Speaking of Moving to Mexico…

Recently I was interviewed by Curt and Cindy Liljedah for a podcast on their AdventuRetired.com website. We had a lot of fun! The couple’s enthusiasm for living life to the fullest is contagious, and their experience living in Texas close to the Mexican border gave them a more informed perspective than most . They’ve done a bunch of podcasts on all different aspects of retired life; you can listen on Spotify, their website or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

What’s really nice is that they’ve listed where in the podcast we talk about different topics, so if you don’t feel like listening to the whole thing you can skip around. https://www.adventuretired.com/podcast-episodes

Curt and Cindy’s introduction starts with what so many people find hard to believe: the inexpensive cost of living in Mexico. I want to explain that a bit more by saying I live very simply, and that not everyone would be comfortable with my lifestyle. And the main reason my rent is so cheap is because I own everything: refrigerator, stove, ceiling fans, even air conditioners. I’ve always rented completely unfurnished apartments or houses, some of which don’t have the “creature comforts” taken for granted in the U.S. But even if you double my costs, Mexico is still more affordable. Case in point:

Restaurant special in Mazatlan, Mexico: Six big, fat fresh-caught grilled shrimp atop a big salad. Cost? About $9.

Here’s the intro: “What??? Live on a $1000 a month? Yup, you can retired friends, however, you need to leave the USA for sunny Mexico! In this interview, we talk with Janet Blaser, author of “Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats.” Curt found Janet on MSN and reached out to her. She was a delightful guest and gave us some great advice and the lowdown of leaving the USA for Mexico in retirement. Her book was hard to put down, 27 women tell their experiences of moving to Mexico…each with different expectations and dreams. Enjoy her retirement story!”

Plaza Machado, Mazatlan, Mexico. Surrounded by restaurants, shops, a dance school and the Angela Peralta Theater, it’s a lovely place to stroll, enjoy a meal or listen to live music outside. Just about every Mexican town, no matter how small, has a central plaza like this.

3 Replies to “Speaking of Moving to Mexico…”

  1. I enjoyed reading your article, Janet. Much appreciation. By the way, I read the prior iteration, too. What little puebla did you live in north of Puerto Vallarta? Are you going to live for the remainder of your life in Mazatlan? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    1. Hola Buck! Thanks for writing. I lived in Lo de Marcos. Loved it, for the most part – except for the torrential summer rains numerous scorpions and that scary drive in to PV for certain things. “The rest of my life?” Quien sabe?! But I’m pretty happy for right now!


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