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Introducing Taking Root in Mexico

Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta
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Maria and Fernando Garibay Bloggers at Expats In Mexico
Maria and Fernando Garibay

Hola, and welcome to Taking Root in Mexico our new blog on Mexico’s language and culture. We are Maria and Fernando Garibay from the northern shore of the Bay of Banderas in the Puerto Vallarta area. We are both Spanish teachers and former expats.

I am originally from Mexico City where I worked in the financial industry before heading to London to live the expat life for 15 years. Fernando was born in Mexico City but raised in Querètaro, about two hours north of the capital. He lived in Vancouver for a year and has traveled throughout Europe.

We both returned to Mexico with an opportunity to view our country through different eyes, like most expats. When we were living in and traveling to other countries, we were always attracted to the languages, cultures, lifestyles and humor that can be very different from country to country.

This exposure expanded our minds, our points of view, our thinking and most importantly our understanding of the needs of others. We know how hard it can be to live in a country where not only a language barrier exists, but a cultural one, too.

Our new blog will help you learn all about Mexico’s language and culture and, hopefully, help you integrate better into Mexico’s wonderful lifestyle.

For example, Mexican costumes are very fascinating in so many ways, but if you know their meaning it will help you better understand the stories behind them. This is the key to truly experiencing Mexico, to “mexicanize” yourself.

In this blog, we would like to immerse you in the Mexican culture little by little. To let you know the details of our culture that cannot be studied in a classroom. We will explain why the Spanish language is very subtle. You can change one vowel in a sentence and change the meaning, for instance.

Another thing we will share with you is the use of colloquial phrases and the correct tone of voice and intonation to use. And, even more importantly, we will explain how to recognize the appropriate time to use these words to help you break the ice and make really good friends in Mexico.

One thing we know for certain, Mexicans really appreciate expats when they make the effort to learn the language and the culture of their beautiful adopted country.

And that’s what we hope to share with you in this blog.

Hasta luego.


  1. My wife and I have lived in Mexico for 5 years and poco a poco we are constantly picking up more Spanish but the language nuances and customs are areas where we will benefit from your insights. Thanks, we look forward to reading your blog.

    • You are certainly right. Take Root in Mexico will enrich “mucho más” your experience in Mexico. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Looking forward to your blog. My wife and I just retired and plan on spending 4 to 6 months a year in Mexico. Becoming fluent in Spanish has been high on our ” bucket list”, so we are excited to be returning to Tulum next month.

    • Spending more time in Mexico will definitely help you to accomplish your desire of becoming fluent in Spanish. Our blog will help you in this new adventure.

  3. Hola! My partner and I are in escrow to purchase a condo in Conchas Chinas, closing in December. Initially, we intend on using it as a vacation place for ourselves, while also a vacation rental property. Later, in about 5 years from now, when we retire, we hope to live there half the year and here in Ventura, California for the other part of the year! I am looking forward to your blog, as though I’ve vacationed in PV about once a year for some 30 years or so, I’d really like to get a better handle on what to expect, idiosyncrasies, if you will, of living in Mexico and specifically Puerto Vallarta. Gracias!

    • Conchas Chinas is one of the best areas to live here in Puerto Vallarta. You will love living in PV 6 months of the year. With this blog, we will take you deep into our culture. looking forward to it.


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