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The Wild Unknown- A one-way ticket to Mexico

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

Enter The Wild Unknown

Rolanda enjoying the amenities at my AirBnB
Enjoying the amenities and the views at my AirBnB

You're here because you’re thinking about living abroad or you’re thinking about Mexico. Do you want to know why I'm an Expat in Mexico? Okay! I tell you why I bought a One Way Ticket to Mexico.

First, let me start off by saying, I didn’t move to Mexico. Mexico is simply where I'm starting my traveling journey. Second, I didn’t choose Mexico, Mexico chose me. Let me explain. It all started when I visited my friend Roxanne earlier this year in Austin, Texas for her baby shower. While there, I was introduced to her friend Liz. With our adventurous spirits, Liz and I hit it off right away. She was easy to talk to and we stayed up until 3 a.m. in the morning talking about my plans to live and work abroad.

Initially, I chose the Bahamas mainly because it was within my comfort zone. Having visited many times since I was a child, I was very familiar with Caribbean culture. It was my family's heritage. I felt safe knowing that I would have family nearby. However, Liz threw a wrench in plans when she suggested I start my exploration in Mexico then eventually make my way to the Bahamas.

My parents and my friend skipping rocks in the ocean
My parents and my friend skipping rocks in the ocean

We weighed the pros and cons of the two countries. The cost of living is one of them. She suggested I look up prices for housing and I was blown away at Mexico's affordability. Even though the pros outweighed the cons, I kept Mexico in the back of my mind. I thought about what she said but by then, I had given the Bahamas a lot of thought for quite some time and decided to continue to pursue my plans and pay the Bahamas another visit.

Within two days, I knew the Bahamas wasn’t the location I wanted and I went back to the idea of Mexico. Here I am on the follow-through. It’s my first-week living this Expat Life. To say I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and challenged would be an understatement but I’m trying not to give up. For many Expats, it takes months to adapt to a new lifestyle.

In my first week, I experienced a lot of surprises. For starters, it’s a lot colder than I thought it would be. While I checked the weather before leaving, the temperatures dropped unexpectedly and I didn’t pack accordingly for Fall/Winter weather. I do not speak Spanish and while I use Google Translator comfortably, the language barrier slows me down and frustrates me. On top of all that, my iPhone decided to freeze on the Apple logo, leaving me stranded without communication. I knew there would be challenges but I didn't expect them to all come at once. Sometimes I feel homesick and I miss my house and my dog, but I have comfort in knowing I have a trusted housesitter.

My Trusted Housesitter Watching my house and dog Whoopi
My Trusted Housesitter Watching my house and dog Whoopi

Looking on the bright side, I made the right decision of kicking off this journey with a high-rise AirBNB overlooking the mountains, in Monterrey, Mexico. I really like the condo's views, high ceilings, its location, the amenities, and the nearby proximity of restaurants right downstairs. Places like this inspire me. While in this space, I find myself to be more productive with my remote work. I am also more willing and curious to explore the area.

Working on the Balcony while enjoying the mountain views
Working on the Balcony while enjoying the mountain views

Whenever I feel like giving up, I remind myself why I am doing this in the first place. I hate feeling like a fish out of water but at the same time, I love the challenge. Challenges are good, they are healthy for me mentally, they help me feel alive. I left Atlanta, Georgia and I didn’t choose the Bahamas because they were comfortable and familiar. Like the rapper, T.I. says, “it’s a small thing to a giant, I can overcome this”. I know I can do this because I am prepared and ready to enter The Wild Unknown. Everything I need is on the inside of me.

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