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An Expat Talks about Living in Tequisquiapan, Mexico

Submitted by tequistom

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Tequisquiapan

How long have you lived there?

2 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Meeting people in this relatively is not a problem; there are no clubs to join as far as I know. Simply not necessary.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

The population here is at least 90% native Mexican, with a small cadre of Americans, Canadians, British, French, Germans & Austrians.

The people are very open to anyone who chooses to relocate here. There is no discrimination as far as I can tell. As an American, I feel I am treated just the same as the locals. Even the police are very accepting and never chase after the dreaded "MORDITA" like they do in bigger cities, ie; Mexico City.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

There is no industry in Tequis other than tourism. Job & career opportunities are virtually non-existant. A few english speaking expats make a very modest income teaching English in one of several schools here in town.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Tequis is a small, colonial town that caters to weekend tourists, mostly from Mexico City and surrounding environs. Many of them own weekend homes here and come to get away from the hub-bub of big city life.

Local denizens are very family oriented and making a living is just a normal part of everyday life. No big corporate presence here, just small businesses and many restaurants. Tons of small specialty shops.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

I would say, "Brother, you will not find a more excellent choice for a place to retire here in Mexico". Sure, there are more exciting places with nightclubs, wild bars with loud music and perhaps an ocean to frolic in, but with that comes a lot of undesireable "junk". The weekdays here are very quiet and relaxing, while the weekends are fun filled due to tourists and special functions designed by the Presidencia municipal.

The elevation here is about 6,000 feet, which means we do not get hot. Most days are in the 75-80 degree range, though it can get a little chilly at night during the winter. I enjoy a second floor two bedroom apartment right across from the main town plaza. I keep the balcony doors open at all times and revere in the almost constant breeze that keeps my place cool, night & day. Rent? Under $300 US per month. Try and beat that in the US!

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