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An Expat Talks about Living in Merida, Mexico

Apr 15, 2019


Merida, Mexico

An expat who has lived in three countries talks about her expectations and the reality of living in Merida, Mexico compared to some of her other homes abroad.

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

Merida

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

I have lived in 3 countries and only visited one before moving. The first country (Nicaragua) was more than I imagined, more fun, more authentic. Wonderful people and low cost of living. And pretty. The second was far less than I expected. Merida, Mexico, my 3rd country, is so much more than I expected. I knew that it had a lot of things to do but I did not imagine it as pretty as it really is. Also, the size is larger than I imagined, the city is huge and much more sophisticated than I imagined. This gives me lots of places to go and things to do. There are some really great free activities weekly that are nicer than I pictured. The museums are fantastic. All this and rental prices continue to be low. I am very happy I chose this city and it will be my home.

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

My overall expat experiences have been better than my expectations. The people have been warm and friendly, and very helpful everywhere. I made friends easily and the expat community gave me introductions to some really great people and activities. This experience is much better than I expected and I'm so very happy to have done it.

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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

The only country that didn't meet my expectations was Panama. From all of the hype, I expected a lot more infrastructure as well as things to do. Outside of Panama City, there just isn't much going on. Plus it's so much more expensive than I thought it would be. It wasn't what I expected so I moved to Merida, which is far more than I expected.

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An expat in Merida, Mexico offers some insight into the challenges of settling in and living there. Some of the topics include driving, what it's like there if you don't speak Spanish, and much more. This expat clearly is an optimist and is determined to make life in Merida with her husband a success!

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