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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…

San Luis Potosí

An Expat’s City Guide to San Luis Potosí, Mexico: Things to Do + Where to Eat, Drink, Shop and Sleep

I've hit a year in San Luis Potosí and I am going to finally churn out the post that I started this blog for - a guide to San Luis Potosí.  When I found out that we would be moving to the expat-friendly city of San Luis Potosí, Mexico I was shocked to find next-to-nothing on both the city but also on what life was like as an expat in San Luis Potosí. So my plan was to publish dual…

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…

39 Things You Should Know Before Moving (or Traveling) to Mexico

I'm quickly approaching my one year anniversary of living in Mexico and I thought now would be an appropriate time, to sum up, some of the things that I have learned since B and I moved our life here. So if you are moving or traveling to Mexico, or just curious about life down here, feel free to check it out!    Daily Life  1. Almost all bills need to be paid at the Oxxo This includes your cell phone…

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…

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…

Always a Gringa

Why I Don’t Mind Always Being a Gringa

My blog often comes up in conversation with locals here in Mexico since my husband works ungodly hours and people are wondering if I’m just hanging out at home sitting on my ass all day. I tell them I teach both online and here in Mexico, as well as blog which in turn brings up the question "What is the name of your blog? I smile and say “Always a Gringa” and watch as their face displays a mix of emotions,…

Gringa Journeys: Chile – Latin American Expat Series

Next on our series is Leah from Gringa Journeys. Leah is a  25-year-old American from Atlanta, Georgia from who lives as an expat in Santiago, Chile. She has a degree in Spanish and loves linguistics and history. She decided to start her blog after moving to Chile and felt like she could share certain knowledge that would be helpful for future expats in Santiago as well as tips for learning Spanish as a second language. How long have you been…

boxes and minimalism

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.   READ: 6 Tips on How to Land an Expat Assignment…

San Luis Potosí

San Luis Potosí City Centre Tour

San Luis Potosí, Mexico is the capital and the largest city of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. The city sits at an elevation of 6,700 feels. The city is named after Louis IX of France who is the city's patron saint. Potosí was added in reference to the rich mines of Potosí, Bolivia. The exploitation of silver and gold mines in Cerro de San Pedro near San Luis, was the main reason for the founding of the city…