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I wish I could write that moving to Mexico has been smooth sailing. That everything has been perfect and wonderful and according to plan. But, that would be a lie.
You see, we still don’t have WiFi.
Earlier this week, Taylor and I spent two hours in line at the customer service desk of our (someday) internet service provider. We signed a contract with Megacable on Nov. 1 but have yet to hear anything regarding a definite installation date.
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The customer service associate told us we could expect installation to occur sometime within the 17 days following our signup date.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “Okay, 17 days sucks, but you’ll survive. You don’t need Netflix to live!”
It’s much more than simply streaming our favorite tv shows. Without WiFi, we aren’t able to work. Yes, a big part of teaching English online is being online.
The WiFi situation has been frustrating to say the least. It’s forced us to rent an Airbnb, cancel classes and reevaluate our finances. Not exactly what we had in mind for our first month in Mexico.
Leaving the Megacable office, we both felt incredibly down. Our efforts to contract service with other companies have been fruitless. At one point, we had an installation appointment with a company called Wizz only to receive a call an hour before the technician was scheduled to show up and learn our area didn’t have coverage.
We were and still are out of options. All we can do is wait and hope that Megacable contacts us. Our 17 days ends this Saturday.
I don’t care if this sounds dramatic, but this situation has left me feeling pretty hopeless at times. My absolute lowest was when Taylor asked me if we were going to have to move back to Michigan.
Before I could answer, “F*CK THAT” flashed in my mind like a giant neon sign.
Not everything was going to be easy. I knew that, and I still wanted to move to Mexico. I was fully aware that there would be bumps in the road. Ups and downs.
Yet, I encountered the first hardship and forgot all that. Time for an attitude adjustment.
When you decide to follow your dreams, you better be ready to take the good with the bad. Despite what your favorite travel blogger might post on Instagram, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.
But, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.
I don’t know when we’re going to get WiFi. It could be tomorrow. It could be Saturday. It could be never.
What I do know is that I’m going to embrace this and whatever other challenges come my way. I don’t have to like it, but I can acknowledge it as part of my experience and, in doing so, feel a little bit better.
Have you ever moved abroad? If so, what challenges did you face? How did you overcome them?