent to about 10 cents US. And the average daily wage in Mexico is 40$ Pesos – $4 USD! So, at the same time, don’t be an Ugly American and hand them a couple of bucks – they already know we are better off than they – don’t flaunt it.
• Mexicans tend to be more conservative than Americans – this goes for dress, especially in the more Provencal areas of Mexico.
• When having a conversation with a resident of Mexico, you will find they tend to be more comfortable to stand closer together that we are used to – they don’t seem to fear “someone getting in their space” as seems to be the way in America.
• DO NOT use the old O.K. sign – making the hole with the thumb and index finger – that’s a vulgarity in Mexico and you will offend most people!
• A handshake is acceptable and a back slap. Hugs are usually for friends, but can also be used in business situations. In some instances a kiss on each cheek is appropriate. I’d let the other person initiate that.
Moving to Mexico has always been in our plans. We have a timeshare and have been going to Cancun for years. We have traveled and toured many areas of the Yucatan and were very impressed with all the history it had to offer.
However, as a true test of whether we could be very serious about making such a move we thought of a trial test. We figured by living closer to the country and daily interacting with the people, and with all things considered we felt this was the best way to find out.
Recently we recently moved to xxxx, Texas. Getting closer to living in Mexico! The weather is very tropical here and we go to Matamoros very frequently. Already we are reaping the benefits of living by the border…medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and veterinarian expenses are unbelievably low.
The people are so friendly and actually made us Gringos, part of the Mexican families. All our friends are of Hispanic origin and have been just wonderful to us. We spent Thanksgiving with one family and Christmas Eve with another family. I cannot say enough about people and their family traditions.
Here in xxxx, Texas we are close to many parts of Mexico and most just by traveling by automobile or bus tours. Some of the places were Tampico, Monterrey, and most recently we took a cruise to Progresso, Mexico. While there we went on a day tour of Merida, Mexico. The charm of the cities is something else and the beauty and preservation of the Mexican heritage shows everywhere. We are convinced that living and retiring in Mexico is our goal and final destination.
Thank you for the information and please keep us updated…we will do the same.
Your Texas friends, J & A