So I’m back. Actually, I have been for a while—I'll have been in Guadalajara a full year next week! I haven’t blogged because I thought I had nothing to blog about. I’m not writing for the Guadalajara Reporter anymore, so no new articles to post.
I now work out of my home as a manager for a Chicago-based translation company, and my life revolves around the domestic upkeep of a small bungalow-style home near Plaza Mexico, a resilient 2007 Dell laptop on which I do all my work, and (somewhat limited) conversations with a greet parrot named Sabina. I live with my tapatío* boyfriend, who, among other very important things, has taught me to like soccer.
I thought I’d turn this blog around a bit, and focus on things I would want to know as a now expatriated 20-something gringa living in
. Things like: Guadalajara, Mexico
- How to sell stuff (furniture, old electronics) without Craigslist
- Where to find other gringos, if needed (I don’t have the full answer to this yet, but I’m working it out)
- How to master re-fried beans and other deceptively simple Mexican culinary staples in your home
- How to get along with your significant other who does not usually speak English
- The visa process, quick and painless
- Mexican healthcare for the uninsured, and the best budget-friendly hospitals in the metropolitan area
- …and more.
For each idea, I’d like to provide and also solicit names/contact info for the people who have helped answer the questions, like my favorite dentist and favorite FM3 lawyer. I like to recommend things that have turned out well for me and sure you do too, so maybe this we can figure all this out together.
Note #1: This blog is not intended for long-settled expats who know how to do everything already. If you know the difference between a bolillo, birote and telera, have visited the INM more times than you can count, and can point out pitaya season on a calendar, you could probably write this blog yourself.
Note #2: I'm not going to italicize or otherwise punctuate Spanish words because I assume they are part of a standard Spanglish vernacular for the audience the blog is intended for. If not, they probably should be.