Café Aletris & More on Living in Mexico
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.