My New Neighborhood: Colonia del Valle in Mexico City

Hello, my friends.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a new post, and for that I apologize.

I’ve got a couple new projects in the works that have been eating my time.

But, I’m back to tell you what it’s like living in del Valle, Mexico City.

Do You Want To Make Money Online And Travel Latin America?

This is a review of Content 2 Cash, by Jake Nomada.

Have you ever thought how nice it might be to make money from your laptop while living in Latin America?

Imagine yourself in a penthouse overlooking a city, or relaxing in secluded beach abode, earning in dollars but spending in pesos, soles or reales.

Setting your own hours. Knowing you can party ‘til 6am at a reggaeton club because you can start your day’s work whenever you please; or being able to take a few days off on a whim for a rejuvenating excursion in the Andes.

If you’ve read my blog, perhaps such things have crossed your mind…

Mexico City: What's It Like Living In Centro?

Whenever I tell folks where I live in Mexico City, they’re always surprised.

Really!?

Centro? Isn’t it dangerous?

Why did you decide to live there?

And fair enough…

10 Good Reasons To Live In Lima, Peru

What’s up, guys.

Once again, I’ve got Peru on my mind.

And, seeing as how it’s been 10 months since I left, I figured I’d honor it with a post about 10 good reasons to live in Lima…

The Last Emperor Of Mexico

Vienna, Austria. 1840.

A sibling rivalry that will change history in Europe and the Americas.

Two brothers in line for the Austrian throne: Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph and his brother Franz Joseph.

Latin American Soul vs. Eastern European Soul

This is a guest post from Maverick Traveler

When it comes to leaving the West and looking for a cheap and easy way of living, the traveler and future expat have chiefly two options: Latin America and Eastern Europe.

After spending seven years living in Latin America and five years in Eastern Europe, let me give you the inside scoop on the differences and similarities between these two very interesting regions of the world.

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First of all, there are many similarities between these two regions. Both are radically different from the West in a sense that they offer the visitor a completely different experience. Both offer a relatively cheap cost of living. Both have very sexy and feminine women. Both are great options if you’re a Westerner who’s looking for something new and unique.

That’s pretty much where the differences end. While these regions offer a great escape from the predictability and monotony of the West, at the core they’re as different as they can be. So, if you’re one of those people who are interested in escaping the West and learning about the main differences, read on.

When it comes to the lifestyle, Latin American can be summed up in one word: easygoing. The people are friendly, open and approachable. From the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to the streets of Medellin, Colombia, you can be walking on the streets and easily strike a conversation with pretty much anyone without any issues. When I lived in Rio de Janeiro, I made friends pretty much wherever I went: at the beach, at the juice-bars, on the streets, and many other places.

On the other hand, Eastern Europeans are anything but easy-going. Whereas Latin Americans are “hot,” (especially when it comes to temper, etc), Eastern Europeans are “cold,” (including temper). If you find yourself walking around a random Eastern European city, you will immediately notice a few people smiling, etc; in fact, smiling is frowned upon. (Smiling at some stranger might be interpreted as making fun of them.)

One reason for this is the weather. While Eastern Europe has pleasant summers, the winters are mostly tough and unforgiving as the temperatures typically dip well into the negative territory. Thus, it takes a certain person to survive the average Eastern European winter, and that person is radically different from the tanned, always-smiling and easy-going resident of Rio de Janeiro.

The food reflects these cultural aspects. As an Eastern European, I can safely say that while the food in Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European is very hearty and filling, it’s mostly bland and boring. However, the same can’t be said of Latin American food. It varies from basic but filling to spicy and exotic. Regardless, it’s never boring and bland, but always very colorful.

Latin American culture is about excitement and fun. Eastern European culture is about toughness and stoicism.

These cultures can’t get any different if they tried.

One advantage I feel that Eastern Europe has over Latin America is in its rich history. Eastern Europe has suffered through numerous wars, invasions and all kinds of conflicts pretty much throughout all of its existence.

Latin America, on the other hand, has suffered pretty much no international wars or conflicts since the invasion by the Europeans back in the 15th century.

So, if you’re a history buff, there’s a certain allure in Eastern Europe. All kinds of interesting monuments, statues to various revolutionaries, houses where famous people lived. It’s all here on display in Eastern Europe.

