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About CasaColibri

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Expatriate  

Gender:

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United States

About CasaColibri

professional symphony orchestra musician, avid reader, good baker, lousy cook, die-hard DIY, independent, self-motivated, dog-rescuer, brown-thumb gardener (I try!),

Advice for New Expats

Be patient, pleasant, calm and open-minded dealing with the new culture. Do your best to speak the language. Always be polite.

I would love to live in...

Right where I am!

Education:

BM University of AK, Fairbanks
  1980 to 1984

MM. University of Southern California
  1986 to 1988

Favorite Assignment:

to create...anything

Favorite Cuisine:

Mexican, Italian, US

Favorite Museum:

Mummies!

Favorite Movie:

Being There

Favorite Book:

too many to name

Favorite Sports Team:

Spots? Um ....anyone who ...moves?

Some Forum Posts:

Mexico: The best beach place, deal. this that etc.:

I've lived peacefully and happily in the city of Guanajuato 20 years. Had a cell phone stolen once. That's it. I feel safe and comfortable living here.

Global Expat Forum: Adult Cohousing in Guanajuato, Mexico - group forming:

Hello world! Looking for a great place to live, one with a year-round temperate climate, clean air, safety and reasonable cost of living? I live on a mountaintop in an ecological zone eucalyptus forest overlooking the city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. It's a small city - state capitol with a major university, a professional symphony orchestra, and lively arts scene. Guanajuato is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home of the Festival Internacional de Cervantino, the largest arts and musical festival in Latin America. We are forming a small (8-14 person) cohousing community for adults, ages 30-70, either couples or singles. I have the communal house and buildings and land to build private cottage/duplexes. Please contact me if you would like to know more. I can send photos, drawings of the proposed cottages, more information. Thanks for reading!

Mexico: Adult Cohousing in Guanajuato:

I first posted in July under the title "Senior Cohousing in Guanajuato". I have since received a lot of interest in the project from singles and couples ages 30-70, so I've changed my original concept to reflect that demographic. The group is still forming and we welcome your interest! Let me know if you'd like to see photos of the land and communal buildings, drawings of proposed cottages for singles or couples, or more information in general..

Mexico: Best Airport for Guanajuato and SMA:

Yes, it costs more to fly into Leon airport, but it´s small and much less confusing. If you´re planning on visiting Mexico City anyway, you could fly into the DF first, stay there, then take one of the many buses to other destinations. The first class buses are reasonably'priced and very comfortable. I live in Guanajuato, and personally prefer to pay a little more to fly into Leon. You can rent cars there or take a taxi into Guanajuato or to a nearby bus station if you want to go to other cities. There is no bus service directly at the airport. Happy travels!

Mexico: Americans retiring in MX, concerns and questions.:

When did you live in Mazatlan, Texstob? Some places have remained peaceful, but others not so much, especially in the last 5 years or so. I've been in Guanajuato (City) 20 years, and still feel secure here, but even some other cities in the state of Guanajuato are beginning to make me a little nervous. I don't like to see the uninformed broad-brush comments that paint all of Mexico as unsafe, but being aware of the country's "hotspots" is wise.

Mexico: Retire Early:

Beg to differ about the SSI. If you're living abroad in countries with an agreement with USA, you can receive SSI. Many expats in Mexico receive SSI.

Mexico: What do you know about Tlaquepaque?:

While you're travelling around, see if you can fit in Guanajuato. It's a beautiful colonial city, state capitol, university town and World Heritage site. Has a lot to offer! The expat community is small, but growing. Don't know your age or situation, but I'm starting a small senior co-housing community. Check my post Senior Co-housing in Guanajuato. Happy travels!

Global Expat Forum: Senior co-housing in Guanajuato:

Thinking about retiring to Mexico? I live in Guanajuato, located in the geographical center of the country in the highlands. Worked here 20 years and am about to retire. Have big house on a mountaintop overlooking the city. Looking for a few fellow pioneers with vision and drive to help me start a small (6-10 person) senior co-housing project. The house would be easily converted to a communal center and there's plenty of land to build cottages. If you're interested, or just curious about the concept of co-housing, please Google the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne P. Glass. It's a good introduction. Thanks for reading!

