October 31, 2022

Back in September Paul and I passed a big milestone – 15 years since we moved to México. No regrets, not even one! We wanted an adventure and we sure got it – as everything you do in a different culture and language can be (and usually is) exciting.

We remember pulling into Mazatlán in our minivan with all our remaining worldly possessions and our two (now sadly gone) dogs, Lucy and Henry. What a challenge it was to learn a new city and set up a household while learning Spanish and undertaking a big renovation at the same time!

We’re thankful too that we made the move when we did – the paperwork for our visas seems like it was a bit easier and the financial requirements were lower, too. Still, if you are considering a move, México is a great choice in our opinion!

The next big milestone is mine alone – in November it will be 10 years since I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. What a surreal time that was! I was so lucky that my huge tumor hadn’t spread and surgery and six bouts of chemotherapy was all I needed. I have been healthy since and have undertaken more and more anti-cancer protocols that will hopefully keep me that way for many more years.

We are about to embark on another milestone – our first time taking an extended time away from home (and Coco). It is going to be strange for us but our plan at this time is spending the month of November between Guadalajara and Mazatlán. During covid we have really missed the big city and of course it has been way too long since we’ve seen our friends in Maz. We’re going to put our little house on Calle Constitución on the market too.

We have a wonderful couple taking care of Coco and the house for the month, but I’m sure our homebody impulses will surprise us every once in a while. We usually get antsy to get home at about ten days!

It will be fun to spend El Dia de los Muertos in Guadalajara this year. We both love this special holiday remembering those who are no longer with us. We have many wonderful muertos memories, but my favorite ever was the year we spent with family in Tepoztlan. The pictures here are from October 31 in the San Antonio Tlayacapan square. The muertos decorations are coming, poco a poco!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. So glad you moved here! I wouldn’t have met you otherwise and that would have been a loss! Enjoy your adventures and hope to see you while you are here in Maz!

    1. Lovely milestones. Has it really been ten years since your cancer. You have done so well and have inspired many of us on the long journey to health. Enjoy every moment of everyday during your November travels.

      1. Hi Contessa, Time does fly, doesn’t it? Hope the rest of your travel goes well.

    1. Enjoy your adventures out and about. It’s been a long time close to home. I realized that I have been coming to Mexico for more than 15 years. More than 1/4 of my life. Only part time, unlike you two. Hello to you, and say “hi” to Paul for me. I’ll be watching your blog over the month.

    1. So exciting, you are coming to Maz! We are back on the 15th and I have my fingers crossed that you will have time to get together. We would love to see you and have a chance to catch up.

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