Monday, May 18, 2009

71 - Gringos in Paradise; Barry Golson

Gringos in Paradise is a humorous account of the year (2005) Barry and Thia Golson, traded in their New York City lifestyle, by selling their apartment in the city, packing up their SUV, and moving to a surfing and fishing village on Mexico's Pacific Coast. After a real estate broker showed the couple some properties, they bought a hilltop plot of land in Sayulita, on impulse. The couple did not even receive a deed to the property, just a promise that the land was theirs and everything would be fine.
The couple spent time learning the culture and about how things were done (or were not done in Mexico). Through laughter and some tears for the couple, the outcome was a beautiful 5,000 square foot seaside home, where property taxes are $24.00 a year.
An entertaining memoir of sorts about a couple who decided to reinvent their lives, gives daring baby boomers, who are not afraid to start anew something to think about. If the idea of moving to another country to stretch your retirement dollars a bit further does not sound too kooky for you, you might find this book not only humorous, but informative as well.

RATING – 4/5 - COMPLETED – 5/17/09


  1. This sounds like a great funny book. I'll have to add to my ever growing list. I can and cant imagine doing what the authors did.

  2. Sounds like their gamble really paid off. I wish I had the courage to do something like that!

  3. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy, especially living vicariously by reading about their willingness to be so spontaneous and flexible. Like Bree and Zibilee, I'm too much a creature of habit to do something this adventurous!


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