The #1 Question That People Ask Us When They Meet Us

Due to the growing popularity of the blog, people often recognize us when we’re out in public and come over to meet us. We don’t mind these impromptu meetings at all because people are always so friendly and complimentary. To tell you the truth, it makes us feel good to know that people find value in our articles and Spanish lessons.

If we have time, we’ll spend a few minutes talking to them and that’s when the majority of them will ask the same question: “What do you do all day?”

This is a difficult question to answer because although we stay very busy, we aren’t doing the same things every day. We left the world of boring daily routines behind when we moved to Mexico.

For that reason, I decided to break down our normal activities into categories. Hopefully, this will give you some idea  how we stay busy here in the Riviera Maya.

Social Engagements

This one takes up the majority of our time and we actually had to create a calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts. By the way, this doesn’t have anything to do with the blog. We were fortunate enough to move to an area with a significant English-speaking expat population made up of super friendly people. There is always something to do or some place to go.

Many of our friends are part time residents and when they come down, they are determined to pack the most fun into their limited time in Mexico. It’s like being on vacation ourselves and we’re usually worn out by the time they head home.

In addition to the friends that we’ve made down here, we have had a steady stream of visitors from the U.S. that visit us. Some of them love this area so much that they visit us a few times a year.


The low cost of living in Mexico means that we have more disposable income to dedicate to fun activities like traveling. Linda’s knack at finding discounts means that our money goes even further and we average one or two trips a month.

Enjoying the Riviera Maya

We enjoy living in a tourist area because it means that I have several activities to choose from within driving distance of our home. At a moment’s notice, we can be ziplining through the jungle or cooling off in a refreshing cenote.

If the weather is perfect, we drop everything we have planned for the day and we head to one of our favorite beach spots. Nothing beats the warm turquoise water of the Caribbean.

Administrative Duties

It’s not all fun and games here in the Riviera Maya. Sometimes we have to take time to go grocery shopping or wash clothes. We call these our administrative duties and we try to only do them on rainy days.


The blog has been a fun hobby and we spend a few hours in the morning working on articles or answering emails from readers.

Let’s Wrap This Up

When we moved to Mexico, we were excited about our new adventure but in the back of our minds there was a small concern that we would get bored after awhile. It turned out that we didn’t have anything to worry about and boredom has never been an issue for us.

Nowadays, we actually look forward to those rare days when we don’t have anything scheduled. It’s nice to just spend the day watching movies, reading a book or just doing nothing at all.

Now that we’ve answered the #1 question, I wonder what people will ask us when they meet us — I’ll let you know.

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About the Author

Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

47 Comments on "The #1 Question That People Ask Us When They Meet Us"

  1. Love all the info you give. Been following you since before we moved to Cozumel. You have been so helpful. Doing you Spanish right now. It’s sure a plus. Thanks for all you do. Moved here in March as soon as I retired. Not bored yet. Hubby is retired LEO and he is not either.

  2. Debbie Banaszkiewicz | November 6, 2017 at 10:53 am |

    We are Paul’s neighbor having retired & moved here 20 months ago. We also get asked that a lot. It’s never a dull moment here for all the reasons Paul said.

  3. Randy and I planned on meeting Linda and you, but between Unico, staying a couple days with friends in Playacar and dentist visit, it was not enough time.
    We will be back in February and hope to meet you than

  4. It’s funny I haven’t even left Canada yet and that’s my #1 question from my friends. I just tell them “I’ll let you know”. So excited the time has come. Flying out in 2 sleeps, Yahoo! Thanks for all you information.
    P.S. i’m canceling this email soon so please use my gmail account. I would hate to lose you guys. 🙂

  5. That’s kind of funny because I just lvacstiined in the area and hung out on the beach in Akumal and I would wonder … is that them? Like yiur celebrities!

  6. Blog suggestion: What happens if you die in Mexico? Does Mexico have different rules and customs? What about wills in Mexio?

  7. We did Paul’s will and a little extra info…the discount lasts for September and October. It cost us 50% less than the one I made in January 2015

  8. That was our biggest fear since we work everyday myself as Leo and my wife a financial analyst But reading your blog and moving in the same resort as you guys has eased that concern.

    • If you ever get bored, you can always find a hobby, volunteer somewhere or even start a small business.

  9. But what about us retirees who don’t WANT such an active social life? 🙂 We enjoy your blog, we have already spent a bit of time in Mexico, and are coming back for a year or so. But your life style is not ours at all. We have no interest in hanging out with other ex-pats, we want to be part of Mexican life. I’m not worried about getting bored, but I just wanted to point out that some of us are not social animals! 🙂

    • Haha, it’s not a requirement to be social. You can easily keep to yourselves and avoid the constant lunch/dinner invitations of the social butterflies. We have some neighbors that keep to themselves and we don’t even know their names.

  10. Paul and Linda, thanks for meeting up with us and answering the same questions you’ve been asked a million times. We had a great time.

    • It was great meeting you both. The advantage to answering the same questions is that we know the answers, so we seem more intelligent than we really are…lol.

