UPDATE 7/16/18 – I wrote this article about living in Mexico after only three weeks of being in the country. I just reread it and everything still applies. What is amusing is that some of these differences I stopped noticing long ago. You really do get used to new things when you learn NOT to care so much about change :-)
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I wanted to post sooner but we have been potty-training this week. Fun, fun. Soooo I thought I would make this a crazy list blog about how life is different living in Mexico than in the States. Some good and some bad. Lots still unknown.
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- I was rarely sick in Kentucky. Without getting into the icky, lets just I am having stomach problems. It comes and goes. Something in this new environment is the cause. Just don’t know what.
- I am without a dishwasher for the first time in 12 years.
- Our water heater is outside the house and our gas tank is on the roof.
- Our trash gets picked up 3 times a week.
- We have no central air or heat. Honestly, we haven’t needed it yet.
- We share one vehicle. Well, Brad does have a moped so make that 1.5 vehicles ;-)
- Tristan sleeps with a mosquito net over his bed.
- My whole house is tile.
- I have a beautiful plant garden inside my house.
- We have guards that patrol our little gated-community.
- We have a yard man because we don’t want to buy the equipment and he is very cheap!
- A cleaning lady comes once every other week and spends over three hours making the house shine. She charges 200 pesos or $15.17 per time. I am getting spoiled. Must admit it’s a big help. Her name is Tina too.
- We are homeschooling our children.
- I have no washer or dryer and we go to the laundromat every Monday morning.
- We have no pets thus far.
- The kids have a pool.
- We have a nicer home then we did in the States and we are paying less. (I talked about the costs in a prior blog.)
- There are bread and sweet stores everywhere. This is bad news for my diet.
- We are eating a lot more fruits and veggies.
- Our drinking water has to be purified.
- I hear bells on the streets to announce the milk truck, the water truck, the trash truck, and more trucks. And each bell is different.
- I see cacti and flowering plants everywhere. The flowers are beautiful.
- There are stray dogs roaming the streets. I mean, a lot of stray dogs :-(
- They pump your gas at every station.
- People earn money at traffic lights. They sell stuff, wash windows, and even dress up and dance like this guy. We gave him some change for his photo.
- Sometimes kids will beg for a peso at the traffic lights. I don’t like that much.
- I almost always have someone helping me take my groceries to our truck.
- Everyone has a pretty tan. Except for me. I am still peach.
- Everyone speaks Spanish. I am the minority.
- The people are generally sweet and kind.
- I don’t see many traffic accidents and we have a crazy amount of traffic.
- There are little Mexican food stands everywhere and they are usually pretty yummy.
- My furniture is all used. We left all of Brad’s handmade furniture with family in the States.
- There is more affection on display here. I can’t go to Walmart without seeing kissing couples while shopping. Even grandparents. It hasn’t gotten terribly yucky yet.
- They have a second afternoon school here from 1 to 8 pm because the school system is so crowded.
- At most junctions without a light, it’s “I go, you go”. Everybody takes turns and sometimes you have to be aggressive. But at least they drive slow.
- I have more time with my hubby, my favorite kids, and for the Bible ministry.
- It’s Celsius and the metric system here. No Fahrenheit, inches, and miles.
- There is an entire aisle of hot sauce at the grocery stores. There is also an entire aisle of milk in cans and boxes.
- Walmart carries alcohol. They actually had sample booths of tequila at Walmart and Costco. I can tell you both tequilas were suitable with lime and salt.
- The trees don’t lose their leaves and the grass doesn’t turn brown. It’s green all year long.
- All the homes are made from block, stucco, rock, and maybe a little brick.
- The military and the police ride around in pickup trucks with several men standing in the bed. They all have big guns. Their uniforms are just different.
- McDonald’s does not have iced tea.
- Many people are wearing winter clothing and it’s in the 70’s and 80’s.
- Most prescription drugs in the States you can just buy over the counter here. Even Prozac.
- Every home has a locked gate and you don’t open it. You knock or ring the bell.
- They paint the bottom of their trees white to protect them during flood season.
- More people seem to have an interest in the Bible.
- There is a doctor next to almost every pharmacy. He is open almost every day and you just drop by. Cost is 50 pesos or $3.79.
We have only been in living in Mexico for about 3 weeks. I know this is only the beginning of a different life. But that’s okay. Different is good. Usually. You just have to learn to go with the flow. Many times I just have to tell myself, “It doesn’t really matter.” or “I can’t change that.” I hope I can continue to do so. It makes life easier. Signing off, Tina
Originally posted November 10, 2013
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