Colorful, Bougainvillea-covered Houses

February 2, 2017 My Attraction to San Miguel      Things I really like about SMA are the sunny skies and intense sun. I also enjoy the colorful houses, one next to the other, covered with flowers. There are beautiful houses with vibrant colors and bougainvillea readily visible to anyone walking down the street. I appreciate that they are not hidden behind gated communities, but can be found everywhere. Well-kept high-end houses are right next to empty or neglected houses. There are tons of artists here and plenty of stores if you’re in the market for art or just like to look. … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 I Didn’t Look Much Like an Experienced Traveler upon my arrival at the Queretaro Airport This story is funny in hindsight, but it wasn’t at the time. I had just deplaned and was standing in line for immigration. I had filled out the immigration form on the plane, but then everyone was handed a customs form while standing in line. This was a bit awkward—trying to fill out the form while standing in line with nothing to write on. Once I finished that task, I watched people as they were waived through by the single immigration agent. … Continue reading

Why I Decided to Check Out San Miguel de Allende

January 19, 2017 Let me explain why I decided to explore San Miguel de Allende (SMA) as a place to live in the future. I had heard about this location from a Mexican woman living in Boquete, Panama several years ago. She told me there is a huge ex-pat population there. From what I’ve found online, as well as what the “Mexico expert” at the Retire Overseas Bootcamp told me, it sounds like there may be more than 10,000 ex-pats living in the SMA area. Large Ex-pat population I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad … Continue reading

Sophia is on the Move Again – 6 Countries in 4 Months

January 10, 2017 Sophia here. I’m traveling again so I’ll share my experiences and insights with you as I go. Here is an overview of my travel plans through April 2017. Cabo I welcomed in 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was purely a vacation. I am not considering living there. I looked at some real estate while I was there, just for practice. I can only buy one property and Cabo does not meet my criteria: I want a property that would be a good rental property and also be in a place where I might want to … Continue reading

My Experience Acquiring Global Entry

June 22, 2016             When I fly, I never go through the body scanners. I am not convinced that they are safe. And more importantly, I want to exercise my right to choose. I choose the pat-down over the body scanner every time. Rather than feeling the pat-down is humiliating, I feel proud that I’m willing to experience the inconvenience of waiting to be patted down rather than just submit to whatever the government wants me to do because it’s more convenient. To me, it’s like making a choice between freedom and security. I like … Continue reading

My Bank Account In Australia was Closed!

June 2, 2016          When I returned back to the U.S. from my trip to Panama this spring, I had a check waiting for me from Australia. If you recall, I opened a bank account there when I was at Simon Black’s conference in Santiago, Chile back in 2013. The bank account was affiliated with a brokerage account I opened at a company called BBY. That account was opened at the same time, but I never used it. Last year, I received emails from the guy who opened these accounts for people at Simon’s conference. He said … Continue reading