With our decision to use Merida as our ‘Home Base’ for awhile longer, we’ve decided to renew our Mexican Resident Visas (the old FM3) for 2-years. We just paid our $4,640 MXN (fee for 2-years), or about $180 USD per year, and should receive our appointment for appearing at the Immigration Department soon.
We’ve determined that with the drug cartels moving their operations to the southernmost part of Mexico (bordering Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Salvador) it is just too risky to ride the scooters through those countries on our way south. We will, instead, fly (or take long-distance buses) when visiting those countries, pretty much eliminating the risk of traveling alone on isolated highways.
Our cost-of-living in Merida is so low (approximately $195 USD pp per month) for our three bedroom, fully-furnished casa, that we can easily afford to maintain it while traveling for weeks (or even months) at a time. And Merida is ideally located for traveling in this part of the world. When we decide to finally relocate for a longer period of time in Central and/or South America we will then pack up our stuff and make the move.
On a side note, I am supposed to be receiving my new Apple MacBook Pro 13 Retina tomorrow. I am really excited about using this new computer, because so many of you have given it rave reviews. A new learning curve to be sure, but hey it keeps me young. It should prove to be the perfect small, lightweight computer for my traveling and photography. My old Dell Inspiron 15 is a beast by comparison with its outdated technology.
It continues to rain daily, but I personally view that as a good thing. Normally we’re good up until the late afternoon or early evening hours, and then the T-storms roll in and we get a good dunking. It always cools the daytime temperatures nicely, and makes for a better nights sleep. However, we found it ironic (and a little bit disturbing) that the season’s first named hurricane to cause damage in Mexico was Barbara. Is my ex trying to send me a message? Sheesh.