Say I might want to leave America. (Maybe on November 6, 2012! Somewhat joking about that, so don't get too distracted.) Where would I want to live? It's Mexico, right? But where? And also, am I being crazy in not thinking more of Europe?
I like American cities like Oakland and San Francisco and Miami Beach and New York City and much of Long Island; I like a combination of urban and rural. I dislike Chicagos, etc.—all city, no non-city. I really do like being close-ish to the ocean but I also like being close to museums and a place with an active city life--newspapers, excitement, coffeeshops, things to DO, first-run movies, etc. Guanajuato looks lovely but seems too isolated and interior. Mexico City looks too hectic--I'm just not sure I could handle it.
So I guess what I want is:
Some place with some gays. Or near some gays. (I don't expect to have much of an American experience of gayness of course, but I also don't want to be like, stoned when me and another guy move into the neighborhood.)
Some place that does have American traffic. (As opposed to American trafficking. (Kidding!))
Obviously I will need a place in the world with reliable Internet.
Maybe someplace like Zapopan, which is a real city, but also not far from the ocean? Morelia (as found in this question
) looks a little small?
I'd prefer slightly being closer to America for driving access but it's not necessary. (This points to Monterrey, maybe?)
I hate "gated communities" of all kinds and I would not be having a "personal staff," because, gross. So I'd want to live somewhere I feel secure.
Relatedly: should I give up on this idea and consider Spain, France or Italy instead? (I'd consider London but good grief, expensive and dreary. Weather is also why I'm ruling out all of Canada. Sorry, Canada. Love you but come on.) I like the idea of still being in North America, but in many ways, those European countries seems very easy to wedge yourself into, whereas Mexico seems more insular and its cities, in general, have less international immigrants.
Your experience with emigration and, particularly, experience with Mexico appreciated.