Thanks for writing. It’s good to hear from you.
Yes, we’re in Mexico. We’ve been living here for about a year and a half. Once the soccer group broke up I didn’t see any reason to stay in Chicago.
Seriously, we’ve been visiting Mexico for a long time and love the people and the culture. We pinged a few Mexican friends for advice on where to make an extended trip and two of them recommended San Miguel de Allende. We made a two month trip, fell in love with the place and basically never left.
We’ve been renting a fairly large place so we could host the first wave of visitors, but when our lease expires in April we’re going to downsize.
We live in one of the more expensive parts of Mexico. Our town has about 140K people and is in the mountains. There are about 10K expats that live here, driving the prices up. That said, rent is about a half what it is in Chicagoland, and that typically includes a maid and gardener (our maid comes mon-fri and our gardener mon/wed/fri). Plus you get to live in the mountains and enjoy warm days and cool nights all year around. In our town it is still possible to live a comfortable life on just an american social security check. There are many towns that are just as lovely and far less expensive, but they definitely require a working knowledge of Spanish on day one.
Our town was just voted number one in the world by Conde Nast: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/best-cities-world_slideshow_item24_25
Life is full of change though. I’ve been very fortunate to have strung together several contracts that allow me to telecommute. Maybe that string will end one day and I’ll have to rejoin the normal world. Until then, I love this town and intend to stay indefinitely.
A picture is worth a thousand words though. Here’s our town: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=san%20miguel%20de%20allende