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French Fries or Foie Gras? Comparing the Famous Expat Locations Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende

Jet Metier by Lake Chapala in Ajijic – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe have been asked several times to compare the lifestyle of the very well known and established expat locations San Miguel de Allende with Ajijic, both in the Mexican Highlands.  Let’s start with what they have in common:
 
“Gringolandia,” Yes, But With Plenty of Local Flavor
 
While no reliable figures are available, a reasonable guess is that Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende may each have somewhere around 10,000 or so expats in...

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Keeping Perspective on Panama

Presented with permission from Bob Adams of Retirement Wave
 
In the last eight and a half years, I’ve received thousands of emails from people all over the world interested in visiting and living in Panama.  I’ve met with over 400 of you when you’ve come down and I’ve had the time available when you’ve contacted me and we got together to chat.
 
There are certain things that come up frequently.  One of the most...

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Wrong Attitudes and Expectations

I am married to a foreign-born man. My husband is a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. He speaks English, albeit with a bit of a Danish accent, but he does communicate well in English. We both complained about non-English speaking people. A frequent comment from myself and others was "If you are going to live in my country why do you not try to speak English?"
 
Fast forward to our host country of Panama. Like most of the civilized world, many...

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