The Good Life at Lake Chapala
David has lived in Ajijic along the northern shore of Lake Chapala since 2007 with his wife Catherine. From St. Joseph, Missouri, he held both government and private sector jobs before retiring in Mexico. David is an active volunteer with the Lake Chapala Society, Lakeside Little Theatre and with both the Spanish and English congregations of San Andres Church. He and his wife enjoy traveling and have visited 25 of Mexico’s 32 states.
John Harvey Williams has lived and worked in Mexico since 1984 and has owned and operated four real estate brokerages, one boutique hotel in Mexico City, a large insurance brokerage and an import/export business. He is a co-owner of Real Estate Oaxaca in Oaxaca City. John can be reached at email@example.com.
Pátzcuaro Past and Present
Victoria is an artist and the owner of Hotel Casa Encantada in Pátzcuaro, high in the colonial mountains of Michoacán. She is also the proprietor of Casa Azul and Casitas Pátzcuaro.
Life Between the Fat Mermaid and Skinny Coyote
Ben Pitre has worked in real estate for decades as a builder, renovator, sub-divider and syndicator in the U.S. and San Miguel de Allende. He has also been a long-term residential and industrial landlord. He is almost certainly the only real estate agent in San Miguel who has both demonstrated Japanese flower arrangements for the San Miguel Garden Club and fought in public boxing exhibitions (4-0). Ben is an agent with Realty San Miguel and can be reached at
La Sirena Tejana
Sarah DeVries is a freelance writer, teacher and Spanish-English translator based in Xalapa, Veracruz, where she lives with her family and an assortment of insects that regularly make it into her home. When not writing or teaching, her time is spent drinking much more than the recommended amount of coffee and painting murals of debatable quality. Sarah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dancing Through Life in Michoacán
Terry is a native Californian who has lived in Mexico twice, first as a young single woman and currently as a retiree, with her husband Jim. They reside in Zirahuén, Michoacán, not far from Lake Patzcuaro. She works closely with local artists and dances in the local ballet Folklorico group for senior women among a myriad of other activities.
Driving on the Edge
John Scherber moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2007. He is the author of 42 books, mostly about or set in Mexico. They include 28 mysteries in a series called Murder in Mexico, as well as four nonfiction books on the expat experience. He can be reached at email@example.com, or through his website at www.sanmiguelallendebooks.com.
Make It Legal
Alfonso Roman has been practicing law in Mexico for over 13 years. He is a partner with GLZ Abogados, which has offices in the Riviera Maya, Mexico City and Querétaro.
Creative Hands of Mexico
Leigh Thelmadatter has lived in central Mexico for 17 years. Initially, she came to teach English, but fell in love with the land and the culture, so she did what any good writer does… document. With her photographer-husband Alejandro Linares Garcia, she has traveled extensively in the country, with the purpose of putting information not before available online or in English. Her work has culminated so far in the blog Creative Hands of Mexico and her first book, Mexican Cartonería: Paper, Paste and Fiesta (Schiffer 2019). She also is a cultural correspondent for Mexico News Daily and does freelance writing.
These Three Walls
After living in Puerto Vallarta for nearly three decades, Maria O’Connor knows a thing or two about Mexico lifestyles. Her blog is all about Mexican culture, things to do and see and much, much more. Maria is an attorney who provides legal counsel to the PV real estate industry. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Cabos lifestyle blogger Kristin Bloomquist is an agent with Engel & Völkers Snell, a leading real estate firm in Los Cabos and a member of the local chapter of AMPI. After a 30-year career in advertising with leading agencies in the U.S., she and her husband Bill and dog Cabo live in Cabo San Lucas. Email: kristinbloomquistcaborealestate.com
The Fantastic Food of Mexico
Agustin is a published novelist in both English and Spanish. Born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico until a teen, the writer attended Stanford University earning two degrees, the latter a Master’s in Cultural and Social Anthropology, where he first delved into Food Anthropology due to his passion for cooking and tasting food from around the world. He lives in Mexico, searching for the unusual, the innovative and the tastiest meals there, and reporting those spots for all to visit.
Living at Lake Chapala
Judy King has been answering questions and helping newcomers adjust to Living at Lake Chapala for nearly 30 years. After 12-year shifts as a real estate broker and later publisher of an online magazine, she eased into retirement editing a print magazine, serving as a reporter/columnist for the Guadalajara Reporter and releasing her book, “Living at Lake Chapala.”
Mérida and Me
Lifestyle blogger Keith Paulson-Thorp is a retired professor and church musician who lives in beautiful Mérida.
He plays with local chamber music groups and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatán. “Dr. Keith” taught at Valparaiso University, the University of Louisiana, and the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong-Learning Center. He also was music director at large churches in Houston, Palm Beach and at the famous Old Mission Santa Barbara in California. Email: KikiPT@aol.com
Mitch Keenan is a long-time real estate professional in Mérida who knows the Yucatán market better than almost anyone in the area. He is well-known as a pioneer in marketing real estate online in Mexico and has operated Mexico International Real Estate for over two decades. Mitch began his career in real estate in 1988 in the U.S. You can reach him at email@example.com
Orilla del Lago
Michael owns and operates Continental Realty in Ajijic. He is from Michigan but spent his high school years in Los Angeles before serving in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. He holds a Ph.D. in Administration and Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama and operated a very successful interior fabrics store and decorating business in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for 25 years. Michael and his family moved to Ajijic in 2007 and has been a real estate broker since 2010. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitting Into Mexico
Debbie Vorachen is a cross-cultural coach and anthropologist who moved to Mexico several years ago from the Netherlands to start a business advising and coaching people who want to live and work in Mexico. She also teaches Spanish and has a passion for people, cultures and travel. You can reach her at email@example.com and read more from Debbie at Ahoritaya.com.
Medical Care in Mexico & More
Monica Rix Paxson is a science and medical researcher and the author of the 4th edition of The English Speaker’s Guide to Medical Care in Mexico. She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the BBC. Her book is available in print, ebook and pdf formats at Medical Care in Mexico.
Prickly Pears is about all aspects of life in Mexico City through the eyes of Londoner Sam Martin. Sam teaches business English in a number of national and international firms, which provides him with insights into Mexican corporate culture and Mexican attitudes toward business, politics and society
With Salsa Por Favor!
Rocio Carvajal is a U.K.-based food researcher, cook, author and editor of the online magazine Sabor!
Legal Adventures in Mexico
Spencer McMullen is an attorney with offices in Guadalajara and Chapala.