A Side of Our Blog That Most Readers Don’t Know About

Working on the blog from a beach bed (Source: Linda Kurtzweil)

The vast majority of our readers don’t have much interaction with us at all. They just log in, spend an average of 1 minute and 42 seconds reading our latest post (according to the stats) and then move on with their lives. To them, the blog is just a collection of useful information, personal experiences and Spanish lessons — but, for a smaller group of readers, the blog has become more than that.

Today, I decided to focus on the experiences of that smaller group and in doing so, share a side of the blog that most readers don’t know about.

Inspiring People

Among the numerous daily emails asking us questions about the logistics of moving to Mexico, there are the occasional emails from readers telling us that the blog has inspired them to make significant changes in their own lives. These changes range from quitting their job to actually moving to Mexico.

I haven’t been keeping an exact tally of how many of these emails we’ve received, but a conservative estimate would be around 200.

On a local level, we know over two dozen people who said that they moved to this part of Mexico as a direct result of the blog. The good news is that they all seem very happy and relaxed.

Meeting People

We get numerous requests from readers to meet in person while their on vacation or in the area. If our schedule is free, we make every effort to meet them for a drink or a meal at one of our favorite restaurants or beach bars. We’ve met a lot of amazing people this way.

Unfortunately, we stay pretty busy so it’s not physically possible for us to meet with everyone who sends a request. If we can’t meet with you, please don’t be offended.

Referring People

People who are thinking about moving to Mexico often ask for our help in finding a reputable real estate agent. I don’t blame them — buying property in another country can be scary and there are always scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting foreigners.

We take these requests very seriously, so we only refer people to real estate professionals that we have known for an extended period of time. We also check with at least five (5) of their former clients to ensure that they have a history of consistently doing a great job.

As you can probably tell, there are very few people that we feel comfortable recommending.

Helping People

As I mentioned before, quite a few readers of the blog have moved to our area. We’ve assisted several of them with things like buying a car or opening a bank account. So far this year, we’ve helped 10 new arrivals buy their first car in Mexico.

The way we look at it is this: other expats went out of their way to help us when we first arrived, so we’re just carrying on that tradition.

Let’s Wrap This Up

I think it’s important to have a hobby that you enjoy and blogging has done the trick for us. It’s something that Linda and I can do together and we can help people in the process.

If you do decide to send us a message via our contact form, it’s important that you know that we don’t check our messages everyday. You might have to wait a few days for us to get back to you — especially if the weather is perfect here in the Riviera Maya. After all, the word beach comes before blog in the dictionary.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul

Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget.

In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Living in Mexico (qroo.us), has been viewed over a million times and Paul’s articles appear in periodicals across Mexico.

49 Comments on "A Side of Our Blog That Most Readers Don’t Know About"

  1. Hi, I would like to know more about discounts for citizens who are resident in Q Roo and have temporary visas. Are you able to help?

  2. Paul, I really enjoy your blog. We had thought of purchasing property in Mexico many years ago, but decided it wasn’t for us at the time. We enjoy very much renting other people’s properties for now. It is very kind of you to spend so much of your time answering questions from strangers, I’m sure they very much appreciate it!! I think I’m going to try your Spanish lessons 🙂

  3. A good informative email. Thanks Paul.

  4. I’ll be coming down to Zihua next year to see what’s available to rent near the beach, preferably a small 2 BR. Do you know approximately what prices might be?

  5. I just recently found your blog and am really enjoying reading from all categories. My books are being ignored so I can take your spanish lessons which are amazing. I have learned (and remembered) more from 2 of your sessions than I did from several hours on duolingo. Just wanted to pass along my appreciation!

  6. I’ll hit you up to pay a visit and see if QRoo is the place for me.

  7. Hi Paul and Linda: I read close to everyone of your blogs that comes to my email as I sit here at my work computer waiting for my retirement days. I am so inspired by your great stories and information. I am from Mexico City and have always wanted to move back. The only hold is that I would be going on my own and leaving my family here in the states. There is still time for me to work on my decision to relocate and will definitely consider all of your great research and information when I make the plunge. You guys are so fortunate to be living your dream. Hasta pronto.

