So you are probably wondering who are these “gringos” writing about a Mexican town most of you have never heard of until recently. Are we radical dissenters, old hippies, or part time travelers? Are we charging businesses to be included in our on-line magazine? To be honest, I would wonder the same things. So let me begin by saying that we simply wanted a better quality of life in our elderly years than anything money could or could not buy in the United States. And that could be considered a “radical” statement of sorts.
The choice to become an expat and do it sucessfully involves work. Frustratingly hard work! It is not just jumping in your car and driving across any border that makes you an “expat”. According to Miriam Webster Dictionary an expat, short for expatriate, is a person who “withdraw’s (oneself) from residence in or allegiance to one’s native country”. The considerations are many for most expats. There is not usually a single reason for making such a drastic move. We based our decision on economics, whether it was a pet friendly country, healthcare, weather, terrain, friendliness of the population, among other lesser considerations. We had to give up some things to gain others. The search for just the right place took several years. Our first choice eventually became our last alternative after extensive research.
To be honest, all of the above would not help to make expats of most US citizens. You must have some adventurous inclinations to even consider leaving the country you have lived in most or all of your life. You also must have a willingness to feel “unsettled” for a short time until you acclimate. Consideration involving children and grandchildren seem to be the most prolific reason used for not making such a change. We have neither. I guess we lived an adventurous life in the US, as between us and usually because of our careers, we had lived in 15 states there. Most of it after we married in the 70’s. And with each move, came some adventurous exploration. I really did not want to give up that kind of travel because I was too old or too poor to do it anymore.
I think that somewhere in the back of our minds, we never thought we would actually get here, at the beginning of our journey in central Mexico. So when the realization that we had made it finally set in, even we were surprised to a certain extent. Yes, we are now expats, with all that that entails. You can read about our particular adventure in the Living In Tequis section of our magazine.
We moved to Tequisquiapan, sight unseen, based only on on-line research. We actually could not have made a better choice for us. We knew we wanted a temporate climate with no humidity, and mountains around us. That meant higher elevations and unsurpassed ecological beauty. We had narrowed it down to two locations, and tried the northern most location first simply because it was closer. We had decided if we did not like the first location we would move on to the second. Shortly after we arrived here, a large earthquake in southern Mexico affirmed our decision to stay. We were meant to be here.
Tequisquiapan, or “Tequis” as it is known by the locals, is located in the state of Queretaro, 40 minutes from it’s large capital city, which provides visitors everything they could want in relation to culture, education and resources. It rests in the safest state as far as crime statistics, and is also considered the safest city in Mexico. Crime in this area is almost unheard of. And it is NOT an expat enclave, like those that now house more expats than Mexican nationals. We wanted the natural flavors of Mexico, not a watered down expat haven. And best of all, it is a “Pueblo Majico”, one of 85 historically protected small villages which have each been preserved to represent it’s past while still moving forward with the necessary amenities of modern life.
Life here can be very inexpensive and still provide a quality not found in any expensive modern city. But if you want to live “high on the hog”, there is that here too. There is plenty here to do and see. And if a large party is your cup of tea, there are local bars, festivals, fairs and a large “party town” not far away! The people are friendly and helpful in any way they can be. After living in the US, we had to tell ourselves to stop being so suspicious of the extremely friendly and gracious mannerisms of the local population. This is simply their way of life and the typical response to all nationalities. They are proud of their small town, and willing to share that with anyone interested.
In response to that, and to the welcome we have received here, we decided to give back to the community by creating this magazine. We do NOT charge businesses to be included in our magazine articles, and will not accept ads for places we ourselves do not approve of. We want to share the town with others who may be looking for a change, even if for a short period of time. This is a wonderful place to vacation, or to take a year hiatus. But it’s best when you fully submerge yourself in it’s culture permanently. We could not have made a better choice in a location to spend the rest of our lives.
In our magazine, you will find the personal stories of local business owners, and articles about the best places to shop or to stay in Tequis, or it’s surrounding area. We will tell you about the town, it’s people and it’s customs. And we will tell you what the experience of moving here permanently entailed.
We look forward to hearing from those who may be exploring options, or locals with information or ideas for our magazine. To contact us to ask questions, submit ideas for articles or to have an event listed on our calendar, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In any event, Bienvenido a Tequis!
Bill & Janet Fields