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Video Update — Our House in Guanajuato Capital
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Video Update — Our House in Guanajuato Capital

In this video we give a tour of our house as it is right now, including the parts that are still being built. Most of our home is still under construction, but we were able to move in about a week ago so we could oversee the work being done and be closer to the centro in Guanajuato. ...
Hey, Blondie! — By Lydian Shipp
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Hey, Blondie! — By Lydian Shipp

Growing up in a small town in western Nebraska I wasn’t really exposed to too much catcalling. Or at least not on a regular basis. I rarely got stared at (or even looked at for that matter) and interacted with other people comparatively little. That’s not to say I never went out… I did, but there wasn’t very much to do for a teenager who didn’t want to go out drinking and having casual sex (or casual ...
My Pixelated Life – By Jennifer Shipp
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My Pixelated Life – By Jennifer Shipp

Two days ago, we moved into an apartment in our new building that we’re constructing here in Guanajuato, Mexico. We moved everything we have in and/or on our little FJ Cruiser. It took 8 trips back and forth from the rental in Marfil. A part of me is impressed that we have so little. Another part of me is pissed off with myself for having burdensome things like furniture. John put our living room ...
A Worm In My Mexican Lettuce — By Jennifer Shipp
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A Worm In My Mexican Lettuce — By Jennifer Shipp

There was a worm in our lettuce that we bought at the veggie vendor today. John said, “You’d never see something like that in the states and…if you did…” I finished his sentence, “…you’d take it back to the grocery store and ask for a new head of lettuce.” But rather than being upset about the worm, John and I celebrated his presence. First of all, our head of lettuce cost us less than a dollar. So whatever ...
UPDATE: Building a House in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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UPDATE: Building a House in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

When John and I lived in the United States, we built everything ourselves. As a rule, I did the carpentry and he did the plumbing and the electrical work. When we had to build really heavy things that had to be structurally supportive, we worked together. We had quite a synchrony and both of us were good at working with wood. But here in Mexico, the wood is so hard and so heavy that I could burn through one ...
How to Buy Property in Mexico and Build or Renovate a Home
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How to Buy Property in Mexico and Build or Renovate a Home

I’m not an expert on real estate in Mexico. But my husband and I have purchased property in Guanajuato, Mexico, so we’ve been through the process. In comparison with our experiences buying property in the United States, buying a house in Mexico is easy—at least the administrative part of it. But that’s not to say that it’s without risk or that it didn’t make us nervous. A lot of things can wrong when buying ...
Curing Cancer: A Work in Progress…
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Curing Cancer: A Work in Progress…

I don’t talk very much about the work I’ve done as a professional writer, mostly because people don’t ask, but also because it’s complicated. I’ve ghost-written everything from tech-oriented white papers about anti-virus software to ebooks about raw food diets. I’ve written what I call “corporate poetry”—meaningless emotive blips about products that are often placed on the home pages of web sites to inspire ...
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How to Get a Mexican Driver’s License as an Expat in Guanajuato, Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

John and I have U.S. driver’s licenses, but because we moved here before Lydian turned 18, she didn’t have a “valid” Mexican driver’s license that she could use here. So last week, we made it our mission to figure out how to get a new Mexico driver's license in Mexico, or at least here in Guanajuato. Below is a summary of the experience which was easy and painless (except for the blood draw):
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Mexico Real Estate Scams: What to Know Before You Buy Property in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp
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Mexico Real Estate Scams: What to Know Before You Buy Property in Mexico — By Jennifer Shipp

Buying Mexico real estate as an expat isn't for the feint of heart! We bought a property in Guanajuato, Mexico by searching for interesting houses in the Chopper magazine and on Facebook groups where locals were selling things. We contacted real estate agents ourselves and went out and looked at about 15 to 20 different properties to get a feel for the market before we ever made an offer on one. In ...
Mexico Construction: How We Got Scammed and Still Survived — By Jennifer Shipp
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Mexico Construction: How We Got Scammed and Still Survived — By Jennifer Shipp

Someday, when I have time to reflect on things, I’m going to look back on the past five months of my life and say, “Wow. That’s was fucking hard.” When that day comes, sometime in the future—maybe a decade or so from now, I’ll feel it and I’ll probably think that I handled things okay under the circumstances. But right now, and for the past year and three months, I’ve felt mostly stupid, vulnerable, ...
Jace Talks about His First Bus Trip and More
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Jace Talks about His First Bus Trip and More

In this video, Jace talks about his experience riding the bus down to Embajadoras from Marfil for his Spanish classes that day.

