by Chuck Bolotin
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico – Like any mature, clear-thinking, rational couple, before coming to live in Mexico, my wife and I did research into what it would be like to live there. Maybe you’re in this research phase now.
It’s not easy getting to the truth.
On the one side are the obvious promoters; people, websites, businesses, seminar-sellers, certain magazines and YouTubers, etc., that tell you how wonderful absolutely everything is. It’s not unusual to hear that you can live for $1,019 a month on the beach, watch the sunset while sipping a 50-cent margarita and wiggling your perfectly tanned toes into white, powdery sand, while the gently blowing breeze lazily ruffles the palm trees above and your massage table is being readied.
On the other side is the vast majority of the news media and maybe your sister-in-law Suzie, that either infer or state directly that you will probably be murdered within minutes of crossing the border, and even if you’re not, it is only a matter of time (probably a few months at most) until you meet your maker after being caught up in a drug cartel shootout.
As I write this, I’m laughing out loud because both are so ludicrous. But I didn’t know that for certain before we moved to Mexico, and if you don’t live here now, perhaps you don’t know what to believe, either. That’s why I’m writing this article.