This blog chronicles the adventures of John and Libby as we traveled through Mexico by car (three times), vacationed in Playa del Carmen (for nine months), and started a Mexican computer consulting business (Si, estamos locos por seguro!).
In October of 2005, we left our jobs as software developers in Chicago for a six month time out in Mexico. We packed up our Honda Civic coupe with our two cats, snorkeling gear, laptop, and as much other stuff as we could cram in on the very same day that Hurricane Wilma hit the coast of Playa del Carmen. Read about our journey here and here.
In Playa del Carmen, we lazed on dazzling beaches, snorkeled our hearts out, met expats and other locals, lost our Billie, learned some Spanish (not enough), made some friends, ate lots of pastor and arrachera, and fell in love with an amazing little (but ever growing) Mexican coastal town.
With our six month hiatus closing in on us, we found we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave. So we did what any self-respecting loco gringo would do. We drove back to Chicago, sold off all our stuff, drove back to Playa del Carmen, hired lawyers and accountants, and formed a Mexican computer consulting business … so that we could work for it … so we could get work visas.
Over the next few months, we fired lawyers and accountants, visited the Mexican tax office more times than we care to remember, memorized every crack in the floor of the Scotiabank branch, secured jobs through word of mouth, hired a Mexican employee, got our provisional visas renewed, and possibly even managed to remain somewhat sane.
Now, we’re just trying to return to some degree of normality. Dinner parties, bowling, and watching American TV shows are awfully appealing. But we have to admit … the beach, the sun, the palm trees … they never do get old!