Let's Go Mexico (City for 6 months)
April 24, 2011 4:51 PM Subscribe
I am a US citizen considering spending 6 months in Mexico City in about 12 to 18 months from now. What kind of things do I need to consider over the next year or so?
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I anticipate leaving my job in 1 to 1 1/2 years and would like to take some time off from working before starting a new job. Need to recharge the creative side of my life and after a few visits I've decided Mexico City is the place to do it.
I don't plan on working or driving while I am there. I would like to rent a small place in a nice, walkable part of town (hopefully Condesa) and spend my time doing some kind of creative writing and composing music.
Some things I'm already thinking about:
Are furnished efficiency-style apartments available for six month rental in Mexico City? I won't need much space but would like a small kitchen, shower and reliable internet access. I would like to do this as cheaply as is possible while still staying in a reasonably nice and safe neighborhood.
Will a tourist visa be sufficient for me?
What should I bring with me versus buying once I am there? I would like to bring one suitcase of clothes, a computer and maybe 12 books. I would like to buy a bicycle and cheap nylon string guitar once I am there.
How should I handle my finances while I am there? Set up a bank account in the US with a bank that has a no-ATM-fees agreement with a Mexican bank?
What other things do I need to start considering? Please limit answers to practical considerations about making this happen not whether or not I should do it.
Other background info: I live in Texas. My Spanish is limited but I am already working on that. Don't drink so that should save some cash.
Asking anonymously because current co-workers also read Mefi and I don't want my employer to know that I am considering this. Throw-away email: firstname.lastname@example.org