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We are beginning a new life in a very rural, mountainous, and little known area of Veracruz, Mexico. We are the only Norte Americanos in our beautiful little adopted town of Teocelo...

Thursday, May 18, 2006


My wife and I sold our house in Arizona after having drastically pared down our worldly possessions and moved permanently to Mexico without ever having visited there before. This is surely NOT the recommended way to do it! All our friends thought us mad, and every book we read on moving to Mexico thought this was a very bad idea. In our case, however, we had been dreaming and longing for a very specific and special kind of place which, lo and behold, we found through my long-term e-mail buddy, John Calypso, really did exist and wasn't just a pipe dream after all. John began first to learn of this mountainous area south of Xalapa, Veracruz through correspondence over the Internet and then by coming down and looking for himself. Nothing like having a scouting party. Thanks, pard. His many daily letters and photographs and later his first rate blog convinced us the place of our dreamings was for real. And so we packed up everything that would fit in a 32' thirty-four year old Airstream and the back of our Ford F-150 and headed South. All else was sold or left behind for the new owner.

John did mislead us in one respect, however. We found this area of Mexico to be even more wonderful than he had led us to believe. :) WE ARE STAYING.

Here we are on a grassy hillside outside a little town called Teocelo which you just might be learning more about in future blogs. Count on it! It's a
magic little place...

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We can not recommend highly enough spending a life time of dreaming and deciding what it is that would be ideal for yourself even if it really seems quite silly or unrealistic or impossible. Check out three reports we have written to fill you in on what has been happening to us since we got here three months ago:

- jim and mindy


Anonymous said...

A great beginning folks.

9:14 AM

Cay Osmon said...

Hello, Jim and Mindy---we were just in Teocelo 2 weeks ago looking at property in the area. In March, we spent a week circling Xalapa, getting a feel for the country (although we've been visiting there for the past 4 years). We're really excited about moving there (from Merida, Yucatan), but we're finding it difficult to find 2-5 hectares that is private. How difficult was it for you to find private land and did you use a realtor?

Hope we can meet somewhere down the road. Cheers,
Cay Osmon

10:42 PM

Lisa Hyde said...


The pictures are text are facinating! Every day's a new adventure!

8:31 PM


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