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Old 01-05-2012   #1 (permalink)
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1st Time Extranjeros from US Arrived Yesterday!

My husband and I are 32 year old first time expats from the states who arrived yesterday to a furnished condo in centro for 5 months. After that, we plan to keep travelling for extended stays. We drove here from California and are still getting settled. We would love to meet other expats who have been here longer, or who are new, to compare notes, have dinner, or play some games. PM or reply to this thread if you'd like to get to know us or just to say you are available via the net for questions.

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Nanci & Jesse
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My husband and I are 32 year old first time expats from the states who arrived yesterday to a furnished condo in centro for 5 months. After that, we plan to keep travelling for extended stays. We drove here from California and are still getting settled. We would love to meet other expats who have been here longer, or who are new, to compare notes, have dinner, or play some games. PM or reply to this thread if you'd like to get to know us or just to say you are available via the net for questions.

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Nanci & Jesse
Luna Blue
Calle 26 between 5th and 10th
Friday 8 pm
Live music
Be there.
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Luna Blue
Calle 26 between 5th and 10th
Friday 8 pm
Live music
Be there.
Do a lot of expats meet at Luna Blue on Friday nights? I know where that it. It is very close to my house.
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How was your drive?

What route did you take?
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How was your drive?

What route did you take?
Our drive was very good. Even better than expected really. We took an SUV with all of our stuff boxed up in the back. It came in handy for the topes (speed bumps) and potholes. We used a GPS and updated with a chip for Mexico maps (on sale for $15).

We drove from San Diego to Tucson (because of where we were visiting family) and then entered through Nogales. Here are the cities we stayed overnight in: Tucson, Ciudad Obregon, Mazatlan, Guadalajara (2 nights), Mexico City (2 nights including New Years Eve), Villahermosa, Merida, and then home in Playa Del Carmen.

We only drove during the day, with the exception of getting to Mexico City through traffic a bit after dark (no worries of hitting cattle or topes there), and getting into Villahermosa a bit after dark due to hard rain and long cuota (toll booth) lines. We made detours to see the monarch butterflies between Guadalajara and Mexico city, and to see Teotihuacan between Mexico City and Villahermosa.

We only had our stuff searched 1 time the whole trip for 5 minutes at the border of Yucatan. We were stopped once in Villahermosa by a cop for a traffic violation, and just pretended to speak virtually no Spanish and he let us go. We were stopped probably 4 times total to check our documents, but we had all our ducks in a row with the import of the car and had no problems. Our Spanish improved a lot during the trip, and we listened to tapes in the car for an hour a day. We each had 3 years in high school, but that has mostly been forgotten. I've been studying at home for a few months, but that was only a few times a week. I'd still say it's level 1 Spanish, but we got by fine the whole way learning more as we went.

I think it was a good experience, and really got us familiar with Mexico and the culture before settling in here. I'm not sure if we'll want to do it on the way back though, because after 2 weeks on the road (between visiting family for the holidays and driving down) we were exhausted. We drove 7 hours most days, and one or two days we drove almost 10 due to detours or weather. It didn't help that before we left we'd spent a lot of time selling our all of the stuff from our house, painting, doing Christmas, etc. All of the next trips will be easier, so we may be ready to drive again in 5 months. If not, does anyone want to buy a silver 2000 Dodge Durango with around 115k miles that is in great shape? Also, if anyone is selling a good King sized bed, we'd like to upgrade or trade for a Queen.
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Do a lot of expats meet at Luna Blue on Friday nights? I know where that it. It is very close to my house.
At times, yes.
There is music there Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays which brings people in.
We go there a lot - and we live close by.

Mike Grabow will be performing tomorrow night.

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Our drive was very good. Even better than expected really. We took an SUV with all of our stuff boxed up in the back. It came in handy for the topes (speed bumps) and potholes. We used a GPS and updated with a chip for Mexico maps (on sale for $15).

We drove from San Diego to Tucson (because of where we were visiting family) and then entered through Nogales. Here are the cities we stayed overnight in: Tucson, Ciudad Obregon, Mazatlan, Guadalajara (2 nights), Mexico City (2 nights including New Years Eve), Villahermosa, Merida, and then home in Playa Del Carmen.

We only drove during the day, with the exception of getting to Mexico City through traffic a bit after dark (no worries of hitting cattle or topes there), and getting into Villahermosa a bit after dark due to hard rain and long cuota (toll booth) lines. We made detours to see the monarch butterflies between Guadalajara and Mexico city, and to see Teotihuacan between Mexico City and Villahermosa.

We only had our stuff searched 1 time the whole trip for 5 minutes at the border of Yucatan. We were stopped once in Villahermosa by a cop for a traffic violation, and just pretended to speak virtually no Spanish and he let us go. We were stopped probably 4 times total to check our documents, but we had all our ducks in a row with the import of the car and had no problems. Our Spanish improved a lot during the trip, and we listened to tapes in the car for an hour a day. We each had 3 years in high school, but that has mostly been forgotten. I've been studying at home for a few months, but that was only a few times a week. I'd still say it's level 1 Spanish, but we got by fine the whole way learning more as we went.

I think it was a good experience, and really got us familiar with Mexico and the culture before settling in here. I'm not sure if we'll want to do it on the way back though, because after 2 weeks on the road (between visiting family for the holidays and driving down) we were exhausted. We drove 7 hours most days, and one or two days we drove almost 10 due to detours or weather. It didn't help that before we left we'd spent a lot of time selling our all of the stuff from our house, painting, doing Christmas, etc. All of the next trips will be easier, so we may be ready to drive again in 5 months. If not, does anyone want to buy a silver 2000 Dodge Durango with around 115k miles that is in great shape? Also, if anyone is selling a good King sized bed, we'd like to upgrade or trade for a Queen.
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