Mexico: Senior co-housing in Guanajuato:

Hi, I've lived and worked in Guanajuato City 20 years, about to retire. Built a big house in the mountains overlooking the city (one-storey, wheelchair ramps and amenities), planning on having my parents live with me, but they passed away before the house was done. So I have a house and land. Looking for others who would be interested in creating a small (6-10 person) co-housing community here with the house being communal, building individual private cottages nearby. We take care of one another, share expenses and manage our own lives - hire people when we need to. If the idea interests you or you're just curious about co-housing, please google and read the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne P. Glass as an introduction to the concept. Co-housing as an alternative to gated retirement communities or assisted living facilities is gaining momentum in the U.S., especially among us boomers. It's worth a look. We could do this here and the cost would be much lower! Thanks for reading

Mexico: Guanajuato Senior Co-housing Project:

Hola! I'm looking for people interested in creating a small (6-10 person) co-housing project in Guanajuato capitol. I've lived here 20 years and nearing retirement. Built a big house in the mountains overlooking the city, one-storey wheelchair-adapted with ramps, etc Had hoped to have my parents come down and live with me, but they both passed away before I finished the house. So, I love it here and would like to stay till the day I die. But not alone. I have land, I have the communal house. My idea is to have people build their own private duplex/cottages nearby. If you're interested or just curious about co-housing, please read the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne. P. Glass http://www.secondjourney.org/itin/12_Sum/12Sum_Glass.htm for a intro to the concept. Or google elder co-housing. Thanks for reading!

Mexico: San Miguel de Allende:

You can rent a car at the Leon airport, Avis, Hertz, etc. Expect it to cost more than in the U.S.

Mexico: Mountain Towns:

I live in the City of Guanajuato on a mountaintop overlooking the city. AWESOME views! Not western, but worth a look. It's in the geographical center of the country.

Global Expat Forum: Where to ?:

You could be pioneers in one of those countries and start a senior co-housing project. (Or you might be lucky enough to find one already established!) I'm trying to start one in Mexico. Idea is to have a large central house shared by all, but separate small cottages. Residents typically share costs and responsibility for maintaining the shared living areas, and managing services, as well as participate democratically in decisions related to the community. This concept provides both the economic and social advantages of shared living, and the privacy of individual space. Residents help out and look after one another. It's a good option for aging-in-place. If you'd like to learn more, I suggest starting with the article "Aging Better Together" by Anne P. Glass. It's a good introduction.

Mexico: Health Questions about living in Colonial Highlands:

Hello, I have lived in the City of Guanajuato 20 years. My house is in the mountains overlooking the city. Nice, fresh air, sometimes breezy. Sometimes they burn fields down in the Bajio valley below the city, but rarely does it arrive here. This is the state capitol, university town, colonial World Heritage city, no real industries. Have seen a bit of moss during the rainy season, zero mold. Sometimes can be dusty with the wind. High altitude takes some getting used to. I'm 64, about to retire, and I'm staying RIGHT HERE!

Mexico: Looking for suggestions:

Know your post is pretty old, but I just joined today. Hope you check back! I've lived in Guanajuato 20 years. Age 64, about to retire. I am looking for people to create a small (6-10 people) senior co-housing community. I have land in the mountains overlooking the city of Guanajuato, about 20 minutes to the centro. I built my house 3 bed/2 bath with a huge sala and big kitchen, for wheelchair use. Wanted to bring my parents down to live with me. Unfortunately, they both passed before I finished the house. So....roommates wouldn't do it for me, but converting the house into the communal area and building separate private cottages nearby would work. Just can't do this alone. Interested? P.S. Guanajuato is state capitol, university town, World Heritage City, has language schools, Montessori or other for kids, About 45 minutes from Leon airport. Sorry, no beach. I only have a jacuzzi. Sport center with olympic pool 10 minute drive.

Mexico: Where would be a temperate climate that's not too expensive to live that has some expats?:

Are you still looking? Check out Guanajuato City. It's in the central highlands. Cool place, has a small expat community, not as expensive as Ajijic, Chapala or San Miguel.

Mexico: Guanajuato cost of living:

Have lived and worked in Gto 20 years. My university salary is well under 4K US per month. I live comfortably enough. And I'm about to retire. I plan to live right where I am!

Mexico: Moving to Mexico - Meet Ex pats:

Know this is an old post, but I just joined today. Hope you get this msg.! I've lived and worked in Guanajuato 20 years, retiring next year. and I plan on staying right here. Love it! Got questions?

Mexico: town with expats and equestrians/horse riding:

Know this was is an old post, but I just joined today. Have you retired and moved to Mexico yet.? I'm single, 64, about to retire. Have big house in mountains above the city of Guanajuato. Thinking of converting it to senior co-housing arrangement. Lots of horses (and burros!) up here.

 

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