Why am I ¨Chasing Mexico¨?
This blog is about my heartfelt desire to become Mexican. As I post, I will share why I want to eschew my humble American beginnings and start all over again in a land that, contrary to some opinions, is still going through many of the growing pains that the US has experienced in the last century.
I will write as an outsider (slowly becoming an insider) looking in, and offer my unique perspective about living in one of the world’s up and coming economic contenders. I’ll try to touch on all aspects of Mexican life – from the mundane to the extravagant, to the dangerous if you will.
Why Mexico? In order to begin explaining why I chose what some “Gringos” still consider to be a 3rd world country, let me explain how Mexico found me: I met a girl (who is from Oaxaca) 13 years ago and to make an amazing story extremely short, we got married. As a result of marrying into a Mexican family, I have had the pleasure of traveling throughout Mexico, and even living in Oaxaca for 4 years.
Throughout my travels I have fallen in love with Mexico’s mountains, valleys, streets, restaurants, museums, people…the list goes on and on. I have learned Spanish, how to get around like the locals, and how to eat like them as well. I have grown out of my closed-mindedness and have broadened my international outlook on life.
One day soon I plan on living in Mexico once again, and I hope to open a small café among other things. Until then, I’ll continue to write about all that I love in Mexico and maybe even some things that don’t bode well with me.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog, and I hope that if you ever get a chance to either visit or live in Mexico, the information found here will be helpful to you.