Have you ever considered retiring in Mexico? Have you wondered about daily living in a foreign country where you don't speak the language? What about hotels, hospitals, doctors, restaurants, banks, real estate and cultural activities? This is a diary of my daily life in Lake Chapala and other areas of Mexico. I don't speak Spanish. I am a single retired woman. I hope this blog will give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to make the move.
This morning I received an e mail from a friend saying she is moving out of here. I wonder how many other expats are going to make that same...
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thinking about Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks
View from the balcony. At least today there is somewhat of a view. Since I have been here, there have been days when I couldn't see five feet out from the balcony. It is very cold here, at least from my point of view. Almost Thanksgiving and I am thinking of all the things that I am thankful for. Of course number one on my list is my family and their health. And my own health, relatively speaking since I still have aches and pains from all my injuries. (Last year at this time I was stuck in a chair in my little casita with my broken ankle.) And then I am thankful for my life in Mexico. Being here has made it clearer to me what a wonderful life I have down there.
There, it is sunny every day. I have friends and interesting things to do. I can afford to live there without having to worry about money... I could go on and on but I have mentioned these things so many times in this blog, they must be boring to the readers. And maybe people would think that I am bragging?
My son said to me before he left for India, You are living the life of a wealthy person. I had to agree. I have somehow been lucky enough to be able to live like a wealthy person and I live on a very limited budget. (My everyday life is where people go for their two week vacations.) So, if being here for a month does nothing more than open my eyes to the great life I have, it is worth sitting around in this cold house watching the fire in the fireplace.
My son and his wife are calling me from India and telling me about what they are seeing. They have been to some opulent temples and they have seen beautiful sites. But they have also seen terrible poverty. My son said they rode past a huge dump and saw people living in it. They saw a naked baby in there covered in soot. If that doesn't make a person appreciate his or her own life I don't know what would.
We have so much in this country and also in Mexico. I am sure that in Mexico City there are dumps like that but I haven't experienced seeing them. Thank God. It is so sad to think of the extreme poverty that most of the world suffers. Life is not fair. I am guessing that most of our parents tried to make us think that is was but reality teaches us some very cruel lessons.......
If I don't write again before Thanksgiving, I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and again I want to thank you for reading my blog. I should have put this up at the first part of this post, along with the other things that I am thankful for but I haven't forgotten the outpouring of love from readers. I feel like I have an extended family in cyberspace. Thank you......