This is just an aside, but you don’t make living in Mexico sound very attractive. Why are you there? If you want to avoid state income taxes you could live in Texas or some other state with no state income tax. Just curious.
Actually, we live on the beach in Mexico, nice and quiet except for the crashing waves during the storm season (now). And we have hardly any neighbors, viz., it’s peaceful and quiet and beautiful.
I came here as I love the beach, I love the dry climate, I want to be fluent in a second language and I needed time to live with my girlfriend to make sure we could be a successful married couple some day.
I’m fluent in Spanish to my satisfaction but that is only after living 3 months in Spain on the Costa del Sol (really hated that), then living 3 years in Buenas Aires (really loved that) and finally 5 years here.
After being here 5 years, some of the negative issues that build up from living in different culture have begun to get to me, but I’ll only mention two: the rate of obesity here with children…it really kills me to even look at them. I’m trying not to be judgemental, but their parents have doomed them to an inferior life, emotionally and physically and it’s imminently avoidable.
Another complaint here are the banks (as you’ve noted) and, in general, how the businesses work the customer (but not in a good way). For example, you can’t pick up a friend at the airport at the arrival depot. A non commercial vehicle drive by is not allowed. You have to go to departure depot while your friends have to lug their luggage upstairs. The taxi union has won that concession from the government and in fact during the G20 meeting here a few years back, the taxi drivers blockaded the streets to protest the thousands of foreign government people trying to get to the convention hall by bus.
Having listed pretty much my only 2 serious complaints, know that I live here for about 1/3rd the cost of living in LA or San Diego, which have a similar climate. Our lifestyle here is just as good as it was when I was working in LA years ago and making lots of money.
Further, in order to find out if I and my girlfriend could be successful as a married couple, (she’s from the Philippines, is much younger than I plus I have been single for over 39 years), we would have had to make a married-for-life decision in 3 months, in the USA, via a fiancee visa. By moving here, we were able to live together (for 2 years now) before making the joint decision that we could be a happy, successful couple. With the age, socio-economic, educational & cultural differences, it wasn’t a given. Put it under the high risk/high reward banner.
By the end of this year, we expect to move to the states, trigger the fiancee visa and then get married probably in Vegas as I want my darling to see that wild city.
More info than possibly you wanted to hear but there it is.