Friday, September 12, 2008

Notes From South of the Border

My Thoughts, My Opinions,My Editorializing on My Life in Central Mexico

Chapter 3 The Language Barrier

Stretching Your Horizons

Expatriating to colonial México, especially where English is not going to be widely spoken and there will not be a huge American sector to help you adjust, you really have to have a strategy for survival. The areas of México where Americans traditionally expatriate have such a large English-speaking sector that I cannot possibly imagine much of an adjustment in moving to one of those cities. It is just too easy to live in those areas, I've been told more than once.

If you were to take a fancy to an area like Dolores Hidalgo or where I live, Guanajuato, you would have to think very carefully, what you were going to do with yourself in these places where you can go months without seeing another expat gringo. Without the American sectors and "Gringo Landias," you are on your own. It is you and México and you have to plan for this.

Let me honest. I cannot possibly fathom how someone can do it—live in these areas without a high degree of spoken fluency in Spanish. I get how they can do it in San Miguel de Allende or Puerto Vallarta but not in Guanajuato or other areas in the Heartland of México. But…they do.

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