24 August 2016

Bob Cox - Expat in Mexico

Bob Cox - Expat in Mexico

We’ve had the chance to talk to Bob Cox, 74, an American / Mexican expat who has moved to Mexico with his family. Mr. Cox who has been living there for 46 years now works as an accredited tourist guide.

Read more about his experiences in the full interview below.


Q: Where are you originally from? 

A: Columbus, Georgia, U.S.A.


Q: What made you move out of the USA?

A: An adventurous spirit.


Q: Where are you living now? 

A: Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico


Q: How did you come to choose this new country of residence?

A: Spur of the moment decision.


Q: How long have you been living in Mexico?   

A: 46 years


Q: What has been the most difficult experience you've had when you were new in Mexico? 

A: Getting necessary paperwork done from the U.S.A.


Q: Would you say that formalities like getting visas or work permits and international health insurance were particularly difficult in Mexico? What was your experience with these?  

A: The first years here, (the 60’s and 70’s) were the most difficult, many very strict rules but politics and the general atmosphere became easier after the year 2000.


Q: Are you living alone or with your family? 

A: Yes with my family.


Q: How are they adjusting to the Expat Lifestyle?

A: They have no problem as they were all born and raised here.


Q: Was it easy making friends and meeting people? Do you mainly socialize with other expats in Mexico? How did you manage to find a social circle in Mexico? 

A: It was very easy to make friends here, locals and expats. Met many people in the church and volunteering in medical missions and orphanages.


Q: What are the best things to do in the area? Anything to recommend to future expats?

A: Visit historical sights, archaeological zones, attend cultural conferences and events.


Q: How does the cost of living in Mexico compared to your home?

A: I estimate that my cost of living is about a third of what it cost me in the States.

  • How much is a cup of coffee?

A: Depends on the restaurant, anywhere from 60 cents to a dollar twenty.

  • How much is a meal in an inexpensive restaurant?

A: Between $3 to $ 5 dollars

  • How much is a meal in an expensive restaurant?

A: Around $10 dollars

  • How much is a bottle of wine? How about a pack of cigarettes?

A: Wine $5 dollars, I don’t smoke so I’m not sure about cigarettes.


Q: What do you think about the locals? 

A: They’re friendly once you break the ice.


Q: What do you think are the positive and negative sides of living in Mexico?

A: On the positive side, I can afford to live more economically here, there are many cultural events, beautiful panoramic sites, and friendly people. Negatively, sometimes bureaucrats can be annoying but no more so than back in the U.S.A.


Q: Do you miss home and family sometimes?

A: After so many years I feel like this is home.


Q: How do you cope with homesickness? 

A: Try to find an answer to what I miss.


Q: Do you have plans to move to a different country or back home in the future?

A: No.


Q: What has been the hardest aspect to your expat experience so far?

A: Learning the language.


Q: What tips can you give other expats living in that country?

A: Learn the language even if it’s difficult, learn the history, the culture and try new things. See what the locals do. Get involved in the community.


Q: Do you have favourite websites or blogs about Mexico?

A:  Lacocinadeleslie