    • Thanks for following the blog, Martha. You mentioned Mexico City, we haven’t been there yet but we might try to visit it sometime in 2018. We hear that it is amazing city.

  8. Angela and James Saunders | November 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm | Reply

    Hello Paul and Linda!!! We count ourselves blessed to have found your blog and get to know you personally. We are here just over two weeks now and can credit you with showing us the ropes through your informative blog. We are one of the many people who were able to buy a car quickly and efficiently with your advice! We have learned a great deal from the thorough research you have done. We love our new community and the beautiful people we have met! It’s so fun exploring every day! Our experience has been absolutely amazing!!! Thanks for all you have shared with us and many others. We look forward to a long and lasting friendship with you both! Muchas gracias!!!!! Angela and Jim

    • Hi Angela and Jim! I’m so glad to hear that your transition to life in Mexico is going great. Every time that I see you guys, you’re both smiling!

      It’s great having you in the neighborhood and we also look forward to a long friendship. I know we’re not going anywhere for a long time to come. We love it here.

  9. Hi Linda and Paul; While my husband were halfway to retiring in Mexico, your blog has got him to 100%, I’m still halfway. As I have commented previously, your Spannish lessons are the best!

    • You should plan some trips down here so you can get to 100% too…lol.

      Thanks for the positive feedback about the Spanish lessons. They don’t get as many hits as the blog posts do, so it’s good to hear that people are finding them useful. It motivates me to keep making them 🙂

  10. I am always interested in what you have to say. We will probably need your guidance when it’s time to buy furniture….we’ve almost made the leap to expat!

  11. Just wanted you to know that I look forward to reading your blog and greatly appreciate the time you spend writing it. I have got a lot of very useful information from it. Thank you.

  12. Paul & Linda. I am one of those you speak of here! I have been visiting Mexico for more than 40 years, Cozumel for 35, and more recently Playa Del Carmen. I fell in love with Mexico, the Mexican people and culture on that very first trip to Baja some 40 years ago and have always thought I’d like to retire there (the Riviera). It was EXACTLY your Blog that I discovered about a year ago that lit a fire under my butt to actually put a plan into action!

    I have a rental house just now going on the market here in California and as soon as the cash is in hand I will be in your neighborhood looking to buy. The Realtor you recommended has been outstanding so far and I’m hoping the recent “bad press” will work to my advantage in price and availability in the area roughly from Akumal to Tulum 😀

    I intend to use it as a vacation home and rental for the next 6 1/2 years until I reach full SS retirement age, banking the rental income along the way. At that point I’ll be drinking a cold one with you on a beach, tinkering with my hobbies, and traveling the caribbean until the Good Lord calls in my chips!! Truly my dream finally taking shape and I owe much of that to this Blog.The clear and concise information you provide on everything a person needs to know and consider for this type of difficult and life changing move has THIS man counting the days! THANK YOU!

    I’d like to add that I’m the sort who has learned not to take things at face value and as such I have a habit of confirming information from several unrelated sources, have done my “homework”, and am happy to confirm that your info is spot on. At this juncture I can highly recommend your Blog as a genuine source of real world information for anyone considering the move to good old Mexico! In this day and age it’s rare to find someone, such as yourself, who TRULY does this because they enjoy doing it rather than for some personal gain.

    I will be in touch in advance of my MANY upcoming visits and it would be my pleasure to buy YOU BOTH dinner and cocktails if your schedule allows! We are certain to be neighbors soon!

  13. Your blog is a little present I look forward to enjoying at the end of some very busy and trying/tiring days, thank you for all the inspiration and for sharing your experiences.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. I hope you don’t have too many trying/tiring days though 🙂

  14. Hi Paul,
    Glad to be part of that small club! Hope to see you again on the warm Rivera Maya. It’s getting really cold up here!

