When my wife, Suzan, and I became expats 17 years ago, one of my reasons for leaving my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, was pretty simple.
I never wanted to shovel snow again, ever.
Like so many other expats, we came home for the holidays. When you have family you want to visit and they live in a place that has winter, you do what you have to do.
But this year, the holidays happened to coincide with some of the coldest weather the U.S. Midwest has suffered through in recent history. Deep freeze weather. Temperatures that stay well below 0 F for days at a time.
And having done my part to honor my Nebraska winter roots, I’m hightailing my freezing post-holiday butt right back to Mexico.
Suzan and I are legal residents of Mexico, and this year (2018), we plan to make the rounds of our adopted country.
We’re going to start by revisiting our old hometown of Mérida, capital of the state of Yucatán in eastern Mexico. It’s one of the cleanest, safest, and—in my experience—best-run cities not just in Mexico, but in the Western Hemisphere.
Symphonies, art galleries, shopping centers, wide boulevards, excellent restaurants. Big enough to have everything, small enough to be comfortable and unpretentious. And within a 30-minute drive of the town of Progreso and miles of warm, breezy Gulf Coast beaches.
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