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DRINKING THE WHOLE BOTTLE: GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – LATIN AMERICAN EXPAT SERIES

Latin America Expat Blogger Series: Drinking the Whole Bottle: Guadalajara, Mexico I connected with Jen though Instagram and asked to interview her for our Latin American Expat Series. I thought she would be a great contributor because she lives as an expat in Guadalajara, Mexico with her family.  Please provide a little introduction to yourself and when and why you decided to start your blog   My husband and I had been married one month and I was 7 months pregnant when…

Altar in Tzintzuntzán for Day of the Dead

Experiencing Day of the Dead in Michoacán: Morelia + Pátzcuaro + Tzintzuntzan + Janitzio Island

Ever since I found out I was going to move to Mexico I was ecstatic that I would finally get to experience Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) the Mexican holiday in which Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. Many in the USA believe that Day of the Dead is an extension of Halloween and this misconception couldn't be more wrong. Día de Muertos is not a gloomy or morbid occasion, but a festive and colorful celebration…

Real de Catorce view of the city

4 Things to Do in Real De Catorce Other Than Peyote

The village of Real de Catorce is located in the state of San Lui Potosí and sits on the side of a mountain at more than 2,743 meters (9,000 ft). It is located in the Sierra de Catorce range, one of the highest plateaus in Mexico, where summits may extend over 10,000 feet (3,000 m).  Real de Catorce ('Royal Fourteen') is named for 14 Spanish soldiers killed here in an ambush by Chichimeca warriors. Although a town had been there for many years, silver…

La Joya Honda

La Joya Honda; San Luis Potosí’s Secret Natural Wonder

Coming from the flatlands of the midwest B and I were instantly mesmerized with the mountain ranges that surround San Luis Potosí. Not being a city girl and having a strong need to be surrounded by nature I was quick to ask the locals about hiking routes nearby, only to be told that there weren't any and that it wasn’t safe to hike in the area.    After almost a year had gone by (read more about our expat story) and…

Flag of Mexico in the background

11 Things No One Will Tell You about Expat Life

  Many bloggers spend time talking about the differences between short-term and long-term travel, but many skirt over the longest and most challenging type of travel - expat life. "What is an expat?" you may ask. Well, the word expat is a contraction of expatriate, which derives from the Latin word expatriatus.  In medieval times, an expatriatus was someone who had left his or her home country to live somewhere else. In today’s culture an, expatriate has the same meaning; someone…

Colonia Guadalupe

A Street Art Guide to San Miguel’s Art District: Guadaloupe

During my third trip to San Miguel de Allende I was finally able to check out the street art located in Guadaloupe where I was meting up with Lauren from Northern Lauren and Kiona from How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch before heading on our road trip in the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosí.    The previous weekend we were in town for a friend's birthday and the city was super packed as it was the…

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

What Does Gringo Mean Anyways?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the word gringo /a. If you are curious about the meaning or the origin of the word gringo/a this post is for you!  Definition Before we get into the myths and origins of gringo/a let's visit some current definitions. Our first definition is coming from Urban Dictionary a more up to date dictionary when referring to slang or cultural words.    ... and now a definition from Merriam-Webster. From my knowledge and my…

Driving in Cuba

Havana, Cuba Photo Journal – Part 1

Our trip to Cuba may have started out with some headaches, but they quickly dissipated as we found ourselves walking down streets frozen in time. Each moment a scene out of a 1950's movie, classic American cars driving down the street, 1950's architecture, and a Betty Boop themed restaurant. After our breakfast at Betty Boom (yes, I said Betty Boom) we booked a classic car tour around Havana through our Air BNB friend. He called up a friend who owns…

Shelby in Peru

Shelby: Peru – Latin American Expat Series

 So excited for this next installment in our Latin American Expat Series! I actually met Shelby in college at Michigan State University in an ESL/ELL course that we were both taking. I've been admiring and following her life as an expat in South America through social media ever since - I realize this sounds mildly stalkerish. Either way, Shelby's life has been a personal inspiration for me through her yoga journey and her career working with a women's empowerment group…

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato; Mexico’s Most Colorful City

Our short Guanajuato adventure stared with a 2.5 hr bus ride from San Luis Potosí to Guanajuato. Leaving at 7 a.m. and arriving close to 10 a.m. with a few stops along the way. I love taking the buses here in Mexico because they are safe, cheap (around $20-25 USD), and air conditioned! It is easy way to travel if you don't have a car or don't want to worry about driving, since many of the towns close to San…