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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Backward and Forward

We come to the end of the year 2016 and prepare with trepidation to begin 2017.

2016 was a horrendous year.  The political campaign seemed interminable and was the most bizarre and inane I have ever seen in my lifetime.  And when it was all over we were faced with the nightmarish reality that the most despicable and dangerous person to ever be a candidate for a major U.S. political party is about to enter the White House.  I truly fear for my country.  I hope that we will survive the next four years.  Even though he will control the House and the Senate, perhaps the fact that he comes to the Presidency with abysmal approval ratings will serve as a check upon his attempts to carry out his proposed agendas.

On a personal level, in spite of the cloud hanging over our heads, it was a good year.  My health (knock on wood) is good, and I continued to do what I enjoy the most... to travel.  During 2016 I took four trips outside of the country.  I began the year by taking my friend Frank to Mérida.  Over the years I have taken nine friends and family members to the capital of Yucatán.  All of them thoroughly enjoyed Mérida, and Frank was no exception.  After hearing my stories about my Mexican travels, he had no fear of going to a country that is so often portrayed as a "dangerous" place in the media here.  His mother, however, was quite fearful.  When Frank returned home and showed her the pictures from the trip, she had to admit that she never realized that Mexico was so nice. 

In April and November I took two trips to Mexico City to visit my friend Alejandro, and we took several excursion outside of the city.

The most memorable adventure of the year was my trip to Switzerland and Norway to visit cousins.  It is difficult to say which country is more beautiful.  They are both spectacular.

The Swiss Alps

A Norwegian fjord

The hospitality and warmth shown to me by my cousins made the trip much more special and elevated it far beyond the typical tourist experience.  I would have to rank it as one of the best trips of my life.

Looking forward to 2017 there may be some major changes in my life.  In my previous post I wrote about the trip I will take in January, and that I will be apartment hunting in Mexico City.  During the Presidential campaign I told people that if Trump were to win, I would move to Mexico.  I never really believed that the unthinkable would happen.  Now you might think, because of all the travel that I do, that I am an adventurous person who would have no trouble pulling up stakes.  But I have lived in the same house since I was three years old, and the thought of clearing out my house and selling it is terrifying.  Thus, I am planning on becoming a "semi-ex-pat" dividing my time between Ohio and Mexico.  I know Mexico very well and feel comfortable there, but I am sure that there will be many adjustments to be made as I set out on a new style of life.  Only time will tell what is in store for me in the new year.

4 comments:

  1. Hola Bill!
    I sincerely wish you a marvelous 2017. I think it will turn out better than you imagine; at least I'm optimistic.

    So you're going to follow in my "semi-moved-to-Mexico" steps, eh? Congratulations. I think it'll be a fabulous experience. See my latest post for what's up with my. My life has gotten complicated.

    However, I've recently begun thinking harder of just moving to CDMX permanently. The cost savings over living in Boston would allow me to travel much more, and there's probably more future in CDMX for Luis than in Boston.

    In any case, let me know if I can help.

    Saludos y un abrazo,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where I'm missing the charm of my place in Mexico.

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    1. Hi Kim,
      I cannot share your optimism about the future.
      However the pieces seem to be falling into place for my move to CDMX. If you read my latest post, you will see that there is a good possibility that I will not have to spend a lot of time searching for an apartment in Mexico... a great opportunity has fallen into my lap.
      Happy New Year!
      Saludos,
      Bill

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  2. Bill, the majority of expats in SMA spend six months here and six months back where they came from......very common and nice, if one can afford it. If I had the funds, I would have a small place in Galveston so I could spend several months with friends and family. Certainly don't sell your house until you've had at least three years in CDMX. The first couple of years are usually new and shiny and wonderful - but then a sort of humdrum can creep in and you realize life is life, wherever you are. I think that where you and Alejandro are will be home! Congrats on taking this big step. Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      My plan is not to be a "snowbird", but to alternate months between Mexico City and Ohio. In my latest post, I wrote about a tremendous opportunity that has fallen into my lap. If it works out, it will make the change very easy. No, I have no plans to sell my house. Hopefully, sometime down the road, sanity will return to the United States, and Alejandro will be in a position to make the move up here. So I do not want to give up the home that I have known all my life.
      Happy New Year!
      Saludos,
      Bill

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