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Detroit: A Photo Journal

"We've been considered many things: a city in decay, a city in distress and without hope. However, we have never given up and we never say die. We are born fighters, we rise from the ashes. We are a community that believes in our future despite whatever anyone throws against us. We are Detroit." - Fel3000ft Detroit has gotten a bad rap. People outside of Michigan (and some in the state) have a misconstrued idea of the Motor City, people often…

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Amanda Cox: Bolivia – Latin American Expat Series

Up next on our Latin American Expat Series is Amanda from Amanda Cox Design. She is a Canadian who currently lives in Sucre, Bolivia. She works in international development and has a passion for learning about new cultures. She enjoys traveling to less well-known and touristy countries. Her work often takes her to “developing countries”, where she enjoys traveling to nearby cities on vacations and weekends to get to know the area.  Please provide a little introduction about yourself and when…

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A Northern Michigan Adventure

I'll be back in my home state of Michigan for the month of April to finish some requirements for my graduate degree. After I booked my ticket I found out that the school district I will be working in actually has Spring Break the first week of April. This unplanned week quickly morphed into an impromptu trip with my sister to visit my brother in the Upper Peninsula. My brother moved to Marquette, MI a few years ago, which has provided us…

World Cup Madness in Sao Paulo

Travel á la Tendelle: Brazil – Latin American Expat Series

Excited to introduce you to Tendelle from Travel a la Tendelle who is next on our Latin American Expat series! She has lived in both São Paulo and  Florianopolis Brazil with her work and has a lot of amazing experiences to share from her time as an expat. After Tendelle finished university she moved to New York city to start a full time career, first working as a management consultant then switched to being an analyst at a large media company.…

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be an ESL Teacher

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be an ESL Teacher

  I’ve taught English Language Learners (ELL) in the USA, South Africa, China, and now in Mexico. I have learned a few things in my short career as an ELL/ESL teacher and I thought I would write this article to inform you on the inevitable circumstances you will find yourself in if you decide to pursue a career in teaching ESL students.    1. terrible pay You are probably aware of how terribly teachers get paid, in almost every country, except maybe Luxembourg. Teaching…

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Northern Lauren: Mexico – Latin American Expat Blogger Series

  This article is the first of a new series on Always a Gringa that features other gringas living as expats throughout Latin America. They will be sharing their experiences, encounters,  and thoughts on living in a Latin American country.  I'll be kicking off this series with Lauren Cocking from Northern Lauren. Lauren lives in Mexico City and blogs about Mexico travel, culture, food, and feminism. Her blog encompasses dreamy Mexican music playlists, reflections on living abroad, and guides to finding the best…

Ubuntu: A Philosophy to Adopt during a Trump Presidency

Ubuntu: A Philosophy to Adopt during a Trump Presidency... and any other presidency How an African Philosophy found it's way to an American Expat living in Mexico My husband and I were driving around our new city in an effort to gain a better understanding of our location. Driving near a plaza we passed a small shop, one of them made my heart skip a beat; Ubuntu. A few months ago I encountered this term three times in one day, once at the end of yoga class, a…

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A Guide to San Miguel de Allende; An Artist’s Paradise

San Miguel de Allende is in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato. The town is super artsy and has attracted foreign retirees, writers, artists and tourists alike. There are over 12,000 foreigners believed to live or own homes here. The city is filled with historical buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th century, narrow cobblestone streets and colorful shops.  Getting there and around // San Miguel de Allende San Miguel de Allende is only 2 hours away from San…

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Visiting the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel de Allende

Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio The botanical gardens are about 1.5 km Northeast of the main part of town in San Miguel de Allende. This 88-hectare (over 170 acres) space is not only a garden, but also a recreational and ceremonial space and a wildlife sanctuary. El Charco hosts an extensive botanical collection made up of cacti and other succulent plants, many of which are rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.  In 2004 El Charco del Ingenio was proclaimed a Peace…

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How Being an Expatriate Taught Me About Minimalism

Packing our things At the end of June we waved goodbye to all our belongings as they were neatly packed into cardboard boxes and driven away. The only belongings we had to our name were in a trusty suitcase and a pack on my back. Days later we left Michigan with the expectation that our things would be meeting us in Mexico in 6-8 weeks.  I would be in Asia for the next 7 weeks and B would be in Mexico.   Learn about how to land an expat assignment here.  Arriving…