Some of you may wonder just why Doug and I love Mexico so much. You’ve all heard scarey media stories and maybe can’t understand the attraction of living in a place where you don’t even speak the language.
I hope to share a bit about the gifts we receive from this amazing country.
To begin, let me share a list of idiosyncrasies we began noticing in our travels last year.
Actually, once I perused the list I had been compiling it seemed so trivial; things like:
-the police drive around with their lights flashing
Whereas this was confusing to us at first, the reason is the police want to be a visible presence, not so bad really a good thing.
-no black pepper on the table
Again, to our taste this is odd, yet Mexicans use so many other hot chiles/peppers it makes total sense to them. Here in Mazatlan you do find pimiento negro on the tables although generally it is a very fine grind, almost like powder.
-meat is not seasoned
Again, we have found this not so much the case in Mazatlan, yet, still present.
-hard, wooden chairs are the norm or the white, plastic ones
When we go into a restaurant we always look for chairs with cushions, if possible. Wooden chairs have been a mainstay in the Mexican arts and crafts culture.
-waiters will never bring your bill until you ask for it and making change for a bill may be difficult
In this culture, there is no imposition on your time to finish a meal, it is up to you. Making change is improving. Only once since arriving in January has someone had to go down the street to find change for us.
-sunrise is around 6:30 AM and people don’t get up early unless going fishing
And there’s a problem with this?
-drivers are not required to pull over for police or emergency vehicles
And some of the gifts we receive from this lovely country, not in any particular order:
-great, fresh, delicious food
-great scenery with breathtaking views
-walking on the beach, watching the shorebirds, the waves and other sights
-The wonderful, friendly people
-amazing sunrises, when I think to look out back to the mountains
-the sun glistening on the water like millions of diamonds
-eating al fresco in beautiful old courtyards, on the beach or the condo deck, it’s all good
-mature women finally doing what men have always done, bared their bellies in bikinis
-great, reasonably priced bus system
-the shopping comes to you via fruit/veggie trucks, vendors on trikes and on the beach
-great massage for $25 in our condo complex
-yoga for $8.00 or less a class
-the desire and opportunity to study another language and culture while living in it
-good, reasonably priced healthcare
-you will regularly be greeted while walking on the street, “Buenos Dias”
– and the list goes on.
It is said that those who choose to live part or full-time in Mexico must be a bit eccentric. It takes an attitude that can withstand the idiosyncrasies or unexpected events that might come your way and keep on smiling. You must be able to relax into the endearing qualities and culture. To be able to recognize tomorrow is another day and there is no rush. It is truly a gift to be here. We are grateful.
Mañana es un nuevo dia. Tomorrow is a new day. Ahhhh…