    Best Regards,
    Henry

  15. Thank you for all the info here.
    A general question : I was talking to a friend about Mexico and my wish to spend some time next to the water ( I live in a very dry place – NM ) , and his immediate reaction was to advise me to live away from the ocean because of pollution.
    Any thoughts about that?

    • Mexico is a very large country and sanitation conditions can vary greatly depending where you are.

      Here in the Riviera Maya, we have a good infrastructure and the water is continually tested by authorities. As a result, we have beautiful beaches and the water quality is very good.

      I grew up on Long Island in New York and I couldn’t say the same for the beaches there.

  16. Sheila Sullivan | November 9, 2017 at 2:14 am | Reply

    Paul & Linda…thank you for your blog and for all the useful information.
    I have one question (that you have probably already covered):. Can a Canadian on a 6 month tourist visa purchase a vehicle in Mexico? Thanks for your assistance…. I, too, spent my entire career in law enforcement.

    • Hi Sheila. Technically speaking, you are required to have either a temporary or permanent resident visa to register the vehicle.

      I say “technically” because some government offices don’t ask foreigners for documentation proving their immigration status. This is likely due to a lack of training and is not the norm.

  17. I too would like to thank both of you for the time and advice you so readily offer. We’re between 5-10:years outnfrom retirement but as a nurse practitioner, I’m a planner and planning for retirement is huge. For several years we’ve been tossing around states to which we’d like to relocate (when my mom is no longer with us) and no matter which state I’d mention, my husband had a negative comment about weather, economy, location, etc and would reply that he was going to Mexico where we have vacationed for the past ten years. Finding your blog has been a godsend – it has helped me understand the ins and outs of moving to another country but more than this, it has given me comfort to know that many others have done this and have thrived in their new adopted country. Thanks Paul and Linda

  18. You have a good heart to do what you do. I love reading what you post. Thank you.

  19. i follow a couple blogs about expats in mexico and yours by far is my favorite, you don’t blah blah blah, short sweet and gives a lot of info..easy to follow, feel more accurate, pictures awesome.. awesome Spanish lessons..thank you…

  20. Another great post.

    I can attest that Paul and Linda have been a tremendous source of information as my wife and I prepare for our move…now down to 33 days. The posts are great, but their willingness to respond directly to specific questions has been really helpful.

    We’ll have that adult beverage with y’all in just a few weeks.

  21. Hola Paul and Linda! Add two more to your list, we will be moving to Mexico the day after Thanksgiving and it’s mostly due to your blog. We looked and traveled to many places- Dominican, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Belize etc. and with only one trip to Akumal, we knew that’s where we wanted to be. So we rented out our home, lived in our RV for the last month, and are now only two short weeks away from packing up four suitcases and 2 small dogs and headed to your side of the sun. Blessings for being such an inspiration. Your blog is wonderful and we are so grateful that your words help so many people- and that we’re among them….so yes, we drank the kool-aid.

    Cheers,
    Rob and Kris

  22. I don’t think you’ve met Karen Bloemhoff yet but hopefully you can when you guys come to Cozumel to visit me next year. I would recommend her to anyone that is considering buying real estate on Cozumel. She is a great person and a great agent that knows the island. Being a real estate Broker myself for over 20 years I think I am able to judge other agents better than the average person. She goes by the same main principal that I always have, and that is the client always comes first. Looking forward to seeing you guys next year!

  23. Tracey@ MyBajaKitchen.com | November 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Reply

    I love the idea of paying it forward. I’m adding a new dimension to my blog about being a Mexican Snowbird. We have another set of problems keeping one foot in each country. If we didn’t have grand babies I think it would be much easier to live full time in Baja. We plan to start exploring the mainland so I’ll reach out if we land near you.
    Thank you for taking the time out of your beach schedule to make life easier for others.
    Saludes,
    Tracey at http://www.MyBajaKitchen.com

  24. Barbara Ransehousen | November 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm | Reply

    I enjoy the Spanish lessons, and enjoy reading about the Yucatan. We are in our third year in Chapala, Jalisco. It’s real working town not a resort. I guess there’s room for both!