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Jace Arrives at Adelita Spanish Language School in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Jace Arrives at Adelita Spanish Language School in Guanajuato, Mexico

After getting lost using the public bus system in Guanajuato, Jace and I finally arrived at the Adelita Spanish Language School for his first day of classes there. He's a beginner at Spanish, but Jace will be taking 60 hours of intensive Spanish and we'll see how he's doing with the language once he's done with the classes.The Adelita Language School is located in Embajadoras, just off the main street, ...
View from the Intracity Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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View from the Intracity Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

Jace, a 14 year old from Nebraska, was trying to find his way from Marfil to Embajadoras in Guanajuato, Mexico. His mission for the day was to use the public bus system in Guanajuato to get from Point A to Point B, a task that sounds a lot easier than it really was. This particular bus had "Embajadoras" written on the window and Jace was excited because it seemed that the bus would take him directly Marfil ...
Brightly Lit Jesus Array in Guanajuato Tunnel System
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Brightly Lit Jesus Array in Guanajuato Tunnel System

The Guanajuato tunnel system is extensive and on this trip between Marfil and Embajadoras, we a lot of the ride underground. At the front of the bus is a crucifix and two Jesus plaque featuring an LED light display. It's not the first one of these that I've seen here in Guanajuato.Jace, a 14 year old from Nebraska, had been tasked to find his way from Marfil, a community on the outskirts of Guanajuato, ...
Intracity Bus in Guanajuato: Jesus Light in the Tunnel System
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Intracity Bus in Guanajuato: Jesus Light in the Tunnel System

This video show a brightly lit crucifix and two Jesus plaques at the front of an intracity bus in Guanajuato, Mexico.Related Posts:Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, MexicoJace Crosses the Street to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, MexicoJace Gets on the Public Bus in Guanajuato, MexicoSomething About Medical Bills: Jace on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, ...
Baby Animals on a Bus
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Baby Animals on a Bus

Lydian and I talk about how baby animals on public buses could increase the value of the ride. There's nothing better than watching a baby animal be bottle fed by an adorable little boy on our way downtown. Jace is sitting the background, trying to decide where to get off the bus to go Embajadoras to his Spanish class at the Adelita Spanish Language School.Related Posts:Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in ...
Baby Puppy Being Bottle Fed on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Baby Puppy Being Bottle Fed on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

In this video, a little boy and his mother feed a baby puppy on a public bus that Jace took from Marfil to Embajadoras in Guanajuato, Mexico.Related Posts:Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, MexicoJace Crosses the Street to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, MexicoJace Gets on the Public Bus in Guanajuato, MexicoSomething About Medical Bills: Jace on a Public Bus ...
Baby Puppy Gets Bottle Fed on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Baby Puppy Gets Bottle Fed on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

The intracity buses in Guanajuato, Mexico are similar to intracity buses in other parts of the world. I almost always enjoy riding the buses more than driving around in a car because I see things that I'd otherwise miss like this baby puppy being bottle fed by an adorable little boy.Related Posts:Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, MexicoJace Crosses the Street to the Bus Stop ...
Something About Medical Bills: Jace on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Something About Medical Bills: Jace on a Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

Anything could happen on a public bus in a country like Mexico where most people regularly use the bus system. The experience is almost always interesting and entertaining and this bus ride was no exception. In this clip, a man in the background is begging for money for his brother who has medical issues.Related Posts:Jace Walks to the Bus Stop in Marfil, Near Guanajuato, MexicoJace Crosses the ...
Jace Gets on the Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico
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Jace Gets on the Public Bus in Guanajuato, Mexico

A lot of Americans don't really understand public transportation because they don't have to use it in a culture that's predominantly based on car transportation. The bus is always an interesting experience in Mexico and in lots of other countries as well because both young and old use the bus! It's an opportunity to interact with locals and see people's lives as they go by outside the window. This bus trip ...
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