Living in Mexico was sort of an afterthought. It really wasn’t on our list of countries to live in, it just sort of happened. We needed a place to live after our exodus from Panama and we needed it quickly. We had already been in Latin America for two years exploring through Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina and we wanted to live someplace new. We had met some people on a cruise who were from a town called Cuernavaca so we decided to investigate what it had to offer.
Cuernavaca is called the “City of Eternal Spring”, which we never actually saw. Instead we were surrounded by more butterflies than I have ever seen in the wild in my life. Our yard was filled with them in every shape, size and color. I never knew that butterflies came in so many colors. We found out that Cuernavaca annually has thousands of butterflies that descend on it so we had come at the right time of year.
As is normal for us we had no car while living there and it is not easy to get around. Yes, they have buses and taxis that were cheap enough but the town is built on hills and while it was great exercise, not everything was paved so the simple task of walking to the grocery store was a full exercise event.
We met and rented a flat from not only a local but also a fellow expat. Professor James Horn taught about Latin American studies at Brockport University well before it was fashionable to do so. Professor Horn had retired to Cuernavaca some years before and he rents out the floors of his house to fellow travelers. We were lucky that he had an available flat and we left for Mexico. Professor Horn is also a fine dining patron and a Mexican wine connoisseur so we were invited to go to some of Cuernavaca’s best restaurants on a weekly basis – thank you Jim.
Contrary to what the news media will report, we never once felt unsafe in Mexico. Now, we didn’t do anything stupid like buying or dealing drugs or taking part in prostitution or using a gun, and we were always home by dark but we never once heard a gunshot, and we always felt safe.
We did a lot of touring around this section of Mexico during our 5 months in the country and we loved it all with Mexico City, Taxco, Teotihuacan and Xochicalco standing out for me with some great memories.
The people of Mexico were warm and friendly. When you tell a local that you are living in their country the look of first, surprise, and then pride, that shines through is worth the price of a passport. The people of Cuernavaca were helpful in sharing with us the best places to eat and visit. It is also incredibly helpful that my husband speaks Spanish since in some of the smaller towns there wasn’t a word of English to be heard. This is after all their country so speaking Spanish, or at least understanding it, is the way to go.
We lived incredibly well while in Mexico and we would have no hesitation in promoting its charms, or its people. Viva Mexico!