It’s been 14 months since my last trip to the United States, the country that I jokingly refer to as the old country since moving to Mexico with my wife, Linda, in 2015.
Linda says the time has come to return to the old country family and friends, so we’re flying to Florida this weekend and we’ll be there for the rest of the month.
The rest of the month — that sounds like a really long time to me.
It’s not that I don’t like the U.S., I actually love it. It’s just that when I go back, I get a very “been there, done that” feeling and I get bored after only a few days.
I equate the experience to visiting your old high school. Sure it’s fun at first because it makes you feel nostalgic, but you wouldn’t want to spend two weeks there. That would just be…well, boring.
Another reason why I rarely return is because most things cost more back in the old country, especially eating out — which is something that Linda and I love to do.
If we eat out as much as we do in Mexico, we quickly exceed our budget and then we don’t have any money left to do anything else. Back to that pesky boredom problem again.
Don’t You Miss Your Friends and Family Back Home?
This is a question that I get a lot, and I suppose that if this was 1990 and social media was still in its infancy, then I would probably say yes.
But with technology the way it is now, I stay in constant communication with everyone that I care to, and I even get constant updates about their lives via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a host of other platforms.
I’m actually carrying on text conversations with three friends in the States while I’m writing this article.
Thanks to modern technology, whenever I do run into an old friend back in the States, this is how the conversation typically goes:
Friend: Hey! It’s great to see you.
Me: Great to see you too.
Friend: I’ve been following your blog and Facebook. It looks like you’re loving Mexico.
Me: Yep, it’s great. I’ve been following you on social media. It looks like you’ve been doing well.
This is the part of the conversation where both parties feel compelled to prove that they’ve actually been following each other. This is done by referencing a post or two.
Me: Congrats on that (e.g. promotion, birth of a child, retirement)
Friend: Thanks! I saw you and Linda visited (e.g. Puebla, Isla Mujeres, Ireland)
Me: Yep, it was fun.
At this point, both parties smile and nod before moving on to the closing ceremonies.
Me: Anything else new?
Friend: Nope, how about with you?
Friend: Okay, it was great talking to you. Take care.
Me: You too. Bye.
Depending on how many people I run into, I may have this conversation more than a dozen times in a single day.
Let’s Wrap This Up?
The longer I live in Mexico, the less I like to be away from here — even if it’s only for a couple of weeks. And anyone from the old country who has visited us, no longer questions why.
We live in a tropical paradise that butts up against one of the most beautiful bodies of water on the planet, the Caribbean Sea.
As if the location wasn’t enough, we also enjoy a higher quality of life than we had back in the United States. That’s saying a lot considering that our annual income was reduced by two-thirds when we left our jobs.
Well, that’s enough talk about our upcoming trip. It’s a gorgeous day in the Riviera Maya and I’m going to the beach!