Pros and Cons of Living in San Miguel de Allende
Last updated on Sep 05, 2022
Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in San Miguel de Allende
What are the pros and cons of living in San Miguel de Allende?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in San Miguel de Allende responded:
"Living in San Miguel de Allende was a hugely positive experience overall. It changed my life for the better. I learned how to live outside my comfort zone, and build a rewarding life in a place where I was a total stranger. Mexico opened my eyes to different ways of thinking, made me more patient and tolerant. I loved the many activities, wonderful food, charm and walkability of SMA. The thriving expat community was a real bonus. But I also immersed myself in Mexican culture by taking continuous Spanish language and culture classes, and making Mexican friends.The great, affordable transportation system within Mexico allowed me to explore some of the many fabulous destinations within this fascinating country. And let's not forget the food! San Miguel has a wonderful array of restaurants, featuring many different cuisines. I also loved the mostly dry, temperate climate of this mountain city. The weather was similar to San Diego, where I live (though nothing beats SD weather!) I will never forget my two years living in Mexico and the many friends I made. Even though California is truly my forever home, I'll be back to SMA for visits after the pandemic. In the meantime, Mexico will always live in my heart," said another in San Miguel de Allende.
"I like the climate and the home we purchased at a reasonable price. Our Mexican neighbors are kind, they lookout for our well being and safety. I dislike, immensely, rude Americans and other foreigners, who disrespect and maltreat the Mexican people, their culture and their wellbeing. I say those foreigners who do not respect and treat well the Mexican people should be deported, immediately, to the country they came from. Their behaviour in this respect is despicable, IMO," explained one expat in San Miguel de Allende.
About the Author
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.
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