- File Size: 713 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publisher: San Miguel Allende Books (December 12, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 12, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HNUA08W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having lived in France, I completely understand; but what is interesting and revelatory about this book is the widely differing personalities of the towns described, and the fact that people seem to self-select when they decide where to go, resulting in falling in with a lot of like-minded people.
This book comes at just the right time and is very helpful to us in our continued search for a way to enter in to cultures that are very different from our own.
With this, what I think of as his second installment, he has ranged far and wide, interviewing expatriates in more than half a dozen towns and cities throughout Mexico. These people have more of a pioneering spirit, as their expatriate communities are tiny, and in some cases the men and women John interviews have little or no contact with them. They are emotionally independent and self-sufficient, marching to the beat of a different drum.
John has improved his intervewing skills in the years since the San Miguel-based book, reaching deeper into the desires, hopes and dreams of the people in this book.
It is thought-provoking, intelligent and well written account. I consider it required reading for anyone considering living in Mexico.
The question always comes up, when I announce I want to spend at least six months a year in Mexico: "where would you live?" I say I’d like to spend at least a month in each place on my list, then decide. Scherber has just encouraged me to add seven more locations to my list.
The interviews are intimate close ups of people and what they like about the country and how the pace is slower. They have learned paciencia, patience, and while it seems many interviewees tend to be left-leaning, there doesn’t seem to be any great desire to go back to the U.S. except as a short visit. These people in the highlands are independent, speak Spanish, have Mexican friends, but don’t seem to need to have other expats around them to be happy.
Once exposed to Mexico, it seems easy to start preparing one’s mind for the move. Almost as easy to buy Scherber’s next book