My husband and I are moving to Merida in April from Phoenix, Arizona. As we are in our late 20s and have chosen not to have children, we recently made a list of all the things we wanted in life - to live somewhere beautiful with a lot of history, to be fluent in another language, to live somewhere by the ocean, and to experience a new culture. After some research, we found that Merida hit all of our desires! We are also Arizona natives so the 120 degree summers here in Phoenix should have prepared us a bit for the extreme heat in Merida.
We both have good working Spanish and we are excited to get better. After looking through a few forums and facebook groups, it looks like a lot of the members of the expat community are retired (I wish) or are able to work from home. I am able to work from home but I am a long way from retired. I also would like to teach, as I have a a master's in English and teaching experience.
We have saved up and are starting the process of moving. We are bringing our sweet pitbull with us. We live pretty simply in America and expect to continue to downsize even more when we move.
This forum and others have already been so helpful - I love that this community already seems so accessible and welcoming! I am excited to finally get to Merida! I will definitely be looking at links for housing, getting around, and finding access to amenities on this forum!
I do have one question right now - does anyone have any tips on how safe it is to drive south down the coast, coming from the border? My husband will be driving himself and our dog while I will fly and meet him in Merida. Any insight would be appreciated!
So nice to meet you all!