David and I love a good food walking tour. We find that they are the best way to get to know a new city or culture, so naturally, we wanted to start our Mexican adventure with the biggest food tour we've ever taken. This past Saturday, we spent 5 hours with our fantastic guide Nico from Eat Mexico walking, tasting, eating, drinking, and learning our way through La Merced, the second largest market in Mexico City.
It's 6:14 am. I've been up since 2:30. Thank god for Netflix. Just the other day I wrote about all of the exciting things we've already experienced in our move to Mexico City. However, I'm also here to tell you that not everything is apple pie and roses (although it's pretty close). Don't get me wrong, I'm still thrilled to be here even on just a few hours of sleep, BUT moving abroad comes with it's challenges, and since I'm trying to make as little noise as possible until David wakes up, I'm thinking it's a good time to share a few of them.
We made it! After months of planning and prepping, David and I, plus all 9 suitcases, successfully touched down in Mexico City (CDMX). We've now spent just over 48 hours in our new home, and I already have some observations to share. So let's just jump right in, shall we?
I've been sharing my thoughts, ideas, rants, and raves with you all for well over two years. I've loved focusing on health and wellness topics, but as David and I move into Mexican Adventure Mode, I've started to think about how this space will evolve with us. I still plan on writing about the public health topics that interest me, like why so many cultures are obsessed with dictating what "perfect" bodies look like, but I also want to make sure that I'm reflecting my true daily life on these pages. For a while, my reality is going to look like a lot more travel, trying new foods, navigating a new country, and learning a new language. That being said, I don't want to lose some of the great content I've written in the past, so below you will find a compilation of older pages that will soon be disappearing.
T-1 month until moving day! That's right: we are getting on a plane in just a few short weeks to officially start our Mexican adventure. Since deciding to take this leap back in October, we've learned a lot about a lot of things. Every major move comes with challenges, but moving abroad requires additional layers of paperwork, tasks, and to-do lists to make all the puzzle pieces fit together. One of the benefits of moving to Mexico City is the wealth of information available online from those who have paved the way before us. In fact, the US State Department estimates there are 1.5 million American citizens already living in Mexico.
A quick Google search for "moving to Mexico" pulls up thousands of useful blog posts and news articles that will help you get started (check out Mexperience, Northern Lauren, Eternal Expat, and Kinetic Kennons). Without ever needing to leave the comfort of our couch (and pajamas) we have successfully navigated perhaps the most complicated move we will ever make. However, there are a few knowledge gaps I've discovered along the way, and I want to make sure to fill them here.
The most relevant gap for us right now is the true financial cost of moving abroad. I've stumbled upon amazing resources discussing costs of living once we arrive in Mexico, but the fact of the matter is it's really expensive to get ourselves to Mexico in the first place. We were fully aware of this at the beginning, but now I finally have some real numbers to share with all of you.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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