- IL Radio Episode 22: Taking Your Portable Career to Merida, Mexico
Posted on July 20, 2011 by Dan Prescher
Robert Abuda and Erich Briehl started out in Canada and ended up in Mexico. With portable careers and a passion for renovation, Robert and Erich can settle anywhere they choose…and right now they’re based in Merida.
- IL Radio Episode 18: Safe and Happy in Merida, Mexico
Posted on June 22, 2011 by Dan Prescher
The life paths of Kate Barron and Gary DeRose were about as far apart as they could be…until they crossed in Merida, Mexico. In this weeks’ episode, they tell us what brought them to Mexico’s beautiful and historic Yucatan capital and how they’ve made themselves at home there.
- IL Radio Episode 13: Expats Open a Successful Modern Art Gallery in Merida, Mexico
Posted on May 4, 2011 by Dan Prescher
Adele Aguirre and Nic Lavroff came to Mexico from completely different directions. But once this successful businesswoman and this established fine art photographer found each other in Merida, the synergies were obvious.
- Mérida, Mexico, Gets First English-Language Newspaper
Posted on April 11, 2011 by Glynna Prentice
On your next visit to the expat haven of Mérida in Mexico, you’ll now be able to read the local news in English. Mérida’s first print English-language newspaper starts publication on Tuesday April 12.
Someone’s in the kitchen with David. Luckily, it’s me…and a dozen or so other food lovers. We’ve come to study the art of Yucatecan cooking with David Sterling and none other than the grand dame of Mexican cuisine herself, Diana Kennedy.
- Mérida, Mexico—Where Living is Easy, Friendly and Fun
Posted on December 30, 2010 by Suzan Haskins
Every weekday morning my husband and I join the crowd at the Estadio Deportivo Salvador Alvarado—Mérida’s tidy, well-kept sports stadium.
- For Cheap Living in Scenic Surroundings, Try These Mexican Colonial Cities
Posted on November 17, 2010 by Glynna Prentice
For many people, the colonial cities of Mexico, with their beauty and romance, epitomize the country’s eternal appeal.
- Our Retirement Strategy – With or Without Social Security
Posted on November 8, 2010 by Suzan Haskins
For the second year in a row, American retirees won’t see a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security benefits.
On a recent trip to the U.S., I got to catch up with a few State-side friends. One of them, I learned, is trying to schedule knee-replacement surgery. She had one knee operated on several years ago; now it’s time for the other. Fortunately, my friend’s insurance will cover most of the cost. But many people in the U.S. aren’t so lucky.
- For the Best Shopping in Mexico, Think Guayaberas and Panama Hats
Posted on October 12, 2010 by Glynna Prentice
The best shopping in Mexico is seldom at the big resorts. Sure, you’ll find upscale beach cover-ups there, funky tee-shirts, chic sandals and designer jewelry (at near-U.S. prices). And those items are all fun.
See the video and take a Sunday stroll with Dan Prescher as he shows you the old city area of Merida, Mexico. He’ll also show you some typical Mexican food, not to be missed for breakfast, and the weekly fun kids’ show.
Brilliant purple bougainvillea spill over the wrought-iron gates of second-floor balconies. Massive stone walls and big carved wooden doors completely conceal what lies beyond. But open those doors and step into a world of wonder.
“I searched for years for the perfect place at the right price. I wanted a place on the beach that I could afford,” says Adele Aguirre. “For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to speak Spanish and to be in a Spanish-speaking environment. But every time I found something, everyone else had found it, too, and prices had gone up.
- The New Merida Initiative – Making Yucatan a “Retirement Paradise” for U.S. Baby Boomers
Posted on April 9, 2010 by Dan Prescher
A recent meeting of movers and shakers in Merida, Mexico, is aimed at making Yucatan state a retirement paradise for U.S. baby boomers.
A few months ago, an International Living article got our attention. Entitled “I’ve found Jesus…and he’s fixing my teeth,” it was written by Suzan Haskins about Dr. Jesus Sanchez, her dentist in Merida, Mexico.
For the second year running, Mexico wins our annual Global Retirement Index.
With rapidly rising fuel, health care, food, and travel costs, it’s nice to know there are still places where you can live well without burning through your retirement nest-egg. And Mexico is one of those special places. In Mexico, you can still enjoy a lifestyle that’s probably all but unaffordable for most people in the U.S. and Canada.
When a sadistic “stylist” brandishing a sharply pointed knitting needle is plucking strands of hair from my sensitive scalp through the teeny holes in a plastic swimming cap covering my head, I hate being a woman. But considering the options, I’ll suffer through a beauty treatment any day.