Moreover, this is something you feel. It’s here. It’s everywhere. For instance, take Kiev, Ukraine, one of my favorite cities in the world and where I currently reside. There’s a certain joy of walking around the narrow streets of this capital, the old town, the old buildings that you just don’t experience in Latin America. It’s hard to explain, but it’s definitely there.

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When it comes to dating, there are also a lot of similarities and differences. Both women are super feminine Both women are very traditional. Both women have, for the most part, avoided the infection that is known as feminism. And both types of women can potentially make for some amazing wives.

Having said that, there are some important differences, so if you’re a Western bachelor looking to find some love in these far-flung places, you better understand the differences.

Latin American women, for the most, are pretty open and accepting. If she likes you, she will usually be very open with you and tell you fairly quickly. In Brazil, it was very common for women to mention that they like you in less than 15 minutes after meeting you.

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In Colombia, women typically told me that they were having a great time in about several hours into the night the very first time we met. It was more or less similar in other countries (perhaps except Argentina, which has a more European culture).

In Eastern Europe, women are more closed and getting to know them requires more time. While some women are more open than others, the majority of the women I have met here require plenty of time for them to actually open up to you and become comfortable with you. Some women never open up to the level that you want.

Thus, don’t be too surprised if your Ukrainian or Russian girlfriend is super closed-up even after you’ve been dating her for several months. That’s just part of the package.

When it comes to the ease of dating, I would say that it’s a lot easier to date Latin American women as compared to Eastern European women. Eastern European women love to test their men. And they keep testing them throughout the length of the relationship to see if they’re still as tough as when they first met them.

While Latin American women test as well, they’re generally more forgiving of their men’s mistakes and errors. Things are a lot easier with Latin American women.

All of this is expressed in the culture. For the most part, Latin American culture is more accepting and forgiving of your mistakes. Eastern European is more stoic, rough and tough, but if you accept the challenge and embrace it, you will grow into a much stronger and better man.

So, there you have it. The 30,000-feet bird’s eye view of the main differences as well as similarities between Eastern Europe and Latin America.

So, the question remains, are you an Eastern European or Latin American soul?

If you like things to be relaxing and easy-going, then you should choose Latin America.

If you’re looking for a challenge, cold weather and lots of history then Eastern Europe has your number.

Ultimately, whatever you end up choosing, rest assured, you will be experiencing something new and amazing.


Be sure to check out James at Maverick Traveler

P.S…

If you’d like to meet women in Latin America, check out Latin American Cupid

If Eastern Europe has piqued your interest, check out Ukraine Date

How To Get Set Up In A New Latin American City

Hey friends,

Today I’m going to tell you what you should do when you arrive to a new Latin American city.

Whenever I touch down in a destination that’s new to me, or somewhere I haven’t been for awhile, this is exactly what I do…

Nightlife in Guatemala City: What's It Like?

Hey friends!

The time has come to talk about nightlife in Guatemala City.

What’s it like? Where you should go? What should you expect?

Read on to find out…

Why I Was Wrong About Guatemala City

Ladies and gentlemen, I made a mistake.

I misjudged Guatemala City.

What can I say? I was off-base; out of line; missed the mark. Just...wrong.

Here’s what happened…

What Is Life Like As An Expat In Mexico City?

Hey folks. Today I’m going to talk about expat life in Mexico City.

What to expect, how much you’ll spend, the pros, the cons. All that good stuff.

But first, a disclaimer…

50 Good Books About Mexico, Central and South America

What originally drove me to live in Latin America wasn't the sex, sun and salsa. Rather, it was a fascination with the politics, culture and society in this part of the world.

My interest started in university with a socioeconomics course. Insufferable Marxist indoctrination aside, it was an engaging class and responsible for igniting my enthusiasm for Latin America. I probably never would have bothered to take the jump to live in LATAM if I hadn't taken the class.

Credit where credit's due.

Hermosillo City Guide

Here’s your Hermosillo, Mexico city guide!

A reader who spent a considerable amount of time here was kind enough to submit a breakdown.

So, without further ado, your guide to the capital of Sonora!

***This is a guest post by Don Tim…

65 Good Movies About Mexico, Central and South America

There are some truly great movies about South America, Central America and Mexico.

Watching movies is an excellent way to get a feel for the history, culture or atmosphere of a place; I'm always impressed at how a good film...

Happy New Year (I Need Your Help!)

Happy New Year!

