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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…

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.…

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Chronic Wanderlust: Colombia – Latin American Expat Blogger Series

  Next on our Latin American Expat Blogger Series is Viktoria from Chronic Wanderlust. She has a lot of experience in Latin America first as an exchange student in Venezuela, then as an intern in Mexico, and now living in Colombia for school. She writes about the best dive spots in Latin America as well as travels throughout Colombia. She also takes rad photos all around the world in a dirndl (a traditional Austrian dress).   Tell us about yourself and…

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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…

San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

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…