íViva El Gringo!

A couple enjoys la vida loca by retiring south of the border

Some Americans would take umbrage at being called a gringo. But author Barry Golson considers it a term of endearment. In his new book, Gringos in Paradise, Golson, 61, tells the lively story of how he and his wife Thia, 60, built their retirement dream house in Sayulita, a seaside village of 1,500 on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. TIME spoke with Golson about expat life south of the border.

Why did you choose Mexico?

Because it is romantic, affordable and challenging. I think challenge puts some useful grit in your life at an age when you're tempted to go into...

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