I’ll take this opportunity to thank my readers. I love and appreciate you all!

And I hope you stick with me through 2019 and beyond.

Two days ago…

A Few Thoughts On The Biggest Cities In Latin America

Ladies and Gentlemen!

…I found a cool list.

And I thought I’d share it with you all.

After you take it in, I’ll share my thoughts on population size and what it means for the prospective Latin America traveler.

Here ya go!


Image and information from: https://data.mongabay.com/igapo/Latin_America.htm

Image and information from: https://data.mongabay.com/igapo/Latin_America.htm


Why is this a cool list?

Well, it’s not that easy to find population figures for Latin America laid out this neatly.

Why should you care?

Well, that, I don’t know.

But, let me tell you why I care.


Are You A “Big City” Person?

Do you prefer big cities, mid-sized cities, or smaller towns?

Chances are, you have a preference.

Me? I’m a big city person.

And when I saw this list, something immediately struck me about it; there was a reason I made a screenshot of the top 50 cities as opposed to, say, the top 25 cities or top 100 cities.

Are You A Big City Lover? If So, Don’t Live in a LATAM city with under 1,000,000 people.

Let me elaborate.

What particularly caught my attention about this list was #45: Leon, Mexico.

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Now, I spent quite a bit of time in Leon a few years back, and, as someone who prefers big cities, it struck me as the smallest big city that I’d be OK with living in, i.e it had just enough bars, restaurants, activities, services, people and energy to satisfy my tastes.

But only just.

In short, I would say that if you’re a big city type of person looking to relocate to Latin America, only consider the cities on this list.

Let’s Break Some Things Down

Right, so even if you are a big city person, there are some cities on this list that, for one reason or another, you’re probably not going to want to live in.

For instance, some are ugly sprawling suburbs (Ecatepec, Mexico), and some are downright too dangerous (Venezuelan cities at the moment, unfortunately).

I haven’t been to all of these cities, so I can’t speak for them, but for what it’s worth, here are 10 bigger cities in Latin America that I could probably live in somewhat merrily:

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mexico City, Mexico

Bogota, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Lima, Peru

Guadalajara, Mexico

Cali, Colombia

Santiago, Chile

Keep in mind, we’re talking living as opposed to visiting. For instance, I’m not too anxious to visit Santiago, Chile again, but there’s no denying it would be one of the better places to live in Latin America.

Likewise, I’d love to visit Havana, Cuba again, but I don’t think I could ever live there.

Are There Exceptions?

I’m glad you asked!

Are there exceptions to your “big city” rule? Are there smaller cities than these that a “big city” person could be content living in?

Yes. I would say yes.

Main exception being if it’s the biggest city in a given country.

For instance, you won’t see San Jose, Costa Rica or Panama City, Panama on this list of the 50 biggest Latin American cities.

But, because they are the largest cities in the country - and the capitals - you’ll typically find more diversity and greater offerings than you would in a similarly sized city of a larger country.

Although they aren’t quite large enough to make the cut, I’m sure a big city person would do just fine in either San Jose or Panama City.

Conclusion

That’s about it, folks.

Not a long one today.

I just wanted to show you that list and give you another way to look at where you might want to relocate to Latin America.

After all, of the most common questions I receive is related to people wanting to know where some good potential places are to live in Latin America.

I’m hoping this post will help some of you “big city” people out.

Thanks for listening,

Vance

Should You Live In Latin America?

Hey folks.

Today I’m going to help you decide whether or not you should live in Latin America.

And we’ll be taking a slightly different approach to this question than you may expect…

Read This If You Want To Live In Mexico

Have you ever thought about living in Mexico?

Imagining yourself in a beach house or apartment with a view?

Starting a small business down south?

Obtaining a second passport and/or an additional bank account (along with all the benefits those come with?)

If so, read on!

Your Short And Sweet Guide To Guatemalan Women

Hey there!

Considering my blog covers all things Latin America, I’d be remiss not to dedicate some words to Guatemalan women…

Vintage Travel Posters Of Latin America

In this post, I curate over 100 vintage travel posters of Latin America — organized by country — with prints dating from the early 1900s to the 1990s.

Ladies and gentlemen, you won’t want to miss this one!

How To Get Residency In Guatemala

So.

It’s rather easy to get residency in Guatemala.

Who knew!

This post is part of an unofficial series…