The Plain Truth About Living In Mexico

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Shelter Offshore Investment Publishing
"This is a fantastically comprehensive resource for anyone considering taking an extended holiday in Mexico or indeed relocating lock, stock and barrel and expatriating to live in Mexico. 'The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico' covers every single conceivable question a traveller, expatriate or retiree could possibly have about Mexico, Mexicans and what it's really like establishing a brand new life in this fascinating middle American country. The subtitle for 'The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico' is 'The Expatriate's Guide to Moving, Retiring, or Just Hanging Out' which gives the reader the immediate impression that this is both an easy to read title but also one which covers every element of Mexico - and that is exactly what this book does! Written by American expatriates Cindi and Doug Bower, 'The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico' charts their five year journey from the inception of the idea of moving to live in Mexico right through to them making their dream a reali ty and establishing and settling into a brand new life abroad. The book is well written, beautifully laid out and can serve as a great read, an invaluable reference book or even a 'how to' manual for the organisation of and arrangement of the transition to becoming an expatriate living and even working in Mexico. 'The Plain Truth about Living in Mexico' begins by assisting the reader determine whether or not Mexico is actually a country they could settle into, feel safe and at home in. Questions such as the safety of Mexico and also the main differences between Mexicans and 'us' are answered quite plainly which makes it that much easier for anyone in two minds about whether or not a move to Mexico is right for them to make a definitive decision. Once a decision has been taken to relocate to Mexico, all aspects of sorting out the old life at the same time as establishing a new life are covered. There are chapters about finding the right part of Mexico in which to live depen ding on the requirements of the individual, finding suitable property to match a specific budget, affording health care and the day to day living expenses in Mexico as well as information about how to master Spanish and prepare oneself for the culture shock that does ensue whenever and wherever one moves abroad. This is as comprehensive a resource that has ever been written about moving abroad, and the fact that it has been written about moving to Mexico is fantastic as it is relatively difficult to source well written and factual information about the whole process otherwise."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581124576
  • Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 802,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    I couldn't get past the first few chapters

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    A 200 page anti-American rant! What a disappointment.

    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.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Waste of time and money

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    This is Wonderful!

    '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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    A good and practical read!

    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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    Posted December 2, 2009

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