  11. Margie and Gabe | November 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm |

    I get asked that frequently just because I am retired, love reading your blog, if you are going to Cozumel between Nov 25 and Dec 14 let us know where you would like to meet, or have Linda book some of her magic and get into Cozumel Palace. We would enjoy meeting you

    • Hi Margie, congratulations on your retirement. We would love to meet you but we don;t have any plans to head over to Cozumel during that time. We have a few things booked for the time– yep, Linda’s been busy — and a few visitors. However, if you get down to the Akumal area, let us know in advance and if we’re available, we can meet down at a great restaurant/beach bar on Akumal Bay.

  12. Karrie McKeown | November 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm |

    Love your Blog! Thank you for sharing!!!

  13. Hilarious! That is EXACTLY what I was going to ask you when I was hoping to meet both of you!

  14. Thank you both for the good information. I really appreciate your taking the time in your blog to explain things like hyperlinks and how to use them, being old school and all! Planning to explore Baja soon with permanent move in the future in mind. Your blog is inspiring my adventurous nature!

  15. My friends in the USA ask the same question until they come down and find out about the constant list of things to do. This past week was a the full moon party, then the annual Shrimp Festival after all the Halloween, Day of the Dead, etc. parties. 15 November is the Baja 1000. Tuesday and Friday pool tournaments. Today I am resting from everything.

  16. shannon collier | November 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm |

    Your articles are always very informative and interesting. I’m a retired Canadian and would like to rent a place in Mayan Riviera. Possibly eventually buying however i will rent first. I’m looking this winter Jan, Feb, March. Angmail.comy suggestions would be greatly appreciated..
    Thanks Shannon Collier

  17. Another good read! We moved here one year ago and this is one of the most likely questions we get asked, i always reply same thing we did at home but now we have to make time for the beach visits, happy hour and social get together’s 🙂

  18. Thank you for your spanish lessons,they are great,even your blocks are fun and very informative

  19. Could you please give me the contact information of agents who rent in Riviera Maya area on a short term basis? I understand from your Blog (which is my lifeline to Mexico) that August through Thanksgiving is the off-season and the most economical?

  20. joan allison | November 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm |

    Has anyone, who owns property/condo, been asked to provide their SSN number to their administrator. I have not released mine because I think the HACIENDA WOULD SEND IT TO THE IRS. I have no information. I own a small condo in an association The administration is supposed to send these numbers to some accountant somewhere.(The Administrator is then to write her expenses for the condo which is paid by us, the owners.) Will it hurt me to let the government know my SSN?? Joan in Nuevo Vallerta OR everyone else who has been asked.

    • I’ve never heard of that happening in our area. The only way that you would have a problem with the IRS or Hacienda is if you are making rental income from the property and not declaring it for tax purposes.

      I still don’t see why they would need it and I would be reluctant to send it too.

  21. Gwendolyn Sheder | November 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm |

    Have you ever traveled to other regions of Mexico?

    • Outside of the Yucatan Peninsula, we have visited Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende.

  22. We spend 6 months a year in Mexico and can so relate to this comment : Nowadays, we actually look forward to those rare days when we don’t have anything scheduled. It’s nice to just spend the day watching movies, reading a book or just doing nothing at all.

    Love your posts, read them all. Thank you!

  23. My rental in the States goes on the market this month. Once sold I’m hoping to find the perfect place to retire in your neighborhood (Akumal to Tulume) next year and I can’t WAIT to have endless days with nothing better to do than relax in the sun and sea and fiddle with my hobbies! I’ve been vacationing down there for close to 40 years and I can’t begin to imagine being bored or running out of FUN things to do every day!

  24. Paul and Linda,
    We are so pleased to have met you two guys in Akumal last month. We admire your adventurous spirit and enjoy reading your blogs. I’m sure I have shared your blog with at least a dozen interested friends that now live vicariously through your adventures! Take care! We hope to see you nest time we are in town! Anne & DD from Austin

    • It was great meeting you both and thanks for spreading the word about the blog! Since our advertising budget is zero, we rely very heavily on word of mouth.

  25. Last winter on Cozumel, my first winter as a Rainbird, I had planned to take a Spanish class and attend yoga classes. I accomplished neither. I was much, much too busy!

    Last summer in Western Washington (hence the Rainbird status), I finally took those beginning Spanish classes. However, I am astonished by how your Spanish Lessons have propelled my ability to have conversations. I have gone from one word questions and answers to complete sentences. And, with your approach of concentrating on the vowel sounds, people can actually understand me. :)) Five Gold Stars!

    • I’m glad to hear that the Spanish lessons are helping you become more conversational. My approach to teaching the language is a bit unconventional.

  26. I’m a single woman interested in living the Caribbean life. I have traveled from Cancun to Tulum, by myself for years and always felt safe. In your opinion where would be a few great places or areas to live (rent) that I would feel comfortable concerning safety?

    • There are several gated communities from Akumal to Tulum. My recommendation would be to rent in one of those.

  27. Tackleberry Tim | November 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm |

    Hey Paul, love reading your blog. We have only visited Mexico 2 times (both this year because we loved it so much). I, like you, am a LEO, with 9 more years until I reach my 30 year mark. We’ve only been to one resort (The Valentin-it is incredible). My question: Are you hesitant to tell anyone what you did in the states, or is this not even an issue? We’ve made friends with several of the workers at the resort, and when they found our what I do in the states, they seem more stand-offish. I know things work differently there than here, so wasn’t sure if it’s best to just tell people I am a garbage man or or mail man,

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