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  1. Lorena
    September 28, 2015

    Talon, I’m not surprised you choose that city.
    San Miguel de Allende has one of the biggest expat community and it’s beautiful.
    Some good friends just moved there because of the weather and culture it has.
    We’ll be going for Christmas and may stay for a month, so maybe we’ll meet there!! 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      September 30, 2015

      Please do let me know when you’re coming up! It would be nice to meet up with you guys again.

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      • Lorena
        October 1, 2015

        We’ll surely do!

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  2. Ali
    August 12, 2015

    I was so excited by the idea of you guys ending up in Budapest because I think it’s such an awesome city (at least from what I saw being there a week) but your reasons for not landing there and trying Mexico instead make so much sense. It really is important to have other expats around if you’re staying somewhere long term, and no matter how much you try to integrate with the local society, you need comforts and familiarity too. And Spanish is a much easier language than Hungarian! Oh, and winter…yeah, winters in Europe are rough, and I’m always trying to figure out a way out for at least some of the winter, so I can completely understand how Mexico wins out in that battle. Good luck with your time there, no matter how long it ends up being!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      We really want it to be Budapest, but when we factor in the language, visa hassles, and winter. . . Sigh.

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  3. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    August 11, 2015

    I would be surprised if you weren’t changing your plans, rather than the fact that you are! That’s the beauty of this lifestyle eh? Sounds like an excellent choice for the both of you.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      That is definitely one of the great parts of this lifestyle. Although sometimes it WOULD be nicer to be able to make a decision more easily. lol

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  4. Monique
    August 11, 2015

    Change is the only constant, and to your point, if it isn’t “the one”, if it still doesn’t feel comfortable in your core, you need to keep looking for it.

    Buena suerte en tu regreso a Mexico!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      Change is definitely a constant for us. LOL Keeps things from getting boring, though.

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  5. Linda
    August 10, 2015

    LOL Not surprised at all. I think maybe it’s harder when you’ve traveled because you are very aware of all the choices! The times I’ve put everything in storeage and hoped to find a new base on my travels I never found anywhere that made more sense for me than the Canary Islands do. That said, there are times when I hate it! It’s a pretty similar choice to yours, I think, it’s my equivalent to Mexico (as a Brit) in many ways. I speak enough of the language for most things. I do avoid the expat “community” like the plague, though. I am told whatever nationality they are “all the same.” Not that I have no British friends, but they tend to have the same views on that as I do. Let’s face it, if we lived “back home” we wouldn’t assume that we would like everyone on the block, would we, so why should we have anything in common other than the language? Ah, language. Yes, I do miss that. I would love for there to be more choice at the cinema or I could watch documentaries on TV; I wish I could go to a play occasionally; I wish Chrome wouldn’t assume that I want to see sites in Spanish because this where I happen to be! I wish bureaucracy wasn’t so convoluted, because that’s when my language skills often fail! But, it’s good to have a base in times of trouble, somewhere familar even if you infrequently make it back! I hope Mexico works out for you. Your reasoning is always so logical, I can’t fault it, but end of the day, the gut decides I think, and then again, what may be right today, may not be tomorrow, when circumstances change!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      It is definitely harder when you have so many places you really enjoy and love. And it’s such a hard decision as well.

      I’ve had mixed experiences with expat communities, but I do find it can be hard for me to find “my tribe” in them as easily. So many have the mindset from their homes that I often find myself internally asking “Then why in the hell are you here?”

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  6. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    August 10, 2015

    I suppose I’m not totally surprised that your plans have changed since that seems to be the norm for you! 🙂 Having spent 5 months in Mexico now and checking out different parts of the country, I can definitely say that it’s a really diverse place and the inland cities definitely have a different vibe from the beach areas (and every city we’ve spent time in has felt different from all the others!). Like you, when we are traveling we tend to gravitate towards the more “off the beaten path” places, but when we were considering where we might want to spend a full 6 months in Mexico, we decided that it actually made sense to move to a place that has a larger expat presence as it would likely have some more of the creature comforts we enjoy and we might have a better chance at actually making some friends. We haven’t visited SMA yet, so I have no idea what it’s like, but you also have Guanojuato near by which is also supposed to have a fairly robust expat base. And there is also Oaxaca, where we just spent a month, which might be an interesting base too. Plenty of options for you guys in Mexico! Buen Viaje!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      It is definitely our norm. On Facebook I joked that perhaps our surname should be “Changes with the Wind.”

      I really like Oaxaca, and it’s definitely on the list if SMA doesn’t work out. So is Chiapas.

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  7. Katie
    August 10, 2015

    Cool! We’ll be ‘next door’ in Oaxaca, so perhaps we’ll end up meeting. We plan on being in Oaxaca until April, and will definitely be through SMA. I was there about 15 years ago and loved it, although I’m sure it’s changed a lot. Enjoy your next adventure!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      Cool! We’ll have to keep in touch. I want Tigger to see some of Oaxaca, so we may come down there for a bit as a side trip if we decide SMA is our base after all.

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  8. Carolyn
    August 10, 2015

    A nomads plans are made in sand … Enjoy the journey! 😉

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      Boy, that’s the truth! lol

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  9. Patti
    August 10, 2015

    Mexico is calling you home!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      She’s always calling us. We’ll have to see if it’s home, though.

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  10. Valen-This Way To Paradise
    August 10, 2015

    I am so hoping you love it here as much as I do!! I am thrilled that I will get to see you again!!!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      August 15, 2015

      I’m hoping we do as well because I would LOVE to be near you! We have so much fun when we’re together, and you’re such an amazing person.

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