La Vida Loca; Gringos in Mexico


La Vida Loca; Gringos in Mexico

After living in Holland for most of my life, I moved to Veracruz, Mexico because my Canadian husband accepted a job there about a year ago. Neither of us had been there before and neither of us spoke any Spanish. It was wild, but I loved every minute of it.

Mexico turned out to be an awesome country! I know that there is a drug-war going on and that politically there is a lot to do, but we are far away from the drugs and as in all countries there will always be political problems.

The Mexicans are great people, the landscapes are fantastic, the weather is great and the food is to die for (well most of it anyway). And then there is the history of the Mayans, the Aztecs and the Totonacs (from the area where we live). We’ve travelled a lot through different states and learned about different cultures, foods and languages. Even though we still speak very basic Spanish, the people here are very helpful and try to understand what we mean. They have to; because they either don’t speak any English or they are reluctant to use what they got. I guess they prefer us to wrestle with their language.

I started my blog to keep in touch with family and friends, but nowadays a lot of other people are following my little adventures. I write about my everyday life, our travels, things I notice or come across and the things I do to keep myself busy (I am not allowed to work, and anyway with my minimal Spanish it would be impossible to find a job as a technical writer.)

So if you want to get some idea of what it is like to be an expat’s wife in Mexico, come on over and check out my blog on

Pleun Brevet
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My name is Pleun and I recently moved to Mexico with my husband. We had no idea what to expect and also did not speak Spanish. Turns out it is like being on a roller-coaster and we are loving (most of) it. Life here is fun and unexpected, there are too many variables we cannot predict.