Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Mexico:
I can’t say that I experienced culture shock. One of the best things about living here that’s different from back home is the great variety of cheap fruit and vegetables. I drink freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice every day. If you like to cook, you will be in heaven. Everything you want is fresh, vine ripened, and probably organic. Beer is cheap too, even at soccer games and concerts.
The people in Puerto are fabulous, as they are also in Cancun, Playa, Merida, Celestun…no problems with finding others to talk with, laugh with, ask questions of…one of the best parts of the experience for me…
It’s great. I have wonderful friends who are a real support to me. One thing that has been difficult, over the years many of my expat friends have moved away and returned to their countries.
Here, we love being able to work all morning and then go out to the beach, put our feet in the sand, eat a freshly cooked fish that was caught that morning, and refresh our souls. We love our mix of friends, locals and other expats, and their varied perspectives on life. We love that people here still take the time to really care. They are not always in hurry; they will visit, chat, and help you out when you need it.
My partner and I moved to Mexico rather abruptly, so we didn’t really prepare much at all for our new surroundings. I don’t think I would change much if I could go back as half the fun of moving to a new country is all the new experiences and learning as you go. I don’t think I would be learning or growing nearly as much if I had over-prepared. That said, learning some basic cultural facts involving safety and health are very important before moving to a new country.
We did try to prepare financially but it was just as futile. Still, I don’t think I would change anything. What has been so wonderful about the experience has been the personal growth I have experienced and if I had changed anything, maybe not had as many failures, I might have missed out on some of the learning.
Even though people work very hard, day in and day out, for little pay, they do not complain about their jobs! Everyone sings down here…waiters, construction workers, people on the street. It’s marvelous to hear!
I think experiencing culture shock is inevitable when moving to a country that is so different, although I must say I think Mexicans have quite a lot of similarities to Brits. My life here is completely different.
Is anyone “fully” prepared for moving from one country to another? If I could change anything, I would have tried to have more patience when dealing with some of the bureaucratic glitches that are inevitable here (and, I suppose, many other countries).
I believe we were prepared. We spent months making preparations and years pondering the decision to move. Mexico is different from the States and we are still learning but it's all been a wonderful change. You must be open and welcome to change to be a successful expat.
We live with freedom, on our own terms, in color, unencumbered and out loud. No two days are alike, we are constantly learning about ourselves and the world around us. We feel at home.
We were not prepared at all for what awaited us in Mexico. Mexico swept us off our feet! We shocked our friends, family and ourselves by purchasing a house a year after arriving. The original plan was to stay two years.