Some time ago, driving to Cancún from the Gulf of Mexico, I stayed overnight in Valladolid. This charming Mexican town is almost exactly midway between Mérida, on the Gulf side of the Yucatán Peninsula, and Cancún.
Recently, an old friend from graduate school mentioned that a classmate of ours had moved with his wife to Portugal. “I think they’re in Porto,” she said.
This past spring, I traveled around Mexico to buy furnishings for the new upstairs of my house in Guanajuato, in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands. I’d decided that I was going to completely furnish the space with handcrafted items, and I have.
Lots of Europhiles dream of taking six months or a year to explore Europe…traveling from country to country…staying put for a while (maybe even renting an apartment or villa for a month or two) and getting to know a region…then moving on to the next enticing destination….
Most North American visitors to Spain gravitate to Madrid, Barcelona, and Andalucía, Spain’s large southern region.
There is no hard data on the number of singles abroad—for that matter, the U.S. doesn’t know how many of its citizens live abroad, period. But at International Living, we hear from our worldwide network of correspondents (of whom I am one), who tell us who’s coming and going in their countries.
Customizing a home that you’ve bought in Mexico, either through renovation or new construction, is an exciting dream for many Mexico-bound expats. And it’s satisfying…when it’s done. But I don’t know anyone who hasn’t found the renovation process...
I’m in an SUV in La Paz, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. The sun is hot and we’ve rolled down the windows as we drive through town. We go at a leisurely pace, stopping at street corners to obey the four-way stop signs; La Paz is too low-key to need many stop lights.
If you plan to spend time in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands and want to look beyond San Miguel de Allende, consider renting a property in Guanajuato, the state capital. This 16th-century Spanish-colonial city, a World Heritage site since 1988, is beautiful and lively, with a vibrant ambience.
The city of Campeche, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, increasingly attracts attention from tourists and snowbirds.