I have followed Billy and Akaisha Kaderli on their website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com for quite some time. They retired about 20 years ago at the age of 38 and have traveled extensively since. One of the places that they have lived for extended periods of time is Lake Chapala, Mexico. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to visit Chapala on our trip to Mexico this summer.
While in Chapala, we were walking along the street one morning and Billy Kaderli walked past us. I just caught a glimpse as he walked past but I was sure it was him once I turned and saw his Retire Early Lifestyle t-shirt. I knew from their recent writing that they had been spending time in Guatemala so I was surprised to see him in Chapala. We turned around and caught up with him when he stopped to sit on a bench to drink his coffee.
We introduced ourselves and talked for a bit. I told him that I had been a follower for the past few years. Subsequently, Billy and Akaisha asked if we would respond to a series of interview questions for an article on their website. Through email we completed the interview in the following couple of weeks and now they have put the interview on their site.
Check it out.
Thanks Billy and Akaisha. You continue to inspire.
Mexico City (photos) is often referred to as the DF, which stands for Districto Federal. This is because, until fairly recently, Mexico City was governed by the federal government of Mexico, similar to our own Washington, DC. Finally, in 1997, Mexico City gained political autonomy. Today, Mexico City and the surrounding metropolitan area claims 21 million inhabitants, about one fifth of the total population of the country. I’ll try to pick some of the highlights of our visit to the DF.
How does this relatively small Mexican city (photos) attract some estimated 12,000 ex-pats, mostly American? In 1938, the Escuela de Bellas Artes was founded and offered mural painting courses. This attracted other types of artists and in 1951, Instituto Allende opened and attracted many foreign students. Once you get artists, you get art galleries, fine restaurants and boutique hotels. Property values, particularly in the historical center of San Miguel are very high with many of the restored colonial houses selling for many millions of USD.
Located in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, this city (photos) was founded in the mid-1500’s based upon the discovery of rich silver and gold deposits. The La Valenciana mine held one of the richest silver veins ever discovered, providing 20% of the world’s silver for 250 years.
“Morelia is the coolest place you’ve never been.”
This is how our guidebook begins the section on this city (more photos) of 650,000 people that is a little more than halfway between Guadalajara and Mexico City and I’m inclined to agree with the writer. The historical center of the city is filled with 16th and 17th-century stone buildings with baroque facades, balconies with iron railings and archways fill the interior courtyards. There are nice restaurants, sidewalk cafes, rooftop lounges, museums and, of course, beautiful churches. We’d like to share our list of the top 5 coolest things about Morelia, but first, a word about bus travel in Mexico.