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
> 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