  25. One of my favorite blogs, Paul. And as a Brooklyn guy, I had no idea you grew up on Long Island. It’s going to be in the 20s up here tonight. 🙁
    Thanks for your tips on Urgent Care in PDC this summer for my hand.

    • Yep, I left Long Island back in 1989 and never looked back. I’ve decided that I never want to live in a place where it gets that cold again…lol.

      By the way, I hope the hand is doing okay.

  26. We are in Cancun now and have reached out to the folks that you recommended to begin exploring places in Akumal to call home. We hope to leave here knowing exactly where we are going to buy! We don’t plan on waiting until “retirement age” to retire, we want to live fully now and your blog has been a great help!

    Gracias to you both!

    Suzanne and Patrick

  27. Kristann Montague | November 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Reply

    Hola Paul,

    Since I found your blog a few months ago I think I have read every single thing you’ve ever written, and a a subscriber now I know I won’t miss any more new posts. Your blog is awesome and I love the Spanish lessons! You inspired my husband and I to take our first visit to the Rivieria Maya (to celebrate our birthdays – his was in October and mine is next week), and to check out this part of Mexico to see if it could be a place we could happily retire to, when we retire in a few years.

    We just got back from the Rivieria Maya (we stayed at the Bahia Principe Akumal resort and it was fabulous). I had actually thought about contacting you to before we went to ask to take you and Linda out to dinner to say thanks for all the great info on the blog, but then I chickened out and thought it might be rude or maybe stalker-ish to ask. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who had that idea! We are planning to return next spring to do some more serious house hunting (we did check out the condos for sale on the Bahia Principe resort and they were really nice, but we’d like to see more of what’s available in the area south of Cancun). I will PM you to ask for realtor recommendations when we book our next trip.

    One thing we learned for sure on our first visit was that our rudimentary Spanish is seriously not good enough if we actually did live there. We have to keep practicing. A LOT. All the Spanish we learned sort fo flew out of our brains when we actually tried to have a real life conversation with the employees at the resort or out signtseeing. Fortunately, the kind people we talked to were much more fluent in English than we were in Spanish. While a lot of Mexicans there speak good English, I really would not want to live there if I couldn’t carry on a basic conversation with someone there, or read at least some Spanish. I felt like some of the people we enountered (at the car rental place, and at a local cenote) were trying to take advantage of our lack of fluency to charge higher rates/fees than they would have with someone who was more conversant in Spanish.

    Muchas gracias for your blog – it is fabulous!

    Best,

    Kris from the Seattle suburbs

    • Hi Kris!

      Thanks for following the blog and for subscribing to it. Since we don’t have a set posting schedule, that’s the best way to know the moment something new appears on the blog.

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in Akumal and at Bahia Principe. This is a great area and we absolutely love living here. By the way, I applaud your decision to wait until you can see more real estate options in the area before making a life-changing decision. There are some very impressive places. The next time that you’re down we can connect you with our real estate contact and he can show you around.

      Speaking of the next time that you’re down, don’t chicken out on reaching out to us. The worst thing that could happen is that we’re unable to meet because we have something else scheduled. We’ve met so many amazing people through the blog that we now consider that part of blogging a “perk”.

      If you plan on one day calling Mexico home, it’s a good idea to brush up on your Spanish a bit. It will make life much easier.

      Have a great week!

      Paul

  28. It was great to finally meet you guys! Thanks so much for all your useful information and the time you shared with us. We can’t wait to be there full time and spend more time on the beach hanging out. And PLEASE keep the Spanish lessons coming!

    • It was great meeting you too!

      We plan on doing a minimum of 30 Spanish lessons. After that, we’ll do an assessment to see if anyone is even watching them before deciding whether or not to make more…lol.

  29. Barbara Ransehousen | November 23, 2017 at 11:55 am | Reply

    Where is “confirm follow? I amTRYING ” to be a subscriber……

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