Vallarta Real Estate: Learn as much Spanish as you can

Be a Happy Expat

We know far too many expats in Puerto Vallarta who complain about bus noise, unfair taxi fares, potholes, barking dogs, crowing roosters and Banda music. You came here to live, you should adapt to all these things and more.

When we first moved to Puerto Vallarta, there were no Costco or Sam’s Club; not one restaurant accepted credit cards; our gay friends would not have dared walk down the street holding hands; waiters did not speak English, and the airport had a dirt floor. We didn’t have AC, ATM’s and certainly no Amazon.com. We were happy as a bear in the woods. Though we have seen a many changes, we’ve found that being upset about new things makes no one enjoy life.

Here are a few things we can suggest to our friends in Puerto Vallarta to make life perhaps not perfect, but definitely divine.

Get outside your comfort zone. If you haven’t done so yet, we recommend the hike on the trail to Las Animas. If you can’t hike, take a boat taxi, and visit all the villages on the south shore. Be daring and explore! Take the bus to El Tuito, Tepic or Guadalajara. Eat ceviche, the Mexican version of sushi; fish cooked in lime. Join a group of majority Mexican members and work on your Spanish. There are numerous clubs in Puerto Vallarta; Rotary; Lions; the Navy League greets ships, has a Toys for Tots program and a host of other events, of which the public is welcome. Play dominoes, bridge, learn to surf, ride a horse. There are so many adventurous things you can do and they don’t all require an athlete’s build. You’ve made the decision to live in a foreign country; don’t act like a foreigner. Live outside your own personal box.

Don’t bring your problems with you. You have a child or sibling who no longer talks to you? your ex-wife’s new husband wants to sabotage your relationship with your kids? your bankruptcy? you’re living on a pittance of Social Security? Don’t share these things with everyone you meet, especially in the bar! Talk about the good things in your life and consider the fact you made a decision to pull up your roots and transform your life. Dwell on that.

Learn as much Spanish as you can. Locals in Puerto Vallarta love to hear you at least try. My very own mother, at the age of 80, began taking Spanish so she could order her own food when she came to visit. I have always loved her for that and you should, too.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.