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alex1989
11/9/2016 18:11 EST

Hi, I am a 26 year old Mexican-American woman, I was born and raised in the US. I've never liked it here. After some recent traumatic events, I feel like I should go to a place that will bring me closer to the thing I lost. I'm craving for a simpler life. My life is too fast and stressful here in the US. I want to move to Quetzaltenango. I want to save up enough USD to purchase a small land with a home to live the rest of my life. But I have never even left the country for pleasure, So I have no idea where I would start to get this ball moving. Any advice, suggestions, and new friends who will love another American friend. :) Thank you.

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FrancescaW
11/9/2016 20:28 EST

How wonderful that you wish to move here. Best advice though is not to move lock, stock and barrel without coming here first to check out the different regions. Xela is a big City...might be too busy for you....sounds like Lake Atitlan might be more up your alley?!
Come down for a few months, travel around, stay in Antigua, Xela and the Lake (the Lake itself has 12 villages, each one very different, so best to try and visit and stay in as many as possible!)
It is a magical place; I first came here in my late 20's and kept on coming back and have lived in Xela and Antigua, but now live Pana on the Lake.
There is something for everyone here. But for sure come and check it out first.
Good Luck!

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alex1989
11/10/2016 00:47 EST

That is a great suggestion. Thank you. I think a trip is my near future.

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sojournerEXPAT
3/14/2017 14:35 EST

Have you got boots on the ground yet or still planning a trip? I was ready to move to Guate & decided I better go visit first. It was as great as I thought and even better in some cases. Im still planning on renting for a year or two before I start considering buying land. Some towns you think you will like, but you will end up liking others towns more. Each town/city is special, even the capitol.

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tripperlane
4/25/2017 19:22 EST

i wish you luck. my parents and 4 siblings in Coban guatemala. they own an english school and their looking for a new teacher so if you ever pass by that way you should give them a visit. here is her facebook just in case https://www.facebook.com/bethany.collier.94

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benjohnston
5/22/2017 09:39 EST

First, get your passport. Go to G'mala and visit Antiqua (just outside G'mala City; 45 min. by taxi). Check into a small B&B and simply take side trips until you find what does it for you. Actually Antiqua is my favorite because you can live just outside the city and still have the small city to go to for your needs. You will love it!

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lubo2017
10/20/2017 18:04 EST

Hi Alex1989. My name is Lubo. I also want to leave in Guatemala. I live in Florida and I have a flight school planes. We can fly with our planes there and check everything. You may write me on flightschool@beaveraviation.com

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souix
10/21/2017 22:11 EST

you are foolish to think life will be simpler & less stressful in Guatemala. Learning to de stress is a skill you can learn wherever you live. Guatemala has tons of social issues . Terrible poverty, robberies 7 endless stray dogs wandering the streets...in Quetzaltenango esp. It is a noisy town every AM loud gunshots @ 6 am. Come for a vacation & see for yourself.

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brettfromcali
12/1/2017 10:56 EST

Everyone is entitled to their dream......I have a friend who moved from Berkeley California to Acatenango which is a very small town near a volcano....he is the only foreigner in the town and ha been there ten years...he absolutely loves it......Guatemala does not suit everyone's taste but you may love once you come so I suggest you give it a try.

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christophergray
12/7/2017 20:54 EST

Those aren't gunshots. They're firecrackers. They burn them to celebrate birthdays. Yes at 6 am. Almost every day because it is always someone's birthday. However because of the fire in the market recently I heard they won't sell them there anymore but at the fairgrounds instead. Which is a less convenient place to shop, so maybe we'll hear less of them.

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christophergray
12/7/2017 21:08 EST

There are a number of woman your age whom have come to teach at the Inter-American school, if you feel the need for friends from back home. But the locals are quite friendly, too.

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christophergray
12/7/2017 21:16 EST

I visited Panajachel and the roving vendors never left me alone. I mean literally 100% of the time they followed me in the streets and into restaurants. I only got away from them in my hotel room with the door locked. I only saw some of the place because I am tall so I could see over them. So if you live there, I suppose they must have left you alone eventually. How long did it take?

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Rodrigo1974
12/31/2017 21:55 EST

I'm the type of person who feels that renting is far, far better than buying a home, unless you can pay for it in cash and can either afford to have it maintained completely or are really handy at home maintaining. this goes for whichever nation you're in, especially if it's a foreign one. i've been to xelia and i love it. i used to live in mexico city and it was a nightmare;

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dalepues
1/17/2018 11:04 EST

Rodrigo1974, I agree with your rent vs purchase assessment, but you lost me at Mexico City. I was in the D.F. from February until August last year and loved it, every minute of it. It is one of the most exciting cities I have ever visited and I cannot wait to return. I'm here at this site now to learn more about Guatemala. Only spent two nights in Guatemala City and want to know more...

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AlPavarotti
1/17/2018 12:23 EST

Hey Souix: You need to get yourself a TV set or a computer and get in touch with reality in the US.

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armandatitlan
1/17/2018 21:24 EST

Where are you staying in Guatemala city.. My favorite place Zona 10, then ZOna 4, zona 1, Zona 14.. PM if you want more info.. I personally Guatemala City has a lot to offer if you are able to be moving outside the normal traffic hours...

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dulcimer05
1/26/2018 10:59 EST

1. Passport. 2. Any shots/medical issues taken care of. 3. Pack lightly but take items that may be hard to find there. 4. Learn the exchange rate. 5. Polish your Spanish. 6. Set up a budget. 7. Arrange for mail to be forwarded once you have an address. 8. Find cheap fares. 9. Find good hostels to live in temporarily. 10. Have a contact there.

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bettinazourli
2/28/2018 13:20 EST

Yes, I think too that you should come first to visit the region, Quetzaltenango, Atitlan, etc ... and for sure you'll find more information about it!
I am myself in the process of buying a land in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, if you need to can contact Real Estate Atitlan, he is very nice and will help you for sure.
Here is his website : realestateatitlan.com/cerro-de-oro-lake-atitlan-real-estate/4-bedrooms-waterfront-pool


Good luck ! Don't hesitate to contact me if you come to Atitlan, we can meet :)

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