If you have been planning to study in Mexico you have been planning noble! The glitz and glamour are not for the streets only but people themselves. To live in Mexico means to live within a rich, culture that dates back thousands of years and, in fact, the culture and the people can vary significantly from region to region.
Different food, different attire, different languages, and different customs are the norm from one region to the other.
In every corner, colorful open-air markets infuse your senses with the sights, sounds, and aromas of daily life as the regional fruits, vegetables, meats, and sometimes fish are displayed along with typical household needs, shoes, and other textile materials.
The local markets (mercados) are one of the best places to explore a distilled collection of daily life as the mostly female patrons, often adorned in brightly colored, handmade dresses and shawls, shop for the necessities for their families.
Many wear beautiful handmade fabrics, simple or ornate, that is hundreds of years removed from modern factory clothing and often reflect an artisan’s effort.
Mexican pace of life is a bit slow, often requiring new arrivals to move their existence into a lower, slower gear. There is no choice. With preference given to long siestas and family priorities as opposed to work, it is normal for small shop owners to close in order to celebrate a family occasion like a birthday.
In fact, in many medium and small communities, businesses close for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
Large family gatherings are common and friends are also included to enjoy tasty meals which are eagerly shared. Parties usually start later than planned (taco culture) and can continue until the sun comes up the next day.
Loud music and fireworks are often part of many celebrations in a Mexican society because those who live in Mexico take their celebrations and their appreciation for life, seriously.
The cuisine in Mexico is a mixture of Mesoamerican indigenous dishes with Spanish and African influences, largely as a result of the slave trade. Beans and chili peppers are staples of the daily diet.
Mole is the signature dish of Mexico, originating in both Puebla and Oaxaca. Made with a variety of ingredients, including chili peppers, the classic mole poblano is served over meat.
Mexico cannot be painted with one brush. It’s a large country with much geographic and cultural diversity. If Mexico is on your shortlist, we concur. Life in Mexico can be wonderful. But the truth is, it’s all up to you.
Mexico offers a lifestyle that will fit the most demanding person if you are ready to accept a new, adventurous life and put in a bit of work to learn some Spanish. Our correspondents have often found that the magical combination of tequila and guacamole mostly assists with speaking Spanish.
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