The Plain Truth About Living In Mexicoby Doug Bower, Cynthia M. Bower, Cindi Bower
Expatriates Doug and Cindi Bower have successfully expatriated to Mexico, learning through trial and error how to do it from the conception of the initial idea to driving up to their new home in another country. Now the potential expatriate can benefit from their more than three years of pre-expat research to their more than two years of actually living in Mexico. They explain:
How to begin the process of deciding whether Mexico is for you.
How to evaluate locations and costs for expatriation.
How to avoid being stereotyped as an Ugly American.
How to find and set up your new home.
Ways to cure culture shock before arriving in Mexico.
How to master Spanish before moving.
How safe Mexico really is.
The benefits of cheap living, travel, and medical care.
The modern technology available in Mexico.
and much more!
The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico answers the potential expatriate's questions by leading them through the process from the beginning to the end. In this comprehensive guide, you will learn not only how-to expatriate but will learn what to expect, in daily life, before coming to Mexico.
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I found this book offensive. I admit, I read only the first 3-4 chapters and was only able to skim the rest. If you are part of the "I hate America crowd", this book is for you. I bought this book looking for information on retiring in Mexico. The author's continuous rants on the "ugly Americans" and criticisms of American culture made it difficult for me to believe much of anything this author says. He is so obviously biased against America and Americans, I figure this point of view must affect everything he writes about, and therefore I don't trust he has any objectivity. That is something I need in trying to decide if I want to retire to Mexico part-time. I have travelled to Mexico many times since 1991, and I have seen an American behave badly once. This author has a chip on his shoulder and a bone to pick, and he does it here in this book. Look elsewhere for solid information on retiring in Mexico.
Bought the book based on the glowing reader reviews. Yikes, was I mislead. This is just one long anti-American rant. Period. The author likes exactly nothing about the country of his birth - we're grossly fat, rude, morally bankrupt, loud, demanding, ignorant, wallowing in materialistic 'crap' (his words), etc. etc. These are true rants, folks - they go on for pages each. However true or untrue the charges, let me tell ya - it got more than a little tiring listening to him. Especially since he spent so little time talking about Mexico per se! I was expecting lots of cute anecdotes about their Mexican experience. Nary a one. All his anecdotes were about 'ugly Americans.' I'm not exaggerating one bit here, either. This is one very unhappy guy. And it turned a book with a great premise into a very tedious read. If you're thinking of buying a house in Mexico, as opposed to renting, then this definitely isn't the book for you. The authors rent - and as you'll discover throughout the text, they discuss 'their' choices in a bit of detail, and then blow off any alternate choices with a brisk 'you can try THAT if you want - the choice is yours.' The sum total discussion of owning a house is a Q&A ... 'Can a foreigner buy real estate in Mexico?' Answer: 'Yes, foreigners can buy real estate. However, the process is a bit different in Mexico than in the USA.' The end. I found no other mention - at all! - of buying a house anywhere else in the book. !!?? It was much the same with other topics - they'd cover their chosen approach, and give only a glancing coverage to alternatives. In short, I started this book thinking how great it would be to know someone who lived down there, all the questions I'd have, how much help he/she could be, etc. I ended the book determined that if I ever made it to Guanajuato (where he lives - just about everyplace else is termed 'Gringo Land,' with undisguised loathing) ... I'd avoid him like the plague.
Don't waste your money on this book. Like everything Mr. Bower writes about Mexico, it's short on information and long on his highly idiosyncratic personal opinions. He seems to hate nearly everybody: Americans, Mexicans, "Gringos," and anyone whose Spanish isn't quite as good as his own (though judging by the few instances of Spanish in the text, Mr. Bower still needs a few more lessons). Poorly edited as well, the book is full of typos and misspellings--in both English and Spanish. I've lived in Guanajuato for twelve years, and I hardly recognize this city in Mr. Bower's prejudiced pages. If you want a useful guide to Guanajuato, you're much better off picking up one of the familiar guidebooks, such as Lonely Planet.
'You guys are wonderful! We are amazed at how much you really know and understand my culture. We are enjoying the book and getting some 'belly laughs.' Our people are a piece of work aren't they? I have to admit - I am a gringa more that a Mexican but I will re-adopt my country again. Thanks again. We are so looking forward to meeting you soon. We'll be friends for life. Be well!'-Another Mexican American Expat
Expatriates Doug and Cindi Bower have successfully expatriated to Mexico, learning through trial and error how to do it from the conception of the initial idea to driving up to their new home in another country. Now the potential expatriate can benefit from their more than three years of pre-expat research to their more than two years of actually living in Mexico. They explain: ¿How to begin the process of deciding whether Mexico is for you. ¿How to evaluate locations and costs for expatriation. ¿How to avoid being stereotyped as an Ugly American. ¿How to find and set up your new home. ¿Ways to cure culture shock before arriving in Mexico. ¿How to master Spanish before moving. ¿How safe Mexico really is. ¿The benefits of cheap living, travel, and medical care. ¿The modern technology available in Mexico. ¿and much more! The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico answers the potential expatriate's questions by leading them through the process from the beginning to the end. In this comprehensive guide, you will learn not only how-to expatriate but will learn what to expect, in daily life, before coming to Mexico.