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Mexico - Modern cities set among vast expanses of some of the world's most breath-taking scenery. Add friendly and tolerant people, plus a wealth of outdoor activities to experience, and you can see why Mexico ranks so highly in quality of living surveys.

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  The Traditional Folk Music Of Mexico: Artists You Should Know

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Although people across the world tend to view mariachi music as definitive of Mexican folk music, the country has a much richer and wider range of traditional musical styles. Even mariachi itself has a much wider range than the popular characterization of it, which tends to be a simplification and stereotyping of modern mariachi, ignoring the style’s rich history and its modern variations. (Early mariachi bands used only violins, guitars, and harps, and did not wear the iconic charro suits we know today. The suits, the adoption of instruments such as trumpets and accordions, and the incorporation of European styles such as polkas and waltzes happened only later, and modern mariachi bands continue to experiment and stretch the boundaries of the style.)   more ...

  A Few Tips For Expats Driving In Mexico

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Expats in Mexico are often worried about driving, as they have heard stories about drug cartels, crooked cops, and carjackings. While there is some basis for these stories, most of the information is greatly exaggerated. It is true that many of these problems exist, but most of it is concentrated on the back roads and not on the main highways. Driving in Mexico can be a great experience, so here are a few driving tips to help you get around.

The Green Angels

The Angeles Verdes or The Green Angels is a government-run organization of auto mechanics that provide free assistance in case of a breakdown or accident. The organization has an impressive 300 vehicles that patrol the Mexican highways on a daily basis.   more ...

  Dealing With Culture Shock In Mexico - Some Advice For New Expats

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Despite Mexico’s proximity to the United States, life in Mexico is worlds apart from its northern neighbor. Yes, Mexico is a great holiday getaway with its exotic cultures and fascinating historical sites, but living in Mexico is a different story. Mexico has a rich cultural history and this means that there are plenty of regional customs, traditions and practices that will appear alien to most expats.

We are all brought up to be a bit ethnocentric, so cultural practices that are extremely different often come as quite a shock and may at times even be looked upon with derision or as offensive. This holds true when moving to any new country which is why it’s always a good idea to delve into the cultural background of the place you’re moving to. It becomes a lot easier to adapt and adjust to the local culture when you already have some idea about the local practices.   more ...

  Moving to Mexico? Learn What Makes It Such A Great Expat Destination

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There are many reasons why people relocate to Mexico. Some move for employment or business opportunities, while others move purely for personal reasons. A number of international companies even have their offices or facilities in the country and some expats move here due to job transfers. Mexico is also popular among retirees since many of its regions enjoy pleasant weather. Here are some of the factors that have contributed to Mexico’s growing popularity as a top expat destination.


Expats from developed countries will be able to enjoy a high standard of living in Mexico due to the low value of the Mexican peso compared to the US dollar. The cost of living here is relatively cheaper, especially in the case of groceries.   more ...

  Cost of Living Facts For Expats Moving To Mexico

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Mexico is not entirely the backward, impoverished nation that popular culture would make it appear to be. The Latin American country has one of the strongest economies in the region, and most of the reports of ‘Mexicans’ waiting to cross the border don’t really refer to Mexicans, but to populations from other Latin American countries. There was a time when Mexicans did attempt to cross the border, but that time has long since passed. Today, there’s a lot of traffic flowing in the opposite direction, as Mexico has become a particularly attractive destination for American retirees.   more ...


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