I have decided not to participate anymore in any of the Expat boards online. I have not found one of these boards to be truly helpful over the past year during our transition to Mexico. In some cases, I have even found them to be full of false misinformation and whiney people asking stupid questions they could find the answers for if they would just do a little research of their own. I swear expat should mean you do not know how to freaking Google.
Most of these Expat boards are full of people who do nothing more than to wait for someone to say something to argue about. I actually had someone argue with me once about Home Depot having subway tile or not. Another time I had someone wanting to argue with me about how much our electric bill should be. Seriously, like most everything on the internet these Expat boards are negative in so many ways and feed on bad energy. Here in Mexico I see people behaving horribly and then turn around acting like they are some type of spiritual guru and let me tell you the love and light from these types runs very freaking thin. Here is some advice for anyone moving to another country.
1. Do not join an Expat board.
2. Learn to Google and do your own research.
3. Get out of your Expat area and actually see what is available in your city.
4. If you want to know where pickles and peanut butter are sold in your area get your ass to the local store and figure it out.
Seriously, you would think after moving to another country Expats would be more independent and self sufficient. Trust me when I tell you this is not the case at all. If anything they become more dependent and behave much like spoiled children.
The best advice is to find the information sites. The Two Expats board for here in Quintana Roo is a great help and Everything Playa Del Carmen is as well. These are not chat boards or groups. These are information sites and are very good at what they do and will give you useful, truthful information. You can find these type of sites by just googling your location. If you find a site and it shows conversing among members then find another one. You want information not conversation. Anytime you put something up for discussion it never ends well. Hope this helps.