Why We Moved to Guadalajara

Guadalajara Cathedral
Guadalajara Cathedral

Mexico has blossomed into something that we didn’t expect…. After living a year in Merida (1/2 of which was quarantined in our home due to the pandemic) we made a decision to explore more of Mexico. Merida was an oasis of beauty, friendly people and a skyline that was gorgeous to behold. For us it was not home though. The heat and the small town feel did not appeal to our tastes. We set out to find a relatively safe and vibrant city. Neither of us quite remember how Guadalajara made it on our radar but we jumped in head first researching, examining and learning all we could about it. After one trip to the Pearl (La Perla) we knew we had found our next new home!

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Cost of Living In Guadalajara, Mexico – 2021

It is costing us, a family of two, $1,558 to live in an upscale 2bdr/ 2bathrm apartment in a suburb of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico!

We lived in the Yucatan for a little over a year. It was a wonderful place to save money and experience the culture of the Maya. When we left we had no intentions to lower our cost of living. Our move from Merida, Yucatan to Guadalajara, Jalisco was for a perceived higher quality of life. One filled with a diverse variety of things to do, places to go, foods to eat and cultures to experience. We found that and much more in Guadalajara along with the opportunity to explore more of Mexico! Below is the Cost of Living in Guadalajara!

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Restrictions in Merida: Covid-19

We have been in a state of High Alert: Lock-Down for the past 2 weeks  here in Merida in the government’s attempts to limit the spread of coronavirus.

In addition to ley seca (dry law, alcohol prohibition) there are some other restrictions in Merida due to the state of High Alert caused by Covid-19. Here is our list of restrictions pertinent to us, as expats. This list was composed on August 3rd 2020

List of Restrictions in Merida

Shooting vlog when police made their presence felt.
Daily life in Merida during covid-19 restrictions.

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Covid-19 and Merida: Why Its Still a Great City

Merida is still a great city. It could be proving to be even better than we originally thought. Covid-19 has caused this city to shine.  We are learning a lot about Merida while living through the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine here. The “time-out” that the world has been forced to take has helped us to open our eyes and understand Merida, the city, on a more intimate and political level. We are definitely more tied into the politics than we ever wanted to be. As foreigners here during a virus attack that is primarily brought here by foreigners we are also very tuned into how the people are reacting to our presence.

Merida is well known as the safest place in all of Mexico and this experience, living here through a deadly pandemic has shown us why. Here are 5 things that we have learned about Merida while we have been quarantined here. Read more