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 decision. I have been researching other countries online. Every place I look at has some major flaw for me. First of all, money. I can't afford many countries. Second is the weather. I am so used to this beautiful weather that I don't know if I could live in a hot, humid place anymore. Most inexpensive countries are in hot, humid zones.
I don't like big cities. That eliminates many places. I have been very happy here. It is close to the States so I can easily visit my family up there. The town is small. I know a lot of people here now. The weather is ideal. On and on, I can list the advantages of living here. But fear is a major factor now. How much fear can I live with and what is a realistic assessment of the situation here? No one knows that.
Some people are sending around e mails that only escalate the fears. Others are ignoring the problem, saying, "It is only the Mexicans they are targeting." My way of looking at it is this, I imagine that those people killed and hacked up were Americans.... It doesn't matter to me if they are Mexicans or Americans. They are human beings with fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers who love them and are deeply hurt.
So, I keep trying to think of other places to live. If you have any great ideas, please let me know. In the meantime, I will try to relax and not go into that fear zone.....