Loving life in our perfect little slice of paradise is about more than the weather. Unplugging from the "get-it-done" frenetic pace of life up north and plugging into the mañana mentality requires a period of adjustment.
Mexicans care more about relationships than about completing their To-Do List - as if they had a To-Do List! They are never too busy to stop and chat with a friend or a stranger. They are always willing to help with a willing hand and a willing heart. We are slowly learning to be more like them - forgiving and accepting of life's inevitable ups and downs and that's the best thing that has happened to us since we moved to Mexico!
Being guests in this beautiful paradise, we've learned how to keep the inconveniences of life here from dampening our enthusiasm for living Puerto Vallarta's unique version of the Expat Lifestyle. The secret to loving life in Mexico has three key parts: Food, Fun and Friends!
FOOD: Along with a long list of time-tested favorites, we sampled and raved about Bistro Teresa's new digs down by the Cathedral and the Barrio Bistro out in Versalles. There are so many outstanding, affordable restaurants here, we are unsure why we have a kitchen in our condo!
FUN: Vallarta is blessed with more theaters and live entertainment venues than any place south of Las Vegas! There are so many shows and so much talent available that seeing everything is impossible! Just this week, we've been serenaded by my wife's favorite singer Jorge Acosta (he's a great singer, but just a little too good looking to be singing Volver, Volver to Ms. Kimberly), we were appropriately "surprised" by a flash-mob supporting the Orquesta Escuela de Puerto Vallarta, we took a tour of the statues on the Malecón, and will hike to Yelapa to swim in a waterfall. It is impossible to be bored in Vallarta!
FRIENDS: I can't imagine another place where it is so easy to meet and bond with so many adventuresome adults of the Medicare Generation! Thanks to organizations like ExPats in Vallarta, The PV Garden Club and The International Friendship Club, there is no excuse for sitting alone or bar-hopping in hopes of making long-lasting, quality friendships. Some wise person said something to the effect that the quality of one's life is in direct proportion to the quantity and quality of the friendships he enjoys. Works for me!
Puerto Vallarta's unique version of the Expat Lifestyle (Food, Fun and Friends) isn't without its challenges. There is an expression up north that applies perfectly: "Skating on thin ice." The only ice here is in the margaritas, but the financial risks of illness and accident are all too real and are no place for the mañana mentality!
American and Canadian Medicare, and many domestic medical insurance plans are all but useless here so almost everyone needs affordable travel medical insurance. At PV-Health.com we can cover anyone of any age and any health condition. Not everyone qualifies for every benefit, but everyone can be insured against accidents and most illnesses.
Where your health and financial well being are concerned is no time for mañana mentality - Apply today and be covered tomorrow!
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Now, let's get back to the Food, Fun and Friends!