Mike and I had been preparing for weeks and weeks our power point presentation that we gave this past Thursday morning here at the Sheraton Hotel in PV for the International Living Ultimate Conference. We wrote and rewrote, practiced and practiced some more. Each time we would time ourselves and make adjustments so we would stay within our 20 minute time limit.
Having been to many a conference and being a part of the process in our past life, we were very impressed with the IL organization. They put on a class act and it's a well oiled machine!! What we were further impressed with was the amount of quality and honest information given about places all over the world. As this was their Ultimate (world wide) conference, it was incredible how they covered so many countries around the world. There were presenters that spoke about not only Latin America but European and Southeast Asian countries. Mike and I had to take a deep breath and not get that wanderlust feeling again. But there are certainly places we still want to go.
I now have to pay tribute to our good friend and great musician, Joe King Carrasco!! He was honored with HIS STAR on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame in Corpus Christi, TX this week. So very proud of you, mi Amigo!!!
There have been some really heavy rain, thunder, and lightening storms during the week. It's officially rainy season. But what we love about the tropical climate is that even in rainy season there is almost always a good bit of sun and no rain during the day.
The conference came to a close on Saturday evening after 4 days filled with excitement, lots of talking, making new friends, and a newfound appreciation for what Mike and I had accomplished during our journey so far. When you live it, you truly have no idea how your story will affect others when they hear it. I was encouraged many times over the last week to write not just one book but many to truly tell our story. We'll see. It's been a full time job just living day to day in each country.
We leave for the states on Friday morning to begin yet another real journey. On Tuesday, June 17th, Mike and I have an appointment in Manhattan NYC at the Mexican Consulate to apply for our Permanente Residencia visa. The law in Mexico changed last November and we are now allowed as pensioners to apply for this permanent visa. Before, we would have had to go for a Temporary first for 4 years, then get an automatic permanent.
We are very excited! Hopefully, all will go well. If we've learned one thing on this whole journey is that NOTHING is a given no matter what the law is! If they don't like our looks or had a bad night's sleep or had an argument with their spouse or children, it might not bode well for us. So fingers crossed!! We've got all of our paperwork together in accordance with the consulate's rules. Two of our good friends both had excellent encounters - one in Ecuador, one in Seattle - and they were issued their Permanente Visas in a matter of hours. We hope to report the same!
Today we got an update on our legal issue with our previous landlord. David had an operation in Guadalajara 3 weeks ago but was supposed to be home a week ago. However, whenever our legal advisor went to his home the young lady who works for him, Jess, keeps saying he's not there. Felipe believes they are not telling the truth. He will try one more time this afternoon to see him.
Our biggest concern is that we will be out of country for 6 weeks. Felipe tells us that is not a problem and he will now not play nice in the sandbox. The boxing gloves are off !! Stay tuned.
Last night we got together with friends, Dora and Bo DuBose at their place for a BBQ. They invited their other friends, Carol and Bob, whom we hadn't met yet. They live in Mismaloya about 9 miles south of PV. What delightful, wonderful people!! Hope to see them again.
This coming week will be one of catching up our rest. The weeks of preparation have taken its toll on us. It was exhausting especially because it was the first time and we had no idea what to expect. It's also time to being preparing for our trip back to the states on Friday. Eating what's left in the frig, freezing what we can so it won't spoil, cleaning, washing, and finally packing. We are also both going to have massages for our June fix before we leave. And, I'm hoping it will be sunny enough to tone up the tan a bit before we leave.
My next post will be to post our monthly expenses for our 6th month here in PV.
So until next weekend where we'll be in CT with our daughter, Denise, our son-in-law, Michael, and our grandsons, Peter, Tim, and Maddox, please have a great week of summer!! And, thanks for following along on this continued journey with us!