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Greetings From Mexico

Author: Ty Trumbull

The heat hasn’t quite hit yet. Neither has the pollution. The noise from the road outside is beginning to grow as the morning commute gets underway. I’m sitting on my couch as I type this, computer in my lap and coffee at my side. The Mexican street dog we adopted chases the cat we brought from Canada around the apartment.

My girlfriend and I moved to Mexico a little over a year and a half ago. Along with the cat, Strummer. People ask us all the time, “Why Mexico?”

To be honest, we can never give a satisfactory answer.

In Toronto, I was a business reporter and editor in the largest radio newsroom in the country, 680News. I spent vacations and holidays touring Canada in various folk and punk bands. But while Canada in the summer is beautiful, the winters can be harsh. We started to think we could make a go of it in a warmer climate and experience a new culture at the same time.

We began to look for possible places to live, spinning a globe and dropping our fingers. We contemplated Spain and Ghana, among others. But I had always said wherever we went, the cat had to come with us. (After all, she had been born in my guitar case on my birthday and we had grown very attached.) So, with that caveat in place, we began looking closer to home.

Let’s Go South

After that realization, Mexico seemed like an obvious choice. My girlfriend had been there once before and loved it. I had only ever been to Canada and the U.S., but I liked spicy food. It seemed like a perfect fit.

So after a few months of planning, we quit our respective jobs, moved most of our belongings into storage, gave the cat a heavy sedative and boarded a plane for Mexico City. We arrived with zero Spanish, no friends, and not much of a plan. But somehow we made it work.

Through our Airbnb, we made great friends that eventually helped us find an apartment. A large and cheap place on a very busy stretch of a four-lane, one-way road. As I type, the noise of the honking horns and engines along Avenida Revolucion grows louder.

Through a wonderful and fun open mic night at a local bar I met some local musicians. From there, I started a band, making me one of the only professional banjo players in Mexico City.

Still, there was something missing. In the beginning, I taught English classes to make rent. But the writing bug is hard to shake.

My Journey and Your Journey: The Intersection

The urge to get back to writing and journalism continued to grow in me. I began scouring the internet for potential work and found a posting from ChannelE2E. I reached out and thankfully Joe and Amy (ChannelE2E’s co-founders) responded. They offered me an opportunity to cover the stories of founders and CEOs. At the same time, I would be able to build my knowledge of the tech industry and data protection.

I’m grateful for the opportunity because I’m fascinated by the journeys people take. Speaking with passionate people, founders and business leaders can provide great insight. And learning how people got to where they are is one of the great joys in life. These are the stories I look forward to sharing with ChannelE2E readers.

In the time we’ve been here, we’ve fallen in love with this country. There’s a local park where we like to take walks and on the weekends they have pets for adoption. One day my girlfriend met a dog there named Toby and fell in love. She suggested I go meet him and sure enough, the little guy won me over. So we decided to adopt him.

We’ve come to love this country and everything it has to offer. We came here with zero plans and zero prospects. Now I sit in my home office writing away with my new dog at my feet. My Canadian cat is trying to walk across my keyboard. And I still don’t have a good answer about why we moved to Mexico, but it’s a pretty good story.

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    Rob Ryan:

    Ahhhh the power of #storytelling paired with curiosity and an adventurous spirit!’ I love it!! And not ironically … it’s these same attributes that are at the core of most great entrepreneurs aka creators and artists! Buenos Dias mi amigos and welcome to the Latin American life … as a friend recently told me ,” sometimes when chasing the American dream in 2017.. we gotta chase it someplace else!” You’re on a great team with JoeP y Amy … real authentic leaders!

      Ty Trumbull:

      Rob, thanks very much for the kind words! I’m really looking forward to all the great stories I’m going to get to tell (and the weather isn’t so bad either). Mucho gusto!

    Sue Moynahan:

    Great story, thanks for sharing, Ty — I scan Ce2e every day, and this is the only link I clicked today! I agree with Rob: Joe and Amy are the best. You’ve landed in a great place in more ways than one. Be sure to watch Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’. Fabulous show, and Season 2 is all about Mexico. Looking forward to reading your profiles!

      Amy Katz:

      Sue – it’s always great to hear from you. Thanks so much for reading ChannelE2E and for welcoming Ty – I love that he took a big risk in life, and is clearly happier because of it (just like Rob Ryan above…) Hope you are doing really well. ABK

      Ty Trumbull:

      Thanks very much for the kind words, Sue! I’m grateful for the opportunity and look forward to finding stories to share. And I’m Googling ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ right now. Thanks for the recommendation!

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