Friday, February 13, 2009


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Dianne and Greg


  1. Hey I never took you for a groupie, Dianne!

    Paul and I think we'll probably head over to hear El Recodo, I imagine you'll be there, hanging out with the band, right?

  2. Yes, I'm sure that seeing me will be the highlight of their evening. They are looking forward to it! :)

  3. DIANNE,
    We have 2 children ages 10 and 13. @ years ago we spent 6 months in SMA. I'd love to find out what motivated your move to Maz, if it permanent and how your son feels about it. Also, are you working from there and were is your son going to school. Would you email me at I'd really love to hear more as we would love to move least me, my husband and our 13 year old.


  4. Please contact me by email. I would love to talk to you about living in MX with a family. I have 2 children and spent 6 mths in SMA and would love to make it permanent situation. School is a big concern.


  5. Dear Diane,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I've attempted to answer both your emails, but the address you gave me bounces.

    Below that is my most recent answer. Thx.

    Best, Dianne


    Dear Diane,

    I am happy to help in any way I can.

    We have a 13 year old as well. Here in Maz there are no international schools. There are good local schools. Most of the good ones call themselves bilingual, and it’s important to know that most are not, or are to very varying degrees. That’s good for having our kids learn Spanish, of course, but it’s a much steeper/more immersion learning curve than we expected for our son, as we were told by the school directors that most of the kids spoke English fairly well and would be able to help/translate in the beginning.

    Anyway, we absolutely love it here. Mazatlán is a real city—vibrant, exciting, noisy, dirty. It’s not a community built for tourists or one that’s been yuppified (yet). Before moving you definitely want to be sure what kind of community you want. Way different here than SMA, as you no doubt know.

    We moved here primarily for our son, to give him life experience as a minority/overseas/in a second language. We also wanted the lifestyle of a beach community. We work full-time and we intend that our move here is “permanent” in the sense of, probably Danny our son will graduate from high school here. Life shows that we tend to move every 7-8 years or so, and I have lived in Japan and Spain as well as Mexico City.

    Am happy to answer any other questions I can or guide you. I am a firm believer that every child should have overseas/multilingual experience. Please know that I run my own business and am a full-time mother/wife/friend; it is Carnaval week here also. So, I may not be able to answer same-day or next-day as it appears you might like. I will do my best.

    Best, Dianne

  6. I'd like to chime in that there are a number of bloggers posting regularly about their lives in Mexico with their kids. Here are a few:
    (the above has a bunch of Mexico kid blogs listed)

    Just look around a bit and you'll find them!

  7. I LOVE that last one! Thank you for sharing, Nancy.

  8. Hello,
    Just read your entire blog and so glad to add you to my blogroll! (hope that okay)

    The Thursday Errand Post had me Laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair. It has been a long day and I needed some grand humor!

    Looking forward to keeping up with you on the blog.


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