Café Aletris & More on Living in Mexico

Posted on 27/04/2011. Filed under: Life in General |

Ok, so I’ve lived in Mexico for over a year now, but there are still some things that are hard to get accustomed to.

One good idea is that all the vendors who come through the neighborhood have some sort of music/whistle/bell to let you know they are there.  Of course this often gets lost in the other sounds (horns, music, people, traffic, etc.)   This leads me to the first thing that is hard to get accustomed to – all the noise!  I used to think that people in the larger cities in the USA were impatient and used their horns way too much.  Now I realize how much worse it can actually be.  Then there’s the people playing LOUD music in their cars.  Some of them would make the people in certain inner city areas feel jealous. (which really says something!)  Plus you get the sound of the garage doors opening (old school manual garage doors, both overhead and hinged).  These make a LOT of noise, and virtually every business or house uses these as their main entryways.

Mexico City is HUGE, and with all that sprawl comes a complicated mass transit system.  The metro (subway) is one of the finest in the world.  Sadly, the ‘micro-buses’ are insane to try navigate since just because you’re starting at point A and going to point D it doesn’t mean you’ll pass any of the points in between.  Instead, be prepared to go to some place you would assume is not on the route before getting to point D.  Attempting to ride a micro alone as an amateur is not a good idea at all.

Recently an empty plot (which had dozens of families living on it) was ‘discovered’ by developers and all those people were kicked off.  Once these people were notified to vacate the land they took all their possessions around the corner and started setting up their shacks on the sidewalk!  Now, these are roughly made of anything from plywood to siding to palates.  Most of the people have furniture, sinks, lamps and even TV sets.  You would think that electricity would be a problem, but no, they just run a line from the electric poles!  When the police saw them setting up they just drove on by without stopping.  Now some of the people have made makeshift ‘bathrooms’ with drains leading to the manholes.

All in all, Mexico is a very ‘interesting’ place to live.

Advertisements

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 137 other followers

  • Cafe Aletris

  • Copywrite Notice

    © Aletris Vazquez and Random Thoughts, Rants and Mental Meanderings, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Aletris Vazquez and Random Thoughts, Rants and Mental Meanderings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

Are You Meant for Something Better?

I committed myself to a number of things in order to live a full and prosperous life: Follow my dreams, wish on rainbows and never wear sweatpants in public.

Lake Superior Spirit

Blogging from the Upper Peninsula North Woods...

One Book on the Shelf

The Bookshops of London

101 Books

Reading my way through Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses)

The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh!

Opening books to open minds.

smitten kitchen

Fearless cooking from a tiny NYC kitchen.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

%d bloggers like this: