Moving to San Miguel de Allende

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Moving to San Miguel de Allende

Post by S3 » Sun, 30 Nov 1997 04:00:00


I'm moving to San Miguel soon.  Can anyone pass along any advice about the
town?  I'm planning on driving from Austin, Texas to Laredo, and then take
toll roads (during the day) to San Miguel.  I also hear that you can take an
express first-class train from Laredo.  Does anyone know about that?

Another concern will be where to live and where to work.  I'm planning on
finding a cheap/safe 1 bedroom apartment in town, hopefully for $200 per
month.  Is that a safe assumption?

As for work, I'm not so sure.  I hear there are a few "real" jobs around.  
I'm ok with Spanish and am a professional graphic designer.  All I need to
make is enough to cover rent and food.

In any case, your experience/advice would be appreciated.  Please post here

 
 
 

Moving to San Miguel de Allende

Post by Jose' Kirchne » Sun, 30 Nov 1997 04:00:00


S3,

I suggest STRONGLY you check out San Miguel before making such a drastic
move as MOVING there.

NExt, be aware, you will be arriving as a Tourist (Turista), meaning you
have to leave every six months, and can not apply for "Inmigrado
Rentista" for FIVE YEARS. Working in the interim can (and often will)
get you deported, as you would then be an ILLEGAL ALIEN in Mxico
(working violates the conditions of your tourist permit).

DO check things out- you seem to be intent on moving somewhere, a
foreign country with different laws, languages and culture, without so
much as reading a book, stopping by AAA for a map or a visit, or even
ideas about what it costs to live there (an apartment in Mxico, for
example, may not be furnished- meaning there is often no water heater,
stove, or anything...)

I've seen too many people make the BIG mistake you are about to commit.
Read, visit and talk to other expatriates, take your time for such a
life-impacting decision.

Cheers, Jos


> I'm moving to San Miguel soon.  Can anyone pass along any advice about the
> town?  I'm planning on driving from Austin, Texas to Laredo, and then take
> toll roads (during the day) to San Miguel.  I also hear that you can take an
> express first-class train from Laredo.  Does anyone know about that?

> Another concern will be where to live and where to work.  I'm planning on
> finding a cheap/safe 1 bedroom apartment in town, hopefully for $200 per
> month.  Is that a safe assumption?

> As for work, I'm not so sure.  I hear there are a few "real" jobs around.
> I'm ok with Spanish and am a professional graphic designer.  All I need to
> make is enough to cover rent and food.

> In any case, your experience/advice would be appreciated.  Please post here


 
 
 

Moving to San Miguel de Allende

Post by Del Stanle » Wed, 03 Dec 1997 04:00:00


You may want to try to book "Living Easy in Mexico" by
Hayes C. Schlundt published by United Research Publishers
Leucadia, California 92024. This is written by an expatriate
in Mexico. I like his tell like it is approach to
living in Mexico. It s/b considered as part of your reccommended
reading BEFORE you go. Do not assume you are ready to go yet.
You may or may not change your mind. The book covers selecting
home/apartment, making money, health care, etc. It covers many
parts of the country and is easy reading. It probably covers
topics and situations you may not have taken into account.
I suspect you know more than you are leading on. It is a little
difficult to be certain you know you want to live in San Miguel,
and have little or no information about the city. There are
quite a few gringos that take up residence there who may help
you some. Good luck!


> I'm moving to San Miguel soon.  Can anyone pass along any advice about the
> town?  I'm planning on driving from Austin, Texas to Laredo, and then take
> toll roads (during the day) to San Miguel.  I also hear that you can take an
> express first-class train from Laredo.  Does anyone know about that?

> Another concern will be where to live and where to work.  I'm planning on
> finding a cheap/safe 1 bedroom apartment in town, hopefully for $200 per
> month.  Is that a safe assumption?

> As for work, I'm not so sure.  I hear there are a few "real" jobs around.
> I'm ok with Spanish and am a professional graphic designer.  All I need to
> make is enough to cover rent and food.

> In any case, your experience/advice would be appreciated.  Please post here