1. Thanks for keepin’ it real, Beth!

  2. Carrie says:

    The video says it’s private, Beth! I want to see the gross video!

  3. Adah says:

    I remember the “mosquito truck” from growing up in Houston!

  4. Gail Stewart says:

    I’d say you have it just about exactly right! Required reading for anyone who visits once and decides to start packing to move south…

  5. Leah says:

    Hi Beth,

    Thank you for these insights, among so many of your wise offerings! I’ve really been enjoying your writing and sharing. So I’m sorry to write in for the first (second?) time with a critique…

    Use of the word “rape” in a way that does not actually mean rape. Which I think is a really important distinction to make because of the actual-rape cultures that we live in and that are horribly violent and problematic. Let’s not minimize it?

    Thank you!


    • Beth says:

      You are right, Leah. I appreciate you calling me on my insensitivity. I changed the wording and will be more careful about tossing around concepts that are clearly no joking matter. Best, Beth

  6. Heidi says:

    I feel sick to my stomach jut remembering that video.

  7. Milkfree says:

    Hi Beth, I’m reading your blog from a bit of time and I really like your writing: you are so honest, funny and sensitive!
    Cheers from Italy!

  8. Jealousy officially neutralized. Thank you SO MUCH for scraping off the sugar coating.

  9. Adah- I remember the mosquito truck from growing up in Houston, too! It would come at nightfall when I was already in bed. More recently I experienced it in Mexico, where I rushed to close all the doors and windows while my babies slept. Ugh.

  10. Rita says:

    I am such a wuss. The grey clouds outside my window look beautiful right about now. Thank you!

  11. Anka says:

    Thanks for the REALITY! I like your choice of words, allows a smile despite gross and sad facts :o)
    I´d like to scrape some sugar off the image of undoubtedly cooler and cleaner Germany – when it gets warmer, the trash looks just the same after few days. And if we aren´t watching it to be closed tightly the crows will spread the mess all over the place…
    This post was a great reminder to appreciate -and see paradise in- the place I am.

  12. Natalia says:

    Whenever I feel shitty, I read your website and it makes me feel better. So thank you. Also, I’ve lived in the tropics briefly here and there, and I find myself fantasizing about going back once in a while, but then recently I wondered, “Was I really THAT happy there? Weren’t there annoying things?” And I thought about it really hard, and then I remembered the mosquito bites and having to hitchhike to the grocery store. Although overall I still think it’s a better deal, but thanks for easing the pain of jealousy a little bit. I also was surprised, because by reading the title of this article, I was like, “Whoah.. it’s gonna be a pessimistic post, i’ve never seen her do that.” But then it didn’t really feel like a list of complaints at all. Nowhere is perfect, and that’s so important to remember, otherwise I feel like I’m living in a cage with some perfect world outside. So, yes, we must cultivate paradise within 🙂

  13. Barbara says:

    I laughed out loud at your description of the ants! The mosquito trucks but the electricity being turned off too.

    Have experienced all of it in “magical San Miguel”. Add to that the siege of scorpions and assorted other episodes. But, you have to admit it does add to the adventure and the truthful statement that no two days are alike! I too, have flagged down anybody who could figure out how to reconnect the elec meter. To this day, four years later no one has ever shown up from the electric company to reconnect it. Thank goodness someone clued me in to find my own guy!

    Enjoy your writing greatly…….

  14. Hola Beth – greetings from Ajijic, Jalisco, where I have been living with my husband for the past seven years! I love your blog and we have so much of the same things going on here that I just had to write and say “thanks”!

    I have a blog too you might enjoy checking out – it’s much more “gringolandia” here at Lake Chapala but some things (like dealing with CFE) are the same everywhere!
    anyway stop by….http://jilliansandrock.com

    Thanks again!


  15. L says:

    Interestingly, lots of this is quite similar to living in New Orleans. 🙂 We have the mosquito trucks too.

  16. Simply Bike says:

    Great post! Loved the insight into daily (not so pretty) life there and the reminder that every place can be both paradise and hell – it’s all perspective. 🙂

  17. sparks says:

    9000 pesos for even two months is unheard of. I would find that electrician again and have him block whatever access point the street vendors are using. Like your Blog

  18. Chasee Hudgins says:

    baby flies! haha!

  19. Sheila says:

    Really appreciate your honesty and so enjoy your writing. I’m thrilled to have found you! Thank you!
    Reading this made me think of a film called “Life & Debt” which begins with lines from Jamaica Kincaid’s “A Small Place.” Weaves deeply these threads and explores much history of the “developing” nations and the reality of paradise.
    I highly recommend both!
    Thank you again!

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