I’ve been thinking about some of the little things I’ve learned since moving to Mexico. Here is my small list of some of the random things I’ve learned.
-A shower is possible in the freezing cold.
(It’s hard in the winter months and I must admit there were a few handful of times I boiled water and used that. These days I wish the water was colder – it is so hot here!)
-You can flush a toilet by putting water in the toilet boil.
(When it rains here, and sometimes even when it doesn’t… We lose water. Sometimes for a few hours, sometimes for more than a day. Most homes have a Tinaco which is a tank of water that sits on the top of the house. This comes in handy when the water is lost… We however don’t have one. So instead, we have to poor water down the toilet to flush it.)
-It’s possible to shave without shaving gel.
(This is a silly one… I’ve always used shaving gel but in Mexico it’s approx $7CAN for a can of gillette…Soap will do!)
-Fruit and Vegetables taste MUCH better when they are not imported and come direct from a farm.
(We purchase all of our fruits and veggies locally and the difference in taste is huge. Especially the watermelons from Ricardo’s dads farm.)
-Hard work is not based on the money you make, but the JOB you do, and your attitude when you do it.
(I’ve watched Ricardo and the majority of the population work for what Canadians would consider pennies. What I’ve noticed is in general, they work much harder than people back home and are HAPPY doing it.)
-You can open a tin can with a knife, no need for a can opener.
(One night I was in a panic making Curry Chicken for dinner late at night when I realized I couldn’t open the can as we didn’t have a can opener. Ricardo to the rescue: You don’t need a can opener just take a knife and stab the top of a few times. Oh, I see.)
-Cinnamon helps to keep the ants away.
(I just discovered this 2 months ago when our house was attacked by ants. Sprinkle cinnamon to the area: problem fixed. However, I’m not sure if this will work with ALL types of ants.)
-Sugar or coffee grind mixed with liquid body soap or lotion makes a great exfoliant.
(This one I just learned last night from my Cunado (Brother in Law in Spanish)…)
-It’s possible to adapt to your surroundings.
(This was a difficult one for me. At first, I did not want to go outside as my surroundings made me so sad. The people, the animals, the garbage, the housing… everything. I often wondered how Ricardo could go out without feeling depressed and wondered if I would be able to get to that point someday. I’ve adapted, or I’ve become numb… but either way it’s possible to function in the situation you’ve been dealt.)
-Sometimes, it’s better not to know.
(I’m having a hard time with this one still. The stray animals still make my heart break into a million pieces. I was completely oblivious to this in Canada and did not know there was such an animal problem in Mexico and many other countries. I would like to go back to that place of not knowing, for my own selfish reasons. Because it’s easier…because it’s less heart breaking.)
-Family Visits are Hard.
(I’ve only had the chance to visit home once since I’ve moved. I will however be going again this summer for my brothers wedding. Trips home are hard. It’s hard to leave Ricardo, and it’s hard to leave my family. When family come here to visit, it’s hard too. The time flies, and the good-byes aren’t easy. One downside to having our family now in Canada and in Mexico, we’ll always be missing someone.)
**I want to finish this by saying this list is based on my personal experience living in Mexico and may not be true for everyone in a similar situation.**
What have you learned through traveling or living in another country?
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