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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 22, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Guadalajara, Mexico: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

What do expats in Guadalajara appreciate most about the local culture?

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"The people. We also loved alambres carbon, the markets, the aguas and tortillas. Music was wonderful," mentioned another expat in Guadalajara.

"The language is fun to learn, the food is great, a lot of people I've met are really special and I've made some friends, although it hasn't been easy. They are a close-knit culture with their families and don't accept gringas very willingly, but I'm okay. There are astoundingly beautiful places that I could never see the like in the States," commented one expat who made the move to Guadalajara.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Pounds to kilos. :-) Power-outages for no reason. Bugs (especially black widow spiders and scorpions hitching a ride on the plant trucks). exchange rates and devaluations. (Luckily we had a USD account when they devalued the peso by 50%," added another expat who made the move to Guadalajara.

"The utter lack of punctuality. The casual approach and the scandalous leeway business and professionalism are given. The poverty, perhaps, is the most jarring of them all. Be prepared to be galvanized by it," explained one expat living in Guadalajara, Mexico.

What are the schools in Guadalajara like?

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"Understand the Mexican cultural context and realize this is in no way an international schools. Math program is strong and the English Language arts are quite weak," remarked another parent with kids at American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Guadalajara.

What are the pros and cons of living in Guadalajara?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Guadalajara responded:

"I like the weather, cost of rent, fresh food don't like: dogs barking, heavy traffic," commented one expat living in Guadalajara, Mexico.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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