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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!


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:


Favorite Movie:

Being There

Favorite Book:

too many to name

Favorite Sports Team:

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

Some Forum Posts:

Mexico: What I wish I'd brought:

Hi, I moved here 25 years ago, brought EVERYTHING (including my grand piano!) I missed a lot of normal grocery store items at first, then learned to adapt recipes. My U.S. shopping list got shorter year by year. You can get almost anything now, BUT I'd recommend you bring any exotic cooking spices you favor. Those are not so easy to find. You can now get nice sheets and linens at Costco and some fancy bed and bath stores at large U.S.-style malls. Home Depot is franchised and the materials there are what are used most in Mexico (not much good wood, and you may not find some hardware you think of as common (The HD people may not even know what you're asking for...) Electronics are a bit pricier here than the U.S.. If you have a zone sensitive collection of DVDs, recommend you bring your player that works for them. Kinda strange, haven't been back to the U.S. for 10 years and I'm fine with what's HERE. (We had chicken and red-dyed apple sauce the first few Thanksgivings instead of turkey and cranberry sauce...We were still thankful. Can get those now, but RARELY will you find canned pumpkin - if that's important to you. My recommendations are a little - antiquated, not about what you can get here now, but what you expect in the US.!

Mexico: Guanajuato Cohousing gaining momentum, defining itself:

Mexico: For those thinking about the expat life in Mexico:

Word-of-mouth, in my opinion, still is the best way to find a good deal. When I was looking for land in the Guanajuato area, that's how I found what turned out to be my dream location AND my dream price!

Mexico: Considering Moving to Mexico...:

MrgnWilson, Good post and well-said. Cheers! Jan 20 year resident of Guanajuato

Mexico: Retirement in cities with educated people:

Have you thought about Guanajuato? Major state university, lots of cultural activities, World Heritage city with beautiful colonial architecture. Has a small, but active expat community, several Spanish schools, high desert climate, close to an international airport (BJX), 50 minutes to a large city (Leon) with all the big box stores. Here's a good introductory link:

Mexico: A Gringo's Guide to Mexican Wiring:

Sounds like an INVALUABLE resource for both owners and renters. Built here about 15 years ago and was lucky to have a visiting electrical engineer from the U.S. set up the wiring plans. The Mexican "code" is...well,.. a mystery at best. Thanks for sharing this info.

Mexico: In The Spirit of The Season:

Hi, I'm a 20-year resident of Guanajuato.. I'd be happy to help newcomers any way I can. As noted in one of the replies here, usually specific questions will get you the most helpful answers. Cheers!

Mexico: Guanajuato Newspaper:

El Chopper

Mexico: Cohousing:

Want to live somewhere where you have both the advantages of a fully-appointed large communal house and your own private cottage? Where you have your own community of neighbors to share resources, skills and knowledge? Where you know your belongings and pets will be safe whether you take a trip to the supermarket or around the world? Where you know the people around you will help you out if you need it, where you can share wonderful home-cooked meals? Whether you're retired or about to be, or you're younger, but would like to have a solid home base, cohousing might suit you.. I'm forming a small community of 8-14 people in Guanajuato. In order to share photos, I had to take out an ad under property for sale in the forum real estate section. It should appear there soon (They have to approve it first.) Please check there if you'd like more details or send me a PM. Thanks for reading!

Mexico: water:

I live in Guanajuato. Mostly collect rain water, but sometimes have a pipa truck deliver. Not connected to city water system. Have 2 under sink UV filters in kitchen. Trust them more than ANY bottled.

Mexico: San Felipe Expat Community:

There is a town named San Felipe in the state of Guanajuato, but I think they are referring to town of the same name in Baja.

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 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!


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