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Kino Alyse in an American Expat in Rome.

Two Years in Rome: An Expat Interview with Kino Alyse

Kino Alyse is a very successful photographer who is based in Rome. She had been published by numerous agencies, among them National Geographic. WeExpats touched base with Kino Alyse to get her insights on living abroad and the traveling expat lifestyle.   What is your full name? Kino Alyse. Where are you from in the [...]
Why do Mexicans not flush their toilet paper.

Throwing Away Your Used Toilet Paper in Mexico: Why Mexicans Don’t Flush Their TP

There is a curious social convention in Mexico where used toilet paper is thrown into the wastebasket instead of flushed down the toilet, as it would be in the United States. It seems this has sparked a series of threads—some which got quite heated—over why Mexicans don’t flush their toilet paper in Mexico.   LACK OF [...]
Mexican Street Tacos

An Expats Guide to Street Tacos in Mexico

Tacos have been a passion of mine for decades. Growing up in Mexico City, my friends would take me to tacos stands throughout a night of social engagements; and as the night would pass, we would find ourselves eating progressively cheaper and stranger tacos with incrementally spicier salsas to cover up exponentially lower quality meats, [...]
Meet the LFA, Mexico's American Football League

The Mexican League Playing American Football: Meet the LFA

For those Mexican expats who are die-hard fans of American football, there is hope for you when the NFL season ends: there is a Mexican league playing American football—and it’s growing. The LFA (or Liga de Fútbol Americano Profesional) began only a few years ago in 2016. The real powerhouse behind the LFA’s creation is [...]
Water filtration in Mexico

Water Filtration in Mexico: Different Filters for Different Needs

If you are in Mexico, you have most likely gotten used to paying outrageous sums for jugs of filtered water from your local convenient store. Some of you might be making the biweekly trip, carrying large containers of water to and fro—often with a parched throat—until you can get home to quench your thirst. Fret [...]
Find the Touristic Villages in Mexico Near You

All 111 Pueblos Magicos in Every State in Mexico

A Pueblo Mágico is a certification awarded to small villages in Mexico by the tourism board (Secretaría de Turismo). This program was launched in 2001, with only 32 towns selected. After the success of the program, it was relaunched in 2010—this time with a total of 83 towns. In 2015, the list was expanded to [...]
The City of Canberra is Surrounded by Outback

6 Years in the Australian Outback: An Expat Interview with Benjamin Kimitsuka

This is an Expat interview with Benjamin Kimitsuka who—after growing up in the Bay Area—moved to live in the Australian outback. After 6 years, he has even become a citizen living in the capital city of Canberra. What is your full name? Benjamin Kimitsuka. Where are you from in the USA? Cupertino, California. San Francisco [...]
Milk in Mexico is not kept in the refrigerator

Milk in Mexico: Why Mexican Milk is Different

Surfing the internet, I came across a Trip Advisor thread where American expats were discussing the milk in Mexico. The thread was called, Does Real Milk Exist in Mexico? Here’s an excerpt from the thread: “Just wondering if you can get real cows milk, like the kind I’m used to in the US, anywhere in [...]
Expat Interview, 34 Years in Spain

34 Years in Bilbao: An Expat Interview with Jim Shaffer

What is your full name? Alright. My full name is James Elmer—you know like Elmer Fudd—Shaffer. Really! I had no idea your middle name was Elmer! It’s not something I’m tremendously proud of. Where are you from in the United States? Pennsylvania. In suburbia, bordering on the rural area. From the back of my house, [...]
Expats Guide to Living in Mexico

An Expats Guide to Living and Retiring in Mexico

PART I – LIVING IN MEXICO: What is it like to live in Mexico? Mexico is a warm and friendly country filled with a vibrant culture and excellent service. The food is spectacular—if a bit spicy at times—and the music is filled with exotic rhythms that naturally make hips sway. Your quality of life immediately [...]
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